RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROBriefing de presă susținut de ministrul cercetării, inovării și digitalizării, Sebastian-Ioan Burduja și de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan Cărbunaru, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 27.06.2022 19:37:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu vicepreședinta Comisiei Europene pentru valori și transparență, Věra JourováȘtiri din 27.06.2022 19:16:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul sârb al afacerilor externe, Nikola SelakovićȘtiri din 27.06.2022 18:20:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: David Popovici este purtătorul de stindard al generației sale. Performanța obținută va produce un declic în sportul românescȘtiri din 27.06.2022 16:07:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președintele Comitetului Olimpic și Sportiv Român (COSR), Mihai CovaliuȘtiri din 27.06.2022 11:15:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu sportivii Lotului Național al României de Culturism și FitnessȘtiri din 27.06.2022 09:59:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Vestea excelentă a președintelui SUA, Joe Biden, confirmă succesul eforturilor de cooperare dedicate dezvoltării programului nuclear civil național, pas esențial pentru atingerea țintelor de decarbonizare și asigurarea independenței energetice a RomânieiȘtiri din 26.06.2022 The announcement of U.S. President Joe Biden at the G7 Summit confirms the solidity of the Romania- U.S. Strategic Partnership which becomes deeper also in its energy cooperation dedicated dimension. The US decision to finance with 14 million dollars the preliminary stage of engineering and design studies for the development of small modular reactors in Romania (SMR) is an essential component of the development of the national civil nuclear program. Using the new type of SMR technology will contribute, alongside the construction of reactors 3 and 4 from the Cernavoda Power Plant, to strengthening Romania's energy profile, in line with the European vision of environmental protection and decarbonisation assumed targets. Moreover, the development of the nuclear program will boost economic growth, both by revitalizing the supply chain and by positioning Romania as a regional leader of this industry. The technology of small modular reactors, developed by the American company NuScale meets the highest standards of nuclear safety. This factor is vital in the context in which nuclear energy is a fundamental pillar through which we can obtain clean energy, at affordable costs for Romanian citizens and the national economy. I encourage the Romanian nuclear industry and experts to contribute to the development of these preliminary stages while observing the highest standards of nuclear safety. The production of clean, cheap and stable energy represents the future, and through SMR technology, the future is now in Romania as well. The Government will continue to back the projects developed by Nuclearelectrica, strategic energy companies Transgaz and Romgaz which, alongside the projects implemented by the private sector, will turn Romania into an energy-independent state and energy security provider at the regional level. Capitalizing on natural gas exploitation projects in the Romanian Black Sea area, those unblocked by the new offshore law, investments in renewable energy, with funding available from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Modernization Fund, means energy stability for Romanian citizens and the national economic environment . 2022-06-26 19:10:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia dedicată Zilei Drapelului NaţionalȘtiri din 26.06.2022 11:03:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Drapelului NaționalȘtiri din 26.06.2022 09:03:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în cadrul emisiunii "Serviciul de noapte" la Radio România ActualitățiȘtiri din 24.06.2022 12:57:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu board-ul Centrului Cyber al UE (ECCC)Știri din 23.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă attended the opening of the meeting of the Governing Board of the European Centre of Competence in the field of industry, technology and research in the field of cyber security (ECCC). Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă sent a message today at the opening of the first meeting, in Bucharest, of the Governing Board of the European Centre of Competence in the field of industry, technology and research in the field of cyber security (ECCC), held at the Victoria Palace. On this occasion, Prime Minister welcomed the presence of the Council members in the ECCCs host city, one year since its establishment, while underlining the importance of joint European actions in ensuring security, especially in the context of rising cyber-attacks, against the backdrop of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine. As a host member state, Romania is firmly committed to supporting and working with the ECCC, as well as with its Governing Board, to carry out the mission and mutually agreed objectives, stated the Head of the Government. The Prime Minister voiced confidence that the ECCC will be actively involved in cyber security efforts of partners such as Ukraine or the Republic of Moldova. Romania will remain an important contributor to cyber security and will continue its upward trajectory in digital transformation. 2022-06-23 15:32:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 23 iunieȘtiri din 23.06.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the end of the Cabinet meeting [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The Romanian Government continues to implement the necessary measures to protect citizens and the economy from the effects of the crisis we are going through. For Romanian citizens and companies to pay less for fuel, we have identified with specialists a fixed subsidy solution of 0.50 lei off the pump prices that will be applied directly at the pump. In support of the partnership between civil society and the government, the government and the population, as well as the business environment, we have decided to implement this measure adopted by other countries so far. It is a measure involving both the responsibility of the government and the oil companies. I said that it is a measure enforced in other countries as well, we are talking about Spain and France. Half of this reduction will be provided by the state through a mechanism that will be implemented between distributors and line ministries. The mechanism by which we ensure the stability of fuel prices will be enforced for three months. The compensation is listed separately on the tax receipt issued at the gas stations. The value of the compensation package for this period will be 2 billion lei, with half of this money from the state budget. This measure is part of the package to protect citizens and businesses and aims to reduce the effects of rising inflation and the effects of the multiple crises we are going through. Of course, at the end of this period, we will consider whether a new set of measures is needed. Furthermore, I want to mention that we also have a useful instrument available- the ordinance to combat speculative effects - by which we will ensure a high level of consumer protection against unjustified price increases. The measures that we will take are part of an effective mechanism for the next three months, as aforementioned, they do not impact the investment budget in any way. The Government will maintain the target of 7% of GDP for investments, respectively 88 billion lei. At the same time, we will intensify efforts to absorb the money provided by European funds, both through the multiannual financial framework and through PNRR. Today, during the Cabinet meeting, we decided to recognize the performance of our athlete David Popovici. Given the exceptional performance, we decided that we should show a matching recognition and allocate him from the Government Reserve Fund the amount of one million lei. Thank you. 2022-06-23 14:27:00Ședința de guvern din 23 iunie 2022Știri din 23.06.2022 12:18:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Camerei de Comerţ Americane în RomâniaȘtiri din 23.06.2022 Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă met with the AmCham delegation that represents more than 500 companies carrying out their activity in Romania. The AmCham Romania representatives voiced the readiness of most of its members to maintain and develop investment in Romania. The dialogue highlighted a series of challenges that the business sector is facing as well as the labour shortage, the declining birth rate, the need to cut through the red tape and the digitalization, and the need for a balanced fiscal - budgetary policy. The regulatory status of certain legislative provisions in the fields of healthcare and cybersecurity was also addressed. The stability, predictability and confidence are principles underlying the Government's dialogue with the business sector. The x-ray of AmCham representatives today coincides with the Governments assessment. Our dialogue has identified the important issues that the Government needs to address, ensuring transparency in the implementation of the programme for the government. We need to facilitate a legal framework through which to continue cutting through the red tape, removing obstacles and time, will and optimism-consuming processes for investors. We have the responsibility of building a balance-building mechanism in a dynamic environment from the perspective of concerns and threats. We want to enhance Romanias credibility as a country of investment and a stable business environment. We are working hard to reduce the negative effects and capitalize on the existing opportunities in this period, including from the perspective of business relocations in the region. Regarding the Strategic Partnership with the United States, Romania relies a lot on the capacity of the U.S. business environment to generate new investments in our country , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Attending the meeting on behalf of the Government, along with the Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, were Adrian Caciu, Minister of Finance, Florin Marian Spătaru, Minister of Economy, Sebastian-Ioan Burduja, Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, Alexandru Rafila, Minister of Health, Florin Dobrescu, Secretary of State with the Entrepreneurship and Tourism Ministry, Dan Cărbunaru, Spokesperson for the Romanian Government, and George Agafiței, State Advisor at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. 2022-06-23 11:02:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții companiei GoogleȘtiri din 23.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: - Digitalization is the key to cutting through the red tape and will facilitate our countrys transition to a more secure, dynamic and data-driven economy Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met with the Vice President of Google, Karan Bhatia at Victoria Palace. The main topics discussed were the consequences of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, the threats in the field of cyber security and related to disinformation, the digital transformation of Romania and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. Prime Minister emphasized Romania's important role in the region, as a pillar of stability within both NATO and the EU. - Digitalization is the key to cutting through the red tape, which will turn the administrative infrastructure into a better and more efficient one. At the same time, digitalization will facilitate our countrys transition to a more secure, dynamic and data-driven economy, aligned with European strategic directions. A consolidated Google presence in Romania and its local development will contribute to strengthening the transatlantic partnership and boosting the research-development processes in our country. We appreciate Google's support in the fight against cyber threats and online disinformation - , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Access to digital services and their concrete applications depend on users' ability to capitalize on them, with sustained efforts backed by digital education, being required in this respect. 2022-06-23 10:02:00 de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a reprezentanților Federațiilor Internaționale și Europene de AtletismȘtiri din 22.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Major sports events hosted by Romania give us the opportunity of promoting sports and new great careers in the field Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received the President of the European Athletics Dobromir Karamarinov and the European Athletics Director-General Christian Milz at Victoria Palace. The meeting was also attended by the honorary advisor to the Romanian Prime Minister Gheorghe Popescu and the president of the Romanian Athletics Federation Anişoara Cuşmir - Stanciu. The dialogue focused on Romania organizing the European Athletics Championships U 20 - Cadets in Cluj - Napoca next year. In this context, Prime Minister highlighted the opportunity this important competition represents in encouraging young people to practice sports, and strive for great performance. - Romania enjoys the international recognition of the results of our athletes throughout history. It is important for the young generation to know and be inspired by the models offered by our golden athletes, such as the president of the Romanian Athletics Federation Anişoara Cuşmir - Stanciu, Olympic champion in 1984 in the long jump and holder of four world records. The major competitions we host give us the opportunity of promoting sports and generating new great careers. The Romanian Government extends its full support to this European sports event and will be further actively engaged in the good organization of major competitions hosted by our country, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The President of the European Athletics thanked Romania for the efforts to organize in the best conditions the Balkan Athletics Championship from Craiova that closed last week. At the same time, our country's initiative to take the responsibility of organizing the European Cadet Championship has been praised. In this respect, Cluj-Napoca offers all the necessary infrastructure to standards required by this competitive level. More than 2,000 participants and members of technical staff from 49 countries will be for six days in Cluj-Napoca. The European Broadcasting Union network will broadcast the championship to approximately 70 television channels. 2022-06-22 10:37:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu A.S. Șeicul Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, președintele Emiratelor Arabe UniteȘtiri din 22.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă paid a working visit to the United Arab Emirates on June 20 - 21. On this occasion, Prime Minister had a meeting in Abu Dhabi with H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Talks focused on the development and consolidation of bilateral dialogue at the political, economic and sectoral levels between the two countries. During the meeting, important and priority issues for the United Arab Emirates and Romania, as well as topics of regional and international interest were addressed. The main subjects were projects in the field of energy, port infrastructure, agriculture and the IT sector. The dialogue set concrete benchmarks for solutions to diversify oil and gas supply resources amidst the tense situation in the Black Sea region and the European embargo on Russian oil and petroleum products supply. At the same time, investment opportunities in Romania in the field of renewable energy were addressed, both offshore and on-shore. The visit preceded a second session of the Co-operation Commission between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, scheduled for June 21-22. The official delegation accompanying Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă in the United Arab Emirates included Sorin Grindeanu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Virgil Popescu, Minister of Energy, Adrian Chesnoiu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Iulian Chifu, State Advisor at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Dan Cărbunaru, Secretary of State, Spokesperson for the Romanian Government. 2022-06-22 07:59:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, vizită de lucru în Emiratele Arabe UniteȘtiri din 20.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă will pay a working visit to the United Arab Emirates on June 20-21. In this context, Prime Minister will meet with H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. The visit precedes the second session of the Cooperation Commission between the Government of Romania and the Government of the United Arab Emirates to be held on June 21 and 22. The visit aims to develop and strengthen the bilateral, economic and sectoral dialogue between the two states. The discussions will include topics of importance and priority for the United Arab Emirates and Romania, as well as topics of regional, and international interest. The official delegation accompanying Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă in the United Arab Emirates will be made of Sorin Grindeanu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Virgil Popescu, Minister of Energy, Adrian Chesnoiu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Iulian Chifu, State Advisor at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Dan Cărbunaru, Secretary of State, Spokesperson for the Romanian Government. 2022-06-20 13:10:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Implementarea PNRR continuă cu semnarea de contracte importante pentru dezvoltarea și modernizarea comunităților localeȘtiri din 20.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă participated today in the signing of the first 6 PNRR -funded contracts selected within the calls for projects for the first round of Component 10 - Local Fund, which aims at sustainable urban and rural development through the use of green and digital solutions. The six financing contracts between local public authorities and the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, amount to approximately 7.2 million lei and are aimed at reforming and digitalizing territorial and urban planning instruments at the level of local public authorities. These add to the first seven contracts funded under PNRR, Component 5 - Wave of Renewal, signed by the Government on June 7, for which more than 1,437 financing requests were submitted, benefitting from a funding of 2.4 billion euros. Romania is on track to meet the PNRR targets, milestones and reforms. The contractions continue and we have, today, the confirmation that there is interest and that all efforts are being made for what Romania has set for itself through the NRRP to materialize for the benefit of the citizens. These projects aimed at drawing up / updating spatial and urban planning documents in the format adapted for the Geographic Information System are contracted one month after the opening of the project submission platform. I appreciate the pace of work to capitalize on the opportunities to finance projects and reforms under PNRR and I welcome the solution of a digital platform through which the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration simplified procedures and substantially reduced the project submission and evaluation time, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Within the - Local Fund component, PNRR -funded, the Government, through the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, provided the local public administration authorities with a wide range of public investments, from which these authorities can prioritize the most necessary for their development, within pre-allocated funds by categories of ATUs. From the purchase of nonpolluting means of transport to the construction of energy-efficient housing for young specialists in health and education, the rehabilitation of public buildings, the financing of landscaping documents, to the construction of bicycle lanes or charging stations, everything can be accessed through the digital platform provided by the ministry. I urge the local authorities to use the remaining 10 days to submit these projects for funding, stated Development Minister Cseke Attila. Since mid-May 2022, when the digital platform for the first round of Component 10 - Local Fund opened, 3,261 funding requests totalling more than 1.6 billion lei, almost 60% of the funds allocated to this component, were submitted. The deadline for the call for projects is June 30. 2022-06-20 12:23:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului de monitorizare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 20.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă convened the extraordinary meeting of the NRRP Inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee. During the meeting, the elements of dialogue with the European Commission made after the submission by our country of the first request for payment related to PNRR, amounting to 3 billion euros, were presented. On the same occasion, the participants presented the status of the validation procedures of the milestones and targets assumed for the first quarter of this year. At the same time, the stage of implementation of the measures necessary for the fulfilment of the targets and milestones with a deadline for completion in the second quarter was evaluated. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă called for the acceleration of the launch of calls and project guidelines under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). The Government has already launched a series of financing programs in areas such as the development of local communities, education, energy, and culture. This year, Romania has the chance to use 10 billion euros from NRRP, from pre-financing and payment requests. All ministries must make the necessary efforts to implement the reforms undertaken, but also to attract European money according to schedule. Along with operational and national programmes, we will thus generate the necessary mechanism for the economic development and modernization of the country, stated the Head of the Executive. 2022-06-20 10:59:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Mondiale a RefugiatuluiȘtiri din 20.06.2022 09:38:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 16.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met today, at Victoria Palace, with representatives of the Coalition for Romanias Development (CDR). The discussions focused on six topics of interest for the sustainable modernization of Romania, namely macroeconomic stability, allocation of financial resources, health and telemedicine, sustainable development, modernization of the states interaction with the private sector and education. - In the spirit of good governance, we continue the intergovernmental dialogue with the business sector, to optimize the legal framework and adapt the governmental measures to the concrete market developments. The Romanian Government is open to proposals from the business environment, thus backing the inter-institutional dialogue and acting directly to meet the needs of the business community in Romania, stated Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă. During the discussions, new objectives and collaboration groups at the level of ministries were agreed upon, to solve the situations signalled by the Coalition for Romanias Development (CDR). 2022-06-16 16:58:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 16 iunieȘtiri din 16.06.2022 13:15:00Ședința de guvern din 16 iunie 2022Știri din 16.06.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae Ciucă: Good afternoon. We begin the Cabinet meeting with an agenda through which we continue to implement the measures we have assumed in the two packages of aid intended for the Romanian citizens. Today, we will adopt an emergency ordinance whereby we will continue to provide grants from non-reimbursable external funds - there are grants that are intended to be upgraded to restore the resilience of SMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These are funds provided through the Operational Program Competitiveness and, thus, through the measure aimed at granting de minimis aid, we will be able to provide grants between 50,000 and 200,000 euros on a ceiling of 58 million euros. It is also important to point out that we also have a second measure for the granting of regional state aid. These are needed for re-technologization. They will have a value between 50 and 500,000 euros on a maximum ceiling of 353 million euros. I would also like to remind you that through the Operational Program Competitiveness, the Ministry of Investment and European Projects finances the provision of micro-grants and working capital grants to entities in the agri-food sector; as I said, the measure is part of the Support for Romania package. I think it is important to emphasize that all the measures that we have taken and we will continue to take are designed to ensure stability and predictability for the business environment. Not long ago, I had a meeting with the German business committee. It is important to emphasize that through this dialogue, through the measures we have taken and which, as I said, we will continue to take, we have managed to ensure economic stability, protect jobs, and have a 6.5% economic growth compared to the same period last year in the first quarter, we have a 34 percent increase in foreign direct investment which is very encouraging, and it is our duty, of the Government to continue to pay close attention to have both a balanced economy, an economy that develops according to the existing opportunities in the current very complicated context, with overlapping crises, with a very complicated border security situation and yet we must emphasize that we have opportunities aimed at both developing the capabilities of green energy sources. We also have opportunities to develop and revitalize the process of digitalization, cutting through the red tape as required by the reform program under PNRR; also by a series of reforms that are required by our accession path to OECD, a path that is currently legitimized by the approval of our Roadmap, at the end of last week, Friday, and thus, it is the duty of the Government that together with the entire associative environment, with the entire business sector, with the entire civil society to ensure the fulfilment of these standards imposed at the level of this organization that accounts for 90% of the global investments. All these steps must be materialized through a sustained activity at the level of each ministry and I assure you that we will make all the necessary efforts to attain these goals. In todays meeting, as I requested more than a month ago and at the previous Cabinet meeting, we will approve the emergency ordinance on the combat of price gouging, amending and supplementing specific regulatory acts. It is an emergency ordinance we have a duty to approve in order to prevent exceptional situations as we have already seen happening during the COVID-19 pandemic and immediately after the start of Russian military action in Ukraine; we have a duty to protect our citizens, we have a duty to protect our business environment. It is important to ensure a well-regulated and honest framework for demand and supply in order to combat any artificial price increase. Speaking of this, I want to ask the Energy and the Finance Ministries to check fuel price elements so that the government can determine how fuel prices have reached this level. We will approve today the law proposed by the Ministry of National Defence on the purchase of 32 F16s from the Norwegian Government. It is a law that ensures the delivery of the 32 combat devices in operational condition. There is a need, in the current context, to pay due attention to strengthening the defence and response capacity of our Army. I think it is also important to underline that, beyond the acquisition of these devices, our capacity in the field of the defence industry is also being developed because the maintenance and modernization facilities will develop and consolidate in Romania. It is important to continue our package of measures - Support for Romania. I want to underscore that we are approaching the end of the month. The package of measures aims at the implementation of all measures as of July 1. I call on each Minister who has not completed the regulation of measures as undertaken in the government coalition, to do so until next week, so that they can produce effects starting July 1. At the end of last week, we had an inter-ministerial committee to boost and materialize the measures regarding the smoothing of the traffic at the borders with Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. I also received a visit from the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, who attended the meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee. This meeting resulted in a series of measures that have already begun to produce effects. It is worth mentioning that, at least on the main traffic points, the number of trucks crossing the border daily increased by more than 100. One more ferry was supplemented for the crossing from Isaccea. The number of staff, both customs and ANSVSA staff, and those working in the phytosanitary sector increased to work 24 hours a day, all week long. We need to continue to cooperate with the Republic of Moldova in order to complete that pilot project in Albita, with a mixed control point, and also to continue our steps, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to be able to open as soon as possible the two border crossing points from Vicovu de Sus and Racovăț. It is also worth noting that, following the discussions I had with the Vice Prime Minister on the operationalization and development of port infrastructure of Constanța and Galați, a much-sustained activity will continue at the same time with the completion of the works at the railway line from Giurgiulești to Galați. I saw that works are underway. I think it is a very important thing which each of us has to undertake, when certain facilities do not exist or are not operational, their rendering operational cannot happen overnight and require human and budgetary efforts bigger than we could imagine. I ask you, through your subordinate institutions, to maintain operational all facilities and to continue the development of all undertaken projects. This morning, together with the Vice Prime Minister, I continued the process of signing the contracts for the development of large infrastructure. Moldova A7 motorway entered the straight line, and we have the commitment that all contracts for the entire highway be signed by the end of the year. One issue that I think needs to be addressed in a forward-looking way is ragweed. We know how many Romanians suffer because of this plant. There is already a law, there are also measures that must be taken in this regard, as I request both the Ministry of Environment and other institutions with responsibilities in the field to start from now on to oversee the enforcement of the law and regulations in force to counter the effects of this plant. Thank you. 2022-06-16 12:28:00[1].jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu membrii Comitetului Economiei Germane pentru Europa de EstȘtiri din 16.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă received today the visit of representatives of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations at Victoria Palace. Both the German delegation and the Government representatives reiterated their appreciation for the economic cooperation between the two countries, as trade between Romania and Germany reached a historic peak of 33 billion euros last year. In this context, the interest of German companies in investing in Romania is on a growing trend, especially due to the stability and predictability of the Romanian business environment. Romania offers all the necessary premises to support the investment with domestic and foreign capital, against the backdrop of the armed conflict in Ukraine and rising inflation. Among the topics addressed were the integration of young people with the labour market and the development of dual education, Romanias commitment to the Green Deal and the transition to green energy, security on the eastern flank of NATO and the digitalization of the public administration. The German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations representatives congratulated the Romanian Government on its quick responses and humanitarian aid provided amidst the war, stating that Romania is an excellent partner for both Germany and the international organizations of which it is a member. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă reaffirmed the standing openness to dialogue with the business sector to signal the areas in which legislation can be improved and investment supported. Cutting through red tape, and digitalization of the public institutions are the main objectives of this Cabinet, and the business environment is encouraged to partake in the achievement of these projects. At the same time, the Romanian Government is acting directly to restore supply chains and ensure food security. 2022-06-16 09:55:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, alături de vicepremierul Sorin Grindeanu, la semnarea contractului între CNAIR și compania Pizzarotti pentru execuția Lotului 1 al Autostrăzii Ploiești-Buzău (secțiunea A7)Știri din 16.06.2022 09:47:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții companiei Merck Sharp & DohmeȘtiri din 15.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met, at Victoria Palace, with the representatives of Merck Sharp and Dohme. On this occasion, the Prime Minister underlined the Government's openness toward the investments in the country, especially in the field of research and development, but also toward the digitalization of the economy and the development of the public healthcare system. We want to simplify the procedures for making investments in our country. Being in the process of joining the OECD, which recently approved our roadmap, we adapt our standards to make them compatible with those of more developed countries, including from the digitalization perspective. Education and health are priorities assumed at the level of the Executive, and investments in these sectors contribute to boosting the citizens' quality of life, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The MSD delegation announced the opening in Bucharest of the first IT Security hub in the Romanian pharmaceutical industry and the launch of clinical trials in the field of oncology. At the same time, the dialogue focused on the support extended to the implementation of the HPV vaccination program, as the main measure in the National Cancer Prevention and Control Plan. Attending the meeting were also the Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila, the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitization Sebastian Burduja, the State Advisor George Agafiței and the Spokesperson for the Government Dan Cărbunaru. 2022-06-15 17:42:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Exploatarea în premieră a gazelor naturale din Marea Neagră va consolida capacitatea României de a asigura necesarul de gaze naturale din consumul internȘtiri din 15.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomes the start of gas exploitation from the Midia Natural Gas Development Project, operationalized by the Black Sea Oil and Gas company. The operating license was issued today by ANRE, which allows the first Black Sea gas to reach the national network. The gas will be delivered to the National Transport System operated by Transgaz. The annual natural gas output from the XV Midia perimeter will ensure 10% of the national consumption needs and brings Romania closer to the biggest desideratum regarding energy security, namely, energy independence. - Exploitation of the Black Sea natural gas for the first time will strengthen Romanias capacity to ensure the need for natural gas from domestic consumption and thus attain the goal of being energy independent. Ensuring the necessary natural gas from our own resources to a 90 percent extent turns us into a much more competitive market, especially during these overlapping crises. The Romanian Government will always be a partner of all investors who add value to our country and contribute to the well-being of our citizens. The Offshore Law allows the continuation of natural gas exploitation projects in the Black Sea, with prospects of turning Romania into a gas exporter in the coming years, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The Midia Natural Gas Development Project (MGD Project) includes the gas fields discovered in 2007 and 1995, respectively, located approximately 120 km from the Romanian coast, in the shallow water area of ​​the XV Midia perimeter where the water depth is 70 meters. The necessary investments for the gas exploitation in the Midia perimeter have been completed from 2018 to 2022, and their value is approximately 400 million dollars. 2022-06-15 16:12:00 Mesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Mondiale a Donatorului de SângeȘtiri din 14.06.2022 10:39:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la împlinirea a 32 de ani de la ”Fenomenul Piața Universității” și Mineriada din 13-15 iunie 1990Știri din 13.06.2022 is the 32nd anniversary of one of the most painful moments in our post-communist history, the Mineriad of June 13-15, 1990, in which the marathon demonstration of civil society against neo-communism, held in University Square, was suppressed by instigating some Romanians against other Romanians. Romania was still looking for the path to true democracy. For those born later, the events of the spring-summer of 1990 are a page in recent history, on which I believe we have the duty, all of us, to reflect so that the Romanian society will never again fall victim to diversions and false propaganda. Romania is counting now on the stability and security conferred by its membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance, but the difficult global context created by Russia's military aggression against Ukraine forces us to remain cautious, to filter any information objectively, to become aware of the harmful nature of diversions promoted by the multitude of modern information channels and, last but not least, to defend and observe the rights of the citizens. Today, our thoughts are with the victims of brutal manipulation and repression and their families. We are dutybound to continue the strengthening of democratic values and Romania's integration in the institutional architecture generated alongside our Western partners, who offer, especially in such periods, the guarantee of security and welfare. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-06-13 09:11:00 ministrului afacerilor interne, Lucian Bode, la secțiunea afaceri interne a Consiliului Justiție și Afaceri Interne, organizat de Președinția franceză a Consiliului Uniunii EuropeneȘtiri din 10.06.2022 June 10, 2022, the Home Affairs session of the JHA meeting was organized by the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Luxembourg. Romania was represented by the Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode. The agenda included the following items: overall situation of the Schengen area, amendment of the Schengen Borders Code Regulation, the Directive on information exchange between Member States law enforcement authorities, asylum and migration, strengthening of cooperation between counter-terrorism authorities, the Prum II Regulation, respectively the situation in Ukraine and monitoring of the implementation of the 10 point- Plan. During the working luncheon held on the occasion of the meeting, the ministers addressed a number of aspects related to the strengthening of the FRONTEX Agency. With regard to Schengen, the Minister of the Internal Affairs reiterated the importance of a realistic perspective on a timetable for accession to the Schengen Area, an objective for which considerable efforts and significant investments have been made. Expansion of the free-movement zone will be not only a recognition of Romanias constant efforts as a security provider in the service of the entire Union but also an expression of recognition of the Romanian citizens' attachment to the European project and its future, stated Lucian BODE. On the subject of migration and asylum, the Romanian dignitary stressed the need for progress in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, highlighting the flexibility shown by Romania during the negotiations of legislative proposals drawn from the Pact. With regard to Ukraine, the Minister of Internal Affairs praised the European Commissions efforts to coordinate the implementation of the actions outlined in the 10-point Plan, highlighting the significant progress made on most of its elements, which will contribute to effective management of the challenges posed by Russias unjustified and unprovoked military aggression on Ukraine. Regarding the solidarity with the Republic of Moldova, the Romanian official deemed it essential that this state be further supported to be able to cope with the challenges it is facing. During the working luncheon, the Romanian dignitary reiterated the permanent support that Romania has extended to the Frontex Agency, through constant participation, with consistent staff and equipment in the operations the Agency conducted to secure the EUs external borders. 2022-06-10 20:41:00 viceprim-ministrului și ministru al transporturilor și infrastructurii, Sorin Grindeanu, la Summitul șefilor de stat și de guvern participanți la Procesul de Cooperare în Europa de Sud-Est (SEECP)Știri din 10.06.2022 RELEASE On June 10, 2022, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Sorin Grindeanu attended in Thessaloniki, the Summit of Heads of State and Government of South-East European Co-operation Process (SEECP), to which President of the European Council Charles Michel and Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu were also invited. The summit was organized by the Greek SEECP Presidency-in-Office from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, and occasioned an in-depth exchange of views at high-level, on current developments at the regional level, with a focus on the crisis in Ukraine, COVID-19 pandemic, economic, energy and connectivity prospects. In his speech, Vice Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu emphasized the importance of cooperation within the SEECP in a wide range of areas and called for support for energy infrastructure projects, food supply in the context of the current international crisis, sustainable development and fostering the business environment in the Southeast European region. He stated that the security situation in the Black Sea region reconfirmed the central importance of regional cooperation in established formats, such as the SEECP, in identifying policies that promote the security and stability of South-East Europe. He also stressed the need to strengthen regional coordination to combat the effects of climate change and attain the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of environment. The Romanian official also reaffirmed Romanias constant and firm support for the European and Euro-Atlantic prospects of the states in the region. In this context, he mentioned Romanias strong support for the continuation of the EU enlargement process with the states of the Western Balkans, an essential process for the stability and security of Europe. He reiterated the need to open accession talks with the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Albania as soon as possible. He also highlighted Romanias strong support for the legitimate goals of the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia to join the European Union. Vice Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu reiterated Romanias firm condemnation of the Russian Federations armed aggression against Ukraine, and our country's concern about Moscows actions aimed at jeopardizing reforms, undermining democratic institutions and obstructing the European path of SEECP partners. The Vice Prime Minister underlined the measures adopted at the national and European level for managing the situation of the refugees from Ukraine, as well as the importance of providing assistance to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, including from the perspective of ensuring the energy security of the two states. At the end of the Summit, the participants adopted the Joint Declaration of SEECP Heads of State and Government and the Annual Report of the Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council. On the sidelines of the Summit, Vice Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu had brief bilateral meetings with Natalia Gavrilița, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Nikola Selakovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. 2022-06-10 20:10:00 de Parcurs pentru aderarea României la OCDE, aprobată oficialȘtiri din 10.06.2022 Government welcomes the adoption of Romanias Accession Roadmap to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development at the final session of the OECD Council ministerial meeting on Friday, June 10th, 2022. The Roadmap sets out the terms, conditions and stages of Romanias accession to the Organization and aims to align the legislation, policies and internal practices with those of the OECD. The document mentions the sectoral committees that will assess compliance with OECD legislation and practices, the principles that will guide their work, as well as the manner in which the accession discussions with the Romanian authorities will be carried out. The Roadmap emphasises the importance of the common values, vision and priorities shared with the Organisation as essential elements throughout the accession process, including the final stage of obtaining OECD membership. The adoption of the Roadmap represents a key step in the process of Romania joining the OECD, an important objective of our foreign policy, which strengthens the perspective of continuing on a trajectory of progress and economic development. The adoption of the Roadmap for Romania's accession to OECD represents an encouraging element and a recognition of our country's convergence potential with states with consolidated economies. This guidance document regarding the sectoral objectives and the criteria that Romania will have to meet gives us a clear and objective picture of the directions in which we must direct our efforts for the success of the accession discussions. We aim to implement the OECD best practices and standards, all the more so as they converge or are complementary to those that Romania has already assumed under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and can contribute to the fulfilment of the programme for government, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The Romanian Prime Minister also welcomes the adoption, at the same ministerial meeting of the OECD Council on June 9-10, 2022, of a series of Recommendations in key areas for economic and social development, such as policy for small and medium-sized enterprises, better opportunities for young people, combating tax offences, or sustainable development. Romania, in turn, joined the respective Recommendations, through an inter-institutional coordination process facilitated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 2022-06-10 17:33:00ții de presă susținute de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan Cărbunaru, privind măsurile luate de autoritățile responsabile pentru optimizarea traficului la frontiera cu Ucraina și MoldovaȘtiri din 10.06.2022 11:32:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, alături de premierul Republicii Moldova, Natalia Gavrilița, la întâlnirea cu autoritățile responsabile pentru optimizarea traficului la frontiera cu Ucraina și MoldovaȘtiri din 10.06.2022 10:07:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul marcării Jubileului de Platină al Reginei Elisabeta a II-a a Regatului Marii Britanii și Irlandei de NordȘtiri din 09.06.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the event held on the occasion of the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee [Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Mr Ambassador Noble, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, I want to extend my warmest wishes to you and the British people on the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in this special year of the Platinum Jubilee. We join those who have sent their best wishes to honour Her Majestys 70 years of dedicated service. The Government of Romania values the Strategic Partnership between our countries and will continue to invest in its development, for the benefit of our nations and in the interest of our prosperity and security. The evolution of the relationship between Romania and the United Kingdom offers us the opportunity to reaffirm our responsibilities for the common good of our continent and the future of transatlantic relations. I take this opportunity to emphasize the important contribution of the numerous members of the Romanian community to the development of the UK's society and economy. They thus became an integral and vibrant part of British society. I would like to especially hail the courage and dedication of the many Romanian nurses and doctors who worked in the UK's healthcare sector during the pandemic. Furthermore, I want to emphasize the contribution of the British business community-based in Romania to the prosperity and development of Romanian society and economy. Ladies and gentlemen, The security situation in the Black Sea region, severely affected by Russias unlawful and unprovoked military aggression against Ukraine, demonstrates the importance of cooperation in defending our shared values as free and democratic societies. The British contribution to strengthening NATOs eastern flank shows a strong commitment to the security of Europe, to the protection and defence of democratic values and to the deterrence of any form of aggression. Romania will continue to advocate a unified and integrated approach to the challenges facing our economies and particularly our security. Solidarity is essential in these times. We are confident that the Strategic Partnership with the United Kingdom will be able to continue to help secure our common future. I extend my best wishes for peace and prosperity to all! Thank you! 2022-06-09 20:04:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu delegația Fondului Monetar InternaționalȘtiri din 09.06.2022 Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă: The IMFs positive assessments give us the confidence to continue the undertaken reforms Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă met today at the Victoria Palace with the International Monetary Fund delegation that is in Romania on its annual evaluation mission. Given that this year, it is 50 years since Romania became an IMF member, Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă took the opportunity to thank the IMF representatives for the technical and financial assistance provided to our country throughout these years. Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă appreciated the IMF missions positive assessments and the fiscal policy guidance for reducing deficits and ensuring healthy economic growth in the difficult European and international context generated by the effects of the recent crises. Ï was glad to see that the assessments underscore the economic growth achieved by Romania in the difficult conditions we are facing now. This confirms us that the measures we have taken in this period were the right ones, and give us the confidence to continue the reforms and government policies we have undertaken. For Romania, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) means reforms that guarantee a sustainable and efficient development, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă presented the authorities efforts, amid the current geopolitical and economic background, to provide support for Ukraine refugees and to boost the resilience of the economy to external factors with a significant impact on the national and regional economy. In this context, the Head of the Executive emphasized the importance the Government attaches to the development of agriculture with a view to ensuring food security and investments aimed at increasing the renewable energy capacity and the exploitation of Black Sea gas. Romania has the capacity and the desire to become energy independent in the coming years. Investments in new energy production capacities, as well as the exploitation of the Black Sea offshore gas reserves, will ensure Romanias energy independence and give us the opportunity to become an important pillar for the European energy security, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă presented the Government's measures in support of the economy, as well as of the vulnerable citizens affected by the prices hikes and supply chain problems triggered by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, aimed at stimulating investments and supporting the categories affected by energy and food prices hikes. Support for Romania package of measures in the amount of 17.3 billion lei, earmarks 60 percent of the amount for investment and development, and at present, nearly two-thirds of this package of measures have already been implemented. Investments represent an objective assumed by the Government and the opportunity for sustainable economic growth, and this year, Romania has the largest budget investment in recent 30 years, namely 88 billion lei. Also, the Prime Minister pointed out that the Executive has an integrated approach to the funds that contribute to the countrys development, mentioning the operational programs related to the 2014-2020 and the 2021-2027 multiannual financial frameworks, which are readily set to attract European funds. Both sides emphasized the importance of digitalization for the development and modernization of the economy and for better fiscal performance. In this respect, the Prime Minister presented the main measures implemented and the effects that are already visible in the operation of the relevant systems. During the talks, the IMF representatives voiced appreciation for the efforts made to keep inflation in check, as well as for the observance of the commitments undertaken with regard to the deficit. In this respect, Prime Minister mentioned the decision taken to cut the government expenditure. This report represents for the Romanian Government not only the stage picture of the country's economic situation but also a vote of confidence from one of the most important international financial institutions which closely knows our development over the past decades, stated Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă. 2022-06-09 18:53:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Camerei de Comerț și Industrie Româno – Germană – AHK RomâniaȘtiri din 09.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă discussed with AHK representatives the German investment plans in Romania Today, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă met at Victoria Palace with the representatives of the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry( AHK Romania). Participants in the meeting noted the high level of trade, estimated at 35 billion euros this year. The interest of German companies in investments in Romania is of particular relevance, in the context in which supply chains in Eastern Europe and Asia are affected and impact the European logistics capacity. During the meeting, the representatives of German company Knauf announced the launch of an investment of 200 million euros in Romania. The company Knauf Romania plans to develop two new production facilities on our countrys territory for plasterboard, metal profiles and insulation materials set to generate 200 new jobs. These investments will encourage local production for high value-added materials, with Romania having the opportunity to become an exporter in the region. At the same time, the materials manufactured in our country will be able to provide part of the internal needs of construction materials, given that 90% of homes in Romania need insulation in order to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption and natural gas for heating. This new German investment in our country is a signal of confidence, which strengthens economic ties and provides access to new technologies necessary for the modernization of production capacity. The over 300,000 new jobs created by investments made in Romania by German companies contribute to the well-being of our country, generating stability and development. The Government attaches major importance to foreign investments, but also to those made by Romanian entrepreneurs. We are fully open to facilitating new investment. Attracting investments on our countrys territory is a desideratum of this Cabinet, guaranteeing economic stability and predictability stated Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă. 2022-06-09 18:25:00 Victoria, iluminat în turcoaz, în cadrul campaniei de conștientizare a Bolii BattenȘtiri din 09.06.2022 18:10:00Ședința de guvern din 9 iunie 2022Știri din 09.06.2022 16:45:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Alianței pentru TurismȘtiri din 09.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met, at Victoria Palace, with the representatives of the Alliance for Tourism, an alliance that brings together 28 members of the associative environment from the hospitality industry in Romania. The topics focused on the budgeting perspectives regarding the implementation of the HoReCa 2 aid scheme, which would mitigate the effects generated by the overlapping crises that Romania is going through. The first months of 2022 brought economic growth to this sector, but losses were felt due to the effects of Russian military aggression in Ukraine and the rising prices. The meeting also approached the need to address the human shortage and ensure an educational climate that allows young graduates to integrate into the labour market. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă gave assurances on the predictability of the fiscal environment and confirmed his willingness to make the best decisions for the national economy, through a sustained dialogue. Any tax change will be announced and debated with the business community to create a fair framework for all stakeholders. The HoReCa industry needs to be supported, especially as it has the potential for rapid economic growth. I want the percentage of 10% of Romanias GDP to be reached as soon as possible by the representatives of these sectors. The Romanian Government will remain a loyal partner for this goal , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The Head of the Executive also mentioned the need to achieve the reforms undertaken through PNRR to boost the competitiveness of the hospitality industry. 2022-06-09 15:42:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții executivi ai companiei germane VartaȘtiri din 09.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met today at Victoria Palace with the executive representatives of the German company Varta. The German companys development plans in Romania have been presented on this occasion. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă underscored the importance the Government attaches to investments, especially in high-tech areas, areas of the future which contribute to both economic development and new job creation. 2022-06-09 11:03:00 de presă susținut de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan Cărbunaru, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 08.06.2022 16:46:00Ședința de guvern din 8 iunie 2022Știri din 08.06.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. Before discussing today's Cabinet meeting, I would like to make some mentions related to our activities so far. Two very important activities took place yesterday to attain the objectives undertaken by the Government. We managed to sign the first contracts with representatives of local authorities from the energy efficiency programme, and at the same time, kicked off the Renewal Wave program, a very important objective because in less than two months since kicking off, we managed to sign the first contracts. We are talking about seven contracts in the amount of 92 million lei. Another 1,430 projects, amounting to a total of 2.4 billion euros in value are to be processed, all being included in NRRP. What is very important is that this program will contribute to the thermal efficiency of public institutions, hospitals, and schools. Through rendering this program transparent and its digitalization, I outline once again the step taken by the Development Ministry, and we thank you for having eventually managed to achieve such a program that will carry out a technical digitalized support, we will therefore save time and resources. I outline that there is no prioritization of localities in the sense of talking only about county capitals or large cities, we are discussing all types of localities, including communes across the country, with no difference being made regarding political affiliation. It is a program for all localities across the country, and all citizens, and I very much appreciate the activity which has been carried out. What I consider as important to further do is linked to the way we will continue to carry out dialogue and guide local authorities so that projects be very well drawn up from the start and save time. As for the signing of the contract for the first section of Moldova highway, we are talking about the section Ploiesti- Buzau. It is a much-awaited project by Romanian citizens of that area, and I think we manage to ensure, as we discussed with Mr Vice Prime Minister, the coherence of unfolding this program, taking into account the fact that it has a very consistent allocation and the operation of all mechanisms and procedures is needed to ensure the functioning of the program. I gave these details to underline once again the need for each of the Cabinet members and the technical teams of each Ministry to continue to focus their attention on the unfolding of each stage of NRRP, at the same time completing all procedures and monitoring of the closure of the extension on Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, and as established at the level of the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, we should focus on unfolding the Multiannual Framework 2021-2027. There are three complementary programs truly supporting the entire governmental effort to achieve reforms, modernize Romania, as we assumed and of course, grow investments. Our role is to ensure economic balance, support economic growth, and implicitly the citizens' incomes in times of overlapping crises, pandemics with energy and gas prices hikes, and the most complex of all which gravely impacts the entire economy is the one generated by Russian armed invasion in Ukraine. We can say, without fear of being wrong, that, so far, we have managed to maintain this balance based on the dialogue we have had both at the inter-ministerial level and at the inter-institutional level. I am referring, in particular, to the ongoing dialogue we have had with civil society, the business community, with the citizens of Romania, because all our measures and all our efforts are directed towards their support, as we have assumed through the programme for government. These are very important elements because we still need to act in a consistent and coherent manner. The six-month term has demonstrated this, and we can see that we have managed to protect jobs, we have managed to provide the necessary investment framework and, we must say, we have managed to ensure economic growth that, at first reading, all people say its the biggest growth in the European Union, I just see it as a stage growth. It is our duty to continue to ensure sustainability in all this set of crises that we talked about earlier and, at the same time, to ensure the necessary measures at the governmental level, so that we can protect the citizens, especially the vulnerable citizens, the retirees. These are the measures we have taken, we already have the Support for Romania package, followed by the second complementary package which also addressed the evolution of the situation and we will continue to pay attention to these dynamics. At the government level, at the coalition level, we will permanently ensure the necessary measures, as we have assumed, in accordance with the evolution of the situation and there are already tasks at the level of each ministry so that we can know the reality and be able to come up with measures in the next period. Here, there are a whole series of stages that we have gone through, there are others that we have in progress; it is not an activity that we have undertaken and not performed. We still have to solve the measures that were included in the - Support for Romania package and in the second package of measures; they are in progress both at the level of the parliament, in terms of drafting laws to ensure the framework for their implementation and, of course, at the level of the government, through the regulations that each ministry has assumed. We are very close to the end of the school year. I had a whole series of activities. Minister Cimpeanu is very close to finalizing the new education law, but until then, Minister, we had to regulate the framework through which to ensure a healthy meal for students - it is a draft law through which we undertook to minimize school dropout. These are measures that we have already regulated through government decisions. Recently, I ordered that an inter-ministerial working group be set up at the government level, which you will lead together with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Investment and European Projects. Please, if you can develop on this topic. Sorin Cimpeanu: Mr Prime Minister, thank you. Very briefly. Since having or not having a meal at school makes the difference for many parents between sending and not sending their children to school, the connection is direct with school dropout. You asked for two things. You called for a significant extension of this program, School Meals, and consistency in the use of funds. Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca: I asked this program to be extended to an increasing number of people as I consider this program should have better coverage, our step cannot happen overnight, but I am sure that through the measures we will agree, alongside the other ministries, the extension of the number of schools where this measure applies, should cover the entire national territory. (...) Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca: Thank you! Yesterday, an inter-ministerial activity was held with the participation of line ministers on a very important topic, namely ensuring the smoothing of border flow. Here are two aspects, on the one hand, it is related to smoothing the flow at checkpoints and the crossing of the border with Ukraine, as well as those on the border with the Republic of Moldova, are issues that need to be coordinated, both at inter-ministerial and inter-institutional levels, as well as issues related to coordination with our neighbours in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova. Each of the subjects was technically prepared before the activity I carried out yesterday. The measures that we need to take next have been established so that we can have a coherent smoothing of the flow of goods and people 24 hours a day. We have a duty and we have undertaken to support both the export of agricultural products from Ukraine and the supply, because, at the moment, the Republic of Moldova needs to smooth this traffic in terms of supply of goods, which is done, unfortunately, at this time only through the border crossing points on the border with our country. As such, these are particularly important issues that we will address tomorrow morning in our Cabinet meeting. We need to keep in mind that the holiday season is beginning and Romanians in the diaspora are about to return home, so we need to ensure a smooth transition to the entry points from the western border and, as we discussed with Minister Bode, the Interior Ministry is considering all measures so that we can smooth flow on the western border. Thank you! 2022-06-08 12:07:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Este nevoie să lucrăm împreună și să ne asumăm decizii curajoase pentru un mediu mai sănătosȘtiri din 08.06.2022 Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă chaired today the first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, the establishment and operation of which is a milestone set out in the NRRP(National Recovery and Resilience Plan). Debates at the meeting at the Victoria Palace focused on Romanias mandate under the European Legislative Package Fit for 55 and our countrys priorities for the COP27 Climate Change Summit. Along with details on the organization and operation of the Committee, other topics were on the agenda of the meeting, such as the modelling and analysis of long-term energy and climate policy planning or the allocation of resources. There is a need for institutional coordination between ministries, the Government and the Presidential Administration, between Romanian state institutions and European and international bodies, for a coherent and coordinated approach to measures of combating the impact of climate change. The integration of the necessary measures in the area of reforms, investments, development, and economic balance can be ensured by working together and taking courageous decisions for a healthier environment. It is our responsibility to manage our present, and especially our future, given that we can see these effects both globally and nationally, said Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and the Minister of Environment, Water and Forests Tanczos Barna, the Head of the PM Chancellery Mircea Abrudean, the Secretary-General of the Government Marian Neacșu, State Advisor with the Presidential Administration Alexandra Bocșe, and representatives of institutions with responsibilities in the fight against climate change. Background information: The Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change has the role of proposing and monitoring annual priority climate change policies in line with national commitments to the European Union, including through Romanias National Recovery and Resilience Plan, to the UN and other international organizations to which Romania is a party or in the process of joining. The committee is chaired by the Prime Minister of Romania, as chairman or, in the absence of the Prime Minister, by the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, as vice-chairman. The committee has two other vice-chairs, the official who leads the Department of Climate and Sustainability with the Presidential Administration and the Minister of Environment, Water and Forests. It comprises representatives of public institutions in Romania who develop and implement policies with impact in the field of combating climate change, at the level of Minister or Secretary of State, Presidential Advisers or State Advisers from the Presidential Administration, respectively representatives at the level of institutions. 2022-06-08 11:38:00 de către prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a ministrului Apărării Republicii Moldova, Anatolie NosatîiȘtiri din 07.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met at the Victoria Palace, with the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Moldova, Anatolie Nosatii in the context of the latter's visit to Bucharest, at the invitation of the Romanian counterpart. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomed the visit of the guest from the Republic of Moldova and stressed the need for dialogue in complicated times and with important effects on the current situation, generated by Russias military aggression against Ukraine. The Romanian Prime Minister reaffirmed Romanias full and active support for the Republic of Moldovas aspirations to become a candidate for accession to the European Union, together with Ukraine and Georgia. The need for a unitary approach of the three states in the associated trio is permanently on the line of Romanias sustained efforts in this direction. The Chisinau official welcomed and thanked Romania for its constant political, economic and financial support for the Republic of Moldova to overcome the overlapping crises it is facing - refugee and energy crisis, inflation - but also to attain its goal of acquiring the status of candidate for membership of the European Union. The two sides reviewed key bilateral issues, including efforts to streamline border traffic. In this respect, the optimization of working procedures will allow the streamlining of border control actions. The issue of energy and security developments in the region, especially the misinformation and propaganda and the hybrid warfare elements present on the left bank of the Prut, were also addressed. The topics of cooperation with international institutions and Romania in strengthening the instruments of ensuring peace and stability, and the security of the Republic of Moldova's citizens and in the region were also addressed. 2022-06-07 20:03:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la semnarea primelor contracte finanțate din Planul National de Redresare și Rezilientă încheiate între Ministerul Dezvoltării, Lucrărilor Publice și Administrației și primării și consilii județeneȘtiri din 07.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The signing of the first contracts financed from PNRR at Victoria Palace is the signal of the Government's support for local communities Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă participated in the signing of the first contracts financed from PNRR selected within the Renovation Wave call for projects. These are seven financing contracts concluded between local public authorities and the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, worth over 92 million RON. They aim at refurbishing and modernizing some education units and city halls, boosting energy efficiency and thermal efficiency of some administrative offices. I invited representatives of the local authorities to the Victoria Palace to sign, together with Minister Cseke, the financing of projects to boost energy efficiency for local public objectives. It is the signal of the support that the Romanian Government extends to the local communities, which are closest to the citizens. We need a close partnership for the European resources to reach communities, the Romanians. I congratulate the town halls and the county councils that signed, today, the contracts through which they receive financing. But, like them, another 1430 projects from all over the country will have at their disposal over 2.4 billion euros, from PNRR and national sources, for the rehabilitation of blocks of flats and schools, healthcare units, public buildings all over the country , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The Prime Minister added that this call for projects is carried out fully transparently, in a digital system, offering equal opportunities for funding to all local communities, regardless of region or political affiliation of the mayor, and citizens, the opportunity to see how public funds, national and European ones are allocated. I strongly support the extension of this model of good practices in the central administration. Transparency and accountability in the public service are the basis for regaining the trust of Romanians , added the Prime Minister. Since rendering transparent the applicants guide less than four months ago, we have reached, in record time, the signing of contracts. The Romanian Government, through the Ministry of Development, has made available to local authorities transparent procedures and a digital platform to submit funding applications, which have ensured an expeditious procedure. I congratulate the local authorities on their promptness and professionalism. We will soon see the first buildings under renovation, said Cseke Attila. Between April 1, 2022, and May 30, 2022, 1,437 funding applications were submitted, which will benefit from a funding of 2.4 billion euros to ensure the transition to a green and resilient built fund. 2022-06-07 14:18:00 de presă susținut de ministrul investițiilor și proiectelor europene, Marcel Boloș, la finalul Comitetului interministerial de coordonare pentru implementarea PNRRȘtiri din 06.06.2022 17:36:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului de monitorizare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 06.06.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Government is on schedule with actions for Romania to benefit from 10 billion euros under PNRR in 2022 Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă chaired, at Victoria Palace, the meeting of the NRRP Oversight Committee, the first of this kind after Romania sent the first disbursement payment request to the European Commission on May 31. Capitalizing on the 30 billion euros from PNRR is a coordinated and coherent effort, with well-established landmarks, deadlines and responsible people for each area. We proved that we managed to operationalize this European financing mechanism in a short and not at all simple period for Romania and to send the first payment request. The pre-financing received, amounting to 3.7 billion euros, added to the first disbursement request already sent to the European Commission, clearly shows that we are on schedule to achieve what we set out to do, namely that Romania will benefit this year from 10 billion euros under PNRR. Next, I will monitor the fulfilment of PNRR targets, milestones and reforms. I am convinced that the government team's work discipline and responsibility will continue to guide our activity , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The meeting discussions focused on the procedures and measures associated with the submission of the request for payment in the amount of about 3 billion euros, of which about 2 billion euros are non-reimbursable funds and about 1 billion - the financing in the form of a loan. In this regard, the Ministry of Investment and European Projects submitted to the ministries coordinating reform and investment the form approved by the Commission of the Operational Type Agreement, a document necessary for the implementation of the PNRR. The coordinating ministries will also implement specific action plans to improve the management and control system related to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, established through consultations at the level of state institutions, as well as in the dialogue between the Government and the European Commission. In the context of the REPowerEU plan, which proposes a set of actions to save energy, diversify sources of supply and accelerate Europes transition into clean energy, the Committee reviewed the European Commissions communication on this subject. The guidelines provided to Member States detail and explain how to prepare the chapters dedicated to the REPowerEU plan, focusing on the process of amending the existing plans. During the meeting, the situation of the guidelines for calls for competitive calls for projects under the PNRR was presented, including state aid schemes, for 61 of the 71 projects (85%) being set launching deadlines in 2022. The next payment request from Romania will be sent to the European Commission in the third quarter of 2022 and includes milestones and targets that have the first and second quarters of 2022 as deadlines. The value of the second request is over 3.2 billion euros, of which 2.14 billion euros in non-reimbursable funds and over 1 billion financing in the form of loans. 2022-06-06 13:58:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Majestatea Sa Margareta, Custodele Coroanei RomâneȘtiri din 06.06.2022 13:49:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Mondiale a MediuluiȘtiri din 05.06.2022 10:24:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei ÎnvățătoruluiȘtiri din 05.06.2022 09:50:00 Națională a Supraviețuitorilor de Cancer, marcată la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 05.06.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The power of the example of those who defeated cancer can have a mobilizing and encouraging effect for all those who find that they have this diagnosis. The initiative to establish National Cancer Survivors Day is a true message of hope for those who, unfortunately, find that they have this diagnosis. The power of the example of those who have defeated the disease can have a mobilizing and encouraging effect at the same time. The confidence that you too can get over such a trial, it means that you have paved the way for healing, with the valuable support of doctors and access to treatments. In all this effort, the role of the authorities and the entire health system is just as important both during the treatment period and after healing. We want these people to know that we are with them in the battle for life and that their hope is truly a chance to be fulfilled. In this respect, the National Cancer-Fighting Plan, carried out under the auspices of the Presidential Administration, with experts from the Ministry of Health, representatives of civil society and oncology patients, will mean a paradigm shift from treatment schemes that are sometimes quite rigid, towards personalised medicine that requires a more precise diagnosis and a treatment adapted to the needs of each patient. Through this Plan, Romania will join the Western countries in adopting innovative treatments earlier than so far, stress will be laid on the psychological aspect of the treatment, but especially on early testing and diagnosis, and this implies the operationalization of a National Register of Oncological Patients, which will give the possibility to follow the evolution of each patient, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Romania has, on the first Sunday of June, a day dedicated to those who managed to win the fight against disease from the oncological spectrum, starting this year. To mark the National Day of Cancer Survivors, Victoria Palace will be lit tonight, from 9 pm to 11 pm, in the colours and logo symbol chosen for this day, the Yellow Water Lily. The Government expresses its full support for the efforts to provide confidence in treatment options and the chances of a cure while raising awareness on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of cancer - a diagnosis that many consider without hope, but which the cancer survivors overcame by showing an unsuspected power, born of hope. 2022-06-05 09:30:00 nouă platformă online pusă la dispoziție de Guvern pentru informarea refugiaților din UcrainaȘtiri din 03.06.2022 Government of Romania, through the Department for Community Social Responsibility and Vulnerable Groups, provides Ukrainian refugees with official and up-to-date information about their rights and the services they can benefit from, in Romania, through the new online Platform 1/ The new government platform contains information from the following areas: 1. Arrival in Romania 2. Emergency numbers 3. Health 4. Transportation 5. Legal support 6. Education 7. Unaccompanied children 8. Learning the Romanian language 9. How to apply for temporary protection in Romania 10. Temporary accommodation and housing 11. Working in Romania 12. Support for vulnerable people The platform is available in Romanian and Ukrainian. The information contained in the platform is provided by public institutions with responsibilities in the field, in addition to resources from civil society partners and international organizations. is a dynamic information instrument, where you can permanently find official, verified information. 2022-06-03 14:23:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Obiectivul Guvernului este să atragă investiții de două miliarde de euro în sectorul bateriilor în următorii aniȘtiri din 02.06.2022 Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă participated today in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Romanian Government, through the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Education, and EIT InnoEnergy - the innovation driver for sustainable energy, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), an institution of the European Union. The Romanian Government and EIT InnoEnergy will collaborate to draw up and implement a national strategy for batteries, aligned with the needs and opportunities of the European value chain, which will activate the Romanian battery ecosystem, promoting its accelerated development. In order to overcome the current competency deficit in this field, the Memorandum of Understanding underscores the commitment to create a new training and education network that will retrain about 20,000 people in this field, over the next four years. The Academy of the European Battery Alliance (EBA) - a landmark program designed to improve the workforce of the entire European value chain of batteries - will be launched in Romania, with a special focus on the regions benefiting from the EU Just Transition Fund (Dolj, Gorj, Mureș, Hunedoara, Prahova and Galați). In addition, partnerships will be formed with several Romanian universities to introduce new undergraduate and master's degree programs for students. - The Romanian Government is development-oriented, including in projects related to the circular economy that can attract investment and generate new jobs. Our goal is to attract at least two billion euros in investment in the battery sector over the next five years, and the signing of the agreement with EIT InnoEnergy is a step in that direction. We want to prepare the workforce in the battery sector to attract investment more easily. The expertise we will benefit from and the entry into the EBA Academy are important opportunities for universities such as those in Petroșani, Pitești, Craiova or Galați, which can use a European training curriculum - stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. - By 2025, battery-related projects will create between three and four million direct and indirect jobs, which means that around 800,000 workers in Europe will gain battery-specific expertise following training. It takes considerable effort and I am delighted that the EBA Academy has been able to successfully meet the training needs in countries such as France, Spain, Hungary, and now Romania. In order to create a more sustainable world, while improving Europe's energy security, we need to build capacities, and skills and make investments in innovation to enable us to do this stated Diego Pavia, CEO of EIT InnoEnergy. The Memorandum of Understanding will also promote the use of the business investment platform, unique to key stakeholders in accelerating battery projects. A working group appointed by the Romanian Government will be activated to work with institutional stakeholders, while EIT InnoEnergy will support with resources, knowledge exchange and good practices learned from its rich history in promoting sustainable innovation across Europe. Additional information: About EIT InnoEnergy EIT InnoEnergy is carrying out its activity at the heart of the energy transition and is the main innovation driver in the field of sustainable energy in the European Union, bringing the technology and skills needed to accelerate the European Green Pact and Europes decarbonisation targets. Recognized globally as the largest investor in sustainable energy and one of the largest investors in climate and renewable energy technologies by 2020, the EIT InnoEnergy supports innovation in a variety of areas. These include energy storage, transport and mobility, renewable energy and sustainable buildings and cities. Its trusted ecosystem consists of over 500 partners. The 300 companies in the portfolio will generate EUR 72.8 billion in revenues and save 1.1G tonnes of CO2e annually by 2030. EIT InnoEnergy is the driving force behind three strategic European initiatives, namely the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center (EGHAC) and the European Solar Initiative (ESI). Founded in 2010 and supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), EIT InnoEnergy has offices in Europe and the US. 2022-06-02 18:10:00 de către prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a ministrului Apărării al Republicii Turcia, Hulusi AkarȘtiri din 02.06.2022 Minister Nicolae Ciuca and the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Turkey, Hulusi Akar discussed the importance of the bilateral relationship related to the Strategic Partnership, close economic collaboration and common concerns about regional and Black Sea security. The Prime Minister addressed the issue related to the war in Ukraine and condemned, in this context, the illegal, unprovoked nature and the unacceptable actions on the ground. Prime Minister referred to the direct link between the situation in the Mediterranean Sea and the need to include the Black Sea as a region of NATO strategic interest in the future Strategic Concept. The framework for energy cooperation and the role of Turkey in the transit of the necessary quantities of gas to Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine through the Turkish transport system was also addressed. The bilateral agenda, the economic and trade dimension, together with the military cooperation and that of defence industries were among the topics of discussion. The Turkish Defence Minister referred to the regional context, and security issues in the area and noted the coherence of views in the relationship between the two states. The senior official emphasized the close level of bilateral relations and mutual support for the initiatives, noting that Turkey has proposed raising the level of the Poland-Romania-Turkey trilateral and expanding the presence of each state's military and technical personnel in the NATO multinational command and excellence centres situated on the territory of the other state. Minister Hulusi Akar highlighted the importance of developing multilateral and bilateral military cooperation and the prospect of enhancing excellent relations between Turkey and Romania, including a regional solution to the conflict caused by Russias invasion of Ukraine. 2022-06-02 18:09:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 2 iunieȘtiri din 02.06.2022 17:55:00Ședința de guvern din 2 iunie 2022Știri din 02.06.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting of June 2, 2022 [Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca: Good afternoon. I want to thank everyone who got involved in resolving all aspects related to sending the first disbursement request to the European Commission. We thus managed to meet our objective and use this opportunity to remind and outline once again that we need the same sustained efforts, same coordination, to meet the milestones and targets and thus, to ensure the coherence of the NRRP implementation. I mention that this effort was possible due to the collaboration and open and sustained dialogue with the European Commission. I outline this aspect thanking Minister Bolos and the staff of the Ministry of Investments and European Projects. We had a rich and complex agenda for today's Cabinet meeting, there are several draft laws and emergency ordinances. I would like to mention that through todays draft law on metropolitan areas, we will meet a milestone that was planned for the end of June. Practically, through the implementation of this law, we will really succeed in carrying out the reforms at the level of local authorities, by increasing access to services and mobility, to public services provided locally for the citizens living in urban areas and in peripheral communities. These regulations are fully in line with national development priorities and coalition goals set out by the programme for government. It is also worth noting that today, through emergency ordinances, we render operational the agency specialized in managing investments in the field of health. It is an emergency ordinance by which we implement, practically, all the mechanisms through which we can benefit from the funds provided by NRRP - and here we are talking about 2.5 billion euros without VAT for investments and reforms in the medical system. At the same time, I think it is necessary to emphasize that, through this ordinance, we can ensure greater coherence and the development of the project of the three regional hospitals in Cluj, Iasi and Craiova. Through a government decision, we will be able to attain coherence in accessing funds for digitalization, climate action and other areas of interest. We are pursuing the same demarche to operationalize the financial aid through PNRR. We are discussing here about funds of nearly 300 million euros. We are continuing to implement the Support for Romania programme. Today, we can announce that the issuance of social vouchers for vulnerable people has started. Approximately 2.5 million people will qualify for this form of aid designed to partially offset price increases. As we pledged within the coalition, today, through the emergency ordinance, we will approve the granting in July of the financial aid of 700 lei for pensioners whose incomes are below 2,000 lei. There are 3.3 million people qualifying for the aid. There is also an emergency ordinance on Eximbank. It is about optimizing the way in which Eximbank will use the resources made available for state aid programs, programs intended to support economic operators. By updating legislation, the Export - Import Bank of Romania can further act to attain the goals pursued at government level, by implementing some state aid programs intended for SMEs, and large companies in Romania, including regarding funding the initiatives by the shareholders of the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund. All these steps at the government level provide the necessary tools and mechanisms to maintain the balance between what we have undertaken, namely, continued investment and support of all economic agents based on the dialogue we have had with the business environment from Romania and also for supporting the vulnerable people in Romania at this time, when there is a need more than ever for solidarity and unity at all levels. Thank you! 2022-06-02 14:09:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul „Zilei Eroilor” în Parcul Carol I, București, la Monumentul „Mormântul Ostașului Necunoscut”Știri din 02.06.2022 11:04:29 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă de Ziua EroilorȘtiri din 02.06.2022, Romania symbolically intertwines its Christian and historical being, marking at the same time two great celebrations: the Day of Ascension of the Lord and the Day of Heroes. At 12 oclock, the bells will be ringed in all places of worship, a moment of silence will be observed in the public institutions and the educational units, and after the officiating of the Divine Liturgy of Ascension, the festivities of commemoration of the heroes will begin, at the Romanian tombs and commemorative war works, as well as at the foreign ones on the territory of Romania. To pay tribute to the memory of those who sacrificed themselves on the battlefield throughout history, the Romanian Government, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the local authorities, associations and non-governmental organizations, and the citizens who come to be present at the festivities, meet today in deeds and thoughts - and we thank them for joining us. The generous idea of honouring all those who fell on the battlefield, by caring for the graves and maintaining the commemorative works of war dedicated to them, appeared for the first time in the Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919 between the belligerents of the First World War. Romania became the first state to consecrate the commemoration of foreign heroes alongside the national ones. By the Decree-Law of May 4, 1920, it was established that the Heroes Day is celebrated on the occasion of the Ascension Day, a similar decision being taken, in the same year, by the Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The Society tombs of Heroes Fallen in War, founded in 1919 under the high patronage of Queen Marie, inaugurated, in 1923, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and supported the construction, in the interwar period, of numerous monuments and commemorative plaques throughout the country. After the Revolution of 1989, the tradition founded in 1920 was re-knotted, so that today we dedicate our thoughts, with gratitude for the supreme sacrifice, to all those who died in the struggle for ideals and better destiny for their descendants. Even if our respect is equal to all the heroes, a special thought goes to the Romanian heroes, men and women to whom we owe the independence, unity and status of our country in the world today. If we have our language, our home, our faith, if we have no security fears, if we start to become regional leaders in important sectors of activity, if our young people can go to study anywhere in the world, briefly, if we have identity and future, this is due to those who died with a gun in hand, defending our identity and our future. Respect and eternal memory of Romanian heroes! And lets not forget that anyone can become a hero, if what he is and what he has, ends up in danger! Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-06-02 08:12:00ăți la Palatul Victoria: Evenimentul “Pace, prietenie, iubire”, ce aduce împreună copii români și ucraineni pasionați de desen și picturăȘtiri din 01.06.2022 17:39:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia Zilei Copilului – 1 iunie 2022Știri din 01.06.2022 09:10:00ța internațională „Învățând din experiență, pregătim viitorul - Consolidarea sistemului românesc de educație și servicii sociale prin schimb de experiență și de bune practici”Știri din 31.05.2022 14:02:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Rezervistului MilitarȘtiri din 31.05.2022 11:45:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 30 maiȘtiri din 30.05.2022 19:20:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul "Provocări și soluții privind îmbunătățirea vieții supraviețuitorilor de cancer”Știri din 30.05.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the event Challenges and solutions for improving quality of life for cancer survivors [Check against delivery] Ladies and gentlemen, dear winners! I am deeply moved to attend this event in which we celebrate life, having so many winners around me in a battle that has marked the destiny of each of you, those who have overcome disease in the spectrum of cancer. You are victorious in a struggle that is often fraught with suffering and doubt, but which you won in the end. I recognize and appreciate the power of cancer survivors from Romania, who with tenacity, perseverance, courage and determination have managed to overcome a diagnosis that many consider hopeless. Ive known several cancer survivors over time. Invariably, everybody I talked to told me that hope is an essential ingredient that gave them strength. Because once you choose hope, anything is possible. To believe, in the depths of your being, that you can get over this painful experience, means that you have already travelled halfway and you know that you can win the race for life. You know that you have gone through that difficult, unknown halfway, during which, although you have been surrounded by many people, you have actually been alone, with your fears, sadness, despair and many unanswered questions. Hope can take many forms, and National Cancer Survivors Day, celebrated under a law promoted by my colleague, Senator Nicoleta Pauliuc, is one of them. This event gives those who have overcome the obstacle the opportunity to better connect with society, to understand that they are not alone and that we are with them. It is also a longing for those who have received this diagnosis and an example that such a diagnosis can be overcome. For me, as Prime Minister of the Romanian Government, the hope is represented by the implementation of the National Plan to Combat Cancer, carried out under the auspices of the Presidential Administration, with experts from the Ministry of Health, representatives of civil society and cancer patients, the latter feeling on their skin the flaws of the system and knowing what can be done to improve the situation. The implementation of the Plan will mean a paradigm shift, from treatment schemes that are sometimes quite rigid to personalized medicine that requires a more accurate diagnosis and treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Romania will also join Western European countries in adopting innovative treatments earlier, so far there have been quite long delays in introducing them into the treatment schemes used in Romanian hospitals. The plan also focuses on the psychological aspect of the treatment, but especially on the side of early tests and diagnoses. It also involves the operationalization of a National Register of Cancer Patients. In this way, it will be possible to follow the path of each patient, from the moment of diagnosis to the moment when, we hope, a cure is reached. At this time, we do not even have very clear statistics on the number of cancer survivors in Romania and the situation in which they find themselves. I will make sure that this situation is corrected. In addition, the Plan encourages interdisciplinary consultation in establishing the diagnosis and treatment to be followed: the oncologist, surgeon, radiologist, and the person in charge of applying the chemotherapy treatment, as well as the psychologist, will talk to each other to establish a path for each patient. Two numbers from the profile statistics give me shivers: almost 100,000 new annual cases of cancer and about 50,000 deaths of people diagnosed with this merciless disease. Beyond the statistics, almost all of us have friends or loved ones who are struggling to survive in the fight against cancer, and each of us would like them to be among you, the survivors of the disease, as soon as possible. I wish everyone to successfully fight cancer. My firm commitment is that this Cancer Strategy is operationalized: that the Ministry of Health will do its duty and that the Ministry of Finance will find the necessary resources to finance the implementation of the new programs that can save so many lives. The budget will reflect these firm commitments I make to you today. In essence, my message is one of optimism for cancer patients in Romania: be strong, do not give up the fight, you are not alone, we stand with you to help you! The Romanian state must not abandon dialogue and support for survivors of oncological diseases. If doctors save lives, you are the ones who help restore them to normal afterwards. I want to thank everyone involved in this project, I want to thank my colleague for the legislative initiative, I want to thank Mr Irimia who represents you and fought closely for this event to take place and for everything we discussed, to be translated into a legal provision, and at the Government level, I can promise you that together with the Health Minister, we will do whatever it takes to implement what the Plan provides for. Thank you. I wish you good health! Statements by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the event Challenges and solutions for improving quality of life for cancer survivors [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The flat tax rate must be applied as established and as initially provided for. We discussed with Tax Council representatives and following the analyses and discussions we had, the conclusion was that we should act in such a way that the flat tax is indeed a single rate. Reporter: Yesterday, Finance Minister Adrian Caciu said that certain tax incentives reached their full potential, regarding what they could offer to the Romanian economy. Does the government plan to scrap, starting 2023 or even earlier, certain tax incentives such as tax breaks in IT, construction or agriculture, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: This first requires the relevant analysis to be completed. Reporter: Could the level of the corporate tax be changed? Marcel Ciolacu spoke about a balance between Romanian labor tax and corporate tax. Will we see amendments in the taxes Romanians are currently paying? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: This is not about changing corporate taxes. We have just discussed and concluded that at this time, when we were able to see that the economic measures taken to support investment have contributed to maintaining the economic balance and even to a substantial economic growth compared to the previous quarter and the similar period in the year before, changing the corporate tax system would not be a wise measure for the government. There are other fiscal measures experts are working on and which they will present to the coalition; after we analyze the issue and take a decision within the coalition, we will present it publicly. Reporter: Social Democrats are speaking about a new solidarity tax. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We will take a decision in the coalition which we will later communicate to you. 2022-05-30 12:12:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Românilor de PretutindeniȘtiri din 29.05.2022 10:33:00 de către Prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a delegației Senatului SUA condusă de Senatorul Robert PortmanȘtiri din 28.05.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received a delegation of the U.S. Senate headed by Senator Robert Portman. During the meeting, the senior officials addressed issues related to U.S. support for nuclear energy investments, Romania's support for Ukrainian grain exports and Romania's and the region's security situation in the contest of full - scale Russian military aggression in Ukraine. Romanian Prime Minister presented the situation of Ukrainian exports and of Romanias efforts to support the food security of the affected countries, particularly those in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the viability of Ukraines economy. Prime Minister also mentioned support options including the ports of Constanţa and Galaţi, navigation on the Danube to central Europe, railway and road transport. A large part of the discussion was devoted to Russias invasion of Ukraine and the need for concrete support for our neighbors. Senator Robert Portman thanked Romania for its efforts and highlighted his interest in our country, considering that the state he is representing, Ohio, is home to a large community of Romanians and an important Ukrainian community. From this perspective, the American senator is concerned to help our country in financing nuclear energy projects, but also in the transportation of grain, irrigation and investment in the profile industry. Robert Portman is a supporter of the US presence on NATO's Eastern Flank and the strategic importance of the Black Sea for Allied security. The American senator noted the excellent Romanian wheat production this year, but also the decisions of our country in terms of energy independence, much appreciated by the American side. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă emphasized that the unity of the West is essential for Ukraine's victory in the war triggered by the Russian military aggression, especially through the manifestation of support of all states that are still dependent on Russian energy products. Both sides agreed that the significant strengthening of the eastern flank with modern, state-of-the-art military capabilities, and a substantial U.S. and allied presence are crucial to maintaining the necessary defence and deterrence posture in the face of Russia's advance and offensive strategic projects in the region. 2022-05-28 13:03:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă - Reziliență, dezvoltare, prosperitate – 6 LUNI DE GUVERNAREȘtiri din 26.05.2022 CIUCĂ CABINET Resilience, development, prosperity - 6 MONTHS IN OFFICE May 26, 2022 Resilience, development, prosperity. This is the Coalition's commitment, through the programme for government assumed six months ago when the Covid-19 pandemic was still putting Romania, as well as the whole world, to the test. I took over the responsibility of the government because Romanians needed security and firm, fast measures that would allow the country, and the economy, to cope with the challenges of the pandemic crisis. Today, after half a year in office, we have the highest economic growth in the European Union and over 90 billion euros available for Romanias development. We have a secure country, with the strongest security guarantees, which are all the more important as the Russian military invasion has generated a devastating war at our border. The security we enjoy, given our NATO and EU membership, but especially the Strategic Partnership with the USA, offers Romania the protection of the territory, the economy and, especially, of the citizens. And not just ours, the Romanians. If economic performance and security are, today, certainties, the most important value that shines now is our Solidarity. Romanians' generosity and the mobilization of the authorities have offered to the more than one million Ukrainians who have crossed our border since the invasion of their country, not only a safe haven but also proof of our ability to show compassion and aid those in distress. And the spirit of this solidarity makes us responsible, those who govern Romania and we are facing a pandemic, energy crisis and war in the neighbourhood. The massive aid that we have granted and endorsed as the main line of government effort has been directed especially to the Romanians who most needed help, those from the vulnerable categories, affected by the price increases. The packages of measures implemented as soon as energy and natural gas prices began to rise at a rapid pace came to support both households and the business environment. The mix of capping and compensations has managed to save the economic situation, without blocking or affecting the functioning of the free market, in order to maintain supply chains. We have extended protection against other possible waves of price hikes until March 31, 2023, thus generating predictability, stability and confidence that the Government has the capacity to support these measures in the long run. Support for Romania is the mechanism we thought of, at the Coalition level, to provide the Government with the working instruments to deal with the new effects of the crisis generated by rising prices, especially against the backdrop of the war in the region. Millions of Romanians from vulnerable categories benefit from a large part of the 17.3 billion lei of this package, including vouchers for food and basic products. As our economic development depends on the evolution of the business environment, we have allocated more than half of this money to economic measures, which would allow entrepreneurs to support their activities. To strengthen our food security, we have offered bonuses of hundreds of millions of euros for the processing of Romanian agricultural products and another 300 million euros to our farmers. Most of these measures, taken in advance, after consultations with social partners, trade unions, and employers, are already in place and generate concrete effects. This week, the third package of measures was decided at the Coalition level. Complementing the steps taken so far, we will support Romanians and companies facing difficulties in paying their instalments, which they will be able to postpone for nine months. Low-income pensioners will receive the aid of 700 lei, and public system employees will receive a quarter of the salary difference due under the unitary pay law. As promised, the citizen is at the heart of our programme for government, and in order for us to maintain the security and development of this country, we use all the resources we can access. We have allocated the largest investment funds since 1989 - 88 billion lei. Especially in times of crisis, as we are unfortunately facing now, the economy needs financing, extensive infrastructure works, modernization and state reform. The 96 billion euros - European money from operational programs and PNRR is the key resource for development. Across the country, open construction sites will bridge the gaps and provide jobs, modern infrastructure and opportunities for investors. During these six months in office, we made sure that we maintain the capacity to absorb these huge amounts of money by supporting builders affected by energy, raw material and workforce price hikes. Over 5 billion lei have been allocated to mitigate these negative effects, plus other 300 million euros to support the SMEs affected by the price hikes. All these measures, doubled by a responsible approach of the government, allowed Romania to perform at the European level, in a period of multiple crises. We managed to access the necessary resources through intense efforts, aimed at both PNRR implementation, which provides us 30 billion euros, as well as the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027, ie another 50 billion euros. Despite the crises we have faced, the ability of the Government and the line ministries to represent Romanias interests with professionalism and efficiency has been essential. With all these elements, I assure you that the stability generated politically by the ruling coalition will continue to generate for Romania the strongest form of guaranteeing the achievement of the objectives that the citizens have, based on security and development. We have already demonstrated our ability to act responsibly, decisively, and sustainably, offering resilience and hope in such a difficult time. Thank you. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă Prime Minister of Romania 2022-05-26 19:56:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 26 maiȘtiri din 26.05.2022 13:31:00Ședința de guvern din 26 mai 2022Știri din 26.05.2022 11:10:00 Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Alteța Sa Regală Prințul de WalesȘtiri din 25.05.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received today the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales at Victoria Palace Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received today the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales at Victoria Palace. HRH The Prince of Wales, who is on a visit to our country, expressed interest in Romanias security situation in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The concerns expressed by His Royal Highness were mainly over the threat to the world food security posed by the Russian blockade of the ports of Odessa and Mykolayiv. The visiting senior royal was also interested in Romanias green and renewable energy policies and its approach to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. His Royal Highness recommended his Initiative Sustainable Markets Initiative as a solution to bringing together companies that have engaged in commercial activities to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emissions. Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă made an extensive presentation of Romanias efforts to support Ukraine in every way: taking in and hosting refugees, supporting internally displaced Ukrainian citizens and those who defend their country, and supporting Ukrainian grain exports. Prime Minister also presented an assessment of the on-site military situation in Ukraine and of the prospects and threats generated in the Black Sea region. On the same occasion, Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă expressed Romanias openness to supporting green energy investments, especially offshore wind projects British companies are expected to invest in, in the next period. HRH The Prince of Wales voiced his special appreciation for the support provided by the Romanian citizens to Ukrainian refugees, as well as for the Romanians manifestation of solidarity and sympathy which have impressed the entire world. His Royal Highness also conveyed the appreciation enjoyed by the Romanians who live in the UK and who contribute through their work to well-being and economic development. In turn, Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă emphasized the importance of supporting the Romanian community in the UK from the perspective of protecting their legal rights. 2022-05-25 17:16:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 25 maiȘtiri din 25.05.2022 15:19:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 25 maiȘtiri din 25.05.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. It is six months since the current Cabinet took office. It is an opportunity to positively look at our assumed objectives. We will not make an evaluation today, as we agreed that this activity takes place at the end of June, for reasons and arguments as objective as possible. We are in the full process of finalizing the milestones and targets we assumed for the second quarter and first semester of this year. We agreed, at the level of the coalition, that the evaluation process of the six-month government be postponed by the end of June when each of the reform coordinating ministers will meet the undertaken objectives exactly as they are stipulated in the formal documents. Please pay close attention to it, because, as the first meeting of the interministerial committee revealed, a series of steps are about to be carried out, through which, by the end of this month, we can submit the first request for funding. Basically, next week, the Ministry of Investment and European Projects will send the request to Brussels. By the end of June, we have the obligation to complete the 58 calls out of 69. As such, it is very important and therefore we have postponed this assessment by the end of June because it will depend on the fulfilment of this objective, the completion of the 58 calls. It is very important to convey the message that the whole activity of the Government will focus on the achievement and completion of the whole procedural framework and the necessary mechanisms so that we can access the funds allocated by the European Union, both through the multiannual financial framework and through the PNRR. These are the expectations of the Government, and local authorities. It is very important that all these financing possibilities materialize in projects through which we can carry out the undertaken reforms and the expected investments. At the same time, I would like to mention that, as we assumed on Monday, within the coalition, we have established a new set of measures that will support both the activity of the Government and, especially, the continuation of the programme Support for Romania. The respective measures have an impact on the continuation of the programme for government, in the sense that, at the level of each ministry, we will have to ensure a 10% reduction in spending on goods and services. It is a decision of solidarity in the current economic and financial context and I ask each of you to take the necessary measures so that we can fit into this percentage. We have assumed that, at the level of budget receipts, through state institutions, mainly through ANAF, we ensure the continuation of the activity so that we can have an effective collection. Starting July, the e-Invoice and the Radar of Goods become mandatory. I discussed with the Minister of Finance, and the Head of ANAF - we focus all our attention on tax evasion and, in this way, we ensure a competitive framework that is as fair and honest as possible. These are the measures that we have taken at the political level and that we need to implement at the Executive level. Today we also have two very important bills, through which we decided to withdraw from the two Russian banks: International Bank for Economic Co-operation and the International Investment Bank. As such, the two bills provide the legal framework for withdrawal and, in this way, we fulfil our obligations undertaken in line with the decisions taken at the EU level on sanctions against the Russian Federation. Thank you! 2022-05-25 12:17:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președintele Bundesrat, Bodo RamelowȘtiri din 23.05.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă met, at the Victoria Palace, with the President of the Bundesrat, Bodo Ramelow, who is on his first visit to Romania. The discussions aimed at deepening the bilateral dialogue, developing the Romanian-German economic relations, but also the developments related to energy security in the context of the crisis in Ukraine. During the dialogue, the importance of this year was highlighted, which marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty between Romania and Germany on friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe. The two senior officials outlined the interest in deepening the bilateral cooperation, especially the economic one and in the strategic sectors (green hydrogen, transport infrastructure, energy, etc.), noting the importance of maintaining a constant flow of information on the conditions of the Romanian mobile/seasonal workers. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă noted the role of the Romanian community in Germany and that of the community of ethnic Germans in Romania, which offers a solid bridge between our countries. The contribution of the Romanians who live and work in Germany offers mutual advantages at the level of the bilateral relationship. Romanian citizens - doctors, scientists, engineers, and workers - represent the largest and best-integrated community in Germany and contribute to social well-being and cultural diversity. Economic cooperation represents a basic pillar of the bilateral relationship, Germany being the most important trading partner of Romania and the third investor in the Romanian market. The Romanian Government has expressed its readiness, in this context, to provide sustainable alternative facilities and capabilities for the relocation of German industry from Russia, Asia or even Ukraine. At the same time, from the perspective of energy security, the Romanian Prime Minister presented the opportunities generated by the exploitation of deep-sea gas on the Black Sea and the importance of diversifying the gas supply routes, at the European level, to which Romania can actively contribute. There has been a wide convergence of views on the impact of Russias war against Ukraine, with the two dignitaries condemning the brutality of this unlawful and unjustified war. The importance of European solidarity has been acknowledged, both in terms of responding to Russian aggression and in supporting Ukrainian citizens. It has been outlined the need to remain vigilant and to combat disinformation and propaganda promoted by Russian sources, which aim to diminish the citizens trust in the state and its authorities. Additional information 24,000 companies with German capital generate 300,000 jobs, cumulating an invested capital of over 5 billion euros. 2022-05-23 18:56:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel cu o delegație a Comisiei de Transport și Turism din Parlamentul EuropeanȘtiri din 23.05.2022 17:35:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 23 maiȘtiri din 23.05.2022 17:09:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 23.05.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Before starting the Cabinet meeting, I want to refer to the activities we have carried out so far. This morning, I had a meeting with an OECD technical team. It is about the presentation of an analysis related to the simplification of the business licensing. We had a substantive dialogue, focused on data and legislative provisions, and current regulations whereby we intend to really capitalize on the country's development potential. Basically, we have two fundamental elements at hand. Its about our status as a member state of the European Union and the funding opportunities we currently benefit from. Opportunities that we need to align with all that our OECD accession path means. And also the second is the path to follow within the OECD, through which we align ourselves with the states that experience progress and enjoy economic development. I think that it is important to be aware that the measures and decisions regarding the reforms aimed at the governmental apparatus, as well as those that come to support the economic environment, are particularly important and have an impact in the medium and long term. I referred this morning, at the meeting with OECD members, to the fact that once implemented, these measures aimed at simplifying licensing will lead to a 4 percent increase in GDP per capita in the medium and long term. Practically everything we set out to do both through the programme for government and our obligations incumbent upon us through the implementation of the PNRR and the start of the OECD access procedures are complementary and ones without the others cannot ensure the fulfilment of the programme for government. We must emphasize that this Cabinet meeting that we are holding today, practically, comes to complete all the measures and steps that we have taken, so that we can ensure the implementation of the PNRR. We ensure, practically, through the government decisions of today and those that will follow on Wednesday, the transmission of the first disbursement request under NRRP. It is about the amount of three billion euros, which, together with the amount already provided by 3.7 through pre-financing, creates the premises for us to benefit. by the end of the year, from the total amount of ten billion euros provided under PNRR. These are measures which, at the level of the Government, come on the one hand to support and ensure the necessary framework for continued investment, the necessary framework for capitalization on the energy and creativity of the entrepreneurial environment and, on the other hand, ensures this simplification of procedures so that not so much time is wasted with this set of administrative procedures. As such, in everything we do at this moment, our efforts are based on the two pillars: reform and investment. These are the ways in which we can make sure that we get through this very complex and difficult situation as easily as possible. Thank you. 2022-05-23 16:21:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului de monitorizare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 23.05.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Romania will send the European Commission its first disbursement request under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) for three billion euros Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă chaired today the extraordinary meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, dedicated to preparing the steps for the submission to the EC of the first disbursement request by May 31. The very tight timetable we have followed for the fulfilment of the PNRR milestones and targets and the permanent dialogue between the Romanian state institutions and between the Government and the European Commission makes it possible to send the first disbursement request through which Romania will benefit from approximately three billion euros in the form of grant and loan. These important resources will finance projects from all PNRR components and will have an impact on several strategic areas for Romania. It is an institutional effort that must be continued in order to obtain concrete results, with benefits for the citizens , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The first disbursement request includes, under the NRRP implementation schedule, the 21 milestones and targets met by Romania in the fourth quarter of 2021. The payment request includes both non-reimbursable aid amounting to 2,037,146,414 euros and support in the form of a loan amounting to 907,669,494 euros. The meeting looked at the fulfilment stage of the milestones and targets set for the second quarter of 2022 and at the implementation of the first quarter benchmarks. Also, the timetable for the launch of project calls was discussed and the conclusions of the system and operations audit reports were presented. The NRRP provides for investments including 70 competitive project calls worth a combined 13.909 billion euros (almost half of the total value of the NRRP). The projects, 60 of which have a launch date set this year, are in the following sectors: health, social solidarity and equal opportunities, environment, investment, infrastructure and public works, research-innovation-digitalization, energy, education and culture. The Head of the Romanian Executive hailed the efforts of the authorities involved in NRRP management and asked for a sustained pace for an effective and quality implementation of investment projects and reforms. The state institutions have mobilized and cooperated to ensure the observance of the commitments and the calendar undertaken by Romania under NRRP. It is an effort that needs to be continued and extended to capitalize on the 30 billion euros Romania will benefit from under the NRRP in modernization and development projects, Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă also stated. 2022-05-23 14:52:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la prezentarea Raportului final al proiectului “Comprehensive redesign of the licensing system in Romania”Știri din 23.05.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă participated today in the presentation of the Final Report of the project: Comprehensive redesign of the licensing system in Romania on simplification of the business licensing, drawn up by OECD. The data in the report presented today suggest that reforming the current system of procedures for opening a business in Romania and lining up with international best practice examples will actually lead to a boost in Romanians' living standards, according to OECD estimates. Romania's productivity has increased in recent years, but too strict regulations involving 111 types of licenses issued by 43 different authorities represented one of the major challenges that the business environment has faced. The report includes the conclusions of an ample analysis supporting the Romanian Government's demarches and its commitment under the programme for government, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and OECD candidacy, to diminishing bureaucracy, implementing digitalization and supporting investors. - The business environment represents the spine of the economy and needs support. The Government's open and honest partnership with the business environment, doubled by OECD's involvement in reform implementation, will lead in the long run to a 4 percent increase in GDP per capita. Entrepreneurs should focus their creative efforts on business development, not on administrative procedures. We can thus encourage them to bring added value in our economy. After six-month government, I reconsider that reducing the administrative burden on the business environment is the way in which we can speed up the economic recovery process and through which we can benefit including from the eventual production relocation in Romania, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The report includes also the commitments undertaken under PNRR. Adoption of the - once-only principle, enabling firms to be required to supply the same information or documents to public institutions only once; Implementation of the single industrial licensing regime that will introduce the tacit approval for specific types of licences following their registration on the electronic platform; Full implementation of an Electronic Point of Single Contact Alvaro Pereira, Director, Economics Department of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development saluted the Prime Minister and Cabinet members' determination to speed up the pace of reducing bureaucracy. At the same time, he confirmed the OECD and DG Reforms commitment to supporting the best policies to ensure the citizens' prosperity. Details are available below: Address by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă at the presentation of the Final Report of the project: Comprehensive redesign of the licensing system in Romania [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good morning. Dear Mr Alvaro Pereira, Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, I am very glad that the Romanian Government hosts this particularly important bilateral activity as the presentation of this final report on the Comprehensive redesign of the licensing system in Romania represents, as I was saying, a special occasion to have on the table the conclusions of an assessment that is both opportune and useful, as it actually comes to support all the measures that Romanias Government has taken and continues to take, so as to be able to cut through the red tape as much as possible, implement digitalization and, as an ultimate goal, support all those wanting to invest in Romania. The business environment needs support, represents the engine of the economy, the spine of the economy and in this respect, once the Government has committed to an open and honest partnership with the business environment, here, we have the OECDs support. And I thank you once again both you and the president Cormann for the attention extended to our demarches to join OECD. Since our last meeting and the presence of Mr Cormann and yours here, in Bucharest, at the Government headquarters, we put forward concrete elements that really support the political decisions we are about to take so that we can meet the standards that OECD asks from all its members. The data in the report presented today suggest that reforming the current system of procedures for opening a business in Romania and lining up with good practice examples will actually lead to around 4 percent increase in the Gross Domestic Product per capita and this is a very consistent and motivating argument for the Government to initiate everything that means procedure mechanism, to put into practice your recommendations. I would like to point out that the content of this report is also part of our commitments under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan - and here I would only come up with a few examples: adoption of the - once-only principle, enabling firms to be required to supply the same information or documents to public institutions only once; implementation of the single industrial licensing regime that will introduce the tacit approval for specific types of licences following their registration on the electronic platform; full implementation of an Electronic Point of Single Contact. Here are but some of the demarches we must make both in terms of the OECD requirements and in terms of PNRR implementation, which are also a commitment for us, meeting a commitment we have under the PNRR, to ensure the dynamics and pace needed for investments and the economy, taking into account the highly complex and complicated situation which we live in as well. As such, we are somewhat forced to put into practice and speed up all these demarches of cutting through the red tape and digitalization in a very wide range. Development and improvement of the entrepreneurial environment is an objective of the programme for the government. Not far from now, well celebrate almost six months, well celebrate six months since we took office. In this period, on Wednesday to be more exact, right on May 25, we celebrate six months since we took government, and I believe it is a very opportune moment to be able to look and make our own assessment, and from now on, based on the experience of those six months, based on the OECD and the other institutions recommendations, to be able to make decisions to amend regulations and to have an increasingly functional mechanism for everything that means business environment, and of course, the economic measures so adjusted to the current concrete situation. It is also very important to take into account that reducing administrative pressure on the business environment is practically the model through which we can speed up the economic relaunch process and, also, it is the model through which we can ensure the adaptation to all these changes in the European and international business model. I think it is also very important, as we discussed before coming here to the hall, to keep in mind that reducing administrative pressure on the business environment is basically the model by which we can accelerate the process of economic recovery and it is also the model by which we can ensure that we adapt to all these changes in the European and international business environment. There is a lot of talk about relocating certain businesses. It is an additional reason that we, today, by ensuring these facilities without bureaucratic abundance, prompt them to see Romania as an attractive destination for relocation. It is also important to emphasize that we need an integrated system of administrative procedures, not a complex and complicated one, but a simple and fast one, which can be used by anyone who wants to invest in the Romanian economy, Romanian investors, foreign investors. It is, in fact, a time when we can have a perspective on what the results of the first quarter may mean. Romania has registered economic growth, in a situation where inflation has indeed risen, but all these issues have been achieved through dialogue, openness and an honest approach to the business environment and above all, through gaining the confidence of investors that they can conduct businesses in Romania not on a short-term, but on a medium- and long-term and in this way, with the data of your report we can ensure more concreteness to the steps we want to take in this regard. Once again, Mr Pereira, thank you very much and I would like you to convey our appreciation and thanks to you to President Cormann, who I know, supports, along with your entire team, all the technical steps that we have to take so that once with the approval of the roadmap, we will be able to implement the requirements and standards as soon as possible and Romania will become a full member of the OECD. Thank you! Alvaro Pereira: Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Dear Prime Minister, Ministers Excellences, Director-General Mario Nava, I have a particular pleasure being here in Bucharest, launching this official part of the report on completing redesigning the licensing system in Romania, because I think this is one of the most important projects that your political priorities show: the fight against bureaucracy, bringing more investments to Romania, national and foreign investment. I think this is one of the most important projects that you can go ahead with. So, I salute you for being a champion for improving the procedures and fighting bureaucracy in your country. I would like to thank very much the support not only of the Romanian Competition Council, it has been our partner in the past few years, but in particular the EU structural reform program, in particular Mario Nava, DG Reform, because a few years ago, when the European Union implemented and introduced the DG Reform, the purpose was exactly this, help countries do comprehensive and good reform for the country to improve the business climate, to bring more investments and more jobs to the country. Yes, we are now facing very challenging times, all across the world, but the response to this problem has to be through reforms and to be able to constantly improve our countries, to deliver better policies for better lives. I would like to share my presentation in which we talk very briefly about the project. What is this project about and in what way is it so important? We know that business environment reforms are key to strengthening resilience but also jobs. Romania has been a very important success story for Europe, Romania has been converging very fast in the past few years and what is important is that this continues to go so. However, there are some challenges. This is a draft that shows productivity in terms of GDP per hour, you can see that Romania has improved in the past few years, but you know this is an area that can be further improved, and this is why this type of reform we are talking here today is so important. In particular, you can see that although innovation has been raising, highly innovative start-ups as you can see in this draft, still are very low in Romania right now, and that's why supporting the SMEs and making them more innovative, reducing bureaucracy for their activity, are so important so that you are able to increase productivity at the same time with improving innovation in your country. This is a draft that shows product market regulations in Romania, so, in terms of product-market regulations, how restrictive are your regulations? Regulations, you can see that Romania does not fare very well, and if you can go deeper on that regulator index, this is mostly because of your licensing procedures. Starting a business is not a big problem in Romania, registering a business but the problem is how to license it, and how to license it means what you need to properly start the activity, and this is exactly what we try to do in this project, how you can improve dramatically that figure that does not look so good, going forward for Romania. What we are trying to do in terms of supporting Romania in addressing these challenges, so, together with the Competition Authority and the experts from Romania, and the DG Reform, we first took stock of the business licensing to simplify procedures for starting and operating a business. A lot of public institutions have a lot of licensing, and sometimes, you do not have simple licensing, but double and triple licensing, so, it becomes a little complicated. But also we have tried to identify measures to simplify unnecessary procedures that are too burdensome and also to avoid overlapping. So, the next what we did was to develop a legislative roadmap, and one of the reports that we presented today, looks at every single legislation that needs to change and how to change it. This roadmap is very useful for how to proceed with the implementation going forward. So, how does Romania simplify the procedures? Prime Minister has already mentioned some issues but I think it is important to highlight some issues. First of all, this is the inventory, we cannot interfere, but if you look at the report, you can see that obtaining a license in Romania can be very complicated, so, well, the registry is fast, obtaining a license for operating a business is very long and cumbersome, it is estimated that a medium-sized industrial facility, so a medium-sized factory takes up 180 days to obtain a license with more than 10 different authorizations. The other area that is problematic is the system for building permits. We are not addressing it now, but building permits are also an area that you need to address because it is very complicated to get a building permit in this country. The report identifies several challenges in the Romanian business licensing system, among others, the lack of homogeneity between procedures and characteristics of the licenses, lack of consistent taxonomy of licenses and procedures, absence of clear and accessible guidelines concerning business obligations, long legal deadlines for administrative procedures, and in many cases, as I said, there is double licensing, so, sometimes, it is extremely complicated to get a license, this is a legacy from the past. Since your government is looking to the future, to improve the daily lives of businesses and people, we salute you for trying to go ahead with this reform, going forward for the Romanian economy. In terms of main recommendations to improve the business license procedure, this table shows some of the main recommendations, let me just stress a few: first, setting up a single industrial license will significantly simplify procedures, so, we argue that there should be only one license. Basically, there should be one point of contact, when a business wants to register, when they go for a license, they submit only one application, and then, there is a contact point in the public administration that contacts all the sub-points, all the different areas so that the entrepreneur finds it very useful and very friendly going forward, rather than going to 43 and more entities over a period of many months, to try to start the business, they go to one place where they submit their license and they go ahead with it. So, that's a revolution when this is fully implemented. Secondly, it is important to create a regulatory environment that keeps procedures simple and lean that puts in place what we call: the silent consent principle, and only the once principle, so the business does not have to repeatedly provide the same information. Something that people and businesses become very upset about and it is very cumbersome for them is when they have to do the same procedure over and over again, they have to do the same procedure for social security, finance, commerce, economy, for many other, for health, and so, this is usually not very business-friendly. I think it is very important to change this. The purpose of the single license law is to eliminate or strongly mitigate the cumbersome procedures, by offering entrepreneurs a clear, legal framework and procedures as simple as possible. This legislation could significantly reduce the time for low-risk activities. You classify industries by how dangerous they are and how big they are, and you characterize them into three types: businesses like the chemical industry, so, type one, the most dangerous one, you have to be careful in terms of environmental legislation and so on, but most of the businesses are not like this, most are SMEs, they are type II and type III, so, they are small and medium, and their level of danger is very small. So, opening a restaurant or a small shop usually should be fast. So, by doing this, you will be able to substantially reduce the bureaucratic procedures, by doing the single entry point and by allowing the businesses to go forward in a much faster way, this radically transforms the way businesses can apply for licensing. . What are the key success factors for implementation: of course, there will be institutional coordination, so, it is very important if there is a single point of contact, there should be coordination between public administrations. So, establishing some sort of coordinating body to be able to look at this coordination is quite important. Secondly, a monitoring system with clear milestones, and deadlines. I learnt from my personal experience, I implemented this legislation when I was Minister of Economy in my country. We brought a beautiful law, a big revolution with the licensing issue, and we looked much better in indicators, but one year afterwards they came and asked: what is the impact of the law? Well, there was secondary legislation which has not been introduced, an electronic point which has not been introduced, so the law existed but nothing happened. You have to pay attention to this: after you do the law which will be a revolution in terms of fighting bureaucracy for licensing, you have to do the implementation so, you have to make sure that secondary legislation is and is implemented, so you are truly able to do the revolution, implement the revolution. That is quite important. And then the monitoring system, to find a way to monitor whether this has to continue to be implemented or if there are any impediments to be implemented or if there are any impediments along the way but also communicating the objectives. It is very important that the Government continues to fight this bureaucracy and communicate well to the general public to show that is good for the Romanian business environment and to bring more investments to the country. What I would like to say, just to conclude is that we are very committed to continuing to support Romania in this reform, we are very honoured to partner with your institutions and DG Reform in this important reform and when it is fully implemented, Romania will be able to sell itself as a country that is not only friendly for business, but one of the most advanced countries in the world in the fight against bureaucracy, and friendly towards investments. I salute you Prime Minister and Ministers, let's get to work, and let's make sure that this law is drafted, then, afterwards fully implemented. Thank you. 2022-05-23 10:31:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu secretarul adjunct în Departamentul de Energie al SUA, David TurkȘtiri din 23.05.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met, at the Victoria Palace, with the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) David M. Turk Discussions focused on European energy security and enlarging the civil nuclear programme in Romania. On this occasion, the two high officials underscored the importance of the partnership relation between Romania and the U.S., in the context of the need to enlarge Romanias electricity production capacities, as part of the demarches that can contribute to strengthening security in the region. Thus, building reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant as well as the maintenance works needed at Unit 1 represent necessary stages to reach the level of ensuring energy independence in Romania. The new projects that will consolidate this progress are related to the Small Modular Reactor (SMR) implementation, based on the U.S. NuScale company technology. The main benefits generated through these solutions implementation are aimed at both decarbonisation - an important European objective, as well as the high level of security under which the investments would be made. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă conveyed gratitude for the support granted to the European energy system. We want to develop the strategic partnership with the United States of America in other relevant areas, such as the industrial, economic, research-development, nuclear ones. Romania is the only European country with North-American nuclear technology. We need new energy resources and there is also a political consensus to develop projects in the nuclear area, stated Ciucă. Both sides voiced availability to develop the Romania-U.S. partnership both in the area of using nuclear energy and in the exploitation of gas, oil, and energy from renewable sources, with an action plan to be drawn up in this respect. Energy Minister Virgil Popescu and Nuclearelectrica Director-General Cosmin Ghita participated in the meeting. 2022-05-23 10:16:00 a stabilit noi decizii privind acordarea de asistență umanitară pentru UcrainaȘtiri din 21.05.2022 13:50:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Sfinților Împărați Constantin și ElenaȘtiri din 21.05.2022 11:11:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Fabrica Bosch, în județul ClujȘtiri din 20.05.2022 Minister Ciucă: The ever-expanding companies represent development poles for the regions in which they operate Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă visited the Bosch factory in Jucu, Cluj County, one of the two production units of Bosch company in Romania, which has been operating locally since 2013. In discussions with the companys management, the Prime Minister appreciated the continuous development that this company has experienced every year, through investments in increasing production and logistics capacity, in new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment, as well as by expanding its product portfolio. At present, the Bosch Cluj factory has three halls with a production area of 50,000 sqm, the total built area being 140,000 sqm. The total investment, since the opening of the factory, amounts to more than 465 million euros, and since 2013, the company has benefited from state aid of 60 million euros. For many years, the Jucu factory has been in a continuous and rapid expansion of production and research-innovation activities. For this region it is a pole of development, with significant benefits in the field of research, of attracting new investments generating highly qualified and well paid jobs. Thanks to investors such as Bosch, the promotion of an investment-oriented policy, Romania registers the highest economic growth in the European Union in the first quarter of this year, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. The Head of the Executive mentioned that the Government will continue to have an open approach to the business environment, by supporting investments, applying measures to protect the economy, including by implementing the Support for Romania Programme. The predictability, stability and confidence of all those who contribute to the economic development of the country are very important. This year we will maintain the fiscal framework, the tax system and we will not introduce new taxes, highlighted Prime Minister Ciucă. In this context, the Prime Minister appreciated the high quality products and innovative solutions offered by the Bosch Cluj Factory to major car manufacturers, namely the electronic control units for driving assistance, for safety and comfort in traffic and for improving the driving experience, but also the electronic control units for the eBike propulsion systems. At the same time, company representatives stated substantial investment is needed to keep technology performance high and to promote environmentally friendly technologies as Bosch achieved global CO2 neutrality by 2020. In September 2021, the company opened in Cluj the third production hall within the car electronic components factory. The unit allows the manufacture of high quality electronic control units for electric vehicles, ensuring the latest production technologies, more efficient, more flexible and more personalized. The company uses artificial intelligence solutions to detect and fix possible deviations in the production process from an early stage and allocates, in this sense, a considerable part of the investments to digital transformation solutions -Industry 4.0, in order to maintain the use of the latest technologies at the Bosch Cluj factory. The Head of the Executive also highlighted the companys significant contribution to the training of students in the dual education system, but also to the personal and professional development of Bosch employees, through programmes that support the relationship between education and the business environment. - I appreciate the active preoccupation of the company to help young people at the beginning of the road. We need to connect the educational system to the reality in the industry and the concrete needs. Without the practice and high-level training of teachers, the graduates cannot capitalize on their potential. We need public policies in this respect and the Government will take this priority into account, stated Prime Minister. In this context, Bosch representatives mentioned the need to update the educational curriculum as a precondition for skilled labor. A training center with modern halls, and latest technology workshops has been operating within Jucu factory since 2017. As of 2014, Bosch Cluj has been carrying out Bosch Dual School programme which represents an alternative method of classic vocational education. The Bosch factory in Cluj County employs 3,100 people, of 15 nationalities, 50pct of the staff are women, and the percentage of women managers is 24pct.The average age of personnel is 37 years, the oldest employee is 68 years and the youngest, 18. Also, during the Prime M discussions with the companys representatives, the need for legislative changes emerged in order to facilitate the process of hiring foreign citizens (non-EU) in Romania, given the current lack of labour force. Other topics addressed were the facilitation of the logistics process to and from the EU, through Romanias accession to the Schengen area, as well as the development of local infrastructure to provide easier access to and from the factory. More information: The Bosch Group has been present on the Romanian market for over 27 years. With two factories, an engineering center, a business process outsourcing center and sales offices, all four sectors of the groups activity are represented in Romania: Mobility solutions, Consumer goods, Technology for construction and energy and Industrial technology. Bosch had consolidated sales of almost 2.2 billion lei (448 million euros) in Romania in 2020. Total net sales of 6.8 billion lei (1.4 billion euros), including sales of unconsolidated companies and domestic deliveries to affiliated companies, remained at a level similar to the previous year. 2022-05-20 17:56:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la S.C. Terapia S.A., în Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 20.05.2022 16:32:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la S.C. Farmec S.A., în Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 20.05.2022 15:04:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 20.05.2022 13:06:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la conferința de lansare a inițiativei ”Women in Tech", sub egida Innowave Summit 2022Știri din 20.05.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the launch conference of the initiative Women in Tech, under the aegis of the Innowave Summit 2022 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It is a very important moment for us, as men, to be able to thank you for what you are doing. I finished a tour at the presentation of stands in innovation, research and development and I could see that there is real gender equality, I saw a lot of ladies present, which means that we do not have to bring more arguments regarding your relevance in all the projects that are underway in Cluj. I want to emphasize your level of ambition and thank you for what you do, as you can become a model of good practice for all the ladies and young ladies in Romania. I was talking to the mayor and the team, when I saw material outlining that Romania ranks first in Europe in terms of the number of women in the top management of companies, which is also a rejoicing matter. The fact that you are involved and have this consistent participation in everything that the local authorities have set out to accomplish in Cluj-Napoca, in Cluj County, is a reason for us to rejoice that there are chances, there is hope and we encourage you to increase as much as possible the number of ladies participating in all these projects, because your perspective is certainly different from that of men in some matters, in others it coincides. And the fact that you manage to implement a whole series of ideas is for your, our benefit and the benefit of local authorities. I will leave Cluj animated that there is a model of good practice that I will recommend, and with the consent of the mayor, with your consent, I will ask you for an export license, let me be a promoter of Cluj, with your permission. Of course, I do not want to be accused of talking about the political relevance of the liberal administration, because in Cluj, the liberal administration produced effects a long time ago. I could see the same thing happening in Alba Iulia, Oradea and, once again, please do not take too much into account this aspect, but where there are liberal administrations, things are moving differently and these administrations are oriented towards development, innovation, research, modernization and I believe that this must go beyond political beliefs and we need to move towards what we need to do so that, at the national level, we can use these models and not waste time searching and discovering others, we can take the model, the package, as it is, and apply it in other counties, in other regions of the country. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, I would like thank you very much for what you are doing here, I encourage you to continue, to persuade as many young women as possible to join you, I encourage other ladies as well, to join you because we are dutybound to talk more about what lifelong learning means and I think that if we manage to arouse at least curiosity, we will be able to increase the ranks of those dealing with innovation, research, development, technology. As a former military, I can tell you that I worked with ladies who had the courage to step into the cockpit of a plane, to drive a tank and other technical combat equipment, which means that we overcame that thinking that women could only do certain things. We can see that they can do much more than that and I personally thank you once again, but also from the Government level, we thank you for everything you do! We wish you good luck and I assure you of our full support! Good luck! Thank you! 2022-05-20 11:12:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a vizitat standul AROBS - Newcar4future, un nou concept de mașină electricăȘtiri din 20.05.2022 10:00:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la întâlnirea pe tema dezvoltării comunităților locale inteligente și coeziveȘtiri din 19.05.2022 20:00:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la dialogul local cu cetățenii pe tema „Europa începe în Transilvania: democrație, educație și tineret. Ce urmează după Conferința despre Viitorul Europei?”Știri din 19.05.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă at the debate Europe begins in Transylvania: democracy, education and youth. What follows after the Conference on the Future of Europe? Nicolae Ciucă: Good afternoon! Welcome! President of the European Committee of Regions, dear mayor, dear MEPs, dear MPs, representatives of local authorities, dear young people, I am very glad and I thank for the invitation the mayor and all those directly involved in organizing this event. I am also very glad to see among the participants special guests of towns and communes of Romania, not just from one political party but also from the political parties representing today's coalition, the ruling coalition, which means to operate as better as possible not only at central level, but also at local level. I met today the Portuguese Prime Minister, Mr Antonio Costa who was mayor of Lisbon. We discussed our activities and I was glad to find out that he had been member of the European Committee of Regions. I do not want to speak about this, but about the fact that I concluded a very important bilateral activity linked to the security context. We cannot talk about a future for our youth without talking at least about what we need to consider when we discuss and analyze the European values, which values our young people need to promote. They need to get directly involved in promoting these values, especially in these context in which we can see how the values of democracy, the values of freedom, the values of the rule of law are put to the test and disputed not at the table of dialogue, but by force, by the force of arms. I also take this opportunity to strongly condemn and talk about the steps that governments, the EU, the North Atlantic Alliance are taking so that we can ensure the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, the security of the EU and the security of our citizens, and we want young people to be able to think and participate in everything that means local development, national development, European development in freedom and security. Cluj event is very important as I promised to come here, although this event takes place after a similar activity in Bucharest. I had some emotions, you do not meet every day young people, talk to them, see their concerns, find out what they desire, and today's presence confers consistency to our steps, at the level of the Government, in the legal concerns related to what we need to offer young people. We have potential to do more, and we can do more, we do not meet their expectations, and then, we need to see what we should do. As the president of the European Committee and the mayor stated, we should examine this set of instruments, to create those mechanisms through which the local, national and European instruments can operate, offer young people, citizens the possibility to directly interact with authorities, and thus, we can reach that consensus, that bond between citizens and the authorities, to meet the young people's objectives, and expectations. What could I say about Cluj than what you say, through your deeds, through the achievements of the people of Cluj, through the fact that I have a great joy, as every time I have meetings with companies, with various representatives of institutions, I dont think there is one in which they dont remember Cluj alongside the capital, Bucharest. Recently I had a meeting with a large company that wanted to point out that, outside the United States, they have only one research and innovation laboratory, in another country, the second is in Cluj. As such, it is a joy and a pride to find out that such a large company has found fertile ground for innovation, research, and development in Cluj. This means, beyond the local potential, the human resource, the resource of young people who are employed, who are available to sacrifice their time, to capitalize on their creativity, their initiative and to engage in such projects. What we are doing today is a model activity, because on the same line, in the same place, we have together the local authorities, the national authorities and the European authorities. We have not put them in any hierarchy, they are on the same line, because the dialogue must to be carried out at the same level, in order to be able to have the same level of understanding and the same projection of future development for what we want to do. Todays young people may not be appreciated for their value and I tell you this because not long ago, on May 2, on the International Youth Day, we launched an initiative to invite, together with each minister, a young person and I had a dialogue with them, I asked them to stay until the end of the Cabinet meeting. I had a government meeting with the young people and it was very challenging for them, but especially for us, and it made me want to ask them in the end to accept that, in their present formula, to represent the government of young people behind the current government, with the formal responsibility it has, in the sense that we can have the dialogue and receive directly from them, asking them to organize, beyond what we did at the Government table and receive everything they can and they think is useful to us at the governmental level, so that we can put it into practice. About the theme of the conference - these are very clear elements, digitalization, innovation. All these technologies, all these issues are no longer by chance and to ones liking for their implementation. They are mandatory, I would call them, levels of ambition, standards that we are obliged to achieve, so as to ensure competitiveness, to be able to ensure easier connectivity between citizens and the authorities, among authorities and also at European level, to ensure, as President Tzitzikostas said, a set of mechanisms to ensure a future for Europe as young people want it to be. I say it every time - that everything we do is not for us. What we do must be for them, so that they can take over much easier and give more dynamism and reality to both the decisions and the facts they want to achieve, so that we have a more developed society, and reduce the gap between us and the countries of Western Europe and to achieve, as it was done in Cluj, this transfer of technology, this transfer of knowledge. But I think the most important thing is that there has been a transfer that few people talk about: a transfer of ambition. Now, I dont know if its from the west to Cluj or from Cluj to the west. What is certain is that the level of ambition in Cluj is one that makes us proud as Romanians, and I am glad, I am honoured to attend this activity today. Thank you. 2022-05-19 17:39:00 președintelui României, Klaus Iohannis, a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și a prim-ministrului Republicii Portugheze, António Costa, la Unitatea Militară din CaracalȘtiri din 19.05.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at Caracal [Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Mr President Klaus Werner Iohannis, Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Dear soldiers, In this very complicated and challenging context for all of us, generated by the illegal, unprovoked and massive aggression of Russia against Ukraine, Romania condemned the invasion and the breach of international law. At the same time, we had the opportunity of seeing the functioning of our Alliance in real-time, in a complex crisis as well as the expression of solidarity that our Allies and partners from the European Union proved to us. Portugal has accepted to offer us a generous contribution and we are very thankful for that. The participation of your country, Mr Prime Minister in the enhanced vigilance activities in Romania, is of major importance for us, a proof of high solidarity, and friendship. The presence of Portuguese soldiers here in Caracal is also a vivid demonstration that NATO stands together with all member states no matter where they are located in the trans-Atlantic area. I express my satisfaction with our rich bilateral defence agenda and strong cooperation as NATO allies. I would like to thank Portugal for its substantive contribution to the multinational structures in Romania as I also deeply appreciate its participation in the enhanced vigilance measures in Romania. This could serve as an example for similar contributions from other Allies. We also highly appreciate Portugal's essential contribution to the multi-role fighter for the air force programme as well as for the successful acquisition of another five F-16 aircraft. We look forward to collaborating for the further upgrading of all components within this defence programme. Your Excellency, Mr President, Dear Mr Prime Minister, dear Antonio, dear officers and soldiers, thank you very much for your presence here, in Caracal! 2022-05-19 14:31:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă dedicat împlinirii a 125 de ani de la nașterea primei femei-parașutist a României, Smaranda Brăescu și 90 de ani de la recordul său mondial la parașutism – evenimente marcate în cadrul ”Anului Smaranda Brăescu”Știri din 19.05.2022 12:06:00 României înregistrează primele rezultate ale implementării Strategiei naționale pentru prevenirea și combaterea antisemitismului, xenofobiei, radicalizării și discursului instigator la ură, aferentă perioadei 2021-2023Știri din 19.05.2022 11:38:00ță de presă susținută de prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și prim-ministrul Republicii Portugheze, António CostaȘtiri din 19.05.2022[Check against delivery] Government Spokesperson Dan Cărbunaru: Good morning. Welcome to the signing ceremony of the cooperation agreement in the military field. It will be signed in a couple of seconds. The ceremony will be followed by the press statements of their Excellencies, Prime Minister of Romania, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and Prime Minister of the Portuguese Republic, H.E. Antonio Costa. (...) Thank you very much. The signing ceremony of the military agreement has drawn to a close. I invite Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă to take the floor. Mr Prime Minister, please. Nicolae Ciucă: Good morning. Mr Prime Minister Antonio Costa, it is a great pleasure for me to wish you once again welcome to Romania, and to thank you for having accepted the invitation to visit our country in a particularly complex and important moment in bilateral relations. It was a discussion which touched upon topics of shared interest. A discussion through which, Romania and Portugal, member states of the European Union and the North - Atlantic Alliance, prove that they can count on mutual support and together they can establish relations of very good cooperation. Discussions took place against the backdrop of collaboration with a view to strengthening the Allied deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern Flank of the North - Atlantic Alliance. In this respect, I personally thanked Prime Minister Antonio Costa and I also thank him publicly for the decision to participate with subunits in the mission of strengthening the deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern flank through the presence of the Portuguese military in Romania, in Romania and I am glad that during today, we will have the possibility of going together to Caracal and thanking the military there for how they fulfil their mission. I also want to express our interest and thank you for ensuring a continuity climate for these bilateral relations. In the military field, we both attended the signing of the joint agreement between the two countries' Defence Ministers and we hold the belief that these relations have a solid ground and they can continue and develop in specific sectors in the future. I have to underline that the first pillar of this cooperation was established when Romania acquired F-16 aircraft from Portugal. It is a program that practically did not end with the presence and arrival of the aircraft in Romania; it continues on the basis of industrial technical cooperation in the future. What I also want to emphasize is that together we have expressed our interest in continuing and deepening the dialogue, especially in the run-up to the NATO summit in Madrid this summer, and of course, our talks have addressed the situation in Ukraine. It is a concern that we share together and, of course, we have discussed the current situation and the prospects for developments, considering the possibility of a worsening of the situation if the Russian armed forces continue the offensive in the Odessa region of Ukraine. We also discussed the humanitarian support that Romania provides to Ukraine and, of course, the measures taken throughout the EU to support both Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and Georgia. We have openly expressed our support for each of the three countries to be able to follow the path of European integration, based on their own merits. During the discussions, we addressed the very important aspects of bilateral economic cooperation and we need to emphasize that, although last year, the year 2021, was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless, the economic relations between Romania and Portugal reached the highest level. In this regard, we can confirm that together we have set up a working group at the level of the Ministries of Energy, given that Portugal has a very good experience in developing renewable energy capabilities. We have a very good example in this regard, yesterday, a Portuguese company invested in renewable energy infrastructure in Romania. There are opportunities, and we have decided to continue to find solutions to fit into EU decisions to make the transition to green energy as soon as possible and to take the necessary steps to reduce the effects of rising energy and gas prices. At the same time, we discussed a number of issues related to the exchange of experience regarding the implementation of the digitalization program. Portugal started this project a long time ago and of course, we are looking at the possibilities for support in terms of cutting through the red tape and implementing the digital governance system as soon as possible and opening up and drawing closer the citizen-government relation. Of course, we discussed issues related to collaboration in the field of battery manufacturing. We also have a common interest in this sector, in the development and modernization of the health system, education, and agriculture - there are many areas in which together we have shown interest and which we are committed to in the next period, at the level of experts and investment promotion agencies, to hold meetings and to be able to put into practice everything we have discussed today. In this context, we continue to count on the political support of the Lisbon government, we have discussed this with the Prime Minister and we have the guarantee of both technical and political support so that our country can receive the status of a member country of the Schengen Area. Finally, I would like to thank once again Mr Prime Minister for having placed on the agenda of priorities the visit to our country and this is a confirmation of the good bilateral relations. Thank you, Mr Prime Minister, you have the floor. Antonio Costa: I would like to start by thanking my colleague Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă for this invitation. This is my first bilateral visit in my new term as Prime Minister and I am very pleased to be here in Romania. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Romanian community living in Portugal for its highly positive integration, and for having contributed in recent decades to the development of our country. It is not only about the great similitude of several words, it is also about our attitude within NATO and the EU. We are unquestionably supporters of Romanias Schengen accession and we hope that this integration into the Schengen Area will facilitate the movement of Romanians living in Portugal, and exchanges between our countries and peoples. During our talks, we have identified various areas of cooperation - in the field of energy and in the resilience programs of the two countries and we will find opportunities to make profitable our countries support for cooperation and resilience. In recent years, we have had an excellent experience in bilateral defence cooperation, the best example being the program we have developed together for the purchase of F16 aircraft, and the agreement signed today by the Defence Ministers will also deepen military cooperation. It is a great honour for our armed forces to carry out in Romania the mission assigned to us by NATO to strengthen the defence and the deterrence capacity in the eastern part of NATO, at a time when Europe is facing a belligerent attitude, of violation of international law and barbaric attack conducted by Russia in Ukraine. It is once again the best opportunity to assert our alliance and the full defence of the territory of any NATO country. We, who are in the extreme west of Europe, have no doubt that our security border starts here in Romania, it starts at each of the NATO countries borders. Defending our borders means not only defending our national borders, but also the borders of each of our allies. Our armed forces are defending the borders of all NATO countries. We are confident that we will contribute to the protection of all and that we will all have better security and we will be able to ensure peace in Europe. Peace in Europe is an emergency, and the best way of doing this is NATO defensive policy and trust in the deterrence capacity and to contribute to building peace on the entire European territory and in Ukraine, where war must cease and human lives and the right to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be defended. Dear Prime Minister Ciucă, I want to express here our full availability to continue our activity through the working groups that our Ambassadors will create, to deepen our relationship. Thank you very much. Dan Cărbunaru: Thank you. We are waiting for your questions. Reporter: Good morning. A question for both Prime Ministers. If this agreement, signed some time ago, in the military defence field, implies also cooperation in the defence field, if you can be more specific regarding the development of joint military equipment between Romania and Portugal. Thank you. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The agreement signed today by the two Ministers of Defence represents the foundation on which bilateral relations can be further developed. Of course, it may include specific elements in terms of research and development in the defence industry, but it does not include the specific elements of military-industrial cooperation, because this field in our country falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Economy. Of course, it is an agreement that practically refreshes the already existing agreement, given the new framework of bilateral military relations and is open to any form of cooperation in the future. Thank you Dan Cărbunaru: Thank you. Other questions, please? Reporter: A question for both Prime Ministers. Turkey expressed some reserves regarding Finland and Sweden's NATO accession. What is the stand of the two countries in this matter? Antonio Costa: We have expressed our support for the accession of Finland and Sweden. It is a free choice of the two states, two states that will certainly contribute to the strengthening of the North Atlantic Alliance. It is one of the most important aspects of Russias defeat, and NATO has emerged strengthened with Sweden and Finlands bid to join. NATO member states need to approve this accession, and these issues to finalize the accession will be resolved in the diplomatic arena, and NATO will be strengthened by this accession. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Romania has shown its support for the open-door policy of the North Atlantic Alliance. Finland and Swedens decision to join NATO is an act of will of each of the nations, and the current context in which Russia has violated all international rules has breached the provisions of the United Nations Charter, has resorted to armed aggression against a sovereign and independent state, has prompted the two countries to decide to become members of an alliance that has shown its defensive character, has proved its spirit of solidarity, its unity, solidity, consistency in action and the decision to do everything possible to defend every inch of the member countries territory. As such, Romania supports these steps. Reporter: A question for the Portuguese Prime Minister. I know that this is a six-month mission of the Portuguese military in Romania. I would like to ask you if Portugal intends to send other soldiers to Romania after the expiration of the six months. Question for Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă: during the discussions you held, you mentioned the scenario of aggravation of the situation, especially in the Odessa region. I would like to ask you, Mr Prime Minister, how likely is this scenario of aggravation of the situation and if in this context, now the risks to which Romania is exposed have increased, I also refer to threats of a hybrid nature. Thank you! Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: With regard to security talks and, of course, the concern over the continuation of the Russian armed forces' offensive in the Odessa region, it is normal for all of us to be worried. We learn from the media that every day, punctual blasts rock the town, regardless of whether they are military or civilian targets, and then it prompts us in our analyses and discussions, to evaluate this possibility, which from our point of view, considering that this morning, the total number of Ukrainian citizens who crossed the border with Romania exceeded 1 million - this morning, the total number of Ukrainian citizens who were registered at border checkpoints was 1,003,000 Ukrainians, this is a matter of concern to us and we need to be prepared to take action accordingly. We are also concerned about the fate of the Romanian community in southern Ukraine. As such, from the point of view of the danger to Romania, the danger is for all the countries in the area, the measures taken at the allied and EU level are intended to bring that extra strengthening of the defence and deterrence capacities on the entire Eastern flank. Antonio Costa: Portugal has a strong commitment with the United Nations, the European Union and NATO to use its armed forces deployed in various places. We have missions in several African countries and it is very important not to ignore Russias global challenge on this eastern border. Portugal has always wanted to participate in NATO missions, in the defence of the Baltic countries and on the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Alliance. For several years, we have cooperated intensely with the Romanian armed forces. We have experience of joint activity in development projects and the training of officers of the Romanian and Portuguese armed forces to facilitate common knowledge and develop a common capacity for action - the Caracal-based unit, the forces deployed by the NATO Command to Romania - and we also have other forces prepared and ready for action in the missions entrusted to us by the NATO Command. The missions entrusted to us in Romania enjoy the benefit of being developed following a joint activity and therefore, it is a field in which we gladly saw that the Portuguese and Romanian forces are cooperating very well, the Portuguese military personnel have been welcomed and settled in very good conditions and are carrying out their activity very well. We are under NATO's command. Dan Carbunaru: Prime Ministers, ladies and gentlemen, we are drawing to a close. Time is very short. I understand the Portuguese journalists have one last question. Please. Reporter: Portugal is ready, as Prime Minister said, to participate in any mission entrusted by NATO. Do you admit an extension of this mission? Is it possible to extend the presence of Portuguese forces in Romania? Antonio Costa: Yes, of course. It is an assembly of forces for various types of missions that can be developed under NATO command. We decided to strengthen the deterrence capacity on the NATO Eastern flank by the end of the year and if this mission is deemed necessary and adequate, we will strengthen with other training missions as well (...). Dan Carbunaru: The press conference ends now. Thank you very much. 2022-05-19 11:06:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Portugheze, António CostaȘtiri din 19.05.2022 10:42:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu o delegație a membrilor Colegiului Regal de Studii de Apărare din Regatul Unit al Marii BritaniiȘtiri din 18.05.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met today, at Victoria Palace, with a delegation made up of members of the UK Royal College of Defence Studies. The delegation included senior military personnel from security and defence institutions from several states, and members of the Global Strategy Program, a course focusing on stability and high-level security topics. During the talks, the Prime Minister analyzed the Black Sea security situation and had an exchange of views on the impact of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, focusing on the Allied solidarity and our countrys efforts to manage the consequences of rising energy and natural gas prices, including by pursuing the goal of achieving energy independence. Prime Minister Ciucă presented the geostrategic situation in the region, Romanias strategies and instruments in the field of national security, but also the way of managing the situation in Ukraine and the actions taken by the Romanian Government in support of refugees. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă also emphasized that Romania, from the time of the illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014 to the current large-scale aggression, has strongly supported the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders. The security umbrella provided by NATO has prompted, in the context of Allied solidarity, a highlight of the importance of the strongest politico-military construction, a context in which Romania continues to comprehend and support the importance of the enlargement process, as in the case of the European Union. For Romania, which capitalizes on its EU and NATO membership, modernization, digitalization, cutting through the red tape and training of officials are essential to ensure sustainable economic growth. We are in a complicated moment, which nevertheless confirms the right track of governmental decisions, by recently placing Romania at the top of economic growth at the European level, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2022-05-18 18:54:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 18 maiȘtiri din 18.05.2022 13:47:00Ședința de guvern din 18 mai 2022Știri din 18.05.2022 12:06:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Romanian Business Leaders Summit 2022, ediția a X-aȘtiri din 18.05.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the 10th edition of the Romanian Business Leaders Summit 2022 [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, presidential advisor, chairman of Romanian Business Leaders, ladies and gentlemen, I am very glad to attend this event, in person, I attended the previous event online, at the invitation of chairman Petrescu. This participation gains pace and dynamics, being part of the Romanian Government's steps toward a coherent dialogue with the business sector, with the Romanian and foreign investors. I hail today's debate topic - - Inevitably, digital and green as a very topical issue, both from the perspective of the business sector's concerns and the commitments we have assumed to implement the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. There is an entire set of reforms and investments that the Romanian Government together with you and the entire society should make to ensure coherence during our country's assumed development roadmap. I said it last time too, and I will repeat it now, I very much appreciate the effervescence of the debates proposed by the business sector, and these are not mere words. We could feel this effervescence anytime we had the possibility to discuss, within the framework you organized or the framework organized at the Government level, when we enjoyed the participation of your representatives. It was also very important for us to benefit from your innovative spirit and the creativity and suggestions that the business environment has put forward to the Romanian Government so that we can calibrate the decisions and measures taken during this particularly difficult period, outlined every time in the meetings we had, both when we talked about the pandemic, about energy and gas prices and, of course, when we talked about the security context worsened by the unprovoked and unlawful invasion of Ukraine by the Russian armed forces. In order to sustain this pace, this dynamic of our discussions, we need to continue to think about supporting the pace and dynamics of the Romanian economy and, mainly, supporting the capacity to capitalize on these opportunities that we are all talking about. President Ciolacu also spoke about it along with you and the representatives of the political parties, it is a concern that, for us, at the governmental level, must materialize into facts, in realities, in decisions that lead to supporting this pace. Political and governmental measures: political measures were always discussed in coalition and endorsed by both the National Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party, as well as the UDMR, and there were open discussions, based on arguments, which subsequently materialized in government measures that, here, today, we could talk about, we are glad to talk about this economic growth, 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year, 5.2% compared to the previous quarter. It is a clear proof that everything we discussed was done and I will emphasize, not through the measures taken by the government, it was a driving force that supported your work, the work of all those who pledged to contribute to support the entire economic activity of Romania, to support and ensure jobs and who pledged to adapt to the newly created conditions. Basically, when we first saw each other, we talked about the partnership between the Government and the business community. The partnership has constantly reminded us that in order to be high-performing, an economy needs predictability, stability and confidence, which is hard to gain and easy to lose. Currently, I am sure that as we discussed so far, we managed to gain your trust and the trust of Romanian investors, and we are committed to continuing along this path, continuing the dialogue and finding together solutions. I can assure you that, as Prime Minister, we are acting along all lines of effort so that these objectives be ensured: predictability, stability and confidence. We said some time ago that the Romanian Government is also engaged in a pro-business approach, and until this moment, we have proved this pro-business commitment, through supporting public and private investments, is reflected in state budget allocations, in the aforementioned aid package mentioned here by Marcel Ciolacu, is an aid package agreed within the coalition in which all representative members of PNL, PSD and UDMR agreed that we need to support the business sector, and this is why 60 percent of this aid package is intended for investments and we are dutybound to deal with vulnerable people and in this respect, 40 percent of the sum allocated for the - Support for Romania package is directed for this purpose. We also aim to protect the economy, to promote digitalization, and green energy and as we talked about digitalization, perhaps we were not so credible when we talked about this. I talked a little with Mr Petrescu, I met and discussed with the others, and early this year, we said we will digitalize this business to business billing. It will become mandatory as of July 1st. I was talking about the cargo Radar at the time; the cargo radar is active. Basically, it is an aspect that brings to transparency both the relationship between the business environment and the relationship between the business environment and the state. It is essential, in the next period, to capitalize on the funds that Romania benefits from through European programs and, especially, through the opportunities offered by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, opportunities of which 60% are dedicated to environmental and digital transformation projects. We have important resources, which we need to direct, to mobilize in this regard, and the representatives of the Government who will participate in your activity will provide more details in this regard. But until then, I will provide some benchmarks of the resources we will use. When I say we will use them, I mean to use them together with you. We are talking about modernizing infrastructure, including electrification - 3.9 billion euros, urban mobility - 1.8 billion euros, clean energy - 855 million euros, the energy-efficient buildings - 2.7 billion, biodiversity and environmental protection - 1, 1 billion, digitalization of public administration - 1.5 billion, digitalization of the health system - 470 million and, last but not least, digitalization of education - 881 million. We allocate funds for green energy, energy efficiency, pollution-free transport and a clean environment. Because we talked about energy efficiency, the first program on PNRR has already been launched, Renewal Wave, worth 2.8 billion euros, money that can be accessed this year, the first call has already been made, more there is a lot of money left that will require a second call for projects, which makes us confident that we are on a very good path. The local fund, worth 2.7 billion euros, has also been launched, and the guidelines have been published, following the call for projects. These are measures that have been effectively and very consistently implemented at the Government level, at the level of the line ministry, the Ministry of Development, and yesterday afternoon, together with the coalition leaders and the line ministries, we also discussed the measures to be taken at government level so that all the objectives we have to meet by the end of June are achieved by each responsible ministry and we benefit from another 3 billion euros, which are intended to supplement the amount that we have for this year. We will therefore implement projects to digitalize the public administration, the health system and education. These are very important goals that the Government has set for itself. We are sure that the digitalization of public services will streamline both the relationship with the business sector and the relation with the citizen. I need to outline once again that the citizens are at the centre of the government programme. For a more effective and dynamic relationship with ANAF, I implemented two measures, I discussed with the Finance Minister, the measures we need to enforce so that we manage to achieve the full digitalization of ANAF and do so, but we do not talk about the big difference between 27 and 40 percent at the next meetings. It is an issue of tax receipt in the state budget, which can be achieved through digitalization and fair and coherent use at the level of this institution. The pace at which we capitalize the PNRR resources is very important, as it involves reforms and launch of calls for projects as aforementioned, as it is necessary to spend the money which already entered the country. There is at the Government level, the Interministerial Committee on PNRR and here, each time, we need to take into account the two basic pillars. We are talking about investments, investments are the engines of the economy, we also need to consider the second pillar, they should go in parallel, namely the pillar of reforms. We need to make all these reforms we undertook through the plan and as we discussed together with Marcel Ciolacu, and we agreed within the coalition, objectives assumed both by PNL and PSD, as we need concrete and coherent policies to achieve the country's modernization and development. We have these projects for the development of new power capacities from renewable sources. I discussed with the Minister of Energy all the responsible stakeholders about what we have to do in this sector. The first projects with money from the modernization fund have already been approved. We have assumed and, above all, we have the opportunity that through the measures we take, through the investments we make, we become truly independent both in terms of energy and in terms of ensuring the gas resource. Concrete steps have been taken, we are certain that in a period of no more than five years we will be able to become truly independent from the point of view of energy. There are two very important issues that all of our projects need to address. The first is the development of new electricity generation capacities and what is equally important - the development of the infrastructure for electricity transmission. As for the gas resources, today, the Offshore Law will be approved in the Romanian Parliament. We will thus create the predictability and the possibility to proceed with the investments, both in the exploitation of offshore and onshore resources. In fact, the first project will start next month. It is about the investments made by Black Sea Oil and Gas in the Black Sea, and after yesterdays meeting, we are sure that at the end of June, we will have the first gas molecule extracted from the Black Sea enter the system. Of course, the others are to follow, which are related to investments, to a work period at the level of the two companies OMV - Petrom and Romgaz. Discussions and projects are already underway, so that, no later than the end of 2026, early 2027, we have the necessary gas resource both to ensure the independence necessary for the Romanian economy, for public consumption, and to be able to develop branches in the petrochemical industry and, why not, to export gas. Because we are talking about green energy, it is very important to emphasize the discussions that have taken place and the way in which the business sector comes up with projects for the development of wind farms, and photovoltaic parks. These are concrete elements that come to contribute substantially to the modernization and provision of green energy, energy from renewable sources, which for us, I tell you without any restraint, is a great degree of optimism, because we have seen a lot of concentration in this regard, a lot of dynamic. There are projects, there is this part of communication. And, above all, there exist both the money and the necessary framework to ensure that these projects can develop. The construction of digitalized green islands for separate waste collection at the local level, along with integrated separate collection centres for large cities and waste recycling facilities are projects launched this year. Also, the urban mobility and the modernization of CFR will complete the efforts of the Government to offer the perspectives of green transport, of modern transport. In parallel with PNRR investments, the Government is supportive of the pace of undertaken reforms the absorption, and real transformation of our economy depend on them. I said that PNRR has two pillars - the investment pillar and the reform pillar. We have to take into account that investments are conditioned by reform achievement, therefore, we are fully aware of what we need to do in this regard. The government cloud that will have an integrated platform of digitalized public services is among the most important targets and milestones assumed until the end of this year, and some of them have already been met. Rendering the task force in charge of digital transformation operational adds to this. It is a structure that needs to become operational at the Ministry of Research and Digitalization. Through the decisions we will make in the next period, we will ensure the operationalization of this task force and the continuation of the digitalization process. We are also preparing a state aid scheme for training and retraining employees in order to ensure an increase in digital performance. We were talking at the level of the government and the coalition that this training of employees for digital transformation is needed, and I am sure that the same training applies to every citizen of the country so that they can really benefit from the opportunities provided by this digital transformation. We will support the business sector in the field of research - development as you, the entrepreneurs as I said, are also creative, and innovative, you are the backbone of this project and we need to admit as Mr Petrescu said at the beginning: - You are the backbone of an open economy, an economy which must develop. The capacity to cope with crises and the government's fair and responsible attitude is the most important ingredient of the business sector. It is what I believe made a significant contribution to the economic growth that we spoke about, and I want once again to ensure you that we will continue in this direction. We can consider this result as a stage result, we are very glad about the results, but at the same time, we are aware that there are lots of things to do, and also the fact that we need to further cooperate to ensure the coherence of this stage result. I am sure that you along with us, are aware that we need to do much more than we have managed to do so far. The economy needs new development bases, and you can discuss them among the topics you assumed. The economy needs both those with a business turnover of more than one billion euros and I am sure that you share what I will tell you now, you are already doing it because the economy needs young people. Young people are present here, and we are dutybound to do our best for them, as they will carry Romania further, they learn from you, are growing and adapting to our country's future development. I am sure that this prospect of working with new technologies to really achieve digitalization, and everything to take place in a cleaner environment, as green as possible, will have better and more applied ideas than we have today. Ladies and gentlemen, we have the responsibility of developing together with the economy, of developing Romania together, and the debates you are holding will make a significant contribution in this regard. I wish you greater success further on and see you again at the next meetings with new responsibilities and tailored results. Good luck! 2022-05-18 10:22:00