RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a solicitat, în regim de urgență, un raport complet referitor la provocarea violențelorȘtiri din 11.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-08-11 13:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-11-01-25-49big_sigla_guvern.pngComitetul interministerial dedicat pregătirii Centenarului și declarații de presă susținute de ministrul Culturii și Identității Naționale, George Ivașcu, privind bilanțul la șase luni de la preluarea mandatuluiȘtiri din 03.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-inter-ministerial-committee-for-the-preparation-of-the-centenary-and-press-statements-by-the-minister-of-culture-and-national-identity-george-iva-cu-on-the-six-month-stocktaking-report-since-taking-office2018-08-03 14:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-03-02-57-18big_04_resize.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Viorica Dăncilă, referitoare la prima rectificare bugetară a anului 2018Știri din 02.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-the-first-budget-revision-of-2018Viorica Dăncilă: Good evening! I will present the first budget revision of 2018. The most important information on this subject is that we have a positive revision, which indicates a good evolution of the economy. Following the first seven months, the estimate of revenues to the general consolidated budget for this year rose by nearly 6 billion lei compared to initial forecasting. If we draw a comparison with past year, we notice that at the first budget revision of this year, we have a much more larger amount, five times more than in 2017. As regards the evolution of the gross domestic product, as compared to initial estimate, after the first seven months this year, the specialists appreciate that GDP will rise this year up to 945 billion lei, by 37 billion more that we estimated at the outset. As regards the budget deficit, we maintain the 2.97 percent target of GDP, therefore, below 3 percent threshold undertaken to EU. I know that similar to last year, several doubts were expressed publicly over the Government's capacity to maintain this target. This is why I mentioned that seven months after, the deficit stands at 1.3 percent of GDP, which offers us enough space for observing the initially assumed target. Before presenting you the way the budget surplus has been allocated, I would like to present you the principles we took into account when making this revision. First of all, to dispel all rumors artificially fuelled regarding money for pensions and wages, I want to tell you that following revision, the amounts necessary to pay the pensions and wages are fully ensured by the end of the year. I therefore request the pensioners to take into account the official data presented by Government and the competent institutions and I assure them that the pensions we have just increased, have full coverage in the budget. Other principle was to ensure all the amounts necessary for investment projects we committed to carry through this year. Also, we provided the budget and commitment appropriations necessary to back the business environment, especially through aid schemes and state guarantees. There were also cuts in the budgets of some institutions, we have reduced however only where there is a low use of the money allocated. If they were unable to spend the money at their disposal, we considered it better to take this surplus and allocate it as a priority to healthcare, education and investment. With respect to the pension budget, this was supplemented by more than 850 million lei. We took into account the latest legislative amendments adopted in Parliament with respect to recalculation of pensions for those who worked in hazardous conditions, so that there is equality between the pensioners of these occupational categories, irrespective of the period when they retired. The healthcare, priority field in our vision of government benefitted of a large supplement of 891 million lei, the largest part of this sum being allocated for the purchase of medical equipment. From this surplus, we will purchase 300 incubators for maternities, 300 hearing aids for newborn babies, and other equipment for mothers and children. We also allocated the necessary amounts to carry out the project unfolded in cooperation with the World Bank to purchase equipment for the emergency units, magnetic resonance imaging devices and CT scanners, as well as screening equipment for early detection of cancer. We also allocated additional amounts for public health programs and for projects with non-reimbursable external funding. As regards the education, the second priority area of ​​the programme for government, we allocated an additional amount of 178 million lei. This money will be used to pay scholarships, to pupils and students and also for investment in educational units. Also for universities, money was allocated for the construction of a university aula and a conference hall at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the completion of the C Building at Valahia University in Targoviste, as well as the completion of the central office of the University of Pitesti. In the field of agriculture, where we included the National Sanitary Veterinary Authority too, we allocated an additional amount of 185 million lei. I emphasize, however, that we provided in the budget an amount of over 110 million lei to combat and eradicate the African swine fever. This money will also be used to compensate farmers. We also provided the amounts necessary for diesel fuel payments for agricultural works. We will also start investing in 37 pumping stations needed to expand irrigated farmland. A large amount has been allocated to local authorities. Here we have an additional 1.1 billion lei to maintain the local communities revenues at least at the level of 2017, and to provide the necessary money for the program food for pupils. To this adds another amount of 300 million lei for investments through the National Programme for Local Development, I refer to PNDL 1 and PNDL 2, money that will be allocated to local communities through the Ministry of Development, especially to extend the water and sewerage networks and to rehabilitate county and countryside roads. It is for the first time in the last four years that the Transport sector will receive extra money at budget revision. The additional amounts are intended to back investment projects in the transport infrastructure, but also for the purchase of a flight simulator for the Aviation School. The amounts necessary for completion of the upgrade of DN 18, Baia Mare - Sighetu Marmatiei - Iacobeni road section, are provided in the budget. We will also allocate the amounts needed for the completion of Agigea-Constanta Bridge, construction of the bridge over the Vedea River, starting complex works on the Ramnicul Valcea - Valcele railway, work lagging behind for more than 15 years. Also in the field of investments, we budgeted 21 million lei to prepare 21 investment projects through public - private partnership in transport infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture and tourism. We allocated an extra amount of 366 million lei for the Internal Affairs Ministry, to purchase equipment and means of intervention and terrestrial mobility for Gendarmerie and Police, and also to ensure salaries for nearly 8,000 positions for police agents and non- commissioned officers. We have important extra funds for the - Rabla(Car scrappage) program, on granting other 30,000 vouchers for car purchase, thus, we will reach 50,000 vouchers allocated this year for - Rabla program double than in 2017. At the same time, we start a program for the upgrade of household appliances to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient appliances. We have secured the financial resources for all state aid schemes adopted by the Government for the population and the business environment. An additional amount of 250 million lei was allocated here to support the state aid scheme for investments higher than EUR 3 million for the Invest in yourself program, on granting interest-free loans to Romanians, and for the return of the excise duty on diesel to carriers. We will also provide at this revision commitment appropriations of 1.8 billion lei for the following programs: the Start-Up Nation program, the second session benefiting young entrepreneurs and which provides a financing of 200, 000 lei for each business project; the programme backing the film industry, which will start on September 1 this year, and which implies covering up to 45% of the costs of films produced in Romania. The - Growth programme, investing in children, investing in the future, whereby we grant an aid of 50 percent of the value of the project for the construction in private regime of 2,000 maternities and kindergartens, including Olympic kindergartens. The 'Growth programme - we invest in the housing service, whereby we will grant a 50 percent aid from the value of the project for companies to build housing for their own employees. The - Growth programme, 5 star residences whereby we will grant the same 50 percent aid from the value of the project for building luxury residences for elderly people. - The growth programme - junior savings account, grants a yearly aid of 600 lei. The investment programme in areas with high unemployment whereby we will support business development in counties with low employment rate. Grants of more than 50 percent of the investment value will be awarded to entrepreneurs who create well-paid jobs. Through this budget revision, we allocated to ANAF an extra sum of 278 million lei to upgrade the IT system, purchase equipment for customs personnel and upgrade customs offices at EU border, respectively on the border with the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Serbia. As I said at the outset, there were Ministries or institutions where we operated budget cuts. I outline that such cuts were made where we noticed a low degree of spending the amounts that the respective Ministries or institutions had at their disposal. The list that we will present you includes only the main credit release authorities with negative rectification higher than ten million lei. Thank you. 2018-08-02 19:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-02-08-06-47big_fullsizerender.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Comunitatea românească din Marea Britanie reprezintă o punte de legătură între țările noastreȘtiri din 02.08.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-the-romanian-community-in-the-united-kingdom-represents-a-bridge-between-our-countriesToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting at Victoria Palace with the UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during which they discussed about the development of the Strategic Partnership, the consolidation of the bilateral relations, and the observance of the rights of the Romanian nationals in the U.K. in the context of Brexit. Prime Minister highlighted that cooperation in the field of security and defence as well as the economic relations represent the pillars of the Strategic Partnership and the financial, education, development - competitiveness, trade and investment sectors are important components of the solidly developed Partnership between Romania and the United Kingdom. Romania is interested in strengthening the Strategic Partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for it to be best tailored to current challenges, in the spirit of the real development potential and common expectations. Bilateral trade reached the highest level in the history of our relations, amounting to EUR four billion. It is nevertheless important to identify new ways of cooperation in the field of investment and trade, taking into account the fact that Romania offers an attractive business environment, stated the Head of the Executive. The UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson appreciated the level of bilateral relations, as well as the important role that Romania has in the North Atlantic Alliance. Bilateral cooperation has become increasingly valuable and the development opportunities must be further capitalized, especially in the defence and security, economic, research and science areas. In this context, the two officials discussed about concluding a new Cooperation Agreement in the field of defence between Romania and United Kingdom, adapted to current context. They also agreed on establishing bilateral meetings of relevant Ministers, with a view to making the best use of the cooperation potential between the two countries. Observance of the right of the Romanians who are studying and working in the United Kingdom, in the context of Brexit, was also discussed by the two officials. For the Romanian Government, protecting the rights and interests of the Romanian nationals in UK is an issue of great interest. We have developed governmental programs to persuade an increasing number of Romanians abroad to return home. But, many of them are well - integrated and have made an important contribution to the societies of the states in which they are living. The Romanian community represents a bridge between our countries. We are honored by the decision of the British authorities to award a distinction to our compatriot Florin Morariu for his acts of bravery in the context of the London 2017 terror attack, emphasized Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă. The British Secretary of Defence voiced his opinion that Romanians are well - integrated in the British society, stating that they are motivated and well-educated. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace was also the Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor. 2018-08-02 18:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-08-02-06-42-26big_004_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei Imnului Național al RomânieiȘtiri din 29.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-on-romania-s-national-anthem-dayWe mark today Romania's National Anthem Day, a celebration with a special significance in the Centennial Year of the Greater Union. Deșteaptă-te, romane! (Awaken Ye, Romanian!) instilled courage in Romanians in many moments of the modern history. It mobilized those who gathered in Alba-Iulia, on December 1, 1918, its beats expressing back then the joy of the Romanians' accomplished will for unity. At present, Deșteaptă-te, romane! is our national anthem, and we are moved every time we hear it crowning our compatriots' achievements. We pay homage to this symbol of our nation! Happy National Anthem Day, Romanians! Happy Birthday, Romania! Viorica Dăncilă, Prime Minister of Romania 2018-07-29 13:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-29-01-12-19big_stema.pngVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Republica MacedoniaȘtiri din 27.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-her-macedonian-counterpart-zoran-zaevPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev On an official visit to the Republic of Macedonia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. During the meeting which took place shortly after the meeting held on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit in Sofia, on July 4, 2018, the two high officials continued the talks on topics of common interest, such as: the stage of bilateral cooperation, European and Euro- Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia as well as the recent regional developments. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed the Romanian Government's firm political support for the European and Euro- Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia and the availability to provide technical assistance for EU and NATO accession processes. In this context, the senior Romanian official passed congratulations for the Republic of Macedonia having recently received confirmation from Brussels regarding the opening of the EU accession negotiations, as well as for having received the invitation to join NATO. Also, the Head of the Executive congratulated her Macedonian counterpart and the team of Ministers for the major efforts made lately, in the context in which the EU and NATO accession is a major objective undertaken by the current Skopje Government. Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the satisfaction for the positive content of the EU Council Conclusions of June 2018, which open the way to the start of the EU accession negotiations, respectively setting a roadmap to allow, based on fulfilling the conditionalities, the adoption of a decision to launch them on June 2019 and holding until the end of 2019, the first accession conference. The high Romanian official mentioned that the two opportunities had been opened especially due to the Republic of Macedonia's courageous and historical decision to sign an agreement on its constitutional name, with Greece, and she voiced confidence in the maturity of the Macedonian public opinion whose support is necessary for the Prespa historical agreement to produce long - term beneficial effects. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and encouraged the high Macedonian official to continue the reform efforts to achieve the necessary progress before the end of Romania's mandate in June 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the will to open together new prospects for cooperation at bilateral level through political dialogue, work-level meetings, and intensification of sectorial cooperation. The high Romanian official emphasized the new opportunities offered by Romania to the Macedonian minority by instituting the Day of Macedonian Language, on December 8, and called for similar attention from Skopje for the Aromanian minority in Macedonia. The two Prime Ministers approached the need for developing the current significant potential of the bilateral economic cooperation, among the initiatives discussed being the organization of a bilateral economic Forum in the future, as well as the initiation of an analysis on the opportunity of direct flights Bucharest-Skopje. Also, the two Prime Ministers agreed on a series of measures for the swift completion of the package of bilateral agreements in progress in Bucharest and Skopje. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the Vice-President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, currently on an official visit in Skopje, had a meeting with the Vice President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski. On this occasion, the two dignitaries held talks about strengthening parliamentary cooperation and the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, in both boosting bilateral relations, as well as the integration processes in the EU and NATO. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced congratulations for the progress achieved by the Republic of Macedonia in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, and referred to the latter having recently received the invitation to join NATO and the recent conclusions of the Council of the European Union on the enlargement process. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of next year, will attach to the EU enlargement process, and she recommended support, at a parliamentary level, with a view to adopting and implementing reforms, in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of continuing the dialogue between all the political forces at parliamentary level, as regards both the reform process and the implementation of the Historic Agreement with Greece. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov During her official visit to Skopje, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov. The two dignitaries discussed about the current level of bilateral relations and they agreed to continue the steps towards strengthening bilateral dialogue, including on the topic of economic cooperation where there is a great potential. During her meeting with the President Gjorge Ivanov, the Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the Republic of Macedonia for its progress in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, Macedonia's major cross-party foreign policy objectives. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and mentioned the need for all political forces to undertake a constructive role in adopting and implementing reforms in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019. Furthermore, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reminded Romania's availability to provide assistance in the EU negotiation process and NATO accession process, taking into account Romania's relevant experience in these demarches. 2018-07-27 14:51:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-27-03-01-18big_10.jpegVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în MuntenegruȘtiri din 26.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegro1532620014Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the Montenegrin Parliament Ivan Brajović On an official visit to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had on Thursday a meeting with the President of the Montenegrin Parliament Ivan Brajović. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister reinforced the messages sent to her Montenegrin counterpart, on July 25, 2018. The Head of the Romanian Executive reiterated Romanias support for the consolidation of the European path of Montenegro by advancing the pro-European reforms, and underlined the importance of the Montenegrin legislature in the accession process, especially under the aspect of securing an effective legislative process. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also emphasised the need for active participation of all political forces and relevant Montenegrin civilian actors in the creation through dialogue of the widest possible political base to back the achievement of Montenegros legitimate EU accession objective. The Romanian dignitary assured of an open and constructive attitude on the part of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU in support of the EU accession of Montenegro. The full availability of the Romanian Parliament for this process was also conveyed on this occasion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila congratulated the President of the Montenegrin Parliament on the success achieved by Montenegro with NATO membership, an effort firmly backed by the Montenegrin Parliament as well. The Romanian Prime Minister emphasized that Montenegro has an ally and a real friend in Romania and hailed Montenegro's contribution to NATOs missions and activities. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also addressed with the President of the Parliament a number of issues on the bilateral agenda: boosting high-level political dialogue, including within the Parliamentary Friendship Group and the relevant bodies of the two Parliaments; streamlining sectoral co-operation by identifying new opportunities of mutual interest and setting up economic cooperation platforms; strengthening cooperation between institutions of the two countries; providing expertise in European affairs, and collaboration within regional formats. As regards the regional issues, both parties highlighted the contribution of the parliamentary dimension to preparing the Western Balkan countries included in the EU enlargement process, in order to meet the necessary criteria for accession on the basis of their own merits. At the close of the meeting, Prime Minister Dancila extended an invitation to the President of the Montenegrin Parliament to pay a visit to Romania. 2018-07-26 12:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-26-12-49-12big_6.jpegVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în MuntenegruȘtiri din 25.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegroPrime Minister Viorica Dancila is welcomed by the Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović On an official visit to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was welcomed today, July 25, 2018, by the Montenegrin President Milo Đukanović. The meeting occasioned the reconfirmation of the special level of bilateral relations and allowed discussing and deepening the aspects of common interest of the bilateral, European and international agenda. The Romanian Prime Minister passed congratulations for the remarkable progress achieved by Montenegro on its European and Euro-atlantic path, especially through meeting the NATO accession objective, project that Romania firmly endorsed throughout this period. The Head of the Executive highlighted that, to Romania, NATO membership opened the way to a consistent process of reform, offering guarantees of stability and security which later proved extremely beneficial, including for the success for the EU accession negotiations. Both officials underlined the special significance, including at regional level, of Montenegro's NATO membership, both under aspects of the NATO democratic values and stability and from the perspective of strengthening regional resilience in a period of uncertainties and hardships. During the discussion with President Milo Đukanović, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her conviction that Montenegro will continue in the following five years to get closer to its key objective: EU accession. Moreover, she voiced appreciation for the substantial progress achieved by Montenegro on its European path and expressed her confidence that during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, Montenegro will achieve decisive steps in its relationship with the EU. In his turn, President Milo Đukanović presented the negotiation stage of his countrys accession to the EU, expressing hope that by the end of Romanias rotating presidency at the helm of the EU Council, significant progress will be made in the negotiation chapters opened at present. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila added that the Western Balkans are a priority of Romanias Presidency of the EU Council, specifying that the Romanian side will continue to actively back the European roadmap of Montenegro, through transfer of expertise and other adequate mechanisms. The Romanian dignitary referred to the continous importance attached to the enlargement policy based on its own merits and maintaining the respect for European value by candidate states and reconfirmed the continuation of our country's approach regarding the enlargement policy. Both officials agreed to boost sectorial cooperation in energy, with emphasis on interconnectivity, as well as in tourism, education, culture. In order to increase the number of tourists between the two countries, the need to set up a direct flight between Romania and Montenegro was outlined. President Milo Đukanović also mentioned the good cooperation in healthcare , stating that at present, a number of Montenegrin patients are treated in Romanian hospitals. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister thanked the Podgorita authorities, President Đukanović in particular, for the support granted to Romanian authorities in the 2013 coach crash. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Marković On an official visit to Montenegro, the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister since Montenegro declared its independence on June 3, 2006, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting today with her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković. The agenda of talks reconfirmed the level of excellence developed in bilateral relations and allowed the approach, in a constructive and pragmatic dialogue, of the topics of cooperation of the bilateral agenda, collaboration within NATO, and the latest developments in Montenegro's European track as well as in the region. The two dignitaries voiced their interest in deepening relations in all fields of shared interest, with emphasis on economic cooperation, in boosting trade and deepening sectorial cooperation in the field of energy, focusing on interconnectivity, as well as on environment, tourism, internal affairs. In this respect, they agreed on boosting the Ministerial dialogue, a meeting between the Ministers of Energy being proposed in this respect. Furthermore, the officials expressed the intention to activate bilateral contacts at the working level and to prepare direct contact platforms between the two countries' business communities, a joint economic forum being decided in this respect. Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting first semester next year, will attach to the continuation of the EU's enlargement policy and reconfirmed the firm support for Montenegro's EU accession, as soon as possible, on the basis of its own merits and the fulfillment of the accession criteria. At the same time, Prime Minister Dancila reaffirmed our country's full availability to offer relevant expertise and technical assistance in this process, thus continuing the exchange of experience that has been successfully carried out so far, through mechanisms and instruments of bilateral cooperation in the fields of interest for the Montenegrin side within the accession negotiations. In this respect, they agreed on initiating direct cooperation between the Ministers of European Affairs of the two countries. The Romanian dignitary conveyed the special appreciation for the clear strategic option of Montenegro and noted that one year since NATO accession, the opened consistent reform process, will also be a benefit to the success of the EU accession negotiations. The Romanian side stated that Montenegro's NATO accession represents a contribution to the Western Balkans' stability and to elimination of the security threats in this area. Both states remain faithful to the North Atlantic Treaty and fully uphold the allied values, principles and objectives recently reconfirmed by the Alliance Final Declaration adopted in Brussels on July 12, 2018. At the same time, the Romanian side voiced its firm belief that the enhanced participation of the state of Montenegro in the relevant regional cooperation initiatives, such as the projects developed under the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, is a natural continuation of the consolidation of the European path of the whole region. At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă extended to her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković the invitation to pay an official visit to Romania. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Marković Dusko Marković: /.../ I want to mention the visit of yet another high official from a NATO member state. We have a very good collaboration with our partners, and this is very important in order to discuss current topics. As we know, there is a multitude of important topics, both in defence, and in other areas, and Montenegru and Romania share the same values in many areas of interest. Therefore, our collaboration is very good, our relations developed through NATO accession - also, and to us, Romania is an example of country that successfully built its profile within the Alliance, and which actively contributes to achieving its priorities. Montenegro proved to be, throughout this year, a trustworthy ally, and our aim is to continue in this respect, from a strategic point of view, both in the region and in a broader franwework, anywhere where the transatlantic values are promoted and defended. We particularly appreciate Prime Minister Dancila's visit in the preamble of taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU next year, in the first trimester of next year. At the same time, we wish success to Romania during its presidency, and we thank it for the fact that Montenegro, but also Western Balkans are on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency, which is proven also by the fact that the Romanian Prime Minister is visiting Montenegro that is at the forefront of the negotiation process with the European Union. I informed the Prime Minister in detail about our priorities and expectations in the negotiation process with the European Union, and we discussed about the current political and security issues, both in the region and in Europe. Of course, we discussed about the multiple collaboration potential too, as we agreed that the collaboration relations must be developed and economic cooperation must be intensified. Once again, I wish a warm welcome to Madam Prime Minister and we are glad about this collaboration over the next period, not only during Romanian presidency of the Council of the EU, but also in the perspective of bilateral relations development. Finally, I want to thank the Romanian Prime Minister for inviting me to pay a visit to Romania early next year, during which we will discuss about Montenegro's accession path to the European Union. Viorica Dancila: Thank you! I am glad that this is the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to Montenegro. I want to congratulate the Montenegrin people for their national day, celebrated few days ago. I had a constructive discussion with Mr. Prime Minister both regarding the development of bilateral relations, and the European path of your country. I decided together with the Montenegrin Prime Minister, to consolidate the bilateral relations, to have a better sectoral cooperation and we held talks pertaining to various sectors of activity. We discused about cooperation in the energy, education and culture, tourism areas, we decided to boost trade, and we also discussed about intensifying cooperation in the investment area. We decided together to hold an economic forum as a first step towards intensifying cooperation between the two countries. With respect to the European agenda, I want to congratulate Prime Minister, to congratulate Montenegro for the progress achieved to date, and I want to assure you that my presence here, few months before taking over the presidency of the Council of the European Union, shows our firm commitment to backing Montenegro on its European path. I assured the Prime Minister that we want to support Montengro in the negotiation chapters, to provide technical support in this respect and at the same time, to have a very good cooperation, in order to know exactly the progress achieved by Montenegro, so that we can take it further within the European institutions. I am sure that Montenegro will take important steps. You already have a precedent for which I would like to congratulate you, namely that since June 5, 2017, Montenegro is a NATO member state. Last but not least, I would like to thank the Montenegrin authorities for their support for Romania following the tragic accident that Romanian citizens had in your country. Thank you once again, Prime Minister, for our constructive discussions. I look forward to your visit to Bucharest and I wish you greater success in the economic development of your country, and also in the steps you are taking on the European path! 2018-07-25 14:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-25_at_17.53.43_(1).jpegConsolidarea cooperării economice și aprofundarea relaţiilor bilaterale, printre temele abordate de viceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall în cadrul întrevederilor din marja summit-ului Alianței PacificuluiȘtiri din 25.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/strengthening-economic-cooperation-and-deepening-bilateral-relations-were-among-the-topics-addressed-by-vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-in-her-meetings-on-the-sidelines-of-the-pacific-alliance-summitOn July 23-24, 2018, Vice Prime Minister for Strategic Partnership Implementation Ana Birchall participated in the 13th Pacific Alliance Summit, a political, economic and trade integration initiative with an emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. On the sidelines of the summit, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister had a series of bilateral meetings with the Heads of the Latin American delegations and with representatives of the countries invited to attend the summit, reasserting Romanias firm will to develop and deepen the political and diplomatic dialogue as well as trade, and continued the steps to promote Romanias bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. The meeting with the Head of Mexican diplomacy Luis Videgaray Caso, occasioned the welcoming of the positive trend of the bilateral relationship between Romania and Mexico and emphasised the need to identify new opportunities for cooperation in areas of common interest, including during Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Likewise, the need for much closer cooperation between Romania and the Pacific Alliance countries was reiterated. The meeting of the Romanian dignitary with Argentinas Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Raimondi allowed for the reaffirmation of Romanias interest in strengthening the bilateral relations, both politically and economically and at sectoral level, considering the potential for cooperation between the two countries. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister thanked the Argentinean official for supporting Romanias bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and the two officials reaffirmed their commitment to joint actions designed to support each others bid for OECD membership, a major objective for both states. 2018-07-25 12:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_secretarul_pentru_relații_externe_al_statelor_unite_mexicane,_domnul_luis_videgaray_caso.jpegVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Muntenegru și Republica MacedoniaȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-montenegro-and-the-republic-of-macedoniaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila starts a Western Balkans tour on July 25-27, 2018, that includes official visits to Montenegro and the Republic of Macedonia. The political dialogue with the two states' officials will focus on reconfirming close bilateral relations grounded in supporting EU membership and ensuring regional stability and security. Given the special attention attached by Romania to its relations with the Balkan states, the ways to continue the development of good bilateral relations with these two countries will be explored, with emphasis on strengthening economic cooperation. A major objective will be the European agenda of the two countries, taking into account the importance Romania will attach to the Western Balkans region during its presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. Regional security will also be analyzed, in a partnership logic, taking into account the recent invitation extended to the Republic of Macedonia to join NATO, as well as Montenegro's recent NATO membership. In Podgorica, on the first official visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to Montenegro, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will have meetings with her Montenegrin counterpart Dusko Markovic, with the President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic and the Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Ivan Brajovic. The latest developments in the bilateral relationship, in Montenegro's EU accession negotiations, the possibilities for Romania's support, as well as cooperation within NATO will be analysed on this occasion. The visit to Skopje will also be the first by a Romanian Prime Minister to the Republic of Macedonia since the declaration of the country's independence in 1991. The Head of the Romanian Executive will hold a series of high-level meetings with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, and Chairman of the Macedonian Parliament Talat Xhaferi. During the talks, the prospects for developing the bilateral relationship will be examined and the latest developments in the European and Euro-Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia will be analysed. 2018-07-24 19:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-07-06-15big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu omologul său din Republica Irlanda, Leo VaradkarȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-meets-irish-counterpart-leo-varadkarJoint press conference of Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar Viorica Dancila: It is the first time in 15 years that an Irish Prime Minister is visiting Romania and this is furthermore important as we are in a special period of time: celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of Romania and preparation for taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019, and also ample discussions on the EUs future. I had constructive talks with Mr. Prime Minister, regarding both the bilateral agenda and topics of interest on the European agenda. I saluted the fact that last year, the commercial exchanges between Romania and Ireland reached a historic peak, being above EUR 500 million. We are glad that 892 Irish companies have been operating in Romania and wish to extend the economic and commercial cooperation. At the same time, we wish that Irish investors come to Romania, we encourage the Romanian investors to go invest in Ireland and in this respect, I talked with Mr. Prime Minister about amending the public procurement law and the law of public-private partnership, as well. We know about the Irish experience and expertise in the public - private partnership, and we would like to have an exchange of good practices, this is why we have decided to set up a working group. Meanwhile, we want to thank the Prime Minister for the appreciation enjoyed by the Romanian communities in Ireland. Ireland is among the EU Member States in which the Romanian children are also taught Romanian language, culture and civilization in public schools. We discussed about the potential of the two countries regarding cooperation and we decided that we should strengthen sectorial cooperation. As aforementioned, we also addressed topics of the European agenda. We talked about the multiannual financial framework and decided that there should be a balance between the new policies - and I am talking about defence, research, migration, Erasmus+, border protection - and the traditional policies regarding the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). We know how important the agricultural sector is to both Romania and Ireland, which is why we decided to advocate the common topics within the common agricultural policy that the two countries are benefiting from, such as the youth, encouraging the youth to choose the agriculture, or the protection against disasters. We also discussed about the Cohesion Policy and I invited Mr. Prime Minister to attend the conference to be held in Bucharest, on October 30, 2018. We also talked about Brexit, about the future of the European Union and obviously about the presence at the summit due next year, in Sibiu, on May 9. I would like to thank once again Mr. Prime Minister for his constructive approach and I hope his visit to Romania will give the start to a more fruitful and closer cooperation between Romania and Ireland, both at bilateral and European levels. Leo Varadkar: Thank you very much and good afternoon. I just want to say how delighted I am to meet with Prime Minister Dancila in Bucharest today. I really want to thank the Prime Minister for such a warm welcome and I was surprised to hear that it is 15 years since an Irish Prime Minister has been here in Bucharest, so, I think it is high time that we upgraded our relations. I have been here before, as a student but it is my first time here as a Prime Minister, and because of the Romanian Presidency next year, almost all our Cabinet Ministers will visit Romania in 2019 so, I think it is a really good chance to upgrade our relations. I was delighted to learn that the Prime Minister as a member of the European Parliament spent two weeks in Ireland, on a visit, and I invited her to come back sometime, if she can fit in with her busy schedule. We have discussed the fact that relations between Romania and Ireland have been developing very strongly over recent years, and we have a very large Romanian community now, in Ireland, maybe 70,000 people making up about1. 5 percent of our population. And it is a community that is very valued, very welcomed, very well integrated. They have been excellent ambassadors for Romania in Ireland, and made a really good contribution to our economy and to our society and as the Prime Minister said, the Romanian language is a language that you can learn in Irish schools. We discussed business and trade links and trade between our two countries has doubled in the past ten years, and six of our ten largest companies are active here, and I look forward to meeting some of them later this afternoon. We had a good conversation about Romania's plan for your first EU presidency, and I think the theme of the presidency: cohesion, a common European value, is one that we can identify with and one that we can support. It is going to be an extremely busy presidency, because Brexit will happen in March next year, the European elections in May, we also try to negotiate a new MFF, a new European budget, and we also have a meeting in May, in Sibiu, to discuss the future of Europe, and the future integration, so it is already an extremely busy agenda for the next period. On Brexit, I particularly thank the Prime Minister for her interest in the unique concerns that Ireland has, particularly in relation to northern Ireland and Romania's ongoing support for making sure there is no return to hard border between northern Ireland and Ireland. On the budget, we talked about the need for the European budget to reflect new challenges, such as: boosting economic development and jobs, managing migration and external security, and also tackling climate change which I understand it is causing floods in Romania while it causes drought in Ireland. We very much agreed that we need to reform and continue to fund very well successful policies like the Common Agricultural Policy which is important to both our farmers and rural areas, and cohesion in particular. I also sought the Prime Minister's advice and guidance on the situation in Moldova, and also in Western Balkans and Ukraine, and certainly Romania is a country I will listen to when I am being asked to make decisions and form opinions on what is happening in this part of Europe. And finally we agreed that we would establish a working group so that we can cooperate and share experiences on the operations of public - private partnerships, particularly when it comes to infrastructure and transport infrastructure of which we have a lot of experience in Ireland. Thank you again, Prime Minister for a very valuable visit. 2018-07-24 17:39:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-05-55-18big_02_resize.jpgMesaj transmis de premierul Viorica Dăncilă omologului grec Alexis TsiprasȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-24 14:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-24-02-55-56big_sigla_guvern.pngVicepremierul Ana Birchall: Guvernul României susține cooperarea pe termen lung sub egida Alianței PacificuluiȘtiri din 24.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-government-backs-long-term-cooperation-under-the-pacific-alliance-s-aegisVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall participated on July 23-24,2018 in the meeting of the Pacific Alliance Council of Ministers with Observer States, on the sidelines of the 13th Summit of the Pacific Alliance. During her speech at the work session moderated by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the four member states of the Pacific Alliance, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall highlighted the Romanian Governments political will for a long term cooperation under the Pacific Alliance's aegis, founded on shared fundamental values, very good bilateral relations with all four states and on common interests and converging views concerning the future architecture of the global economy, based on multilateralism, transparency, predictability and responsibility. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall conveyed the Dancila Cabinet's firm support for Romanias candidacy for a UN Security Council non-permanent mandate. Our candidacy for a seat on the United Nations Security Council can highlight Romanias experience and expertise, which can certainly be useful in resolving the problems and global challenges that we are facing today. We will continue to act in the same open, independent and honest way and to promote initiatives based on consensus, partnerships and inclusion. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also presented the proposal advanced by Constanta Port with respect to starting contacts and exploratory discussions with representatives of the four states in the field, in order to accomplish a joint project, primarily aimed at increasing and multiplying trade opportunities and mutually beneficial businesses, emphasising the ports geostrategic position as a regional hub. Outlining the double identity of the Constanta Port, as a maritime and fluvial port, the Vice Prime Minister expressed Romanias availability to invite representatives of the Pacific Alliance to the 8th edition of the Annual Forum of EU Strategy for the Danube Region (SUERD), to be held in Bucharest, on June 27-28, 2019, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and also of SUERD. On the sidelines of the meeting, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister had a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of the delegations of Peru, Colombia, Singapore, Panama and Uruguay, on which occasion she reiterated Romanias firm will to develop and deepen the diplomatic-political dialogue and commercial changes and she continued the demarches for promoting our countrys candidacy for a UN Security Council non-permanent seat. Additional information The Pacific Alliance (AP) is an economic and commercial integration mechanism, founded by Chile, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, on April 28, 2011, but formalized on June 6, 2012, through the signing, at the Paranal Astronomical Observatory in Chile, of the articles of association and the organizations status. 2018-07-24 13:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_1.jpegPrezentarea, de către premierul Viorica Dăncilă, a bilanțului guvernării la șase luni de mandatȘtiri din 23.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-presented-the-government-s-six-month-stocktaking-reportViorica Dancila: Good afternoon! Before starting to present the Government's six - month stocktaking report, I would like to state that because of reasons of time, I will refer only to the most relevant measures of the programme for government, that we achieved in this first semester of 2018. I will start with the main macro-economic indicators that defined the government in this first semester of 2018. Total budget revenues: first semester of 2017 - 117.2 bn lei; first semester of 2018 - 132 bn lei. A 12 percent increase is noticeable in state budget revenues as of mid-2018 compared to the same period of 2017. Thus, almost 15 billion lei more entered state coffers in the first semester of the current year compared to the year before.Monthly, this represents an increase by 2.5 bn lei or 530 million euros. This surplus was spent to support growth in the populations incomes and higher public investment. As regards the income structure, I have decided to present you in the same chart the amounts from the income tax, compared to those from social contributions. Here can be better seen the effects of the fiscal reform. On the one hand, the income tax revenues have dropped from 14.8 billion lei in the first semester of 2017 to 11.7 billion lei in the first semester of 2018. This is due to the tax cut from 16 pct to 10 pct. Therefore, they dropped by 3.1 billion lei. On the other hand, the transfer of the contributions from employer to the employee has brought an extra 12.6 billion lei into the state coffers, from 34.2 billion lei in the first semester of 2017 to 46.8 billion lei in the first semester of 2018. Therefore, there is a surplus of 36.8 percent compared to previous year. If we cumulate plus of 12.6 billion from social contributions with the minus of 3.1 from the income tax, we notice that we have a anet benefit to the budget, of 9.5 billion lei, without affecting the employees or the employers. Cutting the deficit at the pension budget. The first semester of 2017 - 6.3 billion lei, first semester of 2018 -3.2 billion lei. Therefore, 3.1 billion lei remained available in the state budget. As regards the amounts received by Romania from the EU, we added for comparison the first semester of 2016 too, in order to address accusations that we do not attract enough European funds. Let us take a look at figures: first semester of 2016 - 0.68 billion lei, first semester of 2017 - 5.6 billion lei, first semester of 2018 - 6. 8 billion lei. It is an increase by 19. 7 percent compared to last year, but a 10- fold difference compared to the first trimester of 2016. Differences can be equally well visible if we compare the absorption percentages with the mention that they are just mid-year figures for 2018. December 2016, 7 percent - the absorption rate of EU funds, Romania was trailing behind in the EU. We managed to unlock the EU programmes and to partially recover the gap. Whereas in December 2017 the absorption rate for EU funds was 16 pct, in June 2018 it was 19 pct, as to an EU average of 20 pct. We aim at attaining 25 percent level by the end of this year. Public investment is a chapter targeted by criticism. If we look at the chart, in the first half of 2017, the public investments were 6 billion lei. In the first semester of 2018, public investments amounted to 9.1 billion lei. This chart shows how ungrounded these criticisms were. Public investment rose by more than half the amount last year. Foreign direct investment. Foreign direct investment shows us that, fortunately, investors were not impressed by the fake and alarmist news released by government critics. We have added here also 2016, because I would like to remind you past allegations that investors would quit if we raise the minimum wage, as stipulated in the government program. But let us look at the figures: semester I 2016 - 1.33 billion; first semester of 2017 - 1.93 billion euros; the first semester of 2018 - 2.21 billion euros. Look that the investors did not leave, but quite the contrary, they came and confidently invested in Romania. Unemployment. If you remember, our target is to curb unemployment to 3% by 2020. If we look at charts, in December 2016, unemployment was 4.8%, in December 2017, unemployment was 4.02%, and in June 2018, unemployment was 3.48% below the 3.5% threshold. I assure you that we will continue on this path and we will direct social aid so that we stimulate those who want to work and not those who want to stay home. The social measures that took place during these six months. One of the most important social measures was the increase of the pension point on July 1, 2018, from 1,000 lei to 1,100 lei, thus by 10%, as stipulated in the government programme. Next year, the pension point will rise by 15 percent, and it will stand at 1,265 lei. Alike, we kept our promise to increase the guaranteed minimum pension, in line with the programme for government, from 520 lei to 640 lei, hence, a 23 percent increase. The guaranteed minimum pension rose by 60 percent since we took office, from 400 lei to 640 lei. Here are two of the measures we spoke about earlier, regarding fostering employment. On the one hand, we grant a monthly subsidy of 2.250 lei to employer for each unemployed hired, at least for one year. On the other hand, we grant an employment premium in amount of 1,000 lei to unemployed who gets hired and is working for three months at least. A particularly important measure for retirees is increasing the income ceiling for those who can benefit from compensated medicines by 90 percent. In the context of increased pensions, as of July 1st this year, some of the pensioners exceeded by little the former threshold of 900 lei and were in the position of giving more money on medicines than they received following their pension increment. Thus, we raised the ceiling from 900 to 990 lei, therefore by 10 percent. Let us not forget that upon taking over, this ceiling was only 700 lei. I presented the increase in the allowance for persons with disabilities as expressed in euro, for us to have a real picture not influenced by inflation. If we look at the chart, we see that in December 2016, the allowance for persons with disabilities amounted to 52 euros, in December 2017, it was 73 euros, and in July 2018 - 108 euros. As it could be easily noticed, we have an increase by 110 percent compared to the first semester 2016 and an increase by 48 percent compared to December 2017. Cutting through the red tape is an extremely important issue for millions of Romanians. For self - employed persons, we have two extremely important measures which exempt them from dozens of hours spent to pay the taxes. First of all, we reduced from seven fiscal statements to one statement, and also, the due dates from five to one: March 15 next year. As of 2019, all payments will be made online. In the field of healthcare, certainly the most important measure has been the steady increase in the salaries of doctors. I presented in this chart the lowest salary of a resident physician, first year, and the highest salary in the system, of the emergency care unit doctor, grade 5. You could notice that increases are much higher than 100pct. This Government is certainly the only one that has achieved such high rises of the income of those who ensure our health and save our life. If we add the other bonuses and pay for on-call duty, we can say that Romanian doctors' incomes start to be comparable to those in the EU. Thus, the exodus of the young doctors has been largely stopped and we have more and more signals regarding the return to the country of those who left. We also considered the endowment of hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment. Having well-trained doctors is in vain if they do not have modern equipment to establish a correct diagnosis or to do medical interventions. Practically, in the first semester of 2018, we purchased 16 CT scanners, 24 magnetic resonance imaging units, 8 cervical cancer screening units, 21 medical imaging storage systems and 51 pieces of intensive care equipment. As aforementioned, they are purchased and are to be installed. As to the field of education, I presented the level of the increase of the lowest salary a member of the teaching staff receives, the teacher working in the pre-university field, and the level of the increase of the salary of a university professor with 25 years length of service. In the first case, we see an increase of 23 percent, and a 25 percent in the second case. These increments are added to the successive pay rises that took place last year after the current coalition came to power. In fact, in a year and a half, the teachers' net incomes rose by about 40pct. As far as education infrastructure is concerned, I have presented the objectives completed in the first semester of 2018: 145 modernized education units and 45 daycares and kindergartens built from ground up. Many others, in different construction phases will be finished this year. Agriculture. If you remember, in the years before the current coalition PSD (The Social Democratic Party) - ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats) came to power, in Romania, it was habitual to see protests of farmers, revolted by the delay of subsidy granting in agriculture. This stopped after PSD came to power. One of the major promises of the campaign was that we will subsidy subsidies on time, so that the Romanian farmers can enjoy equal opportunities with the European ones. We kept this promise: in the first semester of 2018, the subsidies paid to Romanian farmers amounted to 1.7 billion euro, of which the subsidies paid in advance for the fall of 2018 amounted to 1 billion euros. Rebuilding the irrigation system is one of the most important projects in agriculture. We promised, during the campaign, that we will reach an irrigated area of 2 million hectares until 2020. Now, after an year and a half, we have reached 1.2 million hectares, and in this semester, we approved yet another 47 investment objectives. We have 25,300 irrigation contracts concluded and I remind you that this Cabinet assured free water up to the pomping station. 231 pumping stations for irrigations have also become operational, and 470 for combating irrigations. Wool collection programme. I remind you that before the current PSD-ALDE coalition came to government, approximately 70 percent of the wool produced in Romania was burned, because there were no exploitation and collection centers. This semester, there are 32,328 sheep herders that are enlisted in this programme, which grants 1 leu for each kilogram of collected wool. Thus, as many as 8,865 tons of wool were collected, of which 3,444 tons were exported. In the pig farming sector, this Government has conducted the first concrete rescue action of two purebred species of pigs, which are highly appreciated by consumers, namely Bazna and Mangalita. It is first an issue of national pride, but, in addition to this, we offer a concrete support to pig breeders, in order for them to be competitive on the market. For each piglet delivered, a subsidy of 250 lei is granted. The anti-hail programme. We currently have over 60 launch points for anti-hail missiles, of which 26 were made in the first semester of 2018. In total, presently, there are over 870,000 of protected acres against hail. Until March 2019, another 63 launch points will be finished. The - Tomatoes from Romanian farms programme is already a known success. I remind you of the 2016 situation which determined us to introduce this programme. We then had roughly 50,000 tons of imported tomatoes, while we exported only 3,000 tons. Today, after implementing this programme, we have managed to produce in Romania 65,544 tons and we will reach 90,000 by the end of the year, nearly double the amount of imports. Local development. Here we have just presented a part of the effectively completed objectives in the first semester of 2018. These projects have a great importance for local communities, especially in the rural environment. 939 kilometers of county and communal roads, 608 kilometers of water and sewerage pipelines, 243 dwellings were completed. In the same field of investments completed at local level in this semester, we find the multimodal terminal Straulesti and the Caracal detour road, and the Focsani public swimming pool. In this stocktaking report, I started a distinct chapter for the measures the Government took in order to stimulate the national economy. Such an important measure is reducing the excises to gasoline by 10 percent for carriers which represents an important support for trade, and also for the transport of raw materials needed for production. Other measure is the programme - Invest in yourself, which offers support especially to young people having as essential condition that the beneficiary be included in a study programme or professional formation one. From the beneficiary perspective, interest is zero, as it is entirely supported by the state. Furthermore, accessing loans will be easy as the state will guarantee 80 percent of their value. Thus, whereby this programme, a loan worth 40,000 lei is granted to the young people aged 16 -26 years and a loan of 35,000 lei to those aged 26 - 55 years. Of course, conditions are the same: enrolment in a study or professional formation programme. The loan amount will be supplemented by 20,000 lei for the young people who find a job. This loan can be used for the payment of studies, books, participation in cultural, scientific events, payment of medicines and medical or stomatological treatments, sports equipment, partial payment of a dwelling, all these for the person who accessed the loan and also for their family. The Start-up nation programme is an incentive for the development of new businesses, and also an alternative for young people to stay in Romania to develop their own business. Only in this semester, there were 5,834 beneficiaries who collected nonrefundable funds either directly from regional agencies, or under the form of banking loans that will be reimbursed by the Government. Beyond the economic benefits, I would like to underline the positive social impact: these companies bring a plus of nearly 21,000 new jobs in the economy. A programme little mentioned is the state aid that is granted for films produced in Romania. There were ample discussions with Hollywood film houses that expressed interest in this programme, and that they want to come in Romania to produce here the films. The Government will bear 35 percent from the production and cast expenses for the production achieved in Romania, plus 10 percent if the film promotes Romania. As terms, the total aid can amount to 10 million euros for a movie, at least 20 percent of the production to be made in Romania but also the mention that the film was produced with the support of the Romanian Government. It is a very efficient way of promoting Romania and also an important support for the revival of the Romanian film industry. Other measure to stimulate the economy is the state aid granted to investment larger than 3 million euros. The companies benefit of state aid varying between 25 -50 percent of the investment value, according to the county in which the investment is made. We are therefore trying to reduce the economic gaps and to direct the investors to the areas in which there is more labor force available. An important chapter is that of strategic investment. As you know, the main reason why significant investments have not been made over the last decades was not the lack of money, but especially the very intricate legislation, with cumbersome procedures, that delayed way too much the major investmet projects. We first acted on the causes, and amended the Public Procurement Law and the Public-Private Partnership Law, a centralized procurement unit was set up within the Ministry of Public Finance, and a centralized procurement unit operates now within the National Strategy and Prognosis Commission, which will implement and closely monitor public-private partnerships. Last but not least, the regime of precious metals has been regulated, which can relaunch the activity in this field, with important benefits for the Romanian state. 13 major investment projects have already been approved, of which four are in the transport infrastructure. The first, and perhaps, the most important of them is Ploiesti - Comarnic - Brasov Motorway the substantiation study of which has already entered in first reading, even in the last Cabinet meeting. It is very likely that we hold the award auction until September. The other two motorways, namely Craiova - Calaft - Drobeta - Turnu Severin - Lugoj Motorway and the Targu Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni Motorway will have their substantiation studies completed by the end of this year, when the competitive selection for the builder designation starts. As regards Bucharest South Airport construction, the deadline for the completion of the substantiation study is the end of the first semester of 2019. In the healthcare field, we have five projects approved as regards the public - private partnership. The first - operation of services in public - private partnership in the healthcare field, part of a package comprising CFR hospitals. The novelty is that this regime, of public - private partnership, can be entrusted now to private companies for public services operation too, such is the case of CFR hospitals network administration. This does not exclude building new hospitals too through public - private partnership and we considered in this respect building two regional hospitals: Timisoara Regional Hospital and Braila - Galati Regional Hospital. The most important project is Carol Davila Medical Complex which will also include the Republican Hospital and which will become the most important medical center in the South - Eastern Europe. Other project in public - private partnership is the construction and operation of a blood, human plasma and stem cells national bank. I want to mention that all five projects will have the substantiation studies completed by the end of this year. Also in public-private partnership, we will arrange for navigation, about 100 km on the rivers Argeş and Damboviţa. Most of it is on the Argeş River, where we have 75 km and where the works completion stage is 75%. Also in the same regime of the public-private partnership, 140 km of the 190 km of the Siret-Bărăgan Canal will be built with the purpose of providing irrigation in this region. The difference of up to 190 km and 50 km respectively will be completed by ANIF by the end of 2020. We also plan to build an electric vehicle plant, but also to develop a ski resort in the Fagaras Massif. Both, as aforementioned, will be achieved in a public-private partnership. Speaking about strategic investments completed in the first semester of 2018, we have on the one hand, the acquisition of the Moldovan natural gas operator, Vestmoldtransgaz. I want to mention that this is the first time Romania has an offensive approach in the energy field and when it starts to create the conditions for becoming a real regional hub in the supply of natural gas. The procedures have been completed in this field too, allowing us to actually start the construction of BRUA 1 pipeline; we have already received 180 million euros from EU and we can actually start this project, which will mean total investment of 530 million euros. We have the same targets in the field of electrical power. In this semester, 192 km of electricity lines have been completed, allowing us to interconnect with the neighboring countries - I refer here to Hungary and Serbia. We also purchased 2 aircraft for Tarom and we signed the purchase contract for another 5 aircraft. Also in the first quarter, we completed the negotiations whereby the state becomes again a major shareholder at Mangalia Shipyard and I want to announce that today, we have completed the transaction. This was, in brief, the Government's six - month stocktaking report. So, Romanian citizens can now make a comparison between what we did and what we are doing and what the other political parties that were in power, did. Surely, there are still many things to be done, and we will do them, as we pledged in the electoral campaign, despite the obstacles that emerge on a daily basis, exactly to prevent us from carrying through what the programme for government provides for. This was a presentation focusing on economic and social achievements and on investments. Over the next period, Ministers will present at length what they have achieved in the fields they coordinate. Thank you. 2018-07-23 15:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-23-03-51-19big_05_resize.jpgGuvernul României: Invitație pentru producătorii de film de a realiza co-producții prin schema de ajutor de stat pentru industria cinematograficăȘtiri din 21.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/romanian-government-invitation-for-filmmakers-to-achieve-co-productions-through-the-state-aid-scheme-for-the-film-industryVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall attended on July 19-21, the Ischia Global Fillm and Music Fest, one of the most important festivals in Europe, which brings together leading names in the international film industry - producers, directors, scriptwriters, actors and cinema specialists. The Romanian officials participation aimed at promoting the package of facilities designed to support the co-productions in the Romanian film industry. During the - Focus on Romania session of debates, the Romanian Vice Prime Minister highlighted the commitment of the Cabinet Dăncilă to support the realization of co-productions: The Romanian Government is determined to endorse the film industry and the latest decisions demonstrate our determination in this respect and make our country one of the main destinations for the realization of international co-productions, thus highlighting both the talent and the expertise of the workers in this field as well as the beauty of the Romanian lands. I presented to the filmmakers and representatives of major film studios the state aid scheme adopted by Cabinet Dăncilă, whereby we aim at stimulating the production of films by encouraging the private initiative in the field of creation, financing, production and distribution of Romanian films or films made with Romanian participation. We extended to all producers the invitation to come and make use of the opportunities offered by Romania in this area, an invitation they received with openness. The Romanian official stated that, through the state aid scheme for the film industry, Romania becomes one of the most attractive destinations in Europe for film co-production. The state aid scheme adopted by the Romanian Government is one of the most competitive in Europe. The aid scheme includes non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 35 percent of all eligible expenditures, which can increase up to 45% on condition of promoting a geographical area, a city or Romania within the same cinema production, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Also, the Romanian official had a series of meetings with well-known names of the film industry, filmmakers and representatives of the major international production studios, whom she invited to come to Romania to invest and capitalize on the opportunities that the local cinema industry offers. Background information The state aid scheme has a multiannual character and runs until December 31, 2020, covering a maximum of 45% of the eligible costs for film production carried out on Romanian soil. The state aid is paid during 2018-2020. The maximum annual budget of the scheme is 233 million lei, the equivalent of about 50 million euros. The total maximum budget is 698 million lei, the equivalent of about 150 million euro. The state aid granted consists of: non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 35 percent of the total eligible expenditure for the purchase, rental, manufacture of goods and / or services occasioned by the development of film projects; non-reimbursable financial allocations in the amount of 10% over the basic allocation, provided that a geographical area, a city or Romania is promoted within the same film production. 2018-07-21 16:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-21_at_16.14.02.jpegÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ministrul afacerilor externe din Austria, Karin KneisslȘtiri din 18.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-austrian-foreign-minister-karin-kneisslPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today at the Victoria Palace the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who is paying a visit to Romania. During the talks, the good level of relations between Romania and the Republic of Austria both at bilateral and EU level was highlighted. There were mentioned the solid bilateral economic relations, but also the untapped potential that is likely to stimulate the growth of economic exchanges and investments. Furthermore, the Head of the Romanian Executive and Austria's Foreign Affairs Minister talked about the new legislative framework regarding the public-private partnership and the public procurements, with an emphasis on a possible Romanian-Austrian cooperation in the medical area. Prime Minister Dancila also mentioned the very good cooperation between the two states in the vocational education area - dual education, adding that this is instrumental in the necessary adaptation to the requirements of the labour market. In this context, Prime Minister offered information about the National Authority for the Initial Professional Training in Dual System of Romania, a newly established institution in order to respond to the requests related to qualified labour force. The meeting also occasioned the reconfirmation of the common will for cooperation in the European Affairs area, with a view to ensuring an efficient transition from the Austrian Presidency to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The talks also highlighted shared expectations and stands on a series of topical dossiers such as EU enlargement or the European energy security. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also reiterated the importance of observing by all member states the non-discriminatory access to social security in correlation with the fundamental freedom of movement of European citizens within the community space. 2018-07-18 16:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1531921175original_img_4546.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Klaus Werner IohannisȘtiri din 18.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-president-klaus-werner-iohannisToday, July 18, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with President Klaus Werner Iohannis. Aspects related to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU were addressed during this meeting, as regards both the state of preparedness of dossiers and topics of interest, and also the technical, infrastructure and programme related aspects. They took stock of the priorities included in the work programme of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and discussed about the calendar of actions that the Government is considering to hold in the first half of next year. In this context, it was highlighted Romanias objective to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the common European interest, to ensuring unity and cohesion among the Member States, as well as to bringing the citizens closer to EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented at the same time the main objectives that Romania will assume as future holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU in relation to a number of major European dossiers, and she reaffirmed the Governments commitment to contribute actively during Romanias mandate, to identifying a consensus, making important decisions on the topics and dossiers on the agenda, as well as the need to ensure an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the European Union and the Member States have to cope with. 2018-07-18 12:06:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-18-12-09-22big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă a participat la deschiderea Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României, ediția 2018Știri din 16.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-opening-of-the-government-internship-programme-the-2018-editionViorica Dăncilă: Dear interns, welcome to Victoria Palace! Welcome in the public administration. I am glad to be here today alongside so many valuable and well-trained young people. I say this because I know that you are here today following a rigorous selection and a tight competition, 200 seats and 3,000 candidates who have applied online. I am very glad about your presence here and I would like to assure you that the Romanian Government is backing this programme and it supports all of you, as proven by the fact that we have doubled the number of seats from 100 in 2017 to 200 this year. I am glad that, in the Centennial Year, we managed through this programme to bring together young people, students or graduates, from 45 universities from Romania and abroad, that we managed to bring home students from the UK, France, Italy and China. I want you to make the best use of this openness and see inside how things work, how documents, laws are drawn up, what their circuit is. In conclusion, I wish you success, to have pleasant and relevant internship experiences, helpful in your future career. Thank you! 2018-07-16 15:54:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_c4525dbb-cbf6-429d-a9f7-3e81a50a8bbd.jpegViceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall, mesaj din partea Guvernului la finalul Olimpiadei Internaționale de Matematică: Felicitări tuturor premianților și cinste tuturor participanților!Știri din 13.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-13 15:14:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-13-03-17-14big_sigla_guvern.pngViceprim-ministrul Ana Birchall l-a primit în vizită de rămas-bun pe Paul Brummel, ambasadorul Marii Britanii la BucureștiȘtiri din 12.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-received-the-british-ambassador-in-romania-paul-brummel-on-a-farewell-visitVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall welcomed on Thursday, July 12, the British ambassador to Romania Paul Brummel on a farewell visit, in the context of the end of his term in Romania. I want to thank Mr. Ambassador Paul Brummel for the excellent relationship he has developed and promoted between Romania and the United Kingdom during his term in office, as well as for a successful institutional collaboration, as he has been a genuine friend of Romania. The relationship between Romania and the UK was, is and will be a special relationship. The UK will remain one of Romanias most important partners and strategic allies, even in the post-Brexit context, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. Ana Birchall outlined that:Paul Brummel will remain a friend of Romania even after his term of office in our country comes to an end. The Romanian Vice Prime Minister thanked the British diplomat for his sustained efforts to deepen the Romania- UK relationship, assuring him at the same time of her full gratitude for the promotion of Romania. The Vice Prime Minister outlined that Romania wants the UK to stay as close to the European Union as possible and to continue to play a leading role in Europes security, defence and economy. In his turn, the British diplomat thanked the Romanian Vice Prime Minister for the excellent institutional and personal collaboration, emphasizing the special relationship between Romania and Great Britain. 2018-07-12 12:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_uk_ambassador_(1).jpegPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, în vizită de lucru la BruxellesȘtiri din 10.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-is-paying-a-working-visit-to-brusselsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, on the occasion of the Romanian official's working visit to Brussels. The meeting was also attended by First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. In view of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2019, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the Romanian authorities commitment to ensure a successful mandate. The Head of the Executive highlighted Romanias objective to contribute, in a constructive manner, to defining and promoting the European common interest, ensuring unity and cohesion among the member states as well as the citizens' drawing closer to EU again. Moreover, Prime Minister expressed the Romanian Government's wish to continue the close and efficient cooperation with the European Commission in order to facilitate the decision-making process at European level, in the perspective of Romania's exercising the incumbent responsibilities of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The two officials agreed on the need of ensuring a general consensus for endorsing the objectives that Romania had envisaged prior and during the Presidency of the Council of the EU, the involvement of all institutional, social and political actors being necessary in this respect. During the talks, the Romanian official also presented the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU as regards the main dossiers on the European agenda, as well as the reflection process on the EU future, talks on the future Multi-Annual Financial Framework and negotiations regarding Brexit. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed Romania's full availability for channeling the efforts of the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU towards ensuring a substantial progress in the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, a dossier of major importance for the Union. Prime Minister has at the same time emphasized the importance of the EC maintaining an approach regarding some proposals on the future Financial Framework which guarantees that the cohesion and common agriculture policies remain the main investment policies of the Union, voicing in the context the expectation that their important role be adequately reflected at the level of the related allocations. Prime Minister presented the latest developments in terms of reform and judicial system amendments, and showed that the completion of the CVM (the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism) remains an important objective on the governmental agenda. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the European Commissioner for regional policy Corina Cretu on July 10, in the context of her visit to Brussels. The meeting occasioned the continuation of dialogue with the European Commission on developments aimed at the implementation of the cohesion policy in Romania, aspects related to defining the cohesion policy post -2020 and the preparations to take over the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU being approached at the same time. On this occasion, the Romanian official reiterated the Romanian Government's thanks to Commissioner Cretu for the constant support granted by the European Commission to Romanian authorities on aspects aimed at a better management of European funds, outlining the important role of a good relation between Government and Brussels in this field. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reassured the European Commission of the Romanian Govermment's firm commitment towards increasing the level of attracting the European funds allocated during the financial exercise 2014 -2020. Prime Minister Dancila showed that the Romanian Government will maintain in 2018 too the accelerated pace of projects appraisal and contracting so that we can attain the proposed absorption target of 100 percent by the end of the programming period. It is important to ensure an accelerated implementation of the projects for the volume of payments to increase in 2018 and 2019. Thus, the Romanian Government's efforts focus on speeding up the implementation of projects already admitted for financing and on supporting the beneficiaries throughout the duration of the investment projects. Prime Minister Dancila underlined the fact that Romanian authorities focus all their efforts on accelerating the implementation of projects already approved for financing during the year 2018, primarily by supporting the beneficiaries throughout the running of the investments, but also by opening all available financing lines. Prime Minister also indicated that the target set for 2018 is to reach an absorption rate of about 25 percent, including pre-financing. At the same time, Prime Minister added that in addition to maximizing the absorption rate, Romanian authorities are also making efforts to ensure quality projects that would qualify for European funding. The talks between the two senior officials also addressed the post-2020 cohesion policy negotiations, including from the perspective of the Romania's mandate to the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out that Romania would appreciate greater flexibility for Member States in allocating the budget to the objectives defined by the new regulatory framework so as to reduce the gaps in infrastructure development in key areas: telecommunications, transport, environment, energy, healthcare and education. The meeting also focused on how the EU member states and Romania will define and transpose after 2020 thematic priorities such as: innovation, digitisation, transport, social affairs and infrastructure. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that Romania is proposing a constructive approach that will lead to a compromise that will reflect both the needs to meet the new challenges and the needs for achieving real convergence at the level of the European Union, by providing adequate funding for cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. The Head of the Executive and the European Commissioner also discussed the latest developments in projects such as the M6 subway line and three regional hospitals. In the context, they agreed on the submission of additional projects in the field of transport and road infrastructure. Cross-border policy, migration, cooperation with the Republic of Moldova, regional co-operation in the quadrilateral format and the Danube Strategy were other topics addressed during the meeting. The European Commissioner welcomed the legislative changes in the area of public procurement that set a deadline for the resolution of litigations. Prime Minister also stated that cohesion would be another priority of the Romanian presidency of the EU Council. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila invited Commissioner Cretu to attend an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy to be held in Bucharest at the end of October. As regards the floods, Corina Cretu gave assurances that experts from the European Commission will be sent to Romania to contribute to the assessment of the situation caused by the late heavy rainfall. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger, in the context of her working visit to Brussels. Attending the talks was also the Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed her appreciation for the good cooperation with the European Commission and the trust that this will continue in the same constructive spirit, especially in the context of the preparations and exercise by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester next year. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila mentioned the opportunity that the presidency of the Council of the EU represents for Romania, to prove its deep attachment to the European construction and to promote the European interest. The Romanian Prime Minister presented at the same time the main objectives that Romania will undertake during its mandate as President of the Council of the EU, in relation to a series of major European dossiers, the exchange of opinions mainly aiming at negotiations regarding the future Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 -2027, the priority dossier being in the potfolio of European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reaffirmed Romania's interest and commitment to actively contribute during its presidency of the Council of the EU, to identifying a consensus, in making important decisions regarding the future multiannual budget of the Union, that would allow an efficient and timely implementation of the investment projects at the EU level. Moreover, Prime Minister emphasized the importance of agreeing on some balanced solutions on the future Financial Framework, to reflect both the need to continue the process of economic and social convergence across the entire Union and the need to provide an adequate response to the new realities and challenges that the Union and the Member States need to cope with. The Head of the Bucharest Executive outlined the fact that Romania can contribute to facilitating a political agreement to be reached on the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework by holding in Bucharest in late October an international conference on the future of the cohesion policy. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also pointed to the main elements of interest for Romania in relation with the upcoming post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, emphasizing the importance of maintaining substantial allocations for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, promoting solutions to contribute to the simplification and increased flexibility of the implementation process, at the level of the Member States and beneficiaries, European programmes and financial instruments. In this context, Prime Minister reiterated Romania's support for the allocations necessary to sustain the new priorities of the Union. Creation of an European framework to ensure the premises for the promotion of employment facilities and geographical and occupational mobility, as well as adaptation to the industrial transformations and the evolution of the production systems was other topic addressed during the meeting with Gunther Oettinger. Prime Minister of Romania and the European Commissioner agreed on initiating in Bucharest, during September - November 2018, a dialogue of experts in the budget and human resources areas. The European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger thanked the Romanian Prime Minister for the timely initiation of the dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission, emphasizing that this demarche shows the Romanian Government's interest in having a successful mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The European Commissioner has accepted the invitation of the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting in Brussels with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today, July 10, 2018, with the diplomats of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, during her working visit to Brussels. Attending the meeting was also the Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb. The Head of the Executive addressed the Romanian diplomats on the essential mission they will have when our country takes over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019. We are prepared to undertake the important role we will have next year in exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. You know the dossiers best and I trust that, together, we will manage to carry through this national project, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. On the occasion of the visit to the headquarters of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, Prime Minister Dancila inaugurated the exhibition Romanian Nuances of painter Emil Ciocoiu and sculptor Vladimir Kazan, in the context of the celebration of the Centennial Aniversary in the European Capital. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan, in the context of the working visit that the Romanian official is paying to Brussels during 9-10 July. Minister of European funds Rovana Plumb attended this meeting too. During the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister and the European Commissioner Phil Hogan tackled priority aspects of the European agenda, with focus on the ongoing demarches at the EU level, on the common agricultural policy. There were also tackled aspects on the state of preparedness for the exercise by Romania, starting January 1, 2019, of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that one of Romania's major objectives, as President of the Council of the EU, will be that of securing that the EU policies are constantly linked to the principle of cohesion, as EU common value. From this perspective, Romania will make efforts to advance the negotiation process, and to adopt in a timely manner, in line with the support of the other member states of the Union, the proposals regarding the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that the common agricultural policy demonstrated its value added, representing a genuine catalyst for economic and social development of European rural areas, for the active and accelerated maintainance of the process of cohesion among regions and for the provision of safe food, of high quality and at affordable prices for European citizens. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister outlined the need to adequately reflect the major role of this policy at the level of allocations for the Common Agricultural Policy in the future European budget. Prime Minister of Romania also mentioned that the Government supports the maintenance of the CAP budget at a level comparable to the current one, mentioning at the same time that Romania appreciates the Commissions good intentions to simplify and increase subsidiarity in the implementation of the future Common Agricultural Policy, as well as the proposal to further reduce the gap between farmer direct payments in different member states. The Head of the Executive further stated that Romania does not agree with capping, which will seriously affect the most competitive farms in our country. The two officials also discussed the Commissions proposals on supporting small farms and young farmers in Romania. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also underlined the importance of ensuring a simplified architecture of the future policy in the post-2020 time frame, allowing for an increased level of transparency, accessibility and efficiency in relation to direct beneficiaries of this policy. Prime Minister appreciated the role that the European Commission will have in the European decision-making process regarding the proposals in the field of agriculture and expressed Romania's interest and openness to continue the cooperation with the Commission in order to identify together with the Member States and the European Parliament the best solutions for European agriculture, for European farmers and, in essence, for European citizens as the main beneficiaries of EU policies. The Head of the Executive also brought out into discussion the current problems Romania is facing, namely the African swine fever and the floods affecting several counties. With respect to African swine fever, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development mentioned that this started in Poland and that he considers ways to provide assistance to our country. Regarding floods, the Romanian Prime Minister and Commissioner Phil Hogan agreed that, next week, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, will discuss the aid that the European Commission can provide to our country. The effects of climate change on the overall agricultural sector will be analyzed, and, alongside the floods, the drought that affects other member states will be considered as well. The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development accepted the invitation extended by the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to Romania as soon as possible. *** On July 9-10, 2018, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila will pay a working visit to Brussels, on which occasion she will have a meeting with the President of the European Commision Jean - Claude Juncker. Prime Minister will hold talks with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, and with the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Gunther Oettinger. The visit to Brussels is aimed at intensifying the Romanian Government's dialogue with the European institutions, in the perspective of our country taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU starting January 1, 2019. The senior Romanian official will reiterate the Romanian authorities' firm commitment to ensure a successful mandate, will highlight Romania's objective to contribute in a constructive manner to defining and promoting the European common interest, to ensuring unity and cohesion among Member States and to the European citizens drawing closer to the EU. Priority aspects on the European agenda, with focus on the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy will also be tackled. 2018-07-10 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-10-08-19-43big_02_resize.jpgGuvernul României le urează succes elevilor participanți la Olimpiada Internațională de MatematicăȘtiri din 08.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-08 13:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-08-01-33-38big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la Summit-ul formatului de cooperare R.P. Chineză-Europa Centrală și de EstȘtiri din 07.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participates-in-the-summit-of-the-china-central-and-eastern-european-countries-cooperation-format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Premier of the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China Li Keqiang, on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) held in Sofia. The two officials welcomed the positive evolution of relations between the two countries, highlighting the great capital of trust and traditional friendship between the Romanian and Chinese peoples. Appreciation was voiced for the special relevance of the favorable bilateral dynamics in the context of the approaching anniversary, in 2019, of 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations and of 15 years since the launch of the Declaration of the Ample Friendship and Cooperation Partnership between Romania and the Peoples Republic of China. The two officials expressed their determination to maintain political dialogue at a high level and intensify it as an essential vehicle for stimulating overall cooperation and for capitalizing on the major potential of the Romanian-Chinese relationship. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance the Bucharest Government attaches to the development of pragmatic cooperation with China, with focus on strengthening bilateral economic relations in investment and trade. Prime Minister expressed Romanias interest in evening out the trade balance through higher dynamics of Romanian exports. Prime Minister also pointed to Romanias high potential to export agri-food products to China, advocating strengthening the relevant bilateral legal framework. The Romanian senior official also stated that Chinese investments in Romania are still below their true potential and expressed hope that the bilateral dialogue will materialize in a more active presence of the Chinese investors in Romania. The opportunities offered by a series of investment projects in key sectors for Romania, such as energy and transport infrastructure have been assessed, with the Romanian side expressing openness towards the involvement of Chinese companies in carrying out projects in various stages of progress. In this context, the two Prime Ministers welcomed the signing, on the sidelines of the summit, of the Memorandum of Understanding on Transport and Infrastructure Cooperation between the Romanian Ministry of Transport and Chinas National Development and Reform Commission. At the same time, interest was expressed for the completion as soon as possible of negotiations for the construction of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant Reactors 3 and 4 and of a new energy group at the Rovinari thermal power station, as well as the construction of the Tarnita-Lapustesti pumped storage power station. The sides noted the opportuneness of intensifying cooperation in the financial - banking sector as a measure to back the successful consolidation of the bilateral economic relationship, as well as the usefulness of resuming direct flights between Romania and China as a means of facilitating inter-human exchanges through tourism, exchanges of scientists and business travel. The Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romanias desire to participate in projects requiring 16 + 1 cooperation. At the same time, the Head of the Executive affirmed the interest in participating in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, including from the angle of capitalizing on Romanias geographical position, which can become a relevant component of energy, transport, commercial and inter-human connections between Europe and Asia. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila toured the Huawei company stand within the Business Forum held on the sidelines of the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) in Sofia In the context of her participation in the 16+1 Summit in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila toured - following the bilateral meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang - the Huawei company stand within the Business Forum held on the sidelines of the Summit. The Huawei representatives presented the latest technologies and solutions of the telecommunication area promoted by the company, which is one of the most relevant international companies in this area. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, on the sidelines of the Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev, in Sofia, in the context of their participation in the seventh Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1). During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers tackled topics of common interest, such as the stage of bilateral cooperation, the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as recent developments at regional level. The Head of the Executive reconfirmed the Romanian Governments firm political support for the European and Euro-Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia, as well as the willingness to provide technical assistance for Macedonias EU and NATO accession. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU (in the first semester of 2019) will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and the development of political relations with the Western Balkan states. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila offered congratulations on the recent conclusion of the bilateral agreement with Greece on Macedonias constitutional name and stated that this historic step will open up new opportunities for the Republic of Macedonia. Prime Minister also appreciated the dynamism wherewith the Macedonian Government headed by Prime Minister Zaev resumed the pro-European reform process and expressed her firm belief that the concrete results will soon appear. Prime Minister cited as an example the recent decision of the European Council that Romania endorsed too, and which is a further encouragement for the continuation of the reforms. At the same time, the two Prime Ministers agreed to continue efforts to increase the frequency of high-level and working-level political dialogue between Romania and the Republic of Macedonia. It was also underlined the both sides' openness towards deepening sectoral cooperation and strengthening the bilateral economic relationship, which should capitalize on the current significant potential. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic, on the sidelines of their participation in the China - Central and Eastern European countries Summit In the context of the participation in the seventh Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1) held in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic. The dialogue reaffirmed the interest of both governments in deepening bilateral relations in the coming period and in promoting cooperation in areas of common interest. During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers reviewed the stage of bilateral cooperation and discussed possibilities to streamline it at political, economic and cultural levels. In this context, they extended particular attention to strengthening economic cooperation, where there is a considerable potential that must be fully capitalized. They also referred to extending sectorial cooperation, fostering dialogue between business sectors and proposed the organization of an economic forum. The Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic invited the Romanian Prime Minister to pay a visit to his country. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated our country's firm support for the advancement of Bosnia and Herzegovina along the path towards EU accession and also Romanias commitment to providing technical assistance in the accession preparation process. The Romanian side reaffirmed its support for the European objective of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also in the context of Romanias holding of the Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first semester of 2019. Prime Minister encouraged the further implementation of the Reform Agenda, given the desideratum of Sarajevo authorities to acquire the status of candidate for EU membership. The Romanian Prime Minister also expressed the Governments openness to continuing to share the optimum ways of backing Bosnia and Herzegovina to intensify cooperation with NATO, given the importance of security and stability in the entire region. Romanian Prime Minister met with her Latvian counterpart on the sidelines of the China - CEE countries Summit On July 7, 2018, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Latvian counterpart Māris Kučinskis on the sidelines of the China - CEE countries Summit held in Sofia. The Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the very good relations between Romania and the Republic of Latvia and reconfirmed our country's openness towards maintaining a constant dialogue both from bilateral perspective and under the aspect of a better coordination on areas of common interest of European and security agendas. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reminded the consistent exchange of views she had with the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs during the latter's visit to Bucharest, on July 5, 2018. Prime Minister of Romania emphasized the importance of giving a new impetus to Romanian - Latvian economic cooperation, in order to better capitalize on the current potential. The Romanian Prime Minister presented to Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis the opportunities offered by Romania to foreign investors, referring to the new legislative framework in the field. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced interest for deepening sectorial cooperation in areas such as: agriculture and cutting - edge tehnologies, and voiced appreciation for the excellent cooperation in the defence area. The Romanian side stated that holding for the first time the Presidency of the EU Council is both a challenge and an opportunity for our country and added that the Romanian Government attaches maximum importance to preparing this European exercise. The Romanian side further underlined that exercising this mandate in the first semester of 2019 provides the opportunity to intensify bilateral dialogue on topics of common interest and deepening coordination in the field of European Affairs between Romania and the Republic of Latvia. The Latvian Prime Minister accepted the invitation to pay official visit to Romania this year, showing that he intends to come with an important delegation of businesspeople, to attend a bilateral economic forum. Remarks by Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă at the plenary session of the Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated today in Sofia in the 7th Summit of the China - Central and Eastern European Countries cooperation format (16+1). Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, addressing the plenary session of the Heads of Government, expressed Romanias firm support for the pragmatic development of the 16 + 1 cooperation and its commitment to further promoting and giving new impetus to the objectives agreed upon within this framework, which will contribute to the economic development and increased prosperity of the participating countries. The senior Romanian official conveyed to the counterparts from the participating states Romanias interest in carrying out regional transport infrastructure projects, as well as in developing initiatives in the field of energy, communications, or aimed at facilitating inter-human contacts, also to boost dialogue on education policies in this format. Prime Minister conveyed to her counterparts that Romania is ready to take on an important role in China - Central and Eastern Europe cooperation, having joined the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation on Energy, already established in Romania two years ago Moreover, the Head of the Romanian Executive also expressed Romanias interest in hosting the 16 + 1 Dialogue on cooperation in the field of education, following the May 2019 ASEM Education Ministers Meeting that will take place under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Given the importance attached by Romania to China - Central and Eastern Europe cooperation, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance of actions that promote connectivity between European and Asian partners. In this context, Prime Minister outlined the significant role the Danube and the Black Sea could play in boosting mobility and competitiveness, two objectives circumscribed to cooperation in the 16 + 1 format. The Romanian dignitary advocated the identification of concrete ways to achieve and back complementarity between 16 + 1 cooperation on the one hand, and the political and economic mechanisms of the EU - China relationship and the EU infrastructure and investment programs on the other hand. According to the Romanian Prime Minister, this line of action has the potential to confirm and reinforce the contribution of the 16 + 1 format to strengthening ties between Europe and China, an objective which enjoys Romanias full support. Memorandum of cooperation in the field of transport and infrastructure between the Ministry of Transport of Romania and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples Republic of China A Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Transport and Infrastructure was signed today between the Romanian Ministry of Transport and the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit taking place in Sofia. The signatories of the document were Romanian Transport Minister Lucian Sova and the Chairman of the Chinese Commission He Lifeng. The memorandum reflects the firm common interest of the parties to deepen and diversify bilateral cooperation in two sectors that are key to economic development, such as transport and infrastructure. The document will strengthen the framework and the premises for Chinas involvement in the materialization of some Romanian projects in these two areas whose development is a priority for the Romanian side, The memorandum is in line with the Romanian Governments steps aimed at strengthening pragmatic cooperation with China, which is a distinctive objective of the foreign policy component of the 2018 - 2020 Government Programme. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Albanian counterpart Edi Rama On the occasion of the 16+1 Summit held in Sofia, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting today with the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated the Romanian Government's firm political and technical support for Albania's accession to the European Union and passed on congratulations to Albania for the European Council's confirmation of opening accession negotiations with Albania during the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, based on the reforms and progress achieved so far and which will continue over the next period too. In this context, the Albanian side thanked Romania for the support our country extended to Albania in important moments in its history, support also materialized with respect to Albania's European track. Talks revealed the common will to develop the current good relations, focusing on strengthening sectorial cooperation through cooperation in relevant fields for the EU-Albania dialogue, and for economic cooperation consolidation. It was agreed to undertake common action during this year, at the level of governmental mechanisms tasked with economic, scientific and technical cooperation, but also at the level of the two countries' business communities. The Albanian Prime Minister shared the Romanian side's view regarding the need to develop the multi-sectoral bilateral cooperation and gave assurances that he will make every effort for a concrete development regarding cooperation in the fields of mutual interest, focusing on the economic area. Both sides remarked on the good political dialogue and reviewed the future development prospects of the cooperation between the two states, focusing on the fields in which Albania should achieve concrete progress on its European path. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced confidence that over the next period, concrete progress will be achieved in the important files on the bilateral agenda. 2018-07-07 21:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-13_at_09.15.51.jpegPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a viceprim-ministrului și ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Socialiste Vietnam, Pham Binh MinȘtiri din 06.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-06 16:25:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-06-04-28-47big_7.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Comitetul interministerial dedicat pregătirii CentenaruluiȘtiri din 06.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-07-06 16:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-06-04-23-46big_8.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a ministrului afacerilor externe al Republicii Letonia, Edgars RinkēvičsȘtiri din 05.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-the-republic-of-latvia-edgars-rink-vicsPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs who is paying a visit to Romania. The visit of the Latvian official takes place in the year when both states are celebrating the Centenary and is part of the dynamics of a high - level constant dialogue between the two countries. During the talks, it was outlined the very good level of the relations between Romania and the Republic of Latvia both at bilateral level and the EU and NATO level. Both sides agreed on the need to boost trade and investment. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila talked about Romanias investment opportunities, as well as about the new legislative framework favorable for foreign companies. The Head of the Romanian Executive hailed the good level of cooperation in the defence area and made a review of an array of areas in which the sectorial cooperation presents opportunities, among which: agriculture, energy, research and innovation. The Romanian side stated that joining the OECD is an important objective of the Romanian Government and expressed appreciation for the support granted by Latvia in this step. A particular importance was attached to the topical issues of the European agenda. Talks highlighted expectations and common positions on a series of topical dossiers, such as the EU future multiannual budget, BREXIT, EU enlargement, Eastern Partnership, cyber security, strategic communication etc. In the context, the Romanian side presented the state of preparedness of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, focusing on the priorities that our country will have during this European mandate. 2018-07-05 19:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-05-07-57-32big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt România - Bulgaria - Grecia – Serbia, de la SalonicȘtiri din 04.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-will-attend-the-high-level-quadrilateral-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-serbia-and-greece-to-be-held-in-thessalonikiOn July 4, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended, at the invitation of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a new high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, alongside Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov and the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. The summit contributed to strengthening the high - level dialogue in this format and to identifying ways of cooperation in the region. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted that given Romanias preparations to take over the Presidency of the EU Council for the first time, in the first semester of 2019, advancing the interconnection projects with the South - Eastern European states, achieving progress in ensuring the energy security of the region, intensifying regional cooperation as well as continuing enlargement with the Western Balkan states, represent priority objectives for Romania. As regards interconnectivity, emphasis was placed on infrastructure projects in the field of transports, and also on energy interconnections. Regarding the regional transport infrastructure projects, Romania proposed the setting up of a working group in the field of transport which will identify and establish priority projects to be promoted by parties in quadrilateral, trilateral and bilateral formats and the financing sources respectively. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă expressed her firm belief that the joint projects will stimulate trade, links between companies and tourism. The Romanian Prime Minister conveyed our country's special interest in advancing energy interconnections with Serbia, and in facilitating the Romanian gas and electricity exports and mentioned the importance of boosting efforts to consolidate energy security at regional and European level, especially by diversifying supply sources and accelerating interconnections. Regarding the European Strategy for the Danube Region whose presidency will be taken over by Romania from Bulgaria in October 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă stated that Romania aims at promoting its value added in order to ensure economic development, social cohesion and to reduce territorial development gaps at EU level. As regards the EU enlargement with Western Balkan states, Prime Minister specified that Romania, as part of the trio of presidencies made up of Bulgaria, Austria and our country, wants to continue the close cooperation with the states in this region. Prime Minister reiterated on this occasion, Romania's constant and solid support for Serbia's negotiation process for EU accession. The senior Romanian official underlined at the same time that the Romanian Government aims at building a better integrated region, to include the Balkan states as a premise for a sustainable growth in the region. During the Thessaloniki Summit, Prime Minister of Romania upheld the need of action for regional stabilization designed to counter the factors that facilitate the phenomena of radicalization and violent extremism, with the involvement civil society and local and central authorities. She also brought up the issue of border security, highlighting in this context, the importance of regional and bilateral cooperation to prevent and combat illegal migration and organized crime. Regarding migration, the senior officials gathered in Thessaloniki outlined that this topic remains a priority on the EU agenda, as demonstrated by the discussions at the most recent European Council meeting (June 28-29, 2018). Officials outlined that further efforts are required to identify the best ways of action to ensure a comprehensive, effective approach to migration. The Romanian Prime Minister stated that Romania counts on the continued commitment of the states in the region, including Serbia, in managing the challenges triggered by the phenomenon of migration and in avoiding the promotion of measures that will turn into a pull factor for the region, for the benefit of all, Member States and Partner States. As regards the revision of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă appreciated the efforts made by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council to reach a compromise on the Dublin proposal, as well as the developments in terms of the other CEAS instruments. We also mention that the Thessaloniki summit was attended by Romanian, Bulgarian and Serbian government officials in the field of transport who also had a meeting in quadrilateral format with a view to identifying concrete cooperation possibilities in this field. * Previous meetings of senior officials of the four states took place in Varna, on the sidelines of the joint meeting of the Government of Romania and the Government of Bulgaria (October 3, 2017), in Belgrade (December 8-9, 2017), and in Bucharest (April 24, 2018). * Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attends today the high-level quadrilateral meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, to be held in Thessaloniki. Talks in Thessaloniki will focus on topics of interest discussed at the similar meeting hosted by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in Bucharest, on April 24, 2018. Talks aimed at cooperation in key areas such as: transports, energy, telecommunications, internal affairs, the Danube Strategy. The meeting occasioned at the same time an assessment of the current status Serbia's European track, and the European perspective of the entire region as well as of the ways to boost these processes. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksander Vučić, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila, and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boiko Borisov - Check against delivery - Alexis Tsipras: Allow me to tell you once again: welcome to Thessaloniki. We met with the Serbian President and the Bulgarian Prime Minister for the first time, two years ago, in Thessaloniki. I also wish a warm welcome to the Prime Minister of Romania, Mrs. Viorica Dancila. We started these quadrilateral meetings Romania - Bulgaria - Serbia - Greece one year ago. In the last year, almost nobody thought that so many things would change in our region, in this Balkan area, and that this initiative that we took two years ago, would extend - as I said, the Romanian Prime Minister started to attend it too, and most importantly is that this meeting has an institutionalized character. There are more and more dynamics, there is a common collaboration concept in the Balkan area, and it is very important to show which are the projects that we want to implement in our Balkan area, for our economic collaboration. I want to remind you here how we stood in the previous years. In 2014, the Ministerial meeting which was scheduled, did not have the possibility, the dynamics to implement the Thessaloniki agenda as President Juncker stated that there was no possibility for EU to enlarge. And then, Chancellor Angela Merkel had an initiative, known as Berlin Initiative, to maintain this connection as viable, this Western Balkans' connection with EU, but excluded certain countries in the Balkan area, in this dialogue. I remind you that later, in 2015 -2016, we went through a crisis of refugees, but also the impact the economic crisis had in our country, in the Hellenic Republic, and, as you know, 2017 was a very difficult year, because of the political crisis from Albania, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We see that all these problems have been nevertheless overcome, very easily, without too many impediments, and we could say that we came to the point of making a 180 degrees return, and thus creating a positive dynamics in this initiative. This year, we signed a very important collaboration agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, there was the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU, a very well established mandate, with an extraordinary success, and as we know, we want to say that it was a Balkan presidency, and we want to thank and congratulate Boiko Borisov for this presidency, for the meetings we had in Sofia, for our meetings pertaining to Western Balkans, which outlined even more our initiative. I would like to outline that one year ago, we did not even think that certain things could have been implemented, could have been resolved. All these obstacles have been overcome, and all these impediments - removed, giving thus a new perspective to our Balkan area and showing what the EU integration perspective of Serbia and Montenegro is. This initiative will be implemented in 2025, and we have recently taken decision - as of 2019 and beyond, there will start talks for the EU accession of Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia- we signed an agreement for the name of this country concerning which, we have come to a common denominator. In the year that passed since we took this joint Initiative for the Balkan area, we tried to complete a cycle of progress and opened a new cycle of progress for the years to come. Within this framework, we have had the opportunity today to look at the current developments, the prospects for future development regarding the international legal framework. We must lay the foundations for collaboration and the construction of common collaboration for the future that will be viable in the coming years as well. For us, all the Balkan countries, not only Romania, Bulgaria and us, the Hellenic Republic - with Serbia and Bulgaria, we meet quite often - we will continue to try to back Serbia's integration into the European family. I assured them of our support in the EU and our support for the integration of Romania and Bulgaria into the Schengen area. Next meeting will take place in late September; as Boiko Borisov told us, he will be our host in Bulgaria. The 16 +1 summit will take place over the next days, in Bulgaria. We discussed about my presence at this summit, and of course, we discussed about the presidency of the Council of the EU which will be taken over by Austria and further on, by Romania. We discussed about the very sensitive points related to migration, the refugees' issue. In parallel, there was a meeting of the Ministers of Infrastructure Works from industry and energy. We discussed very many projects of strategic importance which we want to implement in our countries, we referred to road transport, rail transport, the link between Alexandroupolis, Kavala, Burgas, Giurgiu, Ruse, about the Thessaloniki-Skopje-Belgrade railway link, a whole range of energy projects and other very important infrastructure works. The obligation we have to link ports in the northern Aegean Sea to the Black Sea ports. And then, our ministers have prepared a very bold plan, a plan that we could say that will materialize in a transport ring, of goods distribution in the Balkan area, a ring that will link the four countries by road , rail, inland waterways and maritime transport, which will provide a new geopolitical role in our area - this link, especially the connection of our ports without the need to cross through the Dardanelles Straits. We also talked about a future framework, a joint venture we could say, a company for managing these new rail and road networks and showing how important the Balkan geopolitical area is, because, as you know, here there is a crossroads between north and south, between east and west. I would like once again to thank the Serbian President, the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the Romanian Prime Minister, hopefully, we have a new dynamics in the future, in our meetings, a common vision, confidence in this vision and in our power, we should have the courage to take bold steps, even if, many times, we may sometimes take these steps against the trend, we could say. We need to lay the foundations of a very important collaboration for the European area of the Balkans, which will be a democratic area, which will not see anymore the previous year's conflicts, which will not be haunted anymore by the previous years' natioanlism and which will be oriented towards development, to the benefit of all. I want to thank again our guests here, in Thessaloniki, the Serbian President, the two Prime Ministers, and to give the floor further on to the Serbian President, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić. Aleksandar Vučić: Distinguished Alexis, distinguished Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania, Madam Dancila, Mr. Borisov, ladies and gentlemen, dear journalists, I will try to be brief and state that to us, to Serbia, a meeting of such level is very important. I am satisfied with the outcome of this meeting. I thank Alexis for having hosted us, and for the presence of Mrs. Viorica Dancila and Mr. Boiko Borisov. It is very important we are here, Serbia has the support of these friends, these three friend countries. For Serbia, it is equally important that we work together within several projects. We discussed about transports, rail transports, gas pipelines, multimodal transports, more in detail and more responsible than on other occasions. Both the Greek and the Bulgarian side proposed the common revenues to be used in joint transport projects, which will be beneficial for all countries, so that, together, there is the best administration and an improvement in transports and trade between our countries. There will always be a link with Romania: this link with Romania was often mentioned, we should link Romania to all the transport ways with other countries in the Balkans, via maritime way too. There are projects connecting Belgrade, Skopje, Thessaloniki, some highways are being completed, the same in Bulgaria, the highway to the border with Bulgaria is in the final phase, to the border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. All these highways have not been built for decades and are now nearing completion, and we expect this connection between our countries to be more useful, more eloquent. Supporting these projects is very important and I want to say that I understand Alexis very well, but he too should understand me that we have not solved the big problem: Belgrades links with Pristina. It is something that I discussed with friends, I thank them for it, they are always ready to listen, to hear Serbia's positions. I have never meddled with sovereign issues of countries and this is why I do not want to meddle in the name of the neighboring country, of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Dear Alexis Tsipras, undoubtedly, anyone who sees that in Serbia, parties that had divergent views, reached an agreement, this is a very good news for all countries in the region, and I want this collaboration to continue, considering both parties' interests. It is equally important to maintain ourselves so, we want to be united to resolve the problems of the Balkan area, and I agree with Alexis Tsipras that all these which were concealed and put aside, in the future, if we do not resolve them, we will encounter problems. Boiko Borisov attended all talks and he expected the UN General Assembly to take place in Sofia, as everything happens in Sofia. Hopefully, the next meetings will take place in Sofia, and our next meeting will be held in Varna and I will host in Belgrade, the December meeting during which hopefully, we will make important decisions regarding the way transport in the region will be organized. All these issues will be beneficial for our nations, they will bring us closer to each other - Greeks, Romanians, Serbians, Bulgarians, etc. Thank you once again for hospitality, and I apologize if my speech took too long. Viorica Dancila: It is a great pleasure for me to take part in the fourth meeting in this format, which has proven its usefulness in promoting our objectives in the region. Our shared stake is today to offer substance to this format. Today, the meeting of the Transport Ministers took place so that we can identify common projects in this area. We hope that in the next period such meetings between the relevant Ministers will take place in order to have as many joint projects as possible both at regional level but also at European level. I want to thank Alexis for the excellent organization and hospitality, and I want to congratulate him for the latest projects, both regional projects and economic projects. I want to assure the Greek Prime Minister that Greece is a key country for Romania in the region, and we want to intensify dialogue and cooperation at bilateral, regional and European level. At the same time, I would like to congratulate the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov for the mandate at the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and to appreciate that the Western Balkans have occupied a central place. As you know on January 1, 2019, Romania will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and I want to assure you that the Western Balkans will be an important topic during our mandate. I discussed with President Vucic about European integration and I assured him that we all want that Serbia becomes a full EU member state. I want to assure President Vucic of Romania's firm commitment to politically and technically supporting Serbia's European integration. Our discussions have had common ground both on the European agenda and in areas of interest in the region as I mentioned, pertaining to transport, energy and the Danube Strategy. I believe that the discussions in this format are about the reality existing in the region and I think they can bring added value. I want to thank once again the Greek Prime Minister, the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the Serbian Prime Minister for the discussions full of substance we have had in this format. Thank you. Alexis Tsipras: Thank you, Viorica. Boiko, I am sure that if the idea expressed by Alexander would have ocured earlier to you, i.e., to think about holding the UN General Assembly in Sofia, I am sure you would have managed to do it. Boiko Borisov: First of all, I would like to thank Thessaloniki along with my colleagues, as 15 years ago, here, in Thessaloniki, it was given the start in backing Bulgaria and Romania for EU accession, and it is good to remember and mention the good things. I am particularly glad - and I do not say it only because journalists are here, and they recognized too there is a Balkan cooperation at the bilateral meetings too. Perhaps many do not understand, things are enough complicated many times and every Balkan country proudly managed, with all the powers and the arguments it may bring, to come before the 28 EU Member States, both in Sofia and in other countries as well, to be proud of what it achieved in the previous semester, during the presidency at the EU Council. Following our talks, I understood that everybody was satisfied, Bosnia - Herzegovina too, therefore countries in the Western Balkans and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of Bulgaria's results and activity, during the semester when it held the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Therefore, all countries have a great importance both for Bulgaria and for the other Balkan states, for Romania, Greece, etc. In addition to the fact that we meet and convey various political messages, an important issue that our countries can do, alongside Romania and Greece, is to insist for Serbia to join the European family, but there should be criteria that we all should implement, to be able to ensure several revenues, to help our nations. There is no road between Serbia and Bulgaria, therefore, we must build one, we must connect these countries so that to facilitate transportation. I will not comment more. What has not been achieved over the last decades, it should be done now by us, to the benefit of our countries. Today, due to these works, we manage to pay, to entirely reimburse the money, in a shorter time that was initially stipulated, from 26 to 14 years; over the next time interval, we need to upgrade their systems, develop them at digital level, high IT level. All these should be processed, there should be a common and processed data basis so that road taxes are paid according to the size of containers crossing each territory, therefore, it must be a connection between the Aegian Sea and the Black Sea ports, Varna, Burgas, Constanta. Our Ministers should present us very soon very concrete things, so that they should be put in practice for us not to be late. We are talking with Romania about a new bridge across Danube, beyond the existing ones, to facilitate bulk cargo. The Vidin bridge should be much bigger than designed, so that trucks could handle this high volume of commodities. I have said that we will cooperate with the European Commissioner for Regional Development, with Mrs. Corina Cretu, who will support us to access European funds. We want to involve the EU too not to give the impression that only us, the four, are those who initiated and implemented all these projects, we want the EU assistance too. We want to compete, in the positive way, with all the other developed countries in Europe and of course, then, everybody will be glad that they achieved things to their benefit. Therefore, there should be competition, connection of gas pipelines, so that natural gas reaches countries that currently have no access to them. I think that soon, we will be prepared to tell more about these interconnections of gas pipelines, both with Greece, and with the other countries. All these projects should be further resolved and we should reach a common denominator, a joint agreement together with Serbia. More and more projects should be implemented, as we are neighbors and as the Greek Prime Minister and the Serbian President said it, we haven't had yet the friendly behavior we should have, we should support the Serbians, our friends from Serbia, in the conflict existing between Serbia and Kosovo, it is a very important topic, we must all be together and alongside them, to show the trajectory, the EU accession pathway, to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and to Albania. As you know, it is very important as you could see, Sofia and Skopje have come to an understanding, we could say, a velvet one. At the same time, in the end, Athens and Skopje also came to an understanding, our Prime Ministers met and discussed, and we must have a very good agenda in the future too, at the meeting in Varna, at the meeting in Belgrade; every time, some decisions have been taken and we need to see what support we will get from the European Commission because, as you know, these large infrastructure works, these large natural gas or oil pipelines need the EUs financial support. Lets hope that the Romanian presidency of the EU Council will be a successful one too. Alexis Tsipras: Boyko, thank you and thanks to all my colleagues who were here in Thessaloniki. It is a symbolic city for us, all the Balkan countries, because Thessaloniki, as you know, is one of the most important cities in the Balkan region. We will meet again in late September in Varna, where I hope we will take a very important new step in our cross- border inter-Balkan collaboration. Thank you very much for being with us today in Thessaloniki. 2018-07-04 13:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-04_at_19.41.32.jpegMăsuri pentru limitarea și eradicarea pestei porcine africaneȘtiri din 03.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/measures-to-limit-and-eradicate-the-african-swine-feverPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă coordinated today the meeting of the Command for reducing the effects of African swine fever on Romanian soil. ANSVSA representatives briefed on the situation of areas affected by the African swine fever and on the measures taken to limit, combat and eradicate the disease at Tulcea County level, where the alert status was established. To limit the spread of the disease, six check points were established at the exit from Tulcea county and two check points on affected farms, which verify compliance with quarantine measures and movement restrictions. The specialized staff, in charge of the on-site evaluation of the situation was also supplemented. ANSVSA collaborates with the Ministry of the Environment to control the spread of the virus among wild boars from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve by identifying and neutralizing sick animals. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă requested the involved institutions - ANSVSA, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, MAI, MApN - to cooperate as closely as to date, to implement the necessary measures. The Head of the Executive also requested the amendment of the legislation so that compensation is granted to those who voluntarily notify and hand over to the authorities the sick animals in the area where the alert status has been established. It is very important to take the necessary measures in due time to prevent the spread of the African swine fever virus and to eradicate the disease, stated the Head of the Executive. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment Gratiela Gavrilescu, Minister of Agriculture Petre Daea, Secretary of State in MAI(Ministry of Internal Affairs) Raed Arafat, Secretary of State in the Defence Ministry Mircea Dusa and the Vice - President of ANSVSA Laszlo Nagy Csutak attended the Command for reducing the effects of African swine fever. We remind that the African swine fever does not affect people, and there is not the slightest risk of infection for the population, but this virus has a social impact from the economic point of view. 2018-07-03 14:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-03-02-54-11big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: Vom lua măsuri de intervenție imediate pentru a-i ajuta pe oamenii afectați de inundațiiȘtiri din 03.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-we-will-take-immediate-action-to-help-the-flood-affected-peoplePrime Minister Viorica Dancila and several Cabinet members decided today, within an operative meeting convened at the Government, the measures necessary to assist the people and the flood - hit communities. Some of the rapid intervention measures are to be adopted on the first meeting of the Executive. Rapid intervention measures are considered, on two levels: 1.To assist people and the flood-hit localities: Providing the bare necessities - water, food, mobile homes to accommodate people whose homes have been destroyed or severely hit by floods; Providing construction materials for the reconstruction of houses destroyed by natural disasters, Earmarking financial aid for flood -affected families, based on social investigations Clearing flood - hit roads and access roads, and re-establishing access links for isolated communities Counseling the population to raise awareness over the health risks they are exposed to, and providing the necessary vaccines where needed (for hepatitis A and tetanus), Providing additional forces and means for intervention to remove water and mud from the flood -hit houses, yards and localities, Providing the necessary feed for the domestic animals belonging to the affected families. 2. The authorities will also intervene to prevent and mitigate the effects of any floods that may occur in the coming period, given the short and medium term weather forecasts. In this respect, the authorities are prepared to intervene to help with defence banks, spillways and dam heightening. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also requested the Minister of Youth and Sports to find solutions for the organisation of free camps for children from families whose homes were severely hit by natural disasters. Another set of measures envisaged is to rehabilitate damaged and flooded transport and environmental infrastructure, including flood protection levees. The Government will conduct a comprehensive analysis to access the European Union Solidarity Fund. - Yesterday I visited the flood-hit areas. We talked to people who need our quick support. Many lost in a few hours what they had gathered in a lifetime. We are dutybound to assist them with everything they need to overcome these difficult moments stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. 2018-07-03 14:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-03-02-39-53big_sigla_guvern.pngȘedința operativă la GuvernȘtiri din 03.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/operative-meeting-at-the-governmentPrime Minister Viorica Dancila convened several members of the Cabinet this morning at 10:00 am to attend an operative meeting on flood damage assessment and rapid intervention measures. Attending the meeting will be Minister of Regional Development Paul Stanescu, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Public Finance Eugen Teodorovici, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Labor Minister Lia-Olguta Vasilescu, Minister of Health Sorina Pintea, Minister of Waters and Forests Ioan Denes and Minister of Youth and Sports Ioana Bran. 2018-07-03 07:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-03-08-02-37big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, însoțită de mai mulți membri ai Cabinetului, se deplasează astăzi în mai multe zone afectate de inundațiiȘtiri din 02.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-accompanied-by-several-members-of-the-cabinet-is-visiting-today-several-flood-hit-areasPrime Minister Viorica Dancila, accompanied by several members of the Cabinet is visiting today several flood- hit areas in the counties of Buzau, Bacau, Covasna, Brasov, to assess the damages and identify the quickest solutions to assist people and the affected communities. Prime Minister is accompanied by the Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Tranport Minister Lucian Sova and the Agriculture Minister Petre Daea. 2018-07-02 11:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-07-02_at_17.09.27.jpegPremierul Viorica Dăncilă: România va accesa Fondul de Solidaritate al UE pentru sprijinirea oamenilor și comunităților afectate de inundațiiȘtiri din 02.07.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-romania-will-access-the-eu-solidarity-fund-to-assist-people-and-communities-affected-by-floodsRomanias preparedness to take over and exercise the Presidency of the Council of the EU, its priorities in the field of energy, as well as accessing the EU Solidarity Fund, were the main topics discussed during the meeting Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan had today with Maros Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, European Commissioner for the Energy Union. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă outlined that Romania's priorities at the Presidency of the Council of the EU count on four main pillars, focusing on energy, research and innovation, paying due attention to the new challenges at European level, as well as to traditional policies: Cohesion Policy, Common Agricultural Policy, Energy Policy, including the research - innovation component. - It is also important that during Romania's mandate, we obtain a political agreement on the post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework. We thus show that the European Union remains strong even after Brexit and that together, we can set the foundations of a strong, cohesive and inclusive Europe stated the Head of the Executive. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan presented Romania's objectives and priorities in the energy area and outlined that diversification of natural gas supply sources and the exploitation of the Black Sea energy resources remain in the foreground. We reaffirm Romanias commitment with respect to carrying out the BRUA project, whose works started last month. We will continue to have an open dialogue on this project and will not encourage the divergent approaches that were made public over the past days. Moreover, the draft law on offshore oil operations is a priority on the agenda of the Romanian Parliament, as we want to provide a stimulating framework for investments in this area, said Vice Prime Minister Viorel Ştefan. Maros Šefčovič, the Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Energy Union appreciated the Governments efforts to prepare the takeover of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and remarked that new energy regulations would be introduced during this mandate. The European Commissioner highlighted, among other things, the transition to innovative funding and the possibility of financing the professional reconversion projects in the mining regions. Moreover, the European official noted Romanias involvement in carrying out the BRUA project and the concern to capitalize on the Black Sea energy resources. In this context, Romania can become a very important actor on the gas market, stated the European Commissioner for Energy Union. Another topic tackled within the meeting was Romanias accessing the EU Solidarity Fund, for supporting the people and communities affected by floods. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that the Romanian Executive will carry out a very careful assessment of the flood damages that several areas in Romania have been confronted with during this period and will send to the European partners the application for accessing this support instrument, which will be complementary to the funds allocated from the national budget. I hope we have the support of the Commission in order to be able to access as quickly as possible the EU Solidarity Fund. As a MEP I proposed an amendment according to which some of the funding requested by a state be granted immediately after lodging the application, namely when there is a greater need for support. I was not successful then. I hope that the procedures be revised and the support from the EU Solidarity Fund be granted as quickly as possible, in order to help the people affected by natural disasters as swiftly as possible, stated Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. The meeting at the Victoria Palace was also attended by Secretaries of State Bogdan-Constantin Andronic, Florin Ciocanelea and Iulian-Robert Tudorache. 2018-07-02 11:40:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-07-02-02-00-17big_06_resize.jpgDiscursul susținut de premierul Viorica Dăncilă la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și SenatuluiȘtiri din 27.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-joint-sitting-of-the-chamber-of-deputies-and-the-senatePresident of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear members of Parliament, Distinguished guests, I read carefully the text of the censure motion tabled by Opposition and I declare myself disappointed. I hoped that despite current political adversity between us, and beyond the political game, there will be a constructive approach to criticism for the benefit of the citizen. I hoped we would be warned, corrected, even pulled at the sleeve regarding certain measures which might seem questionable from your perspective. I did not expect the whole motion to be a sequence of fabrications; a presentation of seemingly other reality, made in bad faith. I understand the role of the Opposition and its obligation to criticize the Government. This is part of the essential mechanism of democracy. But the way in which today, without rational arguments, the Opposition undermines the Governments entire effort on the basis of unreasonable and unrealistic accusations, makes me believe that this motion is nothing more than a political game. You mystify reality to serve your own political interests. You present the bad as being good and the good as bad. In your speech there is no room left for nuances. Everything is black and white. Everything the power does is bad, and everything you do is good. These are the premise and the conclusion of the motion, which betrays an incredible arrogance with respect to the doubtful performance you had when you were in office. You refuse to admit even the most obvious good things that have happened during this government. For you, raising Romanians incomes is a populist measure that will bring chaos into the economy. For you, raising the minimum wage in Romania is an anti-social and anti-economic measure, as some of your representatives say in an open letter. For you, Romanias exceptional economic growth last year resulted from the government's incapacity and incompetence. In your view, the decline in the governmental debt is in fact an increase in debt. Whatever the Government would have achieved, whatever it would achieve, no matter how well the things would run for you, it is impossible for you to get out of this paradigm of catastrophe, disaster, and circus. When you cannot combat substantially any longer the good measures of the Government, you attack in a primitive manner, starting from the rudimentary urges to hit the opponents, to the obscene gestures made in the Romanian Parliament. When you could no longer deny the benefit of wages and pensions rises, you took issue with the physical appearance, hairdo or clothing of your political opponents. When you could no longer deny the economic performance of this government, which was also acknowledged by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, you started making offensive comments regarding the training of your opponents. When you could no longer contradict the positive economic results confirmed by INS and Eurostat, you started lying and distorting the performance of our government. I regret to say this: but, it is way too much arrogance in your speech. I am sorry to notice that you remained prisoners to conflicting policy without realizing that the Romanians are fed up with scandal and hate the quarrels and divisiveness existing in the Romanian politics. But I have faith in the power of truth. I have faith in the intelligence of this people, who has repeatedly proved that they don't fall for manipulations and that they are able to discern truth from lies. When this term comes to end in 2020, the Romanians will draw the line and, with their specific wisdom, will rightly grasp the essence of things when they will turn out to vote. The equation will be as simple as possible: You cut, we have raised pensions and wages. You closed down schools and hospitals, we re-opened them and built new ones; You heightened, we have lowered and even scrapped taxes. You had the highest unemployment rate during your term, we- the lowest; You dismantled we created hundreds of thousands jobs; You generated one of the steepest decreases, we -one of the biggest economic growth in the European Union. This is in brief the radiography of the government that any Romanian of good faith will do in Romania. But beyond arrogance and hypocrisy, it remains the legitimate question that anyone can ask: If this motion passes, what would happen with this country? How will live its citizens? Will it be better or worse for them?! Beyond the attacks targeting the Government, you ought to present the Romanians the alternative that you want to offer. Many of us know it perfectly well! It's the same alternative that you once before served the Romanian citizens. It is the alternative of cuts and austerity. The program of the National Liberal Party (PNL) insists on cutting the minimum national wage to one thousand lei, that is even 25 percent more than the cut operated by the former PDL government. Moreover, the PNL economists strongly claim that raising the minimum wage is an anti-economic and antisocial measure. And this while the minimum wage in Romania is still among the lowest in the European Union, despite the successive increases during our rule. Is this your alternative? Is this what you want to offer Romanians? Again chaos and scandal? Again salary and pension cuts? Again redundancies? Again cuts in social benefits? Again, closing down schools and hospitals or their privatization so that healthcare and education become a luxury accessible only for the well-off? More serious than this grim perspective you offer, I find it dishonorable the way in which you try to disinform Romanians. There are many, many lies, distortions or mystifications in the text of this motion. Wherever you put your finger on the text, you encounter a lie or a manipulation. It would take me too much time to deal with each of them. I will only stop at the most serious and widespread not only in the motion, but also in the propaganda press or in the social networks used as a front by those who strive to bring down the legitimate political power resulting from free and fair elections. Therefore, I present to you ten examples of such lies and manipulations that appear in the motion. The first misinformation is the worst: the insinuation that there is no longer money to pay pensions, accompanied by the so-called nationalization of the Pension Pillar II. I can understand up to a point that the opposition's purpose is to challenge what the power is doing. I can understand the political schemes you are doing in this respect. But I draw your attention to the fact that for pensioners, it is not a game for you to say that there is no more money for paying pensions until the end of the year. For a pensioner, whose health or even life depends on their monthly pension, it is not a game when you are lying to them there is no pension money anymore. It is an irresponsible lie and please stop lying to the pensioners. You embarrassed yourself when you foretold that there would be no more pension money after November. How long do you want to persist in this lie? In a few days, the increase of the pension point by 10 percent, from 1.000 to 1.100 lei will take effect as of July 1, 2018. On the same date, the minimum pension rises from 520 to 640 lei. A 23 percent increase. How - resistant are you when it comes to the increase in retirees' incomes. Aren't they your parents and grandparents who worked a lifetime , especially for their children and grandchildren? The rumors you are fueling with respect to the Pension Pillar II are similarly irresponsible. The issue of nationalizing Pension Pillar II has never been raised nor could it be raised because the funds accumulated there belong to Romanians, and the right to property is guaranteed by the Constitution. What we want is for each Romanian to have the freedom to decide where to keep their pension money and I find it difficult to understand how it is possible for a party claiming to be liberal to militate for the lack of choice, the imposition by the state of the place where the money should be kept. The issue of dismantling or nationalizing the Pillar II has never been raised, and it would not have been technically possible. But, indeed, we want the private administrators of the Pillar II funds to be in a real competitive environment, to prompt them to get the best returns and to charge as little as possible their customers. This is the interest of the citizens and that is what we want to do in reforming the pension system. The second disinformation pertains to the so-called negative developments in the Romanian economy. As regards the economy, you made groundless statements, hoping that an indefinitely repeated lie finally comes to be believed. Such a distortion of truth is also to be found in the text of the motion: the insinuation that revenues would have fallen as compared to economic growth. Dear lawmakers of the Opposition, it is incredible! Take a look at the recent history of Romania! The first year after the Revolution in which revenues fell, while the economy was growing, was year 2016. At that time, although Romania recorded a 4.8 percent economic growth, budget revenues fell by 9.8 percent compared to 2015. You are ironically speaking about the fact that the Romanian economy is the Tiger of Europe. I admit that in this tenure, Romania has become the economic tiger of the European Union. We achieved a GDP growth by 55 billion euros. Romania has registered the highest economic growth over the last 10 years, the highest growth in Europe, at a rate of 2.8 percent higher than the European average. That means we have reduced the gaps between us and Europe. That means we are on the right track. Eurostat even confirmed this week that the GDP per capita, at the purchasing power parity, increased from 58 to 63 percent of the EU average, being the highest increase among EU 28 countries. The third disinformation: 5.4 percent inflation and the ROBOR evolution that you refer to, during the motion. You know well or perhaps you do not know, that this 5.4 percent inflation compared to the similar period in the previous year is a purely statistical inflation. It does not reflect the real impact of the price increase that the population felt, compared to the inflation reported to the previous month which effectively shows the continuous price evolution and the real impact on the citizens' pockets. It was indeed an increase in prices at the end of last year, but please keep in mind that Romania had one of the lowest inflation rates in the EU, in 2017. You know or you ought to know that the main factors were linked to the international oil price, the food crisis at European level or energy prices in the context of the market liberalization agreed long ago with our EU partners. It is not just us who say this, also BNR and Eurostat said it. Following last year, prices almost entirely dropped, with average increases of less than 1% from month to month and even lower prices for basic food: oil, sugar or eggs, and the list may continue, in addition to other basic products such as flour, bread or milk where prices have stagnated. Why do you lie to people telling them every month that prices rose by 5.4 percent? You know its not so! Even though prices would drop steadily from month to month, as compared to last year, inflation would remain at a seemingly higher level than last year. In fact, compared to December 2017, prices so far have risen by only 2.4%, that is, less than half of what you have loudly reported. Moreover, the average inflation in the last 12 months, calculated according to Eurostat methodology, was 2.6% in Romania, and this inflation could be felt in most European countries. In May 2018 compared to May 2017, inflation grew by nearly 60 percent in Italy, Hungary, by nearly 40 percent in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, by nearly 85 percent in Poland and doubled in Denmark, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania , Slovakia, England. I outline one more thing that you all know very well: it is not the Government that is responsible for the inflation trend. You know that this is under the care and responsibility of the National Bank of Romania, which, in fact, officially admitted that the inflation we are discussing was not generated by governmental policies. How can you refer to ROBOR? Precisely you from PDL! Let the figures speak. Currently, the ROBOR interest is little over 3 percent, by a lot smaller compared to 2009, when it was almost three times bigger, namely 10.65 percent. In your term of office, in mid -2010, ROBOR was 7.27 percent, and 6.17 percent by the end of the year and 6.05 percent at the end of 2011. Therefore, in any way we look at PNL or PDL government, irrespective whether we look from the left or the right, from up or down, ROBOR was twice or three times bigger than at present. The fourth disinformation pertains to the so-called economic stagnation which would have occurred in the first trimester of this year. I think that everybody in this room have at least elementary knowledge of mathematics and we can at least agree that 4. 2percent is not zero. If INS and Eurostat mention a 4. 2 percent economic growth, almost twice higher than the EU average and the fifth highest among Member States, then, it is impossible to speak about economic stagnation. I assume you referred to the previous trimester. Therefore, do we refer to the fourth trimester of 2017, when we had the highest GDP quarterly growth over the past 10 years? Are you referring to that?! In this case, it is normal to seem odd for you that this Government managed to keep the same high level - it is odd for you, a party accustomed to falls and cuts, with the way down. The 5th misinformation is simply a lie: you said that the purchasing power of the Romanians would have been eroded. Nothing more false! In fact, it is entirely the other way around. Before you start writing any censure motion texts, I highly recommend that you document yourself better in order to avoid falling into ridicule . Read carefully the official data of INS and Eurostat. Data is public! Analyze the reports of the IMF, the World Bank or the European Commission, which state that the purchasing power of the Romanians was not only eroded but it even increased significantly this year and last year. In 2017, the net earnings in real terms, that is, in free translation for the Opposition, the earnings which remained after the payment of taxes and the elimination of the inflation effect, therefore, in simpler terms, it is about the purchasing power which rose on average by 12.7 percent in the overall economy, namely by 22.5 percent in the public sector and by 10.2 percent in the private sector. Therefore, the purchasing power increased for everybody: not only the state sector employees are living better following the PSD - ALDE government, but also the private sector employees. The same in March 2018, the net income in real terms grew by 10 percent in the overall economy, namely by 16 percent in the public sector, and by 8.1 percent in the private sector. Therefore, it was not an erosion, but an increase in the purchasing power. But this confusion is not the most serious issue. In my view, it would be more serious a collapse in the purchasing power which would occur if you came to power and you would do what you intend, namely cut the minimum salary up to 1,000 lei after we made efforts to reduce the gaps regarding the minimum salary between us and the EU states. I appreciate your sincerity as regards this measure of cutting the minimum salary but I am terrified at the impact of this measure on millions of Romanians! This is why I am asking you: do you really mean it when you say that you want to cut the salaries again?! Haven't you learnt anything from the disaster you generated in 2010, when you cut pensions and wages? Haven't you understood that austerity is a wrong policy which generates mistrust, instability and economic crisis?! Sixth disinformation: criticism on budget execution, namely the fact that incomes would not rise as they should, and that spending increased instead. Allow me to very briefly present the reality regarding the budget execution in the first four months of 2018. Despite your claims that incomes would have dropped, as it happened during the Ciolos government, I am telling you that on the contrary, incomes have risen both compared to the past and to what we stipulated in the budget. Morever, incomes have been rising at a bigger pace than the economic growth, which represents a sign that the fiscal system in Romania is recovering. I remind you that, in 2016, during Ciolos government, incomes declined almost more than the economic growth rate! In 2017, when we come to office, we had to repair what others had done, and then, we had a growth almost twice higher than the GDP growth, even if you know well we had the highest economic growth in the EU. Moreover, in the first quarter of 2018, revenues growth strengthened compared to the same period last year. The economic reality in which we are currently living and which you cannot understand shows that a coherent and wise fiscal policy can bring you revenues even if you cut taxes while at the same time you rise salaries, pensions and public investments. The rising trend in total revenues of the general consolidated budget continued in April too, and the growth pace from January - April 2018 accelerated, reaching 11.8 percent in nominal terms and 6.6 percent in real terms compared to the same period in the previous year. The highest growth of budgetary revenues was registered at social contributions where there is a 33. 6 percent advance compared to last year, even in the context of a lower tax on contributions as of January 1, 2018. And this time, reality beats propaganda that attacks the transfer of contributions from employer to employee. It turns out that this measure has brought more money to health and pensions for all Romanians. At this chapter of budget execution, other direction of manipulation and disinformation is linked to the budget deficit evolution that this motion refers to, insinuating that we are always on the verge of the abyss and that we are running the risk of collapsing at any moment In fact, in the first four months of this year, the deficit was 0.65% of GDP, or about 6 billion lei. If the Opposition MPs had looked more closely at the budget execution, they probably would not have dared to refer to deficit in the motion. Why am I saying this? Almost all the deficit value is to be found in investments which doubled compared to the same period last year, reaching up to 5.9 billion lei. Frankly, I do not understand you. It is not good when we grow on consumption as there are no investments. When there are investments, it is not good either as there is bigger expenditure. I give you a new piece of news: you cannot invest without spending. Therefore, it is simple: larger investment means higher spending. Seventh disinformation: a gross one, pertaining to government debt. With all due respect, it is rudimentary to talk about raising the nominal value of public debt without taking into account the increase in gross domestic product, that is, everything that Romania produces. Even a freshman at ASE cannot take you seriously if you make such judgements. You ought to know that the size of a debt is a relative notion. For example, a debt of 100 lei is it big or small? I think its big for someone who earns 1,000 lei per month, but its small for someone earning 10,000 lei per month. Thats why its absurd to analyze government debt just by its value. Any serious economist looks at its share in GDP. But I can understand why you did not refer to this indicator. You know very well that public debt has really declined as a share in GDP, from 37.4% left by the Ciolos Cabinet to 35% this year, by 2.4 percentage points less. A lesson of economy which you must keep in mind from now on! I am not saying this ironically. I am saying it because I know what you did when you were in office. I remind you that you tripled the public debt from 12.4 percent of GDP in 2008 to 34 percent of GDP in 2011. This is what you did and I am asking you again: is it you who are talking about the increase in debt, you who tripled the debt whereas we decreased it? The eighth desinformation is linked to transport infrastructure developments. You are talking too much in the motion about blockages in the construction of highways. I could also criticize those who backed the Ciolos Cabinet or Boc Cabinets because they did not amend the public procurement law that generated so many bottlenecks in all investment projects unfolded in Romania. If I entered such a dispute, we would only put the blame on each other, which would be completely irrelevant for the citizens who voted us. I will tell you what we did to unblock these things. We amended the Public Procurement Law so that appeals are not longer abusively used to prevent projects from unfolding. We amended the Expropriation Law to ensure the working front for roads and motorways builders. We have removed much of the administrative barriers that kept infrastructure projects blocked. 90% of the budgets of the companies under the authority and coordination of the Ministry of Transport have been approved. Im not saying that for now on, everything will run smoothly and Romania will be crossed by plenty of roads and highways. Im just saying that this Cabinet that I am leading, has eliminated several major problems that have been lagging behind for decades and which blocked the development of Romanian infrastructure. We were criticized as it was also alleged that Government of Romania had terminated the agreement with the World Bank for the Comarnic-Braşov project. But you deliberately failed to say that in the World Bank version, the deadline was 2030! I ask you very seriously: Do you want to tell this to Romanians i.e that we will complete the Comarnic-Brasov highway in 2030, given that the new Public Private Partnership Law allows us to already start the works in the next two years? I assure you at the same time that there is nothing to make a fool of us in front of the international financial institutions as you imply. I inform all the Romanian citizens that we have no contractual divergence or of any other kind with the World Bank. It was an exploratory discussion that we analyzed, and we finally made the decision to opt for the quicker variant, even if it is about a complex project. I have noticed some other time too the concern regarding the European funds absorption for large infrastructure projects. I let you know the fact that currently, there is no risk of disengagement of European funds in this field. For transport infrastructure, there are ongoing projects or in bidding procedure, in total amount of 11 billion euros, therefore, twice as much compared to available funds at this chapter for 2014 -2020. To date, the Transport Ministry absorbed EUR 850 million. The European Commission has just approved the financing worth 240 million euros for the highway Campia Turzii - Ogra - Targu Mures. The overcontraction by 300 percent for the transport axes of POIM(Large Infrastructure Operational Programme) 2014 -2020 was also approved, exactly in order to direct a larger share of Romania's European funds to this sector. It is not in my nature to make pledges that cannot be honored. I will not compete with you in pledges on kilometers to be completed by the end of this mandate. I have just told you what we did to speed up these investments and the number of kilometers inaugurated will be counted at the end of this term, when we can make comparison with previous tenures, but also with what we pledged in the programme for government. The ninth disinformation about the programme for government, refers to investment in healthcare and education. I have seen many false statements about education and healthcare. You alleged for instance that we blocked investments in schools and we let the educational units without funds for operation. Following the same line, you claimed we built nothing in Romania! I think you either are in a serious ignorance of the realities in Romania, or you know them, but you deny them in the style that characterizes you, as you denied countless other evidence. In 2018, the contracting in PNDL II of 2.130 schools was completed, with a total amount of 3.1 billion lei. Investment have already been initiated. Furthermore, the modernization and endowment works for 233 educational units, in amount of 381 million lei have been completed. This is the reality, distinguished Members of Parliament! Equally erroneous is the statement that we do not make any longer investment in universities. I inform you that we already completed the contracts for the construction of the first five student hostels of the 30 we intend to build until 2020, the remaining ones are in procurement procedure, or about to complete the technical documentation. Equally hazardous is your criticism as regards the healthcare. On the one hand, we have the lies on wages in this sector. I will not enter in details, but I can state today that nobody in healthcare has wages smaller than in February 2018, and that doctors benefited of the largest increases in the budgetary sector. As regards the construction of regional hospitals, I remind you that three of the eight hospitals will be built also from European funds. For these 3, land plots have been already allocated, and delays have been recovered so that in the fourth trimester of 2018, we can submit the financing requests for their construction. Equally false are your statements that there is a reduced access to compensated medicines because we decreased too much their price! Here is other argument of PNL criticizing the policy of reducing the prices of medicines. I remind you that the list of compensated and free medicines was updated by this Government. In March 2018, 16 new molecules were introduced and in May another 19 were added for diseases with costly treatments: HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes, degenerative diseases, transplants, oncological diseases. The 10th disinformation: the judiciary reforms. We are unfortunately witnessing the amplest campaign of disinformation and manipulation of public opinion after the Revolution. There are many lies circulating in the public space and which clearly count on the emotional triggers that could catalyse a hostile, outraged and radicalised social reaction to the effort of the parliamentary majority to transpose into the criminal legislation the decisions of the Constitutional Court, of the European Court of Human Rights and last but not least, the provisions of Directive 343/2016 on the presumption of innocence. There is mention in the motion about the so-called amputation of the investigation tools of the criminal investigation bodies that will no longer be able to apprehend corrupt offenders, criminals and rapists. But reality and truth do not matter - only applying labels matters to you, it is what you are doing today! You invented situations in which, the victim of sexual assault, will be allegedly obliged to testify in the presence of the aggressor. You willingly omit that the adopted form of the Criminal Procedure Code secures the status of vulnerable witness for the victim of sexual aggression who thus benefits from specific protection methods, including hearing in the absence of the author of the aggression. Even if the debate on the Criminal Codes was held only in Parliament, the Opposition does not miss the opportunity of including the subject in the censure of motion against the Government. It is odd to be held accountable for what is happening here in Parliament. It does not bother me. I am also the executive president of PSD and I entirely uphold the effort of my colleagues MPs to reform the judiciary system and to align the criminal codes to the constitutional provisions and European provisions for the removal of any abuse. Also with respect to the judiciary, I have seen a comment that made me check if indeed the motion is signed by USR representatives too. I refer to the repproach that the Government does not make massive investments to improve prison conditions. Im surprised given that on TV, the USR representatives are talking about offenders as if they should all be sentenced to death. Here, however, in the motion, they reproached us that we do not provide the best prison conditions. I also assure the USR and all those interested that the Romanian Government has increased the funds for the prison system institutions. At the same time, however, the Government cannot do miracles overnight. Romania cannot afford building thousands of new places in prisons, while we still have a shortage of funding for the medical system. We cannot afford raising too much the funds for the prisoners food, when there are still deficiencies in paying food in hospitals. We cannot afford earmarking too much to rehabilitate or modernize prisons while we have schools or hospitals that require urgent renovation. These are broadly the Governments responses to objections in the censure motion. Certainly, this censure motion does not seek to establish the truth, but to create a false reality. It is a motion that calls for the change of the current government, with an obscure, unclear government alternative that would resort to cuts in pensions and wages, followed by tax increases, just as we have seen at previous governments. Do you remember, gentlemen, the 24% VAT ?! Given all of these things, there is only variant of answer on your part: vote, clearly, against the censure motion! I would like to thank you and wish you the best thoughts in this year devoted to Greater Union anniversary! May God help us all and the whole country! Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's remark at the joint sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate I thought you learnt that in order to come to power, you need the votes of the Romanians, and not screams and the who screams the loudest contest. I will try to answer punctually. Mr. Barna, USR, you talked about European values. I remind you that when I presented the first programme for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a programme followed by all the Member States, you were screaming on Parliaments halls. All people of good faith have understood how much attention you extend to the European Union. What is your Romania, Mr Barna? The one in which you hit an old man, the one in which you push a member of the Chamber of Deputies, or the one in which you excite violence and hatred? You ought to know that Romanians do not love those who excite hatred, Romanians love those who generate added value and consensus. Mr. Basescu, we are not in the Trio with Austria, but in the Trio with Finland and Croatia, so please, inform yourself. Moreover, the Romanian President represents Romania at the European Council. Should I understand that you do not trust Mr. Iohannis? Mr. Iulian Dumitrescu, to say that Romania is a nag is too much! I think that whereby this statement, you offended many Romanians and I think you should apologize to Romanians who have been watching us from home and want to see positive things. I want to assure you that there are honest people in Teleorman too, people who love their county and country and who would never make such statements about their country. I agree with you on one issue: there are limits in politics. But you completely crossed them all. Mr Predoiu, / ... / we all saw how many classes you had in addition, considering the way you governed, after the plus you brought when you were in office. Mrs. Turcan, I do not want to offend you, nor do I want to make judgements, because I have never offended a woman and I will not do it now either, but I give you credit. Your studies in Moscow do not recommend you as specialist in the European Unions economy. Romania cannot be governed with jokes, ladies and gentlemen, but with firm and concrete actions, and I hold the firm belief that we are changing Romania for the better every day. Thank you. 2018-06-27 16:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-06-27_at_16.10.56.jpegDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul Finanțelor Publice, Eugen TeodoroviciȘtiri din 26.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-26 19:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-26-07-39-20big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului extraordinar și plenipotențiar al Republicii Tunisiene în România de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 26.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-extraordinary-and-plenipotentiary-of-the-republic-of-tunisia-h-e-ms-boutheina-labidiPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, June 26, 2018, in a farewell visit, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia, H. E. Ms. Boutheina Labidi. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister expressed her satisfaction over the positive developments recorded lately at the level of the political-diplomatic, economic and sectoral relations. The Head of the Executive reaffirmed that boosting political dialogue and expanding cooperation with North African countries represent an important component of the overall measures to relaunch Romanias bilateral relations with partners in this area, the objective being included in the Programme for Government 2017-2020. The Romanian Prime Minister noted that Tunisia is a traditional trade partner of Romania in Africa, and that the priority in the development of the Romanian-Tunisian relations is focused on the economic component, implicitly on the diversification of the sectorial cooperation. In order to implement these objectives of mutual interest, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also expressed the Romanian Government's particular interest in boosting, deepening and diversifying economic relations with a view to correlating them with the excellent political relations existing between the two states. At the end of the meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister thanked the Tunisian Ambassador for her active involvement and contributions to the development of bilateral relations and wished her success in her future activity. 2018-06-26 12:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_003_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Drapelului NaționalȘtiri din 26.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-26 09:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1379327674big_mhn-7314.jpgVicepremierul României, Ana Birchall, s-a întâlnit la Washington DC cu Secretarul de Stat, Mike Pompeo, şi cu Secretarul Energiei, Rick PerryȘtiri din 26.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-met-in-washington-with-secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-and-the-secretary-of-energy-rick-perryOn Monday, June 25, 2018, the Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall had high - level meetings with two prominent members of the US Cabinet, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, occasion on which she conveyed the Romanian Government's commitment to deepening and developing the Strategic Partnership between the US and Romania. During the meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall underlined the consistency of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the US, also confirmed by the success recorded by the Annual Meeting of the Strategic Dialogue that took place last week in Bucharest. The Romanian official remarked the excellent cooperation and coordination between the two sides on topics of shared interest, such as the prospects to deepen the economic dimension of the partnership. Moreover, the two officials discussed about strategic cooperation, management of threats on the Eastern Flank by the fair sharing of responsibilities inside NATO, as well as about the importance of the US companies' presence in the Romanian energy sector. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall thanked the US for the support related to Romania's candidacy for OECD. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall discussed with Secretary of Energy Rick Perry about the main areas of cooperation in the energy area, capitalising on the energy resources of the Black Sea, aspects regarding the regional energy security and development of transport and inter-connectivity projects, with emphasis on the BRUA project. (Bulgaria-Romania-Hungary-Austria gas pipeline). Furthermore, Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall reiterated the Romanian Government's firm commitment to ensuring a transparent and attractive investment climate for companies that invest in the energy area, through projects for diversifying energy sources and transport routes. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall, alongside Secretary Perry and Vice-President of the European Commission Maros Šefčovič were the main guests of a meeting organised by the Department of Energy with the delegation leaders of the countries attending the - Three Seas Initiative Summit. 2018-06-26 08:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_28141802087_174363b7d3_h.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul Afacerilor Interne, Carmen Dan, și de ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Rovana PlumbȘtiri din 25.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-25 19:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-25-07-34-53big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul Finanțelor Publice, Eugen TeodoroviciȘtiri din 20.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-the-public-finance-minister-eugen-teodoroviciEugen Teodorovici: Good evening. Thank you for being here. The purpose of this discussion is to present one of the important objectives undertaken through the programme for government, namely: - State financing instruments. It is about an issuance of state bonds, the first of the - Tezaur programme in 2018, but it is the third state bonds issuance, as we ought to remember that the Finance Ministry launched this first programme of state bonds in 2015, this is the third issuance as aforementioned. You know very well that ever since 2017, even in 2018, we publicly presented the loan strategy for 2018, and as regards state bonds, on internal market, the amount is nearly 50 billion lei. Therefore, it is something that is known ever since last year. The ceiling for 2018 is four billion lei. Therefore, the state bonds shall be issuanced..no amount has been announced from the beginning, only the ceiling in a general way, and state bonds will further be issuanced until this ceiling is reached. Therefore, there is no target at each issuance the Finance Ministry will launch. But the ceiling is general, is worth four billion lei. Information linked to the level of drawing from the market to date: since January 1, 2018 to date, the Public Finance Ministry drew from the market the amount of 18.6 bilion lei - nearly 38. 8 percent from what we planned for this year. A level which the Public Finance Ministry granted to state bonds - 2.8 up to 5. 5 percent, surely, from one maturity to other, between six months and 13 years. Therefore, this is what we offered, this is what we paid for this new type of state bonds - and a very big difference between what we paid as interest rate for state bonds , and the banks and a very big difference between what the banks granted as interest on lei deposits. The difference is huge, more than twice as large, because it is very correct and normal and of common sense for the MFP to give the same interest on deposits to all those who buy, those investors buying state bonds - individuals or companies. Other important element is the one linked to public debt at the end of March 2018, 35. 1 percent, this in the context of allegations that Romania is borrowing more and more. It was 35. 1 percent at the end of March 2018. The legislation underpinning these issuances of state bonds for population is presented here: the last document, issuanced in 2018 - a joint order of the Finance and Communications Ministers, which formed the basis for the expansion of the distribution network or the network whereby those interested can purchase state bonds, namely the Romanian Post Office, which boosts not necessarily the chances, but the possibility that those interested may purchase from a much extended network the state bonds for population. The aim of the programme as I announced a bit earlier, is already stipulated in the programme for government 2017 -2020, and we want to offer individuals a classic saving instrument. We will further launch periodically state bonds issuance until the ceiling mentioned earlier, 4 billion lei, is reached. The network I mentioned a bit earlier is much larger. There are currently more than 220 operational units of State Treasury and I included here those more than 5.500 post offices whereby population can buy state bonds and afterwards, state can redeem from population. It is a promotion campaign and we hope it to be as intense as possible. It is also a short film that I will ask you to watch together at the end of this presentation and which I would be very glad if you take it over in your presentations at each TV station, exactly to inform the individuals in the best way possible. Some elements about the aforementioned state bonds. The value of one bond is 1 leu. It is an issuance in a dematerialized form. 5 years is the maturity of this issuance of state bonds; maturity is in 2023, on July 9, the interest is a very good one - 5 percent per year and much bigger than what the banks offered on lei deposits. July 6 is the date when the first issuance of state bonds for population closes, a time until which, if the persons interested who already bought state bonds, have second thoughts, they can recover their money - but I repeat, until July 6, 2018. The value of the state bonds purchased by the individuals is worth 100,000 lei from the Treasury, and 100,000 lei from the Romanian Post offices. Therefore, an overall 200,000 lei can be the value of the state bonds purchased by individuals. These state bonds can be purchased only by those who are at least 18 years old, and surely, these bonds cannot be redeemed, or sold before maturity. It is very important the fact that apart from 5 percent interest on deposit per year, the 10 percent income tax imposed on bank deposits' interests, do not apply in the present case. Therefore, it is yet another advantage we offer to investors in state bonds for population. Therefore, the tax is not imposed on bank deposits. Subscription can be made in cash or bank transfer with zero costs for those who want to invest, at both subscription and cash withdrawal, and the cost that are to pay for for the transactions operated by the Romanian Post is worth 0, 1 percent, both for payments and the activity of the Romanian Post. It is a first very useful instrument for the population, surely, with very many advantages- 5 percent untaxed interest rate. It is a secure investment. It is not an investment of the population, but in what means the funding need of the Romanian state for what the Government declared as investment objectives, and nothing else. Thank you very much, I wish you a good evening! Sorry! I said we will be watching the short film! Anchor: Give value to your savings! Invest now in the Centenary state bonds at a untaxed super interest! State bonds with a five - year maturity, issued by the Ministry of Public Finance, have an over 4% interest rate and you can buy them too, from the State Treasury units, and post offices.You are guaranteed to win with state bonds! Read the issuance prospectus before subscribing! Eugen Teodorovici: Yes, this is a good message, i.e. you is guaranteed to win, although others say it would be a risk. There is no risk, you can invest too, and invite you to invest in state bonds for the population. Good evening! 2018-06-20 19:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0746.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului - prezentare a stadiului procesului de pregătire și a temelor de interes care vor sta la baza Programului de lucru al Președinției României la Consiliul UEȘtiri din 20.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-parliament-plenary-session-presentation-of-the-state-of-preparedness-and-the-topics-of-interest-that-will-form-the-basis-of-the-work-programme-of-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionPresident of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of the Deputies, Ladies and gentlemen, members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Dear guests, On January 1, 2019, Romania will take over for the first time the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Our mandate will take place in a complex European and international context and it has to take into account the current large - scale processes that will shape the European Union, such as: the reflection on the future of the European Union, the Brexit process, the transition to a new legislative cycle following the European elections and, implicitly, the end of the mandate for the European Commission and the European Parliament, namely negotiations on Union's strategic reference documents such as the new post-2019 Strategic Action Plan, the Economic and Monetary Union and the Future Multiannual Financial Framework. At the same time, challenges appear to be increasingly significant, given the relatively high degree of global instability. They require the Union to assume a more important role internationally, in line with the Global Strategy, whose implementation will continue. The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has thus the opportunity to engage, in support of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and in collaboration with the European External Action Service, in the Unions external representation activity and in the activities underlying the EUs Global Strategy. There are nevertheless other dynamics for which we need to be prepared. In order to strengthen the European project, it is currently more than necessary to strengthen the links between citizens and the Union by the citizens' more active involvement in the decision-making processes. The undertaking of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union is, by definition, an eminently technical exercise. However, such a mandate needs the Parliament's support, and the commitment of all representatives of Romania in the various European formats. Therefore, in the process of drawing up the topics of interest in the perspective of the Romanian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Romanian Government requested inputs from all public institutions, the Romanian Parliament, the Presidential Administration, Romanian representatives in the European Parliament, the European Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. We have to work together for a successful mandate. In this context, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union seeks to show vision and spirit of innovation, while at the same time remaining within the limits of the tradition of exercising a Presidency of the EU Council. Romania will have the opportunity to take over the Presidency of the Council of the EU in a period characterized by the joint effort of the EU Member States to identify some answers to major challenges facing the European project, and to define its development over the next decade, in order to ensure the assets it provided from the very beginning: peace, freedom, stability, prosperity, social solidarity or cohesion. Within this collective effort, Romania will be able to show firmness in supporting the consolidation of the European project, on the basis of the full observance of the commitment to further provide these public assets. This principle will thus represent the anchor of all the actions that Romania will carry out during its six - month mandate. Nicolae Titulescu, a great visionary of European unity, said almost a century ago: Romanias policy is dominated by a perfect convergence between Romanian and European interests. All of our present and future actions in the field of foreign policy have arisen and will arise from this fundamental premise. Thus, Romanian Presidency of the EU Council will be an opportunity to prove the political will and administrative capacity needed to contribute to strengthening the Member States' unity and cohesion, based on a model of inclusive and viable cooperation, on solidarity among the Member States and among the various segments of the social body, that would lead to a stronger Union capable of effective internal and external actions in favor and for the benefit of European citizens. In addition to the approximately 1,400 meetings to be held abroad, we intend to organize in Romania, other nearly 300 events and meetings of the working groups. The Romanian Government will organize the Summit in Sibiu, the informal ministerial meetings at the Palace of Parliament, as well as actions across the country, so that for six months, the Romanian citizens will feel that this Presidency represents everyone. In this regard, I would like to thank the local public authorities for their support in hosting these meetings in Romania, and I am sure that each of you, in the constituencies you represent, will contribute to taking the Presidency in all areas of the country. Romania will be able to prove as President of the Council of the EU that it can be a source of solutions and can actually support the advancement of the European project, which remains the most appropriate framework for the development of the Member States, based on the fundamental principles of European construction. Romania, in its mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will act in a coordinated manner, in a trio of presidencies format, alongside Finland and Croatia. Being the first member state of the Trio, Romania will draw up its Work Programme in parallel with the Councils Work Programme for 18 months, which offers the possibility of having continuity in attaining the undertaken objectives. As a result, in the first semester of 2019, there are responsibilities that Romania has to assume and expectations to which it must respond. The preparation of the Presidency must be done not only by defining some objectives and the actions necessary to achieve them. The main objective should aim at the consolidation of Romania's status and international prestige as EU Member State, capable to fulfill its responsibilities in pursuing common European objectives. Romania's prestige will be influenced not only by what is achieved during its tenure, but also how the results are achieved. We have the opportunity to demonstrate political maturity, high professionalism in managing complex institutional challenges, as well as abilities to negotiate and build compromise skills within negotiations in the European decisional system. The exercise of the EU Council Presidency by a Member State is a way to demonstrate the capacity to generate consensus at EU level, on topical dossiers. Concrete expectations will be linked to completion of legislative negotiations on the dossiers we will take over from the Austrian Presidency on January 1, 2019. This is why Romania will act in Brussels starting July 1, 2018 as a - shadow presidency, working closely with Austria in order to be able to take over without interruption, the negotiation processes conducted at the EU level with a view to acting efficiently from the first day of our mandate. Thus, using the expertise of the European institutions and the previous presidencies, we started last year the training programs for over 1,500 persons involved in this process. Also, following substantial discussions taking place during the informal meetings held in Romania, we will have the opportunity to present some additional relevant topics, including the national perspective. The current legislative program of the Union will lie at the core of responsibilities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. This will be found in its final form, this exercise involving the Presidency alongside the European Parliament and the European Commission. There will be several legislative dossiers which will require a major effort for their completion before the May 2019 European elections. In identifying the agreement terms within the EU Council and in the dialogue with the European Parliament, the Romanian Presidency will assume its incumbent responsibility in front of an Europe of 500 million citizens, to complete the Strategic Agenda defined in 2014. In 2019, a five-year political cycle will end, another will begin. The extent to which the 2014 legislative agenda will be reflected in the decisions adopted by the spring of 2019 will be one of the elements assessed in the democratic exercise of elections for the European Parliament. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will thus be able to contribute to defining the benchmarks for the post-2020 next multiannual financial cycle. The European Commissions proposals, presented in May-June 2018, will enter a crucial, perhaps final, phase of political negotiation between January and June 2019. This multiannual budget will have to provide the Union with the resources needed for attaining its objectives over the next seven years. The Romanian Presidency's commitment both political and technical as well as its cooperation with the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission may prove important for the final outcome of negotiations. In addition to this commitment, the Presidency will be required a significant effort in the negotiations of the 37 sectorial legislation dossiers to be completed in time to allow the preparation and launch of the use of EU funds on January 1, 2021. In this respect, depending on the decision of the European leaders at the European Council meeting of 28-29 June 2018, on the speed of the negotiation process of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, the manner in which the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will refer to these very important negotiations, will be different. In both situations, however, Romania remains fully committed to making the necessary efforts during its mandate to achieve notable progress in the negotiation of the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, so that financial programs can start as soon as possible and the financed projects can produce positive effects on the economic growth. On March 29, 2019, in one of the most outstanding moments of the history of European construction since the founding treaties in the 1950s, Great Britain will leave the European Union. Discussions on the future of Europe after Brexit began at the Bratislava European Council in 2016. The President of the European Council advanced these discussions, especially on the basis of the Leaders Agenda. Romania will host the informal meeting of the European Council in Sibiu, where European leaders will decide the Unions strategic priorities and directions for the coming years. Romania will also preside over the EU Council for the first three months after the UKs exit from the EU. In a year of changes for the European Parliament and the European Commission, Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will be one of the points of stability and continuity at the EU level. By organizing ministerial and senior officials meetings in Romania, we will have the opportunity to propose and encourage debates and exchanges of ideas on political, economic and social themes that will provide the necessary context for entering a new phase of the European project for the next ten years. The task of designing the work agenda of the future Presidency is based on the principle that any vision about the future must be built around the fundamental values guiding the evolution of the European Union over time. The 500 million inhabitants of the member states are at the center of the European construction, and the European citizen will be at the forefront of the working agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Romanias efforts will focus mainly on legislative and non-legislative dossiers with direct and immediate impact on the citizens everyday lives. Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, said, referring to the EU construction: we are not forming coalitions of states, we are uniting people. The overall objective is to bring welfare and stability to the European citizen, and nowadays, more than ever, we need to identify those European policies that bring benefits to the daily lives of those whom we represent. It is not by accident that the process of drawing up the Work Program of the future Presidency started at national level through a wide consultation and public debate, fostered by the creation of a Forum dedicated to this purpose. Beyond the obvious value of the ideas presented on this occasion, the exercise sought to convey a public message on the necessary and long awaited engagement of the Romanian citizens in preparing the exercise by Romania of its first presidency of the Council of the European Union. For these reasons, Romania will seek to achieve tangible results for citizens through its activity at the helm of the Council of the EU, and to highlight the benefits that a solid, strong and cohesive Union can bring to each individual citizen. Also, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will seek that the Unions policies constantly relate to the principle of cohesion, between Member States and between different socio-economic categories. We envisage cohesion as a common European value, and as an expression of the unity between EU states and regions. As stated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, promoting economic, social and territorial convergence is essential for the harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of the Union by reducing structural disparities between the various regions and promoting equal opportunities for all citizens. In the preface to the - White Paper on the Future of Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recalls the principle of unity of the Member States, noting that as we decide where we head to, we should remember that Europe has always been in its best shape when we showed unity, courage, and the conviction that we can shape our future together. In complementarity with the European leaders' proposals in formulating the presidency's topics of interest, Romania regards the citizen as both source and finality. On the other hand, as regards the contents, the main concern in formulating the topics is oriented towards the extent to which they correspond to the principles of the Treaties and they serve the interests of all European citizens. At the same time, the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU are correlated with the legislative agenda of the European Union in order to ensure their implementation at the European level. The working agenda will focus on four main pillars: 1.Ensuring a fair and sustainable development for all member states, through an increased level of convergence, cohesion, innovation, digitization, and connectivity. 2.Maintaining a safe Europe; 3.Strengthening the EU global role and 4.The Europe of shared values. In the preparation and exercise of its Presidency, Romania maintains a constant dialogue with the European Parliament, the European Commission, member states and social actors to ensure the necessary conditions to attain these ambitious goals. As regards the first pillar - ensuring a sustainable and fair development for all member states - stimulating convergence within the EU is an objective which must further benefit of a special attention, being essential for both the increase in the life quality of European citizens and their getting closer to the European project. All steps taken at European and national level should be subsumed to the common overall objective of generating real convergence across the Union. There is broad consensus at EU level on the need to strengthen convergence between Member States and between regions, that would allow an increased efficiency of the European single market and would ensure a common EU response in terms of institutional policies and instruments, to the goal of strengthening the EUs global competitiveness. Stimulating convergence at EU level would also imply creating the optimal premises for increasing European cohesion. The context created by Brexit and enhanced by the prospect of negotiations on the Future Financial Framework and by the proposals for further strengthening the Economic and Monetary Union is an extremely favorable one for advancing growth and convergence objectives. The dossiers under the Europe of Convergence objective will allow Romania to promote an inclusive approach in advancing the EU-level discussions and to work towards fostering consensus on a number of sensitive dossiers for the Member States. The continuation of measures towards the completion of the Banking Union as well as the development of the Capital Markets Union will be an opportunity for Romania, as President of the EU Council, to help channel the attention towards deepening the European project, including from the angle of the Union's effective and coordinated response to international developments. From the same perspective of the Europe of Convergence, the social dimension should represent a key component of any effort to boost the entire EU competitiveness and thus play an important role in all internal market related policies. Innovation has also a major potential to contribute to job creation, boosting the enterprises' competitiveness on global markets, improving life quality and generating sustainable economic growth. From this perspective, Romania intends to back the efforts to strengthen the framework for innovation support and stimulation at European level. At the same time, advancing steps to complete a genuine Digital Single Market is a major priority which is fully justified by the need for economic, social and security developments. This should consider the necessity to significantly reduce the digital disparity between Member States, between different regions and categories of European citizens and between different industrial sectors. Attaining the objective of deepening the Internal Market, a goal that has been assumed and politically agreed at the level of the European Union, will be backed by Romania, a priority of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council seeking to ensure its full, correct and efficient functionality, including in terms of the four fundamental freedoms: of movement for goods, services, capital and people. At the same time, the effective functioning of the European Union and the achievement of economic, social and security objectives depend on maintaining the competitiveness of European industry and ensuring an adequate level of interconnection in the Internal Market, a priority justified by developments at European level, especially in the energy, transport and telecommunications sectors. From this perspective, one of Romanias major priorities will be to develop and create, when missing, the functional links between East and West / North and South, to allow, on the one hand, non-discriminatory access to the resources and benefits of EU membership, and, on the other hand, support in a sustainable manner, for the increased competitiveness of the European economy. Ensuring a good connection of the Central and South-Eastern European states with other European regions can be achieved also through greater visibility for macro-regional strategies, namely by relaunching the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. In this context, the overlapping of Romanias mandate to the Presidency of the EU Council in the first semester of 2019 with Romania's mandate to the rotating presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region between October 2018 -October 2019, offers the opportunity to promote on the EU agenda, the added value of regional cooperation and the development of territorial, economic and social cohesion through macro-regional strategies and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region respectively. In terms of competitiveness, the development of the Internal Market also requires strengthening the industrial policy of the European Union. The European industry needs a long-term policy with an horizon at least until 2030, which would consider the diversity of the current industrial base in the EU and the impact of the evolution of digitization and artificial intelligence. The second pillar - The internal security of the European Union is one of the priority issues for Romania and will be at the center of our attention. Ensuring the security of the external borders is one of the most important guarantees for the efficient functioning of the area of freedom, security and justice, the implementation of the Schengen evaluation mechanism, of the EU-developed information systems and their interoperability will be particularly important points on our agenda. We will try to explore new ways of addressing this topic, this is why the topic of managing the migration flows in a coherent and unitary manner will remain an important one. The emergencies that Member States or the Union have managed in recent years have shown that an immediate effective response requires a closer inter-agency cooperation and efforts focused on rescuing victims and providing emergency care. Alongside the proper implementation of these measures internally, the ways of strengthening cooperation with non-EU states in the field of security will need to be assessed, given that a number of security challenges do not know borders, and I refer here to the fight against cyber attacks , combating the phenomenon of radicalization or preventing terrorist activity. In a world of accelerated digitization, Romania is interested in working on the issue of protecting citizens safety in the virtual space. The review of the EU Cyber Security Strategy has created a good basis for improving European cooperation in the field, but further efforts are required to strengthen the Unions resilience to cyber attacks. Cyber security can no longer be considered optional, and public policies and any project related to the information society must take into account the cyber security component. Last but not least, Romania will be able to contribute to advancing a vision on the future of Europes security by setting strategic goals for the post-2020 space for freedom, security and justice. In this context, the EUs global profile will esentially depend on the implementation pace of the Global Strategy and on the effectiveness of its various instruments. For the efficiency of the EUs external action, Romania will pursue the consolidation of on going initiatives that aim inter alia at developing EU defence capabilities such as: the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), the European Defence Fund, the Permanent Structured Cooperation - PESCO, promoting a closer EU-NATO partnership. Particular attention will be extended to civil-military coordination, which is an area of excellence for the EU, which implies further activities for the improvement of EU civilian capabilities. Romania will continue its activities in terms of strengthening resilience, combating hybrid threats and enhancing strategic communication capacity, including in an integrated manner. Particular attention will be extended to the external component of the Multiannual Financial Framework, to future external assistance financial instruments respectively, and to the identification of options to adapt the Council's working methods. The objective is to increase the efficiency of programs carried out in the context of EU's external action, in conjunction with the budgetary outlooks that can be used. As regards the substantiality of the European Union's policy in the vicinity, the Eastern Partnership will remain a priority of the Presidency, considering also the fact that during our tenure, we will celebrate ten years since the launch of the Partnership. Thematically, the Romanian presidency will pay a special attention to the extension of the benefits of the Free Trade Agreements already in force and the inter-connectivity with the most advanced states of the Eastern Partnership. A special emphasis will be placed on the consolidation of the concrete answers the European Union might offer to the European aspirations of the Republic of Moldova. In this respect, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will seek to continue to raising awareness about the benefits of supporting the European goal by the citizens and the authorities, while pleading for ensuring the necessary criteria to maintain the European perspective of the Republic of Moldova within credible parameters. It is important to reaffirm and accredit the importance of the Black Sea on the EU agenda, including from the perspective of advancing projects under the Three Seas Initiative or revitalizing the Black Sea Synergy in the future. Both the political visibility plan and the EUs concrete involvement in successful regional projects are being considered. In order to honor the EUs commitments, Romania will extend a special attention to supporting the European perspective of the Western Balkans by giving a new impetus to the enlargement policy, namely by supporting efforts to reform, democratize and reconcile society in the Western Balkans. This is an investment in regional stability and prosperity, representing a broader strategic interest for the Union, but also for Romania as an immediate proximity state, well placed to promote and effectively support the multiple benefits of EU membership. As regards the transatlantic partnership, the lines of action will seek to reflect the crucial importance of the transatlantic relationship in maintaining the global multilateral order, the importance of consolidating international law and the EUs role in supporting effective multilateralism at regional level. Also, the enhancement of the EU-UN relationship is required, considering the common priorities in terms of strengthening global governance, sustainable development and promoting peace. The exercise of the Presidency of the Council of the EU and Romania' solid profile within the UN foster the formulation of objectives aimed at boosting the EU-UN cooperation on several dimensions, from maintaining peace to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and also by taking on the role of promoter of the preparation of the EU report on the 2019 High -Level Political Forum regarding the evaluation of the implementation of Agenda 2030. Finally, in exercising the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Romania will seek the promotion of cohesion as a common EU value, underlining the importance of the foundations of European construction in rebuilding the citizens trust. Promoting the values enshrined in the Treaties, such as: cohesion, equality, freedom, democracy, human dignity, justice, solidarity, can help counter Eurosceptic, populist, nationalist, racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic discourses and can provide a real support for the European project. The sustainable use of local potential in the development policies represents other desideratum which should be backed within the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. In the context of globalization, local particularities provide identity to communities, but at the same time they are means of attracting economic activities. In this respect, Romania, as President of the EU Council, will firmly support the efforts towards the objective of a more democratic Union, in order to ensure the equal treatment that all Member States and all European citizens aspire to, to bring the decision-making process in Brussels closer to citizens and to render the EU functioning more efficient. In exercising its mandate, Romania will seek to ensure an effective presidency by assuming the role of an impartial mediator and a consensus facilitator in the fulfillment of the tasks related to the presidency of the Council and the advancement of the European agenda. Romania will act as an active and constructive partner, having as a premise a unitary, transparent, inclusive approach, favorable to further consolidation of the European project, supported by the Romanian authorities, citizens and overall society. Ladies and gentlemen, These four pillars are not exclusive. Other proposals may be added. It is important that, at the end of our action, we succeed in set these objectives on the European agenda and find the results of our actions in the decisions taken by the European institutions. The Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is just one step in our attempt to increase Romanias European profile and to live up to the responsibilities incumbent on a country whose share in EU will be even greater after Brexit. Finally, I would like to once again thank the General Secretariat of the Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the other rotating presidencies for the fruitful collaboration, of which we have had much to learn. Being convinced that only the union makes the power - I invite you to continue working together to have a Successful Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union! I also want to thank all the leaders and representatives of political parties in Parliament for the fact that two weeks ago, the two Committees on European Affairs of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and the Joint Special Committee for preparing the necessary parliamentary activities for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union offered their unanimous support for the topics resulted following to the public consultations process conducted over the last year. Considering that this year, we celebrate the Greater Union Centennial, I think it is mandatory to follow the example of our forefathers by showing that we manage to overcome all differencies when it comes to projects of national interest, in order to prove to the European partners and the citizens that we represent what Romania is capable of doing for the success of the European project. Let us not miss this chance that we are offered, let us join efforts and dare more for a European and strong Romania! Thank you! 2018-06-20 14:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov_0981.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul Muncii și Justiției Sociale, Lia Olguța VasilescuȘtiri din 19.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-labour-and-social-justice-minister-lia-olguta-vasilescuStatements by Labour and Social Justice Minister Lia Olguta Vasilescu Lia Olguta Vasilescu: Good evening. I would like to present you a Draft Emergency Ordinance of the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, which has already been sent for approval to the Finance, European Funds and Justice Ministries. Therefore, we tick off other item of the Programme for Government, with respect to backing the employers, for employment of the recipients of social assistance and the unemployed. The Labor Ministry's vision from now on consists in not supporting those who do not want to work despite their capacity to do it, and to support those who want a job, and also to support the business environment. In this respect, the state will pay 2,250 lei, equivalent to 500 euros per month, to employers hiring unemployed and recipients of social assistance for each of these persons, for periods of up to five years, depending on the category of future employees. The amounts will also be offered to employ young graduates from any form of education: vocational school, high school, faculty, hard -to -employ young people, marginalized, apprentices, regardless of age and interns, people with disabilities and people close to retirement who have trouble finding a job because of this. The employers may offer a higher amount than what the state grants for each new employee, so that wages in Romania may come closer in value to wages in other European states, and therefore, to stop the labour exodus. Compared to last year, the state doubles the subsidies offered to employers ,and we expect the unemployment rate to continue declining, even if it is currently at the historical minimum level of after the Revolution and to determine the employment of inactive persons who are currently socially assisted. After the adoption of the Government Emergency Ordinance, the National Agency for Employment will grant the subsidies to employers and will run a campaign to promote the increase in subsidies and activation premiums. Thank you! 2018-06-19 19:13:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0678.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului României, Viorica Dăncilă, cu preşedintele Adunării Generale a ONU, Miroslav LajčákȘtiri din 19.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-president-of-the-united-nations-general-assembly-miroslav-lajcakPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajčak who is paying an official visit to Romania. The two high officials exchanged views on some topical issues included on the agenda of the UN General Assembly, the most important and representative multilateral forum. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila referred to Romania's institutional and operational framework for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - a global development action programme that promotes the balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The Head of the Executive stated that the success of the 2030 Agenda implementation will contribute to building a balanced society, based on inclusive principles, having the main goal of ensuring sustainable development and the significant improvement of living standards for all citizens. They also addressed the impact of climate changes, an immediate global challenge with long-term implications for the development and security of all the regions around the world, that requires a responsible approach and concrete actions at the UN level. The President of the United Nations General Assembly congratulated Romania for the presentation, scheduled for July 2018, of the Voluntary National Review on the stage of implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Furthermore, he evoked the reform measures which he endorses at the UN level, in order to streamline its role in identifying some collective solutions with development impact, but also to respond to common security challenges. During the meeting, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reiterated Romania's firm commitment for multilateralism, a dimension in which the UN hold the central role, and guaranteed that this approach will be endorsed too when our country holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. 2018-06-19 16:19:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0520.jpgPalatul Victoria a găzduit cea de a șasea Reuniune Plenară a Dialogului Strategic România – Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 19.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/victoria-palace-hosted-the-sixth-plenary-meeting-of-the-us-romania-strategic-partnership-dialogueThe sixth plenary meeting of the US-Romania Strategic Partnership Dialogue took place on June 19, 2018, being co-chaired by Vice Prime Minister for Romania's Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall and the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. The talks agenda included topics such as: regional security and economic cooperation, the meeting being attended by representatives of the following Ministries with competences and responsibilities on the topics addressed: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defence, Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Ministry of Communications and IT Society, Ministry of Public Finance, Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Transports. In the opening speech of the Strategic Dialogue meeting, Vice Prime Minister outlined the special importance that the Romanian Government and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attach to the Strategic Dialogue with the US, fundamental component of Romania - US Strategic Partnership. - Deepening Romania - US Strategic Partnership is a commitment undertaken in our programme for government. We want to strengthen the relationship with the US, including on its economic dimension, and the Strategic Dialogue taking place in Bucharest represents an important argument in this respect, reads the message conveyed by Ana Birchall on behalf of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall saluted the fact that the meeting was co-chaired by the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, marking a first time in this respect. At the same time, in her speech, the Romanian official highlighted that - the Strategic Partnership with the United States is a fundamental pillar of Romania's foreign and security policy and an essential instrument for strengthening our country's role as capable and active provider of security and stability at regional and global level. The talks during the plenary meeting underlined the importance of EU - US global partnership, the NATO Cohesion, and close bilateral relations between transatlantic partners to guarantee common security and prosperity. The dialogue highlighted the important role Romania is playing in guaranteeing stability and security in Central and Eastern Europe, both parties reiterating the commitment for continuous cooperation with a view to promoting common priorities in the region, with focus on connectivity in the energy, infrastructure and digital fields. At the same time, the Romanian and American sides reviewed the cooperation and coordination priorities in multilateral context, in anticipation of the Brussels NATO Summit and the Bucharest - Three Seas Initiative Summit, scheduled for July, September 2018 respectively. As regards the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership, the positive dynamics of the bilateral trade exchanges, as well as the need for closer cooperation to boost them and for a maximum capitalization of investment potential were emphasized. The fundamental objectives and topics for the implementation of the Romania - US Strategic Partnership were recorded in a joint statement adopted on the occasion of the plenary meeting. Additional information: The Romania - US relations were raised to the level of Strategic Partnership in 1997 on the occasion of the US Presidents visit to Bucharest. The Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States of America was adopted on September 13, 2011, in Washington. The Declaration confirms the excellent, long-term and ever developing Partnership between the two states, and also establishes the pillars of the Romania -US relationship: political dialogue, security, economy, inter-human contacts, science and technology, research, education and culture. The provisions of the Joint Declaration are in an advanced process of operationalization, the joint efforts in this respect being coordinated at the level of the bilateral Strategic Dialogue established for this purpose, which takes place yearly at the political level. The format of this years Strategic Dialogue meeting was established during Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall's meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell in Washington DC, in April 2018. Ana Birchall: Deepening our bilateral cooperation is key to ensuring security and stability in the region of Central and Eastern Europe The Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall met with the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell in the context of the sixth plenary meeting of the Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue held in Bucharest. On this occasion, Ana Birchall saluted the joint efforts of Romania and the U.S. that allowed the organization of the 6th annual Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership Dialogue meeting. Deepening our bilateral cooperation is key to ensuring security and stability in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in the energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors. The annual Romania -U.S.Strategic Partnership Dialogue meeting is an excellent opportunity to coordinate on the major topics of common interest of the Strategic Partnership, stated Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall. The Vice Prime Minister also highlighted the Romanian side's interest in identifying and unfolding new joint projects designed to contribute to the development and deepening of the Strategic Partnership with the US, highlighting in this respect the high potential of the energy, digital and filmmaking sectors. Vice Prime Minister also mentioned the special attention Romania extends to cooperation and coordination with the American side on topics of common interest. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall requested the support of the US side for Romania's inclusion in the Visa Waiver program and thanked the US for backing Romania's candidacy for OECD membership. 2018-06-19 10:15:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0401.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la ConstanțaȘtiri din 16.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-constantaStatement by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following the launch of Tallinn - Constanta flight Viorica Dancila: Good evening! I attended today a particularly important event, the launch of the first direct seasonal flight between Estonia and Romania. I had the honor to fly alongside the Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas. The flight lasted only two hours and a half, the on-board services were very good, and the crew - very kind. I hope that this direct flight will boost trade, economic, educational and cultural exchanges. This direct link between Romania and Estonia will hopefully encourage the Romanian citizens to visit the beautiful city of Tallinn, the very well preserved medieval castles and the picturesque islands of Estonia. At the same time, the Estonian citizens will hopefully relax on the beautiful Black Sea coast and will visit the beautiful Danube Delta. This event takes place in the context in which Estonia marks the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and, at the same time, Romania celebrates 100 years since the Greater Union. Also today, I signed a Memorandum in Tallinn between the Romanian Ministry for Business Environment, Trade and Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Investment Agency. Improvement of Estonia -Romania bilateral and economic relations and consensus on European agenda have been on our work agenda, and today, we have made the first steps in this respect. I would like to thank the Nordica Company for this initiative and hopefully, this flight will extend to Tallinn - Bucharest route. Thank you! 2018-06-16 23:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-16-11-24-23big_11_resize.jpgVizita oficială a premierului Viorica Dăncilă în EstoniaȘtiri din 15.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-official-visit-to-estoniaAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the event organized by Estonian company Nordica to mark the inaugural flight on the Tallin-Constanta route Viorica Dancila: We witness today a special moment for both Estonia and Romania: the first seasonal flight between two friendly states. It is a special moment, especially that this year, both states celebrate their Centennial anniversary. This direct flight will help us to know each other better, and to enjoy the beauties of the two countries. That is why I invite the Estonian citizens to come to Constanta to see the sunny beaches of the Black Sea and the Danube Delta, as I advise the Romanian citizens to visit Tallinn, to see the beautiful medieval castles and picturesque islands. I hope this flight will always be full of passengers on both sides, and I am very glad that on this inaugural flight, I am with Prime Minister of Estonia Juri Ratas. And at the same time, I want to thank the Nordica Company for its openness, and I wish that similar flight extends to Tallinn-Bucharest route too. Thank you very much! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to e-Estonia Showroom Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's schedule also included a visit to e-Estonia Showroom which is the most important executive information center that presents the way the Estonian digital society works. Romanian Prime Minister witnessed a detailed presentation, focused on introducing the mechanisms involved in the digitalisation of the Estonian society, a system that allowed the review of the main e-solutions and e-services, namely the ways to render the state more efficient and provide quality services to the citizens. With respect to the digitalisation area, the Head of the Romanian Executive voiced appreciation for the flexibility and the ability of the Estonian system to integrate its various parts, which allowed both the improvement of electronic services and the governmental services to provide quality services to the citizens. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hailed the digitalisation level that the Estonian state achieved and appreciated that it could represent a true benchmark for any state of the world. On the sidelines of the e-Estonia Showroom, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Investment Agency was signed, which will allow the development of an important mechanism to boost the businesses between Romania and Estonia and will form the basis for developing some close trade relations and increasing the level of bilateral investments. Minister Radu Oprea signed the Memorandum on behalf of the Romanian Government. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, during her official visit to Tallinn. The two high officials discussed the stage of bilateral relations, topical issues of EU and security agendas, as well as the regional cooperation formats. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that there is potential to strengthen bilateral trade and presented the conclusions reached on this topic, following talks with the Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas. The Head of the Romanian Executive highlighted in this context, the importance of increasing the connectivity of the two economies through better mutual knowledge, development of infrastructure and transport links. The Romanian Prime Minister added that inauguration of the direct flight between Tallinn and Constanta operating as of June this year by the Nordica Estonian company, is an opportunity in this regard. Romanian Prime Minister also carried out an assessment of the sectorial cooperation opportunities between the two states. Defence can be a field of privileged cooperation as the two high oficials' talks revealed. The two high officials highlighed that Romania and Estonia have similar stands in many important topics of the European agenda, this being a solid ground for intensifying coordination and working closer at EU level. President of Estonia hailed the fact that Romania will become a sponsor nation of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) whose activity will be attended by two experts. During the meeting, there was also an exchange of views on security developments in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea area, as well as on the two states' expectations from this year's NATO Summit. Talks revealed the importance that both Romania and the Republic of Estonia attach to regional and international security. In this context, both dignitaries underlined the importance of constant dialogue on security issues, both between the two states and with other states on the Eastern Flank. Statement by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila after meeting her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Viorica Dancila: I would like to thank Prime Minister for his warm welcome, and also for the constructive approach during talks. We addressed together topics of common interest, related to current bilateral and economic relations between Romania and Estonia, and also common points on the European agenda. We agreed to enhance trade between Romania and Estonia, to intensify economic relations and last but not least, I expressed Romania's interest and willigness to benefit from Estonia's experience and expertise in the field of digitisation. At the same time, tomorrow, we will sign a memorandum between the Romanian Ministry of Business Environment, Trade, Entrepreneurship and the Estonian Agency of Investments. I consider that we are making an important step in the cooperation between Romania and Estonia and I hope this memorandum is followed by an agreement regarding the aforementioned topic , namely digitization. As Prime Minister stated, tomorrow, we will inaugurate the first flight between Tallinn and Constanta, we will fly together, in order to strengthen the importance of this event, and we hope we will give the start of both trade exchanges and that we will intensify the tourism between the two countries. On Sunday, we will inaugurate a Honorary Consulate in Constanta, therefore, on our first meeting as Prime Ministers, after the diplomatic relations were re-established in 1991, we have already laid the first basis of cooperation between Estonia and Romania. We also discussed about Romania's taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU on January 1, 2019, and I voiced all openness and interest regarding the experience and expertise that Estonia had during its presidency. We discussed our challenges at European level, the new challenges related to foreign policy, defence policy, youth, innovation, research and digitization, and we also discussed traditional policies, the Cohesion Policy, and the Common Agricultural Policy. I found out we have convergent views and cooperation is necessary to also place on the European agenda issues that are in line with the existing reality in the two countries. On this occasion, I invited the Prime Minister to make a visit to Romania, along with his Cabinet, to lay the basis of cooperation not only at the level of Prime Ministers, to extend this cooperation to Ministerial, and local government level. We are aware of the good cooperation existing between the Parliaments of the two countries and I consider that it is necessary to strengthen cooperation between the Government of Estonia and the Government of Romania. I thank the Prime Minister once again for his approach and openness for closer cooperation between Estonia and Romania. Thank you! Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn On the sidelines of the official visit to Tallinn, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO-CCDCOE), where Romania will soon become a sponsoring nation and will participate in with two experts. The Romanian delegation took part in a detailed presentation of the Centre's activities. During the talks on this occasion, Prime Minister Dancila saluted the very good cooperation between the Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and the Romanian state institutions, adding that this positive experience contributed to Romania's decision of becoming a sponsoring nation. The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence offers both member states, as well as NATO, the cyber defence expertise, in the fields of technology, strategy, operations and law. CCDCOE published the - Tallinn Manual (at its second edition now), the most comprehensive analysis of the way the existing international law is enforced in the virtual space. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Prime Minister Viorica Dancila is paying an official visit to Estonia, the first visit at this level after 1991, when Romania re-established diplomatic relations with the Estonian state. The Head of the Romanian Executive had today a meeting with her Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas. The meeting was an occasion to reconfirm the fact that Romania - Estonia relations are close, based on a similar track and on shared interests related to European issues and ensuring the security of the Eastern flank. The two officials also exchanged views on ways to back the growth of trade, which despite a positive development, is below the potential of the two economies. The prospects for the development of sectorial cooperation on defense, tourism, culture, education, energy, environmental protection and agriculture were also assessed during the talks. In this context, the officials discussed about Romania's becoming a sponsoring nation and its participation with two experts in the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The two Prime Ministers reviewed the cooperation initiatives of the local public administrations that can create connection bridges between Romanian and Estonian cities. The two Prime Ministers agreed on an exchange of experience in the field of digitization, showing interest in cooperation on preparing and managing Romania's presidency to the Council of the EU, and its OECD accession process. The two Prime Ministers presented actions to mark each of the Centennial anniversaries, and discussed joint proposals to celebrate these defining events for the history of the two states. As part of the exchange of views on the EU agenda, the two states' joint commitment to strengthening the European project emerged. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated Romania's firm pro-European approach aimed at a deeper integration within the Union. The talks also revealed the importance both countries attach to supporting the European aspirations of the Eastern Partnership' states and the European Union's enlargement process. The Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU was also addressed during the meeting. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the state of preparedness as well as details about the priorities taken into account by our country during its European mandate. In this context, the Romanian side voiced its interest in the Estonian experience with preparing and managing the Presidency of the EU Council. Following the official meeting, the two officials went to Tallinn's Tabasalu Park for an oak-planting symbolic ceremony to mark the centennial anniversary- the year 2018 marks the two states' Centennial anniversary, with Romania celebrating the Greater Union Centennial, and Estonia celebrating this year the 100th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. 2018-06-15 16:59:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-15-05-04-30big_4.jpgVizita de lucru a premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Lituania Știri din 14.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-working-visit-to-lithuaniaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited today the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, in Vilnius. The Head of the Executive attended the presentation of the Centre's activities. On this occasion, the director handed the Prime Minister the invitation for Romania to take part in the Centre's activities. The Romanian official inquired about the projects developed by the Centre and the way they are implemented, expressing our country's priority interest in the energy security. Prime Minister also congratulated the Centre's leadership for its role in backing the development processes of the NATO capabilities, considering the ever-growing contribution of the North-Atlantic Alliance in the field of energy security. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis During her working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis. The two officials evoked the historical importance of 1918 for both Romania and the Republic of Lithuania, given that in 2018, both countries celebrate their Centenary. The agenda of talks included topics concerning the bilateral relationship as well as aspects of the European and security agenda. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Speaker of the Seimas expressed their satisfaction over the consistency of the bilateral dialogue, at government and parliamentary level, and highlighted the development potential of the economic cooperation. As for the European affairs, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă presented the state of preparedness of the takeover by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the European Union and exchanged views with Speaker Pranckietis regarding the future of the European project. The Head of Romanian Executive also reiterated that Romania is backing the EU enlargement and that it wishes to keep this topic on the EU agenda during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As regards the security agenda, talks focused on the risks and threats the NATO is confronted with, as well as on the Black Sea region's security situation. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met her Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skevernelis On 14 June 2018, Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, on a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania, had a meeting with her Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis. The visit to the Republic of Lithuania took place in the year when both countries celebrate their centenary: Romania celebrates the centenary of the Greater Union, and Lithuania celebrates the centenary of the restoration of the Lithuanian statehood through the Lithuanian Council's Act of Independence of 16 February 1918. The talks focused, at the bilateral level, on discussing the prospects of boosting trade and identifying new levels of sectoral cooperation. The talks revealed that there are prospects for deepening bilateral sectoral cooperation in fields such as IT, energy, chemical industry, food industry, agriculture, infrastructure, energy security etc. Ways of strengthening coordination on European dossiers of joint interest, such as supporting the Eastern Partnership and the future of Europe, were also discussed. Special attention was extended to security issues, considering the interest that both Romania and Lithuania share regarding the security of NATO's Eastern Flank and energy security. The talks in the field of European affairs occasioned the Romanian side's presentation of the state of preparedness for the Presidency of the Council of the EU, a presidency that our country will exercise in the first semester of 2019, as well as an exchange of views on the future multi-annual financial framework. The two Prime Ministers also reaffirmed the importance of coordination as regards the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy. The talks outlined that the consolidation of stability and security in the Eastern Neighborhood is a joint objective for both states. The Romanian Head of Executive also tackled the topic of the risks and threats that the North Atlantic Alliance is facing, the talks exploring ways of strengthening cooperation between the allied states, especially between those on NATO's Eastern Flank. 2018-06-14 15:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-14-04-11-05big_02_resize.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă în Lituania și EstoniaȘtiri din 13.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-lithuania-and-estoniaPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will pay visits to the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia during June 14-16, 2018 The political dialogue with the officials of the two EU member states will focus on reconfirming the close bilateral relations, based on a similar path and on shared interests related to European topics and on ensuring the Eastern flank' security. A major objective will be represented by the European agenda and Romania's preparation for the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union, as well as the harmonization of positions on dossiers currently being negotiated at European level. In Vilnius, the Romanian Prime Minister will have meetings with the Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis and the Speaker of the Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis. The schedule also include a visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius, and participation in a solemn moment organized at the monument - The Hill of Crosses given that Lithuania is commemorating on June 14, the massive 1941 deportations. The visit to Tallinn takes place from 15 to 16 June, it is the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister to the Republic of Estonia after the diplomatic relations between Romania and Estonia were re-established in 1991. The Head of the Romanian Executive will also have a series of high - level consultations with the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, the Prime Minister Juri Ratas, and the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă will also visit the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and the e-Estonia Showroom, an executive briefing center that presents how the Estonian digital society is functioning. Another moment of the visit will be the homage the Romanian Prime Minister will pay to the Estonian servicemen fallen in the Independence War, by laying a wreath at the Estonian Memorial Monument. On June 16, the Romanian and Estonian Prime Ministers will fly on an inaugural flight of the Estonian company Nordica on the Tallin-Constanta route. Subsequently, the two senior officials will also participate in the inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Estonia in Constanta. 2018-06-13 16:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-13-04-13-48big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, întâlnire cu artiștii fotbaliști români, campioni mondiali în anul CentenaruluiȘtiri din 12.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-12 19:28:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_29_resize.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă, discuții cu primarii municipiilor reședință de județ pe tema absorbției fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 12.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-12 17:10:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_44_resize.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la oficierea slujbei de resfințire a Bisericii Mănăstirii DealuȘtiri din 10.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-service-for-the-reconsecration-of-the-church-of-the-monastery-dealuAddress by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the service for the reconsecration of the Church of the Monastery Dealu Your Beatitude, Father Patriarch Daniel, Your Eminence Father Archbishop and Metropolitan Nifon, Your Eminence, The Right Reverend Mother Superior Emanuela, Reverend Fathers, Reverend Mothers, Honorable Assembly, For more than half a millennium, Dealu Monastery has been one of the richest historical places in our country, a witness to the formation and development of the Romanian nation, and a proof over time of the Romanian faith -strengthened power. The beauty, tranquility and durability inspired by this place are emblematic of our people. Looking at the wonderful architecture of the church, I cannot help thinking that at the moment of its construction, the founders had in mind the defining features of the Romanians. The beauty of places and things is always conferred by people who built and cared for them and who passed them on to future generations with love, understanding and faith in good, just as the great voivodes who rest in the Great Church of the Dealu Monastery, did. Here lies the head of Mihai Viteazu (Michael the Brave), the ruler who opened a new era in the history of the Romanian people, a model that inspired the Romanians to unite in one nation, three centuries later. The unity of the Romanian people is closely linked to both faith and the Church. Monasteries and their caretakers played an important role in the formation of the Romanian people. They are defining for our culture and traditions that make us unique in the world. Anywhere in the world where there is a place of worship, the Romanians gather around it, both for good and for worse, but each time with pure soul and good thoughts. As this year, we celebrate the Centenary of the Greater Union, I think it is mandatory for all of us to take the example of our forefathers, to inspire more in our actions from Christian teachings, to put aside all kinds of annoyances, to treat one another with more gentleness, more understanding and, to stay united in protecting the values and beliefs that represent us. May God help us! Thank you. 2018-06-10 14:45:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_img-20180610-wa0017.jpgVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Republica PortughezăȘtiri din 05.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-portuguese-republicPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa On June 7, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with the President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The two dignitaries voiced satisfaction over the current level of bilateral relations both at political and sectorial levels, while highlighting especially the very good level of cooperation in the defence area. The Head of the Executive expressed the wish to intensify collaboration in areas deemed priorities by both sides. In this respect, Prime Minister communicated to the Portuguese President the proposal to draw up a roadmap as work instrument and vehicle for boosting the cooperation projects between the two countries. At the same time, the two officials made an analysis of current developments and political prospects in Europe, expressing similar positions regarding the need to deepen European integration in an inclusive manner. Among the European agenda topics addressed during the meeting, there were the negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework, the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, including in the perspective of the architecture of the European relations following the 2019 elections for the European Parliament. The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the European construction, in order to rebuild the citizens' trust, principle underpinning the priorities of the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU, alongside the need to respond to the major EU priorities, such as: security and migration. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila thanked President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for the constructive attitude of Portuguese authorities towards the Romanian community's integration. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participated in the inauguration of a square dedicated to Romania (Largo da Romenia) in Estoril On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă attended the inauguration ceremony of a square dedicated to Romania, in the town of Estoril, located in Cascais, the suburb of Lisbon. The event was an opportunity to highlight the privileged relationship between the two countries that have 100 years of diplomatic relations, cultural and historical ties, and that are working together to relaunch their future relations. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced hope that the relations between Romania and the Portuguese Republic will continue to develop as close partners and active members of the European Union, sharing aspirations, interests and visions on many of the important dossiers. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked the Portuguese authorities and personally Mayor Carlos Carreiras for his openness to Romania and the friendship shown to the Romanian community in Portugal. There is a school of the Romanian community in Cascais, town that celebrates its 650 years of existence. Cascais started negotiations for its twinning with the town of Sinaia. Additional information: Cascais and Estoril are of particular interest to Romania, especially in the year of the Centenary of the Great Union, due to the numerous Romanian personalitieswho lived there: Lucian Blaga, Mircea Eliade, Elena Văcărescu or King Carol II, etc. Rotonda is located in downtown Estoril, next to Hotel Palacio (1930), one of the most prestigious locations in Europe, which hosted heads of state and diplomats who made their contributions in shaping post-war Europe. Estoril, along with Cascais and Sintra, forms the renowned Golden Triangle of the Atlantic Ocean ever since the interwar period. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Champalimaud Foundation Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who is on an official visit to the Portuguese Republic, visited on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the premises of the Champalimaud Foundation, one of the most prestigious research centers in Europe. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit takes place in the context of signing the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of scientific research between the - Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and Champalimaud Foundation. On this occasion, the Head of the Romanian Executive stated that the signing of the cooperation document between the two renowned institutions contributes to the expansion of the Romanian - Portuguese partnership in terms of research and innovation activities, partnership which enjoys the Romanian Government's full support. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa Antonio Costa: I would like to start by thanking my Romanian counterpart and wishing her welcome. This visit occurs in a very important moment for the relations between our countries that have a long history. Last year, we celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations between Portugal and Romania, and currently, within NATO and EU, we are increasingly closer as cohesive partners, which allowed the development of bilateral relations from economic and cultural standpoint. The signing today of these agreements between Portuguese and Romanian scientific institutions, represents a symbolic gesture of our willigness to continue the development of these relations which consolidate daily through the contribution that many Romanians who are living, working and studying here, have made to our country. I would like to praise the Romanian community that is now the fourth foreign community, the most important in Portugal. Therefore, I would like to thank this community for the contribution it makes to the Portuguese economy. This meeting is taking place at a moment in which Romania is preparing to take over in a few months, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. We wish it success! Europe needs this, a successful exercise of the Presidency, as it occurs in a very important moment, in which we should all agree on building the next multiannual financial framework, strengthening the euro area reform, and developing the new partnerships we are unfolding, in order to be able to coordinate in a cohesive way the issues relative to migration and also to assert our ability to strengthen the domestic safety against terrorist threat, as well as our defence policy, in order to ensure a greater stability within EU which is undergoing moments of instability. Therefore, it is very important that this Romanian presidency is very successful. The Portuguese Presidency will follow the Romanian presidency in 2021, in which we will have to present the tripartide programme Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, to pass the torch to the next trio of presidencies. It is an excellent moment to consolidate the relations between our countries, both at bilateral level and within EU, where we share the vision of an Europe which ensures peace, fosters prosperity and consolidates the cohesion among various EU states. Therefore, Madam Prime Minister, it is a great pleasure for me to receive you here, in Lisbon, and I thank you again for your visit to our country. Thank you. Viorica Dancila: I want to thank Mr. Prime Minister for his warm welcome and our very substantial discussions. We discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and Portugal, about boosting economic relations. We discussed about improved cooperation and setting up a roadmap for an intergovernmental cooperation between Romania and Portugal, and boosting parliamentary relations. We had a sectorial approach from the economic standpoint, we discussed common issues, issues for which we want to intensify cooperation, and as you could see, today, we took a first step through the signing of some cooperation agreements in the field of research, innovation and healthcare. Last but not least, I thanked Prime Minister for the way the communities of Romanians living in Portugal are being treated, an approach which represents an example at European level. We expressed our admiration for the way Portugal managed the absorption of European funds and we even proposed setting up a working group for the exchange of good practices, so that Romania too reaches a level of absorption similar to the one in Portugal. The presidency of the Council of the EU was on the discussion agenda, Romania will take over the semester presidency starting January 1, 2019. We also addressed the challenges that need an adequate answer, challenges related to Brexit, post - Brexit EU, new emerging challenges, and here, I refer to borders protection, migration, youth, defence and also to traditional policies such as: the common agricultural policy or the cohesion policy. I was very glad that we had common views on very important European dossiers and we came to the conclusion that we need very good cooperation, so that the European Union consolidates itself following Brexit. We discussed the multi-annual financial framework, the challenges related to this, and we noticed that we had common views regarding allocation on certain policies so important both for Romania and Portugal. Once again, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to thank you for our constructive talks and your willigness of cooperation both with Romania and the cooperation at European level. Thank you. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with the Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic Antonio Costa during her official visit to the Portuguese Republic. Talks confirmed both states' interest in further developing their privileged relationship. In this respect, the two officials agreed to draw up a road map for an efficient implementation of some joint projects of bilateral cooperation. In the context of the official visit, a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed, which will help to develop joint projects in fields such as: research, innovation and healthcare. 1.Memorandum of Scientific Collaboration on the implementation of the Project Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) between the - Horia Hulubei National Institute of Research and Development for Physics and Nuclear Engineering of Romania and the Higher Technical Institute of Portugal; 2. Cooperation agreement between the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mureş and the University of Lisbon; 3. Memorandum of Understanding on Health Policies between the Ministry of Health of Romania and the Ministry of Health of the Portuguese Republic; Aspects of cooperation in the military, strategic and cyber security fields were also addressed. The two officials hailed the excellent bilateral cooperation in the security and defence areas, voicing their intention to deepen it, with a view to capitalizing on the potential especially created for the successful unfolding of the F-16 programme in areas such as: research on military equipment and technologies and cyber security. There were also discussed the prospects of relaunching cooperation in the area of road, rail and airport infrastructure, taking into account the successful projects achieved in the past with partners from Portugal. Both sides' interest in maintaining a constant bilateral dialogue in the run-up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019 was highlighted in the context of shared views on a series of European dossiers, such as: Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework, the future of Europe, the social and economic cohesion, the Global Strategy Implementation Plan on security and defence. It was discussed the importance of finding a balanced solution on the future European budget while maintaining an important place for traditional policies such as: the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy. The importance of completing negotiations on issues such as the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Cohesion Policy during the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the EU was highlighted in order not to transfer these issues to the electoral debate given next years elections for the European Parliament. Prime Minister of Romania also voiced interest in creating a joint working group in the field of European funds absorption in order to benefit from Portugals experience in this respect. Prime Minister reiterated that joining the Schengen area represents a major political priority for Romania, and she thanked for the constant support that Portugal extends to Romania in this dossier. During the talks, the two officials referred to the good cooperation within the current multilateral formats, including regarding mutual support of candidacies. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă thanked for the constructive attitude of the Portuguese authorities and society towards the Romanian community living in the Portuguese Republic. The two dignitaries also evoked the historical, cultural and linguistic ties existing between the two countries. *** PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila pays an official visit to the Portuguese Republic on June 6 to 7, 2018, where she will have meetings with her Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. The visit aims at strengthening bilateral cooperation between Romania and the Portuguese Republic, with focus on economic relations with a view to capitalizing on the trade and investment potential as well as on defence and security policies. New cooperation frameworks in fields such as: fundamental research and innovation, public health and medicine and academic cooperation will be inaugurated on this occasion. A significant component of the discussion agenda will aim at the European cooperation, including in the run - up to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2019. 2018-06-05 17:58:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2018-06-07_at_11.32.35.jpegMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu prilejul Zilei ÎnvățătoruluiȘtiri din 05.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-06-05 12:27:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-06-05-12-31-07big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ministrului de externe al Muntenegru, Srdjan Darmanović, de către Viorica Dăncilă, prim-ministrul RomânieiȘtiri din 05.06.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-minister-of-foreign-affairs-of-montenegro-srdjan-darmanovicToday, Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srdjan Darmanović, who is paying an official visit to Bucharest. The visit occurs exactly one year after Montenegro's accession to NATO, an objective that Romania backed actively during negotiations. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the major importance of this clear strategic option of Montenegro which reconfirms the validity of the Open Door policy in the run-up to this years NATO Summit. The meeting highlighted the very good level of the bilateral relationship and the potential for its sustained development. Both sides underlined the importance of encouraging and capitalizing on the opportunities identified in order to diversify and deepen the areas of cooperation, especially in the field of economic cooperation. As regards Montenegro's European path, the Romanian Prime Minister reconfirmed the firm support for Montenegros EU accession on its own merits, with the firm fulfillment of all the accession criteria. The Head of Bucharest Executive underlined that the enlargement policy will be on the agenda of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU and pointed out that Romania will be an active and constructive partner for the Western Balkan states during its tenure. 2018-06-05 12:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_7324.jpgÎntrevederea vicepremierului Viorel Ștefan cu reprezentanții Organizației Mondiale a SănătățiiȘtiri din 31.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-viorel-stefan-met-with-representatives-of-the-world-health-organization-whoVice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan and the Health Minister Sorina Pintea met with Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe this morning. During the talks, the WHO official stated that Romania achieved constant progress in the healthcare area. Zsuzsanna Jakab stated that the WHO last evaluation report on Romania indicated an increase in life expectancy in Romania, improvement of the population health state, as well as the progress in reducing tobacco consumption following the measures taken by the Government. The WHO representative congratulated the Romanian authorities for this progress. At the same time, the Regional Director for Europe stated that WHO has a very close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, especially in the field of vaccination, and voiced hope that the vaccination law initiated by the Ministry of Health will be passed by the Parliament as soon as possible. The WHO Regional Director also reiterated the Organizations support for the Romanian Government's efforts to ensure universal access to healthcare services, especially in rural and underprivileged areas, as well as regarding the control and surveillance of communicable diseases. Moreover, WHO expressed full openness to collaborate with the Romanian authorities to develop primary healthcare. The Romanian officials outlined that a multi-sectoral approach is needed in the health sector, and Romanias progress in this area is due to the financial effort over recent years, but also to the fact that the whole society is preoccupied with meeting these objectives and makes its contribution to it. 2018-05-31 14:24:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-31-02-27-32big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul finanțelor publice, Eugen Teodorovici, pe tema normelor de aplicare a Legii achizițiilor publiceȘtiri din 30.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-the-minister-of-public-finance-eugen-teodorovici-on-the-implementation-norms-of-the-public-procurement-lawEugen Teodorovici: Good evening! Considering the fact that public procurement issue is an important one and there have been very many questions since our last presentation on how the Government intends to amend the legislative framework on public procurement, I deemed it necessary to have one more presentation on what is to be approved on tomorrow and next week's Cabinet meeting, for all who are following us and are interested in having an overview of everything that means amendments to public procurement. The Government's decision stemmed from the situation we all know for years, that almost full deadlock over public procurement, deadlocks which surely cost us a great deal of money from state budget and not only, loans and even European money or especially European money. We intend to make these amendments that would bring a necessary simplification in public money spending, start of large investment projects. It has been talked a lot unfortunately, and in an unjustified way, about the alleged lack of public consultation or public debate process, which is not fair. I can tell you that there have been talks with all associative structures- the Association of Romanian Towns, the Association of Municipalities, the National Union of County Councils in Romania, the Association of Experts in Public Procurement, employers in fields such as: construction, services, IT and C, Coalition for Romania's development. Therefore, there has been a broad consultation process for months and what the Government is adopting is the result of this public debate. There is also the agreement of the European Commission on everything the Government is amending - it amended last week on the Cabinet meeting, it amends on tomorrow's Cabinet meeting and, of course, on the next Cabinet meeting, an emergency ordinance and a Government decision, therefore, norms for the implementation of these primary documents. A very important element consists in the fact that the direct procurement that we legislated in Romania, in a very restrictive way, used to lead to a resource expense of about 30% for procurement of 8% from the budget of some contracting authorities. Therefore, we spent a lot of resources for rather insignificant procurement. And this is one of the reasons why the legislative framework is changing these days. We also talked about a centralized structure within the Ministry of Finance, in fact, a structure that would make public procurement in a centralized way, a concept that was further used over the past years and produced the expected effects. Here are many arguments conducive to such a decision, but we will talk during our presentation and I will start very briefly, so as not to take too much of your time. First of all, I mentioned a large number of complaints. And I can give you a figure to see exactly what that - national sport of lodging complaints means in Romania. We had approximately 3,800 complaints annually at CNSC; this means somewhere, on average, a complaint per day. So far, there were and are, in Romania, companies that had this practice as a priority to challenge anything for the sake of challenging, which, of course, led to delays and non-spending of public money and especially the non-production of those expected effects in the economy. It was a strange situation: there were decisions of the National Council for Contestations, decisions that varied, for the same case, we had different decisions; or within a public procurement procedure on multiple lots, the same company could expect a decision of being removed on a lot and on another lot, within the same auction, the same highway, for example, not to be removed , for the same reasons, which, of course, created an unpleasant situation. There are very many structures with control responsibilities, and this must stop in Romania, to have a great deal of earmarked resources and responsibilities on control area, and less on the area which should produce these effects in economy, starting from public procurements up to expenditure and not only. Therefore, this will radically change. We have, as I said, overregulation, an excess of regulation on everything that meant the national procedure below the thresholds that the directive mentioned. Nobody has asked them to do so, but as I said, this custom, to say so, at the level of the public structures, led to an excessive number of procedures, tasks that were only hindrances, with negative effects in the economy. This - youll see in the presentation - has been removed. But, of course, a change is being made in correlation with other legislative provisions from normative acts. I give you an example: Executive Decision 907/ 2016, on development stages and the framework contents of feasibility studies. There were many normative acts with various provisions that eventually led to a halt, to even unpleasant conclusions from audit structures, national or European ones. There were very many delays in the tender evaluation and winners' designation. The insufficient staff within the public procurement central structure, who could not be present as law provides, to all public procurement procedures, and therefore, led to unjustified slowdown in these evaluation stages. This thing too changed, the role of National Agency was simplified and there is not anymore that obligation to be present as representative of the National Public Procurement Agency to each stage, presence which was compulsory until yesterday. Direct procurement were blocked as it was compulsory to go in the electronic system for any small procurement, immediately necessary. Alike, for a long and unjustified time, of course, delays in effective payments. Laws amended through the ordinance that the Government adopted last week, and which will be published in the Official Gazette tomorrow, amended the four basic normative acts: Laws 98, 99, 100 and 101, all refer to areas related to public procurement, classical, concessions, sectorial procurements and, of course, those related to remedies, that is, those complaints. And there were a few European provisions that we had to take into account in these amendments. The Court of Accounts will be the structure that will perform that control, including of the way public procurement was unfolded. Thus, a double control so far mandatory, ie of the National Public Procurement Agency, as well as of the Court of Accounts of Romania, is eliminated. Therefore, through the amendments to the normative acts that I mentioned a little earlier, it is the Court of Accounts that will carry out this ex-post control after the public procurement contract was awarded. The lowest price criterion is a subject that has been discussed very much and we introduced in the normative act adopted by the Romanian Government last week that the best value for money, the best price-quality ratio criteria will be used for products and services over 648,288 lei and for works over 24,977 million lei. Below these ceilings, you can use the lowest price criterion. The conditions in which public procurement contracts can be modified without the need to resume the award process, have been clarified. There were situations where, for objective reasons, expansion of a certain infrastructure work, sewerage system, water supply system was needed, and we were obliged to resume a public procurement procedure which, you realized, took a long time, it could be blocked , the current builder of the initial work had to wait and so, there were miscorrelations and including waste of time and especially money, and not only, in fact, in the case of drinking water, assuring European standards for the Romanian citizens, in line with European requirements, and as it is normal in Romania too, a level of drinking water quality at European level. And this has practically changed, a normal, logical procedure is allowed, that is, an extension of the initial contract, is still allowed today, without being forced to resume the entire process from zero. There are also situations which unfortunately, in Romania too, require a quick approach, urgent one, to solve, remedy certain situations caused by natural disasters. There are certain infrastructure projects which need to be urgently remedied to ensure people's access to a certain area, and in order to avoid the isolation of certain local communities. Not only, there are very many examples, there were very many situations over the past years, floods, snows, and very many possible situations and this can change, in fact it changed through the new normative act, the respective work is being carried out, while in parallel, the contract award procedure is unfolded. It is a practice that for many years, the administrative - territorial units requires, as they are facing most often such situations. Also, unfortunately, the result was communicated at each procedural stage of the public procurement process, which led to complaints. Therefore, the result was communicated once a stage was completed, and all of the aforementioned companies, those accustomed to lodging complaints, actually appealed. And then we made it clear that we will communicate the result of the award at the end of the process, so that there is only one moment when, if one wants to uphold his right, can lodge a complaint to the structures that we, as state, established as legal remedies, namely the National Council for Solving Complaints and the court. An important amendment, even if the threshold difference is not perhaps an important one. There were situations when companies, and especially Romanian ones, because of arrears or unpaid tax liabilities, could not participate in the auctions and then we raised this threshold, precisely to allow those companies, as I said , especially the Romanian ones, because here was the big problem and the big hindrance in the access to auctions. We raised this ceiling so that those companies with such unrelieved tax liabilities under 10,000 lei could participate in public procurement. I was talking about discouraging this unjustified practice of lodging complaints, and here we have the bail and the fee for lodging the complaint. The bail pertains to the moment when the complaint is being lodged with the National Council for Solving Complaints and here, we have a value threshold of 2 percent of the estimated value of the contract, but no more than 880,000 lei. Whoever wants to lodge complaints, should lodge a bail. Such a situation pertains to the introduction of the fee for lodging a complaint with the Court of Appeals, and here, the value amount is 2 percent of the estimated value of the contract for amounts up to 100 million lei and of 2 million lei plus 1 percent of what exceeds 100 million lei. It is a European practice, other countries deter even more such practices, but in order not to take the step towards such an approach, I chose this path, a middle way. Simplification of procedures. Here, these amendments will be made on the occasion of the approval by the Romanian Government next week, of the implementation norms to the ordinance to which I have just presented the related amendments. Namely, we have the good execution guarantees topic. Here, it was an intense discussion regarding the elimination of insurances from the current practice, we had very many situations in which the contracting authorities for those contractors who have not observed the contract obligations, could not execute those insurance policies and basically, with money taken and the work not performed, you could not execute that insurance policy, this situation must stop. Where does last week's amendment lead to? We accept the insurance policy for the participation guarantee, but for the execution part, the guarantee will still be required to redress things. And when practice may change, there may be a discussion that the insurance policy too should represent an instrument that can be accepted in this public procurement process, including as regards works performance. The number of evaluation stages was reduced. We had somewhere perhaps 15 such stages on average, perhaps more in some situations, and I stated that only four of them will remain: the single public procurement document, the technical, financial appraisal, and the procedure report. There are only four steps that will remain, which again leads to simplification. We eliminated the annual procurement strategy for authorities with investment budgets below 125 million lei, we have simplified, as I said, the direct procurement, following the European model, so we have only taken over a European practice and, of course, avoided by modifying the norms, the overlap of information between the data sheet and the participation notice. Unfortunately, the busy but still unclear legislation led to a practice that was very often criticized by national auditors but especially by those at the European Commissions level regarding the situations in which the contracts were effectively split up in an artificial manner. There were situations when it was intentional, but also situations that were caused by legislation that was not clear enough. This has been done in the new provisions so that situations of this kind are avoided. Also, clarifications regarding the use of the technical - economic criteria and equally important, the number of clarification requests was limited, in the sense of consolidating everything coming from possible bidders. There will be two moments when contracting authority will answer to the market: in the sense of clarifying those questions raised by potential bidders and not each time, because otherwise, the current practice showed that one can lose track of what they were looking for, where they start from and where they wanted to get, and basically, the offer could not be made, could not be achieved clearly. And after that, some companies were eliminated from procurements, and this of course generated grievances. Therefore, it was decided to have two moments in which, we effectively answer the market for eventual clarifications, in a consolidated way. We have the obligation as country to make an ex-ante verification of nearly 15 percent of the overall procedures nationwide. The European funds issue will remain only in the responsibility of those structures in charge of managing the European funds, and the National Public Procurement Agency will strictly deal with everything that means procedures related to public funds, at national or local levels. Of course, there are different rules in terms of loans too, according to the rules imposed by each financier, but our obligation is to have 15% ex-ante checks, a percentage that will decrease year by year by 5% hopefully, according to the result that will show a definite improvement in the public procurement process. So, in about two years and something, three years at the most, this ex-ante control will virtually disappear. A new change, I spoke a little earlier that a new structure will be established at the level of the Ministry of Finance, by merging with another structure, currently in the structure of the Ministry of Health. This new structure will deal in a centralized manner with public procurement. In other words, at central level, offers or the need of certain goods, works when required by a central public structure, will be met by this newly established entity which will be operational from July 1st. Therefore, on july 2018, it needs to be operational, for such centralized procurements to already start operating. In other words, we centralize demand and there will be a simple procedure of public procurement to optimize spending, eliminate unjustified price differences - we have very many examples when the same product has different prices at the level of central public structures, cost optimization for medicines. You have as examples some of the products that we will start with, at central level, these public procurements, namely: medicines, fuel, computer equipment, cars, bulbs, cleaning products, office equipment and more. These are the main products that our support from the European Investment Bank has shown very clearly to be the pilot projects or assets that we have to start with in order to make a substantial reduction in public spending. As I said, July 1 is a very tight term, but it is mandatory for this structure to become operational, because by the end of the year we already have the first examples of spending cuts in the public area. As I said, it is a merger, actually bringing to the Ministry of Finance that centralized structure from the Ministry of Health, and it will be a different approach, these things will be accomplished at the central level, at the Ministry of Finance, in a centralized manner. The change in this approach is very important, this approach changes through the ordinance approved by Government last week which will be published tomorrow in the Official Gazette, the implementation norms of this ordinance will be next week on the Government's agenda, and a tomorrow's emergency ordinance on the Cabinet meeting's agenda referred to centralized procurement. An important aspect is that the contracting authority will be obliged to sign the public procurement contract once the National Council for Solving Complaints decides one way or other, the way the contracting authority completed the award report, of course. The current practice showed that this structured centered on complaints has 95 percent chances to win or eventually, of keeping what it said, as decision at the level of the High Court. A very important aspect is that we do not have to wait until the last stage in the solving of a case, whoever wants to lodge a complaint, goes to CNSC, the works contract is decided and signed, work starts and if that company wants to further lodge complaint with the High Court, it does so, and if it wins, that profit margin, in a percentage about to be established by the Finance Ministry, will be covered from the budget of the contracting authority. This reinforces responsibility. When you assumed to be contracting authority, you are obliged to know the law, and especially given the new legal ground, you have no reason why not to sign the works contract when the first structure, the complaint solving one confirmed that the way you carry out the procurement, is a fair one. Therefore, we state that these are very useful amendments which will lead to starting those investment projects, because as I said many times at the Government level, the number one priority for this government now is to kick off public investments and surely, create an environment for the private sector to come with their investment share where they want so. Thank you and there will other talks of this kind at the level of the Ministry of Finance, there will be many other questions and technical discussions that we will hold as aforementioned, at the level of Finance Ministry. Thank you. 2018-05-30 20:01:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_6844.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu Alteța Sa Regală Prinţul CharlesȘtiri din 30.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-meets-with-hrh-prince-charlesPrime Minister Viorica Dancila had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with HRH Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne who is paying a private visit to Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced gratitude for the contribution of HRH Prince of Wales to the promotion of the cultural heritage, the image and the natural beauty of our country, the traditions, authenticity and bio-diversity of Romania's rural areas. The interlocutors discussed in a cordial atmosphere about the integrated rural development, the importance of maintaing balance between tradition and modernity, as well as about teh activity in Romania of His Royal Higness Prince Charles who has been involved in promoting Romanian traditions for 20 years. Other topics addressed aimed at the economic situation in Romania, the regional agenda but also topics of shared interest for the current period, such as the Romanian Presidency to the Council of the European Union and the general European architecture post -Brexit. In this context, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila outlined that protecting the rights and the interests of the Romanian citizens living in UK represents a priority for the Government. In response to the interest shown by HRH The Prince of Wales in this respect, the Romanian Prime Minister presented the Government's objectives as well as the new legislation in such fields as: public - private partnership, public procurement, and the governmental programmes in agriculture. 2018-05-30 18:41:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-30-06-45-07big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la punerea în funcțiune a Stației de Pompare și Repompare 5 Haret (SRP5) din Amenajarea complexă Ruginești-Pufești-PanciuȘtiri din 30.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-30 15:56:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1527670305original_7.jpgPrezentarea, de către vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan, a Programului „Investește în tine” - împrumuturi fără dobândă garantate de statȘtiri din 29.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-29 19:52:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_12_resize.jpgO nouă reuniune a Comisiei Naţionale de fundamentare a Planului naţional de adoptare a monedei euroȘtiri din 29.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/a-new-meeting-of-the-national-committee-for-substantiation-of-the-national-euro-changeover-planA new meeting of the National Committee for substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan took place today, at Victoria Palace. It was coordinated by Mr. Ioan Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy. The meeting was devoted to presenting the political viewpoints regarding the preparation of Romania's euro area accession process, in the perspective of establishing via consensus the National Euro Changeover Plan. Marius - Constantin Budai, chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on budget, finance and banking, outlined that PSD will get involved with all determination in preparing the second largest post-accession country project - accession to Euro area. - The Euro area has an accentuated political dimension, being thought as the core of the European integration process. We will act to maximize the advantages to be felt by citizens. Specialized studies - both domestic and international - show that the euro area integration will bring about net advantages only if three minimum conditions are met: a sustainable, lasting nominal convergence process, of a permanent and not temporary nature; a real ex-ante critical onvergence mass, and an economy as compatible as possible with that of the euro area, stated the PSD member of the Chamber of Deputies. The chairman of the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on budget, finance and banking stated that the PSD government will promote public policies designed to boost the real convergence speed with EU, as well as backing a healthy economic growth by stimulating investment in capital and technology, research - development and innovation, healthcare and education. Consultations within the National Committee for preparing Romania's euro area accession will continue with presentation of the points of view of the Romanian Academy and the parliamentary political parties. Attending today's meeting were: representatives of the National Bank of Romania, of Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, parliamentary parties, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society and academic milieu. 2018-05-29 19:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_22_resize.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii India, Thanglura Darlong, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 29.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-h-e-mr-thanglura-darlong-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-india-at-victoria-palacePrime Minister Viorica Dancila received H.E. Mr. Thanglura Darlong, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to Romania. During the talks, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities to boost the political dialogue, at high level included, between Romania and India. Considering that in 2018, the two states celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations and 5 years since the Enlarged Partnership was established, ways to mark the two anniversary events in both states were also discussed. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also highlighted the priority granted by the Romanian Government to expanding the Romanian-Indian bilateral economic collaboration at investment and trade level. The Head of the Executive stated that India is one of the important Asian investors in Romania, yet the bilateral economic potential could be better capitalised on in the future. In this respect, the special importance of the Romanian-Indian governmental Joint Committee of economic, technical and scientific cooperation was highlighted, as well as the need to intensify the direct contacts among the business environments of the two countries, including with the support of the commerce and industry chambers, and by holding economic missions and participation in international thematic fairs and exhibitions, in both countries. The two high officials also referred to concrete ways aimed at promoting cooperation in education and culture, tourism, including by strengthening the legal framework in the field. Aspects of the cooperation within the international bodies were tackled, as well as of the EU-India relationship, from the perspective of Romania taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019. 2018-05-29 17:47:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-29-05-55-29big_01.jpgÎntrevederea viceprim-ministrului Ana Birchall cu delegația grupului parlamentar de prietenie cu România din parlamentul britanicȘtiri din 29.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-ana-birchall-met-with-the-delegation-of-uk-parliament-s-friendship-group-with-romaniaVice Prime Minister Ana Birchall had on Tuesday, May 29, a meeting with the delegation of UK Parliaments friendship group with Romania, made up of Bob Blackman, John Grogan, Drew Hendry and Carol Monaghan. The visit was a good opportunity for continuing and deepening Romania-UK dialogue, including at parliamentary level. During the talks, the importance of the Strategic Partnership with the UK was underlined, a partnership which has a solid foundation in the field of security, in the economic area, as well as multiple development opportunities. As regards the Brexit -related issues, the Romanian official reiterated the importance of defending the rights of the Romanian citizens and their families who live, work or study in the United Kingdom, emphasizing that Romania will further support the UK in remaining as close as close as possible to the European Union even after Brexit comes into force. The Romanian side appreciated the support that the UK extends to the Black Sea region, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans. Vice Prime Minister Ana Birchall also conveyed to the British partners that Romania attaches a special importance to the relations with the UK, including from the angle of strengthening parliamentary diplomacy. 2018-05-29 11:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-29-11-27-23big_sigla_guvern.pngPrima rundă de consultări interguvernamentale româno-poloneȘtiri din 25.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/first-round-of-romanian-polish-intergovernmental-consultations Signing ceremony of the Bilateral Agreement and Joint press statements by Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki: Distinguished Madam Prime Minister, dear Ministers, distinguished Ministers from Romania, disntinguished guests. I have to tell you from the beginning that I am very glad that we have this intergovernmental meeting here, at Warsaw, with the extended Romanian delegation. We are at a turning point. We agreed on common stances in many issues and topics. I will speak about this in a while. I have to underline that the Polish - Romanian cooperation has taken place in extremely good conditions for several years. We established today, we resorted to certain historical memories, when cooperation in the economic, cultural and military fields took place very well in the interwar period too. Romania alike Poland in the interwar period distinguished itself through great cultural personalities, patriots, intellectuals, artiests. Our common history from 1939, a tragic moment for Poland, also united us in those tragic moments. I would like to say that we have a great deal of elements in common today too. After many years, in Lower Silesia, not far from Wrocław, there are folk ensembles, dancing ensembles that come from Romania, from the Bucovina area. It is the tradition of Bucovina meetings, it is a common tradition, cultivated up to present, in a very beautiful way, on several directions. I talked about this with Madam Prime Minister. I would also like to emphasize the importance of the Carpathians. The Carpathians, the high mountains in this part of Europe, must not separate us, on the contrary, they should become a bridge. That is why links in the field of infrastructure are very important, where the Law and Justice Government confirms the achievement of the Via Carpatia project in the coming years, because whereby this central European dimension, we want to build a strong European Union. This Central European dimension - the Three Seas project, about which I discussed with Madam Prime Minister and the other Ministers - is not against anyone but it is a project to strengthen the EU in this part of Europe, strengthen the transatlantic cooperation dimension, a component that was mentioned many times on todays talks. Romania is one of Poland's key partners, both in terms of economic, commercial cooperation, but also in terms of defense policy, cultural policy, and European policy in the broad sense of the word. Poland supports Romania's accession to Schengen area, but what I need to firmly underline today is the fact that we organize the cooperation of the whole of Central Europe in a close cooperation with Romania on European matters. We need to first underline the dimension of this budgetary policy. The multiannual budgetary framework is a budgetary perspective that we are very interested in, and our experience over the last years, following several debates and talks, shows us that we coordinate and organize this dimension, we are listening to different voices coming from other states of Europe, trying to organize and represent our stance in different forums, along with Romania and other countries. We are talking about the cohesion policy, the common agricultural policy, funds related to these policies and this is why our position is extremely important in the process which has recently started. We will strive to cultivate this tradition and collaboration. Poland and Romania are increasingly important partners in commercial, economic areas, private investment from Poland is rising, state capital participation too, but, first of all, it is about here private entrepreneurs from Romania. We advised and encouraged Madam Prime Minister that Romanian entrepreneurs too invest in Poland. I discussed with Madam Prime Minister during bilateral discussions, intergovernmental consultation forums on key areas, among which, the energy policy. We discussed the Nord Stream 2 project, where both countries highlighted the importance of diversifying energy sources. It is about the North-South gas pipeline, which should be built through joint efforts to diversify the gas supply area. We discussed interconnectivity, having in mind also Slovakia and Poland, as we would like in the future to capitalize on the gas reserves in Romania, in the Black Sea. We also highlight our demarches, which are very good in the context of diversifying gas supply, the Baltic gas pipeline or the LNG terminal, whose efficiency we want to expand by five billion cubic meters. We talked a lot about the security policy. Not long ago I was with Mr Błaszczak, the Minister of Defence, in the locality where the NATO Joint Brigade is stationed, and there are also Romanian military. I had the pleasure of talking to them, seeing their uniforms; we discussed a lot, we admired their equipment, and I am glad that this military cooperation is developing under the umbrella of NATO, under the aegis of transatlantic cooperation, because we believe very much in this collaboration and I stressed this with Madam Prime minister. We discussed not only the European dimension, but we also discussed a lot the issues of transatlantic cooperation. I can assure you that both Poland and Romania are partners that are actually speaking the same language. As regards the transatlantic collaboration, to us, collaboration with the US and the collaboration with the EU are the basic pillars of security in general, of energy security, but also the pillars of economic development, investment growth and this economic growth both in Romania and Poland, giving data about the first quarter, Poland ranks first among European states in terms of economic growth. In fact, Romania also occupies an important place in terms of the economic growth and we congratulated each other on these achievements. We are very glad that the economic potential among our countries is increasing. Countries in our region have a great deal of things in common, even more these interests, if achieved efficiently, the more we will be together. Along with Madam Minister, this cohesion of our opinions, we confirmed it in several fields. We reminded the cohesion policy, where we organize in the negotiation area, some voices that can be heard from Brussels...In this context, we will try to cope with them, to speak on a unitary, common voice, from Central Europe. Poland and Romania must be at the forefront. We also consider interests in Central and Southeastern Europe, let us defend these interests firmly, because we believe that partnership must be based on an one -speed Europe rather than a multi-speed Europe. It is a promise of common development and on these principles, we have agreed on development throughout the European Union. I have emphasized, along with the Prime Minister, a clear thing for us here in Europe in this part of Europe, but not so obvious in the context with partners in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, etc., namely that we have a common experience. Sometimes, our friends in the European Union, in the West, do not fully understand what communism meant, what post-communism meant, what are the different challenges that we are facing. Along with Madam Prime Minister, we are calling on our friends in Western Europe to take into account the fact that we have our problems, our challenges. After the Second World War, we were left on the bad side of the so-called Iron Curtain, and currently, we need to reform our countries in other way. We have to combat phenomena that you, dear friends from the West, do not understand or you do not fully understand them, but we believe that through such a dialogue of common understanding, we can consolidate our position, and present our reasons and this is why, together with Madam Prime Minister, we discussed this aspect in many parts of the meeting. Attending these consultations were: Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Ministers of Interior and Administration, Ministers of Tourism, Agriculture, Economy and Investments, Culture and National Heritage Minister. I think I did not omit any Minister. There were consultations on many topics that prefigured the continuation of these debates and discussions. I thank Madam Prime Minister for the invitation she extended to me to pay visit to Bucharest. I still do not know this wonderful city, my children were in Romania, they admired the Romanian landscapes, they are enthusiastic about the tourist potential. In fact, we discussed a lot about this potential. Tourism ministers emphasized that tourism is building bridges. Through tourism, people better understand each other. We want to build such bridges of friendship in many areas, primarily taking into account our interests within the European Union and in the field of NATO security. Madam Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, members of the Romanian Government, I would like to thank you a lot for the visit that you made in Poland, for your friendship, whereby you confirmed how homogeneous is our approach to European issues and global issues . Thank you again, distinguished Madam Prime Minister! Viorica Dancila: Mr. President of the Council of Ministers, thank you for the invitation to todays comprehensive dialogue on the strategic partnership between our countries and I also thank you for the beautiful words you used when referring to Romania. We had today the first intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries bilateral relationship. It is a highly symbolic moment for both states, as they celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Polands regaining Independence. The fact that we held today the first intergovenmental consultations is, on the one hand, a reflection of our shared course, shared history, but also of the very good, increasingly better state of our current cooperation. We had in-depth discussions in areas such as defence and security, European integration and foreign affairs, economy, domestic affairs, culture, agriculture, tourism. We signed today the bilateral agreement on war graves, thus honoring the memory of our heroes. Today, we had a series of very good talks about the current level of Romanian - Polish cooperation. First of all, we noted with satisfaction the special involvement of Romania and Poland on the security and defence levels. Both Governments allocate 2% of GDP for defence, in line with commitment assumed within NATO. At the same time, we also have a mutual military presence on our territories. As it is known, Romania already participated with 120 soldiers in Poland last year as part of NATOs enhanced forward presence, and Poland participates with a mechanized company and senior staff officers in Romania as part of tailored forward presence. At the same time, we discussed extending this very good cooperation that exists in the field of defence to other areas of sectorial cooperation, and here I refer first to economic area and investment. Our economic and trade relations have seen an upward trend, with trade exchanges growing. We have to encourage this positive trend and that is why we intend to organize a business forum in Bucharest that would expresses our willingness to do more for the entrepreneurial component of the bilateral relationship. In the perspective of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, I conveyed to the President of the Council of Ministers, Romania's interest to count on Polands support. I thanked the members of the Polish Executive for Polands continued support for Romanias accession to the Schengen area. Eastern neighborhood is again a topic of shared interest, like the Western Balkans area. We remain firmly committed to promoting a European perspective for the countries in our neighborhood. There are a lot of things that bring us closer, in connection with our European agenda but also with other international topics. We agreed to hold intergovernmental consultations on a regular basis, and I already invited Mr. Prime Minister to visit Romania and we also look forward to organizing in Bucharest the next session of intergovernmental consultations. Next year, we will celebrate together three fundamental things for the bilateral relations: a century of diplomatic relations, 30 years since the fall of communism and 10 years since the signing of the strategic partnership. I think today's discussions have been very good, adjusted to reality and I would like to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister! Romanian - Polish intergovernmental meeting The first Romanian - Polish intergovernmental meeting took place in Warsaw on May 25, 2018. The Romanian delegation, present in Warsaw, was led by Prime Minister and comprised the following Ministers: Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary - General of the Romanian Government Ioana - Andreea Lambru. The schedule of consultations included a meeting in narrow format with participation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and the Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. In parallel, the relevant Ministers had bilateral talks followed by a working luncheon attended by the entire delegation. Consultations concluded with a meeting of Minister for Romanians abroad with Romanian military in Poland and with representatives of the Romanian community. The participants in consultations agreed on some measures in fields such as: security and defence, European integration, foreign affairs, internal affairs, entrepreneurship and economy, innovation, agriculture and tourism. They agreed on: concluding a bilateral cooperation agreement in the defence industry in the near future, intensifying political dialogue at all levels ahead of Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, promoting the European perspective of the neighboring states, holding a Romanian - Polish business forum. The intention to include in the future consultations the areas of energy, transports, infrastructure, education and technological development was also affirmed. Prime Minister of Romania launched the invitation of holding a second round of intergovernmental consultations in Romania, next year, in the context of celebrating a decade of Strategic Partnership, three decades of democratic regime and a century of diplomatic relations. Romania -Poland intergovernmental consultations Prime Minister Viorica Dancila participates tomorrow, May 25, in the first Romania - Poland intergovernmental consultations in the history of the countries bilateral relationship. The Romanian delegation led by Prime Minister comprises: Vice Prime Minister for Romanias Strategic Partnerships Implementation Ana Birchall, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of National Defence Mihai Fifor, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Petre Daea, Minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister of Culture and National Identity George Ivascu, Minister of Tourism Bogdan Gheorghe Trif, Minister for Romanians Abroad Natalia Intotero, and the Secretary - General of the Romanian Government Ioana - Andreea Lambru. Consultations are being held as the two states celebrate this year their national centennial anniversaries - the Greater Union for Romania and Polands regaining Independence. At the same time, holding consultations for the first time in this extended Ministerial format, reflects the very good level of Romanian - Polish cooperation, over the last years, based on the Strategic Partnership signed in 2009. Discussions will also address the state and prospects of bilateral relationship, including its sectorial components as well as cooperation at European and international levels. 2018-05-25 00:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_x.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul finanţelor publice, Eugen TeodoroviciȘtiri din 23.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-23 20:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_11_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Conferința Națională a Agricultorilor, cu tema „Agricultura - Prioritate Națională”Știri din 23.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-national-conference-of-farmers-on-quot-agriculture-national-priority-quotRemarks by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the National Conference of Farmers on Agriculture- National Priority Viorica Dancila: Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Baciu, you have raised a lot of issues, I think we will find an adequate answer in the programme for government whose objectives I want to implement entirely. Agriculture and the development of the Romanian village represent absolute priorities in the programme for government. We aim that through the new agricultural policies, the agricultural sector becomes an engine of economic growth and a source of jobs for the rural population, once with guaranteeing the farmers' revenues, in order to avoid the population's migration from rural areas. Speeding up the modernization of agriculture, to ensure healthy food, necessary to the entire population, regaining the internal market, decent living standards for farmers, reducing imports and increasing exports of agri-food are desiderata that we are pursuing to meet. Starting 2017, 35 Government Decisions were issued by the PSD government, you all referred to them - 12 of which, starting January 2018. This outlines the interest that our Cabinet extends to this extremely important sector. Other strategic directions with high impact are those leading to merger of lands and completion of land reform as well as identification of measures designed to lead to the development, safeguard of the mountain area. The agricultural potential cannot be boosted without developing the land improvement system. The important measures that the Government I am leading, is pursuing, in order to meet the assumed objectives, are those laying stress on food safety and security. The programme for government is fully observed, thus: granting in time of subsidies for agriculture is today a reality. Romania is the first European state that concludes the process of submitting applications on May 15, 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture with the Government's support, through the policies and legislative documents adopted, manages to introduce in the Romanian economy, only in 2018, nearly 2.67 billion euros until present, an unique performance. Recovery and expansion of the irrigation system. Free water up to the pressure station, rehabilitation of main infrastructure from the water inlet to the pressure stations for about two million hectares. The increase in irrigated areas which this year will exceed 1 million hectares, we will achieve this by measures to stimulate investment, efficient water use, and by facilitating farmers access to a low water cost. The development of the national anti-hail and rainfall stimulating system is an important objective aimed at expanding the national system, once with the avoidance of production losses, precipitation stimulation in arid areas, and in critical times as regards water use for plants, by putting three command centers into operation - Muntenia, Moldova and Transylvania - and putting into operation of seven countering units. We have over 26 new launch points in operation, in Oltenia, Muntenia and Banat. In 2018, therefore, this year, there will be an overall 60 operational launch points. The programme to stimulate the vegetal, zootechnical and aquaculture production. As we assumed, we have created the normative framework for agricultural producers to benefit from loans with up to 80 percent state guarantee to make investments to ensure the production cycle or to co-finance projects from non-reimbursable funds. Guarantees for loans amounting to 1.69 billion lei were provided by the Rural Credit Guarantee Fund. Support programme for trade balance deficient products. Granting fixed amounts over eight years for trade balance deficient products. The program started in 2017, by selecting tomato products on the basis of statistical data, increase of the pig population, in the case of the Romanian Bazna and Mangaliţa breeds, the upper capitalization of the wool. Increasing the absorption of European funds with direct effects on maintaining activity in rural areas, stimulating investment, sustainable rural development, with an impact of about 9.7 billion euros, which is carried out on two fronts: funds absorption and contracting. Thus, EUR 1.2 billion non-reimbursable funds were attracted in 2017, and in 2018, more than EUR 1.4 billion will be paid for NRDP investments during 2014-2020. Support for youth employment in agriculture, aquaculture and food industry. The program whereby the employer is exempted from paying all the obligations to the state resulting from the granting of salary rights under conditions of employment of at least two young people under the age of 40 for a period of at least one year, is in Parliament. Short-term training program for agricultural workers in a public-private partnership. Achieving a public private partnership between high schools and agricultural farmers, by agreeing on a short-term training program for agricultural workers in order to acquire knowledge specific to their work. The objective is to prepare a number of additional 24,000 specialists in the agricultural sector starting this year. Programme to set up collection and processing centers for fruits and vegetables and for some products of animal origin. Establishment of Centers for the collection and processing of fruits and vegetables in order to fully capitalize on production, to avoid losses and to increase the incomes of the agricultural producers, a good supply of the consumers. Establishment of collection centers and processing units for sheeps and goats' wool and skin in order to reduce the losses of livestock farmers, reduce environmental pollution - mostly, they are currently thrown or burnt. Program to encourage activities in the mountain area. We approved the allocation of one billion euros over a ten-year period for protecting natural resources, balanced population density in the mountain area, creating and preserving jobs, creating and protecting access infrastructure, drawing up policies and regulations to encourage area-specific mountainous activities, with impact on the 28 counties in this area, aimed at meeting the above objectives. National Research and Development program. Funding the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences with 100 million euros in order to develop research clusters in which Romania has a competitive advantage. We are working on a national post-2020 agricultural research development program to achieve an integrated strategy to adapt the new technology to the production conditions in Romania, aiming in particular at measures on applied research, innovation and reducing production costs, against the background of increasing production and products quality. Programme to encourage organic farming and traditional products, setting up the National Laboratory for Certifying Organic and Traditional Products, encuraging agricultural and non-agricultural activities with a view to guaranteeing incomes, maintaining traditions, avoiding migration and ensuring some quality products mainly for the national market. Currently, there are four Protected Geographical Indication (PGI): the Topoloveni plum jam, the Sibiu salami, the smoked bighead carp fillet from Barsa province and the Ibanesti white cheese. We hope to have as many products with protected status as possible. Program of legislative measures for the agricultural sector, land cadastre by the state, revision of agricultural legislation on land acquisition, achieving the legislative guide, as I pledged, improvement of legislation on the traceability of agri-food products, quick revision of legislation on packaging management. Last but not least, I would like to let you know that we intend to set up Romania's Chamber of Commerce that will mediate the marketing of agri-food products and animals, will rent or build processing collection centers and will negotiate export contracts and domestic ones, on behalf of the agricultural producers. All these measures will lead to the opening of new markets for the Romanian products, with a capacity for sale and production and contracts will be signed with farmers for a period of 3 years. Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, Romania will hold, starting January 1, 2019, the six -month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. The guiding motto is cohesion - a shared European value and by choosing this concept, we aimed at conveying a message convergent with current debates at European level. At the same time, we would like to outline the fact that the European citizens should feel in their daily lives the benefits of EU membership. In this context, it is important for the new EU budget to further sustain the investment objectives for stimulating convergence across the EU. I appreciated the fact that the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy remain main investment priorities in the next budget, but we cannot say that we feel comfortable with the reduction of the allocations for the two policies especially, in real terms, these seem to be larger than the announced percentage. We believe that these reductions could strengthen the process of consolidating convergence and reducing the development gaps. As you know, many years in row, as MEP, Vice - chair of the agriculture and development committee in the European Parliament, I backed the Romanian agriculture and farmers. As Prime Minister, I will uphold the Common Agricultural Policy to be a strong policy further on, based on two pillars, with a budgetary allocation as consistent as at present, capable to answer economic, environmental and social challenges. Romania cannot accept a Common Agricultural Policy without Pillar 2 - Rural Development or with diminished objectives and area of applicability of national programs of rural development. Other important thing is the convergence of direct payments at EU level, reducing gaps between the level of direct payments per hectare. I assure you that Romania does not back the capping of direct payments for large farms and we even intend to increase the redistributive payment rate by several percent to encourage small and marginalized farms. The current architecture of the Common Agricultural Policy, which takes into account ecological aspects - and I refer to cross-compliance, direct payments for greening and the agri-environment ones- must be addressed in a more flexible and coherent way to allow Member States to define targets to ensure meeting objectives defined at EU level. Last but not least, the Rural Development Policy will have to meet the development and modernization needs of agricultural, agri-food sector, of rural areas, through the creation of necessary jobs and infrastructure. Ladies and gentlemen, in conclusion, I want to assure you that my presence today here is not a coincidence. It is a commitment that I take before you - that I will back the Romanian agriculture in my capacity as Prime Minister, as I have done it along years as MEP. I wish you greater success in your activity. Thank you. 2018-05-23 14:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_participare_la_conferința_națională_a_agricultorilor,_cu_tema_„agricultura-_prioritate_națională”_06.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă la reuniunea Șefilor de Misiuni diplomatice din statele membre ale Uniunii Europene (HOMS) acreditați la BucureștiȘtiri din 22.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-a-meeting-of-the-heads-of-diplomatic-missions-of-eu-member-states-homs-accredited-to-bucharest1527062971On May 22, 2018, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended a working luncheon with the Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States (HoMs) accredited to Bucharest. Attending the meeting alongside the Romanian Prime Minister, were: Mr. Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Tudorel Toader, Minister of Justice and Mr. Victor Negrescu, Minister -delegate for European Affairs. During the working luncheon, talks focused on internal measures taken at governmental level, as well as on the foreign policy actions achieved since the last meeting in this format, with focus on the topics of interest on the European agenda. The Head of the Executive presented the measures considered by Government with a view to stimulating and attracting foreign investors, as well as the setting up of a Special Fund for financing public- private partnership contracts entering the category of strategic projects. Prime Minister announced the preparation of a package of state aid schemes, well-structured on priority areas. Last but not least, Prime Minister reaffirmed the Government's interest in stimulating research and innovation as defining elements to maximize the development potential and ensure an efficient, sustainable and lasting economic growth. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila presented the Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States the current state of preparedness of Romania's Presidency to the Council of the EU. In this context, Prime Minister indicated that a first version of the topics of interest underpinning the work schedule of Romania's Presidency to the Council of the EU, was adopted. Other topics on the European agenda tackled during the working luncheon were the multiannual financial framework 2021- 2027, the Schengen dossier and the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. Other topics on the European agenda tackled by participants to luncheon referred to the main amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code. The Justice Minister answered the questions on GRECO Report and the amendments under debate at the Parliament's Special Committtee for changing the justice laws. The Justice Minister presented at the same time the aspects related to the Constitutional Court's decisions. There was also an exchange of opinions on moving Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel to Jerusalem, the Foreign Affairs Minister presenting the stage of the internal assessement process. 2018-05-22 21:33:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_8153f937-ab93-4432-b5d4-8595ed46b2da.jpgMesaj de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 22.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-22 19:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-22-07-33-55big_sigla_guvern.pngPrezentarea, de către vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan, a proiectelor de investiții strategice realizate în parteneriat public-privatȘtiri din 22.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-viorel-stefan-presented-the-strategic-investment-projects-achieved-in-public-private-partnershipPress statements by Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan Viorel Stefan: I am glad to see you again! I hope the feeling is mutual. Despite political scandals that we can see everyday on tv, this evening, I want to tell you that the Government continues its usual activity and it continues to work towards implementing the commitments contained in the programme for government. As I announced in January 2018, investment will be the major focus of government this year. We come up with a new model of economic development adapted to the economic context. We intend to support investments by engaging resources and stimulating the business environment without putting pressure on the state budget. That is why we have recently adopted the Government Emergency Ordinance amending the Public Private Partnership Law, and today, we are able to announce the first list of strategic projects that will be soon kicked off under the new public-private partnership legislation. The Government has this ambition to recover decades of infrastructure investment delays and prepared an operational plan to compress all implementation deadlines. We are fighting not only bureaucracy and stuffy legislation but we are also facing tight deadlines. It is essential for the whole economy and society that the works begin as soon as possible, and by this, we understand a deadline ten times shorter if possible than so far. We are talking about achieving some infrastructure works at European standards and providing some public services at modern standards, achieved with private investment, private investors. These projects will have an extremely important social impact, but especially an economic one, both through atracting new investments and developing the existing ones, and through the effect of engaging and multiplying economic activities horizontally. Id like to look together at a map. The motorways you see on the map are all new segments that add to the existing network and also add to other projects that are about to be implemented.Therefore, what we see on the map only refers to the motorways that the Government wants to build in a public-private partnership system. If you notice, we have focused especially on areas suffering from lack of motorways, and for this reason, attracting investment and economic development are much, much more difficult, especially in the south of the country, where the lack of motorways hinders the automotive industry to invest more. One of the projects is represented by the 100 - km Targu Neamţ - Iaşi - Ungheni motorway that will include a bridge across Prut river, so that the motorway connects to the Republic of Moldova's road network. As regards Moldova, with such poor road infrastructure over the past decades, we reached the conclusion that it should be put back in the investment circuit. In fact, this project will connect Moldova to Europe's transport network, and this will represent a very important argument for attracting private investments in this area of the country. Implicitly, this motorway will contribute to reducing development gaps existing especially between the northern part of Moldova and the rest of the country. Other segment is Ploiesti - Brasov Motorway. You see Rasnov on slide because a short segment Brasov - Rasnov is in the process of implementation, and what we design here comes to complete and ensure the connection between Bucuresti - Ploiesti and Brasov. This motorway will probably be the most coveted project to be launched in public - private partnership. We have no doubt that potential private partners will be keen on investing alongside the state in this motorway that will probably be among Romania's busiest, given the tourist potential of the area that it crosses and the close proximity to Bucharest. It will also connect three large economic centers, namely Bucharest, Ploiesti and Brasov, which will also be of special interest for freight transport. It is certainly a safe investment with a very reasonable length of time to recover its cost, and for these reasons, we are convinced that this project will be of high interest for potential private partners. The third motorway segment, called the 550 - km Southern Motorway also has a huge economic potential. It is an important project for many investors who already have big investments in the area - and I refer to Craiova in the first place, and to other neighboring areas as well. Let us not forget that this motorway will contribute to the increase of tourism potential in the Danube Gorges, on the one hand; on the other hand, it will ensure easy access to the spa resorts in the southwest of the country. In addition, it will ensure the link with Serbia, Bulgaria and with Pan-European Corridor IV, in Lugoj. It is, therefore, again a major project that will be of great interest to potential private investors. In addition to these road infrastructure projects, I will present you other two projects which have other specificity. You can see on slide the project entitled Operation of the CFR(Railway Company) Hospital Network under Public-Private Partnership. Therefore, there are 15 hospitals in the network managed by the Ministry of Transport, hospitals which are not currently in the best condition and whose potential can be harnessed by this method. The novelty here consists in the approach of public - private partnership under the new legislation, which was just adopted, i.e. law provides that public - private partnership does not apply only in the field of construction and infrastructure investment, and also in the field of public services operation. It is something like entrusting the management of some state units, but it is more than that, because the private partner, apart from ensuring the management, and the operation of the public service, will participate with funding of its own in the development, upgrading or rendering efficient of the units under its management. The first such project is the operation of this network of Romanian Railways Company's hospitals, which you see represented on this map. Therefore, I repeat: 15 hospitals, they are not in the very good conditions, although there is a very important resource there, we have doctors and nurses with very good qualifications. An important advantage of the public - private partnership in this very case is that we will render efficient the management of these medical units. We will not speak of 15 managers with different approaches, 15 accountants with various bookkeeping or 15 management models. There will be only one decision center, at the investor. This will be conditional through the public - private partnership contract, on raising the level of endowment and modernizing the 15 hospitals according to certain parameters which will be established during negotiations. Nevertheless, they will not be privately-owned hospitals! The money will come as it does now, mainly from the National Health Insurance House, and the private partner will collect the amounts over a given time in exchange for the medical services provided. Last but not the least project, refers to the construction of - Carol Davila Medical Center. It consists mainly of the Republican Hospital, which was presented and assumed in the electoral campaign, but it is much more than that! The compound will cover a 300-hectare area, and will mainly include a 3,000 - bed hospital building with 37 operating rooms, a faculty of medicine and student dormitories, residential and commercial premises for medical staff, parking lots, a hotel for patient companions and many other adjoining buildings for the proper functioning of such a university-medical campus. It is a very ambitious work, an investment that will raise the medical standards at European level and which will integrate the medical activity with the university and social activities. All these five projects will require an estimated EUR 15- 20 billion, but in addition to the important amounts that we can attract under the form of investment in the economy, other major advantage, perhaps equally important as the billion euros, will be a significant shortening of the project implementation deadlines. There will be a single substantiation report drawn up by the Economic Programming Council, the bidding for the partnership will be the next, after which the project will unfold at a much faster pace compared to the projects run on the usual standard and so cumbersome procedures. According to our estimates, all aforementioned projects can effectively start next year, with completion deadlines of five years at the most for motorways, about three years for the Republican Hospital and seven years at the most until the full completion of the Medical Complex with all the facilities that I have mentioned. Thank you. I wish you a nice evening! 2018-05-22 19:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_07_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu președintele Comisiei pentru afaceri europene din Bundestag, Gunther KrichbaumȘtiri din 22.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-the-chairman-of-the-bundestag-s-european-affairs-committee-gunther-krichbaumPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received the Chairman of the Bundestags European Affairs Committee Gunther Krichbaum. The meeting highlighted the very good level of the bilateral relation and the fruitful and promising collaboration between Romania and Germany. Both sides underlined the importance of encouraging and capitalizing on this potential with a view to diversifying and deepening the areas of cooperation. Topics of interest on the European agenda were addressed, especially in the context of taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU by Romania, as well as Europe's future, Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework post -2020, the migration policy, but also Romania's accession to Schengen area and the enlargement process/ Western Balkans. The Romanian dignitary underlined that Romania's presidency of the Council of the EU will be an active and constructive partner, with an unitary, pro-European approach as premise, approachwhich enjoys the support of both Romanian authorities and citizens. The meeting revealed both sides' willigness to intensify parliamentary cooperation. 2018-05-22 18:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_4050.jpgVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă și a comisarului european pentru Politică Regională, Corina Crețu, la obiective de investiţii din Județul BacăuȘtiri din 21.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-and-the-european-commissioner-for-regional-policy-corina-cretu-visited-investment-objectives-in-bacau-countyJoint press conference by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu Viorica Dancila: I greet the presence of Commissioner Corina Cretu in Romania, in Bacau this time. Today's event gave us the opportunity to hold debates on such a topical issue, linked to the Cohesion Policy, namely urban investments in Europe. Debates such as today's are welcome in public space, representing an opportunity to bring closer Romanian citizens from various towns in Romania, discussions at EU level, especially those on our common future, inside the EU, and the concrete ways in which the EU decisions reflect their expectations. As you know, we are rapidly advancing towards the moment in which Romania assumes the semester presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting January 1, 2019, and I want to mention the fact that, as of July 1 this year, Romania will ensure the shadow presidency, during the Austrian presidency. In line with the responsibility that we will exercise at European level, I want us to prove during our tenure our ability to focus on the European citizens and on aspects impacting the quality of their everyday life, as well as to reach a common approach in which the consensual aspects defining the essence of the European project will prevail. Our rotating presidency takes place under the motto - Cohesion, a shared European value. We think that the exchange of opinions on the instruments stimulating the development of member states, regions and towns, contributes to increase awareness of benefits which the cohesion as main EU investment instrument, generates for citizens, thus confirming the need to continue this policy. As I stated in my address, three quarters of the global population are living in cities and in adjacent functional urban areas. These are the engines of economic growth and innovation, and at the same time, towns are facing serious social and environmental challenges. This is why we should focus our attention both on measures conducive to overcoming these challenges, as well as on other measures aimed at economic development promotion and also the adaptation to new technologies. The European budget offers numerous opportunities to back the answer to these new realities. I encourage the Romanian authorities to pay due attention to all instruments and funds made available by the European Commission in order to turn urban areas into a competitive, attractive environment for investors, and which can at the same time, offer a quality life to inhabitants. I had today, in addition to the public debate, a more applied discussion with Commissioner Corina Cretu, on a set of topics of high interest for Romania, such as EU funds absorption, the future multiannual financial framework, which, as you know, will represent one of the priority dossiers for Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union. The Cabinet that I am leading, makes special efforts to stimulate a better absorption of European funds as a basis for generating Romanias growth and development. We have a permanent dialogue with the European Commission and especially with Commissioner Corina Cretu, in order to identify the best ways to increase the pace of implementation and to ensure quality projects that would benefit from European funding. We also discussed the perspective of EU negotiations on the future multiannual budget of the post 2020 Union. In this context, I reiterated the importance for Romania of an European budgetary framework centered on the EU citizens' interests and which would reflect at the same time a balanced approach, by offering an adequate answer to the new EU priorities - and I refer here to youth, research, digitalization, foreign policy, defence policy, while maintaining at the same time the adequate financings for traditional policies, such as the Cohesion Policy or the Common Agricultural Policy that demonstrated their capacity to bring benefits to all member states. We hope that the solutions that will ultimately be agreed on the future European budget will allow further support for the EU- investment and convergence-stimulating objectives, aspects which are of particular interest to Romania. We agreed to further continue the dialogue on this issue and other aspects of the European agenda, including in preparation of Romanias Presidency to the Council of the EU, a special responsibility that we want to carry out successfully. Reporter: Have there been identified those transport infrastructure projects to be achieved with European funds and if the highways to link Moldova with the centre of the country are among them? Viorica Dancila: Yes, we identified motorways built with European funds. We are in different stages in this respect, but in addition to this aspect that we are treating with much seriousness, and on which, we had a discussion with the Transports Ministry, to hand me and the European Comission new projects. We have other aspect as well, namely, as regards the public - private partnership, an ordinance will be on the agenda of Thursday's Cabinet meeting, whereby we will start substantiation studies for three motorways in Romania, one of them is Targu Neamt - Iasi - Ungheni, the South Motorway, and Ploiesti - Comarnic - Brasov Motorway, so expected motorway in Romania. Also, based on public - private partnership, we will initiate substantiation studies for CFR hospitals, which we know, they are not in a good state, but also for the Republican Hospital. Reporter: Can you tell us how an error on Pension Pillar II appeared in an official document of the Government, because this topic is of interest for everybody, whether we are in Bacau or in Bucharest. Viorica Dancila: The National Prognosis Commission put forward a proposal that we do not agree and we did not agree with and this is also illustrated by the fact that no Government Decision was issued on this aspect. Surely, the Romanian Government will not agree with that decision. Reporter: Therefore, do you rule out any changes to Pension Pillar II this year and in 2019? Viorica Dancila: I do not rule them out, I rule out the fact that we might dismantle the Pension Pillar II, we will conduct analyses to see whether or not it is good to have an option for Pillar I or Pillar II from the citizens, we will present this to population but we shall not dismantle Pension Pillar II. Reporter: /.../ Viorica Dancila: An analysis will be carried out at the Labour Ministry. So far, I do not have additional data to provide you in this respect. What I can tell you is that we shall not dismantle Pension Pillar II. Reporter: /.../ Viorica Dancila: I told you that I have no data, an analysis will be conducted at the Labour Ministry on the Pension Pillar II, bit once again, I repeat the Pension Pillar II will not be dismantled. Reporter: You initially told that the analysis would be conducted at the Ministry of Finance. Why did you change that? Viorica Dancila: We have not discussed this aspect in the Government, therefore, I cannot give you additional clarifications. Reporter: An important topic on today's agenda was that criminal complaint. I would like to ask you if (...) a suspension, if you are afraid of the announced motion of censure, if it raises the issue of resignation or do you think it is a stupid thing. Viorica Dancila: I think it is an inappropriate act to file a criminal complaint for high treason against the Prime Minister of Romania. I am convinced that justice will find this complaint ridiculous as it is completely divorced from reality. I am, however, concerned that a Romanian politician, the leader of the largest opposition party in Romania, found it fit to link the high treason to a friendly diplomatic act with the State of Israel. This worries me. Resignation is out of the question. The majority coalition is backing me up. No way am I going to resign. On the contrary, you know how they say in Romania, what doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger. I believe that I can stay at the helm of the government until 2020. As regards these criminal complaints, I have seen that even today other criminal complaints have appeared in the press. I see that the institution of denouncers has been established, and it is fierce competition to join it. I think at some point this does not honor us, does not honor those who have such behavior. I am not interested in this issue, I am interested in implementing the program for government, I pledged it and I will carry it through. Thats what the Romanians expect from us, not quarrels, scandal, denigration, or bad words. Reporter: There are rumors that you asked Mr. Dragnea to allow you to resign but he put pressure on you to stay in office. Is it true or not? Viorica Dancila: Definitely not. I see that rumors fly well. No. If I wanted this, I would have said so, but I reiterated that I am a strong person and I shall stay in office until the end of my term, in 2020. Reporter: One more brief question: if you are strong person, how do you stand to be the target of all criticism, etc? Viorica Dancila: How do I bear it? It is not easy, it is not easy. Do an exercise of imagination and put yourself in my place, to hear so many insults, hatred and so many ugly things told about you. What to do? Take a step back? I have a duty towards Romania and Romanians. Reporter: /.../ obviously a war between government and presidency. Viorica Dancila: There are many things going in the same direction here. President Iohannis asked me four times to resign, immediately, a complaint for high treason was filed. These are connected, but I do not want to make accusations and I do not want to talk about it except about what is obvious. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended the Conference: Europes Urban Investments: a challenge for change Viorica Dancila: Madam European Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, Romania will hold starting January 1, 2019, the rotating 6-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. The guiding motto will be cohesion, a joint European value, and by choosing this concept, we intended to convey a message convergent with the current debates at European level. At the same time, we wanted to highlight the fact that European citizens should feel the benefits of EU membership in their daily lives. With this in mind, Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will watch that the EU policies permanently relate to the principle of cohesion, as shared value of the European Union, emphasizing the importance of returning to the fundamentals of the European construction in order to rebuild the citizens' confidence. Our presidency occurs at a time when the EU Member States focus on identifying some viable solutions to the major challenges facing the European project and which aim at defining its development over the next decade. The European Union hopes to be able to further provide the public assets it provided in the post-war period: peace, freedom, stability, prosperity and social solidarity. Within this collective effort, Romania will be able to show firmness in backing the European project, based on the full observance of the commitment to continuing the provision of these public assets underpinning the European Union. This principle will in fact represent the anchor of all of Romania's actions during the six month tenure. The exercise by Romania of the future presidency of the Council of the European Union will represent at the same time an opportunity to prove our political will and ability to contribute to strengthening the unity and cohesion of the Member States, to a stronger European Union, capable of efficient actions, inside and outside, in favor and to the benefit of the European citizens. Our work agenda will focus on four main pillars: ensuring a consistent and fair development for all Member States, maintaing a safe Europe, consolidating the EU's global role and the Europe of shared values. We are living at a time when three quarters of the global population are living in cities and in adjacent functional urban areas. These are the engines of economic growth and innovation and, for this reason, they represent a pole of attractiveness. However, cities are facing serious social and environmental challenges, this is why competent authorities must prioritize measures of reducing pollution and social inclusion, in addition to economic development measures. We intend that our activity during the EU presidency answers the challenges it is facing, without neglecting the urban - rural relation. Thus, we will consider a series of actions: promotion of urban - rural partnerships, by means of funds intended for the Common Agricultural Policy and Cohesion Policy as well as ensuring complementarity with other Commission programs in the areas of research, development or innovation. Strengthening the funding of integrated territorial instruments and local development actions, placed in the responsibility of the authorities, based on the experience gained in the 2014-2020 period. Contribution to the implementation of the European Urban Agenda confirms the timetable set within the Amsterdam Pact. At the same time, by organizing numerous ministerial and senior officials meetings in Romania, especially in the second part of the mandate, we will have the opportunity to catalyze debates and exchanges of ideas on the political, economic and social themes that will provide the foundation necessary to entering a new stage of the European project. Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will also contribute to defining the benchmarks for the next multiannual financial framework, including with respect to the post-2020 Cohesion Policy. We expect the European Commission's proposals, presented in May 2018 to enter a crucial phase of political negotiation, perhaps the final one, between January and June 2019. In other words, we want a political agreement on the multiannual financial framework. For Romania, it will be important for the new European budgetary framework to be centered on the interests of EU citizens, and to reflect a balanced approach by responding to the new challenges of the Union, and I refer to youth, research, digitalization, foreign policy, defense policy, while maintaining adequate funding for traditional policies such as cohesion policy or the common agricultural policy, which have demonstrated their capacity to bring benefits to all Member States. The Cohesion policy must remain the main investment strategy at European level. We need to further stimulate growth and convergence across the Union, to invest in cities, Europes growth engines. Energy transaction and digitalization are to an equal extent priorities for the urban areas. European experience is replicated globally. Europe has a competitive advantage which should be sustained through the future Cohesion Policy post 2020. The European Urban Agenda is an extremely useful instrument for public authorities at all decision levels as it promotes greater integration of the urban dimension into the national and European policies. Romania needs to be more ambitious in using all the instruments made available by the European Commission and the funds allocated through operational programs to turn urban areas into a competitive, attractive environment for investors, while providing healthy living conditions for inhabitants. Ladies and gentlemen, in a year of changes for the European Parliament and the European Commission, Romania's presidency to the Council of the European Union will be one of the points of stability and continuity at EU level. In this context, Romania will pursue through its activity at the helm of the EU Council, to achieve concrete results for citizens and to capitalize on the benefits that a solid, strong and cohesive Union can bring to each citizen. Thank you. 2018-05-21 16:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_3646.jpg Discuţii între vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan şi comisarul european pentru Concurenţă, Margrethe Vestager, despre situaţia Combinatului Sidex GalaţiȘtiri din 18.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/vice-prime-minister-viorel-stefan-had-talks-with-the-european-commissioner-for-competition-margrethe-vestager-about-the-situation-of-the-sidex-galati-steel-plantVice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan met in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. Attending talks was the Chairman of the Competition Council Bogdan Chiritoiu. Aspects related to strengthening dialogue with the European Commision in the field of competition were approached during the meeting. Vice Prime Minister Viorel Stefan referred to the implications of the European Commission's decision of May 7, 2018, on conditional approval of the acquisition of Ilva by ArcelorMittal. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister reiterated the special attention that the Romanian Government extends to the situation of the Sidex Galati steel plant. On this occasion, Romanian official emphasized the importance of a constant dialogue between the Commission and the Executive in Bucharest on the developments in all the procedural steps of the selection and approval process of the future buyer. At the same time, the Vice Prime Minister outlined the need to protect the competitive capacity of the ArcelorMittal plant in Galati, its strategic importance from a social and economic point of view, the imperative of securing jobs, namely the need for the purchaser to be viable, to have proven relevant competence and the financial resources necessary to maintain and develop Sidex activities. Additional information: On May 7, 2018, the European Commission has announced the approval of the purchase of Ilva company by ArcelorMittal ((http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-3721_en.htm). The approval by the Commission of this transaction is conditional on the divestiture of an extensive remedy package to guarantee competition rules on European steel market to the benefit of consumers and businesses, in accordance with article 2 of the EU Merger Regulation. As the European Commission's press release pointed out, Arcelor Mittal committed to organizing an open, non-discriminatory and transparent sale process of the divestiture package to companies from Belgium, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, France, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Italy and Romania(Sidex plant in Galati), process open to potential buyers interested. The sale of these factories to a buyer who does not prove the ability to continue to operate and develop these businesses or who would intend to subsequently close them is not an acceptable solution. Competition procedures imply consultation of all stakeholders, including relevant national authorities and national competition authorities. The Sidex plant in Galati is a company of strategic importance for Romania and the European Union, and maintaining its functional capabilities and jobs is a priority. 2018-05-18 18:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_32857602_1731424926941778_1587748018038243328_n.jpgPremierul Viorica Dăncilă l-a primit, la Palatul Victoria, pe omologul său din Republica Croația, Andrej PlenkovicȘtiri din 18.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-croatian-counterpart-andrej-plenkovic-at-victoria-palace-todayPrime Minister Viorica Dancila received Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at Victoria Palace today. The Croatian official is paying an official visit to our country. The interlocutors reviewed the bilateral agenda, the desire of strengthening political, economic relations and cooperation at sectorial level being outlined on this occasion. They underlined the existing potential in this respect in areas such as: education, internal affairs, defence, agriculture, minorities' protection. The two sides voiced their interest in holding a joint government meeting. The two officials also highlighted the importance for the bilateral relation of Croatian minority in Romania and the Romanian community in Croatia. During the consultations, both dignitaries expressed their satisfaction over the increase in bilateral trade by 25 percent in 2017, compared to previous year and they voiced hope that this trend will continue. The two Prime Ministers tackled cooperation between the two states in European context, including from the perspective of the two countries' membership of the trio of EU Council presidencies, a mandate they will hold for the first time since accession to the EU. In this context, they noticed the convergent positions regarding EU future, which will create the possibility of promoting an European programme to support the unity and cohesion of the European project over the ensuing period. At the same time, they expressed their intention to play a constructive role in the negotiations and decisions which will shape the future of the European Union. As regards Brexit, the Romanian official underlined the special importance attached to the implementation of the aspects agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement as regards guaranteeing the rights of the European citizens from Great Britain. With respect to the future post -2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila stated that Romania regards with utmost interest the proposals launched by the European Commission on May 2, both from the point of view of the need to support investment objectives at EU level, to stimulate the Union-wide convergence as well as from the angle of role of the future Presidency of the EU Council, which will have to manage this negotiation dossier. The two dignitaries emphasized the importance of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, as well as of the joint projects development. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reiterated the importance that Romania attaches to the Republic of Moldova and the development of the European path of the neighboring state. The two senior officials expressed both sides' interest regarding the stability and security of the Western Balkans region and reiterated their firm support for the continuation of EUs enlargement process, underlining the importance of maintaining the credibility of the enlargement policy in relation to the candidate and aspiring states. On the occasion of this visit, the two Defence Ministers signed, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Romania and Prime Minister of Croatia, the Declaration of Intent between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Croatia on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the area of defence and security. 2018-05-18 10:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_foto0001.jpgDineu oferit de premierul Viorica Dăncilă în onoarea prim-ministrului Republicii Croaţia, Andrej PlenkovićȘtiri din 17.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-hosted-dinner-in-honor-of-the-prime-minister-of-croatia-andrej-plenkovicPrime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic started his official visit to Romania this evening. All the members of Romanian Cabinet were also invited to the dinner hosted by the Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in honor of the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. The Croatian officials visit takes place in the context of the intensification of the bilateral relations over the past years, as well as the membership of both states to the same Trio of the Presidency of the Council of the EU. The primary goal of the meeting is strengthening political and economic cooperation, as well as identifying new areas of cooperation at sectorial level. The Croatian Prime Minister's visit shows the desire to strengthen and diversify cooperation as partner states in the EU and as allies within NATO on the main topics of shared interest of the regional and European agenda. 2018-05-17 20:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_346d6438-da88-448c-8277-8e89e34ae54c.jpgPrimirea ministrului israelian al turismului, Yariv Levin, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-israeli-minister-of-tourism-yariv-levin-at-victoria-palacePrime Minister Viorica Dancila received the Israeli Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin who is paying a working visit to Romania. During the meeting, there was mentioned the special dynamics of relations between Romania and the State of Israel both at political level and at the level of sectorial cooperation. Tourism is the most dynamic sector of bilateral cooperation, recording an exponential growth over the last years, Israel ranking second (after Germany) amid countries with the largest number of tourists visiting Romania. Opportunities to attract Israeli capital in the Romanian tourism sector were also addressed, the health spa and the wellness sectors having a special potential in this respect. Moreover, a joint tourism programme can be developed to capitalize on the Jewish cultural heritage in our country. The shared desire to further strengthen bilateral relations was highlighted in this context. 2018-05-17 16:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ministrului_turismului_din_israel,_yariv_levin.06.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu comisarul european pentru Piață Internă, Industrie, Antreprenoriat și IMM-uri, Elżbieta BieńkowskaȘtiri din 17.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-european-commissioner-for-internal-market-industry-entrepreneurship-amp-smes-elzbieta-bienkowskaPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met today with the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska who is paying a visit to Romania. The two dignitaries approached the main European issues included in the European Commissioner's portfolio: Internal Market of the European Union, including aspects regarding the Digital Single Market, industrial policy and the defence policy, European Semester and Romania's taking over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in January 2019. Prime Minister voiced Romania'support for the measures designed to deepen the Internal Market, and to contribute to economic convergence and social cohesion at EU level, and expressed the commitment to keeping high on the agenda these topics during our country's tenure at the Council of the EU. The Head of the Executive highlighted the potential of the digitalization to generate increased competitiveness and growth for Europe, and in this respect, reiterated our countrys support for the development of digital competences and for a specific approach, according to the needs of each sector and field. European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska appreciated Romania's positive economic development, considering that this is a positive premise for the implementation of the structural reforms envisaged by Bucharest authorities. The European Commissioner appreciated the Romanian officials' positive consultations with the European Commission's representatives in the preparation of the legislative reform on public procurement, expressing her agreement for the new legislation. Discussions aimed at industry too, a context in which Prime Minister Viorica Dancila showed that a new European strategy in this field would contribute to increased European competitiveness through this sector's capacity to generate economic growth and jobs. As regards the defence industry, Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the important progress achieved lately and underlined Romania's interest to take an active part in all cooperation projects to be developed at EU level, including from the perspective of the next stages of this process, respectively, the presentation by the European Commission of the country-specific recommendations (CSRs) addressing the Member States. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska [Check against delivery] Viorica Dancila: Good afternoon. We appreciate the Commissioner's visit only two weeks after the publication by the Commission of the draft budget for 2021- 2027 and the opportunity to discuss topics of common interest on Romania and the European Commission's agenda. As regards the negotiation of the next financial multiannual framework, I stated that we want a budget to continue to strengthen the real convergence efforts between the Member States and the European citizens. In this respect, I reaffirmed Romania's full availability of constructive reporting to the future negotiations at European level, as well as channeling efforts towards a substantial advancing of negotiations during our tenure as President of the Council of the EU in the first semester 2019, which would allow a political agreement in due time in this dossier. I discussed with Madam Bienkowska about the importance of the European and national industry and I outlined the attention that Romania attaches to digital modernization and transformation of the industrial basis. We tackled also the importance of the European Single Market that Romania is part of, the single market development in its 25 years of existence and I agreed that it is necessary to continue the measures for the implementation in due time and completely of the existing legislative framework. I communicated to Madam Commissioner that the Government's priorities for the second trimester of this year also include Public Procurement Law, Public - Private Partnership Law, setting up Romania's Trade House, institution of the state aid scheme on granting loans worth 40,000 lei without interest to young people, as well as instituting the programme for persons with disabilities, these being measures that can contribute including to entrepreneurship development in Romania. An important topic for Romania that I discussed with Madam Commissioner is speeding up public investment which is likely to support real convergence. In this respect, I requested and I got the support of Madam Commissioner for upgrading and simplifying the legislative framework of public procurement in full compliance with EU directives in the field. Over the last years, Romania has had an intense and fruitful dialogue with the European Commission on public procurement. In 2017, one of the country- specific reccomendations put forward by the European Commission referred to ensuring the implementation of the national strategy in the field of public procurement. In the Country report Romania 2018, published in March this year, part of the European semester, the Commission appreciated that some progress was achieved, but there are some challenges further on. I assure Madam Commisisoner of the fact that demarches to reform the public procurement system will continue, namely ensuring the full and sustainable implementation of measures included in this strategic document, under my direct supervision, so that investment so necessary and awaited by the Romanian citizens be achieved as soon as possible. In the talks with Madam Commissioner, I approached elements regarding the preparation of the exercise by Romania of the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, and I agreed on the close dialogue that we will further have in this important step for our country. We are sure of the fact that during the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester 2019, we will have to answer some important challenges related to Brexit, post - Brexit Romania - European Union, a political agreement on the multiannual financial framework, migration, terrorism, and other challenges, but with the support of the European institutions, of the European Commission, we can properly answer these challenges. I thank Madam Commissioner for our substantial talks, for the support she extends to our country in meeting our European and national objectives, I wish her lot of energy in her activity. Elżbieta Bieńkowska: Thank you very much, Madam Prime Minister. First, I want to say how happy I am to be here in Romania, although the programme was very intense today, I may be should not say it: but Romania is one of my favorite European countries. We had a very good discussion with the Prime Minister, but also I have met and I will meet few Ministers from the Government. We are discussing most current and most important issues both from the European Commission's perspective, but also from Romania's perspective. First, we discussed as Madam Prime Minister mentioned, we discussed economic issues as the European semester, so this paper, this document that assesses economic performance of different Member States, and I stressed, Romania has a very good and for years, quite a good economic development, this is a time, good time to make reforms. From my perspective as a Commissioner responsible for companies, entrepreneurship, industry, of course, different administrative barriers for the companies are important, public administration but also Madam Prime Minister mentioned, the public procurement. I only want to mention before I move to public procurement, in a little more detailed way, I want to mention industrial policy Again, it was mentioned before, it is an important part of my activities. I participated in conference on tourism sector, one of the most important European industrial sectors, although it is not all the time seen that this is a very important economic sector. So, I think the very things we generally expected. We had a very good cooperation. Now, moving to public procurement because I think it is in my portfolio, in my competence, so I wanted again to put again some flash lights into it. We have been cooperating very well for several weeks with the Romanian authorities, mainly the Romanian Ministry of Public Finances, on this. Of course, we appreciated the implementation of the public procurement strategy, the ex- ante conditionalities on public procurement were lifted few months ago, but of course, it is important especially when you want to use public money, both European or national in a fair, proper, transparent way, you need to have a good public procurement system and legislation, because this system is really a key to ensure the citizens that they are getting the best for their taxes, that public money is being spent in the proper, fair way. During our discussions, because I know, there is ongoing process of approving the new legislation on public procurement in Romania, we discussed it before, we had a proposal, some plans, some projects of this legislation, so I handled to the Ministry of Public Finance, our assessments, of course, I have to tell that we don't know the final results of this legislation, but as for now, we have some minor concerns about legislation, and we hope that our cooperation in advance, not after the legal act is adopted, will be very beneficial for the Romanian economy, because Romania needs new infrastructure, needs to spend European money and for this, transparent Romanian and European public procurement system is very much needed. We also discussed the issue of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, this is at the very top of the agenda. Still the European Commission proposed two weeks ago how the money will be divided between the subjects, but for now, we are working on regulations, this is even more important because the details are in the regulations, what will be done by mid-June, and again cooperation with Romania, with other Member States is extremely important. We know what is important for some Member States, of the Cohesion Policy, of the Agricultural Policy, but also of the policies that are focused on research, on innovation, on space for example, and defence. We shortly touched upon this, but it is extremely important, we will have much more money in the next European MFF, for the cooperation between defence industries. This is also a place, a point where Romanian companies can benefit from the European budget, of course, besides the Cohesion, Agricultural Policies, and the main policies. I would really like to encourage Romania to engage with other Member States, with industry, to ensure that Romanian industry takes part in the projects, in defence. I am looking forward to continuing this good cooperation on different issues, on the Single Market, of course, Madam Prime Minister has again mentioned this, we have touched upon so many points. Single Market is extremely important. We must not have economic borders in the EU, between Member States for long time and those not for long time, like Romania, and the other Member States. We need open market in the EU, I count on Romania, and I ask for Romania's support. 2018-05-17 13:29:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_007_resize.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei EroilorȘtiri din 17.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-17 08:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-17-08-56-43big_sigla_guvern.pngAlocuțiunea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea ediției din 2018 a Schemei de Ajutor de Stat instituită prin HG 807Știri din 16.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/address-by-prime-minister-viorica-dancila-at-the-launch-of-the-2018-edition-of-the-state-aid-scheme-instituted-by-government-s-decision-hg-no-807Viorica Dancila: /.../ we want a real strategic partnership with the large companies wanting to invest in Romania, and for this reason, I am here today, alongside the Minister for the Business Environment, for the launch of the new - State Aid Scheme. I want to give a signal that we want to stimulate new major investments in Romania, which is why we will adopt new measures to support this. This week, there were published the latest data on the amount of the direct foreign investment for the first three months of 2018. They rose by 21.2 percent compared to the same period of 2017, proof of confidence in the Romanian economy's potential and in the government, but I reckon this is not enough. We want much more than this. We want to ensure a positive dynamics of the economy and today we are announcing that in a short while we will launch the state aid scheme for private investments larger than 10 million euros, investment for opening or expanding production capacities. I wont conceal the fact that our final target is to attract investments worth more than one billion euros. These investments will create thousands jobs and will contribute to the increase in the budgetary revenues. The state aid scheme launched today is just a part of the package designed to stimulate investment in Romania. In addition to a stable and predictable macroeconomic environment, a stimulating fiscal environment and a well-prepared workforce, we are also proposing a new approach in terms of our relation with the strategic investors in the economy. We will set up in the ensuing months the Romanian Agency for Foreign Investments and Exports, a one stop shop type of centre, a high flexibility agency, with dedicated project managers. It will be a body of managers specialized in the economically strategic sectors for Romania, so as to attract investments. We are aware that encouraging large investment projects will lead to increase in added value exports, increased local integration of production processes, more contracts and jobs for SMEs and of course, reducing imports. Investments with a major impact on the economy also mean a high degree of technologization, therefore, well-qualified and better paid jobs. This aspect leads me to a topic that I know the business environment is very much fond of, namely dual education. I know and we understand the needs of the business environment generated by the crisis on the labour market and I consider that the dual education is a sustainable solution. In the 2017-2018 school year, 106 dual education classes were established through contracts concluded with the employers, with the involvement of 227 companies and 68 school units. I assure you that we are available to permanent dialogue with the business environment, for the best possible solutions in this sector where the changes have a dizzying speed. I hope the new program launched today to be a success, as have been the previous projects launched by the Ministry for the Business Environment. I wish you success and as many investments as possible and I am looking forward to seeing your success stories because I consider that good practices are very important. 2018-05-16 14:44:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-16-02-49-48big_06_resize.jpgDeclarații susținute de vicepremierul Viorel Ștefan privind starea economiei românești pe trimestrul I 2018Știri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-15 19:53:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_starea_economiei__trimestrul_1_2018_05.jpgA treia reuniune a Comisiei Naționale pentru pregătirea aderării României la Zona EuroȘtiri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/third-meeting-of-the-national-committee-for-the-preparation-of-romania-s-euro-area-accessionThe National Committee for the substantiation of the National Euro Changeover Plan, chaired by the President of the Romanian Academy, was convened at Victoria Palace, today. Attending the meeting were representatives of the National Bank of Romania, of the Romanian Academy, Presidential Administration, parliamentary parties, trade unions, employers, associative structures, civil society and academic milieu. Early in the meeting, it was underlined the fact that as of today, the National Committee will pass to a new stage, namely the design and drawing up of the assumed documents. After the analysis of the Diagnosis of the Convergence Criteria and the Road to the Euro, concrete steps will be taken today towards the working procedure of the National Plan and the Substantiation Report on Euro Changeover. The President of the Romanian Academy submitted the daily agenda for approval, and university professor PhD Aura Socol presented the issues and the structure of the National Euro Changeover Plan and the Substantiation Report on the Euro Changeover. Both strategic documents are proposed based on the experience of Member States that have already joined the Eurozone (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus) or are preparing to join it(Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary), but also based on the guides proposed by the European institutions, examples of good practices, etc. Given that all Member States or future members of the Eurozone have a National Changeover Plan, many of them even from the moment they joined the EU, it is time for Romania too, 11 years after its EU accession, to finally take the political steps to reach national consensus on such a project, particularly important for the country. The documents put forward were analyzed by the members of the National Committee in order to obtain the agreement in principle on the draft content for the National Plan and the Substantiation Report of the changeover process. Also discussed were the institutional and nominal composition of the working groups, their tasks and activities, as well as the timetable of the meetings to be held between 17-22 May this year. 2018-05-15 18:03:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_reuniunea_conducerii_comisiei_naționale_pentru_aderarea_româniei_la_moneda_euro07.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Regatului Belgiei, Thomas Baekelandt, de către premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-received-the-ambassador-of-the-kingdom-of-belgium-h-e-thomas-baekelandtPrime Minister Viorica Dăncilă received today, at Victoria Palace, H.E. Thomas Baekelandt, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Romania, on a courtesy visit. The central theme of the talks between the two officials was the bilateral relationship between Romania and Belgium. On this occasion, both sides reconfirmed their commitment to strengthening cooperation, with emphasis on deepening the political dialogue and developing the economic and sectoral component of the bilateral relation. Another topic on the agenda was Romanias participation as an honorary guest in the Europalia 2019 International Art Festival. Prime Minister gave assurances that Romania is engaged in a sustained process of preparing its participation in this project. Prime Minister also voiced satisfaction over the dynamic economic exchanges, which amounted to more than EUR 3 billion in 2017. The meeting also occasioned an exchange of views on topical issues on the European agenda and reconfirmed the common will to deepen cooperation, including in the perspective of Romanias holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019. 2018-05-15 17:00:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_regatului_belgia,_thomas_baekelandt,_de_către_prim-ministrul_viorica_dăncilă,_la_palatul_victoria01.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă a ambasadorului Republicii Armenia la București, Sergey MinasyanȘtiri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-15 16:46:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_primirea_ambasadorului_republicii_armenia,_sergey_minasiyan,_de_către_prim-ministrul_viorica_dăncilă,_la_palatul_victoria01.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Algeriene Democratice și Populare, Taous Djellouli, de către prim-ministrul Viorica Dăncilă, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-15 15:21:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-15-03-24-29big_02_resize.jpgPrim-ministrul României, Viorica Dăncilă, a avut astăzi consultări cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, pe teme de politică externăȘtiri din 15.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-participated-in-consultations-with-president-klaus-iohannis-on-matters-of-foreign-policyToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila attended consultations with President Klaus Iohannis on foreign policy matters, developments in Middle East, including the issue of the relocation to Jerusalem of Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel. On this occasion, the Romanian Prime Minister stated that as Head of the Executive, with the main responsibility in the implementation of the Programme for Government, including the foreign policy chapter, has as main objective to back Romania's interests, and identify the best ways to consolidate Romania's role and profile on the international stage. Prime Minister outlined that launching an analysis and evaluation process on the possibility of relocating Romania's Embassy in the State of Israel is designed to support the above - mentioned objectives, in a moment when the United States, Romania's main ally and strategic partner took this decision, and several states are analyzing this proposal. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila also highlighted that the main element underpinning this analysis is the principled position, which Romania constantly supported, regarding the two-state solution: Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition. Moreover, Prime Minister reminded that Romania's recent demarche at the EU, aimed at the reconfirmation of the common commitment to a peace solution to consecrate the existence of two states: Israel and Palestine, and to avoid any unilateral measures that would have the potential to compromise the peace process. The elements proposed by Romania were thus in line with the terminology and the conclusions adopted by the European Council on December 14, 2017 and in full agreement with the official position endorsed at national level, including by the President of Romania. The Romanian Prime Minister recalled Romanias commitment to backing the international community's efforts towards addressing the challenges facing the particularly complicated regional context. To manage all these challenges as efficiently as possible, a moderate and balanced position needs to be adopted by all the actors involved, and at national level, my presence today at the Cotroceni Palace, is proof of the real support this commitment enjoys, and of the desire of continuity in the field of foreign policy, Prime Minister stated at the end of the meeting with President Klaus Iohannis. 2018-05-15 14:26:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-15-02-29-19big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Viorica Dăncilă va participa la consultările de mâine, la Palatul CotroceniȘtiri din 14.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-will-attend-consultations-to-be-held-at-cotroceni-palace-tomorrowPrime Minister Viorica Dancila has sent the following answer to todays invitation from the Presidential Administration: Mr. President, I received your invitation within the framework of the inter-institutional dialogue, to participate in consultations on topical foreign policy matters, namely the recent developments in the Middle East and Romanias bilateral relations with the State of Israel. I hereby confirm my participation. 2018-05-14 19:38:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-14-07-43-08big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita premierului Viorica Dăncilă la Spitalul Clinic de Copii “Dr. Victor Gomoiu”Știri din 14.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-dr-victor-gomoiu-children-s-clinical-hospitalStatements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila following the visit to Dr. Victor Gomoiu Childrens Clinical Hospital Viorica Dancila: Thank you, madam mayor. I would start by congratulating you for this investment. It is an important investment for all who need state - of - the- art treatment and adequate care. I visited the hospital and I was impressed by endowments and medical staff, by everybody who has been working here and and who put so much soul into treating children using state-of-the-art equipment. I hope we inaugurate together as many hospitals as possible, attain as many objectives as possible. I am sure that you will carry through the works at the Metropolitan Hospital, and at national level, we will carry through the works at the three regional hospitals by means of European funds, and also the five regional hospitals we are sure to build through public - private partnership and last but not least, the Republican Hospital. Once more, congratulations, madam mayor. I know you have put a lot of soul into building this hospital and Im convinced that your work and endeavor are rewarded now. Good luck! 2018-05-14 19:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_brf_2781.jpgVizită la Sfântul Scaun - Premierul Viorica Dăncilă, primită în audienţă de către Sanctitatea Sa Papa FranciscȘtiri din 11.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-was-received-in-audience-by-his-holiness-pope-francisPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was received in private audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, on May 11, 2018. The Head of the Executive thanked His Holiness for the generous attention he always extended to the relations with Romania and voiced hope that the Holy Father pays an apostolic visit to Romania. During the audience, the desire to increase Romanian presence at Vatican through a series of high cultural, academic and religious events was also discussed, given that this year is a special one, dedicated to the celebration of modern Romanian state's Centenary. The Romanian senior official thanked for Pope's making available the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo for mounting the exhibition 'Treasures of Romania at the Vatican. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance of Romania and Vatican deepening their relations, including in the special context of Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU, which will offer the possibility of conveying a message to the whole of Europe, considering our country's ecumenical vocation. The talks highlighted the similarity of Romania and the Vatican's positions on strengthening the European project and the centrality of reporting to its Christian roots. The audience also revealed the congruent views of Romania and the Holy See on a series of topical issues of the international agenda, especially in the field of human rights protection and freedom of religion. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis During her visit to Vatican and the Holy See, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their satisfaction over the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the Holy See, highlighted both at political and cultural, educational level. There was also reiterated the recognition that the Catholic Church enjoys in Romania, as a partner for the common welfare of the entire society and a contributor to the Romanian spiritual, historic and cultural legacy. In this respect, a series of concrete aspects of interest for the activity of the Catholic and Greek Catholic Churches in Romania were also discussed. Prime Minister voiced appreciation for the Catholic Church's support of the Romanian communities in the Diaspora, including by hosting many Romanian religious communities, Orthodox or Catholic, of the Western Europe. Moreover, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed their intention to continue the negotiations on signing an Agreement regarding the collaboration and mutual recognition of university diplomas. The international agenda had an important place within the talks, the similarities in terms of approaching topical dossiers being highlighted. There were mainly tackled the topics regarding the future of Europe (including in the context of Romanian taking over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019), the migrants and refugees issue, as well as the situation of the Peace Process in the Middle East. PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's visit to Vatican Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay a visit to Vatican from May 10 to May 13, 2018. On May 11, 2018, Prime Minister will be received in audience by His Holiness Pope Francis, and then will have a meeting with His Holinesss Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Head of the Executive will also have a meeting with the Grand Master of the Malta Sovereign Order, Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, and with the President of the Sant'Egidio Community, Marco Impagliazzo. Romanian Prime Minister's visit to Vatican takes place amid very good bilateral relations, and the celebration this year of the Greater Union Centennial, which will be marked by the Holy See through a series of prestigious cultural and academic events The visit's agenda also includes a meeting with Romanian students enrolled in Pontifical Universities. The meeting will take place at the headquarters of the - Pio Romeno Pontifical College. 2018-05-11 13:48:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-11-03-12-37big_banner1.jpgPerioada de înscriere la Programul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului României - ediţia 2018, prelungită până pe 21 maiȘtiri din 11.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-11 13:30:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-11-02-52-03big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă de Ziua Europei, 9 mai 2018Știri din 09.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-europe-day-may-9-2018Today, we are celebrating Europe Day, a day dedicated to the history of a project, model of collaboration, example of solidarity and continuous common commitment. It is an opportunity to celebrate the progress achieved to date, but also to to recall the long path of the European construction, from the vision of a cooperation project between a few European states, presented in Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Schumans statement, to a reality uniting over 500 million European citizens. We all enjoy the benefits of the European Union, the European projects capacity to change for the better the daily lives of the citizens. Undoubtedly, the European Union played since its establishment, an essential role in promoting and maintaining peace, stability and prosperity across the continent. Even if currently facing certain challenges, these generate an opportunity to undertake a set of measures to improve the lives of all European citizens. Romania has constantly identified itself with a clear pro-European path, has consolidated its democratic foundations, has modernised its society and economy and the Romanians fully share the fundamental European values. Romanias actions at European level have always been and will always remain directed towards supporting a consolidated European Union. This approach is all the more important as we are preparing for exercising the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, on which occasion we intend to act as an active, constructive partner, promoting consensus among member states. We will be watching that the EU policies relate at all times to the principle of cohesion, as common value of the EU, underlining the importance to return to the fundamentals of the European project, in order to rebuild the citizens confidence. I am sure that this is in fact the stake of the Union'success and sustainability. We need to be aware of the importance that we all get involved in identifying efficient and viable solutions for the Union's future. We are all dutybound to continue this mission, to stay united and forge our future together in a strong and cohesive Union which would bring benefits to every citizen. On Europe Day, Romania reaffirms its trust in the European project and acts for its support and development, meeting the European citizens expectations, including of the Romanian citizens. Happy birthday Europe! Viorica Dancila Prime Minister of Romania 2018-05-09 10:02:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-05-09-01-57-45big_sigla_guvern.pngAcord încheiat între Guvernul României și organizațiile sindicale „Sanitas” și „Solidaritatea Sanitară”Știri din 08.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/agreement-concluded-between-the-government-of-romania-and-the-trade-unions-organizations-sanitas-and-solidaritatea-sanitara-healthcare-workers-solidarity-organizationToday, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met at the Government headquarters with Minister of Health, Sorina Pintea, Minister of Labour and Social Justice, Olguţa Vasilescu, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Public Finance, Daniela Pescaru, and the representatives of the Sanitas and Solidaritatea Sanitara trade unions organizations. Following discussions, they agreed to conclude the Agreement providing the following: 1) A compensatory amount will be granted to all employees in the healthcare system who recorded decreases in the net income compared to February 2018 level. The compensatory amount will fully cover the difference. 2) The current limits provided for in the Regulation of bonuses in force will be kept, and the minimum threshold will be guaranteed. 3) Exceeding the 30 percent laid down in Article 25, paragraph 1 and 2 of Law 153/2017 will be rendered possible for mono-speciality hospitals, for the county ambulance services and the Ambulance Service of Bucharest-Ilfov Municipality, with a view to ensuring the minimum level of bonuses provided for in the current Bonuses Regulation and the necessary supplementary amounts will be established, through Government Ordinance, but only in well grounded cases. 4) The overtime bonus is ruled out when calculating the 30% ceiling, laid down in Art. 25, paragraph 1 and 2 of Law 153/2017. 5) The negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be resumed. 6) The employment classification of director of nursing is reformulated, there is a return to the original form of Law 153/2017. 7)The midwife post is equated with that of nurse. All the above-mentioned provisions will apply on the salary rights that will be granted as of May 2018. Following the conclusion of this Agreement, the representatives of the trade unions organizations have agreed to backtrack on the general strike scheduled for May 11, 2018. Prime Minister Viorica DĂNCILĂ Health Minister Sorina PINTEA Minister of Labour and Social Justice Olguţa VASILESCU Chairman of Sanitas Leonard BARASCU Chairman of Solidaritatea Sanitara Viorel ROTILĂ 2018-05-08 20:50:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov_0734.jpgDeclaraţii susţinute de vicepremierul Viorel Ştefan cu privire la execuţia bugetară Știri din 08.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-08 20:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_gov_0666.jpgA 9-a reuniune a Consiliului Interministerial pentru Pregătirea și Exercitarea Președinției României la Consiliul Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 08.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-9th-edition-of-the-interministerial-committee-for-the-preparation-and-exercise-of-the-romanian-presidency-of-the-council-of-the-european-unionThe Interministerial Committee for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union was convened on May 8, 2018 at Victoria Palace, the working meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. During this meeting, the progress achieved over the past months in the preparation of this important moment for our country was presented and the first version of the topics of interest of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, about to be debated in Parliament, was approved. The first version of the topics of interest of Romania's mandate to the Presidency of the Council of the EU resulted from several public consultation processes nationwide. All Ministries, the Romanian Parliament, the Presidential Administration and the political parties as well as Romania's representatives to Brussels contributed to drawing up this document. There were also talks with the social partners within the series of public debates organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Institute of Romania. The document was the object of talks including in the Interministerial Committee for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and reflects the high level of ambition of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with a view to managing the main files to be found on the European agenda. Currently, the integrated version is to be subject to debates within the Special Joint Committee of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate for the coordination of the parliamentary activities necessary to prepare the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and within the European Business Committees of the Romanian Parliament, and it will be later discussed in the plenum of Parliament. After consulting the legislative, the Romanian Government will adopt the first version of the document and will enter into dialogue with the Secretariat General of the EU Council so that, in November, according to calendar, the Executive adopts the final form of the work schedule. The topics of interest reflect the big challenges and changes emerging from the multiplification of talks at European level regarding the EU's future. By choosing these topics, a large consensus is expected regarding the process of preparing and exercising the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Thus, in formulating the topics of interest of the Presidency of the EU Council, Romania considers the citizen both as a source and goal. For this reason, the process of drawing up the topics of interest was conceived as a democratic, deliberative, bottom-up process. Romanias efforts will therefore focus mainly on legislative and non-legislative files with a direct and immediate impact on the citizens daily lives. Through its activity under the EU Council Presidency, Romania will aim at achieving tangible results for its citizens and at highlighting the benefits that a strong and cohesive Union can bring to each citizen. In this respect, the Interministerial Council outlined the need for sending a clear message of support for the European family cohesion, but also for the policies stimulating economic, social and territorial convergence, taking Cohesion, a common European value as slogan of the presidency. Moreover, the cohesion of the EU bloc is often mentioned in the speeches of European leaders. For instance, in the preface of the White Paper on the Future of Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recalls the principle of unity of EU Member States, noting that As we decide which way to go, we should remember that Europe has always been at its best when we are united, bold and confident that we can shape our future together. This version is the result of institutional consultations on the proposals put forward by 21 prestigious representatives of the academic, scientific and publishing environment. The objective was to find a message convergent with the current debates at the European level, and also correlated with the necessity to highlight the need for European citizens to feel the benefits of belonging to the European Union in their everyday life. In fact, cohesion has deep roots in the European construction. Emerging as a mechanism since 1957, as part of regional policies, cohesion got its own dimension in 1988, when it defined its objective as an essential instrument for achieving economic, social and territorial convergence at European Union level. In 1993, under the Maastricht Treaty, the same policy is endowed with a specific fund and knew a significant increase in the allocated budget, making this mechanism the main support tool for development at European level. Over time, the cohesion policy has adapted to new challenges in order to stimulate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth across the European Union. Given that Romania holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2019, at a time of reflection on the future Multiannual Financial Framework, but also of analysis of the results of the Europe 2020 Strategy, underlining cohesion in the slogan becomes essential in order to remind Member States the importance of this policy for the objectives set by the European construction. The indirect message that the draft motto conveys, outlines the importance of cohesion policy and its key role in attaining the objective of reducing economic, social and territorial disparities among the Member States, regions and citizens of the European Union. *** Additional information: The Interministerial Council for the Preparation and Exercise of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is the working format comprising representatives of the Romanian Government, the Parliament and the Presidential Administration, set up to ensure technical and political coordination for the moment when our country holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union . Romania will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months - one of the seven institutions of the Union - starting with January 1, 2019. Our country is part of the presidency trio which also includes Finland and Croatia. The rotating Presidency chairs in Brussels 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 the meetings of some 200 working groups. Romania will hold the Presidency of the EU Council in a complex European and international context and its mandate will take into account the wide-ranging processes that will shape the European Union, such as the reflection on the future of the European Union, the Brexit process, the transition to a new legislative cycle following the European elections and, implicitly, the outgoing mandate of the European Commission and the European Parliament, namely negotiations on the EU strategic reference documents such as the new post-2019 strategic framework for action and the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (CFM). 2018-05-08 19:11:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0099.jpgParticiparea premierului Viorica Dăncilă la lansarea Campaniei Naționale „Informare acasă! Siguranță în lume!”, ediţia 2018Știri din 08.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-attended-the-launch-of-the-national-campaign-informare-acasa-siguranta-in-lume-stay-informed-home-stay-safe-abroad-2018-editionViorica Dancila: Ministers, distinguished mass - media representatives, distinguished guests, I am glad you are here, and from the outset, I would like to congratulate you on this initiative. I would like to congratulate the Ministry for Romanians Abroad, the local authorities, other Ministries involved as I reckon this initiative bends to reality, and adds to several European initiatives, and in order to combat organized crime phenomena, modern slavery, we need initiatives both at European and national levels. We know that many Romanians left to study, work abroad lately, and I think that we must prevent these two aforementioned phenomena - modern slavery and organized crime. As MEP, I was with a delegation in Ragusa, Italy, and I could see what modern slavery looked like. I could see that lack of information, of an awareness campaign can lead us to unwanted situations, in which many people may suffer. This is why I think that this initiative, applied in 41 counties across the country, can bring added value and can prevent several persons from falling prey to some unwanted treatments. I think it is important for us to prevent such situations, hopefully, this initiative shall be a first step in this respect. Once again, congratulations, and greater success in your campaign! 2018-05-08 15:22:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1525780760original_gov_0467.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă cu secretarul general al Organizației Aviației Civile Internaționale (OACI), Fang LiuȘtiri din 07.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-met-with-the-secretary-general-of-the-international-civil-aviation-organization-icao-fang-liu Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting at Victoria Palace with the Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Fang Liu. The Head of the Executive reiterated our country's interest in boosting resilience, and implicitly, in ensuring cyber security, in an environment with more and more challenges. Prime Minister also assured the Secretary General of ICAO of Romania's support for the organization's objectives, in general, and for those aimed at ensuring the civil aviation's security and safety in particular. At the same time, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila argued the need for an adequate representation of Romanian specialists within ICAO, taking into account the tradition of our country in the field of civil aviation, and especially the high qualification of Romanian experts. The meeting of the ICAO on cyber security in civil aviation is held in Bucharest from May 7 to 9, 2018, an event aimed at the promotion and harmonization of the steps in cyber security at regional and global levels. 2018-05-07 16:32:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_0014.jpgCâștigătorii concursului de limba română „Carte frumoasă, cinste cui te-a scris!”, felicitați de premierul Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 04.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-04 14:23:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_brf_9960.jpgEchipa Programului de Internship al Guvernului, de vorbă cu studenții din marile centre universitareȘtiri din 03.05.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-05-03 17:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20180503_160508.jpgMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă referitor la atentatele din AfganistanȘtiri din 30.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-message-on-the-attacks-in-afghanistanI was deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, which killed civilians, including children, and in which, eight Romanian military were wounded. My thoughts go out to all who were affected by these tragic events. The Defence Minister told me he was in constant contact with the command team, and the doctors provided specialized care to the wounded. I wish a quick recovery to our military and a lot of strength to their families to get through these difficult moments. Viorica Dancila Prime Minister of Romania 2018-04-30 14:09:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_sigla_guv_coroana_albastru.pdfMesajul premierului Viorica Dăncilă cu ocazia Zilei Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 29.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-29 15:05:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-29-03-32-24big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita prim-ministrului Viorica Dăncilă în Statul IsraelȘtiri din 25.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-s-visit-to-the-state-of-israelPrime Minister Viorica Dancila met with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, on her official visit to the State of Israel. The two officials mentioned the traditional friendship relations between the two countries and highlighted the excellent level of bilateral relations between Romania and the State of Israel, based on a 70-year tradition. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced satisfaction over the interest showed by Israel in the Romanian proposal regarding the conclusion of a Romania -Israel partnership in the field of new technologies, which will allow the drawing up of joint projects in its main areas, namely: research, healthcare, telemedicine, high-tech entrepreneurial innovation, all of which will stimulate the mutual interest of the two countries' business communities. Aspects regarding co-operation in the military, strategic areas and in cyber security were also discussed in this context. The interest of both countries in holding the third joint high-level government meeting (G2G) in 2018 was highlighted, while underlining the necessity to organize some business contacts. During the talks, the two officials referred to the existing good co-operation in the multilateral collaboration format, including as regards the mutual support for candidacies The Israeli Prime Minister hailed the adoption by Romanian Government of a framework launching the debate on relocating Romania's Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited Yad Vashem Prime Minister Viorica Dancila visited today the Yad Vashem Memorial, where she attended the Eternal Flame Lighting Ceremony, laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance and signed the guestbook. The visit represented an opportunity to reiterate Romanias commitment to penalise all forms of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister mentioned that Romania plans to open a National Jewish History and Holocaust Museum, with support from Israel and the Yad Vashem Institute. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Ambassador Colette Avital, Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organization and chairwoman of the head Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel. On this occasion, the issue of the restitution of Jewish properties which were abusively confiscated by the Communist regime, was approached, and co-operation within the Working Group set up with the Romanian Government on the restitution of Jewish properties related issues, and the pensions for the Holocaust survivors was also mentioned. *** Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met with Isaac Herzog, Knesset Opposition leader Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had a meeting with Isaac Herzog, Knesset Opposition leader. The two officials mentioned the traditional friendship relations between the two countries, and outlined the excellent level of relations between Romania and the State of Israel, both at political level and at the level of sectorial cooperation. In this context, the two officials reviewed the current developments and the political prospects home, in Romania, and Israel, respectively. The exchange of views with Isaac Herzog occasioned the review of the stage of Romanian - Israeli parliamentary cooperation and proposals to boost relations between the legislative forums of the two countries were examined. The very good level of bilateral dialogue was mentioned, with emphasis on cooperation projects envisaged for the ensuing period. A special theme on the meeting agenda was highlighting the role of Romanian-born Israeli community to building the modern State of Israel, as well as to strengthening the relations between the two states. 2018-04-25 14:34:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_5e1422dd-1f42-4315-9ca0-f0e734ffba63.jpgReuniune cvadrilaterală la nivel înalt între România, Bulgaria, Grecia și SerbiaȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-quadrilateral-high-level-meeting-of-romania-bulgaria-greece-and-serbiaJoint press statements by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Boiko Borisov, and Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Alexis Tsipras, following the quadrilateral high-level meeting of Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia Viorica Dancila: I welcome the presence of President Vučić here shortly after the meeting we had in Bucharest, on the occasion of his visit. I hail Serbia's role as factor of stability in the Western Balkans and its positive contribution in the cooperation and reconciliation process and I assure President Vučić of all our support in the negotiation process for EU accession. I hail at the same time the presence of Prime Minister Borisov at this meeting and I reassure him of our support for the objectives of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council, in which Western Balkans have an essential role. It is a special pleasure for me to have today as guest for the first time in Bucharest, Prime Minister Tsipras. Greece is a key partner for Romania in the region and we want to boost bilateral relations, our collaboration at bilateral, regional and European levels. This format of consultations provides a good opportunity for strengthening dialogue and identifying ways of cooperation in the south - east-European region, especially from the economic development standpoint. We discussed today about economic cooperation, concrete projects that the four states can develop, about the 16+1 format, about a meeting in which we materialize projects we are only discussing today. Aleksandar Vučić: Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, first, I would like to thank our host, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, for the extraordinary hospitality shown, I would like to thank colleagues Borisov and Tsipras and the friends of Serbia for the support they offered us along with the Romanian Government and state, for the fact that they offered Serbia an European path. Today, we had very concrete talks, the conclusion we reached is that we will set up a joint working group, to which the Ministers of Communications and Transports of our countries will be represented, and we will discuss more precisely the joint projects and we will work closely to prepare ourselves with a view to organizing the meeting in 16+1 format, to be held in June, this year. We also discussed aspects related to funding and a set of joint activities, the trade exchange between Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece grew over the last years. The flow of tourists to Serbia grew, and also from Serbia to these three countries. We consider that these meetings are very relevant for our countries, Serbia being the only one of them that is not yet an EU Member State. It is very important to benefit from the support of Romania, Bulgaria and Greece on Serbia's European path, so that Serbia, in its turn will do its best to help these friendly countries and we will do it in a direct manner. We will accept an even greater support from Bucharest, Athens and Sofia on our European path. We want you to help us, because if we were in your place, we would have helped you too. We want to become EU Member State but without your solid support, we could not achieve this. I am delighted with the concrete results we delivered today. For the Serbian citizens, we discussed opportunities such as the Moravita-Timisoara highway, also the construction of a highway to link us to Bulgaria, completion of our part of the highway leading to Skopje. We discussed possibilities to modernize railways towards the Bulgarian border. We also discussed ways to improve digital infrastructure and ways to improve cooperation with these EU states. We discussed the possibility to solve joint problems and the implementation of some joint working groups may help. Once again, I want to thank you, Prime Minister Dancila. I would like to thank my friends, Mr. Tsipras and Mr. Borisov and I want to reaffirm that we will further promote cooperation in this format. Thank you, once again. Viorica Dancila: We thank you too, President Vučić. Prime Minister Borisov, you have the floor. Boiko Borisov: I would like to congratulate the Romanian Prime Minister for the new position held and also for the fact that we have a female Prime Minister with us . In the morning, I was in Ljubljana, where we started in an active manner the cooperation on the Balkan issues theme, starting with preparatory discussions for the 16 + 1 meeting to be held in Sofia, and we also had the opportunity to acknowledge all the positive developments in the Western Balkans. I remember a meeting held in 2003, 15 years ago in Thessaloniki, which placed the Western Balkans issue on the agenda and supported the integration process of the Western Balkans. One year ago, Bulgaria once again stressed the need to bring the issue of the Western Balkans to the European agenda and, together with my colleagues in Romania and Greece, we must do our utmost to bring the states from this area back to the European family to which they belong, and I must mention that I am very pleased with the activity of Mr Jean-Claude Juncker. And Ms. Mogherini had the opportunity to pay a visit to the Central Balkans. I also have to mention Mr Tusks visit to the Western Balkans. Years ago, in Trieste, I had the opportunity to talk to Ms. Angela Merkel. We discussed the Balkans issues. I returned from there with an optimistic attitude, knowing that many good things could be done in this direction. Emmanuel Macron mentioned these positive trends in the European Union, and I think Chancellor Merkel is certainly on the right track supporting the development and progress of this area of the Western Balkans. As you can see, it is very easy for a conflict to return or the tensions to be revived in this geographical area, and I said each time: when something appears somewhere in Balkans, this immediately reverberates in other part of our continent. History showed us that this entailed huge destructions. I would say that the simple fact that this cooperation format continues to exist is a clear sign of the fact that it was a constructive format, productive one, and we want to mention the fact that we want to continue to achieve things to bring us closer, not to separate us, we want to have an infrastructure to connect us to Europe and the rest of the world; we want to boost the degree of economic development, to improve tourism, and to achieve progress in all the other economic sectors. The Romanian Prime Minister put forward a set of very important projects, one of which consists of a new bridge over the Danube, in Ruse, we will give you details in this regard. We also mentioned the possibility of building a motorway linking capitals. Also, connecting the Port of Thessaloniki with the ports in Bulgaria and Romania, improving the connectivity with Belgrade, with Bratislava, and Skopje. Greece and Serbia were also involved in this initiative to improve regional connectivity with Pristina, Pristina related decisions, the decisions my colleague Vučić has to take are not easy, but otherwise the Western Balkans issue cannot advance, so I have to say that I am very proud of the current Balkan political elites, because I do not remember ever having in history such responsible elites in the Balkan states, and I think we all realize that we are now part of the European family and there is no alternative to the European perspective for Western Balkans. We will continue in this quadrilateral format at the end of June, we will perhaps meet again, afterwards, the format 16+1 meeting will ensue in June. Unlike other times, this meeting will not take place in autumn, but in June, and this has also a constructive purpose. On the part of our country, we must have a more active attitude in order to get ready for specific projects that we can present in this format, 16+1, this means concluding some protocols designed to prepare a productive meeting in the format 16+1. I want to thank once again, our colleagues, for hospitality today. Viorica Dancila: Thank you, Prime Minister Borisov. Prime Minister Tsipras, you have the floor. Alexis Tsipras: I am very delighted that I am today, in Bucharest. We can see that all these talks and relations were initiated less than one year ago, this initiative of meeting in this format, of those Balkan states, three of them EU member states, and the fourth -Serbia that wants to join EU, we notice that it is a very solid initiative, its purpose being to cooperate in order to be able to secure peace, stability and security in our region. We are all very aware of the fact that Balkans are an area which always faced serious challenges. A region which generated a whole array of problems at national level, wars but on the other hand, it is a region offering very promising possibilities and we are here to cope with these challenges and I think it is very important for us to have this institution of cooperation at quadrilateral level between the four countries. We, the Balkan states, are called to establish the region's development manner, based on our countries' wishes, on the wishes of our citizens and not based on an agenda set somewhere else, by a third party. Our aim is to develop the region and to turn this cooperation into a permanent initiative , in a difficult period, in a period of globalization. That means that we should cooperate closely and to fully benefit of all the possibilities provided. It is not a new vision, it is older, it was offered to us many times along history, but I think that today, it became more stringent than ever. We have modern conditions and we do not want any participant to be left out, and this development in Balkans will prove this. I have to declare myself totally in agreement with what Boiko Borisov mentioned, in connection with the development possibility of Western Balkans, which represents in fact an European development chance. I think that our initiative is very solid, and I think we should focus on the European future of our countries. Today, we should build an European vision on the future of this region, meeting at the same time the criteria put forward by the European Union, and ensuring the good neighborhood principles. I would like to remind the fact that Greece is the country that always backed this initiative. This discussion started and the the cycle closed in fact on the moment when on the agenda of the Thessaloniki meeting, on Western Balkans and the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union, along with other countries, that was the starting point, and it is very important to resume this topic on the agenda, which was mentioned for the first time in Thessaloniki, some 15 years ago. Now, in Sofia, we will resume the same discussions, we will continue these debates on the Western Balkans. I want to remind the fact that this meeting in Sofia resulted following our meetings, and was anounced for the first time, in Varna, during the first meeting in 3+1 format. My colleague Boiko Borisov described the Bulgarian Presidency as a Balkan presidency, and I think it is very important for us to be able to cooperate, to make sure that this presidency is successful. Surely, the presidency that Romania will undertake in six months from now on, in early 2019, is very important. This will also be a particularly relevant presidency for the Balkan area and we will strongly support it. It is very important that we have today the opportunity to be here alongside the President of the Republic of Serbia, and we want to come up to the support of Serbia's accession to the European Union. Serbia has always worked its European perspective, it is a very important country for our region, a country that during the last years, had to face the results of some wrong options and fortunately, it managed to take the measures necessary to heal the wounds suffered. In the end, I would like to add few words on today's discussions and namely, specific talks related to projects, the way of capitalizing on our current opportunities. We had a series of constructive talks on all these joint projects. I would like to remind the importance we attach to the interconnection of the countries in the Balkan area and attracting investors - here, we refer to both the rail, sea and road transport sectors. We have a series of projects of great importance. I would like to remind the link between the ports in northern Greece with the Black Sea ports and with Danube ports. Other very important project is the one of the road connection between Thessaloniki, Sofia and Bucharest. This is the project designed to increase the number of tourists crossing Bulgaria from Romania towards Greece and the viceversa. We also discussed about the rail line between Thessaloniki and Belgrade and I would like not to forget other important project, in the energy area, based in Alexandroupolis, Bulgaria, and the vertical branch stemming from this pipeline towards Romania. These are projects that can improve the economic cooperation dimension between these countries and for these projects, we will request funds from EU, and also, from other investors or initiatives such as the 16+1 format initiative, in which, so far, Greece had only the status of observer but intends to become full fledged member. I would like once again to thank Madam Prime Minister of Romania, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, and the President of the Republic of Serbia for this particularly important meeting. Today, we had the opportunity to deepen our relations and I would like to announce you that I will be glad to host the next meeting by the end of June, in Greece, and thus, we will assign a more concrete character to all these initiatives, and at that time, there will be present all Transport Ministers from all these participating countries, this is because we want to attach greater importance to transportation projects. Currently, we are looking forward to materializing all these initiatives. Thank you. Viorica Dancila: I would like to thank our distinguished guests for their constructive approach, and we want us to be able to implement as many projects as possible. Thank you. 2018-04-24 19:36:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-08-14-55big_01_resize.jpgMesaj de condoleanțe al premierului Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/2018-04-24 19:35:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-09-35-41big_stema.pngVizita oficială în Statul Israel a prim-ministrului României, Viorica DăncilăȘtiri din 24.04.2018http://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-viorica-dancila-to-pay-official-visit-to-the-state-of-israel Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay during April 25-26, an official visit to the State of Israel, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The visit agenda includes meetings with the Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, with the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin and with the Knesset Opposition leader Isaac Herzog. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will also have a meeting with Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem. Romanian Prime Minister's visit to the State of Israel is part of the series of political and diplomatic contacts to mark the anniversaries which make 2018 a landmark year for the bilateral relationship, namely 70 years since the creation of the State of Israel, 70 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations and 100 years since the creation of the Romanian modern state. Talks will focus on the assessment of the state of Romanian - Israeli bilateral relations, with emphasis on identifying opportunities for additional capitalization on cooperation in fields of common interest. Talks will also occasion an exchange of opinions on political and security developments at regional and global levels. On this occasion , Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will visit - Yad Vashem the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Memorial. 2018-04-24 19:12:00http://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/18-04-24-07-17-31big_sigla_guvern.png