RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROVizita premierului Mihai Tudose la ChișinăuȘtiri din 21.07.2017 10:06:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Dacia RenaultȘtiri din 20.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose has discussed with Dacia Renault representatives about developing investment in the automotive industry Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has analyzed today, at Victoria Palace, with Dacia Renault representatives (Groupe Renault Romania). The Head of the Executive has underlined Romanias potential to draw foreign investments and has presented some of the measures that the Government has taken or plans to take regarding the road infrastructure, which are first of all necessary to Romania, not just to investors. An example mentioned in this respect by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has been the completion of the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway. We have all the interest that this motorway materializes as soon as possible and I have already unblocked some things, PM Mihai Tudose has stated, reminding that the documentation for the two sections of the motorway was registered in the electronic public procurement system (SEAP). Other addressed topics pertained to stimulating the renewal of the vehicle fleet that are still in circulation and the excellence, research and innovation activities in the automotive industry, taking into account that Renault Romania has all the business divisions specific to the automotive industry. CEO of the Group Renault Romania Yves Caracatzanis has stated that Romania is a very important country to Renault, and Dacia is a very important brand for the Group Renault Romania, and we want this successful story and our collaboration to continue. Since 1999 until now, Renault has invested in Romania EUR 2.5 billion and has created almost 16,700 jobs. 2017-07-20 17:31:00Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_dacia_renault_(groupe_renault_românia)01.jpgSezonul România-Franța, pe agenda discuțiilor dintre premierul Mihai Tudose și ambasadorul Republicii Franceze în RomâniaȘtiri din 19.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the French Ambassador to Romania, Her Excellency, Madam Michele Ramis. Discussions aimed at the main topics of common interest on the bilateral agenda, respectively the high - level political dialogue, economic and sectoral cooperation, Romania - France Season. Other topic addressed during the meeting pertained to cooperation between Romania and France at European level. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined the level of the Romanian - French relations and proposed that in order to capitalize on the entire current potential, the sectoral dialogue be intensified at Ministers level in the areas identified as priorities. French Ambassador reminded that Romania and France are linked through the strategic Partnership, as of 2008, and showed that the French authorities wanted to transpose into practice this partnership in all its aspects. Further on, Michele Ramis hailed the dynamism and the solidity of the bilateral economic relation, underlining the French party's wilingness to strengthen cooperation in the aeronautics and civil aviation, defense industry and civilian nuclear energy. The two officials appreciated that the Romania-France Season, which will coincide with the Centenary of the creation of modern Romania, will streamline the bilateral partnership in the cultural field through events focusing on contemporary creation, research and innovation, youth. At the same time, the Head of the Romanian Executive and the Ambassador of the French Republic to Romania expressed their satisfaction with the existence of a common vision on this project and the overlapping of objectives: presentation of a modern, contemporary image of our countries and societies. As regards European cooperation, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose thanked France for the constant support granted to Romania and, in particular, for the support for preparing the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU (2019), through the Partnership with the École Nationale dAdministration (ENA). 2017-07-19 17:36:00 Mihai Tudose a discutat cu ministrul de stat pentru afaceri externe în cadrul ministerului Afacerilor Externe din Japonia, Nobuo Kishi, despre atuurile României pentru atragerea de investiții străineȘtiri din 19.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose presented Romania' incentives to draw Japanese investment, at a meeting today at Victoria Palace with a delegation headed by visiting State Minister with Japan's Foreign Ministry Nobuo Kishi. - Romania is a safe and very stable country from a political and fiscal point of view, and it has a high potential to draw foreign investment. Developing relations with Japan is a special priority to Romania, also included in the programme for government, and we have an interest in elevating the Romanian-Japanese relations to a strategic partnership level, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive mentioned among these incentives, solid economic growth achieved by Romania, with encouraging forecast for the next years, workforce qualification, a strong IT sector, as well as a geographic position benefiting the market entry of Japanese products in Europe. Other potential areas of interest for the Japanese investors in Romania, mentioned at the meeting at Victoria Palace, including in the context of Brexit and eventual relocations of Japanese companies from the UK, are the banking sector, transport and infrastructure, the automotive industry, agriculture and tourism. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose also discussed with the Japanese delegation about the progress in achieving the project: the M6 Gara de Nord - Otopeni Airport metro line, for which the Government adopted recently a decision regarding the expropriations required for building the new metro line. In his turn, the Japanese official underlined that Romania represents to Japan a strategic partner in terms of economic and commercial cooperation, considering the economic growth mentioned by the Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. - I hope Romania will be viewed by the business environment of Japan as a very attractive market for investment. Chances for economic and trade cooperation between our countries will be even higher after the coming into force of the strategic partnership and free trade Agreement between Japan and the European Union, stated Nobuo Kishi Japan is currently the largest Asian investor in Romania. About 150 Japanese companies operating in Romania have created more than 38,000 jobs. 2017-07-19 16:58:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții patronatului din turism și participarea la inaugurarea unei noi investițiiȘtiri din 18.07.2017 statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Mamaia Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, it is a bit unsual for a Prime Minister to come to the opening of a hotel. Mihai Tudose: There were two events: a meeting with tourism operators and the mayors managing some of the most important tourist resorts in the country, resorts of national interest; on this occasion, a hotel was opened. I understand that it is the largest new investment on the seaside of a group that has invested more than 100 million so far. It is an extraordinary example that the Government and the Government representatives should honor, it is a very good example. Reporter; Following talks with tourism employers, what decisions do you intend to make? Which are the main problems they signalled to you? Mihai Tudose: The main problem is from their point of view, and I agree with what I have heard and with the problems raised regarding the staff stability. We need to find a way to maintain the seasonal staff, we are therefore confronted with the problem of hiring somebody for three months, then, they are leaving, there is nobody here for the next eight - nine months, there starts the season of hunting staff for services - support: maids, chefs, waiters, mechanics and so on. In 2015, when I held the office of Minister of Tourism, I finally identified a solution; it rests now that I talk with the Finance Ministry to find a way to share a type of tax burden with tourism operators, especially when it comes to seasonal tourism such as the seaside one, where the employee is hired 12 months, so that the employers tax burden be somehow shared with the state. Reporter: Several seaside hotels were closed in the summer season. Why you did not conduct a prevention campaign before? Mihai Tudose: I understand that the prevention campaign has been conducted before, but given the characteristics of the seaside, you cannot conduct a prevention campaign before opening it, because some shortcomings occur when it opens. Reporter: Why did you decide today to sack the president of the Tax Administration? Mihai Tudose: I had a very serious discussion with the president of the Tax Administration, two weeks ago. I asked him and his colleagues to speed things up a bit, to present me a coherent plan of measures for a real tax financial discipline, both in terms of collection and in terms of customs sector and combating the smuggling of goods that we all know about. I was not pleased with the results, their activity was not weak, the collection was around 98 percent, but I admit I was not satisfied with results. It can be better. Reporter: Have you discussed with Mr. Dragnea? Mihai Tudose: I discussed with the coalition yesterday, I repeat we are trying to act together in a cohesive manner. With respect to the issue of beaches, yes, it is a problem that will need to be solved too; It does not seem natural for the hotel to have a status, and then, when you leave the hotel for beach, there are other owners, other so-called tour operators. The one with a sun lounger on the beach is not a tour operator. Reporter: How did you decide the replacement of Mr. Bogdan Stan? Mihai Tudose: Following consultations with the Minister of Finance. The Minister of Finance came up with some proposals. I had a dialogue with everyone - not just me, but with each of the candidates, and a lady won. Reporter: Will you pay the solidarity tax? Mihai Tudose: It depends on what threshold it will be established if it is established. Reporter: The Minister of Finance said it would be worth 10 minimum wages per economy. Mihai Tudose: For the time being, let us see the simulations. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, there are teams of control inspectors on the seaside at all catering and accommodation units. The prevention law, do you think will it alleviate this phenomenon? Mihai Tudose: As long as teams of people in charge of verifications will act in good faith and for the benefit of citizen and tourism, I fully agree with it. I do not like those overnight heroes who suddenly find themselves to be the saviors of the nation and cut to the quick, even where it is not the case, not enforcing, as you say, even the legislation in force on the Prevention Law. Of course, where there are blatant cases, with spoilt food, inappropriate accomodation for tourist, obviously drastic measures are required and can be given as an example. Reporter: Returning to the solidarity tax which would be the destination of the money? As regards road tax and the fuel over-excise, I heard that it was the construction of motorways and roads. As regards the solidarity tax, what will be the destination? Mihai Tudose: In connection with the solidarity tax, thank God, we have not arrived yet there, but when we arrive, will we find the destination for the money, it is obvious for the most underprivileged, yes? That money will be directed towards the most underpriviledged categories, children, or persons underpriviledged because of age, therefore, the elderly, from veterans to persons with various degrees of disability. I repeat that we do not speak about it for the time being. It is in simulation. Reporter: Are you dissatisfied with Mr. Dobre's activity? Mihai Tudose: No! Who said I am dissatisfied? It is possible for things to be done faster too. It is possible. But, Mr. Dobre is not a lone player , as tourism activity does not depend only on the Tourism Ministry, it is an activity whose results are seen when there is a team efort, because we are looking out of the window: opposite, there is the public administration. This hotel has the Waters Administration, townhall in the nearby, there are the related services provided by the state, a national road is a bit further away. It is perfect, tourism also means the area around the hotel, with green spaces, a safe place for tourists, with lights, transport infrastructure, lifeguard, obviously. Thank you. 2017-07-18 21:34:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanții Asociației Naționale a Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 18.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose decided to set up a working group between the Government and the National War Veterans Association to solve the problems of war veterans Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today at Victoria Palace with the representatives of the National War Veterans Association, led by retired general Marin Dragnea. Vice Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu and State Advisers Florin Vodita and Aurelian-Felix Rache also attended the meeting. In view of the issues addressed in the meeting which pertained to the rights to treatment, defraying the cost of prosthetic medical devices and other facilities, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose decided to set up a working group between the Government and the representatives of the Association. 2017-07-18 12:29:00Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_asociației_naționale_a_veteranilor_de_razboi03.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Marii Britanii, Paul BrummellȘtiri din 18.07.2017 Brexit negotiations and the development of the bilateral economic relations- on the agenda of the meeting Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the British Ambassador to Bucharest Paul Brummell, during which several topics of interest for both parties were emphasized and a direct and practical working mechanism was established. In the context of Brexit, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose underlined that the Executive wants to closely work with Great Britain, so that the rights of Romanians studying, working and living in the UK be respected and protected, and the bilateral economic relations rise up to the level of the excellent political collaboration between the two states. - Great Britain is and will remain Romania's partner and friend. I am confident that we will work in a very applied manner for the Romanians in the UK not to be affected by Brexit. At the same time, Romania provides a stable, friendly, business environment, tax incentives for investors, therefore, we have all premises for developing the economic relations stated the Head of the Executive. British Ambassador to Romania Paul Brummell handed to Prime Minister Tudose a congratulation letter from his British counterpart Theresa May. The British diplomat underlined that it is important that Brexit negotiations have positive results both for UK and for the European Union, and appreciated the contribution of the Romanian community to the British society. - Romanians working, studying and living in Great Britain are welcome. The best Romanian students come to UK, very good doctors and engineers are working there, making an important contribution to our economy stated British Ambassador Paul Brummell. The British diplomat emphasized the interest in encouraging investments and bilateral trade exchanges, noting the fact that British investments have been concentrated more in Bucharest, although there is a development potential in the rest of the country as well. In this context, British official reminded that branches of the Romanian - British Chamber of Commerce were set up in Cluj and Timisoara, which would provide a new dynamics to the economic relations. Another topic of the discussion pertained to Romanias candidacy for membership of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this respect, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose asked for Britains support to endorse Romanias candidacy, given its important role in this international organization. 2017-07-18 10:20:00 Mihai Tudose i-a propus omologului bulgar, Boiko Borisov, dezvoltarea unor proiecte comuneȘtiri din 17.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose had today a telephone conversation with his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borisov about the cooperation possibilities between the two countries regarding infrastructure, tourism but also regarding other fields in which EU funds will be used. The two Prime Ministers agreed on a new joint meeting of the Romanian and Bulgarian Governments to be held in September, in Varna, when there would be established the details of the Romania- Bulgaria - Greece trilateral, the agenda of which will also include boosting tourism in the region. Also in the context of Bulgaria's holding the EU Council Presidency, in the first half of 2018, they discused about the prospects of cooperation on joint projects between the two states within the EU Strategy for the Danube -Black Sea Region. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose also proposed the connection of capital cities Bucharest - Sofia - Athens through a high-speed rail, aspect that the Transport Ministers of the three countries would work on. In connection with infrastructure, they agreed on accelerating the projects of the two bridges over the Danube, between Turnu Magurele - Nicopole and Calarasi - Silistra. 2017-07-17 19:51:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul interministerial de analiză și eficientizare a cheltuielilor publice la nivelul GuvernuluiȘtiri din 17.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose coordinated the first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure, which was held today at Victoria Palace. - We are all aware of our responsibility regarding public money spending. This is why, it is imperative to take into account three key words: effectiveness, rationalization, economy underlined the Head of the Executive. Public Finance Minister Ionut Misa stated that the Committee would be instrumental in achieving better inter-ministerial communication and more detailed knowledge of projects so that the funds earmarked for their funding be more efficiently spent and within the established deadlines. The Committee decided on the start of a pilot project for centralized procurement of medicines and sanitary materials, following late consultations between the Health Ministry and the Finance Ministry. The implementation of this pilot project aims at curtailing public spending and is to be extended to other Ministries as well. The Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure will continue to have periodic meetings. Today's meeting was attended by the Vice Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh, Ministers Liviu Pop, Doina Pana, Florian Bodog, Secretary -General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and representatives of the Ministries that are part of this Committee. Additional information: The Inter-Ministerial Committee for analysis and streamlining the Government's public expenditure was established by Prime Minister's Decision no. 397/2017, in force as of May 10. The committee is chaired by Prime Minister as President, and the Public Finance Minister is Vice President. The committee has the aim of politically backing the activity characteristic to the analyses for streamlining public expenditure, designed to ensure the public money earmarking for policy priorities, its efficient and responsible spending, and to achieve he expected results following this expenditure, while keeping the overall fiscal - budgetary sustainability. This structures comprises representatives of the following Ministries: Public Finance Ministry Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds; Ministry of Environment; Ministry of Economy; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Transports Ministry of Waters and Forests Ministry of Labor and Social Justice Ministry of National Education Secretariat - General of the Government 2017-07-17 16:46:00ţiunea premierului Mihai Tudose la Ceremonia de deschidere a Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului - ediţia 2017Știri din 17.07.2017 10:35:00țiunea prim-ministrului Mihai Tudose, cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a Republicii FrancezeȘtiri din 14.07.2017 Madam Ambassador, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends, It is a great honor and pleasure to celebrate with you the National Day of France. Madam Ambassador, please convey to French people, on my behalf and on behalf of the Romanian Government, the warmest congratulations and wishes for success. July 14 has a special historical significance as a crucial landmark for democracy and human rights. Romania and France have been together for almost two centuries on a road with many obstacles we have succeeded in overcoming thanks to the common values that have guided us over time, the guarantee of our long-lasting, solid friendship. Today, we are looking together towards future and we want that France enhances the important role it plays in training and reforming the Romanian society at all levels, but also regarding our joint future in Europe. In this context, we want to welcome Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in a visit to Romania over the next period. This visit is necessary for strengthening and relaunching bilateral economic relations, thus marking a deeper involvement of France, as an experienced partner and mentor, with Romanias European track. According to Antoine de Saint - Exupery, a real friend is not the one who judges you, but the one who doesnt let you be wrong. In the last decade, the bilateral relationship has seen large-scale development in which the Strategic Partnership and the Roadmap are the main landmarks of French - Romanian cooperation. The economic cooperation is a faithful barometer of the bilateral relationship. France is Romania's fourth trade partner. Ladies and gentlemen, The relationship between our peoples bears the mark of an exceptional cultural and linguistic compatibility. I invite you to enjoy with us a series of unprecented cultural events to take place between December 1, 2018 and July 14, 2019, under the name Romania - France Season, which will coincide with the anniversary of 100 years since the Great Union. In 2019, our country will hold for the first time the Presidency of the EU Council. It will be a challenge, but also an opportunity, with Romania eager to show that it can meet the challenges, that it is strongly committed, together with France, to strengthening the European project for a more united and competitive Europe. We are determined to defend the fundamental rights of the European citizens in the spirit of solidarity and cohesion the European Union is built upon. I wish you, Madam Ambassador, much success in the tenure you have just started. I am sure that we will find in you and your team reliable partners for achieving the projects on the bilateral agenda. Happy birthday, France! Bonne fete nationale! 2017-07-14 17:28:00 Tudose a discutat cu o delegație oficială din Republica Populară Chineză despre oportunitățile de investiții în RomâniaȘtiri din 13.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed today at Victoria Palace, an important official delegation of the Peoples Republic of China, headed by Liu Yunshan, high Chinese dignitary. Also participating in the meeting were Vice Prime Minister Ion Ciolacu and Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European funds Sevil Shhaideh, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Interior Minister Carmen Dan, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and Minister of Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship Ilan Laufer. Both delegations underlined the good relations existing between Romania and China, voicing hope that this cooperation would be capitalized in economic terms too. - We have in Romania investment opportunities and a friendly and predictable business environment. We have all necessary elements for a more active exchange between our countries, in the commercial, energy, infrastructure and production areas. Chinas investment potential is impressive. We are delighted to benefit from Chinas experience in the transport area and draw investments that will produce in Romania for the Chinese market, but also for that of the European Union, stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned that there are concrete collaboration prospects with the Chinese partners for the construction of reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant. The possibility of setting up a direct flight Bucharest — Beijing was addressed, as well as the potential of the port of Constanta of functioning as an important commercial hub between Asia an Europe. In his turn, the Chinese senior official underlined that Romania is a very important economic partner for China, in terms of geographic position, as a commercial gateway to Europe. In China there are numerous competitive enterprises, and the Chinese Government encourages these companies to invest in Romania, also taking into account that Romania is the second commercial partner of China after the European Union, as well as the Chinese states investment and financial capacity, stated Liu Yunshan. He mentioned that for the next five years, China envisages importing products worth 8,000 billion dollars and plans to invest 750 billion dollars abroad. 2017-07-13 17:45:00 oportunităţi de internship în administraţia publică româneascăȘtiri din 13.07.2017 17:07:00 Tudose a cerut simplificarea procedurilor pentru absorbția fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 12.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose had a working meeting with Vice Prime Minister, and Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Minister Sevil Shhaideh, and with Minister-delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, after the meetings he had in Brussels with several European officials. The Head of the Executive requested the two Ministers to prepare, on a priority basis, until September 20, the simplification of all necessary procedures for the absorption of European funds. - I will personally monitor all this effort of improving the European funds absorption. We need this money to support economic growth. Ministers have my entire support to unblock or speed things up, so that we recoup the delays, underlined Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Prime Minister requested Ministers Shhaideh and Plumb to make sure that the necessary procedures for beginning the construction of the three regional hospitals can be completed until the end of this year, so that works start as of next year, according to what was also discussed in Brussels yesterday. 2017-07-12 19:11:00ții la Guvern despre înzestrarea Armatei RomâneȘtiri din 12.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose had today a working meeting with the National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu, Economy Minister Mihai Fifor and General Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca, the Chief of the General Staff. Discussions focused on aspects related to equipping the Romanian Army. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and the Defence and Economy Ministers analyzed the Army's equipping requirements, in relation to the Romanian defence industry's current and future capacity. The Chief of the General Staff also took part in the meeting, for better coordination of the equipping requirements and priorities. - We have in the 2017 budget the 2 percent of GDP for Defence, which we committed to spending in order to equip the Romanian Army. We observe this commitment, both in relation to our NATO partners and to the expectations and needs of our military, underlined Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. 2017-07-12 15:11:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la BruxellesȘtiri din 11.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose: We will communicate in real time, to promote Romanias image as reliable and predictible partner in the EU Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed Tuesday at Brussels with senior EU officials about Romania's priorities, establishing for the next period, the framework for a very close cooperation between the Government and the European Commission, in order to promote Romanias image as a country with financial, fiscal and legislative stability and a reliable partner in the European Union. The Head of the Executive announced a series of concrete results following his talks with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. At least once a month, all Ministers involved in European projects will come to Brussels, there will be periodic contacts at the level of the European Commission and the European Council, so that we benefit from real time communication, and the measures implemented by the Government to be perceived in Brussels in accordance with reality in Romania. - I assured the interlocutors of the monetary - financial stability - first of all, compliance with the assumed deficit target of 3 percent. Also, we enter the legislative credibility and stability area, stemming from a long and deep consultation with all factors involved stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. A concrete result of the talks that the Romanian delegation had in Brussels is unblocking EUR 600 million, European money, following the recovery of last year's delays which blocked the validation of managing authorities. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose discussed with European officials about unblocking European funds, based on project, for three regional hospitals. - In this respect, we are awaiting EIB projects until September, our commitment is that as of September until the close of the year, we finish the public procurement procedures, so that works start effectively as of next year stated Prime Minister. In connection with the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, the European leaders are pleased with the progress achieved to date. - We are on the right track. The essential condition is that we maintain the direction and pace we have added the Head of the Executive. As regards preparedness for accession to Schengen, senior European officials agreed that from the technical viewpoint, things are almost completed, what remains to be done relates more to economic area. - We hope that in maximum two years, until we are taking over the EU Council presidency, things are solved also from this point of view stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. Regarding the EU neighborhood policy, the parties agreed on the need to jointly support the Republic of Moldova to maintain its pro-European path. Other topic tackled during the meetings aimed at preparing the first mandate of Romania as President of the European Union Council, being evoked the idea of continuity of the large projects on the European agenda. Press statements by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose at Brussels Mihai Tudose: We have had a very full day, but very important one. We established some very clear things with the European Commission, with the European Council, especially with President Juncker, about what means today's Romania and what Romania wants to be as of tomorrow: Romania, as member state, a strong state, a strong partner for everything that means EU challenges. Also, a very good collaboration between the Romanian Government and the European Commissioners. Thus, at least once a month, all Ministers involved in European projects will come to Brussels, will speak with the Commissioners, we will have regular contacts at the level of Council and Commission so that what we are doing in Romania, does not arrive distorted in Brussels, and there are no major differences between reality and perception. Also, on this occasion too, let us try to benefit from the experience accumulated at the EU level, as there are states with a more extensive experience in what we are trying to do now. On the other hand, the good news is that through the efforts of the entire delegation - it is not only me in Brussels, there are Ministers as well, Minister Rovana Plumb, Finance Minister Ionut Misa, who is at ECOFIN, Minister Victor Negrescu, this week, EUR 600 million were released through those famous managing authorities that start to be validated. It is a first good sign. This delay is not due to what happened this year, but simply, from January 1st, we are trying to disentangle and implement these things after the 2016 government that had zero funds absorption, as you all know, and we did not find any managing authority functional. I assured my interlocutors of monetary - financial stability, first of all, the assumed deficit target of 3 percent, MTO also, we are entering on the credibility, stability and predictability on everything meaning laws, from the ones that are very important and stir a lot of interest, that are on the CVM agenda — where we have promises that until taking over the presidency [of the Council of the EU] in 2019 things will end, obviously, if we continue to follow the course, which is appreciated. In this respect, I established with both Mr. Juncker and with the first vice-president Timmermans a working modality to comunicate in real time, about the progress achieved to date. Our Minister of Justice will come to Brussels to explain what is happening now. What its basically wanted from Romania is this type of public communication, a communication in real time with the Commission and everything that we do, be based on a long and profound consultation with all the actors involved, from the civil society to the justices internal control bodies. Under no circumstances, there will be sideslips, such as surprises within the Government. We will pursue a predictable track involving the Parliament and the general consultation. These were to a great extent. Obviously, we talked about the cohesion plicy, funds for agriculture. I talked with Commissioner Corina Cretu whom I thank on this occasion, she has been a great support for Romania. I talked about other requests that Romania may have and funds which can be earmarked, only based on projects, not on wishes, words, illusions and we have all his support, going up to the identification of a solution for us to get out of infringement territory for detention conditions, for us to find a solution to build a penitentiary on European funds, and then, having this buffer, to be able to move the inmates from other penitentiaries, to refurbish the others too, also on European funds. We also discussed about unblocking funds, but based on project, for the three regional hospitals. In this respect, we are awaiting EIB projects until September, our commitment is that as of September until the end of the year, we finish the public procurement procedures, so that works start effectively as of next year. The neighborhood policy - support for Molova, both from Commission and the Council, is very important. We do not have to forget that we are an important country of the EU, but we are at the EU border, and we have a huge task both from the point of view of ensuring the pro-European path of Moldova, but also from the point of view of everything that means Schengen, other objective attained, we hope that together with Bulgaria, in maximum two years, until we take over the presidency, things will be solved. In connection with Schengen, the interlocutors agreed that technically, things are almost ready, if not completely ready, being more a political and competition issue that things headed more towards the economic area. But we trust that we can overcome this moment too. Reporter; Mr. Prime Minister, regarding the MCV, did you receive any assurance from the European leaders that we will get rid of this mechanism? Mihai Tudose: Yes. The European leaders are pleased with what has happened so far. We are on the right track. The essential condition is that we maintain the direction and pace we have. I told you and I repeat it, Mr Minister of Justice will come to Brussels to explain exactly, both to President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans, what he is currently doing. Reporter: Have you received explanations about an agenda or assessement conducted at DNA? Has the DNA topic been addressed during these meetings? Mihai Tudose: No, no. Reporter: ..and the scandals. Mihai Tudose:There was nothing of the kind. We have discussed about the CVM, about the predictability of the act of justice and the citizens access to justice, and, obviously, about the freedom of justice. Reporter: Including about amending the Criminal Codes, to introduce a threshold for the abuse of office? Mihai Tudose: We have talked about everything that means the inclusion in the Criminal Code and all that means setting the legislation in accordance with the Constitutional Court's decisions. But, I repeat we make all the amendments that Minister Toader will introduce or propose, they will be those which, on the one hand, are imposed by the Constitutional Court and, on the other hand, are very, very well discussed and negotiated with the civil society and with all the actors of the justice system. Reporter: /.../ Reporter: And European Commission has expressed its concern that the 3 percent threshold may be exceeded, and is further concerned by one of the changes that were announced when you took over your tenure? Have you discussed this with the European Commission? Mihai Tudose: I have very firmly reiterated again that we will not introduce the additional tax on business turnovers; that we are predictable as far as our financial and tax system is concerned, and that all our simulations so far and our expectations point to us keeping within a 3-percent deficit target. Mihai Tudose: After yesterday's conversation, I had a meeting with the Finance Minister Ionut Misa. It has become clearer that the tax as its stands cannot be introduced. I addressed with President Juncker a 2016 European direction stipulating inter alia, a joint effort of European states towards transparency and interconnectivity in relation to financial information about multinationals or companies that externalise their profits, thus leading to an artificial shrinkage of the tax base. It is a very important directive, and we have to somehow implement it. The principle here is that every business operator should pay taxes where they derive profits. What we have talked a bit earlier is a bit off -topic because they no longer externalise profit, as they are simply hiding it outside the European Union. He agreed with us that we need to find mechanisms here, but we will not implement anything of the kind that would solve one case and perhaps spoil the good operation of honest companies. Reporter: What is happening with the solidarity tax? Mihai Tudose: There, simulations have not been completed. Reporter: On European funds, Minister Rovana Plumb made some statements, the target for this year amounted to EUR 5, 2 billion, if I remember it well... Mihai Tudose: Yes. Reporter: On the programme for Government, the new programme for Government assumed by Tudose Cabinet, there is an amendment to this target, as we are in mid-year, some of the managing authorities started to be accredited, therefore, not all? Mihai Tudose: (...) we are starting with some of them... Reporter: Which of them? Mihai Tudose: We hope that they will be, and this is the target assumed by us and Madam Minister that by August 1st, all of them are authorized and we start drawing all the available funds. There is no danger to lose amounts which were relocated, as we have more projects than the amounts that were in danger to be lost. Therefore, we will draw everything from those accounts. If in the meantime, following the discussion with Commissioner Cretu, we will find other projects too to comply with other chapters, other opportunities, perhaps we will go beyond our target. Reporter; Have you also discussed about Romania's Presidency of the EU? Mihai Tudose: It was a common topic for all meetings. It is very important because the Romanian Presidency should not take the EU on other path than the present one. Minister Victor Negrescu is very involved, has the expertise of the European Parliament and he will cooperate very well, as far as I understood, with President Tusk and First Vice President Timmermans, to ensure continuity with respect to large European projects, starting with social cohesion and... Yes. Reporter: Will there be a report on CVM in November? Mihai Tudose: It will be a verbal report this very month, and in November, the written report. Reporter: Do we have a to do list? Mihai Tudose: No. Reporter: What do you mean by a verbal one? Mihai Tudose: A first statement on the progress in fulfilling the CVM obligations. Reporter; Now, in July? Mihai Tudose: Now, in July. Reporter: From the Commission to whom? Mihai Tudose: To the public. Reporter: From the Commission to the Member States? Mihai Tudose: To member states. Reporter: Which is your stand on Romania's accession to the Eurozone? Miahi Tudose: It is a commitment Romania undertook once with EU accession. The monetary union is part of integration. We are on track, but we still have work to do on convergence, a lot of work to do on convergence. Reporter: Is there an estimated deadline or one you will set out as target? Mihai Tudose: We have not set out a deadline. As soon as possible, but we do not want to burn certain stages, because afterwards, this does much harm than good. Reporter: In connection with Pension Pillar II, that analysis that both you and Labour Minister spoke about. What concerns you with respect to that pillar that made you ask this analysis of the calculation formula? Mihai Tudose: I have not asked any analysis on any calculation form. Reporter: Minister Vasilescu asked it. Mihai Tudose: Minister Vasilescu asked it. When we return to Bucharest, we will ask her. She explained us that she wanted to see how the money in Pillar II is spent and is maintained or what costs involved. Only to be informed. Under no circumstance, Pension Pillar II is to be nationalized. It isn't possible. Reporter: In connection with the aggregate income tax, do you consider scrapping the Statement of Assets? Mihai Tudose: These are in one package. You cannot have a tax on household, on everything you own, without declaring first your assets. You simply cannot. Therefore, they are interrelated. Reporter: Will the Government meet the 2 percent target for defence, Prime Minister? Mihai Tudose: It would be hilarious to include 2 percent in the budget and not spend it. It's not possible. It is as if you invited me at the press conference and I would come and say nothing. 2 percent was not a commitment just to simply earmark, 2 percent is a commitment with the strategic partners to spend 2 percent. This is why we have to include it, in order to spend it. Obviously, we will have to spend it. It's not that we must, but we need this . Reporter: Therefore, there are resources to reach 2 percent. Mihai Tudose: It is not a question of resources. Thank God, there is money to spend and opportunities ! I expect from the National Defence Ministry, the General Staff to find an integrated solution about military solutions. Reporter: As my colleague asked about the Declaration of Assets, do you intend to scrap the income tax too, not the turnover tax? Mihai Tudose: As far as the aggregate personal income tax declaration is concerned, which includes the asset declaration as well, it will be the end destination. When and how we can apply it, is complicated. It has to be well prepared in technical terms and in terms of acceptance, so that people understand what we are doing and why. I doubt such declaration will be in use in 2018. This is no scare, but a good thing for the citizens, with predictibility, with everything in terms of stability and tax coherence, I repeat, it is a good thing. It is difficult to implement it now because we do not have the required infrastructure and people have not figured out yet what this is all about. We need to work to prepare it both technically and in terms of acceptance among population, with your support too. Thank you. *** Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have tomorrow, in Brussels, meetings with senior European officials, during his first visit abroad as Head of the Executive. The priorities of the current Government will be presented, with a focus on the economic topics, as well as Romanias stand on EUs future, the preparedness for taking over the Council of the EU presidency and improvement of the EU funds absorption. The Romanian Prime Minister will have meetings with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, and European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. - It is my first visit to Brussels as Prime Minister, a thoroughly prepared visit from a technical viewpoint. I want to convey the message that Romania is a serious partner in the European Union, which will observe all its assumed commitments. We want a very good collaboration in relation with the European Union, as we committed through the Programme for Government too. We are prepared to enhance the quality of Romania's presence at the level of European institutions and to contribute to strengthening the European project, including in terms of the responsibility we will assume in the first semester of 2019, in the first Romanian mandate as President of the EU Council stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The delegation headed by the Prime Minister also includes Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu. *** Schedule of PM Mihai Tudose's visit to Brussels, July 11, 2017 1:30 pm Meeting with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Photo/ video opportunities -officials) 3:00 pm Meeting with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans 4:00 pm Meeting with Corina Cretu, European Commissioner for regional policy (Photo/ video opportunities - officials) 4:45 pm Press statements (Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union) 6:00 pm. Meeting with the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani (Photo/ video opportunities for the accredited press) Note: The hour of events is the local hour. 2017-07-11 00:00:00Întâlnirea premierului Mihai Tudose cu reprezentanți ai Organizației Mondiale a ComerțuluiȘtiri din 05.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose discussed today, at Victoria Palace, with the Director -General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo, about the policies to stimulate the investments undertaken by the Government, in the light of their promotion on the occasion of the WTOs 11th Ministerial Conference to be held in December, in Buenos Aires. - Romania goes in the right direction, even if the pace is not always the one expected. We want to share our examples of success and in our turn, we are open to learn from the experience of our partners, underlined the Head of Executive, as regards the positive developments of the main economic indicators. Director -General of the World Trade Organization, Roberto Azevedo appreciated the Romanian Government's vision of backing small investors and stimulating private initiative, through the programmes launched by the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. Romania has taken important steps and I praise the Government's vision in this respect, stated the Director -General of the World Trade Organization, inviting the Romanian side to share the good practices within the organization. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace, Minister for Business Environment Ilan Laufer mentioned Romania's desire to become more visible at global level, through initiatives designed to support the internationalization of the Romanian companies. 2017-07-05 16:31:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Comitetul de Coordonare a Sistemului Național de Gestionare a Afacerilor EuropeneȘtiri din 05.07.2017 Mihai Tudose: Relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency remains a priority objective for the Government Prime Minister Mihai Tudose requested the Health Ministry and National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, as institutions in charge of preparing Romanias candidacy file for relocating the EMA to Bucharest, to continue the sustained work to complete this file with a view to submitting it until the deadline agreed at European level, July 31, 2017. The Head of the Executive made this request within the meeting of the Coordination Committee of the National System for the Management of European Affairs held today, at Victoria Palace. - Appropriate preparedness of the candidacy file for Romania to host the headquarters of the EMA has been and is further a priority objective undertaken by the Government, and the calendar for candidacy submission requires an accelerated pace of preparedness. I want us to present a consistent candidacy file, to outline that Romania is ready and deserves to host a European agency stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive called on all institutions involved in preparing the candidacy file to provide the necessary support with a view to outlining the competitive advantage of Romania's offer on all areas of interest, taking into account the growing interest among member states to host this European agency. Last but not least, an important task will be the active promotion of Romania's candidacy by assuming the objective at the level of each institution. Preparedness of Romania's taking over the Presidency of the European Union Council was also analyzed during the meeting. The Minister - Delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu underlined the importance for each institution to observe the undertaken actions calendar in order to ensure a successful mandate for Romania. 2017-07-05 15:42:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Primăria Generală a CapitaleiȘtiri din 05.07.2017 15:12:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 05.07.2017 12:24:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul Germaniei la București, E.S. Cord Meier-KlodtȘtiri din 05.07.2017 Mihai Tudose's meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt - a sign of the importance of the bilateral relation Prime Minister had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt, designed to emphasize the importance of Germany in Romania's bilateral economic and political relations. The two interlocutors agreed that the bilateral agenda included substantial and stronger enough elements for Romania and Germany to continue to implement the joint political projects and especially the economic ones. Germany is the second largest investor in Romania and a German company is the biggest employer in Romania. Prime Minister Mihai Tudose outlined that the two countries would further develop the projects within the already existing economic partnership and would make sustained efforts to remove the eventual obstacles in this respect. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Ambassador of Germany defined as strategic project, the first wide - ranging economic and military cooperation between Romania and the German company Rheinmetall, a complex project, with prospects for both countries. Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt expressed Germany's full support for strengthening Romanias economic growth trajectory, and increasing its role in Europe, especially in the context of Romania's preparedness for taking over its first presidency of the EU Council in 2019. At the same time, Ambassador Cord Meier-Klodt underlined the importance of maintaining predictability and transparency, a favorable investment climate and the countrys reform direction towards a Europe of shared values. Another project deemed as important within the cooperation between Romania and Germany, was the re-launch of dual education as a concrete solution to the lack of qualified labor force, which had been already felt by German employers, but also by other employers in general. As a conclusion of the meeting with the Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, H. E. Cord Meier - Klodt, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose emphasized the relevance of some periodic consultations with the ambassadors of Romania's main economic partners. Germany is Romania's main trade partner, the volume of Romanian - German economic exchanges amounted to EUR 26.16 billion in 2016, representing 21 percent of Romania's foreign trade volume. 2017-07-05 11:02:00 Program de compensare cu 90% a medicamentelor pentru pensionari, operațional de astăzi; 2,8 milioane de pensionari ar putea beneficia de medicamente compensate cu 90%Știri din 04.07.2017 2. 8 million pensioners benefit as of today, July 4, 2017, from the social programme of subsidizing medicines by 90 percent. According to amendments approved by Decision on Friday, June 30, 2017, on the first meeting of the current Cabinet, the pension threshold up to which they can benefit from this programme, rose from 700 to 900 lei/ month. At the same time, beneficiaries of this programme will also be pensioners with incomes from other sources, in addition to pension and social allowance for pensioners. Furthermore, the programme beneficiaries will not submit anymore to the family doctor the declaration on own responsibility regarding the incomes achieved, but will solely present the pension slip and the ID card. 2017-07-04 19:46:00 premierului Mihai Tudose la recepția organizată cu prilejul Zilei Independenței Statelor Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 04.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose's message on the U.S. Independence Day Today, we are celebrating the U.S. Independence Day, which is a good occasion to reaffirm the strong and durable links between Romania and the United States. The relationship between our countries is more solid today than ever, based on more than 135 years of diplomatic relations, 20 of which included the Strategic Partnership which we will celebrate on July 11, 2017. Based on the respect for shared transatlantic values - democracy, individual freedoms, rule of law - all vital to the democratic consolidation of Romania, the Strategic Partnership must maintain its essential role of deepening our political, military and economic relations. At the same time, the military and security dimensions remain a priority in the bilateral relationship and are enhanced by Romania as a member of NATO. The Romanian state's devotion to regional stability is proved and reinforced by the investments undertaken in the defence field, with the allocation of 2% of GDP. Moreover, the multitude of operations in which Romania is taking part, shows our commitment to our strategic partner in ensuring regional and global security. Furthermore, the relationship between Romania and the United States has an economic dimension, which the two states will deepen concretely. Romania should be a destination for the US business community, intensely promoted by wide-ranging meetings, such as: the Romanian-American Business Council and the Economic Forum - Trade Winds which is due to be held in October, being organized by the United States Department of Commerce, with an expected participation by more than 100 American companies. Romania will remain the US friend and ally. The Romanian Government will act to intensify bilateral cooperation with the US as regards all dimensions of the Strategic Partnership. I am sure that the commitment to extending partnership in the areas of economics, trade and investment, communications and information technology, energy, innovation, culture and education will get actual substance as soon as possible. Happy birthday, America! Happy birthday, American citizens all over the world, and the Romanian community of America! 2017-07-04 15:04:00 al premierului Mihai Tudose cu ocazia Zilei Crucii Roșii din RomâniaȘtiri din 04.07.2017 Today, we are celebrating 141 years since the establishment of the Romanian Red Cross Society, an organisation with a beautiful tradition and a history marked by numerous lessons in solidarity. The Red Cross has won the respect and esteem of Romanians thanks to its unconditional assistance to the suffering fellows as well as the joy and hope for the hopeless. It was and continues to be in the vanguard of humanitarian spirit, a tireless advocate of the good and assistance to the needy, having consoled the injured and the sick in wars, having treated children, young people and the elderly during epidemics, having contributed to humanitarian aid campaigns for people affected by floods, drought and other natural catastrophes. Because of all these efforts, we are grateful today to the generations of volunteers and all those who shared their time, knowledge and humanity, involving in the Red Cross' missions. Respect and admiration for the work and devotion of the Romanian Red Cross and much success with its noble and difficult mission! 2017-07-04 14:51:00Întrevederea premierului Mihai Tudose cu ambasadorul SUA, Hans KlemmȘtiri din 03.07.2017 Minister Mihai Tudose at the meeting with Ambassador Klemm: We will continue to be a reliable partner for the United States, in this part of Europe, we have the ability to create an attractive environment for investors Prime Minister Mihai Tudose had today, at Victoria Palace, a working meeting, mutually agreed, with the US Ambassador Hans Klemm. Prime Minister Tudose gave assurances that the Romanian Government would continue the Strategic Partnership with the US and outlined that he wanted his first meeting with a foreign diplomat, in his new capacity, to be with the US. Ambassador exactly in order to convey a strong message. - The two decades of Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States represent a guarantee of the strong relationship existing between our countries, which must be continued and strengthened. I am sure that we have potential to develop our bilateral relationship. At the same time, I assure you that we will continue to be a reliable partner for the U.S. in this part of Europe and that we have the ability to create an attractive environment for investors stated Prime Minister Tudose. An important item on the discussion agenda was the way in which the budget of 2 percent of GDP allocated to Defence would revitalize the economic cooperation between Romania and United States on new bases. Discussions also aimed at the need for strengthening bilateral economic relations, the Head of the Executive and the US Ambassador agreeing that the level of the economic relations did not reflect yet the exceptional stage of political and military relations. Ambassador Hans Klemm outlined that Romania's credibility to White House increased following the recent Romanian - US meeting, a fact which would also be reflected in the US investors' confidence in the Romanian economy. In this context, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will have in October a meeting with potential US investors in Romania, meeting prepared by the Romanian Government with the US Embassy. - Romania offers a friendly business environment. I would like to present to US investors the business opportunities existing in our country, and to assure them that as Prime Minister, I understand that businesses are developing on stability and predictibility outlined the Head of the Executive. 2017-07-03 13:38:00 Mihai Tudose a cerut instituţiilor sa acţioneze de urgenţă pentru salvarea vieţii militarilor răniţi în accidentul din ArgeşȘtiri din 29.06.2017 23:00:00 depunerii jurământului de către membrii Cabinetului TudoseȘtiri din 29.06.2017 21:34:00Învestirea în Parlament a Guvernului TudoseȘtiri din 29.06.2017 by Prime Minister Mihai Tudose upon Cabinet investiture in Parliament Mihai Tudose: Your Beatitude, Your All Holiness, presidents, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, president of the Senate, speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, MPs, Ministers, dear colleagues, I have been entrusted today with a difficult task: to run a new PSD - ALDE Coalition Cabinet. It is a political moment which the future may explain better than us, so I will further refer to the aspects related to the economic component. I am a tehnical person, a man who lays great emphasis upon figures and precise deadlines and I can tell you that Romania is currently in a good economic moment. We have economic growth, a growth of industry, increase in revenues and consumption. We lack a vigorous growth in investments and budget revenues. For this, I'd like to believe that it's for this reason that I was brought to the helm of this Government, to refresh the Government's attitude towards investments, revenues and investors. I assure you that there are no other objectives as far as I am concerned, than the implementation of the programme for government, and recovery of delays that appeared along the way. Grindeanu's Cabinet , many of us here were part of, has led things in a good direction, but for what the PSD-ALDE government proposed, it is not enough. I do not want to criticize what happened, but I understand that there was a brake, and I was told to turn this brake into an accelerator, and that's what I'm going to do. At the time of the former Cabinet's investiture in January, Prime Minister Grindeanu spoke of a normal government. It was a normal, beautiful speech and we all applauded it back then. Today, I understand that the main problem of former Cabinet was precisely that normality, that relaxed normality. I believe Romania needs today, quite the opposite, a government that is not relaxed, a government in a state of alertness, concentration, concern, permanent effort, a government preoccupied with deadlines and achievements, constructions, data, inaugurations. A government preoccupied with responsibility and performance. If we want all these promises made in campaign to become reality, we must forget the state of normality. Whoever wants normality, should take a job with fixed schedule. In this Government, dear fellow ministers, we will work non-stop, we will work to recover what has been lost and what has been delayed. There will not be just efforts, but we shall appreciate the outcomes. This is the reason for which I hope you understand - we are all today in front of the Romanian Parliament - it is our only chance and the only way to attain our economic objectives. I assure everybody that we will engage with all our energy in attaining the objective of the programme for government. There will be additions to the programme owing to delays and shortcomings in the first six months. The finality will be the same, the big purposes remain intact. What we promised in the campaign, shall be achieved. The new Cabinet has enhanced, as you could see, its strengths, offices of Minister are now held by people at the forefront of the party, people with influence and experience. This shows that PSD clearly and definitely assumes, to the highest degree, its political responsibility for the economic programme. The Government will find it easier to manage central government, to obtain legislative support, to communicate with the party, to be better politically represented. The Government will be more effective. I was proposed for this office by PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea and accepted by President Klaus Iohannis in order to give a boost particularly to investment and budget revenues growth, and I don't want to fall short of the confidence shown to me. The Sovereign Investment and Development Fund, one of the most powerful investment instruments of this programme, has been ready for some time now. In my former capacity as Minister of Economy, I dealt with establishing it. The fund will now become operational within shortest time and this will send a very strong signal from Romania to the domestic and international business environment. Other more important objective of the Government, after the first six months in office, is increase in budgetary receipts in the context of a sustained economic growth and increased investments. Measures will be taken very rapidly to increase the ANAF efficiency. Romania had in the first quarter of 2017, an economic growth well above the European average. To continue this trend, investments are needed in infrastructure, but also foreign investors. I assure you that we will make the investments and we will have investors too. Other chapter on which we must continue to work intensely is European funds. This chapter is an essential source of development funding, in addition to FSDI(The Sovereign Investment and Development Fund) and budgetary receipts. The Government shall pursue the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership with the US, development of relations with strategic partners from the European Union, with Germany and France, as well as with the others EU states. Civil servants from Ministries will be involved in a sustained work to analyze and draw up the draft laws. We need these draft laws to be drawn up with celerity, without this to affect their quality. Government shall observe all Romania's external commitments pertaining to macroeconomic indicators, including and in the first place that which limits the budget deficit to 3 percent. Judiciary is an important field of the PSD government. I firmly believe that everything should be based on observing the fundamental law, the Constitution of Romania, and implicitly the Constitutional Court's decisions. We cannot ask the citizens to obey judicial decisions if the decisions of the most important court, the Constitutional Court, are not enforced, are challenged and sometimes ridiculed. Laws must be clear, in accordance with the Constitution and the European regulations, and those who deliver justice, must be independent, in the spirit and the letter of the law, without any intrusion from anybody or any pressure from anybody. This Cabinet will need - and it shall do it - to enforce the unitary pay law, an extremely important law which will have a multiannual impact at the budgetary level and also a very important social impact. There is a multitude of urgent matters for this Cabinet: from industry to agriculture, from infrastructure to taxes, from healthcare to education. Most of them are to be found in the programme for government. We just need to turn a few pages ahead and we catch up on delays. We shall do it and we will recover these delays. Distinguished colleagues, I am a former MP, I know very well your expectations in relation with the Prime Minister and also with Ministers. I will attach to the relationship with you, with Parliament, the importance due to the representative institution of the Romanian state. I will be present in Parliament anytime it will be necessary, or anytime I will be called or anytime an important law will require support at the highest government level. I will also ask all Ministers to do the same thing, to participate in the debate process, both in the plenum and the committees. I equally believe that the party that assumed goverment and the programme for government, the PSD, along with its coalition partner, ALDE, has the right to the legitimacy of controlling weekly, monthly or anytime they deem it necessary the implementation pace of the programme for government. Let us not forget that this purpose of government is not the power itself, but its use for the benefit of people, a stable, durable welfare, on the long term, but as of tomorrow. This is why the Cabinet I present you today is obliged to exist only for that. There is not, I say it once again, other reason for which this Cabinet is here today, and if it were other, I would not be here today. Taking the aforementioned into account, dear colleagues, dear members of Romanian Parliament, I request your vote of confidence. Thank you! The list of nominations for members of the Cabinet is as follows: Mihai Tudose — Prime Minister; Sevil Shhaideh —Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds; Rovana Plumb — Minister - delegate for European Funds; Gratiela Leocadia Gavrilescu —Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Environment; Marcel Ciolacu —Vice Prime Minister; Mihai Fifor — Minister of Economy; Teodor Viorel Melescanu — Minister of Foreign Affairs; Victor Negrescu — Minister-delegate for European Affairs, Carmen Daniela Dan — Minister of Internal Affairs, Petre Daea — Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Adrian Tutuianu — Minister of National Defence; Lucian Romascanu — Minister of Culture and National Identity, Liviu-Marian Pop — Minister of National Education; Lucian Puiu Georgescu — Minister of Research and Innovation; Toma-Florin Petcu — Minister of Energy; Tudorel Toader — Minister of Justice; Doina Pana — Minister of Waters and Forests; Lia-Olguta Vasilescu — Minister of Labor and Social Justice; Lucian Sova — Minister of Communications and Information Society; Florian-Dorel Bodog — Minister of Health; Marius-Alexandru Dunca — Minister of Youth and Sports; Alexandru-Razvan Cuc — Minister of Transport; Gabriel Petrea — Minister of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue; Viorel Ilie — Minister for Liaison with Parliament; Ilan Laufer — Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship; Mircea-Titus Dobre — Minister of Tourism; Andreea Pastirnac — Minister for Romanians Abroad; 2017-06-29 19:56:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 28.06.2017 18:15:00ții de presă susținute de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Alina Petrescu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 22.06.2017 Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon! Welcome! Currently, 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations have been lodged with the PM Office by Ministers, members of the Grindeanu Cabinet. All in all, there are 20 requests for the withdrawal of the resignation, as you well know, there are 27 Cabinet members, including the Secretary - General of the Government. These 20 requests for the resignation withdrawal have no legal object. Anyone who reads Law 90 on the organization and operation of the Romanian Government and Ministries and reaches article 6, understands this, but I will read it now to be clear for everybody. It stipulates the following: - The resignation from the position of member of the Cabinet shall be announced publicly, shall be submitted in writing to the Prime Minister and shall become irrevocable once its lodging has been noted , but no later than 15 days from its lodging . I have here copies of the 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations. In all these 20 documents which are standard, the text is identical, all these 20 documents have registration number of the resignation, from Prime Minister's Office. Therefore, the registration number on the resignation request was received on June 15, when each request was lodged with the the PM Office. When the PM Office and the Secretariat-General gave a registration number to these documents, I ask rethorically: have these resignations been noted? These resignations were noted. They are irrevocable. These requests for the withdrawal of office resignations have no object. If you have questions on this topic, please! Reporter: Can you mention who are the 20 Ministers who lodged their requests? Alina Petrescu: Do you want to list them all, now? Reporter: Yes, please! Alina Petrescu: Surely. I have nothing against. Marius Alexandru Dunca, Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu, Alexandru Petrescu, Mircea Titus Dobre, Sevil Shhaideh, Ana Birchall, Petre Daea, Rovana Plumb, Florian Dorel Bodog, Toma Florin Petcu, Andreea Păstarnac, Mihai Tudose, Adriana Petcu, Pavel Năstase, Alexandru Răzvan Cuc, Gabriel Beniamin Leş, Tudorel Toader, Viorel Ilie, Grațiela Leocadia Gavrilescu and Viorel Ștefan.They have lodged 20 requests for the withdrawal of office resignations until I have started this briefing. Reporter: If they were noted, why were not they been sent at the same time with the other two resignations by the end of last week, of Mrs. Sevil Shhaideh and Mrs. Carmen Dan respectively? Alina Petrescu: Prime Minister decides how, when and how many resignations he sends to Cotroceni Palace. Reporter: Given that the aforementioned Ministers lodged their resignations, are they interim further on, alike Prime Minister, can they return to ofice? To be clear for everybody: to go to office, they are not obliged to withdraw resignations. Alina Petrescu: Not that they can return to work. These Ministers - and Prime Minister repeatedly said it and even thanked them for the fact that in all these days, the resigned Ministers following their own act of will or yesterday's vote in Parliament, they came to work. Some of them chose to delegate their right of signature to state secretaries or general secretaries of ministries, but in their overwhelming majority, the ministers went to work and that is what they must do. This is written in the law, especially after the censure motion passed yesterday. Until the new Cabinet is invested, Ministers go to work. Reporter: Can you confirm if June 30 is the deadline for these ministers to leave office? Alina Petrescu: Until the new Cabinet is invested. If the current ruling coalition and if those consultations starting next Monday, are to end and will have positive results and the new Cabinet is invested in Parliament by 30 June, then that is the deadline. But... Reporter: You said that all requests have identical text. Alina Petrescu: Yes, they have identical text. Reporter: Can you read us one of them? Do they have reasons to withdraw their resignations? Alina Petrescu: The reasons are the following, are mentioned in this standard text, I repeat that the fonts or the names of signatories are eventually changed: - Taking into account the withdrawal of confidence granted to a Cabinet through the passing of the motion of censure, until the members of the new Cabinet take the oath of office, in order not to block the general management activity of the public administration, taking into account that the President of Romania did not take note of the undersigned's resignation, and did not declare vacant the office of Cabinet member, I am withdrawing the resignation lodged with SGG on..., recorded with number ..., on...., with a view to ensuring the Government's stability and the management of the documents required for public affairs administration. All these things are happening now. Therefore, currently, all required documents for public affairs administration can be managed and enforced in the given situation. There is a concluding paragraph, identical in all these withdrawal requests, as aforementioned: the resignation of the undersigned was a deliberate resignation, being a form of protest, I consider that the vacancy of the position of member of the Cabinet should have written - it only intervenes from this moment through the publication of the censure motion in the Official Gazette Reporter: If possible, I would like a clarification. What can the Ministers do now and what they can't do? Whether or not they can make decisions, and whether they can decide to earmark funds for certain programmes? What is in fact happening? Alina Petrescu: Currently, the Cabinet was ousted following a motion of censure, passed yesterday, in Parliament. The Constitution of Romania and the Government and Ministries' regulations stipulate very clearly the degree to which they will operate under the present circumstances. It is stipulated that the Government, until the investment of the new Cabinet ensures the administrative affairs and the well-running of things. Ministers have signature right until the new investiture, as aforementioned. Reporter: Therefore, funds can be allocated, everything is functioning as until ...? Alina Petrescu: There is signature right, and the Government is acting to ensure the well-functioning of the administration of this country. Reporter: What I understand from what you have said so far, is the fact that that peril of deadlock in Ministries, which everybody is talking about in the respective requests, does not exist under any form? Alina Petrescu: I see that activity goes on at Ministries. You have all received the press releases, I think. Almost all ministers - and as I have mentioned a bit earlier, Prime Minister did thank them, called on all Ministers to go to office and thanked them for having answered this appeal. I think you yourself saw the Ministers going to office, statements have also been made. Reporter: If you mentioned the workplace, maybe they should be present at an eventual Cabinet meeting too. Is the Prime Minister going to convene a meeting over this period? Alina Petrescu: A Cabinet meeting has not been reconvened for the time being. If it is the case, if urgent matters appear, which should be approved during a Cabinet meeting, then, obviously, the meeting is to be convened. No Cabinet meeting has been convened for the time being. Reporter: The legislative document that you read us from, said that resignation becomes irrevocable once its lodging has been noted, not latter than 15 days since its lodging, the 15 days stipulated in the legislative document expire on June 30, what is happening with the management of Ministries if until June 30, we do not have a new Cabinet invested? Alina Petrescu: Currently, Ministers have been ousted, most of them following their own vote and following the motion of censure. Reporter: Therefore, the 15 - day term is not applied anymore. Alina Petrescu: Jurists should express their point of view here too, but when a censure of motion is involved, we return to what I have said a bit earlier, but I already believe that, if you want us to go into deeper details, I think it is high time to ask some jurists. Please! Reporter: Can you tell us if the Prime Minister was called up by any of these Ministers who came back on decisions? Alina Petrescu: I cannot answer this question. I know that these requests arrived by mail. Therefore, they were not submitted personally by Ministers. Thank you! Reporter: We thank you too! 2017-06-22 15:15:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 21.06.2017 Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to start by thanking those who have been by my side, these days, and by the side of my collaborators. There are very many Romanians who have voiced their support, and their energy has given me the strength to weather these complicated days to Romania. I am telling Romanians that I shall do my duty, until the country gets a functional Cabinet. I am waiting until Parliament passes a new Cabinet, observing all Constitutional and legal procedures in our country. As I have said so far, I hope that today's vote in Parliament will not be a big mistake, and that PSD nominates the future Prime Minister. It is important for us to overcome this blockage, and to convey investors and Chancellaries around the world the fact that Romania remains a stable and predictable environment. What matters is for Romanians to feel as little as possible the effects of this political crisis. PSD does not mean Liviu Dragnea, PSD does not mean Sorin Grindeanu either. This party must remain united. I will remain in PSD, which should not have been subjected to such a trial, to oust its own Cabinet because a person wants so. I heartedly hope that in six months, we do not reach a similar situation: Romania would deserve better than this . I thank all Ministers and tell them, as I have told them so far, that they should come to office and do their duty. Until a new Cabinet is appointed, we must do our job. Likewise, I thank Victor Ponta, I very much appreciate he has been by my side in these days. I have done what I thought and what I still think is the best to do. I have chosen the hardest path: refusing to accept offices, compromises, and also to strike more or less occult deals, not begging of anyone, not haggling with anyone, but opting instead to be fair and transparent and do my duty, which is what I will still be doing in an honest way. I had and I have this duty towards our country. Thank you. Reporter: PSD and ALDE got votes for the motion to pass(...). Minus those votes of minorities, we realize that PSD and ALDE have unstable majority or below what they would need this moment. Do you believe there will be problems at the appointment of a new Prime Minister from PSD and ALDE? Sorin Grindeanu: It is what I repeat, I repeated today too, I told my colleagues in the past days too, the fact that all this - political madness if I can say so, might lead to losing governance by PSD and the coalition. Those who did these things, took this risk and will have to answer for it if such a future scenario unfolds. Reporter: Politically, what will you do from now on? Sorin Grindeanu: I said it in the past days too, I said it today, from the Parliament's rostrum, I tell you too: I have been for 21 years in PSD and surely, with ups and downs, with everything, good, bad, disappointments, joys, I do not change overnight. I do not change my party as some did. I think this is the duty of each of us, first of all towards us and afterwards towards others. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you had a discussion today, before the vote on motion, with PSD President. Can you tell us what were you asked or what did you discuss before the motion? Sorin Grindeanu: We kept our views, surely, I was expected to give in, I told him that I would not do this but in the conditions I had made public. Otherwise, I told you that all the things done over these days have been done in a transparent manner, without offering anything, without doing favors, making deals, etc. Reporter: Some days ago, you stated that this scandal started out of the wish of a man to accumulate all power and Mr. Victor Ponta said that your only flaw in the party's eyes is that you are not Liviu Dragnea. I would like you to characterize or how do you think the profile of the future Prime Minister would look like, as current speculation imply a much more obedient person to the head of the party is being sought? Sorin Grindeanu: I would not go into speculation. The speech delivered by PSD president Liviu Dragnea in Parliament today reinforced my opinion, the fact that he said having won the elections, that he did various things, he should reach... he could reach or should have reached, which is right, it was not possible, can be a speculation, we will see. Reporter: Did you discuss with President Iohannis after the motion of censure? Sorin Grindeanu: Yes. Reporter: ...and can you tell us... Sorin Grindeanu: No. Reporter: ok. With respect to Victor Ponta, do you keep him in office until the end of his interim tenure, or will he withdraw on this occasion? Sorin Grindeanu: He will stay until his tenure finishes ,when Parliament passes the new Cabinet. This, if that number of days is kept , not to bring him in a state of incompatibility. Please. Reporter: If you allow me, one more question. I understand that in weekend, there will be CEx of PSD (National Executive Council of PSD). If you expect those who voted in support of your Cabinet to be excluded from the party, and if you see the formation of a group of independents from ex-PSD members, following this vote? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to speculate. It is very good to organize this CEx this weekend, fast. Maybe so, many of them, in fact, I said this in the hall too, many of those who were promised certain positions of ministers, prime ministers, there were at least five potential prime ministers in Parliament today and about 50 ministers, will see the truth on this occasion, if the decision is transparent, which I would be very glad to be, so that they cast open ballot, not just for the prime minister, but for absolutely all nominations of ministers, and for the final composition of the whole Cabinet. I would marvel! (...) 2017-06-21 17:00:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 18.06.2017 Spokesperson Alina Petrescu: Good afternoon, welcome. Prime Minister of Romania Sorin Grindeanu is going to make a brief press statement. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. The National Programme for Local Development(PNDL), second phase, is one of my objectives as Prime Minister, and one of our main objectives. Over the recent months, I have had many meetings with mayors of communes, towns, municipalities, with presidents of county councils, to listen to them and to find together solutions for the PNDL 2 to be a success and to generate development in Romania. Unfortunately, Minister Sevil Shhaideh, in charge of coordinating this extremely important project, had five months ahead to do something and did nothing. One and a half months ago, I warned her that there were delays and mayors started losing patience. She did not listen to me! Two days ago, I warned her publicly in this very room, that there were unacceptable delays. Next day after my public warning, she suddenly remembered PNDL and issued the press release stating that she would start it. We are living a time in which I do not want a programme of such importance to be used for political purposes. To remove any shadow of doubt, I decided the following: before this, I want to tell you that I do not accept this programme be used for political purposes, and I am not going to tolerate this. And exactly to remove any doubt, as aforementioned, I signed today the order to sack all secretaries of state in the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, the secretary general and the deputy general secretaries. As of today, Mrs. Sevil Shaiddeh cannot sign personally, or through intermediaries, any document that has any connection with PNDL. I took this step to block the eventual abuses and not to block the programme which must continue, and I assure you that this shall happen as soon as possible, but only obeying law. I invite madam Shaiddeh for a discussion on Monday, to communicate me the state of all programmes which are ongoing at present. I know that she is a person who shall finally obey law! Thank you! 2017-06-18 16:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.06.2017 00:00:00ţii de presă susţinute de Victor Ponta, secretarul general al Guvernului, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 16.06.2017 Petrescu: Good evening and welcome! First of all, I would like to announce you some important decisions taken today by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. On the one hand, the decision to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Government Secretary - General and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this position. The decisions were countersigned for five days, I underline it - by Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to countersign the decisions of Romanian Prime Minister. Today, the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds have been sent to the Presidential Administration, along with the nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs, and according to the Presidential Administration's decisions, Mr. Mihai Grindeanu will delegate perhaps his powers to a Secretary of State in the Interior Ministry. Other four decisions signed today by Mr. Prime Minister: decision to sack Secretary of State Adrian Mladinoiu and decision to sack Secretary of State Tudor Vesa, both from the Secretariat - General of the Government(SGG), decision to dismiss Adrian Marius Dobre from the position of Secretary of State in the Labor Ministry, and decision to dismiss Adrian Ionut Gadea from the position of Secretary of State in the Ministry of Regional Development. I am now giving the floor to the Secretary- General of the Government, Mr. Victor Ponta. Victor Ponta: Thank you. Good evening! I did not expect and neither did you, and to be frank, I did not want to see each each other so soon, in this place but life puts us in unexpected situations - and now, we are in an unexpected situation and in an abnormal one. I want to announce you that Prime Minister Grindeanu proposed me yesterday to join his team in this altogether abnormal period for the functioning of a Government, the Romanian Government or any other Government, in a civilized country. I said: - yes immediately, although I was not in the country yesterday, I said I would come to his help, because I think that Sorin Grindeanu deserves support for the right things he wants to do. You can easily fancy that the office of Secretary- General was not exactly in my career plan or on the wish list of public offices, but I do not think it is not the case here for vanities. I think we should ensure the functioning of government for the good of all citizens. Government has never belonged and will never belong to a party(...) but it is the Government of Romania. It cannot be closed in such a manner, as a supermarket, during a political crisis, it is well known, it should work even in abnormal situations. And Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will do this, and I will support him in this capacity which for sure, I will occupy temporarily. To be very clear: the person who proposed me this post, counted very much. I have known Mr. Grindeanu for many years, he is an honest man, as all from Banat are, a serious man. He was requested to accept the office as Prime Minister. He did not request it, in December, and even if the start was very hard, and with many problems - it was normal to be so, over the last days, I have seen a strong, determined Prime Minister, self - confident, with a vision of the future, of Romania's future, and frankly, of PSD future, if PSD wants to have a future anymore. This is why I am willing to help him with all the experience, knowledge I accumulated in previous positions. I have been many times here, holding various positions, and I can do this, accepting Prime Minister's proposal and his request for support, with all political risks and responsibilities I am trying to assume. I want our future steps in the next days to be very clear. First of all, it is about a limited period of time, but we do not know how limited it is, to keep the government activity going, which was hit by a wrong political decision taken by Mr. Dragnea, our colleague. And although I realize the current position is not easy, I have a very good knowledge of the central government to be able to back the Prime Minister in fulfilling his tasks in the period ahead. Obviously, the next period depends on political developments. If the censure motion lodged by the very PSD against the PSD Cabinet will not gather the required number of votes, then, you imagine it is already about a long term activity, in which Prime Minister will try to have a functional Cabinet and majority, and I would like to remind you that Mr. Tariceanu had a minority government during 2007 -2008, but that Government worked. If the censure motion - that I am sure that very many PSD lawmakers will not vote as it is against PSD Cabinet, if motion passes, nevertheless, then, until a new Prime Minister voted by Parliament is appointed, Mr. Grindeanu should ensure the functioning of the Government. I want to remind you that there were ad-interim periods in this country, of up to three months, and you cannot close the Government at Mr. Dragnea's wish. There are governmental measures which cannot wait, in this period, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Ministers should come to office, as it is about public interest and they still hold the office, they should take care. I refer first to the fact that until July 1, accreditation is needed on management agencies, and intermediate bodies for European funds, that the semester must be closed, this with respect to budgetary situation - collection, spending and the rectification to be prepared, that there are international meetings. Romania, as you know, I congratulated Prime Minister Grindeanu for this initiative - filed an official request to host in Bucharest - the European Medicine Agency. I can give you the example of very many things which cannot wait for the resolution of the political crisis and which will further be dealt with by Prime Minister Grindeanu with my support and the support of Ministers. I am absolutely convinced that at least Prime Minister Grindeanu has desire for dialogue, even now, at the eleventh hour, for the Government to return to a normal functioning, have a normal majority, I refer certainly to PSD - ALDE, and for him to exercise in the best way possible the office he held- not on his request, but on the request of those who consider him now very bad, all at once. I want to tell once again that I accepted the office and I consider myself honored to work with Mr. Grindeanu as he also worked with me, as long as we work for public welfare. I am much content with the fact that I am working with him, as over the past three days, he passed a test which I have not seen so far, although I am in politics for enough time, it is almost a mafia test, namely: personal threats, so-called disclosures, or bribery attempts with highest-paying offices where frankly, Mr. Grindeanu had no reason to go, because he does not have the required training. The fact that he passed this test is for me as a Romanian citizen the decisive reason why I accepted this position, and I want you to be convinced that as of this evening- as my colleague has already presented - we have started working and the light will not turn off at the Romanian Government. If you have questions that you want me to answer, I will answer them as soon as possible, and afterwards, I return with the Prime Minister to take the required measures.(...) 2017-06-16 22:32:00 ale premierului Sorin GrindeanuȘtiri din 16.06.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has decided to dismiss Mr. Mihai Busuioc from the position of Secretary -General of Government and appoint Mr. Victor Ponta in this office. The decisions have been published in the Official Gazette, after being countersigned by the Secretary of State Alexandru Mihai Ghigiu, following the repeated and unmotivated refusal of Mr. Mihai Busuioc and Mrs. Andreea Lambru to sign the decisions of the Prime Minister of Romania. Also, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has sent to the Presidential Administration the proposals to vacate the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and of Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds. The nominations for ad interim appointment of Mr. Augustin Jianu as Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, and of Mr. Sorin Grindeanu as Minister of Internal Affairs have also been sent. 2017-06-16 20:43:00 Sorin Grindeanu l-a primit, la Palatul Victoria, pe omologul său luxemburghez, Xavier BettelȘtiri din 16.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel discussed developing and diversifying bilateral economic cooperation Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel. They discussed about Romania-Luxembourg cooperation, developing economic relation according to its potential, identifying new opportunities and diversifying cooperation in areas such as: IT, communications, tourism and the banking sector. In this context, the Head of the Romanian Executive mentioned the fact that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg ranks ninth amid foreign investors in Romania, with investments of nearly EUR 1.6 billion in the last year, and underlined the importance of Luxembourg economic mission in Romania led by the Hereditary Grand Duke, scheduled for 2018. - We want to give more substance to our economic relations, based on the potential of the two economies, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. Prime Minister Xavier Bettel conveyed in his turn, the interest of Luxembourg's investors in Romania, emphasing at the same time the importance of Romania's image as a stable country. The two Prime Ministers discussed also about topical files of European interest such as: Brexit, EU future or the digital single market, the opinions expressed in this respect being similar or convergent. - We back the strengthening of European project, advancement of integration, despite the multiple challenges we are facing. We also underlined the importance of maintaining the functionality of the Schengen area, and we reiterated Romania's objective to join the Schengen area, pointing out the fact that Romania ensures the de facto security of an important part of EU external border stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, these topics being approached also from the perspective of Romania's first mandate at the EU Council Presidency, in the first semester of 2019. Other topic approached during the meeting was the opportunity that Timisoara's holding the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021 represents for Romania, taking into account including the successful experience from 2007 of the partnership between Sibiu and the capital city of Luxembourg. 2017-06-16 13:41:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 15.06.2017 20:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu: „Germania este principalul partener comercial al României”; Wolfgang Büchele: ”Stabilitatea este cheia dezvoltării afacerilor”Știri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a delegation of German businesspeople headed by Wolfgang Buchele, Chairman of the Board, German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Germany continues to be Romania's main trade partner, with an amount of trade exchanges exceeding EUR 26 billion in 2016, and an important portfolio of companies with German capital investing in our country - 26, 100 companies, and a volume of investments of nearly EUR 5 billion - underlined the Head of the Executive. Romania is an attractive business environment for investors, through tax incentives it grants and through public policies to support the entrepreneurs. There are also special investment opportunities in areas such as: transports, infrastructure, agriculture, regional development, environment and research, underlined Prime Minister Grindeanu. Prime Minister reminded that in the first quarter of this year, Romania had a 5.7 percent economic growth compared to the same period last year, which is the highest in the EU. Mr. Wolfgang Buchele underlined the interest in the continuation of this success story between Romania and Germany, showing that the German businesspeople are interested in investing or extending their businesses in our country. Stability is the key to business development, pointed out Wolfgang Buchele, adding that well-qualified labor force and adjusting the educational curriculum to the market's needs are essential too. The representatives of the German businesspeople mentioned at the same time the importance of legislation predictibility and simplification of bureaucratic procedures. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the delegation of German businesspeople appreciated the bilateral relations between the two states, especially the economic ones and also the development opportunities. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Germany's Ambassador to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 14:13:00Întrevedere_cu_președintele_comitetului_economiei_germane_wolfgang_büchele03.jpgColaborarea bilaterală în domeniul apărării și în cadrul NATO, pe agenda întrevederii premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ministrul britanic al Apărării, Michael FallonȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu received today, at Victoria Palace, the British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon who is paying a visit to Romania. Also attending the meeting were: National Defence Minister Gabriel Les and Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, Paul Brummell. The two delegations discussed about developing cooperation in the defence area, both at bilateral level and within NATO and about developing the European security and defence policy, especially in the context of the latest terrorist threats of the sort of those that affected Great Britain too. - We want to develop our cooperation and we will continue to promote the relationship with NATO as vehicle for strengthening the continent's security stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The Head of the Executive also reminded the fact that Romania allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence and intends to maintain the same level of funding in this field. In his turn, British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon expressed Great Britain's interest in cooperation with the EU states in the field of security and defence, even after Brexit. The British official also appreciated the Romanian military's contribution within NATO missions. 2017-06-15 14:02:00Întâlnire_cu_ministrul_britanic_al_apărării,_michael_fallon03.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a discutat despre dezvoltarea relațiilor economice cu o delegație condusă de prim-ministrul Landului Saxonia, Stanislaw TillichȘtiri din 15.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich who is paying a visit to Romania, accompanied by an economic delegation interested in establishing relations with economic partners in Romania. The Head of the Romanian Executive outlined on this occasion, Romania's good economic position at present, achieving a 5. 7 percent economic growth in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, the highest growth in the EU. - We want to maintain this pace and to maintain Romania stable and in the right direction stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. In his opinion, this requires that Romania fully speed up the absorption of European funds and investments over the next period. As regards EU funds absorption, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned that all required documentation to accredit the Management Authorities was sent for auditing, Romania thus managing in just few months, to recover the delays from the last two years. In his turn, Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich underlined the delegation investors' interest in finding business partners in Romania. In addition to large companies, renowned ones, carrying out their activity in Saxony, a small and medium sized industry developed independently too, one willing to compete with these companies including on the Romanian market. - We want to invest where the labor force is available and there are opportunities for economic development stated Stanislaw Tillich, underlining that Romania has a well-trained human resource. Our conclusion is that Romania has real chances to materialize these projects and this requires stability. We will back you in this respect, was the message of Saxony's delegation. On the other hand, the Minister -President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich added that Romania was extremely important as regards the joint future of the EU member states, being very appreciated by Germany including at high level when it is about supporting the European project. As regards relationship with Germany, which is a strategic one, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu outlined that dialogue with German states is particularly important for Romania that wants to further develop it. The Head of the Executive referred to the Romanian - German collaboration in the field of education, and to the tradition of the good relations with the Saxon community, but also to the community of Saxony-based Romanians who integrated well and made an important contribution to overall German economy and the economy of Saxony. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu also reminded that Romania would be honorary guest of the Leipzig Book Fair in 2018. Attending the meeting at Victoria Palace were also: State Advisor Dan Neculaescu and Ambassador of Germany to Bucharest, Cord Meier - Klodt. 2017-06-15 12:17:00Întrevedere_cu_prim-ministrul_landului_saxonia,_stanislaw_tillich02.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 14.06.2017[Check against delivery] Allow me to tell you few things. First of all, I want to thank all Romanians for support. Frankly, I am impressed by all the messages I have received over the last days. First of all, I thank the PSD mayors and members who telephoned me and sent me messages and I equally thank those Romanians who are not involved at all in politics but who sent me those messages on facebook. You should know that they meant a lot for me and this is why I start this press conference by thanking you all. I want to add something at the beginning, namely the fact that I have been member of this party for 21 years and my colleagues who know me very well from Timis, know that many times, I told them the following thing: PSD is not somebody's PCF, PSD is not the PCF of either Sorin Grindeanu, Liviu Dragnea, Nicolae Badalau, Stanescu or others. The strength of this party consists - the December 11 election is testament to this - in the hundreds of thousands members who worked and and led us to victory in elections. That was the strength , as I said, of this party in all these years, and I want to thank them first of all for all their support along years for the party whose members they are. I want to clarify certain things about the CEx(National Executive Committee of PSD), because I have seen some overtones that werent quite like that and I think it is good to tell them appropriately, frankly, transparently, without any kind of interpretation. First of all, I want to convey to many of the CEx colleagues that I am sorry that they went through this unpleasant experience, an experience which is not the first. If we look back in time, there have been experiences of this type, at least in the last year, an year and a half, in the party. I am aware of all things, and of everything that happened even before the CEx, and this is why I am keen on apologizing for the fact that owing to this situation too, they got to live such an experience. I heard earlier Mr. Liviu Dragnea stating that he wasnt sure that this CEx would end with the withdrawal of the political support and the attempt to dismiss me. I dont want to tell you that things werent like that, but I tell you how they are now. Namely: why all this time — and I will not name names — including several instances tonight, was I offered the chair of several public institutions so I will resign or be a part of the future govt, as minister or deputy prime-minister, etc? Moreover, I heard Mr Chairman Liviu Dragnea saying that he wouldnt have wanted for me to leave, but, at the same time, he tried, as I was saying, to persuade me to accept other offices. This is to clarify this situation, which I think needs to be clarified. Further on: I will not resign! And I am telling you why! I have the obligation to act responsibly towards Romania and towards the party I am part of. You should know this Government is Romanias Government, it is not the CExs Goverment and I believe we should all feel responsible for this and I feel responsible. I will resign and I repeat what I said in the CEx: when President Iohannis, after consultations with the parties, will nominate a Prime Minister for the PSD. I believe that it is normal towards those hundreds of thousand of people, towards the score that PSD got in the elections, for this to happen and I do not want, as much as possible, other scenarios to enter the discussion, it is exactly for this that I am doing this. My resignation, I repeat, is the moment when President Klaus Iohannis after consultations with parliamentary parties, will say: - Yes, I appoint Prime Minister Mr. X or Y from PSD. I announced this in CEx and I reaffirm it today before you, in front of all Romanian citizens. I also understood that I am considered guilty that we do not have various things enunciated for one hour and something by Mr. Darius Valcov on the Executive committee meeting. I want to further clarify the fact that I am not clinging to this office and I do not want my action to be seen as clinging to this office. No. I said I would resign in those conditions. I said it in the National Executive Committee of PSD too. I hope this crisis ends as soon as possible. Returning to the famous measures: I saw that about 390 to 400 measures had to be done in the first semester of 2017. I would ask you to have a look, I understood that I was considered guilty for not carrying out measures from the government programme with 2018 as deadline. I would kindly ask you to take a look at these things, to study them. I quote a measure, which as Mr. Valcov's analysis puts it: has not been achieved in these six - month term of office: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation. I know that we are still a EU member state and we must observe the EU sanctions. Maybe Mr. Valcov and the rest know something else. And this is why I must leave, perhaps. Although the economy is running very well - it is not me to say this but European bodies - and some Ministers worked, large share of them, after all these things in CEx, I proposed to Mr. Liviu Dragnea to assume together this supposed failure: namely, to resign both. I did not see that happening or perhaps, I missed it in the later statements. One month ago, on May 19, President Dragnea said: I am pleased with all Ministries, both as citizen, chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies and as president of party. I repeat, one month ago, on May 19, What changed in the meantime, what happened, I did not manage to find out in the CEx meeting either. You should know that I did not want us at all to reach this very difficult moment for PSD and for Romania. Before this meeting, I tried to understand why this fury to change its own Government, after only six months in office, a Government that has achieved performance and has delivered results. I wanted to find out why for more than one month. Mr. Liviu Dragnea and others you have watched on TV speaking about reshuffle, analyses, resignations, etc. It has been very difficult for me and it is still very difficult to understand where from these things are. Why do you have to put pressure on your own Ministers, whom you nominate? I have not found any answer, but one, perhaps, namely the desire of one man to have all the power. I do not see another answer. The only. Allow me and I think it is normal to do so, to tell some of the achievements that this Government has managed to have in five months and something. Romania has been crossing an extremely good economic period and we have the big opportunity that year 2018, the year of the centenary and yera 2019, when our country holds the EU Council Presidency, to find us very stable economically and for us to successfully meet our objectives. Let us see where we start from in these five months and a half: the highest economic growth in the European Union, 5.7 percent, Romanians' purchasing power grew by 15.4 compared to last year, similar period, the smallest inflation in the EU, 0.4, more than 110, 000 new jobs created in this period, we are the country with almost the smallest unemployment percent in the EU: 5.3, among the smallest. Direct investments in Romania have amounted to EUR 1.3 billion, a record level of exports of 11.5 percent in the first quarter, the highest after 2012. I would like to tell you a new piece of information, over the latest hours, the representative of the European Commission's Mission on EU funds, on the new exercise, stated that everything is all right to a great extent, but we need stability for the measures' approval. We were asked who was to sign the documents next week. As regards foreign relations, if you looked there, you could see a problem. I and my Governemnt colleagues tried over this period to build, to strengthen the relations of our country. I would mention as you know, the visits to Israel, Austria and recently to Croatia, and especially last week's visit to France, where I agreed together with my counterpart, Prime Minister Philippe to work together at the important European files, advancing at the same time Romania's strategic and economic interests. We are also in an extremely good position to become OECD members. It is a target we want to attain this autumn. Over this period, I heard on sources about an evaluation of the Government, of Ministers, of myself as Prime Minister. I attended throughout this period all kind of meetings, with the party president and party colleagues, and I can tell you the following: I, as Prime Minister of Romania, I have seen this evaluation for the first time, this evening. To me, this is not a fair method and modality. I think that this evaluation - I told this my colleagues too - should be done, first of all, through dialogue with me, as Prime Minister, and secondly, with each Minister for it to be as real as possible. Great majority of Ministers did not attend meetings of this kind and alike, for them, it was a first time, they saw for the first time like me this evaluation conducted by Darius Valcov who as far as I know, is not a PSD member any longer. I expected, I did believe in what was announced, namely that famous commission within the party in charge of analyzing the activity of Government, Ministers, etc. I have not found out to date, and I do not know anybody else apart from Darius Valcov to be part of that commission. Nobody knows who is part of it. I along my party colleagues were entitled to know who is part of it. This is why I believe that what has happened today, through this evaluation, was a justification for telling me: - You must leave, you must resign. I have a table with the measures of the government programme and I will also request you to consult the archive and see that in March or April, at other National Executive Committee of PSD, held in Sinaia, an evaluation was conducted after the first quarter. In the first quarter, the Government had to implement 43 measures, and 54 in the second quarter. Of all these together, at this moment, 54 were fulfilled 100 percent, 34 are in progress and those unfulfilled, are 9 not hundreds. Nine! Among the adopted measures, I would enumerate the following: increase by 20 percent of the minimum wage for those in the public sector, increase by 15 percent of wages in education and healthcare, two key - areas for the Government I am leading, increase to 1450 lei of the income of assistants for persons with disabilities, and takingover these payments in full by state budget, the prevention law, covering 75 percent of the expenses with accomodation and rent for those who get hired at more than 50 km from domicile, and of course, increase in the minimum wage per economy to 1,450 lei. Returning to that thick presentation of Mr. Darius Valcov, I state that I could rarely see something alike and I will give you the following examples. Among non-achievements, he included the two measures that the PSD president himself Liviu Dragnea publicly stated he would give up: zero VAT on housing - is point 38 - and point 39, zero VAT on advertising. I really did not answer and I do not know what to say. As regards taxation - budget, 18 of the 40 unfulfilled measures have deadline in 2018, 4 in the quarters 2 and 3, and 5 have no deadline, are to be fulfilled during the tenure. But they were all considered as non-achievements of Grindeanu and Viorel Stefan. In connection with education: both I and the Minister are reproached that we did not develop programs for the development and training of all children from birth to majority. On foreign policy, what I have mentioned earlier; non-achievement: development of economic relations with the Russian Federation is deemed as non-achievement. The PSD Government did not develop and recognize these relations in these six months. I assume it. At chapter 18, point 4, promotion of the enlargement process and supporting in this respect the Western Balkan countries is also a non-achievement. And, this despite the fact that a few days ago, I returned from Croatia, where I talked about how we can promote the Balkan countries, given that Romania will take over the EU presidency. As conclusion, to better understand the role of this evaluation conducted by Mr. Valcov, some figures needed to be achieved, some things so that to give a reason to show that this Government did not do its duty and must leave the office. Frankly, it is a pity for the members of the party I am a member of and it is a pity for Romanians. I think we deserve more, more respect. I also believe that today, PNL, USR, President Klaus Iohannis are very envious on the service that PSD did to them, namely through the manner in which PSD or CEx - I apologize I do not want for PSD with its hundreds of thousands members to be confused with the CEx, therefore, CEx made a present to PNL and USR and to President Klaus Iohannis through the manner in which they presented this evaluation report, and an opposition to Government was invented inside the PSD. I want to further tell you two - three things: I will remain in PSD, I have been a member of this party for 21 years and I repeat what I have said at the beginning: PSD and the strength of this party is not given by CEx and the 60 people that I respect. Do not believe I do not do this. The strength of this party is given by the hundreds of thousands members. I had a strong belief when joining PSD in 1996, and I still hold this belief. I conclude by telling you that it was outlined - in order not to be misunderstood - that I will remain Prime Minister until President Klaus Iohannis will nominate other candidate from the party who won the elections, and that is PSD! I do not want us to risk, even if it seems so at present, this moment opens all options. I want the party I am a member of to remain in office and this is why I have said what I have said earlier! Thank you. Questions. (...) 2017-06-14 23:00:00ászló Borbély: Strategia de Dezvoltare Durabilă trebuie actualizată și corelată cu ”Agenda 2030 a Organizației Națiunilor Unite”Știri din 14.06.2017 11:46:00 Legea internshipului în online și offline. Vă așteptăm la prima dezbatere publică, pe 17 iunie, la ONGFest Știri din 13.06.2017 first public debate on the Internship Draft Law, drawn up by SGG, the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at ONGFest. The civil society representatives and all those interested in contributing to the completion of this law are expected on June17, between 1.00 pm and 2 pm, in Herăstrău Park, Charles de Gaulle entrance. ( The debate will be attended in addition to representatives of public institutions, by civil society partners who were part of the working groups designed to identify the regulatory need (Students Union of Romania, the Romanian Youth Forum and the VOLUM Federation). Discussions will focus on integrating people into the labor market by creating internship opportunities, on internship contract and allowance, Employment Allowance Fund for employers who convert internship contracts into work contracts and on other topics related to organizing and conducting internships in Romania. Also, in the online environment, the initiators are awaiting proposals, suggestions and opinions on this draft law, at the email address: within 10 calendar days from the date of its publication on the site (June 9 - 18, 2017). The Draft Internship Law has entered into the public consultation process, in accordance with the procedures provided by Law no. 52/2003 on decisional transparency in public administration. The draft internship law can be found here: The Romanian Government is holding a debate as much applied as possible with public and private institutions, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, for the regulation of internship programs and the relationship between interns and the host organization. We look forward to seeing you there! 2017-06-13 15:37:00 Sorin Grindeanu a discutat cu o delegație a Băncii Mondiale despre perspectivele parteneriatului cu RomâniaȘtiri din 13.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with a World Bank delegation that consisted of Arup Banerji, the Regional Director for the EU countries, Tatiana Proskuryakova, the new Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, and Elisabetta Capannelli, the former Country Manager for Romania and Hungary, at the end of her mandate. Discussions aimed at the prospects of the partnership between Romania and the World Bank. - We desire the continuation and development of this very important partnership whereby the World Bank has given Romania added value, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. The World Bank representatives also expressed their willingness to continue the partnership with Romania and to provide it support for the development of new projects, wishing to know, for this purpose, the directions in which the Government deems the World Bank's assistance necessary. 2017-06-13 14:58:00Întrevedere_cu_reprezentanții_băncii_mondiale_arup_banerji01.jpgVizita oficială a premierului Sorin Grindeanu în CroațiaȘtiri din 09.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has discussed with Croatian officials about the prospects for boosting the economic and cooperation relations within the EU Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, on official visit to Zagreb today, had meetings with the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. The discussions aimed at the current state of Romanian - Croatian relations and prospects in the context of the 25 anniversary of bilateral relations, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit being at the same time the first visit of a Romanian Prime Minister in Croatia after ten years. - We highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union, and NATO allies, stated the Head of the Romanian Executive. In terms of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized, taking into account that the bilateral economic exchanges stood around EUR 270 million. During discussions, both parties expressed their willingness to identify new opportunities to render the economic relations more dynamic. A first step in this respect is the Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy, signed today in Zagreb, a Romanian - Croatian economic forum being due to be held this autumn, in Bucharest. Romania and Croatia intend to intensify cooperation in other areas as well, pertaining to projects of bilateral interest, and joint European policies - the cohesion policy, common agricultural policy with a view to harmonizing stands within the European Union. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu emphasized that Romania's foreign policy has two important components, namely strengthening the European project and the strategic partnership with the United States. - The European project is facing challenges that we need to address united, because we are stronger that way, and this can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it, stated the Romanian Head of Executive. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu reminded at the same time that it was for the first time when the Romanian Government allocated 2 percent of GDP for defence. During the Romanian Prime Minister's meetings in Zagreb, the senior Croatian officials appreciated Romania's economic progress, they congratulated our country on its 10th anniversary of EU accession, and thanked for the political and tehnical support that Romania granted to Croatia during its Euro-Atlantic integration. Other topics addressed in Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's discussions aimed at cooperation within Danube Startegy, both as regards navigation projects, and environmental protection, preparation for Schengen accession, stability in the region, as well as strengthening the European project with a view to improving the functioning of institutions and their getting closer to citizens. Both parties endorsed at the same time the promotion of all bridges between the two countries in the areas of culture, tourism and energy. The agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information was also signed in Zagreb today. The Romanian delegation also comprised Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, George Ciamba, Secretary of State - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mihai Daraban, President of Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenković Andrej Plenković:I am glad that today, I have met with Prime Minister of Romania, the friend Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu who is visiting Croatia on the 25 th anniversary of collaboration. I am glad that we have discussed various topics. It is about our economic collboration, bilateral collaboration, I am glad to emphasize the fact that in 2016, Croatia was visited by approximately 100,000 Romanian tourists who visited both the seaside, as well as the rest of the country. Also, one of the topics addressed pertained to our minority. I am extremely glad to mention the fact that the Romanian Prime Minister was born in Caras-Severin, where there is a numerous community, the Croat minority in Romania, a minority that was visited by various Ministers, Secretaries of State along the year. I recall here the Secretary of State at the Office for Croats Abroad , Zvonko Milas, who visited the Croat minority. I hope that this minority further benefits of the Romanian Government' support with a view to preserving identity and why not, to acceding to higher education space, in universities and so forth. Thank you. We have also discussed about the Danube Strategy, the EU region. Therefore, this cooperation within EU is particularly important for both states, as there are riparian states of Danube. It is about relations, the Danube navigation strategy, economic trade along Danube, but at the same time, about environmental protection. I want to outline here the fact that Mr. Gordon Radman became President of this riparian committee, one of a very important significance. Therefore, the two regions Osijek - Baranja, (...) and the other county, together with Vukovar are very important in the context of Danube cooperation. I am glad that a collaboration contract was signed between Vukovar and Constanta. We have discussed about the economic component. We have also discussed a lot especially in connection with people interested in export and import, I am very glad of the fact that agreements were signed today between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. This is an activity prior to the economic forum to be held in autumn. We have discussed about European topics too, especially about two countries endorsing the cohesion policy. In this respect, I want to outline and to hail the fact that Madam Corina Cretu, European Commissioner, I understood that she visited Croatia or at least backed the project of building the Peljesac Bridge so that an amount of EUR 375 million from the Regional Policy Fund was granted to Croatia. We have discussed various topics, we will also address them during the luncheon. Certainly, we intend to advance the harmonization of issues related to Schengen area. Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you, Prime Minister. First of all, I want to emphasize my satisfaction of paying a visit to Croatia, and I am glad that I am the Romanian Prime Minister to visit your country after ten years. My presence in Zagreb has another important significance, as it takes place in the context of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Croatia. I want to underline from the beginning the substantial and consistent dialogue that I had today with Prime Minister Plenkovic. We will meet again today. We have discussed the state and the prospects of the bilateral relations, and as Mr. Prime Minister said, we have both agreed that there is a very good cooperation relationship between Romania and Croatia. We have highlighted the desire of both states to consolidate, intensify and deepen cooperation, both at bilateral level, and as partners within the European Union and NATO allies. Today, as you know, two documents were signed — the Agreement regarding the reciprocal protection of classified information and the Memorandum of understanding regarding the collaboration between the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Economic Chamber of Croatia. The signing of both documents shows the intention of both states to intensify bilateral relations. We agreed that, from the perspective of economic relations, there is an important growth potential which should be fully capitalized. I have expressed the desire to have new opportunities identified in order to render economic relations between Romania and Croatia more dynamic. Last year, commercial exchanges between Romania and Croatia stood around EUR 270 million. The potential for growth is huge and we wish, regarding the economic component, to fully capitalize on this growth potential. I hope the Economic Forum in autumn organized on the occasion of the visit of the Croatian President to Romania to be the perfect occasion to further embolden these economic relations. At the same time, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, we discussed about the importance that the Romanian community in Croatia and the Croatian minority in Romania play in the bilateral relationship, representing genuine connection bridges between our countries. Surely that we will deepen in further discussions the issues that pertain, as Prime Minister Plenkovic mentioned, to European common projects, common policies that both Romania and Croatia support, namely cohesion policies, the European common agricultural policy. It is important that we will be able to harmonize through our positions the points of view within the European Union. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, taking into account the latest problems that the European Union is facing, and I may mention here the nationalist movements, also Brexit, and the somehow uncertain situation between Europe and the United States, which might be the medium and short term solutions to revitalize the European project and if you could exemplify some directions in this respect. Thank you. Andrej Plenković: Thank you very much. Indeed, you very well remarked on the populism existing within various EU member states, even at the latest elections for European Parliament. These expressions are often against the system, and they have very, very many negative connotations. This conclusion- we established together at the level of the European Council too. The best example is the negative referendum inside the Great Kingdom of Great Britain. Within these UK election, Nigel Farage, UKIP, in a peculiar electoral system, was designated as member, he made use of the policies and milieus of the institution in which he does not believe. Therefore, making use of a flagrant mistake, he managed to manipulate a consistent and considerable number of voters at the referendum and get the: - NO. The same UKIP at the election taking place not long time ago, took no seat. Of course, because of other electoral model and because of mistake, I outline it once again. Therefore, our colleagues' responsibility is to refresh the joint project powers in compliance with the Rome Agreement, and especially on the occasion of the 60th anniversary since its signing this year, which of course puts emphasis on the political element, the economic element, the sectoral element, therefore, on funds within these...Therefore, to refresh this global power, at global level, of the European Union and in this respect, we are very glad that France elected its leader as well as the members of its Parliament, therefore pro-European, so that both France and Germany will continue to be the leaders of this process of strengthening the EU project and we, as member states, we can contribute significantly to the creation of this European identity. Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr. Prime Minister Grindeanu, what is your opinion about the security situation in Europe, in the context of this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania and if this anti-missile shield being stationed in Romania means in fact the militarization of Europe. Sorin Grindeanu: Romania's foreign policy has two important components: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, on the other hand, the Strategic Partnership with the United States. On the one hand, Europe, the European project, the European Union are facing challenges that we need to address united, because history shows us that we are stronger together than separated. This can be done by strengthening the European project, security being part of it. Romania is part of NATO, and it is for the first time since our NATO membership, when the Romanian Government allocates 2 percent for Defence. We are making all these investments in defence as part of NATO's endowment strategy. Therefore, security is extremely important for us- and not only for us. Thank you. *** Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay an official visit to Croatia, on Monday, June 12, in which he will have meetings with President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandrokovic. Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall will also be part of the Romanian delegation The items of bilateral and European interest on the meeting's agenda in Zagreb will be addressed including from the perspective of debates on the future of the European Union, with both Romania and Croatia, endorsing the need for cohesion and solidarity inside the EU.The topic is of interest for both countries, given that Romania has already started to prepare for its first tenure as president of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of 2019, and Croatia will hold this presidency a year after Romania, in the first semester of 2020. The two countries also intend to cooperate for their accession to the Schengen Area, which was highlighted including in talks that Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had with Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier, in March at Victoria Palace. During the visit that the Romanian delegation headed by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay to Croatia, the Agreement regarding mutual protection of classified information will be signed, as well as the Memorandum of understanding regarding cooperation between Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Croatian Chamber of Economy. 2017-06-09 16:57:00 de stat Borbély László: ”O economie verde funcțională ar trebui să constituie o prioritate a omenirii”Știri din 08.06.2017 19:02:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la ParisȘtiri din 08.06.2017 release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu: Romania and France will work together to strengthen the European project Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had today, in Paris, a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart Édouard Philippe. The Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the French Prime Minister on taking office and stated that President Emmanuel Macron's victory in the elections and the formation of the new Cabinet represent a chance to re-launch the European project. The two officials discussed about the excellent relations between the two countries, and also about the prospects to intensify cooperation, especially the economic one. In this respect, the two Prime Ministers agreed to set up some intergovernmental mechanisms to deepen cooperation in areas such as: energy, infrastructure, agriculture, or digital economy. - The Romanian Government thanks France for the constant support granted to our country in major projects. I would like to reaffirm Romania's commitment to strengthening the privileged relations between our countries, and I am sure that together we will work very efficiently to strengthen the European project, in accordance with our joint interests, stated the Romanian Prime Minister. - Romania is an important partner for France, in addition to our cultural and historic links, there are very many French investors on the Romanian market and I have noticed a growing interest on the part of other companies too, that want to invest here, highlighted the French Prime Minister. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe thanked and accepted Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's invitation to visit Romania. The two Prime Ministers also discussed about Romania's preparedness to take over the EU Council Presidency as well as about Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019. - An important project, Romania - France Cultural Season 2018-2019, is approaching, which will be a huge opportunity to speak about our joint cultural heritage, stated the French Prime Minister. Other discussion topic pertained to the security and defence within EU. - We are in favor of advancing a more consistent EU profile in terms of security and defence. This construction must be complementary to NATO, stated the Head of Romanian Executive. During discussions, the French Prime Minister showed that France supports Romania's efforts for the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification to be lifted, but also its accession to Schengen area. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to France aims at contributing to the consolidation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries and of the economic relations given that the trade exchanges are on an ascendant trend. In 2016, the bilateral trade amounted to nearly 8 billion, by 10 percent more than in 2015. End of visit statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, I would say a few things about what happened yesterday, an important step, namely: Romania's accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency. It is an important step to attain the objective of becoming OECD members. I had a discussion with the OECD Secretary General, Mr. Gurria. We are on the right path, we can attain this very important objective for our country. We gave this example last evening too, and I will make a comparison: if NATO accession brought us, to Romania, security, EU accession brought us prosperity and economic growth, OECD accession which represents a target we can attain, will bring us respectability. We are determined, it is one of our foreign policy's priorities. As regards the file and everything we have to do, we are very close to the finish line, which represents a victory and will represent a victory for our country. Extremely important. This was the role of my last evening's visit. Today, we had a meeting as you know, with the French Prime Minister. He is at the beginning of his term of office, our today's visit is the first visit of a counterpart here, during his tenure. The aim of this visit pertains to strengthening our strategic partnership with France. All items and all important dossiers from the point of view of both countries were discussed. I will mention some of them, namely how we can contribute together to strengthening the joint European project - and this is one of our targets - especially from the perspective of the fact that I asked and received assistance and we will receive assistance regarding the organization of Romania's future presidency of the 2019 European Council. There are things we want to discuss beforehand, in order to see the priorities on the European agenda in early 2019. I told you about this item, extremely important, consolidation of the European project. We also discussed about the bilateral relations between Romania and France and very many issues related to strengthening economic relations were addressed. As you know, trade exchanges between Romania and France amounted to nearly EUR 8 billion at present or at the level of 2016, by 10 percent more than in 2015. Therefore, the trend is ascendant. It is room for better, to improve and rise the level of these economic exchanges, and I mention some areas, such as: infrastructure, energy, agriculture, digital economy. There are things we discussed, and I thanked France for its support along history. They were with us all the time, when we became NATO members, and EU members, France supports Romania's accession to OECD. In connection with Schengen, CVM, European common defence policy, these are dossiers in work that you all know and we harmonized our points of view. I would conclude mentioning our excellent cultural exchanges and the Romanian - French season which appears to be the most important cultural event in the last ten years, from this perspective. I invited the French Prime Minister to come to Romania. We share political experiences, he too worked in the local administration. He is about to pay visit to Romania in the near future, exactlly to strengthen the Romanian - French relations. Reporter: Prime Minister, if you allow me! Sorin Grindeanu: Please! Reporter: Prime Minister is in France, President is in the United States at a time when the geopolitical alliances seem to be reset. Can Romania for instance link US and NATO global policy and the EU's global policy, which somehow seems to deteriorate? Sorin Grindeanu: There are two strategic directions for Romanias foreign policy: on the one hand, strengthening the European project, as Romania is a EU member, and on the other hand — strengthening the strategic partnership with the United States of America. These are the two foreign policy pillars our country needs to strengthen, and this is the right direction. All contacts, all visits are more than welcome exactly to consolidate these two extremely important directions that are complementary, they do not exclude each other. Reporter: If we return to the situation in Romania, we know that there is an ongoing evaluation of Ministers. Mr. Dragnea stated that although he did not want any Minister to leave the office, everything depends on the party's evaluation. Are there some first conclusions regarding this evaluation? Sorin Grindeanu: I kept on answering this question.These evaluations are a normal thing, some are to be conducted by the coalition leaders. It is a political government, one based on parliamentary majority, evaluations are to be conducted both at the level of Government and Prime Minister. Is it a perfect Cabinet? No, there is always room for better and for improving the activity. I want all these things to lead to an improvement of the Romanian Government's activity, so that from this perspective, things are as clear as possible, as told by me and by President Dragnea two days ago. Reporter: Nicolae Badalau is considered close to Liviu Dragnea. Do you think he spoke on his name or is it a shared opinion at the level of the party, at the level of leadership? Sorin Grindeanu: I will not answer anything else more than I said, I do not give replies, and I do not want to make speculations. Reporter: In case of mounting pressures, do you exclude a resignation? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to make speculations as I told you. I want the Government's activity to be upgraded. A lot of good things have been done, we should continue them, and this is my role, that of the team, and not only of those who back us in the coalition and in Parliament. I see things from this perspective. Reporter: Are you affected in any way that the ruling coalition does not fully support you like it did at the beginning? Sorin Grindeanu: No. How did you reach that conclusion? Reporter: Are you affected in a any way by this pressure, perhaps even in the relationship you have with your Cabinet colleagues? The Prime Minister's authority... Sorin Grindeanu: Prime Minister's authority isn't affected in any way. I see things as I told you earlier, and my role is to try, together with the team I am leading, and not just the governmental one, the extended team, to do what we pledged to people and this is our role. Replies or issues which are not related to my agenda and the agenda of the Cabinet I am leading, I did not give and I will not give. Reporter: Was the Cabinet reshuffle discussed? Is it a topic of discussion? Sorin Grindeanu: To date, things have taken place as you said. The coalition is conducting a continuous evaluation, I have it too. There are things I consider normal and not necessarily replacements of Ministers..are important, these changes where things can be better done so that we can improve the activity. Reporter: How do you think that this evaluation will end? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not make speculations. Reporter: What were the grievances and what Ministers were targeted? You mentioned certain grievances at a certain point. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not do this on TV. Reporter: Will you oppose if the coalition parties ask that a certain Minister leave the office, or will request it although you feel that he does his job? Will you oppose it one way or other? Sorin Grindeanu: There are no tensions, no things of this type, all time, there should be arguments over why you can do a thing, why the activity in a certain area was at a lower level. We are discussing based on arguments, not anything else. Reporter: I would ask you about this activity: there are repproaches that the Government did not assume important projects of the government programme, and I would refer here to the sovereign fund, salary law, all reached under the form of legislative initiatives in Parliament, assumed by MPs, not the Government. Sorin Grindeanu: These decisions were taken together in coalition, therefore, it was not the Government's decision. On the contrary, the Government gave its assent on the salary law. I am glad and I congratulate the MPs for having suceeded in a relatively short time to pass this very important law for our country and which reset all this budgetary system on fair bases. It is a very good thing and I congratulate them once again. This is what we wanted, a dialogue to exist between Government and Parliament, and as the discussion was around which way to promote these laws and it was considered necessary or useful to promote the aforementioned laws at a more alert pace, directly through Parliamentary initiative. That was the only...(...) 2017-06-08 10:08:00 Grindeanu: Statutul României de membru al Agenției pentru Energie Nucleară este un succes pentru pregătirea aderării la OCDEȘtiri din 07.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu attended today, in Paris, the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD (NEA), that took place in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria and NEA Director-General William D. Magwood. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a step forward for Romanias nuclear sector, as this will secure access to the best practices, statistics and research and will provide a consistent input for the Governments nuclear power decisions. It will also make us more resilient to asymmetrical challenges we are currently facing in the energy and climate domains, stated Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized that this is also a success for the preparedness of Romania's accession to OECD. - The Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon, added the Head of the Executive. On this occasion, the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria stated: Romania will contribute to NEA works, with its excellent technological and research capabilities. We are marking today a new beginning for the Agency, all members will benefit of the expertise Romania and Argentina can provide in the field of nuclear safety. Romanias delegation attending the ceremony also included Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan, Rodin Traicu, chairman of the National Commission on Nuclear Activity Control(CNCAN), Horia Grama, President of the Nuclear and Radioactive Waste Agency(ANDR), Radu Puchiu, National coordinator for the relation with the OECD, as well as Luca Niculescu, Romanias Ambassador to France. Romania thus joins the 31 NEA member states, countries with the most advanced nuclear programmes in the world. Through this accession, it is acknowledged that Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry, and it uses a safe nuclear technology, being fully committed to adopting the best practices in the field. In the context of his visit to Paris, Prime Minister Grindeanu had a meeting with OECD Secretary-General Jose Angel Gurria this evening. Additional information: Romanias accession to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of OECD is the outcome of several years of cooperation, involving the participation of Romanian specialists in the exchange of expertise and good practices within the NEA committees regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy. Romania officially submitted its candidacy to become a NEA member in October 2016. Romanias nuclear programme went afterwards through an evaluation process by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort involving the Romanian relevant ministries, representatives of the nuclear industry and research institutes in the field, as well as the Inter-ministerial Committee for Romanias relationship with the OECD. This dialogue revealed that Romania is meeting the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and NEA in the areas of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security. OECDs decision reconfirms Romanias long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe CANDU-6 nuclear technology. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the ceremony for the accession of Romania and Argentina to the Nuclear Energy Agency of OECD Dear Secretary General Gurria, Dear Director General Magwood, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear colleagues, I am very pleased to be here today to accept on behalf of Romania the invitation to become the 33rd member of the Nuclear Energy Agency. This is an important moment for the Government of Romania, and I would like to thank Secretary General Gurria, the Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency, and the member states for the excellent cooperation. At the same time, let me thank the Romanian team that had worked very hard. I also want to congratulate Argentina for their success. Our accession demonstrates the relevance of the Romanian nuclear program, its technological and industrial added value, and above all, its safety standards. Becoming a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency is a relevant step forward for the nuclear sector in Romania because it will grant access to best practices, statistics and research, and will ensure a consistent input for the Government's decisions on nuclear energy. It will also make us more resilient to the asymmetric challenges we face today in the areas of energy and climate. At the same time, our accession is an opportunity for the Romanian experts to join the elite network of international experts from countries that share the highest nuclear standards. Finally, this is also a success for Romania in advancing the cooperation with the OECD. We know that the future enlargement process of this organization is being discussed and will be a part of the debates to take place tomorrow. My Government strongly believes that Romania is fully prepared to start accession talks with the OECD, based on its merits and economic results. We are looking forward and we are optimistic that a decision in this regard will be adopted soon. Thank you! 2017-06-07 21:16:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Ekaterina Spasova Gheceva Zaharieva, viceprim-ministru pentru reforma justiției, ministrul afacerilor externe din BulgariaȘtiri din 07.06.2017 RELEASE Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu discussed with Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva about Romanian - Bulgarian friendly relations and future cooperation modalities Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Bulgarias Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva discussed today, at Victoria Palace about the bilateral relations of good neighbourhood between the two states as well as about ways in which they can be developed as regards both the European agenda and specific joint projects. Romanian-Bulgarian cooperation is a priority, you are neighbours and European partners, stated Grindeanu, emphasizing the positive trend in economic cooperation and prospects for developing ties between the two states in the areas of energy, industry, transport and the environment. The Head of the Romanian Executive also highlighted the joint priority objectives related to the European agenda, with emphasis on keeping in place the EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy. In her turn, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform, Ekaterina Spasova Gecheva-Zakharieva hailed the close links between Romania and Bulgaria, outlining the need to maintain and strengthen them including by coordinating positions on all aspects of common interest. Mention was made of Bulgaria taking over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018, maintaining EUs cohesion policy and common agricultural policy being one of the priorities. Justice reform, the fight against corruption, bilateral cooperation for the end of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) as soon as possible, and for an end to airport control of internal Schengen flights were some of the topics discussed during the meeting. The officials also underlined shared positions on topics including Brexit, accession to Schengen Area and the Syrian file. In connection with short and medium term specific projects, the officials addressed the need for finding solutions to streamline traffic at the common border between Romania and Bulgaria in order to eliminate long waiting lines at customs, as well as the issue of prioritising the construction of a new bridge over the Danube River to capitalise on European funds. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu mentioned the meetings of the Romania-Bulgaria-Serbia trilateral cooperation format, announcing that he is scheduled to meet his Bulgarian counterpart soon. 2017-06-07 13:54:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la deschiderea Forumului Capitalului Românesc – ediția a doua, organizată de Intact Media GroupȘtiri din 07.06.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Romanian Capital Forum Sorin Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the organizers for the invitation. I think that such events are important and welcome, as we have the occasion to sit at the same table - Government and business sector - and to discuss in an applied way about the measures we should take to strengthen domestic capital. In April, as Mrs. Stoicescu said, I met some of you at the Government headquarters, it was a very good working meeting and I want this to become a routine in the relationship between the state and the Romanian investors. I said back then and I would like to repeat it now too, that we will not hesitate to take appropriate measures to protect and support the interests of the Romanian private sector. Romania is heading to a good direction, and the prospects are encouraging. Therefore, we have to make sure that we will keep the same pace and that the economy is functioning on solid, competitive and sustainable bases. This is why the Government'strategy is that whereby its measures, to move the drivers from consumption towards those areas which boost productivity and foster new job creation; currently, the first priority of the Romanian Government is to promote investments, especially regarding infrastructure development. It is an area on which our country's development and prosperity depend, and it is no use adding more, each of us is aware of this. You may have noticed that things have sped up in this field, I often pay visits to the Transports Ministry and I want to visit in the shortest time possible working sites, as on the spot, things may not look as good as on paper. To give you one example, this month, auctions for lots 1 and 5 of Pitesti-Sibiu motorway and lots of Pitesti-Craiova, the entire road section, will be launched through the electronic system of public procurement. At the same time, I know very well that road infrastructure, as I said, is important, but not enough. A simple radiography of Romanian entrepreneurship shows very clearly: the challenges if I can call them so, that you are facing: excessive red tape, suffocating controls, lack of skilled labor force, competition on the part of the eurozone and lack of fiscal stability. I have mentioned some of the challenges that you faced. I would like to address each of them today and to find together the best solutions because we have a common interest, namely the development of the Romanian capital. It is very true that your businesses depend on what decisions the Government makes, but at the same time, we too depend on the good course of your businesses because you are the ones who create jobs and bring money to the state budget. First of all, I want to tell you some things about cutting through red tape. A first step was taken whereby the law which eliminated 102 taxes and which had a positive impact . Nearly 8% more limited liability companies were set up in February and March this year as compared to last year. As you know, we are preoccupied with and we are analyzing the possibility to eliminate other taxes as of next year. We also want to simplify the formalities that need to be fulfilled in the process of obtaining the European funds. I kept on giving an example from the time I was president of Timis county council: in December, Minister Teodorovici was in office, and on POR, on the 6.1 measure, I signed documents for three days, because the requirement is to sign on each page of the project you are going to submit. It took me three days because I had to sign on each page. I gave this example, I will further give it, I also gave it on the meetings with European officials. It is not a requirement coming from the European Commission. These are things invented by us, and they represent one more barrier which some gentlemen and ladies invented to make this process even more lengthy. Clearly said - we no longer want hundreds of thousands of papers to be signed and stamped. European money is very thoroughly checked, and we should only see that this money will reach you. Any useful idea to simplify this process will be very appreciated and taken into account by us. As regards controls, I tell you one thing, namely, the prevention law appeared to be a big problem as I figured out that people misunderstood the term of prevention, and then, we had to change the name, to mean that we want a normalization of the relations between business environment and control authorities. Our interest is for us to be partners, to support you, and not to suffocate you with controls and fines. The project will enter emergency parliamentary procedure, and we hope it to reach as quick as possible the Presidential Administration for promulgation. Whereby this law, we are taking a first necessary step regarding upgrading the relationship between the business environment and us. The lack of skilled labor force is a problem that we need to assume. The solution from our point of view is to reform the educational system so that we can bring skilled personnel to the market. The Education Ministry has resumed the task of reforming this system. We need to be aware that it is a difficult process and a lengthy one, the deadline to come up with the education law is the end of this year. This law of education should be very well drawn up, and be submitted to an extensive public debate. There were meetings between that committee that is operating within the Presidential Administration, and the Education Ministry, steps have been taken in this respect. I told you that debate should be as extensive as possible, and the final product shoul be one to provide what I have said earlier. You should know that in all these years following the Revolution, the education law has been changed more than 100 times, even 150 times, articles amended, etc. This led to today's situation, unfortunately. Then, it is extremely important to come up with this law discussed with everybody, with you, with all partners which to provide this framework for the future. Other challenge that I recalled for Romanian capital is the competition which came from the eurozone. I know it is a tough one, but we need to cope with it through much innovation and increase of the support coming from us, from authorities. In this respect, Minister Petrescu will develop, we adopted some measures, such as; exemption from the payment of the corporation tax in the first ten years of activity for companies that are carrying out exclusively innovation - research - development activities, establishing a 1 percent tax rate for micro-enterprises with one or more employees, and eliminating the 2% tax rate for micro-enterprises with an employee. I have said earlier that Mr. Petrescu will definitely develop this subject. I would remind you of a measure, namely the guarantee by the state of 50% of the investment loans - up to 10 million lei - and / or of the credit lines for the establishment of the work capital of 5 million lei through the SMEs Invest Romania programme. I know there are many things to do in this respect, and better is possible, this is why dialogue with you is essential. I want to emphasize this, that we are always open to dialogue and consultation, and I want that each time when we have important public discussions, we consult each other, so that we make the best decisions. This principle should govern tax policies too, as both you and us want a stable and predictable fiscal framework. There are things that each of us want. I firmly believe that trust is the most important pillar for the development of a climate conducive to business, and hopefully, we made the first steps towards gaining this confidence. I think it is essential to have this dialogue now, as I told at the beginning of my speech, Romania has underwent a good period economically. We have an increasing economy, the biggest growth rate in the EU, 5.7 percent, exports are at a record level, in this respect, the month of March set a record: 5. 7 billion, the industrial output grew by 7 percent, being the highest growth over the last three years, and to give you one example, more than 100 thousand new jobs have been created from the beginning of this year until now. We have further potential to develop and I think that only together, through dialogue and cooperation, we can achieve this. I conclude by saying that: the door of Government and of each Ministry is always open for you, and you are welcome anytime to give us good ideas to put into practice. Thank you. 2017-06-07 13:30:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul Finanțelor PubliceȘtiri din 06.06.2017 16:11:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu Carmen Dan, Ministrul Afacerilor Interne, Florian Bodog, Ministrul Sănătății, și Raed Arafat, Secretar de stat în cadrul MAIȘtiri din 06.06.2017 14:20:00 Sorin Grindeanu va efectua o vizită de lucru la Paris, în perioada 7-8 iunieȘtiri din 05.06.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu will pay a working visit to Paris from June 7 to 8, 2017. On Thursday, June 8, Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart, Édouard Philippe . On Wednesday, June 7, Prime Minister Grindeanu will attend Romania's accession ceremony to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), in the presence of OECD Secretary - General Angel Gurria and of NEA General Director William Magwood. Prime Minister will also have a separate meeting with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. At the ceremony of Romania's accession to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, the Head of the Executive will be accompanied by Finance Minister Viorel Ştefan. 2017-06-05 12:42:00 1 Iunie, Guvernul lansează Concursul ”Desenează România”Știri din 01.06.2017 11:48:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Copilului 1 iunie 2017Știri din 01.06.2017 Today, on the International Childrens Day, I think it is a good moment to reflect on the future of our children in the light of our present actions. Children need emotional warmth to grow up nicely, but also responsibility on our part, in order to provide them with the comforts that are normal for a European country and equal opportunities as regards access to education and healthcare. I want a quality education system for Romanias children, a system to foster value, I want measures in place to prevent school dropout, conditions for them to grow up healthy and proud of the country where they were born. Lets cherish our children today and try each day to make their childhood as beautiful as possible, thinking of whats best for them and for their future! Many happy returns to all the children in Romania and the diaspora! Many happy returns to the children all over the world! 2017-06-01 10:12:00 elevi – miniștri pentru o ziȘtiri din 31.05.2017 11:19:00 Sorin Grindeanu a efectuat o vizită de lucru la Ministerul Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 30.05.2017 19:32:00ă_de_lucru_la_ministerul_afacerilor_interne02.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a discutat despre proiectul unui campus medical universitar la București cu o delegație a Academiei Germane și a Federației Academiilor de Științe EuropeneȘtiri din 30.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today at Victoria Palace a delegation chaired by Dr. Gunter Stock, president of the German Academy and president of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences(ALLEA). The main topic addressed was the project of building a university medical campus for - Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in which medical research to blend with clinical practice, to the benefit of patients, but also for training young doctors and for encouraging them to remain to practice medicine in Romania. - We are backing this project and our programme for government stipulates the construction of a Republican hospital in Bucharest, organized as emergency, excellence and research centre, on all specializations. Being a project of such a scope - university, university campus and hospital - besides the money we will allocate, as Government, in parallel we are trying to find solutions to draw European funds, the Head of the Executive has stated. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has reminded that among the Executive's priorities, it is also building other eight regional hospitals organized as emergency-excellence centres, and rehabilitation of the current sanitary infrastructure. In his turn, Dr. Gunter Stock has hailed the initiative of developing a university medical campus in Bucharest, offering his support regarding the technologization solutions of such a project, after the model of those already existing in other countries. Other topic addressed during discussions pertained to Romania's intent to apply for the relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Victoria Palace meeting has also been attended by Ioanel Sinescu, rector of - Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, and Mircea Beuran, president of the - Carol Davila University Senate. 2017-05-30 12:19:00Întâlnire_cu_dr._günter_stock,_președintele_academiei_germane_și_președintele_federației_academiilor_de_Științe_europene_02.jpgPremierul Sorin Grindeanu a prezidat prima reuniune a Consiliului Național pentru pregătirea președinției Consiliului UE Știri din 29.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has chaired today the first meeting of the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency, in which it has been discussed the regulations on the functioning and organization of institutional structures which are about to be set up for the period in which Romania will exercise this mandate, in the first semester of 2019. - The Presidency of the European Union Council is an opportunity that I do not want and we, as a country, do not want to miss. This is why I set up this National Council to prepare Romania's mandate. I would like to swiftly move beyond the current first assessment stage and see as soon as possible a first draft of the multiannual budget, without neglecting the logistical issues too so that we can initiate as soon as possible the political discussions regarding the mandate of Romanias future presidency at the Council of the European Union, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. For Romania, it will be a very big responsibility, but also an opportunity to prove its technical ability to manage the activities related to the chairmanship - in - office of the EU Council, and to contribute in a consistent manner to strengthening the European project. In its six month- mandate, Romania will have to manage around 350 dossiers which will be in negotiation at European level, at least two of each being very important, namely: Brexit and the elections for the European Parliament, the Head of the Executive has mentioned. The meeting has also been attended by the Vice Prime Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration, and European Funds, Sevil Shhaideh, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu, Minister of Public Finance Viorel Stefan, Minister of Internal Affairs Carmen Dan, Minister of National Defence Gabriel Les, Minister of Justice Tudorel Toader, Secretary General of the Government Mihai Busuioc, and Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, Luminita Odobescu. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency [Check against delivery] Sorin Grindeanu: I am attending for the first time the National Council for Preparedness of the EU Presidency. I will tell you few things at the start and afterwards, we will go into technical issues. In 2019, we will mark 12 years since our accession to the European Union, and Romania will take over the presidency of the European Union Council. We all have the chance to show Romanias ability to lead for 6 months this forums works. Each Cabinet Minister will chair meetings in their areas of activity, will represent the European Union Council in its relations with other European institutions, and will speak with the international press on behalf of the EU Council. It is a great responsibility that some may not realize at this moment. This is why I have requested the Vice Prime Minister, the other Ministers present today to give this signal, and the technical things and everything related to organization are about to continue at this technical level. But we should not neglect as aforementioned, this signal that we want to give in terms of involvement and desire to start solving things from this perspective. At the same time, the Presidency of the European Union Council will also offer opportunities for us, first and foremost a political opportunity, to contribute in a consistent manner to strengthening the European project. During that semester, extremely important things will turn up on the agenda. I will give you two examples — the one related to Brexit, exactly in that period, plus the European elections, in that semester of 2019, when we hold the presidency, will surely be on the EU's agenda. Another opportunity — that is if we do our homework well enough — is to prove that we have the technical ability to manage, from what we know so far, about 350 dossiers that will be negotiated at European level by that time. This is an opportunity I do not want and we, as a country, do not want to miss. I set up this council to adopt strategic decisions in this project, programme, preliminary preparation process. This council will adopt the political decisions regarding Romanias mandate during the presidency. I would like us to swiftly move beyond the current assessment stage and see as soon as possible a first draft of the multiannual budget since we are talking here about this multiannual buget. I also insist that all the logistical processes, this must not be neglected, but, on the very contrary, everything pertaining to logistics is extremely important - be triggered and that we initiate as soon as possible the discussions on the political mandate of Romanias future presidency at the Council of the European Union. It is extremely important to set things in this form from the start. I would like to thank the press representatives. 2017-05-29 17:40:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Susținem planificarea multianuală pentru asigurarea fără sincope a vaccinurilor Știri din 29.05.2017 Government representatives and those of pharmaceutical companies have agreed that the conclusion of the framework agreements for the procurement of vaccines be done for periods between two and four years. This procedure will ensure predictibility and will allow prevention of crises in the supply of necessary doses. Signing these framework - agreements will provide continuous supply and in time of vaccine doses, ensuring some reserve stocks for authorities to which they can appeal in case of emergency as well as the manufacturers' predictibility. - We have taken some important steps over the last weeks in solving the problems related to vaccines but we have yet many things to do. Priority is the implementation of multiannual planning in vaccine procurement, Prime Minister has stated. The Health Minister has stated that he will initiate over the next period the auction procedure for the measles vaccine (ROR), for the period 2018 -2019, and the amount required for current year is to be purchased by mid July, through emergency procedure. Regarding the preparation of the anti-flu vaccination campaign 2017 -2018, it has been established at the level of the inter-ministerial committee that the Public Health Institute will urgently inform the Health Ministry regarding the required amount of vaccines, after consulting the family medicine doctors. Based on the required amount sent by family doctors, the Ministry will initiate the procurement of the antiflu vaccine for the next season. Other item on the agenda of the meeting held by Prime Minister and the Health Minister with the pharmaceutical companies representatives aimed at consultations on the draft Vaccination Law, in the context in which companies put forward a series of amendments regarding the length of the auction procedure, establishment of the assignment criteria and the delivery deadline. The Health Ministry has stated that he will analyze with all openness all these proposals, will takeover the beneficial ones, after which, the draft vaccination law will enter the intergovernmental approval procedure, on Government's meeting and it will be further sent for debate and adoption to Parliament. - It is necessary an as ample and transparent debate on this draft law of overwhelming importance for society, Minister Bodog has emphasized. The pharmaceutical companies' representatives have hailed the Government's openness and at Prime Minister's request, they have offered their support to participate in a public awareness and education campaign regarding the importance of prevention through vaccination. Today's meeting is part of periodical consultations initiated by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu with representatives of companies, associations and professional organizations with a view to solving the vaccines crisis, as well as for the implementation of a mechanism to supply the necessary doses continously and on time. 2017-05-29 17:24:00[1].jpgDiscuții ale premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu reprezentanții CEZ despre investițiile în domeniul energeticȘtiri din 29.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met with representatives of CEZ Group who wanted to present their investment priorities for the ensuing period. - We appreciate what CEZ Group has achieved in Romania, and we will continue to be a serious partner in order to maintain and boost the level of investments on the energy market, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated early in the meeting. The domestic energy market provides numerous opportunities, and the Head of the Executive has showed that Romania is awaiting new investments to be opened in the Black Sea area. - Diversification of energy sources, through sustainable projects, and in accordance with environmental protection policies, converges with our objective of energy safety and independence, Prime Minister has stated. Martin Zmelik, country manager of CEZ Romania has reminded that CEZ Group has been active here for more than 10 years and has appreciated that the economic environment in this period has become more stable and predictable, very important aspects for the company he is running. 2017-05-29 13:32:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul de semnare a contractelor de finanțare din sectorul TIC, în cadrul Programului Operațional Competitivitate 2014-2020Știri din 25.05.2017 Petrescu: Good afternoon. Welcome to the signing of the first 11 funding contracts in the IT and C sector for private environment, under operational programme competitiveness 2014-2020. We are now alongside the 11 beneficiaries but also representatives of the Intermediate Body for the Promotion of the Information Society. I give the floor to Prime Minister Sorin Mihai Grindeanu who held the office of Minister of Communications in 2015 by the time the call for projects was launched. Sorin Grindeanu: What times! Thank you! Even if today, we say the total amount for these projects would be of value, we do not speak about impressive amounts. Today's event was held precisely to convey the message of the Government, the relevant ministries, and to show our determination to speed up things related to the absorption of European funds. There are 10-11 projects under this programme, its second axis IT and C, that are now up for contract signing. Mrs Deputy Prime Minister, and Mrs Minister and Mr Jianu wanted today to convey a message for support to unblock the things which were blocked far too long and which are gradually reentering normalcy following the work of many of those who are here today, in this room. I am glad to see again my colleagues from the Communications Ministry! I congratulate you once again, but it is an important step taken today, towards what we all want, namely speeding up this process of absorption of European funds. I thank you, I wish you great success, both the Vice Prime Minister and Minister Plumb will meet as we have done to date, to monitor the progress regarding European funds absorption. Currently, all the documents for the accreditation of management authorities are now submitted to the audit authority. Once again, congratulations to those who made it possible. More was done in two months' time than others did in one year plus. (...;) We are talking about steps, as the target is far away, but little by little, we will get where we all want to be, namely at absorbing as much European funds as possible. Thank you and good luck! Alina Petrescu: Thank you. Vice Prime Minister Shhaideh, please. Sevil Shhaideh: Distinguished Prime Minister, dear colleagues, distinguished beneficiaries, it is an important day for the Operational Programme Competitiveness. After one year and three months, if not even more from the closing (...) for the axis in the IT and C field for SMEs. We have managed to sign the first funding contracts, a very important axis where beneficiaries have demonstrated real interest. The axis with initial allocation of 54 million EUR received an extra during this period, exactly to support as many beneficiaries as possible with very good projects. We managed to select 145 of the 212 project intents. Indeed, as Prime Minister has stated, it may not represent an important amount at the level of the entire Operational Programme Competitiveness but for you, for beneficiaries, I am sure that it represents an important amount for your business, and for you to attain your objectives with these projects. We must not forget that the ICT industry is for us one of the most performing and important industries, and the European funds alongside other instruments which the Romanian Government promotes, come to support this industry. I congratulate both the managing authority, the intermediate body, beneficiaries of this first progress! I hope that my colleagues too, Minister Plumb, Minister Jianu continue in this pace, so that in two weeks at the most, we sign all contracts on this axis and if we achieve savings or overcontractings at the Operational Programme Competitiveness - why not? Maybe by the end of the year or next year, we will launch again a new call for these important projects. Once again best of luck with implementation and I hope we have an absorption of EU funds as intended, EUR 5.2 billion on December 31, 2017. Thank you! Alina Petrescu: Thank you! Minister Jianu, please. Augustin Jianu: Good afternoon. Prime Minister, distinguished colleagues, I would like only to add the fact that we are speaking about a total number of 140 projects, the total amount being EUR 116 million, total amount for these investments, EUR 67 million of which represent nonrefundable European funds, which are earmarked for these investments in innovation, in ITC, in economy, to boost the competitiveness of digital economy, because, as Vice Prime Minister has mentioned, and as you know, the ITC sector has a larger contribution to GDP than agriculture, larger than civil engineering, and we want to speed up this increase of ITC sector in Romania, which is currently of nearly 9 percent per year, and not solely that, but to integrate all the value chain in Romania. To have innovation, research, development, achievement of products and their launch on the market in Romania, as currently, this contribution to GDP although is significant, relies very much on outsourcing, and through such projects, we try vertical integration and also to diversify the products and services which are supplied by companies in Romania. Thank you! Alina Petrescu: Thank you, Minister! Minister Delegate Plumb, please. Rovana Plumb: Thank you! I want to thank all who made it possible for us to sign today for the private sector these very important contracts. Practically, for us, the human resource, for Romania, human resource in the IT sector is a treasure, and we should act in such manner so that all funding sources available to us in the current programming period, when I refer to European funds, to continue, to fully contribute to the development of this sector. Surely, for the next period, as Vice Prime - Minister said earlier, (...), the signing of yet another 127 contracts amounting to EUR 70 million, and this is a first step so that we can contribute to the development of such an important sector. This is one of the fundamental objectives of the programme for government, as basically everthing related to development and recognition of Romania's value in the world is based on this builder(...) which fully contributes to competitiveness. Thank you very much. I wish you good luck and I wish we succeed in properly implementing all the contracts that we are signing. Alina Petrescu: Thank you very much. I invite now Vice Prime Minister Shhaideh, Minister Jianu to the signing ceremony of the first contract. Also, Mr. Cezar Dumitru Rusu is the representative of the company that got the highest score to this project. 2017-05-25 17:05:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Conferința Internațională cu tema „Un sfert de secol de constituționalism”, organizată cu ocazia împlinirii a 25 de ani de la înființarea Curții ConstituționaleȘtiri din 25.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the International Conference A quarter of a century of constitutionalism, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court Sorin Grindeanu: It is an honor for me to address you as Prime Minister at the closing of the works of an event related to the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court. It is a moment when we celebrate in fact almost the same number of years of democracy in our country. I will emphasize some of the ideas which, one way or the other, have been considered by the previous speakers, in order to mark their special importance. The Constitution of Romania adopted in 1991 and revised in 2003 was undoubtedly the cornerstone for building a constitutional framework based on liberty, political pluralism, democracy, respect for human rights and respect for the rule of law. In fact, without a Constitution to consecrate these principles, and obviously without a strong Constitutional Court to sanction any slippage from these principles, we cannot talk of a socially and economically based society, we cannot talk about a modern Romania that we would like to leave to our children. I reiterate here the importance of the work of the Constitutional Court for the proper functioning of justice and implicitly for the evolution of our society I reiterate the importance of the Constitutional Court for the proper functioning of the judiciary and, implicitly, for the evolution of our society. Too often in the past few years have we been in the situation to turn to the Constitutional Court for the settlement of political conflicts or issues which are normally resolved by political negotiation, not by constitutional mediation. I hope we, politicians, and all of us as a society have matured in these years, and I hope this will also reflect in the causes you judge. Ladies and gentlemen, without a fair justice, done according to legislative framework in full compliance with the European and Constitutional norms, with the general principles consecrated by the European Convention of Human Rights, there will never be a fair evolution of our society. Furthermore, as EU members, the manner in which the judiciary is functioning in Romania is important not solely for the Romanian citizens, but for all the other European citizens who want to live or invest in our country. I conclude with a call for relevant authorities in legislative activity. Both the Government and the Parliament should show more prudence in their legislating activity, in observing the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and the fundamental values of modern society. I thank you and wish you greater success in your activity, in the future. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following participation in the International Conference : A quarter of a century of constitutionalism, organized on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court Sorin Grindeanu: I had a brief discussion with Minister Toader before coming here. I understood that today, a first step, an important step has been taken, in this process of declassification of the SIPA archive. This first step was necessary. Other steps will follow, as Prime Minister has informed me, so that, observing laws in force, some of the files, as Minister has informed me, it is confidential information, other than state secrets, and therefore, there are different procedures of de-classification. He will give you the necessary details, I am sure, I requested him to do it as soon as possible, after this symposium is concluded. It is very well that today, the first step has been taken, the rest of them are about to be taken in the days to come. Reporter: A 2008 report has been disclosed, which should have been treated as confidential information. How is this possible and whether you intend to take measures to see how it reached the media? Sorin Grindeanu: Has it been disclosed by the Justice Ministry? Reporter: Well, someone needs to find out how ... Sorin Grindeanu: Law must be observed by everybody, regardless if it is those who disclosed reports which must not have been disclosed, there are others who want them to be disclosed, I do not want to enter into details, as I do not know what you refer to. What I saw in the morning, I consider to be a first step, as aforementioned, the remaining steps are to be taken over the next days, while observing the legal framework in force, I emphasize this. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, regarding Criminal Codes, have you talked to the Justice Minister? Will they be on today's Cabinet meeting agenda, at draft laws? Sorin Grindeanu: Do you refer to the one in public debate? If it has all necessary approvals. I will see, as far as I know, some were missing, this morning, this means it will enter debate over the next period. Reporter: Again, it is about a report drafted in 2008 by a SIPA inventory committee. It is information there that should have been declassified by Minister's Order prior to appearing in the press. Is there no need of not an investigation to see how those details came out of the ministry? Sorin Grindeanu: I am sure that all issues relative to law and law observance will be explained to you by Minister Toader. I do not know details and I do not know what you refer to, but I emphasize once again everybody must obey law. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, can you tell us if from now on... Sorin Grindeanu: If law was infringed, those who infringed it, must bear the consequences. Reporter: From now on, the Justice Minister is free to take all steps ensuing this declassification? Investigations, eventually? Sorin Grindeanu: I have said and few days ago, Minister said the same thing, and not solely him, that this process of declassification is necessary, observing, I outline this everytime, the legal framework in force. Minister Toader has taken today a first step, others will ensue so that we reach where I mentioned. Reporter: Is the only one in charge of this declassification process? Sorin Grindeanu: It depends ..., it is the main responsible, for there, it is the SIPA Archive, and it first refers to judiciary related activities. According to the degree of declassification of certain files, I told you earlier, some of them, according to law, can be declassified by order of Minister, others by Executive Decisions, these are the laws in force that everyone must obey. Reporter: Did you have a consultation? Is there an established timetable? Do you know how it would last? Sorin Grindeanu: Mr. Toader will give you the details. Certainly is that I want these to happen, and he wants it too, and I think these things can be achieved quickly. If a Ministerial order is required, as I said or Executive Decisions, he must come up fast in front of Government, with these legislative acts, if an Executive Decision is required, for us to reach where I mentioned. Reporter: Is there mentioned today, in the respective list, besides the name, an aspect whereby a report found irregularities at the level of SIPA records, that they would have been photocopied, destroyed. Did you talk to Mr. Toader, did they take measures, after the report was drawn up? Sorin Grindeanu: I did not enter into details, if things are as you presented them, those who made these photocopies, destruction, etc. Must answer before law. Things are clear, I do not think there are hues of approach here, things are clear for me, too, for everyone, and for Minister Toader and for all people of good faith who want things to be clarified in the end, and to be found what can be found from this famous SIPA archive. Thank you. Reporter: Is there an understanding between Government and CSM(Upper Council of the Magistrates) at this moment? Sorin Grindeanu: Between...? Reporter: Government and CSM. Reporter: On secondment of magistrates within the Ministry of Justice, there are certain dissatisfactions that you requested for instance, that Mr. Constantin Udrea be seconded to Justice Ministry, and CSM rejected the respective request, and there are tension between Government and CSM on the issue of magistrates secondment to the Justice Ministry, Ministry? Sorin Grindeanu: Of course, we want to find cooperation from other institutions when we put forward certain proposals. I do not know exactly, I have not seen the CSM decision yet on what this refusal is based on. We should see this substantiation. I know its not a first time. There are enough magistrates who, through the decision of the CSM, are seconded in various other institutions. Therefore, were not talking about new things. There cannot be any tension, there must be collaboration, but there must be a transparent and motivated collaboration, some decisions being motivated. Things are as clear as possible. Thank you. 2017-05-25 16:30:00ă de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul TransporturilorȘtiri din 25.05.2017 16:09:00 al premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia Zilei Eroilor Știri din 25.05.2017 13:16:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Mioveni, județul ArgeșȘtiri din 24.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at Pitesti-based Nuclear Research Institute Sorin Grindeanu: Ladies and gentlemen First, it is a great pleasure for me to attend today this very important event which gathers together the most important specialists in the nuclear field. The Nuclear Research Institute based in Mioveni is a centre of excellence, internationally renowned, which distinguished itself through numerous contributions in the nuclear research field. It is remarkable the involvement of the institute in two international projects for the burning and storage of radioactive waste, where it performed at the highest standards along with the United States of America, Italy, Belgium, France and Canada. I cannot overlook the fact that more than 80 percent of the students and master's students who did their research papers in your institute found very quickly a job. It is an exceptional thing which confirms the professional quality of specialists who are working here. As you know, Romania has taken an important step forward towards joining OECD after being invited to join OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The invitation confirms - as aforementioned, the fact that Romania meets the standards of the states with advanced nuclear programmes (NEA members), on this occasion, I would like to appreciate the role of Mioveni - based Nuclear Research Institute. Strengthening Romania's relationship with OECD is a priority for my Cabinet and I can say without hesitation, without any reticence that Romania is ready to start accession talks. In fact, I am coming from a meeting with European Union ambassadors, whom I also asked for support for Romania's accession to OECD. At the same time, I would like to reiterate the Romanian Government's firm commitment to support Romanian research in the field of civil nuclear technologies development, given its application in strategic areas such as energy, medicine and agriculture. It is an element of Romanian excellence which we need to better promote and which is recognized worldwide. This is why director Paunoiu said earlier recalling that this March, I approved rounding up the national research and development strategy with several projects including one for technologies for the 4th generation nuclear reactors, better known by specialists as ALFRED, for which development, two agreements will be signed today to supplement an international agreement already in force with the FALCON European Consortium. That will be yet another prestigious project adding to two others- the Magurele laser and the Danubius Centre of Tulcea. Energy independence is Romania's goal, and the Government I am leading, will grant support to all technologies producers of sustainable electric power. This is why I wish we'll start - and I had several talks with Minister Valeca from this viewpoint - in the shortest time possible, the investments at Units 3 and 4 of Cernavoda Nuclear Plant, where the institute could deliver equipment, services, technical assistance, as it did in the case of Units 1 and 2. Last but not least, I would like to notice with great joy that the TRIGA experimental reactor is perfectly functional and generating, apart from nuclear security and scientific benefits, 14 MWh electric power. I do not want to conclude my address before answering Mr. Director's challenge in connection with budgetary revision. In addition to the fact that you have a very good partner in the Romanian Government, namely Minister Valeca, today, anticipating what you wanted to say, I am accompanied by Secretary of State with the Finance Ministry Mr Misa. Mr State Secretary, it will be you to blame if you fail to make the revision properly in this area . I would like to thank you and assure you of the Romanian Government's full support. Thank you. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu's visit to Mioveni -based Dacia Renault plant Sorin Grindeanu: I will be very, very brief. I was interested to come today, at Renault to monitor compared to last visit, the one at Titu center, the progress we have achieved in the relationship between us and one of biggest contributors to state budget, a strategic company for the Romanian state, and I can tell that progress has been achieved in some of these fields as compared to one month ago. Also, the most interesting matter from the viewpoint not only of Dacia Renault Group but also of those who have told for a long time that infrastructure is needed in this area. The auctions for 1 and 5 lots of the Pitesti-Sibiu motorway, but also for the Pitesti-Craiova section will be launched this June on Electronic System of Public Procurement (SEAP). Also, in connection with Arges county infrastructure and not solely, I can tell you that by the end of July, according to our estimates, we will manage to launch the auction procedure, for the third lot, which is very important. The first two lots encompass nearly 45 kilometers. I am tired of the fact and I think that people from Renault and you, especially local media, are too, that Prime Ministers and Ministers kept coming and telling you things related to infrastructure, I want us to fulfill them, and the deadlines are as announced, in June, an important step will be taken, namely the one related to auction procedures. We have agreed to cooperate for a memorandum, this autumn, by this highlighting the interest that the Romanian state and the Government have in supporting Dacia Renault group. As I have mentioned before, it is an extremely important company for us and we wish standards stay up there . I cannot but remark that this month, there were meetings between Renault representatives, and to give some examples, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Research, on various levels, in various applied talks, so that we gradually solve all the points we discussed in the past. The Rabla and Rabla Plus programmes (car-scrappage programme) have also been launched in the meantime, also important for the Dacia Renault group, but not solely. I have heard that this plant has a very good work protection, and I am sure that accidents cannot occur here, andas conclusion, I want to say that whereby Government's contribution, irrespective of the Ministries in its composition, I will not enter into details here, I would like us, as a Government, to be able to stimulate, to help develop this plant, to develop this company in Romania, an extremely important company, a strategic company for the Romanian state. Thank you. 2017-05-24 18:05:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu premierul Estoniei, Jüri RatasȘtiri din 24.05.2017 release Prime Minister Grindeanu: Romania and Estonia have similar visions regarding EUs future Today, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met at Victoria Palace with his Estonian counterpart, at the invitation of the Romanian Government. Prime Minister Ratas' visit to Bucharest is part of a tour in several states(Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary), ahead of Estonia's holding the rotating Chairmanship of the EU Council in the second semester of 2017. Discussions have mainly focused on the EU's future, in the context of Brexit. The two officials have also discussed about deepening bilateral relations, especially in the economic field, but also in other sectors, such as: defence, cyber, education, energy, culture and tourism. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has voiced Romania's support for the objectives of the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council. - We support the Estonian priorities aiming at a united, strong, cohesive European Union in which we intend to search together pro-European solutions, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Also, the Head of Bucharest Executive has presented to his Estonian guest our country's preparations for taking over the EU presidency in the first semester of 2019, and has outlined that the two countries share similar views regarding the EU's future. - We want to maintain and enhance coordination among our countries ahead of Romanian presidency in the first semester of 2019. (...) I am delighted to find that Romania and Estonia share similar views, fellowship in the reflection process of EU's future is of major importance for us. The outcome of European debates must be to the benefit of all member states, without any fragmentation, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. At the same time, Romanian Prime Minister has voiced support for EU policies with value- added, namely the Common Agricultural Policy and the Cohesion Policy which contribute to building a dynamic Europe. Prime Minister Juri Ratas has showed that the Estonia's Presidency of the EU will have as objectives: an open and innovative European economy, safe and secure Europe, a digital Europe and free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe. During discussions, the Estonian Prime Minister has assured the Romanian Government of his total support in attaining the objectives related to Romania's accession to Schengen. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined our country's interest in Estonian experience in e-government and has emphasized the Romanian administration's openness to cooperation for public services digitalization. - Romanian Government is also interested in ensuring the public service digitalization and Estonia has consistent experience in this respect. I have expressed our openness in significantly developing cooperation in e-government policy, Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. The two officials have also outlined the importance of cooperation within NATO and have approached in the context, the perspectives of the future Summit of Eastern Partnership in Brussels, of November 24, 2017. In this respect, Prime Minister Grindeanu has outlined that Romania remains an active partner of Eastern European states, especially of the Republic of Moldova. The meeting has also been attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall, and Romania's Ambassador to Estonia, Daniela - Mihaela Camarasan. Additional information On July 1, 2017, Estonia will take over for the first time the presidency of the EU Council (PRES EE), under the slogan - Unity through Balance. *** Joint press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and his Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning. Allow me to express my appreciation for Prime Minister Juri Ratas' prompt answer to my invitation to visit Romania before Estonia takes the EU presidency in the second semester of this year. We have had today an efficient exchange of ideas and evaluations on European topics and not only. First, I have expressed Romania's support for the ambitious agenda of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union and I have wished every success to my colleague, to whom I have also presented our preparations for the 2019 presidency. In this context, I would like to outline, to reiterate the Romanian Government's determination to have a successful presidency, an efficient one, that would allow the advancement of important European files. I have discussed with Prime Minister Ratas about the EU's future and I can tell you that I am delighted to notice that Romania and Estonia share similar visions. Solidarity and inclusiveness in the reflection process of the EU's future are of major importance for us. The outcome of European debates must benefit all member states, without any fragmentation. I have also voiced support for EU's policies with value -added, namely the cohesion policy and the agricultural policy - they are two fundamental policies that contribute to a more dynamic Europe. I have also emphasized during our discussions that the social Europe should rely on a common and unitary vision, a vision in which the social process is a priority for us all, not just for some. Other topic addressed today pertained to Brexit. Romania supports EU unity in the future negotiations, based on what the member states have already agreed. The rights of Romanians who are living, working and studying in Great Britain are an aspect of major interest for us. One of our important objectives in the context of Brexit is to protect Romanians'rights and to make sure they will not be discriminated against. I have conveyed to Prime Minister Ratas our special interest regarding the Eastern Partnership which the Estonian Presidency will organize in November. Romania remains an active supporter of our partners in the East, especially of the Republic of Moldova. Secondly, we have also discussed about the bilateral component of our relations which I consider today to be very good. We have agreed to work together to strengthen the economic dimension but also to develop cooperation in other sectors such as: security, defence, culture, tourism, education, cyber security. The Romanian Government is also interested in ensuring the digitization of public services, and Estonia has a consistent experience in this respect. I have expressed our openness to significantly develop the cooperation with our Estonian friends regarding the E-government policy. Considering our countries' experience in the cyber field, but also the threats we have directly faced in this sector, we have had a very useful exchange with the Estonian Prime Minister about future cooperation arrangements, given that Estonia hosts the NATO Centre of Excellence in this field. Thirdly, we have also discussed aspects pertaining to security or the Eastern flank security. Last but not least, I want to say that I asked Prime Minister Ratas, former mayor of Tallinn and with experience in managing in 2011, Tallinn - European Cultural Capital, to share this experience. As you know, in 2021, Timisoara will be European Cultural Capital and the experiences and exchanges of opinions in this respect are welcome and very useful. Juri Ratas: Thank you. Honourable Prime Minister, Dear journalists, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to say that Estonia and Romania, we have quite similar interests, quite similar values, in both organizations: in European Union and in NATO, and I think it is very important for both countries. It is a pleasure to be here today, in Bucharest, and especially on this occasion, preparing for Estonia's upcoming presidency and introducing these priorities of our presidency to your Prime Minister and also later to your President. At our meeting, we talked about our priorities during the second half of 2017 as well as questions concerning the future of the EU and the implementation of the joint position concerning the future of the EU and its unity. The bilateral relations between Estonia and Romania are in good shape, we both have a rapidly developing IT sector which is good grounds for more cooperation in that field. We appreciate Romania's contribution to the Baltic - air policing mission, as well as to the development of NATO missile defence system. Also, Romania has Estonia's full support in joining Schengen. In July, Estonia starts its first ever presidency of the Council of the European Union, on the eve of our country' s100 birthday like your country, next year. This is the role we take with a sense of responsibility but also, with hope. This is because a whole generation of Estonians have grown up in a free Estonia, and for them, the EU is a natural part of their world. I believe it is fundamental to show that EU 27 is united and it works, that is willing to make difficult decisions but even more importantly, to deliver results. And more importantly, we need to show again and again, and again that EU is a valuable part of our citizens everyday life, and an answer to the challenges that we are faced today, the role of the presidency is to search for a common denominator and balance, to find a fair balance between risky and safe economy, social and environment, big and small, north and south, west and east. Europe stands on its four fundamental freedoms and a shared region of peace and prosperity. Actually, we push for the free flow of data to become the fifth freedom. With this in mind, in Estonian presideny, we'll focus on the following priorities: first, an open and innovative European economy, second, safe and secure Europe, third - a digital Europe and free movement of data, and fourth, an inclusive and sustainable Europe. This said, I would like to stress again that our primary goal is to keep the unity of the European Union and to advance our common cause. There are many challenges on our way: be it the refugee crisis or recovering from economic instability, but also terrorism, war in Syria, and the fact that large part of Ukrainian and Georgian territory is still occupied by Russia. Estonia cannot make it alone, it is our collective effort, therefore, I look forward to working very closely with you, Prime Minister and all my European colleagues, in making sure that after the Estonian Presidency, our common Europe is a better, more secure and more prosperous place. 2017-05-24 12:53:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la emisiunea „Ediție specială”, B1 TV, moderată de Silviu MănăstireȘtiri din 23.05.2017 22:12:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Adunarea Generală a Uniunii Naționale a Consiliilor Județene din RomâniaȘtiri din 23.05.2017 16:42:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Sorin Grindeanu, după atentatul din Manchester, Marea BritanieȘtiri din 23.05.2017 Grindeanu: All our thoughts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and to those injured, as well as to the entire British people. Several dozen minutes ago, I spoke with the Ambassador of Romania to Great Britain, we have had no information to date that there are Romanians too among the Manchester victims, we will keep in touch with our embassy. Nevertheless, allow me to express my consternation and at the same time, my revolt against such an act targeting innocent young people who attended as we all know, a concert. We will find out over the next hours if there are Romanians among the victims. 2017-05-23 16:30:00 Sorin Grindeanu s-a întâlnit cu reprezentanții companiei KazMunayGas InternationalȘtiri din 22.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has discussed with representatives of KazMunayGaz, CEFC and KazMunayGas International about the cooperation perspectives in the energy field. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has reaffirmed the Romanian Government's openness to foreign investments, on the occasion on today's meeting at Victoria Palace, with officials of Kazakhstans state-run oil and gas corporation KazMunayGas and its subsidiary - KazMunayGas International and of China Energy Company Ltd(CEFC), future main shareholder in KazMunayGaz International. - We are very open to all that means investments in Romania, we have already proved it by the measures we have taken and I can assure you of the same openness in the future too, the Head of the Executive has stated. In turn, the representatives of investors from Kazahstan and China have commended the Romanian Government's positive approach and have expressed their interest in developing cooperation in several fields, including the energy, infrastructure but also finance and banking. The KazMunayGaz International representatives have presented also the company's development plans in our country and the region. Fully-owned by KazMunayGas, KazMunayGas International operates in 11 countries, controlling Romanias oil refineries Petromidia Navodari (Romanias largest such refinery) and Vega Ploiesti (Romanias oldest operating refinery), as well as fuel distribution chains (Rompetrol) in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Georgia, France and Spain. 2017-05-22 13:10:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Forumul Pieței Financiare, organizat de Asociația Română a BăncilorȘtiri din 22.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the Financial Market Forum Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Romanian Banking Association (ARB), Governor of the National Bank of Romania, distinguished representatives of the banking and financial sector, dear guests, First, I would like to thank you for the invitation to attend this important event for the entire financial industry in Romania. In its 26 years of activity, the Romanian Asociation of Banks has known to become indeed the voice of the financial - banking industry in Romania and one of the most important Romanian professional associations. You chose for today an ambitious topic, a vision for 2020 in the current international context. It is ambitious as we are working with many unknown issues, maybe today more than ever, but I know for sure that we all want the same thing: a dynamic and prosperous Romania, connected physically and virtually to the European infrastructure and not only, a Romania in which our children want to live and the businesspeople want to invest. What to do to arrive there? I remember that on our meeting one month ago at Victoria Palace, we discussed about the population's financial - banking education too. This is a field in which we should do more to capitalize on the advantages but also to be ready for the challenges posed by technology and innovation. School must indeed increase the level of financial literacy of Romanians, but here you also have the role to better explain the instruments and advantages, especially in areas with low banking coverage. Rural Romania is still too little attractive financially for you and I can understand this, but perhaps it is high time that apart from the church, the mayoralty, the school and the socialising place, so to say, there is at least an ATM in each village or commune. I am not asking you for pioneering or volunteering, Im asking you to think to the huge potential of the rural area that currently comprises half of Romanias population and, in my opinion, unlimited opportunities. The payments and financial transactions through the digital technology are more and more frequent, and if we look at the evolution of the most developed countries, where such payments are almost exclusively online, we realise that our country too, in rapid steps, is heading to this direction. The advantages of these technologies do not surprise anybody, anymore — way less bureaucracy, shorter time allocated for transactions, cheaper financial-banking products and services for the people, curb on the grey economy and boost in our economys attractiveness for the foreign investors. At the same time, I told that we need to meet the challenges posed by these technologies. Only this month were two large-scale cyber attacks, that sent shockwaves across the world and showed that we need to better prepare and to be more efficient. I know well the interest of the banking community in making better use of the potential of new technologies at all levels, and I can tell you that we have the same goals.We need to identify and use the best solutions for the benefit of citizens and the Romanian economy. I know you are in a permanent communication with state institutions and I want to assure you of our full openness. In this respect, I consider opportune the ARB proposal to set up an inter-ministerial working group, that would comprise including representatives of the banking community, and that would prepare this process thoroughly. Its not an easy process, but we have to do it and I enjoy the interest of ARB. It would be a pity to miss this opportunity, especially since Romania is going through quite good economic times. We have a growing economy, the highest growth in the European Union, exports are at a record level, foreign direct investment grew by 22.9 pct, industrial production by 7.3 pct and more than 100.000 new, stable, full-time jobs were created in the first four months of 2017. All these things can be seen in the peoples increased living standards. I look forward to the conclusions of the event, and I want to reassure you again of the entire support of the Romanian Government. Thank you. 2017-05-22 13:04:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Spitalul Clinic de Urgență pentru Copii „Louis Țurcanu” din TimișoaraȘtiri din 21.05.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following visit to Louis Turcanu Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children, Timisoara Sorin Grindeanu: A meeting today first of all at the new building, with those responsible for construction. I asked them not to continue in this pace. Nevertheless, as of 2013, only the Government allocated 23 millions and below 10 were spent in these years, for various reasons. Now, those 7 millions were allocated for construction. I hope and I have confidence, I understand that this is the proper work pace, but I hope this money is being spent, for other funds to be given by the Government, because it is an important project not only for Timisoara, but one for the region too. Louis Turcanu Children Hospital is a regional hospital, one that needs this building, that serves the entire region, as I have said, and has extraordinary doctors who need to work in appropriate conditions. I will monitor how they advance in their works, to keep up with the pace. I had a meeting with the representatives of family doctors, those from DSV, from the County House of Health Insurance, with all those who have responsibility in the health policy in Timis county. Eight children died in Timis County last year, from various initial causes, but the final one is the fact that they had not been immunized. Let us tell it frankly. Timis county ranks first in terms of measles - and in fact, the three counties as well: Caras, Arad and Timis. This cannot be tolerated. Therefore, the causes leading here are diverse, and I do not want to necessarily speak about them, but we have reached this situation. I do not think we can ignore it any longer. You know that, two weeks ago, I had a meeting at the Government, (...) important enough at national level, also in the healthcare, the names of 26 children who died, were read. I hope there will be cohesion for the problem to be solved. I understand that currently, the vaccine is not missing, and I will ask the mass media representatives, you have an extremely important role to back the public demarches towards informing the citizens as this vaccination campaign is connected to the healthcare of each of us. It was a very good discussion, some conclusions were drawn, hopefully, we will achieve results too. It is obvious that from this point of view, we will make some changes related to legislative framework, some we made during the Thursday Executive meeting, others will be made over the ensuing period. We will see when the vaccination law leaves public debate. There are important things which need to settle this system on some coordinates to make it predictible. We need to know on time and to order the necessary amount of vaccines on various categories. This has not been done over the recent years, and it led to crisis situations, as those you already know. Reporter: (...) the Health Minister or is there a Minister whose activity you are discontented with? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not think this would have any importance. But I thought it is the local media, there are answers that I gave in Bucharest. I monitor the activity of each of my Government colleagues. When I felt the need to give an impetus to their activity, I did it. When this is not enough - as I have done so far, I held discussions with those who back this Cabinet politically, the governmental coalition - things will be discussed as transparently and as openly as I told you. Reporter: next week, with President Dragnea? Sorin Grindeanu: I meet very often with President Dragnea, I speak often with him, there is no problem to discuss any kind of topic. Reporter: (...) Sorin Grindeanu: I have said this. Before compelling someone to do an action of this type in our case, the state should do other thing, to make sure it has the necessary amount of vaccines. Before compelling parents or fining them for instance, if vaccination is complusory, they can be fined for failing to vaccinate their children, you need to make sure that you ensure the stocks of vaccines. We need to establish the franework, to make it predictable, to know in due time the actions one need to take, and afterwards to discuss. I want to detail an extremely important issue (...), each of us cherishes freedom, the freedom of choice, this is why, we are living in a democratic country. Reporter: Did you vaccinate your children? Sorin Grindeanu: I did. Nobody compelled me to do it but I consider that I did the right thing vaccinating them. I enjoy complete freedom as long as it does not affect your freedom. If we transpose this in what we have discussed to date, your freedom to not vaccinate your child may affect my freedom, if it produces an outbreak in the classroom. There are things we need to take into account. Reporter: When will the two bodies set up yesterday become operational? Sorin Grindeanu: One I think, has already started operating, the other - in short time. Those from DSP here announced me that on Monday, that they will receive all vaccines thay did not have until then, and then, this emergency situation was solved. The problem is that an alert action takes place everytime, an outbreak appears, you go and try to quench it. This is why this framework is needed to make the system predictable. Reporter: Yesterday, President Liviu Dragnea changed his speech and said that he would agree now with mandatory vaccination, if this is required. Which is your stand? Sorin Grindeanu: I said it before. We should first do this: ensure the necessary stock of vaccines. Secondly, after doing these things, we need to consider the other aspects, those related to freedoms, to what we explained you earlier. But unless we solve this framework (...) of compulsoriness, and currently, this is not solved. Reporter: If (...)? Sorin Grindeanu: We are waiting. Accreditations were sent, in three months, all documentation for all managing authorities was sent to the audit authority so that they are accredited now; I repeat, for all bodies. It has been worked a lot, I thank them for that. In three months, there have been achieved things which others had to achieve for some years. I had discussions with those from the audit authority, we are waiting for their approval, so that it can start. To stop this outbreak at this moment, we may need a form whereby to make immunization compulsory, things will extend otherwise. Statistically, in the rural areas, the situation with vaccination is much better than in urban areas, As EU member state, we should be at somewhat 95 percent. We are somewhere at 60 percent. The cause - in rural areas, people take their children to vaccination, here, in urban areas, perhaps there is too much information about alternative medicine, this is why we reached this situation. Reporter: Is there not a problem related to family doctors from urban areas? Sorin Grindeanu: They are at the end of this chain. Everywhere - both urban and rural ares. Family doctors are those who are at the end, as I said, and those who should administrate the final, namely the vaccine. There are currently proposals and concrete measures have been taken and it has been discussed here about giving an impetus to the activity of family doctors including through refunds at the County House or the National Health Insurance House. They are very important in this chain. In the next days, I will receive from them, including from those here whom I greatly trust, proposals so that we make amendments to this legislative framework. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you receive an explanation why there are so many cases in the western region, including deaths, because of measles, compared to the other areas of the country? Is the vaccination percent lower in the west than in other areas of the country? Sorin Grindeanu: I can tell you that if summed up, measles cases from Timis, Caras, Arad are as number, almost half the number at national level, therefore, half the national cases are in Banat. Causes are diverse, and in two hours here, I found out some of them. Currently, I am interested in us trying to quench this outbreak, which will not happen overnight. It is an outbreak of disease. 2017-05-21 13:28:00ânia va adera la Agenția pentru energie nucleară a OCDE (NEA)Știri din 19.05.2017 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has officially invited Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and its Data Bank. Romanias accession to NEA will be formalised with official exchange of letters in the presence of OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria in June 2017. Romanias accession to this OECD agency is the outcome of many years of cooperation involving the participation of Romanian experts in the exchange of expertise and best practices within the NEA committees, regarding the sustainable and responsible use of nuclear energy. I am hailing the OECD decision to invite Romania to become a full member of the Nuclear Energy Agency, which will benefit both parties. This is a confirmation of the constant progress made by our country towards assimilating the OECD instruments. We will do our best for Romania to start as soon as possible the negotiations to join the world club of the best economic development practices, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. Romania officially submitted its NEA membership application in October 2016. Romanias nuclear programme later underwent evaluation by the NEA Secretariat, a joint effort that involved all the relevant ministries of Romania, nuclear industry officials and officials of nuclear research institutes and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Romanias Relation with OECD. This dialogue revealed that Romania meets the standards of NEA member states with advanced nuclear programmes. It also revealed a joint interest in strengthening cooperation between Romania and the NEA in the field of nuclear technology, nuclear research, radioactive waste management and nuclear security. Once with the completion of the accession process, Romania and Argentina will join 31 states already NEA members that are working together for the best practices and policies development in the nuclear field. We are very glad to have Argentina and Romania join the NEA, a step that signals the growing co‑operation between the OECD and both countries, and an evidence of their commitment to best practices in the field of nuclear energy, said OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurria. The OECDs decision reconfirms Romanias long-term commitment to nuclear energy development and international cooperation. Romania has a developed nuclear energy infrastructure and national industry and it uses safe nuclear technology (CANDU-6). 2017-05-19 10:26:00Întrevederea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu comisarul european pentru concurență, Margrethe VestagerȘtiri din 18.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has outlined the Romanian Governments full availability to strengthen dialogue with the European Commission, including on topics concerning the competition environment, on the occasion of today's meeting at Victoria Palace, with the European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager. - Even recently, we had the opportunity to strengthen this dialogue during the meetings held in Bucharest with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans. We believe this dialogue to be important, particularly in the perspective of Romania taking over in 2019 the Presidency of the EU Council, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has hailed the European Commissions initiative to modernise the manner of granting the state aid, as well as the draft directive referring to strengthening the role, independence and ability of national competition authorities to act and implement the European norms in terms of competition. In her turn, the European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has appreciated the efforts of the Romanian authorities towards improving the competition environment in Romania and has expressed the ECs openness to collaborate with the Government in this direction. Also, today, at Victoria Palace, the European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has had a separate meeting with Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and officials of the Communications and Information Society and Transports Ministries. The Competition Council Chairperson Bodgan Chiritoiu was also present at the meetings. 2017-05-18 18:08:00 de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Ministerul SănătățiiȘtiri din 18.05.2017 15:45:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul “România și OCDE – Perspective actuale și viitoare”Știri din 18.05.2017 by PM Sorin Grindeanu at the event: Romania and OECD - current and future perspectives [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, Distinguished guests, Good morning. It is a pleasure for me to attend today this conference dedicated to the relationship existing between Romania and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. I would like to first congratulate the organizers. It is important for such an event to take place at the initiative of some partners from the private and academic environments. Allow me to thank the National Bank of Romania and Governor Isarescu for hosting this event and the support extended to us. I would like to also greet the OECD experts whom I thank for having answered our invitation, as they have expressed full readiness to broadly present the OECD role and instruments in the field of economic, financial policies, corporate governance, fight against corruption and public policies.For Romania, it is an important moment in the long history of our relationship with OECD, a moment of maturity and visibility, especially of mutual interest, as I am sure this will emerge during today's conference too. Strenghtening Romania's relationship with OECD, the world club of best practices of economic development, is a priority for the Government I am leading. Romania is a recognized and relevant OECD partner, active contributor to specialized and regional dialogue within the organization. I discussed about all these things with the OECD Secretary - General Angel Gurria during our telephone conversation last week. Romania has known a steady progress, much accelerated over the recent years, to assimilate the OECD instruments and to participate extensively in the organizations work structures.We are actively consulting each other and we are interested in working more closely with the OECD in many key areas such as: macroeconomic policies, corporate governance, liberalization of capital flows, migration and many others. We are today in a particularly favorable economic moment, marked by economic growth, according to Eurostat, a seasonally adjusted 5.6 pct, in the first quarter of 2017. We have the highest economic growth in the EU. Moreover, exports are at a record level, which shows the high competitiveness of Romanian products. As of March, goods worth EUR 5.6 billion have been exported, this being the largest monthly export in history. Also, in the first quarter of 2017, foreign direct investment total EUR 1.075 billion, increasing by almost 23 pct compared to the same period last year. That does not mean that we can relax our efforts, on the contrary, we are aware that we need to maintain this pace, and we also know that this growth must be achieved in a solid, sustainable and responsible manner. This is why I believe it is vital to make the required reforms through assimilation of best practices and existing standards, and in this respect, OECD is acknowledged leader in global economic governance matters, with which we want to cooperate. As aforementioned, we have taken important steps in this respect, we want this dynamics to continue and amplify. Romania is ready to start as soon as possible the OECD membership negotiations. Membership of the organization will be a reconfirmation of the economic progress of our country,of its genuine level of development. It will mean a more efficient public administration, more adapted to the global world requirements. We firmly believe that this may happen as soon as possible, we are aware of the difficulty of the process and we are willing to do our best, everything that depends on us in this respect too. This requires not only the will of our country, but also the support of our external partners, the OECD member states that we want to count on in order to attain this objective. I think you can fully notice today the broad support of the business environment, Parliament, NBR, opinion makers of Romania, academic environment. I wish you an as interesting as possible debate, I am awaiting its conclusions, I want to assure you again of the Romanian Government's full support for a closer and mutually beneficial relationship between Romania and the OECD , beneficial for all the actors, not only for Romania and OECD, but for all actors who can and want to participate in our goal of joining this organization. Thank you. 2017-05-18 11:21:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Creșterea economică de 5,7%, o confirmare a faptului că măsurile luate de Guvern sunt cele corecteȘtiri din 16.05.2017 5.7 pct economic growth registered in the first quarter of 2017, as compared to the first quarter of 2016, an evolution which exceeds the expectations of analysts and international bodies — International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (BM), the European Commission (CE), is a confirmation of the economic measures taken by the Government. Romania has thus recorded the highest growth in the European Union in the first quarter of this year, according to data published by Eurostat today. The Government will continue to support the economic growth trend by stimulating public investment, accelerating the European funds drawing, improving the tax collection and curbing tax evasion. The economic growth is also the result of business environment's confidence in the economic measures announced by the Government for the next period — including the Prevention Law, the establishment of the Sovereign Investment Fund — also proven by the confidence indicators calculated by the European Commission. For 2017, we intend to draw substantial European funds to the Romanian economy, namely EUR 5.2 billion. At the same time, I personally monitor through weekly working meetings, the improvement of tax collection and the fight against tax evasion. These are levers whereby we support the pace of the economic growth so that the evolution of the economy can be felt in Romanians everyday life, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu considers. The economic growth rate of 5.7 pct, higher than the estimated figure for the entire 2017, respectively 5.2% was anticipated by other positive developments in the economy: The exports peaked to a record high in March 2017, namely EUR 5.7 billion. More than 100,000 stable new jobs were created in the first four months of the year. The industrial output has high growth rates — a positive development in the manufacturing / medium and high-tech industries. The unemployment rate is at an historic low after 1989. 2017-05-16 14:51:00 Sorin Grindeanu a evidențiat evoluția pozitivă a economiei românești în cursul întrevederii cu Anthony De Lannoy, membru al board-ului FMIȘtiri din 16.05.2017, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has had a meeting at Victoria Palace, with Anthony De Lannoy, a member of the IMF Board. On this occasion, the Head of the Executive has emphasized the positive evolution of Romania's economy, which is confirmed by the data of the National Institute of Statistics, according to which the gross domestic product in the first quarter of 2017 was, in real terms, by 5.7 pct higher as compared to the same period last year, above the analysts' forecasts. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has also referred to the budget surplus of over 1.64 billion lei, respectively 0.2 pct of the GDP, registered in the first three months of this year. Anthony De Lannoy has hailed the economic developments mentioned by Sorin Grindeanu and has assured him of the International Monetary Fund' s full support in order to strengthen this trend and maintain the established goals.- These figures really place Romania in a good position. They will be taken into account for the next IMF report of the financial system stability assessment , the IMF's official has stated. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has given assurances that the measures envisaged by the Government for the ensuing period will not change this evolution, and that he analyses weekly, with the representatives of the Ministry of Public Finance and the National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) Romania's maintenance within the 3 pct budget deficit target. In this context, the Head of the Executive has also referred to the unitary pay draft law, now in Parliament, which intends to place the salaries in the public sector at a level as accurate and realistic as possible, taking into account both the level of professional training as well as the experience and the results. - We want to thoroughly analyze each measure before its implementation, and so far, we have maintained ourselves within the pledged parameters, Prime Minister has stated. Marius Nica, State Advisor to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, has also attended the meeting. 2017-05-16 14:44:00 Sorin Grindeanu: Descoperirea zăcământului de la Caragele este încă un pas pe drumul României spre asigurarea independenței energeticeȘtiri din 12.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Energy Minister Toma Petcu and the Economy Minister Mihai Tudose have participated today in the presentation of the biggest natural gas onshore deposit discovered by the Romania in the past 30 years, in Caragele, Buzau County. During this visit, Prime Minister Grindeanu has had a technical working meeting with the management of the Energy Ministry and the company Romgaz Medias, on the development prospects of the gas deposit discovered in Caragele area. Also, the governmental delegation led by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has visited Group 4 Caragele of Romgaz Medias, comprised of the gas collection group produced by the wells 4, 5, 6 Caragele, gas drying station and gas metering station. Discussions have focused on the particular importance of this discovery that contributes to Romanias energy independence and with potential for the existence of new deposits of the same type. In 2017, Romgaz plans to drill six wells in this deposit, three of which are already operational, with investments amounting to EUR 40 million. Putting this deposit into production will entail investments of nearly EUR 140 million, intended, inter alia , for well drilling to confirm the potential increase in the amounts available in this perimeter. The deposit is to be put into production by Romgaz in 2019. In the same year, BRUA would become operational. - Romania is one of the least dependent countries in the region on the external gas sources. The discovery of Caragele gas deposit is one more step on Romanias road towards ensuring energy independence and consolidating its status as factor of stability in EU. At the same time, it is an important moment which contributes to attaining our objective of diversifying the energy supply sources Prime Minister Grindeanu has stated. Additional information: As a result of the exploration projects and production tests carried out from 2011 to 2016, Romgaz discovered in June 2016, on the 35 km- long Caragele platform(between Buzau and Braila), an important natural gas accumulation at a depth of about 1,500 -4,000 meters. Gas accumulations have about 25-27 billion cubic meters, with growth potential following the exploration development, which can ensure the entire country's consumption for a period of 2-3 years. Press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following his visit to Group 4 Caragele Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to visit today, along with other Cabinet colleagues, this new exploitation in Caragele. It is a very important exploitation which will develop over the years to come, producing between 25 and 27 billion cubic meters of gas, it is the most important discovery in the years after the Revolution. If we were to discuss only from this point of view, this deposit alone would ensure the energy independence of our country for two - three years. Surely, I want to encourage Romgaz, a 100 percent Romanian company, not that this aspect would necessarily matter, but we encourage such actions from two perspectives: first of all, to ensure an extremely important thing and secondly, we want Romania to become a regional energy hub through the development of other energy projects too. These are two extremely important issues and I would conclude by telling you that we need to get out of this vicious circle generated by our inability to explore natural resources over these years. We only talked many times about this, we did not know to capitalize on. We have a rich country and when it comes to exploiting natural resources, the richness of our country, we did not know how to exploit them for the benefit of our citizens. I hope that this signal which the Government as well as the Parliament conveys, is an important one for this industry. Reporter: We have been talking about the royalties law, when should it be completed, as we are in the second trimester, acccording to the programme for Government, you should finalize it in this trimester? Sorin Grindeanu: We have been working on it, it is a working group in several Ministries: the Energy Ministry, Economy Ministry, Ministry of Public Finance, that has been working on it. What has been crystallized to date, I do not want to say more than this, because it is normal, it is a sort of split, division of these royalties: on the one hand, those onshore, and the offshore ones, other type of royalty, as the exploitation out, at sea, is different from that onshore. Reporter: Will you maintain this idea with 20 percent tax on resources exploited abroad? Sorin Grindeanu: There are different variants that we have been working on. As it has not been cristallized by Ministry and agencies which are part of this interministerial group, when we reach a conclusion, we will let you know. Reporter: When do you hope to reach a conclusion on this? The royalties are the last on a list of things to be achieved.. Sorin Grindeanu: We will observe the programme for government, we will come up with this law in this trimester. Reporter: Will the current surcharge on the domestic gas production remain in place? Sorin Grindeanu: There are things which are being discussed and will be discussed in Parliament too, and you know that there have been talks in the specialized committees in this respect. I do not want to go over Parliaments right to legislate. What I told you is that this interministerial group, in addition to this division of onshore-offshore royalties, is taking into account all the possible taxes that can calibrate the revenues the state can earn from the exploitation of these natural resources, but equally important is for us to reach a competitive price, once our current deposits are being exploited, either in the Black Sea, the future deposits or those which for instance are here. We need to have a competitive price, because we are talking about a free market, and we will talk even more about a free market in the ensuing years. Reporter: What can you tell us about reshuffle, today, there has been talk about the reshuffle of some ministers? Sorin Grindeanu: The same thing, this will not be done on television. Thank you. 2017-05-12 18:02:00 Operativ la nivelul Guvernului pentru soluții la criza vaccinurilorȘtiri din 12.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked the urgent setting up of an operational group comprised of representatives of the government, professional associations and civil society, to come up with immediate solutions to the immunisation crisis as well as to prevent similar situations from happening in the future. - It is our responsibility, of the Government and the Health Ministry, to find solutions to secure the necessary vaccine stock. We cannot make vaccination compulsory under law as long as the necessary vaccine doses are not secured, Prime Minister has stated. This operational group would be entrusted with a clear mandate that would include coming up with proposals to amend the legal framework so that in the short run the necessary vaccine doses may be procured while in the medium term, the vaccine stock may be predictably and continually secured. Prime Minister Grindeanu has expressed his full openness to the urgent amendment of the relevant legislation , and has called on the Health Ministry, and the representatives of professional associations and civil society to put forward, as soon as possible, proposals for amending the legislative framework. Also, the Health Minister Florian Bodog has showed that he will propose the setting up of the Management Unit of the Immunization Programme within the Health Ministry, structure that will be entrusted with the mandate of securing continual and on time procurement of vaccines, to avoid gaps in supply. - It is high time for urgent, targeted action. It is inadmissible that children die from preventable diseases. I believe we need to talk about prevention and health education, and in this respect, family physicians have an important word to say, Prime Minister Grindeanu has underlined. Today's working meeting at the Victoria Palace, has been attended by: prof. PhD Alexandru Rafila, president, Romanian Society of Microbiology, Dr. Sandra Alexiu, Vice - President of the National Society of Family Medicine, Dr. Gindrovel Dumitra, Head of the Vaccinology Group within the National Society of Family Doctors (SNMF), Prof. Dr. Adrian Streinu - Cercel, manager of the institution, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, - Matei Bals, Dr. Valeria Herdea, President, Romanian Association for Pediatric Education in Family Medicine (AREMPF), Dr. Oana Falup - Pecurariu, ESPID Board Member, Clinical Hospital of Children Brasov, Dr. Miljana Grbic, Head of Local Bureau, World Health Organization(OMS), Dr. Anca Draganescu, President, Pro Immunization Association, Ana Maita, Mothers for Mothers Association, dr. Adriana Pistol, Vice President of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology, and Director of the National Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases Center within the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Borboro Koo, UNICEF specialist on healthcare issues. 2017-05-12 14:22:00 Sorin Grindeanu salută sprijinul exprimat de președintele Comisiei Europene, Jean-Claude Juncker, pentru ridicarea MCV înainte de 2019 Știri din 11.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has met today at Victoria Palace with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The meeting has also been attended by the Public Finance Minister Viorel Ștefan, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Meleșcanu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu. Preparations started by Romania in anticipation of its first mandate at the helm of the EU Council in 2019, and the CVM lifting in this time horizon, accession to Schengen and the switchover to euro have been the main topics addressed during the meeting. In connection with the CVM lifting perspective, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has expressed his strong belief that the dialogue carried on this topic with the European Commission experts brought the necessary clarifications for Romania to fulfill its undertaken commitments. - In these ten years since its EU accession, Romania has had a predictible, constructive and pro-European approach, and we are determined to fulfill all our commitments the Head of the Executive has stated, adding that EU accession brought very many benefits to Romania. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has at the same time mentioned the fact that Romania has already been prepared for some years, from the technical point of view, for Schengen accession, he has presented the progress made over the past two months regarding subsidies for farmers and has pleaded for the relocation to Bucharest of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Romania's intent to file its candidacy in this respect being already formally announced by a memorandum approved by Government. In his turn, the Public Finance Minister Viorel Stefan has given assurances with respect to Government's determination to maintain the deficit target of 3 percent of GDP. The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has hailed the progress made by Romania, expressing once again the hope that Romania will be welcomed in Schengen and the Mechanism for Cooperation and Verification (MCV) will be lifted before the country takes over the presidency of the EU Council. 2017-05-11 17:54:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea "Sinteza zilei" la postul Antena 3Știri din 10.05.2017 00:00:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în AustriaȘtiri din 09.05.2017 release Prime Minister Grindeanu: The development of Austrian companies in Romania is also due to the friendly conditions for business environment here Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has participated today in Vienna in a round - table meeting organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, to which representatives of the largest Austrian investors in Romania have also been invited. The Head of the Executive has outlined that Austria is important to Romania, being the second largest foreign investor in our country: - We are one of the most profitable markets for Austria in this region of Europe. The fact that several of the Austrian companies have developped so well in Romania, is a success story due to your management but also to the friendly conditions existing in our country for the business environment. Prime Minister Grindeanu has presented the measures taken by the Government designed to encourage the business environment and the economic development, outlining the VAT decrease from 20 percent to 19 percent, cutting through red tape and reducing by 102 the number of taxes and tariffs. The Chairperson of the Economic Chamber of Austria, Christoph Leitl has congratulated the Bucharest Government for the record economic growth achieved by Romania, which - gives confidence and welfare to citizens. In the first trimester of 2017, compared to the same period last year, the industrial production rose by more than 5 percent, retail sales increased by nearly 7 percent, services to population by 5. 6 percent and services to enterprises by 9 percent. Also, Christoph Leitl has outlined that Austria ranks first regarding professional training of youth and has expressed its availability to provide expertise to Romania in this field. The event organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber has also been attended by Minister of Economy, Mihai Tudose, Minister for the Business Environemnt, Trade and Entrepreneurship, Alexandru Petrescu, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Ana Birchall and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teodor Melescanu. Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying a visit to Vienna where he met with Christian Kern, Chancellor of Austria and attended a round-table meeting organized by the Austrian Economic Chamber. Prime Minister will also have meetings with representatives of Austrian companies and the Governor of Lower - Austria, Johanna Mikl- Leitner. Joint press conference by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern Christian Kern: Dear ladies and gentlemen, I give you a warm welcome. Today, I had the great joy to welcome the Romanian Prime Minister. Romania is an important partner to Austria culturally and politically, but also economically. We exchanged views on the bilateral economic situation. Austria ranks second in terms of investment in Romania, 10 billion EUR have been invested. Last year, more than 2 billion euros were invested, and I have noticed that it has been an obvious growth in Romania, which will be even better next year. The Austrian companies knew a very good development, thousands of jobs depend on them. Also, developments in Europe show us that we face important confrontations, we want Europe to be in a stable situation, evolve in terms of prosperity, and Romania to evolve in terms of prosperity in Central Europe. We discussed about the EU Presidency because Austria will takeover the Presidency in the second half of 2018, and Romania, immediately after, in 2019, will continue this presidency. We had an exchange of views on want we want to jointly develop here. The Danube and the cohesion funds subjects represent a priority for us, and we believe it is possible to give new growth impetus. This presidency will evolve into a special EU situation, it will be Brexit, we do not know which are the concrete consequences yet, but we have a common project that both states will continue and develop, and once it reaches the advanced phase, then, we will see together. I give the floor to Prime Minister. Sorin Grindeanu: I am glad to be in Vienna today, and I would like to thank the Chancellor for inviting me here. The fact that it's May 9th today, the Day of Europe, and that we are in Vienna, I believe we can say it's symbolic for us, for Romania and Austria, and it shows the determination we have, Romania and Austria to work together for the consolidation of the European integration project, in the interest and benefit of European citizens. Romania is important for Austria, but Austria is also important for Romania. As the Chancellor stated, Austria is the second-largest investor in Romania, which is extremely important in our view. At the same time, for Austria, Romania is one of the most important markets from the standpoint of businesses and things that can be developed in our country. Surely, I invited him and hopefully, this autumn, Chancellor Kern will pay visit to Romania. There are two main directions on which we held discussions today. The first refers to the economic component - Austria is the second largest investor in Romania in strategic fields such as: energy, constructions, banking sector, insurances and not only. I would outline the fact that our country is incontestably one of the most profitable markets for Austria in the Central and Eastern Europe. In order to strengthen the very good economic relations, today, I am accompanied by the Minister of Economy and the Minister for Trade, SMEs and Entrepreneurship. Alongside the two Ministers present here, we will have an extremely important discussion we very much wanted to attend, held at the Austrian Economic Chamber where we will have discussions with the investors already present in Romania or with those who will want to invest in the future, in our country. I want to tell them that currently, our country is one of the friendliest countries in the EU economically, the taxes are extremely low. The growth rate of the Romanian economy last year was the highest rate in Europe, we hope it will remain so this year too. We will try to improve the economic framework so that investments in our economy grow and be more solid. The second main topic as the Chancellor Kern said, is the one related to the field of European Affairs. We are preparing for the succesive takeover of the Presidency of the European Union Council, Austria in the second semester of 2018, Romania in the first semester of 2019. There are many difficult topics to approach, we tackled part of them today, Brexit, EU future orientations, future policies, which in our point of view should confirm the cohesion policy - and - as central pillar - and instrument to increase the convergence between Eastern and Western Europe. The financial framework post -2020 is very important and it will be on the agenda of our presidencies. Last but not least, it has been discussed and I want to thank Austria for the support granted to Romania regarding the Schengen accession, and which it will grant in the future too. As a conclusion, I would like to tell you that I was glad to notice that we have the same preoccupation that the European Union remains a successful project for Europe, an efficient and cohesive institution, based on the principles of democracy and freedom, an institution closer to citizen. Thank you. Reporter: If you allow me, I will ask the questions in Romanian. As it is Europe Day, I would like to ask both officials about late discussions from Austria, regarding a possible prioritization to employment of Austrian citizens to the detriment of immigrants, among whom, the Romanians? And about reducing the social benefits for the immigrants children if they do not live in Austria. I would like to know whether these two topics have been discussed and which the current stand of the Austrian Cabinet is in connection with these two topics. Thank you. Christian Kern: You should know the following about this: if you speak about immigrants, I think you are speaking about the last wave of refugees. Austria is as size, the country that received most of the refugees, given the number of population, more than Greece or Italy did. In 2017, we need to spend 2 billion euros on assistance provided to refugees, not only on food, but also to secure basic living conditions, also for schools, social assistance, we also engage very much in the integration of these refugees. If the Austrian population did not offer their support, then, it would be impossible for us to intervene this way. I do not see your concern, but, on the contrary, I want to say that we are one of the countries that does much more than others. The discussion within EU referred to the measure the assistance granted to refugees is compensated. Austria is an exporter and a country that is paying to the EU. This is why, we consider that every country needs to fulfill its obligations and to participate in connection with this issue of refugees,and their treatment, to social assistance which is granted to them, which is bigger than in other countries. Sorin Grindeanu: I will answer too, much briefly. On the tete-a-tete discussion with Chancellor Kern, I approached this point on benefits. We understand the problems of each country. Our view - it is normal to be so - is that any sort of legislative change at national level should be - and I think here everyone agrees with that - in line with European legislation. Afterwards, each, once it is in line with European legislation, may develop its policies in the respective country, but in line with European legislation. I forgot to mention something in the presentation and I apologize for this. With a view to improving even more our very good relations, over the next period, we will try to pass to an informal level, the one related to NGOs and the dialogue between Romania and Austria to be carried at this level too. For this reason, I put forward the proposal that Chancellor Kern accepted, i.e. to launch under Aspen Institute Romania, a Romania - Austria dialogue, to include businesspeople, professors, personalities and which to help from the point of view of NGOs, to improving relations of all types between Romania and Austria. Reporter: I have a question for the Romanian Prime Minister. Do you plan to set up a Sovereign Investment Fund this year? Can you offer us details on its size and the projects you would be interested in? A Sovereign Investment Fund. If I have time, I would like to ask you another question on incomes taxation, promotion of some tax reforms. Can you provide us more information in connection with the moment when you intend to have the draft law ready and which is its budgetary impact? Thank you. Sorin Grindeanu: Surely, the creation of a Sovereign Investment Fund is one of the measures we committeed to come up with, in the next period, we drew up the law and the addenda. Over the next period, it will be brought into public debate, once this public debate regulating the establishment of this Sovereign Investment Fund finishes, we will send this draft law to Parliament. I hope the pace of dicussions in Parliament is an alert one, so that approvals and everything related to setting up this Sovereign Investment Fund is put into practice this year. There are very many steps to take, but we are just before submiting this law, extremely important for us, to public debate. From the other point of view, there are currently very many discussions related to the taxation system, all things designed to make Romania a friendlier economic environment. I told you at the start of the conference, that we are one of the countries with the most friendly economic environments in Europe. We have all time discussions of this type to improve these issues. We envisage an economic growth of 5.2 percent this year, all these things happening in the context of a fiscal relaxation which took place early this year. VAT decreased, the special construction tax was removed, etc. There are things we have done and we envisage in the next period as measures so that we maintain the economic growth of more than 5 percent for 2017, and to further remain one of the most friendly economic environments in Europe. Reporter: Good afternoon! I have a question for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and Chancellor Kern. I would like to know whether the current level of investments of the Austrian companies in Romania is satisfactory and whether you discussed today about a prioritization of cooperation in certain fields. Christian Kern: Cooperation functions very well. We have some very large projects in Romania. There are large companies that invested very much, EUR 10 million and I think that Mr. Prime Minister has already stated that the framework - conditions shall be improved, and then, I believe that investments will grow, but eventually, the decision belongs to companies, not to the Chancellor. We can support them, encourage them, but we think it will continue. Sorin Grindeanu: As aforementioned, Austria is the second largest investor in Romania in the fields I have mentioned before. There is always room for improvement. This is why we consider this afternoon meeting at the Austrian Economic Chamber as extremely important. We will have a meeting with current investors and with those who want to come in Romania. Our duty is to present our advantages, what we want to do in the future, the policies and the measures we want to take from this point of view, so that Austrian investments in Romania continue to be at the highest level. I repeat: Austria is extremely important to us from this point of view, and vice -versa is also valid, Romania being an extremely profitable market for Austria in this region of Europe. Christian Kern: Unless there are other questions, I would like to thank you. Joint press statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Lower Austria Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner Sorin Grindeanu: I am glad that during my visit to Vienna, I had the opportunity to have a meeting with the Lower Austria Governor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner. One of the strongest Austrian states, with a remarkable economic growth at the level of the Federal Republic, Lower Austria ranks at European level too, among the most successful and performant regions, last but not least, due to the openness of your state to Central and East European space and the investments too, in fields of the future such as: research and innovation or the new technologies. For the regions in Romania, Lower Austria can be considered a model region, regarding both economic strategies and policies, for this reason, it was designated the most appreciated region in Europe, from the innovation standpoint, and due to the important role in the field of digitalization. Today, we had discussions, as Madam Governor mentioned, about certain concrete projects implementation and we have also discussed a lot about Danube Strategy for the Danube region, extremely important issues for Romania and for you too. It is extremely important due to successive presidencies of the EU Council that Austria and Romania will have, to establish common points on the agenda as common priorities, in the second semester of 2018 when Austria will hold the presidency, and in the first semester of 2019, when Romania will hold the presidency. I discussed with the Governor about some challenges too, which we are facing at the level of the European agenda, knowing very well the fact that Lower Austria is extremely active at European level, and pleads for a strong cohesive policy, which represents a major priority of Romania on the European agenda. In our opinion, the cohesion policy should remain the central pillar of regional development policies. I appreciate the European and international openness of this state and I would like to express my satisfaction for the fact that Lower Austria Representation Office in Timisoara marks its tenth anniversary, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Romania's EU membership. I am certain that our relations will boost in the future and will make beneficial contributions both to the diversification of cooperation between our states and to the European project development. As a conclusion, I voice hope that the Governor will visit Romania soon and I thank her once again for our today's meeting. End -of -visit statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Reporter: (...) Mr. Prime Minister, did you discuss here, in Vienna about Romanians living here, who have business, and if you think, we know that at some point, it was a talk about helping them to return in the country, to invest in the country. Did you have any discussion on how to assist them, did the Economy Minister attend it? In your case... Sorin Grindeanu: We had talks, today, regarding the situation of Romanians, from more perspectives, both with Chancellor Kern and with Governor Leitner. We also had a meeting with those who already invested in Romania or who are willing to invest, at the Austrian Economic Chamber. More topics have been attained, including those related to social aspects. As you know, in Austria, at this moment, it is a debate in connection with benefits for the immigrants' children. I said on today's press conference, I have raised this problem, when I was with Mr. Cahncellor, they are in a process in which they sent a clarification request to the European Commission. We consider, as country, that the European principles must be observed, those underlying the European project foundation, those related to the free movement of labor force, capital. There are things underlying the European common project, and there cannot be European citizens of different categories or ranks. Reporter: Did he tell you if the intent to prioritize the Austrian citizens, upon employment, has become one way or other, reality? Because, again, it is a debate in Austria too, on this topic. Sorin Grindeanu: More then 100.000 Romanians, around 105.000, are living in Austria. We are among the first countries as presence, from this standpoint. Romanians contribute through daily work, to Austria's economic growth. Most Romanians living here are honestly working and they obey the laws in Austria, and this is a very good thing. I found extraordinary openness at Chancellor Kern, dialogue, he appreciates the work and what Romanians are doing here, in Austria. Surely, I do not want to enter Austria's internal debates and I do not think it is my role to do this. As I said, the common European principles do unite us. Both Romania and Austria plead for strengthening the common European project, as history has showed us that together, the 27 states are stronger than separately. Romania is important to Austria, important from an economic standpoint too. It is the country in which Austrian companies invested more or around EUR 10 billion. Austria is important to Romania from this perspective too. We share things that we need to strengthen. We are among the most important partners of Austria in the Central and Eastern Europe, which is important. Reporter: Since you mentioned EU principles and values which we should promote, I would ask your opinion about the draft law passed by the Chamber of Deputies regarding the Coalition for families and the definition of marriage in Constitution. Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, it is about an initiative, eventually, the Romanian people will decide through vote the path we are taking. My personal opinion that you know: three million Romanians voted in favor of this, but I want to tell you that it is eventually a first stage, it is a proposal to amend Constitution but Romanians will decide through vote, in favor or against it. I think this is the correct approach. Reporter: But do you think that this would lead to a new division or maybe, the emergence of a ...? Sorin Grindeanu: I think that the decision must be made by Romanians in the end, and the decision can be reached by what I told you earlier, that consultation. What happened today is a first step before this consultation. It is hard for me to assess today the Romanians' options. Reporter: Home, (...) we are talking about EU, a construction which pleads for freedom, solidarity, non-discrimination? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not want to enter necessarily in a debate of this type, I can bring arguments and counterarguments, and we can discuss for a long time from this perspective and these arguments and counteraguments can be heard. What matters is for there to be debates, it is very important, and I outline this, debates from this point of view. What matters is that when Romanians express their option, to do it in full knowledge of all debates, therefore, I encourage on the one hand what you said, the freedoms and all things which are essential in EU, on the other hand, what they say - those who promoted all things related to tradition, of a certain observance of this tradition and of the traditional family. This is why I tell you it is very important for these debates to exist in the period to come, so that, when people opt, they do it wittingly. Reporter: Reporter: /.../ Did you also address the issue of illegal deforestation in Romania? Sorin Grindeanu: I was at the Economic Chamber of Austria, where there were a few dozen companies present, some that are already present in Romania, others that want to come, invest in Romania. Alongside part of my government team, I consider this aspect extremely important in presenting Romania from an economic perspective, emphasizing the advantages and the friendly environment that we have, testament to this are the important investments made by Austrian companies in Romania. There were also representatives from that industry who asked me and my colleagues questions. Reporter: What did those from Schweighofer ask you? Sorin Grindeanu: It is more important what I answered them. Reporter: What did they ask and what did you answer them? Sorin Grindeanu: I told them that for them and for everybody, it is valid from that perspective of that industry and from my point of view, three things: one, observance of the Forest Code, adopted by the Romanian Parliament last year, and which is extremely important. There are stipulated those quotas of 30 percent and those things need to be observed as law provides. Secondly, the timber origin, must be legal and proven, the raw material must not have an illegal origin. Thirdly, I urged those from this industry to be in touch and have a very good dialogue with the NGOs in this field, to take into account some cases raised by NGOs, to try in the immediately following period, to explain certain actions which have not been explained very well, to be extremely transparent in all their actions, observing and I underline it, both the Forest Code and all the things I reminded earlier. From my point of view, these are the three things which must be observed by all who deal with these industries. Reporter: Have those from Schweighofer assured you of their transparency? Sorin Grindeanu: I told them what I believe. Reporter: What did they tell you? Sorin Grindeanu: I made them a recommendation in this respect. I cannot but make recommendations. We are talking about private companies, and that recommendation was for them to be transparent. One of the recommendations.The other two pertain to law observance. We do not discuss or negotiate here. Broadcaster: Returning to the family topic, there is a real discussion in the country about the possibility to cap the child rearing allowance. Labor Minister, Lia Olguta Vasilescu stated that this would be considered and it would be a good idea for the maternity allowance to be capped at something between 5.000 and 10.000 lei, saying that there are few cases when these are above that amount and that it was about a cap on that tax. Sorin Grindeanu: Let us put this topic on the normal track. We are talking about that plan of convergence, which was approved, on the last Cabinet meeting. Such decision has not been made, there will be a consultation and following this, it is this possibility. I want to further tell you something: 97 percent of these allowances are below 5,000 lei at this moment, in Romania. This is the reality, under 5,000 lei, not under 10,000 lei. We are speaking about these things. I underline once again, we are speaking about a consultation on this topic, no decision has been made yet, this is why I want us to reduce a bit the tension in this respect, to speak on real issues. The decision as aforementioned, has not been taken. Reporter: Is there currently a project in this respect? Sorin Grindeanu: No. I am trying to tell you that there are no such projects. It is about that plan of convergence where, through the measures we could take in the ensuing period, not recent future, in one week, month but farther. It is important not to overlook it, but to say things frankly. I repeat: no decision has been made in this respect, we are as clear as possible, there is not a project of this kind at this time, it is just that plan of convergence which mentions the possibility of a cap on it. This possibility is to be analyzed under the aspect of its being opportune or not. The allowances under 5,000 lei are 97 percent. Only 3 percent of them are below or above 10,000. Certainly, those who will receive allowance above 10,000 lei are below 1 percent. Reporter: Why is this taken into account if there is such a small percentage? Why this discussion after all? Sorin Grindeanu: When we make a decision, we will let you know. Reporter: If you allow me, last year, Mr. Liviu Dragnea criticized Ciolos Cabinet on this issue, and said that PSD will reduce allowances at their correct value and talked about a thoughtless government because that allowance of 35.000 lei was in discussion by that time, if I am not wrong. Sorin Grindeanu: I will never comment or discuss what somebody else has said. I think I have been as clear as possible and I have communicated you that no decision has been taken, but we are conducting an analysis, when, further to this analysis, we see what path we are taking, we will communicate you and we will make that decision. Reporter: I would ask you, if you reminded that convergence programme, it is laid down there that special pensions will remain at their current value. Are they possible to change, if you talked about measures which can be taken in the future, for a debate to take place and something to be changed here too? Sorin Grindeanu: All these issues related to the convergence programme and the later decisions, either on what you mentioned or the allowances, are decisions we will make following analyses. That convergence programme was adopted some days ago, and shows certain possibilities that we can have over the next period, so that we keep within the parameters agreed. It is what we are talking about. Reporter: (...) you took a decision at the level of the Government, will you issue a Government resolution(...)? Sorin Grindeanu: Alongside my Cabinet colleagues, the Finance Minister, the Transports Minister and others, I had a discussion with MPs, with the Committees of budget - finance and from Chamber or Senate, we had several rounds of discussions with hauliers, to consult them on this issue. Also, with ASF. We will wait for Parliament to debate the draft law in the following period, and for it to make a decision in this respect. Reporter: If until May 18, we do not have a law issued by Parliament, what will happen, will the prices surge? Because the hauliers ar telling this. Sorin Grindeanu: I do not believe they are saying this. I told you that several discussions took place with hauliers, through our commitments to the European Commission, we need to take certain measures. In the shortest time possible, this law which is being discussed in Parliament, will be passed following discussions I had with leaders of parliamentary groups in Parliament, so that we make things clear. I want us to honor our commitments to the European Commission and to be as clear as possible from this point of view. I do not see such possibility of a surge in prices in the period following the civil liability insurance for car owners. Reporter: But the cap is not extended for other three months.. Sorin Grindeanu: No, because we will have the decision fast enough in Parliament and then.. Reporter: I would ask you, Mr. Prime Minister if you discussed with the PSD President, Liviu Dragnea, about the pardon law, because it was discussed in the plenum, then returned to the committee. (...) Did you have other discussion with the Justice Minister, with Mr. Tudorel Toader? Sorin Grindeanu: We submitted it to Parliament under a form, we clarified what the Government endorses, an applied discussion on this full topic relative to pardon law. I did not have a discussion with President Dragnea, but I talk very often with Mr. President. Reporter: Did you discuss with Mr. Minister about what has happened in Parliament? Reporter: The latest amendments to the law in Parliament, the reduction in punishment in accordance with imprisonment conditions, the air conditioning... Sorin Grindeanu:No, we have not had discussions of the kind. Thank you. 2017-05-09 14:22:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ocazia zilei de 9 mai - Ziua Europei, Ziua Independenței de Stat a României și Ziua Victoriei Coaliției Națiunilor Unite în cel de-Al Doilea Război MondialȘtiri din 09.05.2017, we mark three fundamental historical moments: 140 years since Romania proclaimed its independence, Europe Day and the United Nations Coalitions Victory Day in the Second World War. The 9th of May 1877 represented the fundamental step in consolidating Romania as an independent and unitary state. We pay homage to our forefathers for their courage and determination. Thinking of future generations, they have contributed to the creation of the modern Romanian state. We also honor the sacrifice of the heroes, ordinary citizens or statesmen, who hoped in a new world, cured of the conflict passion, and who contributed by their sacrifice to the end of the most bloody chapter in the past century's history, the World War II. And last but not least, today, we celebrate Europe Day, with confidence in the future of the European project and assuming a constructive role of Romania in this project. Today's Europe is much different than 67 years ago when the Schuman Declaration was signed. Today, we are going through a wide-ranging debate on the future of the Union, a process that is not always simple or convenient. But I think that this dialogue must start from what the founders of the Union wanted and what the current generations eventually want: democracy, security and prosperity for the whole continent. Romania is preparing to take over the presidency of the European Union Council in early 2019. I am certain that we have the capacity that through this first mandate, our country to make a decisive contribution to the consolidation and continuity of the European project. In these ten years since Romania became a member of the Union, after decades of totalitarianism that isolated us from European democracies, Romanians have taken important steps towards transforming the society for the benefit of its citizens. I believe in the idea of an Europe for all, of European Romania. I believe in a common future, built on behalf of the ideals we share. I believe in unity and solidarity. And I also believe that national values are protected, and even strengthened by the idea of diversity proposed by the European Union. Happy Anniversary , great European family! Happy Anniversary, dear European citizens, from Romania and from all Member States! 2017-05-09 09:36:00Întâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu dl. Saalem Abdullah Al-Jubouri, președintele Consiliului Reprezentanților din Republica IrakȘtiri din 08.05.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has received today, at Victoria Palace, a delegation led by Mr. Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Republic of Iraq, who is paying a visit to Romania. The agenda of discussions has focused on the possibilities to diversify the Romania - Iraq cooperation and in perspective, Romania's participation in the economic reconstruction of Iraq. - Romania is interested in the bilateral cooperation development, including at economic level, taking into account that the bilateral economic relations and the trade exchanges have not attained their full potential yet. The 14th meeting of the Bilateral Economic Committee will significantly contribute to the boost and recalibration of the relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has stated. The Head of the Executive has outlined at the same time Romania's readiness to back Iraq' s efforts aimed at reconstruction and continuation of reforms, and to provide expertise in this respect. The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq, Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri and the other officials of the Iraqi parliamentary delegation have expressed in turn the reciprocal interest in the development of the bilateral economic cooperation. The Iraqi officials have mentioned that there are safe areas in Iraq at present, where the Romanian companies can find business opportunities, the cooperation opportunities existing in the field of transport, education, healthcare and oil industry being outlined in this context. The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of the Republic of Iraq, Saalem Abdullah Al- Jubouri has also thanked Romania for its contribution to combating terrorism in Iraq, as member of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS/ Daesh. 2017-05-08 17:15:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în IsraelȘtiri din 04.05.2017 statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu Reporter: Prime Minister, can you tell us how this visit has been and what will follow in the next period? Sorin Grindeanu: This visit included very many meetings, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, with the President of Israel, Mr. Rivlin, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Defence, and surely it is very important what you asked - the follow-up to this visit. Today, we signed two memorandums: one in the economic field, the other regulating the framework for reducing the roaming costs between Romania and Israel, so that, in the next period, we can enact these cuts. The most important thing is what ensues: traditionally, we have very good relations with Israel,we have had uninterrupted diplomatic relations for 69 years which led to very good political and military contacts. It is very important from our point of view and from Israel's point of view too that the economic relations live up to the level of political and military ties. For us, Israel has represented the most important ally in this region for many years, it will further remain our most important ally in the region. Reporter: The Constitutional Court rejected today the petition filed by the Ombudsman. How do you see it? There are four delays, CCR kept on meeting for this problem... Sorin Grindeanu: I have read it too, I do not know much details, nor do I know if the motivation is public; what I have not done in other cases, I will not do it now either. I do not comment on the decisions of the Constitutional Court that are mandatory. Reporter: Politically speaking, cannot we say that it comes as a blow to Mr. Dragnea? He is your party colleague, who supports you with the parliamentary majority. Sorin Grindeanu: He is the president of the party that I have been a member of, for 21 years. He is the man who led the PSD in 2016 to victory in both local and general elections. We have talked about politics many times in this period. You asked about a decision of the Constitutional Court that, as aforementioned, alike all the other decisions of the Constitutional Court which refer to certain articles of the Criminal Code or the Criminal Procedure Code, are mandatory, and they cannot be discussed. Reporter: There were protests across the country after the adoption in the Legal Committee of some amendments to the pardon law, punishments including for abuse of office, corruption deeds with less than three year imprinsonment. Sorin Grindeanu: I have said it many times, yesterday too when I found out about it, before leaving for Israel, I took a stance from this point of view. The Government's stance was that we do not endorse this amendment, we endorse the form which was adopted in the draft law in the Government, and in connection with all issues related to pardon of corruption deeds, I think I have made myself very clear during this entire period, and if necessary, I will convey once more these issues: I do not endorse these amendments, nor the Government does. With respect to the form we sent to Parliament and the form under work, surely, we are open to certain good ideas, but which do not refer to such amendments, they are what we endorse, not something else. Reporter: There were amendments, including from PSD, but also from former President Traian Băsescu. Have you talked to PSD members about adopting those amendments in the Legal Committee or with the party leader? Or, with the Minister of Justice, after the adoption of this decision? Sorin Grindeanu: I talked with the Minister of Justice to ask if he attended yesterday the meeting of the Legal Committee. A state secretary attended it, he presented the Governments point of view but he did not endorse the amendment filed yesterday by a Senator. Things are clear from my point of view. The form that we submitted and which has an opinion from the Government is the one we endorse. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, is there a need for a more serious discussion in the ruling coalition, considering that it somehow affects your image? Or, if you think that, in your opinion, it affects your image, given that people protested in the street and may, of course, do it again in large number; although it is a legislative project? Is there a need for a more important discussion in the party, in the coalition, so that such divergence of opinion is avoided? Sorin Grindeanu: First, I would like to clarify certain things. Every MP is entitled to initiative, amendments or draft laws. Currently, what matters is that the Justice Ministry is in an ample process of consultation or promotion of some draft laws or packages of laws, in this field, extremely important, such as the judiciary laws about which Minister Tudorel Toader has talked a lot, or the draft law which is in public debate, the draft law on aligning the Constitutional Court's decisions with the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code or the extensive consultation as Minister Toader mentioned, on updating the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. It seems there have been too many decisions of the Constitutional Court saying that certain articles of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code are not Constitutional. All these things have been explained by Minister Tudorel Toader. It is a process which must necessarily be transparent, which must be subject to public debate, so that draft laws of such impact be passed by Parliament, because that is where they must be adopted after this extensive consultation. This is the path the Government will take in this area. Thank you. Reporter: Such a Parliamentary initiative undermines the Government's intent and objective to lift the mechanism of cooperation and verification before Romania takes the Presidency? Sorin Grindeanu: I think that things as I could see them today, have been clarified, i.e. these amendments were rejected on the final report, which is a very positive thing and I am sure that such slippages will be clarified, either in the plenum - like this aspect, through the final report , through the vote in the plenum or the vote in the other Chamber so that we avoid accidents of this type. Thank you! Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the meeting with representatives of the community of Romanian-born Israelis Sorin Grindeanu: Good evening. Ladies and gentlemen, I am for the first time in Israel in my capacity as Prime Minister, but not only. It is my first visit ever to Israel and this represents for me both an opportunity and a privilege, given the valuable contribution that the Romanian - born Jews made to the creation of this state. Otherwise, there is a traditional cooperation between the two states, the diplomatic relations being established ever since 1948, and this year, in addition to the 69 anniversary of Independence some days ago, we mark 69 years of diplomatic uninterrupted relations between Romania and Israel. It was not a simple period, especially for Romania, the Communist period, and back then, it remained the only state in the Eastern block that continued to have diplomatic relations with Israel. I would like to mention the excellent metings I had today with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin. The series of meetings will continue after our meeting now, with a dialogue with the Minister of Defence, taking into account the extremely good cooperation Romania has with Israel in this field. I want to tell you that beyond the excellent cooperation we had in areas such as: defence, intelligence, political relations , both states want that the economic relations between Romania and Israel live up at least at the level of the other areas. That was also the purpose of a good part of the meetings we had today. We are accompanied among others, by the Economy Minister who had several meetings. This is why, I told you it is our duty, of Romania and Israel that the economic side live up at least at the level of the other components related to politics and defence. The Romanian community in Israel is an extraordinary case, as it managed to convey from generation to generation the Romanian identity values, the interest for Romanian language, and I want to narrate what we experienced today : in one of the breaks between meetings, I stopped along with my colleagues in an extremely visited place, there was a group of children aged 6 - 7. They heard the delegation speaking in Romanian, and a boy aged 6-7 came to greet us in Romanian, which was a moment of joy for us and this reinforced what I said earlier, the fact that traditions were conveyed from one generation to other in these places, unlike elsewhere. As the centenary of the Great Union is approaching, we want to recall the Jewish martyrs who sacrificed themselves in the First World War alongside Romanian soldiers. Following the course of history, other common chapter to the two nations is the Holocaust. The most important element achieved by Romania during its chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, IHRA, refers to the adoption of the working definition of Antisemitism, based on the principle of consensus, IHRA adopted this definition as a token of the political commitment to combating Antisemitism. Whereby this working definition, the organization aims to set an example of responsible conduct for other international forums as well. The Jewish Community in Romania played a further important role in the Romanian society, achieving a very good cooperation both in the economic, educational and cultural fields. In the spirit of this very good dialogue that Romania has with the State of Israel, the Romanian Parliament - as I think the majority of you passed last year a legislative document regarding the restitution of the Jewish properties, the Holocaust survivors having priority in their claims resolution. At the same time, I remind the fact that the Jewish State Theatre was refurbished with governmental funds, in the context of its 140th anniversary. As I am sure that you know, recently the Bucharest City Hall together with the Government allocated a building in the Old Town (Bucharest), that will host a museum of Holocaust and of the Jewish community in Bucharest. It is a project that I especially follow, I am a member of the leading board, it is extremely important for us, for the Romanian state to have such a place, to remind us of events taking place in the history of the Romanian people. Taking into account the hundreds of years of history, starting from the first Jewish communities established during Vasile Lupu's reign, on Romanian soil, or the first Romanian - Jewish settlements in 1884, in the north of today's Israel and given the good cooperation that has been preserved to date, I have no doubt that there are identity elements that the two nations share, which will make us stronger in front of ever increasing challenges that we are currently facing in a global world. I am sure that together we will cope with them. Thank you! Joint press statements with Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu: Welcome Prime Minister Grindeanu, welcome to Jerusalem with your delegation! I want to say that this is the continuation of a great friendship that Israel has with Romania. There are four hundred thousands Israelis of Romanian origin, they are very good friends, my doctor, and so many others. We feel a special and intimate kinship with Romania, we have been there many times. I welcome you on this visit. I look forward to meetings which enhance these relations. Prime Minister, you have taken a very strong stance against antisemitism, against the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, and I want to thank you for that and to express our appreciation. We are going to sign a joint declaration today on roaming rates, we want to bring down cellular costs, and help business people from our two nations. I think we have great opportunities. We are small countries but we want to see our future. I think the future in many ways is dependant on the development and use of technology. Israel is eager to discuss it with you in many, many fields. We began that discussion, we are keeping you waiting, because we have so much to talk about, and we will continue to do so. Our Ministers of Economy are going to sign an agreement on joint cooperation, and we are going to discuss other areas as well in addition to technology, health, security, I believe it is a limitless opportunity. In the spirit of great friendship, I want to welcome you to Jerusalem and tell you that we shall meet next year, in Bucharest or next year, in Jerusalem, either one is good and you are most welcome. Sorin Grindeanu: Thank you. I would like to start by conveying to Prime Minister Netanyahu and to the people of Israel my warm congratulations for the sixty ninth anniversary of the Independence Day, along with my best wishes for peace and prosperity. I would like to use this opportunity to underline that in 2017, Romania and Israel also celebrate 69 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relationship. This continuity speaks about the strength of our friendship. Israel is our closest ally and partner in the region, and I came here today with the determination to enhance our partnership, to build more on our economic side, as you say, to diversify the Romania - Israel relationship. Romania has a fast growing economy which offers in return..potential for Israeli businesses. We can use the intergovernmental platform to launch the preparation for our third joint government session which will reconfirm both our governmentsreadiness and commitment to expand our bilateral relationship. I avail myself of this opportunity to strongly encourage the Romanian and Israeli businesses to expand their activities together. Romania could be seen as one of the most attractive country destinations for European and Israeli companies. I would like also to mention that Romania is interested in enhancing cooperation with Israel in the energy sector. Moreover, we are interested in the cooperation in the field of cyber and digital industries, in learning more about eco-systems, and start-ups activities and strengthen our cooperation in the agriculture and in tourism. It is important to mention today that we are going to sign a joint declaration which aims to facilitate the reduction of roaming costs, enabling Romanians and Israelis to be closer. I reiterate Romanians' solid commitment on combating antisemitism. The Romanian chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance which ended this March, has succeeded in the adoption of a working definition of Antisemitism, an expression of clear political commitment at international stage. My Government is determined to consolidate the education on Holocaust and in this regard, I would like to mention my strong support for the Museum dedicated to the History of Jews and Holocaust in Romania to which we have already allocated an important building in the old center of Bucharest. Together, with Prime Minister Netanyahu, we talked about the fight against terrorism. The terrorist attacks witnessed in Europe lately are alarming, and unfortunately, Romanians also lost their lives in these outrageous acts. Romania remains strong in supporting the fight against terrorism. We condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stress that there cannot be any justifications for such acts. Today, we have also discussed about relations between EU and Israel. Romania favors a united and relevant European Union, closer to its citizens and remain an advocate of strengthening the EU- Israel relations. In a nutshell, our agenda reflects the strategic relevance for our relations. I am looking forward to continuing this dialogue and I am very, very pleased that I am in Israel. Thank you. Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you. I would say that we are partners in the effort to defeat terrorism and also in our efforts to achieve peace. I look forward to discussing with President Trump the best ways to advance peace, this is something that we fervently share with the President. I heard President Abbas yesterday say that: - our citizens teach their children peace, that unfortunately is not true, they name their schools after mass-murderes of Israelis, and they pay terrorists but I hope that it is possible to achieve a change and to pursue a genuine peace, this is something that Israel is always ready for, I am always ready for a genuine peace. Thank you. Address by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center Ladies and gentlemen, Dear friends, I am deeply impressed by what I have just seen. The Yad Vashem is a testimonial to collective memory that gathers within its walls so much pain and despair. It is a difficult but necessary experience because commemoration itself is a challenge to the spirit, it helps us to understand the past in order to educate future generations so that such horrors may never happen again. The city I have lived most of my life, Timisoara, a symbol of Romania is a city where I first learned about tolerance, solidarity and dialogue between cultures. In Timisoara, we are lucky enough to have a solid Jewish community, with many remarkable personalities that have left their mark on European culture. Ladies and gentlemen, In communist Romania, it was impossible to speak of the Holocaust. But my generation had the chance to contribute to the political decision of bringing those pages of history back into the public by recognizing past mistakes and tragedies, and by improving education. It is my pledge that Romania will always be in the frontline of combating antisemitism, xenophobia, intolerance and discrimination. I will switch now to my native language for my Romanian friends. We are here to pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust, to survivors and those who played an important role in saving lives. Our concern for the memory of the Holocaust must also be reflected in the way we respect those who suffered and are still with us today, in the country or abroad. As you know, the Romanian Parliament passed last year several amendments to the Law on the restitution of property abusively confiscated by totalitarian regimes, establishing that Holocaust survivors' claims will be solved first. The Romanian Government and the General Bucharest City Council are in favour of a museum of Jewish history and Holocaust remembrance in Romania opening in the country, and a building in downtown Bucharest has already been awarded to this end. I am honoured to be a member on the projects consultative board. The establishment of the museum will be coordinated by the Elie Wiesel National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Romania - Elie Wiesel. Moreover, in March, Romania concluded the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Chairmanship; Romania directly and significantly contributed toward the adoption of a working definition of anti-Semitism inside the alliance as a token of its big political commitment to combating Antisemitism. I would also like to recall an element that seems to me very important to evoke at this remembrance center: last year, the world lost the great writer born in Sighetu Marmatiei, Elie Wiesel. This Holocaust survivor continues to represent, for all of us, an example of humanity and a model of consistent human rights defender. And as we remember the past, nowadays, we are perfectly aware of the troubled times we live in, where antisemitism, intolerance and hate speech persist. It is essential to tell the youth of the 21st century the truth about that dark age in the history of mankind, about the roots of hatred, discrimination and intolerance that led to the Holocaust tragedy so that young people do not lose the courage to prevent and combat such acts in the future. The acts of courage and responsibility can make the difference between life and death. Our commitment, of the worlds nations must be to remember the victims who perished, to respect the survivors and to educate the new generations in the spirit of respect for human values, diversity and inclusion. Thank you! *** Press release Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu is paying official visit to Jerusalem, where he will have a tete-a-tete with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting will be followed by an official luncheon offered by Prime Minister of the State of Israel to all Romania's delegation members: Economy Minister Mihai Tudose, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac, Secretary -General of the Government Mihai Busuioc and Chairperson of the Romania — Israel parliamentary friendship group Gabriel Vlase. The Head of the Romanian Executive and the Israeli Prime Minister will hold joint press statements and will attend the signing of two bilateral documents: a Declaration of Intent on the reduction of the international roaming charges, between Romanias Ministry of Communications and Information Society and Israels Ministry of Communications, and a Cooperation Declaration between Romanias Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel. The second joint declaration aims at cooperation in certain fields, such as: electricity and natural gas transport, research, development and innovation, high technologies and investments. Prime Minister Grindeanu will be received by the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin and will have a meeting with Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli Minister of Defence. This visit will be a good opportunity to assess the bilateral relations, considering that we aim to boost the political dialogue between Romania and Israel and to go through a new stage, towards a strategic dimension of the Romanian-Israeli relationship, capitalizing on the economic field Romanian Prime Minister has stated. The agenda of the Romanian Prime Minister in Israel also includes a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Memorial Museum, a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian-born Israelis, and talks with Theophilos III, the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and with Archimandrite Teofil Anastasoaie, representative of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the Holy Places. Prime Minister will also meet with Colette Avital, the Secretary General of the World Jewish Restitution Organization. 2017-05-04 00:00:00Întâlnirea de lucru a premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu marii investitori româniȘtiri din 27.04.2017 Grindeanu: I would like to thank you for having answered my invitation to attend this meeting. I assure you I did not invite you to listen to me delivering speeches, I am sure you had enough of it. Today, we should discuss and I want us to openly discuss about economy, taxation, public policies. I have had several meetings with representatives of some companies with foreign capital. I would like to listen to you too and reach together some conclusions so that we strengthen the domestic business environment and ensure the premises for its further healthy development. It is very important if we manage to do this, because the Romanian capital stands for 47 percent of business in Romania. You are the biggest employers and you pay the highest corporation tax in our country. We need, as I mentioned before, public policies to stimulate the Romanian capital and to ensure a transparent and stable framework and I want it to be as predictable as possible in which your companies develop and bring added value for state and of course for your Romanian employees, and not only, and in my view, the first priority at present is to start investments and here I would like to put special emphasis on infrastructure development. I think it is high time to do concrete things - I have said it a couple of times that too many times it has been drawn on paper motorways and afterwards, erased, and then drawn up again, all these have been done in these years. Unfortunately, we can all see the effect. I would like to outline the fact that our priority is related to infrastructure, is essential for the Executive I am leading and is essential for you too as companies, for your further development. Secondly, I am aware, I would like to say that no businessman can draw up a coherent plan in the absence of a stable and predictable fiscal framework. We kept on cutting taxes, but many of you are still bewildered by all sorts of projects emerging in the public space. I want ti directly and frankly tell that the entire discussion about the initiative on changing the way of taxation, this discussion has not done us well. We have already taken measures that such initiatives be better discussed and assessed internally, before presenting them into the public space. Also, I want to lay on new bases the relationship between state institutions or to be more precisely, control institutions and the business environment. This is why I very much wanted to have this...adopted, for the time being, it is under debate, it was sent for public consultation - it is about this prevention law which we consider extremely important, and I said this and I underline it today. We are interested not in closing companies but in these companies to run well so that they can contribute to Romania's GDP. Before inviting the media to leave the room, I would like to assure you that you shall find both in me and my team, partners and I want these meetings to take place periodically, so that we can analyze the progress achieved,and everything we discuss and establish as roadmap. Thank you. 2017-04-27 14:20:00Întâlnire_de_lucru_cu_marii_investitori_români_05.jpgParticiparea premierului Sorin Grindeanu la evenimentul „Săptămâna Europeană a Imunizării – Vaccinarea: o problemă de sănătate publică. Copii, dincolo de numere.”Știri din 27.04.2017 by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu at the event: - European Immunization Week Sorin Grindeanu: Good morning! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, today, I wanted to come in front of you and discuss about solutions to combat those pseudo-trends that invaded the public space and the on-line space for a good period of time, and which tend to challenge the performances of medicine. The attempt to shake Romanians' confidence in the effectiveness of vaccines is a topic on which we must reflect, especially that we are in the European immunization week. In exchange, we decided that is more important to address you today on responsibility, on state responsibility for the healthcare of its citizens. The truth is that, before drawing up information campaigns or compulsoriness of vaccination, we must make sure that vaccines are also available on the market. Otherwise, we risk reaching a ridiculous situation in which we impose sanctions, but we do not have stocks of vaccines. I said it a couple of days ago and I repeat it now. Both I and my team are determined to solve this problem. It is a situation which cannot be tolerated or accepted. It is inadmissible that, in Romania, there is every year multiple crises because of the repeated vaccine shortage. This situation caused suffering to those families whose children died of measles. There is no excuse for such tragedies or for the fact that we came to report situations in which on certain types of vaccines, only one of two children is vaccinated. Life of a person should not depend on fate or a freezer in which the vaccine is being brought from abroad. We must find solutions and along with my Cabinet colleagues, I decided to make this a priority. Ladies and gentlemen, I announce you and probably, you know that we started taking concrete steps in this direction. I met these days with the representatives of large manufacturers of vaccines present today here. Yesterday, I had a meeting with several colleagues from the Health Ministry. I will have meetings with representatives of doctors, hospital managers, patient associations and other NGOs involved in this field. I asked all whom I have met so far to find solutions to implement the following five measures: 1. Introduction of an effective vaccine management system. 2. Amending legislation regarding vaccine procurement for a transparent and predictible process. 3. Drawing up a multiannual plan of the amount of vaccines necessary in Romania; 4. Simplification of price calculation procedures. 5. Achieving a national stock of vaccines for special situations. The decisions we will make together should observe at least one electoral cycle, so that manufacturers can make multiannual forecasts regarding the amount of vaccines for our country. In addition, I want all these demarches to be done in close cooperation with the World Health Organization and this is why I am glad that Mrs. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO regional director for Europe is with us today. I greet her presence at this conference. In the end, allow me to confess that I vaccinated my two children, aged six, three respectively. Each time, I had problems in finding the vaccine required. I saw that the Timis county is among the negative examples. Perhaps, I had bad luck, but children vaccination should never be a matter of chance. Solving the vaccine shortage is essential, but at the same time, we should take measures to solve this lack of information too. It is true and I uphold the idea that parents are entitled to make the choice for their child- yet, I believe individual options should be questioned when they harm those around, as a child not vaccinated put at risk not only his health, but also the health of the children around him. I can assure you that I am determined along with Minister and the team I am leading, to take the required measures following a constant dialogue with doctors and institutions with responsibilities in the field, for us to solve not just temporarily the problem of the vaccines but at the same time, to inform properly the Romanians on the importance of immunization as this is the right path. Thank you. Statements by Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu following his participation in the event: European Immunization Week- Vaccination: a public health issue. Children beyond numbers Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, allow me to tell that I wanted to come here today, to reinforce and show our decision, of the Government, of our team to continue and to take action in this respect. Both I and Minister Bodog had very many meetings these days as I have said. There is an extremely important thing - a draft law is in public debate at this moment, there are still days in which amendments can be submitted. I asked also in my meetings as I said during last days, all institutions and not only, to come up with amendments so that during this period, we can create that absolutely necessary framework for our country, which to provide what, from my point of view, lacks at this moment, namely stability in this field, and predictibility. The fact that many times, in recent years, actions have been taken in a hasty manner - each time, it was an outbreak somewhere, we solved it, and then it appeared elsewhere, it is not a normal way of tackling issues. Those who manufacture the vaccine, said this on our Monday meeting with them. They need this clear framework, transparent and predictible to provide that stability we all need. Surely, those special procurements which perhaps have become rule in recent years, when they should be exception, and all this framework - under work now, hopefully will diminish this too. Surely, there will appear exceptional situations in the next period. It is normal to be exceptional situations as well, but these should not become a guiding rule for us. I want to greet the presence of madam Zsuzsanna Jakab here. To us, and for the Health Ministry, her presence here represents very much. The support the World Health Organisation provides us, is extremely important and allow me to thank her on behalf of the Government for the fact that she wanted to be with us today, and she is not present only today, the World Health Organization is a reliable partner for us. Thank you (...). Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, as you said, before speaking about this compulsoriness, you need to solve the problem of vaccine. Sorin Grindeanu: I wanted to outline this. Before we start to apply fines, first of all we should have supplies of these vaccines. I think that the creation of that fair, predictible and transparent framework, that multiannual plan I recalled, so that predictibility be known by all parties, if we assure this framework, we are talking about a law that is in public debate during this period, the best place for debate is in Parliament, I think we are dutybound first of all as Government, to secure what I said earlier, namely the framework and the stock of vaccines, before we discuss about sanctions, etc. Reporter: It is talk about sanctions as well. Currently, they talk about sanctions. Sorin Grindeanu: I would not like us to go from one side to another. I want us to be as clear and transparent as possible. I told that we are open - and Minister.. Reporter: Was it a misinterpretation the fact that parents...? Sorin Grindeanu: We are open to any amendments. The correct steps are those we announced. The Ministry will have meetings in the next period with all institutions and with those who can come up with positive proposals in this respect. I do not think we can be accused that we put forward to Parliament a law to regulate this field, on the very contrary. The best place for making such decisions, especially that I do not give verdicts, but I call on a debate and we do this transparently, is Parliament. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you also discuss about cancer patients with the medicines manufacturers ? There are 11 manufacturers who already refuse to produce certain medicines for cancer patients, as the price is low. It decreased by 35 percent whereby the programme for government, if I remember well, but they do not want to manufacture medicines as there is no profit, and the patients have no other alternatives. What could you do? Sorin Grindeanu: I had a meeting on Monday, along with Mr. Minister, with manufacturers, focused on this problem, the vaccines. I am sure that everything related to price, the shortage or not of medicines, clear details can be provided by Mr. Minister. Please, Mr. Minister! Florian Bodog: Therefore, there is a series of medicines on which there have been notifications on the ANM site, they are public, but at the same time, you should know that there is a therapy alternative for most of them - we are speaking here about generic medicines, therefore, there is alternative to each medicine. There is a single medicine which has been signalled as being without replacement, but anyhow, they are compelled to bring this medicine for one more year, therefore, we shall find solutions over this period of time. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, on an important Government project, we are talking about zero VAT for real estate transactions. There is some not confirmed information that you give up this project. Do you give it up or are you still working on it? Nearly two months passed since discussions were held, and they are discussed in Parliament too, but they have been abandoned. Sorin Grindeanu: I know that it is draft law that came from Parliament. The measure is included in the programme for government but the legislative proposal came from Parliament, it was not a draft law of Government, but it is a measure laid down in the Government programe. With respect to zero taxation for real estate, meetings took place throughout this period with all actors involved, on both sides. I think those entitled to convey you the decision to withdraw or not this draft law, is the one or those who initiated it. Reporter: Mr. Dragnea assumed it, the Government considers you should issue a point of view on it.. Sorin Grindeanu: We are talking about different VAT quotas, there are certain European regulations and rules. We committed to inquiring the European Commission on the issue of different VAT quotas as we already have on certain areas. What matters - the impact - as, government, I can speak about budgetary impact, we assumed zero taxation on the two areas: advertising and real estate. Industry in exchange and the actors, we speak about one field or the other, are not very determined that this measure is one to lead to an increase in the industry turnover from this point of view. Therefore, the decision wether to withdraw or not, is not the Government's decision, it belongs to those who initiated this draft law. Reporter: Hasn't Mr. Dragnea informed you about withdrawal? You said you had permanent discussions with Mr. President Dragnea. Has he informed you about an eventual withdrawal of this draft law, has he informed the Government? Sorin Grindeanu: I do not know it was withdrawn. Normally, I have often discussions. We will clarify this subject too. Please. Reporter: I have one single question. Yesterday, you met the Georgian Prime Minister. He came to Romania. Where was the welcome ceremony held? Sorin Grindeanu: Normally, anyhow, I see that you are informed, the welcome ceremony should have taken place in front of the Government building. Although I respect everyone's right to protest, and yesterday, as you know, it was a protest of the taxi drivers on various claims, some which were not connected with the Government, but taking into account that we talked about an official welcome, protocol issues between the two countries, I deem it necessary to move this ceremony to airport, the Bucharest City Hall issuing authorization for this protest to take place in front of Government, I want to thank those who get involved in this move, it was not simple to move this ceremony and in the end, I thank them for having suceeded in an sbolutely short and record time, to make this move. Reporter: Therefore, were you surprised by the taxi drivers' protest? Sorin Grindeanu: Yes. Reporter: Will you solve their claims? It was an announcement that you discussed with them... Sorin Grindeanu: Yesterday, the Minister for Social Dialogue met with representatives of trade unions or the respective associations. I want to outline it is not the Government that resolves the issues related to authorisations, this does not depend on the Government. I understand grievances relative to certain legal regulations. I would like to tell you that I think that public debate is the best, it started from a proposal from the Transport Ministry to other Ministries for approval. I asked for a debate after I saw the minutes- framework signed by Minister Petrea with those I have spoken about. We do not issue ordinances. We are drawing up a draft law, I am absolutely open to all proposals coming every year, from each side. Certain issues must be regulated, but without infringing others' rights, therefore, debate is the best way, not the emergency ordinance! Reporter: In the current form subject to debate, there is talk about the eventuality of a criminal case to be opened for ill - treatment of minor if parents do not vaccinate their children? Parents did not understand: will this file be opened and when? Counseling is before or after? Perhaps, it should not have been in this form. I wanted to know your opinion. Sorin Grindeanu: My view on the final form will be by the time we assume it and I assume it as draft law in the Government, after this public debate passes. Even before this provision on fine and punishment to exist, our role is to secure the necessary amount of vaccines. It would be absurd to apply fines for something you are not able to ensure. First, we need to resolve this issue and the form, following public debate, when all these meetings of the Ministry come to conclusion, and not just with all institutions, I will assume that form following a transparent process. Thank you. 2017-04-27 14:15:00ăptămâna_europeană_a_imunizării-_002.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu ministrul Sănătății, Florin Bodog, pe tema situației vaccinurilorȘtiri din 26.04.2017 17:49:00 oficială a premierului georgian, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, în RomâniaȘtiri din 26.04.2017 the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Romania, Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia and Mr. Sorin Grindeanu, the Prime Minister of Romania, issue the following Joint Declaration: - This year Georgia and Romania celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Over these years, we have witnessed a constant development of our relations. Close friendship and substantial political dialogue have led to a fruitful bilateral and multilateral collaboration of our two countries, including an active cooperation between the legislative bodies and other institutions. Since 1992, the bilateral relations have steadily increased, including through high-level visits and contacts, working level consultations and development of joint projects, as well as through economic, social and cultural exchanges. Bearing in mind the existing close ties, we highlight our determination to further expand our relations to a qualitatively new level, aimed at increasing the people-to-people contacts and consolidating our joint efforts dedicated to the promotion of peace, security and stability in the region, for the benefit of our countries and our peoples. Our intention is cemented by mutual respect towards fundamental principles of international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, as well as for democracy, shared values and common vision for a Europe free, whole and at peace. The genuine partnership that we share encourages us to further upgrade our relations to a strategic level. Our two countries are close partners historically and politically. Also, geographically, Georgia and Romania represent a natural bridge between Europe and Asia, as both are linked by the Black Sea. We are therefore committed and obliged to explore the whole potential of cooperation that lies in the fields of transport, energy and security related issues, as well as cultural exchanges. Considering the relevance of the Black Sea for advancing interconnection links, we will, as a matter of priority, boost our efforts for developing and multiplying the transportation and energy routes along the Black Sea - Caspian Sea corridor and in relation with the larger neighborhood. Romania acknowledges the European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia and that the Association Agreement does not constitute the ultimate goal for its cooperation with the EU. To this end, Romania will continue to provide political and practical assistance to Georgia. Romania also commends Georgia's significant contribution to the Euro-Atlantic security and its participation in the NATO missions and operations, particularly in Afghanistan. At the same time, Romania is committed to consolidate the role of the Eastern Partnership and to make best use of the policies, programs and projects developed with the EU support for the benefit of its Eastern partners, including Georgia. Georgia praises Romania's firm and constant support for its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. In this respect Romania's significant contributions, including the support granted for the recent entry into force of the amended regulation 539/2001 on March 28, 2017, enabling Georgian citizens to travel free of visa requirements to the EU, are of high importance. As a reliable partner of European and Euro-Atlantic institutions, Georgia is keen to further deepen its active cooperation, aimed at full-fledged membership. Together with our partners, Georgia and Romania are also committed to increase the cooperation for strengthening the Euro-Atlantic security and stability, especially in the Black Sea region. The 25 years of successful cooperation between Georgia and Romania inspired us to reinforce our efforts and jointly contribute to the process of ensuring peace and security for a better future of our next generations. Issued in Bucharest, on 26th of April, 2017. Giorgi Kvirikashvili Sorin Grindeanu Prime Minister of Georgia Prime Minister of Romania 2017-04-26 14:11:00 a cerut task force la ANAP pentru analizarea cu prioritate a proiectelor de infrastructurăȘtiri din 26.04.2017 Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked the Chairman of the National Agency for Public Procurements(ANAP), Bogdan Puscas to set up a task force dedicated to infrastructure projects included in the Transport Master Plan so that in cooperation with the Transport Ministry, the deadlines for completion of tender documents be as short as possible. - It is very clear that we do not have time to waste. We need to speed up the documents completion, the tender process and the infrastructure projects implementation. I care very much about observing the criteria of transparency, efficiency and fairness in public spending and shortening deadlines does not mean to compromise on these principles, the Head of the Executive has stated. The working meeting with the Transport Minister, Alexandru - Razvan Cuc and the ANAP Chairman, Bogdan Puscas took place as the awarding documents to launch the following public procurement procedures is under preparation: Bridge suspended over the Danube in the Brăila area, including connecting roads (25 km). The awarding documentation was sent for verification to ANAP, with the announcement to be published in the next period in SEAP(Society for Excellence in Public Administration). The estimated value of the project is about 500 million euros, the highest in the last 27 years, the execution of the works is to be financed by nonrefundable funds, the project being included in the POIM portfolio 2014-2020. Craiova Piteşti express road (121 km) - the launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June 2017. The South Beltway of Bucharest - Ring 0 (50 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in July - August 2017. Sibiu - Piteşti Highway - Section 1 - Sibiu - Boiţa (14.1 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June-July 2017. Sibiu - Piteşti Highway - Section 5 - Curtea de Argeş - Piteşti (30.3 km) - The launch of the public procurement procedure is due in June-July 2017. Braşov - Tg. Mures - Cluj - Oradea Highway, Section 3C: Suplacu de Barcau - Borş (km 4 + 200 - km 64 + 450) 60.2 km - the launch of the public procurement procedure is due in July - August 2017. Also, on April 22, 2017, the contract for the design and execution of the Timişoara Sud Bypass Project was published in SEAP. It stipulates the execution of 25,690 km of national road at European standards. The bid evaluation deadline is July 2017. In addition to local benefits, the Timisoara Sud bypass mainly aims to streamline internal and international traffic in the Stamora Moraviţa border line. At the same time, Prime Minister has analyzed along with the Minister of Public Finance Viorel Stefan and the ANAF President Bogdan Stan, the increase in the degree of revenue collection to state budget through measures to combat tax evasion and improve payment compliance of taxpayers. Prime Minister has asked ANAF to continue to implement the 14 measures aimed at improving the revenue collection degree to state budget and has underlined he will personally follow the ANAF activity. 2017-04-26 12:36:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu la Comitetul interministerial pentru BrexitȘtiri din 25.04.2017 Prime Minister Grindeanu: Our priority in the Brexit negotiations is to protect the rights of the Romanians living in the UK Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has chaired today the first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Commitee held at Victoria Palace and during which, it has been analyzed the way the Government is preparing Romania's mandate for the UE 27 -UK negotiations. - Our priority is for the process to have the least possible impact on Romanians living, working or studying in the UK, to make sure their rights will be protected , the Head of the Executive has stated. At the same time, Prime Minister has underlined that Romania's objective in the Brexit negotiations is preserving the budget allocations for the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy in the financial framework 2014 - 2020, and, of course, consolidating post-Brexit UK - EU cooperation in defence and foreign affairs. Romania and Great Britain remain friends and allies within the Strategic Partnership. Irrespective of the UK's future place, whether inside or outside the EU, we want to consolidate and deepen the bilateral relations Prime Minister has mentioned. The first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Committee has taken place in the context of the extraordinary European Council meeting of April 29, convened to adopt the guidelines for the negotiations with the UK. Prime Minister Grindeanu has asked to be monthly briefed during the Cabinet meeting on the developments in the EU 27- UK negotiations. Also, Prime Minister has requested Ministries represented in the Inter-ministerial Committee to send to the Minister delegate for European Affairs data on Brexit impact on each sector of activiy, and the analysis process is about to be continued at the level of working teams. The first meeting of the Brexit Interministerial Council has been attended by: Vice- Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh; Interior Minister Carmen Dan; Minister-delegate for European Affairs Ana Birchall; Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, Finance Minister Viorel Stefan, Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastirnac, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les, Agriculture Minister Petre Daea, Secretaries of State and Ministries representatives. Additional information: In the context of Brexit, the Government adopted a Memorandum on its March 22 meeting, whereby it set up an inter-ministerial mechanism with a view to substantiating Romania's general and sectoral mandates and to following the negotiation process of UK's exit from the European Union. This mechanism is thus organized: The Brexit Inter-ministerial Council provides the political guidelines for defining Romania's positions, the general and the sectoral mandates being about to be approved by the Government. This Council is chaired by Prime Minister and coordinated by the Minister delegate for European Affairs, and it comprises several Ministries. The Steering Committee follows the EU-UK process. The Committee for the coordination of European Affairs provides a constant briefing of all Ministries and the necessary framework for occasional debates; Inter-ministerial working groups, organized at technical level. The first three working groups aim at substantiating Romania's position in three areas of negotiation: free movement of persons, implications at the level of EU budget, external and security relations. Sorin Grindeanu: Good afternoon! I have decided to convene the first meeting of the Brexit Inter-ministerial Committee today because, as you know, at the end of this week, on April 29, the European Council will adopt guidelines for the European Commission's mandate in the negotiations with the UK. I believe the first thing we need to underline is that we remain UK's friends and allies, irrespective of the UK's future place, whether inside or outside the EU. This is an important message I wanted to convey at the start of this meeting. At the same time, our number one priority is for the process to have the least possible impact on Romanians living, working or studying in the UK, because their rights have to be protected. In this respect, negotiations will have to be conducted teamed up with the European Commission. In addition to this, I kept on saying these things, there are two other directions that I believe Romania should follow as part of the negotiations. I kept on saying these things but I would like to remind and underline them now: preserving the budget allocations related to the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy in the financial framework 2014 - 2020, and, of course, consolidating post-Brexit UK - EU cooperation in defence and foreign affairs. There are some guidelines I wanted to remind at the start of our today's meeting and afterwards, these issues will surely be detailed - I will kindly request Minister Birchall and the other Foreign Ministry representatives to go into details for this meeting to turn from a start one into an effective working one. I want to thank the media representatives for their presence here. 2017-04-25 17:21:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la conferința International Health Forum (IHF), organizată de Asociaţia Producătorilor de Medicamente Generice din România (APMGR)Știri din 25.04.2017 13:53:00ţia premierului Sorin Grindeanu pe tema deciziei CEDO privind situaţia penitenciarelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 25.04.2017 Grindeanu: Allow me to welcome this decision which is not conducive at this moment, and I underline - at this moment to us paying large amounts of money but it obliges us to come up in the next period, in the six-month deadline, with a plan of concrete measures, agreed also by the Council of Ministers and the Government of Romania, so that the problem - I do not want to take this lightly- the problem signalled by ECHR to start being solved; this decision comes up as a result of our problems, the problems existing in Romanian prisons. Therefore, as a result of those problems, we have this decision giving us a six-month deadline to come up with measures. A few dozen of minutes ago, I had a discussion with Minister Tudorel Toader, I am sure he will come up at an appropriate pace, with this plan of measures, so that within six-month deadline, we manage to approve this plan, take concrete steps and finally, I would not like to exaggerate - but do things in six months which perhaps should have been done in the last 26 years. Reporter: In your opinion, this six-month deadline is one favourable to us, we have time to do what ECHR asks us? Sorin Grindeanu: We have time in this six-month interval, to do this plan thoroughly. The respective measures should be part of this plan, following the implementation period. But I want them to be very well settled and that was the point of my discussion with Minister Toader. It is time enough to draw up this plan of measures, take concrete action, not just to draw up the plan, so as to show that we are determined to observe - and I underline this, the ECHR decision and to improve the detention conditions, which are not inventions, allegations uttered by some and others, today it has been proved that there are extremely serious things that triggered such decisions. 2017-04-25 13:00:00 Sorin Grindeanu a participat la emisiunea “Punctul de întâlnire” - Antena 3, moderată de Radu TudorȘtiri din 25.04.2017 12:54:00Încep înscrierile la Programul Oficial de Internship al Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 24.04.2017 17:13:00 Sorin Grindeanu a discutat cu producătorii de vaccinuri o serie de soluții pentru preîntâmpinarea crizelor de vaccinuriȘtiri din 24.04.2017 16:57:00 premierului Sorin Grindeanu în județul BrăilaȘtiri din 21.04.2017 14:17:00ția premierului Sorin Grindeanu cu privire la atentatul de la ParisȘtiri din 21.04.2017 Mr. Prime Minister, how do view what happened last evening in France, given that there are elections by the end of the week? Sorin Grindeanu: First of all, allow me to convey our condolences and solidarity to the family of the French police officer killed in the attack. Our best thoughts are with the injured, hoping their health condition shall improve. At the same time, we condamn such attacks, not only condemnation is needed, but also a better prevetion. In this respect, I think that the authorities in each country know best how to respond to these issues. I extend once again our solidarity and condolences to the family of the French police officer killed in the Paris attack, as well as our support to the French authorities in combating what is happening unfortunately too often in Europe. Thank you. 2017-04-21 11:01:00