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Wednesday, 28 April

Statements by Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, Minister of Labour and Social Protection Raluca Turcan and Health Minister Ioana Mihăilă, at the end of the Cabinet meeting

Florin Cîțu: Good afternoon. I will talk about two more important legislative documents approved in today’s Cabinet meeting and the Labor Minister and the Health Minister will provide the details in this regard. There are things for which it is good to know the details. First of all, we approved today the Emergency Ordinance which will supplement the funds for family doctors; it is about the 40 lei for the inoculation. Minister will explain precisely what we got to this cost and how this money is distributed.

Another important legislative document is the Emergency Ordinance on the protection of Romanian citizens who are working abroad. You know very well that, many Romanian citizens are leaving Romania every year, therefore, we have this legislative document regulating this situation.

I had a talk with the Ministers regarding the PNRR. It is time to accelerate things. We have a few details to finish. I am certain that we will have a PNRR that will represent Romania’s interests in development in the following period. There are several discussions, but I am certain we will have a good PNRR, a PNRR through which we will draw the sums allocated to Romania.

Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, we see that the coalition parties overcame a crisis caused by the dismissal of a Minister in your Cabinet, but locally, speaking about Iasi and Bucharest, there are grievances between the two parties – we are talking about USR PLUS and PNL, especially regarding voting the budget of the towns they manage. Currently, does the coalition work the same way it did when you signed the Protocol, in December?

Florin Cîțu: Of course. The coalition is working very well. I have found out while we were in the Cabinet meeting, that the Bucharest budget was not passed. I will have a discussion and I will speak with Mr Barna to see how we can solve the situation in Bucharest, which are in fact the grievances. We need to have the budget of Bucharest passed fast, there is expenditure which should be made, an investment which should be made, but we will have a discussion with them and we will get involved in sorting this out, in as short a time as possible.

Reporter: But do you think they reached a discontent so soon?

 Florin Cîțu: Let us have a talk and we see afterwards. Thanks.

Reporter: Good afternoon, Mr Cîțu! When do we have the European green certificate and who, more precisely, will be responsible for its implementation?

Florin Cîțu: Details have been sent to the STS for a long time, STS is in charge of its implementation. When it is ready, it has not been passed for the time being at the EU level. We have some information, the way we need to build it, but as I have told each time, we hope such a measure will not create discrimination between citizens, and we view it, as the President stated, as triggered by medical reasons. Therefore, if there are medical issues, you can travel with this green certificate. But when overall Europe will be vaccinated, Romania as well, this green certificate might not be necessary.

Reporter: If you could say, because we see that the European Commission allows the Romanian state to grant aid of up to 500 million euros in total to restaurants, hotels, HoReCa companies, if you could tell me how this money will be distributed, more precisely. What exactly will happen?

Florin Cîţu: We will reopen or we have this plan to return to normalcy as of June 1 and I believe that this is what all restaurants in Romania or those in the HoReCa sector to return to normal, for people to be employed, to work, to receive a salary. That is why we have this vaccination campaign and we are accelerating it during this period, so that on June 1 we can return to normal and we have put forward some proposals for this sector. Right now, the Inter-Ministerial Committee is meeting and you will see that there are several solutions on the table.

Reporter: I think you also found out about the criminal problems that Mihai Chirica, the mayor of Iași, and Costel Alexe have at this moment. Can you tell us if you had a discussion with them? At least Costel Alexe says he has suspended himself, but we know that someone who has a leading position in the party cannot do this. Did you discuss also the public position he should adopt, so as not to damage the party's image?

Florin Cîţu: We haven't had discussions yet. All I can say is that they took the right decisions, albeit slightly late. Thank you!

Reporter: Given that throughout the Easter Vigil, the restrictions will be lifted for those who attend religious services, how are you going to check that everyone who will be on the street that evening will go to the religious service and will not go to the party? Will, there be more checks, do we expect more controls?

Florin Cîţu: First of all, you know very well that no restaurant is open that night, nothing is open. The only open place is the church, you can go for the Easter celebration and that's it. We are confident that people will celebrate and I am sure they will celebrate the feast of Easter, and follow the rules in force: restrictions regarding distancing, mask-wearing and disinfectant.

Reporter: But we are also talking about private parties, where ...

Florin Cîţu: You should know that this risk exists every day, that of private parties, it is not only that Easter night and we do not have a problem with such a thing.

Reporter: I have just asked whether you will carry out more checks. Have you discussed this?

Florin Cîţu: I tell you that, at this moment, for the Easter holiday, we have taken all the measures, we have had discussions with the religious cults and, at this moment, we are sure that the citizens of Romania will comply with the legislation in force.

Reporter: Regarding the discussion that you said, Mr Prime Minister, that you will have with Vice Prime Minister Barna and with those in Bucharest, when will it take place? Today or tomorrow?

Florin Cîţu: When the schedule allows us, as fast as possible, of course. We have a few more meetings today, but we will meet and discuss.

Reporter: And as regards Vice Prime Minister Barna, did he present to you that health report that you insisted on before the dismissal of the Minister of Health?

Florin Cîţu: I was the interim Minister of Health and many of the things were clarified during that period.

Reporter: So you practically don't expect this report from the Vice Prime Minister anymore?

Florin Cîţu: No. Thank you.

Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, for several weeks, you have announced an assessment of Ministers. The memorandum was on the Cabinet meeting table several times. Why did you not adopt it?

Florin Cîţu: There are still details we have been working on. I think the memorandum should be a little clearer, also regarding who makes the assessment, and at that moment, it will be adopted.

Reporter: The assessment is made by the Prognosis Commission. Are there Ministries that did not send all requested data...?

Florin Cîţu: This is one thing, but I repeat the way we make the assessment should be clearer for everyone, in order to avoid discussions afterwards.

Reporter: Good afternoon. Given that there are these negotiations that you have on the PNRR, PSD is proposing a political consensus.

Florin Cîţu: Negotiations with the European Commission.

Reporter: With the European Commission, of course. Do you support such a variant? Would it possible a political consensus on this topic, on such an important project for Romania?

Florin Cîţu: Nobody is stopping the Social Democrats from supporting PNRR. PNRR, we must all understand, is a Government program, but a program of the Government which addresses all Romanians. There are investments there for all the communities inhabited by the Romanians, regardless of their political colour. We should not politicize this program.

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