RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROPRECIZARE – DATE CONTACT ale Ambasadei României la AnkaraȘtiri din 06.02.2023 14:22:00ânia răspunde apelului de sprijin venit din partea TurcieiȘtiri din 06.02.2023 consultation with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă convened, today, the National Committee for Emergency Situations, at the proposal of the DSU(Department for Emergency Situations). The Department for Emergency Situations, through the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, in its capacity as the national contact point, received from the Emergency Response Coordination Center of the European Commission (ERCC), through the Common Emergency Communication and Information System (CECIS), the request of the Turkish authorities for the granting of international assistance, considering the emergency situation generated by the 7.8-magnitude quake that hit the country last night. Following the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the Government of Romania decided to send an RO-USAR team, specialized personnel for intervention in such situations with the IGSU, to Turkiye the country heavily affected by last nights earthquake. The support offered by the Romanian state was accepted by the Turkish authorities, specifying, at the same time, that the IGSU rescue teams, together with the SMURD Bucharest medical team (an integral part of INSARAG), alongside the Romanian Air Force personnel with the MApN [the Ministry of National Defence], are already prepared for this support mission. We mention that the aid will be granted based on the request for international assistance formulated by the Government of the Republic of Turkiye under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. 2023-02-06 09:28:00ă de lucru în Republica Arabă Egipt - 5 februarieȘtiri din 05.02.2023 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă's meeting with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă met, in Cairo, with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The talks held at the Al-Ittihadiya Palace focused on topics such as bilateral cooperation in the economic and social fields, as well as the impact of the Russian military aggression on Ukraine. The Egyptian president thanked, on this occasion, for the support extended by Romania for the evacuation from Ukraine of the more than one thousand repatriated Egyptian students last year, and for facilitating the export of Ukrainian grain to Egypt. In this context, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the need to support Romanian farmers through access to the production of fertilizers from Egypt necessary for crops. At the same time, the parties agreed to increase the grain exports of Romanian farmers to the Egyptian market. The two senior officials emphasized the strategic importance of the reciprocal relationship that allows the valorization of Romania's geostrategic position in the EU and Egypt as a gateway to Africa and the Middle East. From this perspective, the impact of Russias invasion of Ukraine on regional and global security was analyzed. Aspects regarding the peace process in the Middle East and Romanias role in facilitating a favorable environment in this respect were also addressed during the talks. The parties agreed to develop political and technical cooperation for the benefit of both states. The speech of Prime Minister Nicolae Ionel-Ciucă at the Egypt-Romania Business Forum [Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Ministers, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to address a speech here at the Romanian - Egyptian business forum. There were rare moments in the history of our countries when relations were so dynamic and promising as now, and this can be seen from both the political and economic perspectives. Romania has consolidated its economy, which has grown 8 times since 2002. Despite the challenges we face, massive government and private investments, which reached almost €30 billion last year, have generated some of the highest economic growth in the European Union. More than 11 billion euros of European funding, boosted the pace of infrastructure development and opened up new business opportunities. The pace of our development is alert and we are ready to enjoy, together with our partners, these economic benefits. I say it with certitude: now is the time for these to turn into advanced economic cooperation and extended contacts from individual to individual. My presence at this Forum, which brings together an important number of companies, perfectly illustrates this desire. The fact that these companies operate in the most diverse sectors, from critical energy infrastructure to oil and gas, from electricity production to renewable energy, and from liquefied gas to nuclear energy, is yet another indisputable proof of our extensive collaboration. The government that I lead has tools and public funds in four large areas that can constitute a development platform to which we invite you to contribute: the digitization of public services, the improvement of digital skills and their application in the private sector, as well as ensuring connectivity through high-speed networks. But the framework we propose can be expanded. We can find large areas of cooperation and economic development in other primary fields such as trade and industry, including those related to defense, agriculture and minerals, construction and infrastructure, water transport and management, biodiversity conservation, IT and C, and innovative technologies. Our offer is doubled by some of the most promising figures: we exceeded 1 billion dollars in bilateral trade, and today I affirm with joy and with certainty that Egypt is Romanias first partner in the Middle East and on the African continent, as a whole. This good news makes us even more ambitious in the common promotion of our agenda. We want to strengthen the economic cooperation and expand it, for example, in the maritime transport corridors through the links between the Port of Constanta and the Port of Alexandria. At the same time, we can collaborate to search together third markets in the Middle East region or on the African continent, because who knows better than you, the Egyptians, how to configure new trade routes? Why not take more advantage of our geo-strategic positions, and of the know-how we have together to open new markets for our companies in Africa and the Middle East or Europe and its immediate vicinity? The answers to these questions determine action and will. This is why I encourage Egyptian companies to invest in Romania. The moment is a good one, taking into account the fact that in the near future, we will be part of the OECD, an institution that will help us to align our administrative system, as well as the functioning of the entire business environment, to the rules of the most powerful economies in the world. We are already integrating the expertise offered by the organization into the national legislation, in areas such as transparency or reducing bureaucracy. I can only wish you, under these favorable conditions, to transpose your plans and vision into economic realities that will result in prosperity and well-being for the communities you serve. I count on you and I trust that we will succeed in giving our joint projects an optimal development framework! I would like, in the end, to thank His Excellency, the Prime Minister, for taking the time to take care of us and to have very good bilateral discussions and to express that we are trusting in our historical relationship as was mentioned before, and of course to use all these opportunities and to see how we can get more benefits from the existing potential and how we can strengthen and enhance our bilateral relations. So, Prime Minister, ladies, and gentlemen thank you very much for your time! 2023-02-05 12:11:00ă de lucru în Republica Arabă Egipt - 4 februarie Știri din 04.02.2023 press statements by the two Prime Ministers [Check against delivery] Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly: /...;/ We discussed of course to increase our trade volume. I had the privilege to present to His Excellency the competitiveness of the Egyptian industry and agriculture, specifically in areas such as production of fertilizers and petrochemicals and others goods that Egypt really had the chance to export to Romania. On the contrary, we have been of course requesting from His Excellency to increase the grains imported from Romania, since Romania is one of the great producers of grains in Europe and the world and he said that this area is going to be one of the areas where we will seriously look on how to increase in this respect. We are looking forward to the coming Joint Committee of economic, scientific, and technical matters, to be held in Bucharest this year, and of course, also, we are appraising the formulation and holding of the Joint Business Forum between the business communities in our two countries and really we are looking forward to both of them work together much more to increase the cooperation between our two countries, to make use, of course, of the continental agreements that both countries can enjoy allowing the other country to have access to it. For example, from the Egyptian side since we are part of the African Free Trade Agreement, we can secure access to Romanian companies through their partnership with the Egyptian one, to have access to African market. And also through such kind of partnerships, Egyptian firms can have more access to the European Union. So, really, I am very pleased to see of course, the opportunities between our two countries, and again, I would like to welcome His Excellency, Prime Minister Ciucă for his historical visit to Cairo, and really we are looking forward for our joint cooperation to be strengthening and expanding in the coming period. Thank you. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Thank you very much. Your Excellency, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Excellencies ladies and gentlemen, I am really very honoured to pay this visit after so much time, 20 years. It's a long time since we did not have bilateral cooperation at the Prime Minister level, but I am sure that since today, we will continue to work together and to keep a very coherent bilateral relationship, taking into account that we are having today very good discussions, I would say excellent discussions not only between us as Prime Ministers but also, between our Ministers who identified a lot of opportunities but also they touched upon the huge potential we have to develop our bilateral relationship. Your Excellency, you already pointed out some of the figures which are proving the relevance of the relationships between our countries. So, beyond those numbers, 1.1 billion USD trade exchanges, we have to see what we can do more together taking into account this new context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine which is affecting not only the bordering countries, the countries in the proximity of Ukraine but also all the other countries. We have to see what we can do together in order to solve all these aspects which are really affecting our people, our economies and our countries. I am sure that continuing to discuss at the Ministerial level, at the technical level all these aspects and seeing what we can do more in support of ensuring the required quantity of grains and also the required quantity by Romania in regard of fertilizers, as you mentioned, also doing our best together to avoid the food crisis and to see how we can do more in order to support the Ukrainian grain exports, in order not to let the other countries be affected by these grain shortages, and also to see how we can play our pivotal role: Romania in the Black Sea region, Egypt in the Middle East and Africa region. You agreed that we have to do our best to host the Joint Committee, and I am promising you that as soon as possible to have the technical staff identifying the period, the date, and we will host it in Bucharest. We will do our best to see how we can better connect the European Union with Egypt and you will do your best to see how you can connect all of us with the Middle East and African countries through the African continent's free trade area, which is really a very important opportunity. Of course, there is a lot of potential we have discussed, how we can support each other in developing the green energy capabilities, developing the green hydrogen capabilities, and also to see how we can support each other in implementing the digitalization in the government and the administration institutions. So, taking into account that there is already bilateral relationship established by our national leaders, the only thing we have to do now is to do our best to implement all those decisions. You have our commitment that we will continue to work together and to see what we have to stress, what we'll have to focus on in order to develop, to strengthen and enhance our bilateral relationship. Once again, thank you very much for your hospitality, thank you very much for the opportunity to have this visit, and of course I am inviting you to pay a visit to Bucharest and to see what we have done in reality after our meetings. Thank you very much, Your Excellency. 2023-02-04 10:31:00 Victoria, iluminat în portocaliu, de Ziua Mondială de Luptă împotriva Cancerului (World Cancer Day)Știri din 04.02.2023 09:08:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Gala Cercetării Românești 2023 – ediția IȘtiri din 31.01.2023 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Romanian Research Gala [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: President Constantinescu, presidential advisor, Minister, rectors, Your Excellencies, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps to Bucharest, dear Romanian researchers, What could be more uplifting, than after the national anthem, our hearts, and souls enjoy pieces of the Romanian doina, part of the Ballad of Ciprian Porumbescu, and an itinerary through music and Romanian folklore, and then we can award prizes and enjoy even the virtual presence of one of Stanfords most recognized researchers? I dont think there can be anything more uplifting than, as Henri Coandă said, the imagination of those who are here today, in this hall, or anywhere in the world, who do research and use their imagination for the benefit of all of us. And you said earlier that we have to do something to persuade them to stay in the country. We are striving to do more than that, to persuade them to return to the country, and we can only do this by implementing all that we have pledged. I am honored to attend the first edition of the Romanian Research Gala this evening, a landmark whereby we celebrate the performance of Romanian researchers. I congratulate Minister Burduja, and his Ministry colleagues, he made this pledge in a discussion on what we could do more for the Romanian research, and here it is this event. I want this event to become a tradition through which we recognize the merits of those who are building the Romania of the future. This is what Emil Palade, Henri Coandă, Ana Aslan, Victor Babeș, Ștefania Mărăcineanu, Petrache Poenaru, Traian Vuia, Horia Hulubei, and many others did, and this is what we must do too. Lets build the future of this country through scientific research and innovation. You are the ones who continue their work and confer new dimensions to the process of consolidation of the Romanian nation and state, asserting our European destiny, pushing the frontier of science, and contributing to the increase of Romanias prestige around the world. The role of scientific research is fundamental to the existence of any modern society. We need research. Advanced technologies require a deep and subtle understanding of both the material and human dimensions of existence. Research and innovation are the main elements around which the Romania of tomorrow must be built, and the Government I am leading treats this field with utmost seriousness. Investment in research and innovation is key to competitiveness in the global economy. That is why, for the year 2023, we allocated a 70% higher budget to research compared to last year. As we assumed in the government program, in 2024, research will have a 1 percent budget of GDP. Until 2027, research will benefit from investments worth 60 billion lei, according to the national plan approved last September by the Romanian Government. These investments will return through economic growth, the creation of new jobs, and the improvement of the living standards of all Romanians. The research-development and innovation component also has an important place in the National Recovery and Resilience Program. Of the 260 million euros allocated to investments in this sector, 183 million are intended to attract to Romania the best researchers, Romanian and foreign, to carry out research development and innovation activities in our country. 295 funding applications have already been submitted by universities and research institutes, and their applications are now in the evaluation process. 120 beneficiaries will be selected, who will receive funding of up to 1.4 million euros. We want to facilitate the access of Romanian researchers to international research networks, promote projects at the forefront of global scientific research, both in the field of applied research and fundamental research, and support where possible, the use of research results in domestic industry and economy. In addition to funding, Romanian research needs legislative coherence too. The Romanian Government is working to improve the national legislative framework in the field of research - development, and innovation, so that we create a framework favorable for Romanian researchers in the diaspora to return home and our country become a global exporter of knowledge and technology. Until the end of 2023, according to the PNRR milestone, Romania will have new legislation regarding the researchers' careers and status, in compliance with the European Commission's recommendations and with the support of the World Bank. Career advancement should be based exclusively on merit grounds, with transparent, competitive, and open procedures to recruit research personnel, in compliance with good European practices. However, trust in science and a passion for research, development, and innovation must be cultivated from an early age, and pre-university education plays a decisive role here. Increasing the share of science, technology, and engineering in mathematics - STEM education in Romanian schools will create adults prepared for the jobs of the future and improve the position of our country in international rankings that measure the quality of pre-university education. The latest PISA tests show a low level of scientific literacy among students, and we are aware of this. We work to create a systemic change, based on the recommendations and examples of good practice provided by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. I trust that the Educated Romania project and the new legislative package in the field of education, along with the reform of the pre-university education curriculum, will ensure quality science education for all Romanian children. Through the PNRR, more than 10,000 science laboratories must be equipped to the highest standards in 2024, giving children across the country access to science education and the chance to cultivate their passion and skills in research, development, and innovation. Romania does not lack good ideas, creativity, or innovative solutions, but these must be transferred from research laboratories and institutes to the production line and then to the economy. Technology transfer is vital for Romanias economic progress and the consolidation of our role as a regional leader and exporter of innovative products. The Government of Romania is committed to strengthening the legal framework in force to support extensive cooperation between the Ministry of Research, the entrepreneurial environment, and research centers. Only in this way can we accelerate and strengthen the pace of our development. I want us to increase not only the volume of investments in the economy but also the coherence of our plans. If we managed, in the complicated year 2022, to increase Romanias GDP by 49 billion euros, i.e. the equivalent of the entire 2002 GDP, we can amplify this development by capitalizing on the role of research and innovation in our economy. I believe it is the only solution to attain this objective. Ladies and gentlemen, a strong and prosperous nation is founded on these values that you brilliantly represent in the most demanding global community, and we have the duty, as a Government, to contribute to the promotion of these values in Romanian society. In this respect, we want to reward those who have invested time, effort, and intelligence to achieve exceptional results in the field of scientific research, by launching, on the occasion of this gala, the research and innovation awards; we hope that these awards contribute to a greater promotion of Romanian researchers in the country and abroad and of their outstanding achievements as benchmarks for the construction of professional careers based on excellence and honesty. I wish to express my gratitude, both on behalf of the Government and personally, for your exceptional scientific work; you represent, at the highest level, the potential of the Romanian nation and you give us hope that the effort of the great personalities who built modern Romania is supported and carried forward to the honor of the entire nation. Concluding, I congratulate all the finalists and winners of this evenings gala! I wish you much success further on and I assure you of the full support of the Romanian Government. 2023-01-31 18:16:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Consiliului Investitorilor StrăiniȘtiri din 31.01.2023 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă's consultations with representatives of the Foreign Investors Council Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă met at Victoria Palace with representatives of the Foreign Investors Council. A set of topics regarding the tax regime, the digitalization of the administration, cutting through the red tape, stability, and predictability of fiscal framework, and the investment plans in our country have been addressed during the meeting. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced his appreciation for the increase in the interest of foreign investors, confirmed by the record volume of direct foreign investment last year that exceeded 11.3 billion euros, the highest level over the past 30 years. He expressed the full openness of the Government to support and strengthen this pace, through governmental policies oriented in this respect and its readiness to take over and implement best practices agreed upon by the private sector in relation to state authorities. In this respect, Prime Minister conveyed that the Government's priority is to support investments with high-added value, especially in areas such as digitalization, innovation, and the development of new technologies. - The valorization of Romanias natural resources must be done primarily through processing in the country and subsequent valorization, which is why we encourage the development of processing capacities and the use of the most innovative solutions in this regard. At the same time, we treat with respect the need for fiscal predictability of the business environment and, following last years model, we will have consultations on this framework. I am confident that this year too, through massive government investments, and through a dynamic process of attracting European money, we will succeed in developing and modernizing Romanias economy. The Romanian Agency for Investments and Foreign Trade, established at the level of the Government, will represent a dialogue partner, but also an active catalyst in the relationship with the business environment, both from the perspective of foreign investors and to support Romanian capital, stated the Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The representatives of the Foreign Investors Council showed their support for this approach, underlining the need for permanent consultation in case of legislative changes and ensuring a period of adaptation in the case of complex changes. Regarding government policies on the use of European funds and the attraction of new investments, they conveyed their willingness to support these efforts, through expertise and active engagement in their development. 2023-01-31 14:54:00 la finalul ședinței de Guvern susținut de ministrul Investițiilor și Proiectelor Europene, Marcel Boloș, ministrul Cercetării, Inovării și Digitalizării, Sebastian Burduja, și chestorul de poliție Cătălin Giulescu, șef al Direcției Generale pentru Evidența Persoanelor din cadrul Ministerului Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 31.01.2023 13:23:00Întâlnirea reprezentanților speciali pentru combaterea antisemitismului cu Douglas Emhoff, Second Gentleman al Statelor Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 31.01.2023 RELEASE On January 30, 2023, the Secretary of state with the Prime Minister's Chancellery, coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for monitoring the implementation of the National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization, and hate speech, Irina-Dumitrita Solomon, attended the Meeting of special representatives for combating anti-Semitism, which took place in Berlin. The guest of honor of the event was Douglas Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States of America, who presented, in his speech, the importance of joint efforts to combat anti-Semitism, as well as the steps taken by the US in this direction. In this context, Douglas Emhoff presented the initiative of the US President, Joe Biden, who, in December 2022, established an inter-institutional group with the mission of developing a national strategy to combat anti-Semitism. The strategy will aim to raise awareness of the threat posed by anti-Semitism and tackle anti-Semitic harassment and abuse both online and offline, seeking to prevent anti-Semitic attacks and incidents and encouraging society-wide efforts to prevent and combat anti-Semitism. In her address, the coordinator of the Interministerial Committee, Irina-Dumitrița Solomon, presented the developments that Romania has achieved in the field of combating anti-Semitism and preserving the memory of the Holocaust and presented the progress made in the process of implementing the National Strategy for the Prevention and Combat of Anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization, and hate speech. The American and European partners appreciated the fact that Romania is among the first member states of the European Union to adopt a strategy dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, the efforts made by our country being presented as an example of good practices in the field. The meeting of the special representatives ended with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. 2023-01-31 13:15:00ărâre CNSU privind propunerea de scoatere de la rezervele de stat a unor materiale de construcții pentru refacerea unor imobile afectate de incendiul produs în satul Colonia 1 Mai, comuna Vulcan din județul BrașovȘtiri din 31.01.2023 10:33:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și de membri ai Guvernului, la începutul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 31.01.2023[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae Ciucă: Good morning. I want to start the Cabinet meeting by pointing out that in previous meetings, I brought to knowledge a set of economic data with which 2022. What I want to presently underline is that when we assumed this Cabinet in the coalition, we pledged to find solutions to the citizens' needs and expectations and concomitantly find solutions to support the business sector, so that our country's economy can withstand all not-so-difficult situations and do to achieve economic growth, as it happened. However, at the level of the Government, we are at the beginning of the year, and we have the responsibility of keeping the same work pace and doing our best so that the solutions we find at the level of the administration and public institutions, come in support of citizens, and all structures that could bring plus value to the Romanian economy. We have an entire set of planned activities to continue the dialogue and collaboration with the associative and business environment. Please keep the coherence of these activities and let us intensify where necessary, the dialogue and the activity, to have as concrete as possible solutions. In this respect, one of the important problems and objectives at the Government level pertains to energy crisis management. A series of measures have been taken, and one of them is aimed at the installation of photovoltaic panels in individual households. I discussed with Minister Tanczos what measures we can take at the level of the Government, to ensure the access of as many people as possible, to this program. We have the necessary funds and we can raise three billion lei the amount allocated for this project, in this way, we understood that we are talking about approximately 150,000 households that can access the program. Mr. Minister, I would ask you to give us some details related to this subject. Were talking 150,000, excluding the 40,000. It is a very good measure. I would nevertheless ask you to consider what we discussed and undertaken at the level of the Government linked to the simplification of these procedures to avoid excessive bureaucracy so that the process can unfold in an opportune way, and we do not pile up all these bureaucratic and useless activities at the end of the year. It doesnt help us or the citizens at all. By next week's meeting, you should come up with information linked to the way we can continue the Car scrappage program and if there are possibilities to make positive changes to these programs. In last year's Cabinet meeting, we announced that we started the program to distribute vouchers for the payment of energy bills. I would like to underline that through today's Ordinance, we ensure the implementation of the e-payment system. Coordination with the Research Ministry is necessary so that via the Romanian Post, we have the guarantee that what we decided is achieved in practice too as we pledged. We continue our digitalization project, government digitalization, administration digitalization, and digitalization of public services. We have a Government Decision and an Ordinance today through which we try to help citizens with the development of digitalization systems in administration. It is very important that this program start and is implemented and I am sure that we will manage to oversee the translation of these projects into reality. Thank you. 2023-01-31 10:25:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu o delegație a Fondului Monetar Internațional, condusă de Paul Hilbers, director executiv al FMIȘtiri din 30.01.2023 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met with an IMF delegation Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met at Victoria Palace with the IMF Executive Director, Paul Hilbers. On this occasion, the evolution of the Romanian economy was analyzed in the context of recent years' crises and challenges. Prime Minister pointed out that our country succeeded to attain one of the most dynamic development rates at the European level, registering an eight-fold growth of the economy over the past 20 years. Romania consolidated these outcomes including last year when economic growth of 49 billion euros represented the equivalent of the entire GDP of 2002. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă thanked the IMF for the constant support provided during our country's transition from the planned economy of the communist period to the Western model, based on the free market, in compliance with democratic values. During the dialogue, the importance of our countrys accession to the OECD was mentioned, as a national objective, after joining NATO and the EU, with an emphasis on its benefits for the business and investment environment. The political stability generated by the current governing coalition, and the predictability of fiscal policies represent two important assets, in the context of the growing interest of foreign investors in Romania. Prime Minister Ciucă presented the positive impact of the unprecedented increases of the last year, both in terms of the absorption of European money, as well as from the perspective of foreign direct investments. The Executive Director of the IMF, Paul Hilbers, noted the consolidation of Romanias image at the European and international levels, through the economic performances achieved, and the reforms that have been undertaken, including in areas such as environmental policies, digitalization, or the application of standards from more developed states. The IMF official thanked Romania for its support for Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees, as well as for the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Ciucă provided details regarding the support extended to over 3.4 million Ukrainian refugees who crossed the borders of our country following the Russian military aggression, 110,000 of them choosing to stay in Romania. The Romanians solidarity and desire to stand with the Ukrainian people could be found both in humanitarian aid and the platforms established to facilitate international humanitarian assistance, our country being the first to launch a refugee integration plan. The Prime Minister of Romania asked for greater support for the economy of the Republic of Moldova, affected by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, presenting the measures that our country has taken to ensure electricity, natural gas, and wood for the winter period, as well as assistance in the European integration process. The need to mitigate the effects of inflation and its value in the next period is a priority that the Government pursues, harmonizing its efforts with those of the National Bank of Romania. In this respect, the prime minister gave assurances regarding accountability in terms of fiscal policies. The Government is taking all the necessary measures to consolidate and develop the business sector, both regarding companies with Romanian capital, as well as in the relationship with foreign investors. The consolidation of the middle class will ensure a sustained pace of economic development and increase the solidity of the Romanian economy. We have good prospects for growth, and the decisions we are taking, enjoy political stability, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2023-01-30 15:48:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a convocat în regim de urgență Comitetul Național pentru Situații de UrgențăȘtiri din 28.01.2023 RELEASE Given the situation generated by the dangerous weather phenomena forecast today, January 28, 2023, the Prime Minister of Romania, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă urgently convened the National Committee for Emergency Situations, in the online format. During the CNSU meeting, the measure of declaring the state of alert at the level of Vrancea county was ordered, based on the HCJSU Vrancea, thus enabling the Minister of Internal Affairs to approve the decision. This measure implements immediate response actions, such as supplementing intervention forces, alerting structures in neighboring areas, and ensuring the around-the-clock presence of structures with clear responsibilities in managing the situation generated by extreme weather phenomena until the return to normality. The decision approved by the CNSU can be consulted attached. 2023-01-28 13:02:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul pentru Europa și afaceri externe al Republicii Franceze, Catherine ColonnaȘtiri din 27.01.2023 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, had a meeting in the context of the visit of the Head of French diplomacy to Romania. This visit prefigures the celebration, on February 4, of the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Romanian-French Strategic Partnership and also takes place in preparation for the celebration, in March, of the 30th anniversary of Romania becoming a full member of Francophonie. In the exchange of views, the strategic and special bilateral relationship between Romania and France was highlighted, strengthened by the historical ties of solid friendship based on strong cultural affinities. The Prime Minister of Romania voiced special appreciation for the substantial contribution of France, as a framework nation, to the NATO Battle Group in Romania. The two dignitaries emphasized the joint commitment to boost bilateral sectoral cooperation and strengthen economic and investment relations. During the discussions, the perspective of advancing Romanias accession to the Schengen Area was also addressed. Prime Minister Ciucă thanked for Frances supportive position in favor of Romanias accession and the firm commitment to support Romanias efforts to continue the path towards attaining this goal. The Head of Government highlighted the dynamic steps taken by the Romanian side by engaging in intensive consultations with all European partners in an effort to identify a solution that will soon lead to a correct and positive result for Romanias accession to the Schengen area. Discussions between the two officials also addressed the impact of Russias aggression against Ukraine. In this context, they welcomed bilateral cooperation in support of the transit of Ukrainian grain to third markets. ** During January 26-27, 2023, the Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, and the French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, will pay a joint visit to Romania. The schedule of the presence in Romania includes visits to the military facilities jointly used by the allied troops deployed in Romania and diplomatic consultations in a trilateral format Romania-Netherlands-France. The presence of the heads of the Dutch and French diplomacy reconfirms the effective trilateral interaction between Bucharest, Paris and The Hague. 2023-01-27 15:18:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul afacerilor externe al Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Wopke HoekstraȘtiri din 27.01.2023 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă welcomed, at the Victoria Palace, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, who is currently paying a working visit to Romania. During the discussion, it was reconfirmed the very good Romanian-Dutch cooperation on a bilateral, European and NATO level. Both sides noted the upward dynamics of bilateral trade relations, which knew a sustained level of growth in the last year, the Kingdom of the Netherlands remaining in the top of the most valuable investors in Romania. In this context, the dignitaries affirmed the common interest for the amplification of bilateral cooperation, through the development of sectoral collaboration projects in different fields. At the same time, the Prime Minister of Romania voiced his appreciation for the consistent contribution of the Netherlands, as one of the main participants, to the NATO Battle Group in Romania, thanking for the presence of the Dutch contingent on the territory of our country, a gesture that concretely reflects the allied solidarity for strengthening the position of deterrence and defence on NATOs Eastern Flank. The exchange of views also addressed the prospects of advancing Romanias accession to the Schengen area. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă highlighted the dynamic steps taken by the Romanian side, which engaged in a positive dialogue and intensive consultations with all European partners, in an effort to identify a solution that will soon lead to a correct and positive result. Adoption of a decision favourable to Romanias accession to the Schengen area, through the recognition of the countrys obvious progress, supports the credibility of the EU as a cohesive structure based on the principle of unity and solidarity, the Romanian Prime Minister also showed. In his turn, the head of the Dutch diplomacy reconfirmed the support for Romanias accession to the Schengen area. The dialogue continued with the analysis of the response to Russias aggression against Ukraine and the developments in the Republic of Moldova. The Prime Minister of Romania presented Romanias active multidimensional support measures for Ukraine. Regarding the support of the Republic of Moldova, Prime Minister Ciucă pleaded for the continuation of financial and political support to Chisinau. ** During January 26-27, 2023, the Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra, and the French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, will pay a joint visit to Romania. The schedule of the presence in Romania includes visits to the military facilities jointly used by the allied troops deployed in Romania and diplomatic consultations in a trilateral format Romania-Netherlands-France. The presence of the heads of the Dutch and French diplomacy reconfirms the effective trilateral interaction between Bucharest, Paris and The Hague. 2023-01-27 14:21:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia dedicată Zilei Internaționale de Comemorare a Holocaustului și memoriei victimelor Pogromului Legionar din București (ianuarie 1941)Știri din 27.01.2023 PRESS RELEASE The participation of Government representatives in the - Holocaust - Romania iși aduce aminte (Holocaust - Romania remembers) event, organized by the Representative Office of the European Commission in Bucharest The special representative of the Romanian Government for the promotion of memory policies and the fight against anti-Semitism and xenophobia, Alexandru Muraru, and the coordinator of the Interministerial Committee on implementation oversight of the National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech, Irina-Dumitrița Solomon, participated on Wednesday, January 25, in the event Holocaust - Romania remembers, organized by the Representative Office of the European Commission in Romania, on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The debate brought together ambassadors of the EU member states (Germany, France, Austria, Bulgaria) accredited to Bucharest, members of the Jewish community, representatives of central public authorities, the academic milieu, civil society and students who had the privilege of listening to the moving testimony of Mr. Octavian Fulop, one of the few survivors of the Holocaust in Romania, who was deported from occupied northern Transylvania to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp at the age of 13. In this context, there was emphasized the importance of honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and assuming this awful page in the history of humanity, in parallel with firm actions to combat anti-Semitism, extremism and denialism, in order to prevent the repetition of such atrocities. During his remarks, the Special Representative of the Government of Romania spoke about the current context, marked by numerous challenges to democracy, about the responsibility of the relevant actors in society, but also about the importance of actions to disapprove and sanction manifestations of anti-Semitism and hate speech. The firm public condemnation, the creation of new instruments, supporting institutions and communities to work actively for sanctions, to protect both the values, commitments and efforts that Romania has made in the last two decades in the matter of protecting the memory of the Holocaust victims and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, racism must be a permanent mission on our part. The coordinator of the Interministerial Committee on implementation oversight of the National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech presented the steps taken by the Romanian Executive towards correctly assuming the traumatic past, the promotion of civic education and the consolidation of the fight against trends that jeopardize fundamental rights and democratic values, with an emphasis on the implementation process of the National Strategy for preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech, related to the period 2021-2023. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucăs speech at the ceremony held on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Mr. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Madam Interim President of the Senate, Mr. President of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania - Mosaic Cult Mr. President of the Constitutional Court, Madam President of the High Court of Justice and Cassation, Mr. Chief of Defense, Dear lawmakers, members of the Cabinet, Distinguished representatives of religious cults, Dear Survivors, Dear guests, Today, we pay a pious tribute to all the victims of the Holocaust and remember one of the most terrible pages in history, when hatred, barbarism and crime reduced humanity to silence and destroyed the destinies of millions of innocent people. We mark together the 78 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in an emblematic place for the Jewish community in Romania, which witnessed the brutal attacks on the Jews during the Bucharest Pogrom of January 1941. January 27, 1945 marked the end of the heinous crime wave and horrors of the Holocaust, yet also representing the beginning of a world marked forever by this guilt. At the same time, mankind has assumed the mission of restoring hope in humanity and in fundamental values, as well as incessantly honoring the memory of the victims and to support the survivors. The hard lesson of the Holocaust reminds us every time what happens when the majority does not take a stand against individuals or groups that promote poisonous ideas for society and broke the balance of peaceful coexistence. But we must not forget those brave Romanians who, as Elie Weisel said, - risked their own lives and saved the honour of their nation, opposing the oppression and killing of their fellow citizens. Ladies and gentlemen, The Romanian state started the process of assuming the Holocaust two decades ago, and the progress made in the field of memory policies, education and research about the Holocaust and the fight against anti-Semitism are remarkable. Recently, Romania adopted a strategy dedicated to preventing and combating anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech that is already producing effects. Also, important steps have been taken to create the National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust in Romania. At the center of these demarches is the constant support of the Jewish community in our country and the valorization of the Jewish heritage, which is an integral part of the national culture, objectives that will continue to occupy a priority place on the agenda of the Executive that I am leading. The fight for the defense of fundamental values, for the consolidation of a resilient and inclusive society is a permanent one, because anti-Semitism, extremism and hate speech are increasingly present in the public space. All these trends do not do but tarnish the memory of the Holocaust victims, jeopardize democratic values and the rule of law. We remain vigilant and take a stand against these demonstrations and those who continue to praise war criminals. We cannot allow history to be distorted or the Holocaust to be minimized. We have the necessary instruments to defend our democracy, and all responsible authorities must carry out their mission. Toxic attitudes must be sanctioned, and the legislation must be consistently applied. Also, promoting education, critical thinking and knowledge of history in an authentic way, without idealization, are a priority. Last but not least, commemorations and memorial projects, especially in places that bear the memory of the horrors that happened during the Holocaust, must be increasingly present in the public space. In this respect, I encourage local authorities to organize actions and demonstrations dedicated to this tragic episode of national history. As Prime Minister of Romania, I will continue to unconditionally support the steps towards the promotion of Jewish life, but also the prevention and combating of anti-Semitism, extremism, intolerance and hatred. On this day of commemoration at the international level of the victims of the Holocaust, it is appropriate that, in memory of the millions who perished brutally and inhumanely in extermination camps, gas chambers or death marches, we reaffirm our firm commitment to strengthening a society strongly attached to democratic principles and values. Lets keep the memory of the victims alive! 2023-01-27 11:13:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Gala ”Sportivul Anului”Știri din 26.01.2023 18:35:00 la finalul ședinței de Guvern susținut de ministrul finanțelor, Adrian Câciu, și purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan CărbunaruȘtiri din 26.01.2023 16:48:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și de membri ai Guvernului, la începutul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 26.01.2023 14:16:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Focșani, cu prilejul sărbătoririi Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2023 16:57:00 șefului Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, Mircea Abrudean, la ceremonia de decorare a Drapelului de Luptă al Brigăzii 30 Gardă „Mihai Viteazul” și pe cel al Brigăzii 15 Mecanizată „Podu Înalt”Știri din 24.01.2023 15:47:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Iași, cu prilejul sărbătoririi Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2023 11:44:00 șefului Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, Mircea Abrudean, la ceremonia de depunere de coroane la statuia domnitorului Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Dealul PatriarhieiȘtiri din 24.01.2023 11:33:00 proiectului de extindere a Aeroportului Internațional Iași de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel CiucăȘtiri din 24.01.2023 11:04:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia Zilei Unirii Principatelor Române Știri din 24.01.2023 union of Moldavia with Wallachia under the same ruler, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, is an authentic example of the unity of the will of the Romanians, which paved the way for the emancipation and modernization of the state. Years of important reforms ensued in all areas and investments which strengthened the cultural, political and economic closeness of the two Romanian principalities. The roots of European Romania can be found in the Union of Romanian Principalities, a visionary act achieved through the unity of will around common values and objectives. I have always admired the unity of the artisans of the Union of Romanian Principalities in 1859 and the efforts that continued until the achievement of the Greater Union of 1918, the centuries -old dream of all Romanians. The responsibility of the political class and state institutions is to honor the energetic act of the entire Romanian nation, as Mihail Kogalniceanu described the Union of the Romanian Principalities, and to follow the example of the major reforms that were the basis of the development towards Romania of today. Just like 164 years ago, the desire for national emancipation and the legitimate aspirations of the Romanians must remain benchmarks of the states action. The historical lesson that remains over time is that through will, unity, courage and the support of our citizens, we can achieve the most ambitious goals. Romanias accession to NATO, acquiring the status of a member of the European Union are good examples. Today, Romania stands before an important stage for the future. Our common stake is closely related to the accelerated development pace and strengthening our place among the developed states of Europe and the entire world, and this process must go hand in hand with reducing the gaps in society, which, concretely, means the ability to provide a better life to every Romanian, similar conditions and opportunities in villages, cities and in all communities. In European Romania, all citizens must have equal opportunities, feel safe and have hope for a better and more prosperous future, guarded by democratic values and freedoms. The joy that animates us [holding hands] in the Union Hora [traditional folk dance] at the events dedicated to this day and on many other occasions, but also the social coagulation that we find in difficult moments make me confident that Romanians have kept their unitary spirit, that they cherish the values of the past and walk together towards the future. We keep such stages of our history alive in the memory of society. It is appropriate to pass them on to the younger generations and to remind them that society recognizes and follows those who open new paths through noble ideals. The energy, involvement and support of the society are vital for attaining the indispensable development objectives, the adequate response to the current security challenges and the capitalization of the opportunities open through the funding sources that Romania has at this moment. History proves to us that union brings safety, offers protection and hope for a good future! The example of vision, solidarity, courage and mobilization of the generation that achieved the Union of the Principalities accompanies us, today, on the path we want Romania to follow. Lets join hands for our European present and future! Many happy returns of the day, Romanians! Many happy returns of the day, Romania! Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2023-01-24 08:52:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă adresat participanților Galei PatriotFest, Ediția a 5-aȘtiri din 18.01.2023 19:24:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 18 ianuarieȘtiri din 18.01.2023 15:56:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 18 ianuarie 2023Știri din 18.01.2023 11:50:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul aniversar dedicat împlinirii a 25 de ani de activitate în România a Consiliului Investitorilor Străini (FIC)Știri din 17.01.2023 Ciucă: Good afternoon, President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, I am glad to see each other at the beginning of this year, I wish you a New Year with good health, full of personal and professional achievements, and I confess that I want to continue our successful partnership in 2023 too. The 25 years of activity in Romania of the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) is an important landmark, a stocktaking report but also a moment of shaping new projects for the future. I have always appreciated that you are visionary, that you are drafting projects for the future and you are open to sharing experiences to take together the best decisions for Romania's economy. We are the country with the highest economic growth at the level of the Union, eight times from 2000 to 2022. This growth is also felt at the level of GDP per capita, which rose from 1,669 to 14,825 US dollars. We quickly recovered the economic gaps, and Romania was already, in 2021, at 74 percent of the European Union average, according to Eurostat, in the assessment of GDP per capita, expressed in purchasing power standard. We maintain this dynamic and the World Banks estimates confirm the prospect of constant economic growth until 2030. Romania has at its disposal more than 80 billion euros from European funds. Last year, we spoke about more than 90 billion euros - this year, we managed to draw more than 11 billion euros, so, we have the money to support this pace of development and modernization. It is true that the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine affected and still strongly affect the global economy. This is why it is important to continue an open collaboration between the Government and the business sector in order to find the best solutions to the multiple crises we are going through. Furthermore, in this context, it is important to stand in solidarity, to demonstrate that we also care about those who cannot go through difficult situations alone. Only together, through collaboration and understanding, can we overcome these complicated times and bring prosperity to Romanians as well as to companies. The measures taken by the Government, following the discussions held with you and other representatives of the business sector, have led to a record increase in foreign investments in our country last year. According to the official data of the BNR [the National Bank of Romania], the flow of foreign direct investments amounted to 9.4 billion euros in the first 10 months and will reach over 11 billion euros for the whole year 2022, by almost 2 billion euros more than the values recorded in 2008, considered to be the best benchmark in this regard. These record figures confirm the investors confidence in the measures taken by the Government, and I can only rejoice that we managed to build this relationship of trust. Furthermore, the number of newly established companies with foreign capital in Romania increased in the first 10 months of 2022 by over 30 percent compared to a similar period in 2021, reaching 6,175 new companies, according to data centralized by the National Trade Register Office. These indicators show us that large investors clearly see the long-term growth prospects of the Romanian economy and include Romania in their investment strategies. As stated at the start of my term of office, the Government is dedicated to investments and this is demonstrated through deeds. In this years budget, investment expenditure will reach 112 billion RON and will account for approximately 7.22 percent of GDP, a historic level for our country. All these measures have generated economic stability and led to an increase in investor confidence in Romania. I confess that it is rejoicing that our country has remained a preferred destination for investors in Eastern Europe, after two years of pandemic and in the context of the war in Ukraine. Romania has ranked 16th out of 32 countries in the ranking of the most attractive countries for investments in 2022, surpassing countries such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, and is close to Poland. These are data that make us happy and encourage us to continue the pro-investment, pro-business measures. We all know that foreign investment directly contributes to the country's economic development, creates new jobs, and has a catalyst effect on the economy, as chains of suppliers are forming around them, and local companies are developing creating in their turn new jobs and bringing prosperity in local communities. These are important arguments prompting us to further support investments in the Romanian economy. Ladies and gentlemen, I assure you that we will not stop here and we will continue to take measures to favor investments. The process of Romania's accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is on this trajectory. Last month, we submitted in Paris the initial memorandum on our country's OECD accession, a process that will strengthen Romania's modernization, after our NATO and EU integration. The adoption of the standards of the Organization which brings together 90 percent of foreign investments at the global level will largely open windows of opportunity for the business sector, for capital. Accession to the OECD and the successful implementation of the reforms assumed through the PNRR [the National Recovery and Resilience Plan] are objectives assumed that we will manage to complete with your help. For the modernization of Romania, we need every euro from the European funds that we have at our disposal, we need determination and, of course, your expertise, for which I thank you for sharing with us whenever needed. I continue to believe in the power of dialogue, in our partnership, and in the solutions found together, because only together can we build a sustainable future for Romanias economy, giving hope to the young generation regarding the development perspectives in this country. Thank you for your collaboration. I wish you the best of luck in everything you do and I also hope to see you again soon. I apologize for not being able to attend this event in -person, I had to cover all of todays activities, but I promise that in a very short period of time, we will arrange a meeting with you via that we can develop, detail all the aspects that are certainly on your list of topics and that we must, as we did once again last year, do this year as well, so that foreign investment continues to be a relevant contributor to Romanias economy, to Romanias GDP. Thank you! I wish you success and look forward to seeing you at the following anniversary events! 2023-01-17 18:00:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului Interministerial de Coordonare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 17.01.2023 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We continue the very good dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission to clarify all aspects related to the capitalization of the funds available to Romania through PNRR Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă chaired today the extraordinary meeting of the Interministerial Committee for the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), occasion on which the state of the PNRR implementation was analyzed after the submission of the first two requests for payment. The talks also referred to the preparation of the fulfillment of the milestones and targets assumed for 2023 under the implementation calendar, from the perspective of submitting the next payment requests. We have a very good dialogue with the representatives of the European Commission to clarify how we met the targets and milestones from the second PNRR payment request, sent in December of last year. This process will be followed by the validation from the European partners and the receipt, by Romania, of the funds related to this payment request, necessary for our development projects, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. More than 5 billion euros of the 6.3 billion euros already received last year from PNRR - pre-financing and the first installment have already been contracted. Moldova highway, A7, an important segment of the Transilvania highway, the railway between Caransebeș-Arad-Timișoara or between Lugoj and Deva, the energy efficiency contracts concluded by the Ministry of Development already have the financing secured. Calls for projects for the production of batteries and other green energy production resources in Romania will be launched. The discussions during the meeting focused on the analysis of a set of milestones and targets that require clarification in the validation process with the European Commission, including the draft law on special pensions, the law on the state companies' governance, the finalization of governance procedures in the energy sector for the appointment of Board members. Until the submission of payment request number 3, the aspects related to the reduction of grants as a result of the economic growth recorded by Romania, the adjustment of RePowerEU, and the validation of the closing of milestones and targets related to the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2022 will have to be clarified. After the first two payment requests submitted to the European Commission last year, Romania is now preparing the 3rd payment request, which has a submission deadline at the end of March 2023, with a total value of 3.243 billion euros ( 2.147 billion euros in non-reimbursable financial support and 1.095 billion euros in loan support). A number of 77 milestones and targets related to the 3rd quarter of 2022 and 4th quarter of 2022 are subject to the 3rd payment request. In todays discussions, aspects related to the working document on the PNRR amendment were also discussed, in the context in which the representatives of the European Commission, including on the occasion of the monitoring mission from November 7-11, 2022, reconfirmed the fact that the third payment request should be submitted only after the amendment of the PNRR according to the proposal to amend Regulation (EU) no. 241/2021, a request that the Commission sent to all member states. Romania will join the European states that request more time for the PNRR implementation. We are preparing the necessary arguments and are in constant contact with the European Commission to extend the period necessary to implement the investments related to REPowerEU, as well as the other categories of energy investments, and to increase the energy production capacity, stated the Minister of Investments and European Projects Marcel Boloș. Attracting European money represents a chance for the future of Romania, which we can capitalize through our current efforts. The results we managed to achieve last year proved that we could be efficient. 2022 was the best year since Romania accessed European money, exceeding 11 billion euros. We must maintain this pace so that, on the one hand, we manage, through dialogue with the European Commission, to validate everything we manage to do on a national level to reach our assumed targets and milestones, but, at the same time, to use effectively every euro of the almost 30 billion made available to us by the European Commission. We have a good chance that this year we will exceed the level achieved in 2022, using these important resources for the modernization and development of Romania, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2023-01-17 12:36:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la spectacolul dedicat Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2023 20:58:00 prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, cu prilejul Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2023 08:51:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la prezentarea Raportului privind eforturile și realizările României în domeniul asistenței umanitare a refugiaților, al drepturilor copilului și al altor categorii vulnerabile pe anul 2022Știri din 13.01.2023 Speech by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the presentation of the 2022 Report on Romania's efforts and achievements in the field of humanitarian assistance to refugees, child rights, and rights of the other vulnerable categories [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Dan Cărbunaru, Government Spokesperson: Good afternoon! Welcome to the event presenting the efforts and results that Romania has achieved in a number of important fields during the past year. I am specifically referring to the coordination of Romanias response to the refugee humanitarian crisis, the coordination of the fight against trafficking in persons, the implementation of the measures included in the Care for Children national plan, and the reform in the field of the legal capacity of persons with disabilities. For all these elements, in relation to the results that the Government of Romania has achieved, it gives me great pleasure to announce the presence here of the Prime Minister of Romania, Mr. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Mrs. State Counselor and the strategic coordinator of humanitarian assistance from the Department for Vulnerable Groups and Community Social Responsibility Mrs. Mădălina Turza and the UNHCR Representative Mr. Pablo Zapata. I welcome the presence here of the representatives of diplomatic missions from the partner member states, from the U.S.A or the European Union, together with representatives of the institutions involved in all these efforts and the representatives of the UN agencies in Romania. With these introductory words, it gives me great pleasure to invite Mr. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă to convey his message. Mr. Prime Minister, please, you have the floor. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Thank you. Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon! Welcome to the headquarters of the Romanian Government. I want to thank you for inviting me to your event which surveys your activity in 2022. I think it is very important to underline that this event will be an occasion to discuss openly all steps taken by Romania so far. I do not refer here only to institutions, but to all actors who contributed to these steps, and of course, we will analyze well what happened, to draw the lessons from what we achieved, and to further apply in plans, and activities for more effective coordination. As Mr. Carbunaru pointed out, there are four very important topics. I refer to the coordination of the humanitarian crisis of refugees from Ukraine, the coordination of the fight against human trafficking, the first and the amplest governmental program for the safety and support of children, and the reform in the field of legal capacity of persons with disabilities. Once again, I express my joy to be with you, exactly because I know the fact that these complex areas, coordinated by State Advisor Madalina Turza, could generate the results we will speak about and that you will thoroughly address during this meeting. I want to emphasize a very important aspect: concerning an exceptional partnership that developed between the Romanian Government, local authorities, UN agencies, diplomatic missions from Romania, civil society, and last but not least, the private sector and the Romanian citizens as we carried out many activities where we could benefit from the individual support of our citizens. It has been one year since the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine. Romania was at the frontline from the very first moment and continues to consistently support the global effort of the free world for Ukraine and the values of democracy. More than 3 million Ukrainian citizens crossed our borders over the past 12 months, 2. 5 million of whom benefitted from the Romanian Government or our partners' direct support, whether we are talking about free transport of food, clothing, shelter, long-term accommodation, emergency financial aid, tens of thousands of interventions and free medical and social services, access to the labor market and Romanian schools or the guarantee of safety offered by the statute of temporary protection offered by our country. Romania was and will remain the space of safety and peace for the waves of Ukrainian refugees. We undertook from the first moment the role of a reliable European and international partner, which not only delimits war from peace and stability but also offered the most important corridors, literally and figuratively, of international support for Ukraine, making available our national road, rail, river, and maritime infrastructure. Our solidarity turned into concrete aid as first of all, we understood the tragedy of our Ukrainian friends and neighbors. Starting from their need for help, we generated a clear response vision and strategy to the refugee crisis, based on two levels: first, emergency intervention and second, medium and long-term responses for the integration of refugees, which implied an extensive collaboration with all social partners of the all society response type. Romania was the first country in the European Union to adopt a national plan of measures for the inclusion and protection of refugees in the medium and long term and proposed to the European states a model of leadership and coordination at the political level in the field of refugee integration, translated into the Platforma from Bucharest, which offers the space for high-level dialogue in this unprecedented humanitarian situation. We have also learned many lessons in the past year amid this unprecedented crisis. We have seen and tested the limits of our support system and sometimes our logistical or human resource capacity. And here we saw the value of the extended partnership with United Nations agencies, civil society, and the private sector because together we could be complementary and able to deliver a coherent and effective response. I am convinced that Madam Counsellor will provide more details about all of this during todays debates. The war is not over, unfortunately, and we will continue to offer our support to Ukraine and the refugees. But now, we are at the stage where we need an approach oriented towards temporary or medium and long-term integration measures, where Ukrainian refugees can live an independent life in our country, integrate into the workforce, and children benefit from education and social life. As for the fight against human trafficking, I want to reaffirm that this subject remains a priority on my agenda and the agenda of the Romanian Government. The fact that through this coordination at the level of the PM Chancellery, we managed to upgrade the country rating of Romania at the level of the US State Department, this being a recognition of our commitment and efforts in this respect. I want to mention very clearly that we will not stop here. We worked intensely in 2022 to have a new mechanism for identifying and referring victims of trafficking in persons, - the first governmental agreement to train emergency doctors for an early finding of victims. We have for the first time an integrated action plan to answer all international recommendations in this field and a working group especially established to prevent and combat trafficking in human persons among refugees from Ukraine. There are just some of the elements of an ample effort of coordination and engagement of all partners, that will continue at a sustained pace because as I mentioned before, we have zero tolerance for trafficking in human persons. Children and disability - I am glad that despite all the complex elements that have marked the year 2022, we have not neglected the need to provide safety for children and people with disabilities. Here we have effective and useful support tools for children, such as 119 which was introduced in Romania as the single emergency number for reporting cases of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and any other form of violence against the child. Ro-Alert, Missing Child and, of course, we provide over 70,000 hours of the free therapy for children and a system through which adults with intellectual disabilities will no longer be deprived of legal capacity. That is, they can get jobs, get married, vote, and make decisions about their lives, with more or less support. Dear colleagues and partners, ladies and gentlemen, last year showed us that those in need, need our protection, care, and attention. We felt how important it was that our efforts were united so that our help would reach those who were waiting for it in time. I want to thank you all because together we managed to build new bridges between us, bridges for progress, evolution, and hope for the better for all people. I would like, on my own behalf, to thank the entire department that Mrs. Turza coordinated at the Government level. I want to thank the entire associative environment, the private sector, and the Romanian citizens who absolutely contributed out of empathy and solidarity to the efforts and answered the call we made from the Government level. And, last but not least, I want to thank the entire diplomatic corps from Bucharest for their involvement and, in particular, the representatives of the United Nations Organization, because they were present in Romania from the first moment, remained, and continue to ensure an open collaboration and very complex one on everything that the dynamics in Romania and the dynamics in Ukraine mean, requiring us to adapt every time, to come up with new solutions and be able to meet expectations and, at the same time, to coordinate - and I know that it is not simple to put all these tools together, to align them in a common effort, and finally to find the resources, the logistics, and to make people feel that they can really benefit from the support of neighbors, the support of friends, the support of international organizations. As such, thank you once again. I am sure that you will succeed in detailing all these aspects, which will later materialize in a revision and adaptation of the plans and, of course, a sharing of experience within the international body already established and which also makes a substantial contribution to all that we do here. Thank you and I wish you further success! 2023-01-13 11:59:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Alfonso Garcia Mora, vicepreședinte pentru Europa, America Latină și Caraibe al Corporaţiei Financiare Internaționale (IFC), membră a Grupului Băncii MondialeȘtiri din 12.01.2023 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucăs meeting with Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President of the International Financial Corporation(IFC) Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met, at the Victoria Palace, with Alfonso Garcia Mora, vice-president of the International Financial Corporation(IFC). Member of the World Bank Group specializing in financing the private sector, IFC developed in Romania, the largest volume of investments in the region, placing our country among the top ten beneficiaries globally. On this occasion, the prime minister thanked the World Bank for the support extended to our country in economic and social development, making an important contribution to the results achieved last year, despite the multiple crises it went through. Under the analyzes carried out at the government level, investments played a key role in the recorded economic growth. This encourages us to continue, alongside our partners, to bolster both public and private investments. Romania's advantages include energy resources, a well-trained workforce, and an investor-friendly approach at the level of the Government. Our country globally ranks under Harvard surveys, 19th in the top of the most complex and sophisticated economies, and we can climb to the top 10 by 2030, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The European funds exceeding a record-high of 11 billion euros last year, alongside the more than 80 billion euros available to Romania until 2029, represent an essential development resource whose beneficial impact can be enhanced by the financial instruments offered by IFC, which has already invested over 4.7 billion dollars in our country. The main areas in which the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is interested in developing investments pertain to infrastructure, energy transition, and bridging development gaps between regions. To accelerate the pace of investments and implicitly of economic development, the IFC representative expressed the willingness to offer the best practices and mechanisms for capitalizing on the public-private partnership, following successful models applied in other developed countries. At the same time, the need to provide financing to Romanian companies that need capital to expand their businesses was highlighted. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă highlighted Romanias engagement in global efforts to support Ukraine following the outbreak of Russian military aggression, including in terms of securing supply chains and using the national infrastructure to facilitate the export of grain or other products from Ukraine. In addition to the modernization, restoration, or expansion of transport networks in this context, the important role of Constanța Port has led to a concerted effort to capitalize on its potential. In this respect, the IFC is interested in contributing to this effect by accessing the global network of experts and economic actors to which it is connected, taking as a model the operation of the port of Singapore. To boost the pace of attracting foreign investments in Romania, which, under BNR estimates, could exceed the record level of 11 billion euros for last year, the Romanian Investment and Foreign Trade Agency will be integrated into the joint effort of the Government and the IFC to accelerate the economic development of the country based on investments. 2023-01-12 11:12:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 11 ianuarieȘtiri din 11.01.2023 15:03:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 11 ianuarie 2023Știri din 11.01.2023[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Hello. We are ready to start the Cabinet meeting but first, I want to make some mentions regarding the first figures we could aggregate after the year - end closure, and we have very good news related to the investment program, as we pledged through the government objectives. Thus, at the end of 2022, the total investments amounted to 73 billion lei, which represents a record for the investments in our country from budget money. Sure, budget allocations stood at 88 billion, we have to admit that we didnt succeed to attain the goal of one hundred percent, but considering the conditions under which the economic activity unfolded and the disarray caused by the increase in the prices of materials and, of course, the measures taken by the government in order to offset this increase, in the second part of the year we were able to properly manage the sector of investments and here we are with this figure that virtually confirms a highly positive trend for our economy, in addition to economic growth and namely, the fact, the largest share of the budget is not earmarked for consumption, and as we grew accustomed, investments start having a major contribution to the state budget. It is the result of the activity, the dialogue I had with the business sector in our country, and a proof of confidence that the measures as discussed, ensured predictability and opportunities for investment in a series of fields from a complex and wide range of activities. I wanted to present the conclusions of a study of the Economic Department of Harvard Academy which confirms that Romania has become the 19th most complex and sophisticated economy in the world and has the potential to continue to grow in this ranking and, by 2030, the results will push it somewhere in the top 10. It is a recognition that, from here, at the Government table, we must present it to all Romanian citizens, and to the business community. We must admit that, in the future, measures are needed to support the Romanian capital. We discussed in the coalition, we discussed with Minister Caciu and the other line ministers to act in such a way that we come up with concrete measures to support the Romanian capital and, of course, to align our steps with the investment desire of the foreign capital. Moreover, it is also a corroboration of our achievements in this field, with the figure reached by direct foreign investments in the Romanian economy. We dont have the final dates yet. It is certain that at the end of October, we went beyond the year in which we had the highest value of foreign direct investments in Romania. If Im not mistaken, its 2008, when the value reached 9.2 billion. Of course, it is also worth pointing out that although we do not have all the figures on the table, we can still say that we have attained our objective of achieving the budget at its nominal value. Basically, we are discussing an increase, compared to 2021, from 1,187 billion lei to 1,386 billion lei, in concrete terms we can discuss of approximately 40 billion euros, an increase in 2022. At the same time, I emphasize the contribution that European funds had. It was the year in which we managed to achieve a 73% absorption of the 2014-2021 financial framework, practically a 20% increase compared to 2021, and it is also the year in which we achieved the highest absorption, of 11, 3 billion of cohesion and PNRR funds and, as we emphasized in the last Cabinet meeting, we need, in order to maintain this rate of absorption, to be able to attract at least 10 billion of European funds every year. This is the preliminary data we have been able to put on the table so far. Of course, towards the end of the month, in February, we will manage to have all these figures available, and then we will come up with concrete data and, hopefully, better data. This is data that we obtained during the first analysis. In todays government meeting, we have a very important emergency ordinance, through which the Ministry of Investments and European Projects comes and clarifies, and practically ensures the procedures and mechanisms through which all citizens who have been included in this aid component for heating can benefit from the money. And, very briefly, I am convinced that, in the press conference following the government meeting, the minister will give all the details, I say very briefly, it is about clarifying the way in which the place where these vouchers will be provided is determined, in the localities that have not yet managed to complete the street nomenclature; there are also procedures where, probably, several families live at the same address and, of course, there are some elements to be clarified from a procedural point of view between the ministries that have responsibilities in providing these vouchers and, of course, charging them with money. At the same time, it is important to mention that the actual procedure will start on February 1st, and although initially, the deadline was for people to be able to benefit from these vouchers, practically, starting from March 1st there is the possibility, from the checks carried out today by Minister Boloș in the field, at the institutions that technically deal with these vouchers and the procedures for charging, so that starting February 20th, they can use the money from the respective vouchers, there being, at the same time, the need for an adaptation, because they were requests from people to be able to pay online. As such, we will have to find a technical solution so that the digital version of this money can also be used, that is, the use of digital means so that this money can be used to pay the heating cost. Also, in todays Government meeting, we are feeding the budget of the Ministry of Energy with 335 million; it is money from the collection of the tax on the revenues obtained from the sale of onshore and offshore gas, money that is necessary to offset energy prices according to the legal provisions and the scheme managed by the Ministry of Energy. We are doing nothing but sticking to the assumption that throughout 2023, energy and gas prices will be maintained for both domestic consumers, SMEs, and large consumers, in accordance with law provisions. Also, at the end of 2022, we had a discussion and a commitment with the Minister of Digitization so that, within the ministry, those solutions would be identified, through which, indeed, we would capitalize on the field of research and innovation. We ensured an increase in the research - innovation budget of nearly 70 percent and thus, I requested Minister that in today's Cabinet meeting, he presented us with a plan for the work in the field of research and innovation. It is an area to which we extend full attention, being aware of the effects that research and innovation produced in the strong economies of the world, paving the way for collaboration and our contribution to concrete results of research and innovation in the Romanian economy. Minister, we are waiting to see the objectives of your plan. In this period, we will clarify all aspects related to the second payment request from PNRR. Each Ministry that had to fulfill milestones and targets will have to be able to clarify and discuss with the Commission technical staff so that wherever necessary, we can intervene to receive money on time. I will eventually ask Minister Bolos to start the first talks to prepare the third payment request taking into account the fact that next week, we have the first interministerial committee on PNRR and we should have clear elements regarding the activity at least in the first trimester of this year. Thank you. 2023-01-11 12:20:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții companiei RomgazȘtiri din 10.01.2023 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met at the Victoria Palace with representatives of state-owned gas company Romgaz to analyze aspects related to gas production and the commissioning of new wells. On this occasion, the involvement of Romgaz in the Black Sea offshore projects, including Neptun Deep, was presented at the meeting. At the same time, the companys management presented the development of the project of the Iernut power plant with an installed capacity of 430 MW. The Government attaches particular importance to investments that contribute to the strengthening of the countrys energy security. As a national company, Romgaz has a key role in the implementation of the governments plans to attain this goal. We need a fast pace in the implementation of these projects, and for this, we ensured all the necessary instruments, both financial and legislative, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2023-01-10 12:02:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ambasadorul Republicii Slovace, E.S. Karol MistríkȘtiri din 09.01.2023 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met at the Victoria Palace with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Halka Kaiserova, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic H.E. Karol Mistrik, but also with the representative of the Czech and Slovak minority in Romanian Parliament, Adrian Miroslav Merka. During the discussions, there have been examined aspects regarding the separation of the representation of the Czech and Slovak minorities of Romania into two distinct entities, with their own operating statutes. During the exchange of views, it was underscored the importance of quickly going through the appropriate procedural steps to ensure an efficient separation, which allows the timely re-accreditation of the two distinct forms of representation and their participation in the ensuing local and parliamentary elections. The prime minister gave assurances regarding the support of the Romanian Government in attaining this objective, showing that the process must ensure the maintenance of the membership capacity of the two organizations of the Czech and Slovak minorities in the Council of National Minorities. The presence in discussions of the ambassador of the Slovak Republic, who is at the end of the mission in Romania, along with the Czech Republic ambassador represented a good occasion to review the stage of bilateral relations between Romania and the two states. The parties have appreciated the excellent level of the bilateral dialogue and emphasized the importance of intensifying economic cooperation. The two ambassadors reaffirmed the Czech and Slovak governmentss support for the enlargement of Schengen and Romanias accession to this area. 2023-01-09 11:22:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 4 ianuarie 2023Știri din 04.01.2023[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. I am glad we can start the year 2023 as we set ourselves to, during our last Cabinet meeting last year, with confidence and optimism that we did our utmost to cope with the challenges that we faced. I refer here to the challenges faced by the Romanian citizens, the effects of overlapping and successive crises that each of us had on their table for analysis so that we can best cope with all these challenges and take the decisions to prepare for 2023 and we further need the same energy and sustained activity from you all. We further need solidarity and empathy nationwide, dialogue with social partners, collaboration at the level of all institutions, coordination among Ministries, and of course, political stability. As I reached this topic, I want to highlight some elements that are relevant for 2022, namely that we managed to close the financial year. I do not want to provide data, as the relevant institutions are further collecting all data, by the Finance Ministry, and probably in mid-January, we will have all figures to mark the fact that we had good budget execution, and that we managed to meet the deficit targets. As pledged, we managed to achieve economic growth that nobody envisaged at the beginning of the year, especially after the start of the war in Ukraine, and the effects of the hiking energy and gas prices, the effects of inflation. There were moments that we managed together, moments for which we found solutions and solved them one by one, but, at the same time, we also managed to take decisions that produce effects over time, which is why it is important to emphasize that we are committed to ensuring the absorption of European funds and all three lines of European financing total approximately 90 billion euros. From a very simple calculation, we managed to commit to that amount that we set as an objective, namely at least 10 billion per year to be absorbed, so that, in the end, we have a percentage as closer to the one that, most of the time, we failed to achieve. We recall, the absorption peaks were around 50%, a little over 50%. We set out to have an absorption level as close as possible to 100%, in the year 2022, as we said, from that simple calculation, we concluded that we must necessarily absorb at least 10 billion euros per year so that we can cover the full amount available. In 2022, we managed to absorb 11.3 billion euros, and there are perspectives that this year we will comply with this amount and probably exceed it as we managed to provide the foundation for running European projects and programs. There were a whole series of activities coordinated and correlated between the ministries coordinating the reforms, and I am convinced that, as we are now enjoying this absorbed amount, the largest, in fact, until now, since Romania access European funds, and hopefully, we will be able to exceed this year and in the years to come. We need this money. The European money, together with the money from the state budget - and here, I make a small reference to the fact that last year, we also committed to ensuring the largest amount for investments. We managed to secure this amount and spend this money. Although delayed by the increase in the price of construction materials, we finally managed to fit into an absorption process of probably more than 70 percent. We are waiting for the month-end figures and we will also announce the nominal value of investment expenditures. I also prepared and submitted the second payment request from the PNRR. It has entered the analysis, and probably at the end of the month or in the following month we will have the application validated and the money paid. It is very important to have this money in the country. At the same time, at the beginning of this year, we will receive pre-financing from the cohesion funds for the period 2021-2027. We are also discussing 3 billion euros and the money available to us from the multiannual framework 2014-2021, we are talking about the last year and here we need the commitment of all the ministries and structures that are responsible for absorbing this money, to do in such a way as to avoid de-commitment of these funds. As such, when I said that this year we have every chance to have a better absorption, I took into account precisely this money that must enter the country. I say it must enter the country because we need to continue to support investment in the economy. It showed us very clearly that as long as we made and prioritized investments, the economy worked. We know very well that Romanias economy is connected to the European and world economy, and the effects will also be felt here. We have the data and studies of economic analysis institutions and, sure enough, there is this fear of economic recession looming. Nevertheless, there is a positive forecast for Romania, and Romania, even if it no longer has the same level of growth, it will have economic growth and it must be supported by measures at the Government level and measures to support the business environment, the entrepreneurial sector, as we did this year as well, maybe more than that because we still have guarantee funds, state guarantees. I discussed with Minister Caciu yesterday also this aspect to ensure that the money we have at our disposal this year - 112 billion lei earmarked for investments - goes concretely into investments and we do it in such a way that those sectors of the economy, those areas of the business sector that work and produce added value, be encouraged and supported to maintain this economic balance and once again, lead to greater economic growth than estimated until this point. Of course, we will continue to support the measures we have adopted and work to support the vulnerable population for everything we decided and ensure it will continue in 2023 too. We saw news or fears relative to the fact that it would not be enough money for the timely payment of the rights due to citizens. Funds exist as well as measures taken at the level of Ministries, both at the level of the Finance Ministry, at the Ministry of Investment and European Projects, for the aid, we ensure through European funds and of course, at the Labour Ministry, for the payment of pensions, and heating aid. We have no fears in this respect and our role is to further communicate openly and make sure the citizens are informed and have all data in line with reality, and we focus, as aforementioned, on what we have to do, as there is potential and the potential could be seen in the confidence of foreign investors in the Romanian economy. We absorbed 11.3 billion euros from European funds. The foreign direct investments will probably go up to this value, which makes us confident and keep us optimist regarding governmental activity and the relations we have established with the business sector, to persuade the investors that there are opportunities, resources, work capacity, labor productivity in Romania is an indicator which can further stimulate the investment sector. There are just some elements that we wanted to review, starting from something we discussed and stated in the latest Cabinet meeting. It is a bridge that represents continuity under all aspects, both under political aspects, ensuring political stability, and regarding the governmental activity. We have very well-shaped, assumed projects which have been agreed upon at the coalition level, and of course, with our EU partners and our partners with which we have strategic partnerships. Over the next period, we will carry out activities aimed at preparing and supporting projects which are part of the strategy for - Educated Romania. We already discussed completing and agreeing on the educational laws package, and once the new parliamentary session starts, the package of laws to enter the debate in Parliament will be ensured. In the healthcare field, projects and measures aimed at improving healthcare in our country have also been established. There are projects to modernize hospitals through NRRP, and those that are through European projects, money that will be allocated through cohesion funds, and of course, the current measures which have been taken at the level of the Health Ministry, to manage the real, updated situation, including the one currently affecting us, generated by this flu. I understood from Minister that all measures have been taken, and we are managing the situation properly. It is also important to emphasize that we will have, at the level of the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, a whole series of decisions that we will take in the next period, to be able to have a continuation, a coherence in what it means to fulfill the PNRR milestones and targets. I talked with the minister. Probably in the next government meetings we will manage to carry out these projects as well. As such, today the Government meeting has an agenda that is not very rich, but it sets some issues for the first Government meeting of this year, so that next week we keep the pace and coherence of the government meetings that we have been used to until the end of last year. Thank you very much. I wish you a better year, health, and good luck to everyone! 2023-01-04 15:31:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Anului NouȘtiri din 31.12.2022 09:01:00 la finalul sedinței de guvern susținut de ministrul muncii, Marius Budăi, ministrul Educației, Ligia Deca, ministrul dezvoltării, Attila Cseke, ministrul agriculturii, Petre Daea, secretarul de stat în Ministerul Finanțelor, Mihai Diaconu, secretarul de stat în Ministerul Energiei, Dan Dragan și de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan CărbunaruȘtiri din 28.12.2022 17:11:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 28.12.2022 13:38:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanți ai Ligii Studenților Români din Străinătate, filiala ParisȘtiri din 28.12.2022 Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă met, at the Victoria Palace, with representatives of the League of Romanian Students Abroad, Paris branch. On this occasion, Prime Minister presented the programs carried out at the level of the Executive to support students studying at universities abroad, with a focus on practice curricula and supporting those who want to develop their businesses. The student representatives stated that many of their colleagues want or are even preparing to return home, to be close to their families and friends. In this respect, among the necessary measures are those related to the optimization of diploma equivalency procedures, predictability for the development of a career in the country and active information flows through the relevant ministries. The Government will speed up its communication efforts with students abroad, to implement the necessary solutions. I am glad about this desire to return to Romania, as we need the energy, talent, and experience gained by Romanian students in universities abroad. At the level of the Prime Ministers Chancellery, support measures expected by students will be coordinated by a state adviser, who will ensure that all the relevant ministries and institutions in areas such as education, work, entrepreneurship, or digitalization develop. Romania has financial resources and offers young people an attractive perspective, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Prime Minister gave assurances that, both through the embassies and through the relevant ministries, concrete actions will be carried out to solve the problems faced by students abroad. 2022-12-28 13:09:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul CrăciunuluiȘtiri din 24.12.2022 09:35:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Masa rotunda de afaceri Romania-Republica CoreeaȘtiri din 23.12.2022 Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We encourage South Korean investments in the production of green energy and digital technologies, as well as a closer connection between SMEs in our countries Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă attended with his South Korean counterpart, Han Duck-soo, the Romania-Republic of Korea business roundtable. The debate was organized on the sidelines of the visit that the Prime Minister of Romania is making to Seoul, alongside the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, and government and parliamentary delegations. On this occasion, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă expressed Romanias interest in strengthening the traditionally good relations between the two states and reinvigorating the Strategic Partnership, which will celebrate its 15 anniversary next year. The Head of the Romanian Executive emphasized the readiness of the Romanian authorities to have an open dialogue with South Korean companies regarding the identification of new investment opportunities in Romania, as well as the incentives and conditions that would make these investments attractive and beneficial to both parties. - Romania has all the openness to facilitate greenfield investments and manufacturing plants of South - Korean companies in Romania. We are deeply interested in strengthening cooperation in the green energy and digital technology fields, as well as the contacts between our countries' SMEs. We are pursuing a partnership with KOSME (Korea SMEs and Startups Agency) to establish a Technology Exchange Center in Bucharest. Given the increased global relevance of energy supply security, it is necessary to advance discussions on nuclear energy - safe, clean, and affordable energy for consumers and innovation in this field. The Romanian side supports the development of the small modular reactors' supply chain and innovation in the civil nuclear technology field, said Prime Minister Ciucă. During the meeting with the businesspeople, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă encouraged South Korean companies interested in investing in the fields targeted by the key programs from the Modernization Fund and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, respectively in projects related to renewable energy sources. The Prime Minister also emphasized the interest of the Romanian side in cooperation with the Republic of Korea in the liquefied natural gas field. He also highlighted the openness of the Romanian side for the exchange of best practices and know-how with the South Korean side, in energy and other areas. The Prime Minister presented the advantages that the national economy offers to investors. Romania offers various investment opportunities, being one of the most dynamic and competitive economies of the European Union. Our country has a strategic geographical position, which can be used as an entry point to the single European market, to the Balkans or to the Eastern Neighborhood. Despite the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in the vicinity of its borders, the growth rate of the Romanian economy, in 2022, remains above expectations, and foreign direct investments reached the record level of 11.3 billion euros in the first ten months of the year. These indicators prove the investors confidence in the long-term growth prospects of the Romanian economy and the opportunities offered by European instruments - and especially the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) - which stimulate the accelerated modernization of the Romanian economy and business sector, especially regarding infrastructure and the green transition, areas at which the Republic of Korea excels, said the Prime Minister of Romania. Attending the meeting with the businesspeople, together with the Prime Minister, were also: a parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, as well as the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu, Education Minister Ligia Deca, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digitalization Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Economy Florin Spătaru, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, Minister of National Defence Angel Tilvăr, and Director General of SN NUCLEARELECTRICA SA Cosmin Ghiță. More information: The South Korean economy has become the worlds tenth economy (fourth in Asia), with a nominal GDP of approximately US$ 1630 billion (2020). In 2021, the South Korean economy grew by 4%, largely due to the strong performance of exports (especially semiconductors, automobiles and petrochemicals). 2022-12-23 09:05:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții comunității românești din Republica Coreea, la sediul Ambasadei RomânieiȘtiri din 21.12.2022 12:26:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Coreea, Han Duck-sooȘtiri din 21.12.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met with his South - Korean counterpart Han Duck-soo Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today in Seul a meeting with his South - Korean counterpart Han Duck-soo, in the context of his official visit to the Republic of Korea alongside the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu and governmental and parliamentary delegations. - Strengthening our bilateral cooperation is all the more significant considering the geopolitical and economic context marked by multiple challenges, and important opportunities. A new impetus is necessary to attain our Strategic Partnership goals, the only one with an Asian country. Hopefully, next year, we will celebrate the 15th anniversary of our collaboration within the Strategic Partnership through the visit to Romania of South Korean counterpart, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, and new projects designed to relaunch our political, economic, and sectoral cooperation stated the Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. An important component of our talks concerned economic collaboration, given that the trade volume exceeded one billion dollars in 2021. The Head of the Romanian Executive appreciated this encouraging signal while emphasizing the potential for the development of the bilateral economic component. We support the growth of greenfield investments and are very interested in strengthening cooperation in the green energy, and digital technology fields, as well as the links between our countries SMEs, Prime Minister Ciucă added. We are open to analyzing the possibilities of a tripartite cooperation Romania-Republic of Korea-USA in the field of nuclear energy, and we encourage the participation of South Korean investors in projects like the small modular reactors (SMRs) and Cernavodă investment, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. The Romanian Prime Minister also pointed out that Romania provides a diversified range of investment possibilities, being one of the EU's most dynamic and competitive economies, and, despite the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in the vicinity of our borders, the growth rate of the Romanian economy in 2022 goes beyond expectations. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă also thanked his counterpart for the support provided by the Republic of Korea regarding Romanias candidacy for OECD membership and mentioned that our country will continue to count on this support. The two senior officials exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in the education, and defense fields, as well as on the management of the situation generated by Russian aggression in Ukraine, security in the region, and cooperation between NATO and the Republic of Korea, on all relevant dimensions. This week, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă is paying an official visit to the Republic of Korea, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, and by Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu, Education Minister Ligia Deca, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digitalization Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Economy Florin Spătaru, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, Minister of National Defence Angel Tilvăr, and Director General of SN NUCLEARELECTRICA SA Cosmin Ghiță. 2022-12-21 10:37:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Memoriei Victimelor Comunismului în România, 21 decembrie, și cu prilejul Zilei Victoriei Revoluției Române și a Libertății, 22 decembrieȘtiri din 21.12.2022 09:02:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președintele Adunării Naționale a Republicii Coreea, Kim Jin-pyoȘtiri din 21.12.2022 06:54:00 oficială a prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în Republica CoreeaȘtiri din 20.12.2022 week, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă is paying an official visit to the Republic of Korea, accompanied by Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Transport Sorin Grindeanu, Education Minister Ligia Deca, Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization Sebastian Burduja, Minister of Economy Florin Spătaru, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, National Defence Minister, Angel TilvărDirector General of SN NUCLEARELECTRICA SA Cosmin Ghiță, together with a parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu. The agenda of the meetings that Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and the other members of the delegation will have in the Republic of Korea includes topics of interest in the field of economic cooperation, with a focus on energy, investments, education, and the defense industry. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă will have a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Han Duck - soo, and alongside other members of the two delegations, with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jin - pyo, Prime Minister will participate in a business round table Romania - the Republic of Korea, where he will deliver a speech. The agenda will also include a visit to Busan port, where the Romanian delegation will have a meeting with Kang Joon-suk, the Busan port Authority President, and a meeting with representatives of the Romanian community from the Republic of Korea. During his visit to the Republic of Korea, the Romanian Prime Minister will visit Hanwha Aerospace, a provider of defense solutions, Hyundai Rotem that specializes in manufacturing rolling stock, military equipment, and plant engineering, and will also go to the Paju demilitarized zone, at the border with the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. I am optimistic that our meetings with the South Korean partners will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation and to highlighting new opportunities, given the special character of the relationship with the Republic of Korea, the worlds tenth economy and the only Asian country with which Romania collaborates within a Strategic Partnership. This is what I discussed in September with my South Korean counterpart, Han Duck-soo. I am glad that we now have the opportunity to advance what was discussed then with actual ideas for boosting bilateral cooperation likely to strengthen the confidence in Romanias economy that our South Korean partners have shown so far and which we also hope to be reflected at the OECD level, of which they are members, said Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2022-12-20 10:16:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ședința comună a Parlamentului României cu ocazia vizitei preşedintelui Parlamentului European, Roberta Metsola, la BucureştiȘtiri din 19.12.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, at the meeting with the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola: Romania will play an important role in the balanced and consensual approach to European agenda topics Prime minister Nicolae Ciuca had, today, at the Victoria Palace, a meeting with the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, who is on her first official visit to Romania. The two senior officials had an in-depth exchange of opinions on the topics on the European agenda, with an emphasis on energy security, the management of the Schengen enlargement, the use of European funds, the support of the economy, and the response solutions to the energy crisis, the situation generated by the Russian aggression in Ukraine. The President of the European Parliament conveyed a strong message of support for the enlargement of Schengen with Romania, reiterating the clear and constant position of the European Legislature regarding the accession without delay of the states that meet the criteria required by the acquis of the free space movement. The prime minister thanked Roberta Metsola for the constant support given to Romanias accession to the Schengen area, including through public declarations of solidarity and recognition of the merits that legitimized a favorable decision at the Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs on December 8. At the same time, the prime minister welcomed the consistent contribution and prominent role played by president Metsola in consolidating the European project, maintaining the unity of action and solidarity within the EU and in the relationship with partner states, especially in the current extremely complicated geostrategic context. In this context, the Head of the Executive emphasized Romanias close partnership and open cooperation with the European Parliament, through its working structures. I reconfirm Romanias full commitment to the continuation of dialogue and consultations on current topics of the European agenda. Romania will play an important role in the balanced and consensual approach, which reflects the specificities of each member state in terms of managing the situation generated by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, the energy crisis, but also the challenges we face to protect our citizens and our economies, stated prime minister Ciucă. Regarding the consolidation of energy security, the prime minister mentioned the importance of the agreement signed recently in Bucharest between the Governments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Romania, and Hungary regarding the strategic partnership in the development and transport of green energy fields and the added value brought by this project to the sustained efforts of the European Union to ensure energy resilience and achieve the goal of transition ecological. In this time of crisis, we must remain united and capitalize on our potential and resources together. Increasing interconnection capacities for gas and electricity supply is of strategic importance for the European Union and for supporting vulnerable partners in the EU Neighborhood, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. *** Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă attended the plenary session of the Parliament occasioned by the European Parliament President's visit to Romania [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: President of the European Parliament, President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear lawmakers, Dear Ministers, Distinguished members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Bucharest, Ladies and gentlemen, I am particularly honored to welcome Ms. Roberta Metsola, the president of the European Parliament. I express my appreciation for the excellent cooperation we have had with the European Parliament and with her personally. A cooperation based on our joint objective, consolidation of the European project. Romanians paid with their blood for the desire to join European democracies and to have their fundamental rights observed. In December 1989, the removal of the communist regime paved the way for our European and Euro-Atlantic integration. Our accession to NATO and the European Union placed Romania among the nations that observe the values of a free and democratic society, the rule of law, and international law. I am glad to have another opportunity today to convey to President Metsola our full appreciation for her key role in the adoption of the EU's swift and strong response to the challenges it has faced this year, primarily in dealing with the dramatic consequences of Russias war of aggression against Ukraine. Ladies and gentlemen, This year has been particularly difficult, and our collective response has been solid. We have demonstrated that together we can face these challenges. We managed, in the face of challenges, to strengthen our unity and solidarity. In the current geopolitical context, where the basic values of Europe and the Euro-Atlantic space - freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and the defense of fundamental rights - are being tested by the brutal war launched by Russia against Ukraine, the Union has managed to reaffirm the validity of the European model, as well as the solidity of the values and principles on which it is based. Romania has been at the frontline of action from the beginning of this war. The Romanian authorities acted unitedly, in a coordinated manner, and full solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The international humanitarian hub operationalized in Suceava, the support offered to over three million refugees from Ukraine, of whom over 100,000 have chosen to stay in Romanis, is proof of our empathy and desire to stand with this hard-tried people. Institutional efforts were complemented and supported exemplarily by the solidarity and generosity shown to Ukrainian citizens by Romanians, civil society, and the business community. At the same time, Romania was actively involved in facilitating the transport and transit of over 10 million tons of Ukrainian grains and agricultural products to international markets. I would also like to highlight the European support granted to the Republic of Moldova, including as a result of Romanias constant efforts in this regard. We greatly appreciated and thank Madam President for the vocal and consistent support of the European Parliament for the Chisinau Government and the path of reforms it has embarked on, the path of European integration. The European Councils June decision to grant Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova candidate status and to recognize Georgias European perspective was historic, and Romania fought for this goal with determination. The place of the Republic of Moldova is in the European Union and we continue to rely on the support of the European Parliament in this regard. Ladies and gentlemen, We live in a time of rapid change, often faster than our ability to identify the best answers. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have brought substantial changes not only in terms of geopolitical relations but also in the European agenda and public opinion concerns. Although Europe has shown its solidarity in relation to combating the violations of international law by the Russian Federation, our future project is very seriously called into question and requires, more than ever, common approaches. The crisis of energy resources, migration, climate change, and the decline of European economic power - all these topics will most likely generate extremely intense debates in the future. Public distrust in the solutions and functioning of the European bureaucracy will not help the success of these debates. I would like to say in this context that the vote in the Justice and Home Affairs Council regarding the enlargement of the Schengen area with Romania and Bulgaria generated revolt, frustration, and disappointment across the entire Romanian society, all the more so since Romania has taken a series of steps important this year, to bring us closer to the moment of full accession. This vote happened even though we enjoyed broad European support from the member states and the European institutions, including you Madam President, for which we thank you. We regret that a singular opposition led to this result which denies a legitimate right to Romania. In this context, I want to point out an aspect that seems extremely important to me. If in terms of the European agenda, the decision of the JHA Council seemed a secondary issue, for a constituent nation of Europe, this vote raised a serious question mark, on which Europe must reflect. Because it was a test that not Romania, but Europe, failed. The next period will be marked by many such tests in terms of energy crisis, migration, EU enlargement, or foreign relations. If we let national interest prevail, if we follow exclusively electoral calculations, political majorities, and national likes or dislikes, we can set ourselves up for failure. Europe is not just a simple political declaration of shared values, it is built step by step through attitudes and approaches. We have a choice between being a truly strong Europe or facing the dissolution of this project. At the same time, we are fully confident that the Schengen area will become stronger, safer, and more prosperous through the integration of Romania within it. As a result, I assure you that we remain engaged and will have a constructive attitude to attain this goal as quickly as possible. I am convinced that, as before, we will benefit from the firm support of the European Parliament. The year 2022 also brought positive aspects for Romania. I am mainly referring here to the CVM report on Romania, presented by the European Commission on November 22. The report represents a recognition and a confirmation at the European level of the fact that the direction of the reforms that we have consistently followed lately is the right one. The extremely complicated geopolitical context also generates multiple economic challenges, which we will have to manage very carefully in the ensuing period. Governments are called to come up with concrete and effective solutions to reduce inflation and manage energy prices. We must make sure that our decisions are realistic and balanced and serve the protection of our citizens and the common interest of strengthening European construction. Moreover, the European Union has demonstrated on multiple occasions that it is capable of managing and overcoming any challenges. The Recovery Plan for Europe, which encourages EU member states to carry out significant reforms and investments, is a very good example in this respect. Romania is determined to use all the opportunities offered by this instrument. The signing, in Bucharest, in the presence of the President of the European Commission, of the Agreement that will allow the supply of electricity to European countries, through the submarine cable from the Black Sea, on the route Azerbaijan - Georgia - Romania, represents the latest concrete proof of the role that the country is willing to undertake in the region and at the level of the Union. Ladies and gentlemen, Nowadays, strengthening internal and external resilience, solidarity, cohesion, and the principle of leaving no one behind, have become more relevant than ever. It is absolutely necessary to respond to citizens expectations through concrete initiatives and solutions at the European level, which preserve unity and avoid accentuating some divisions or different circles of development. The government I am leading supports the need to have convergent positions regarding the major topics of the European agenda, and I am glad that the prospects for Romanias cooperation with the European Parliament are excellent. Finally, I want to thank you for all the support you have extended to the Government of Romania this year. Let me wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas and look with confidence to the coming year - 2023. Thank you! 2022-12-19 19:41:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 19 decembrieȘtiri din 19.12.2022 19:40:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președinta Parlamentului European, Roberta MetsolaȘtiri din 19.12.2022 16:40:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 19 decembrieȘtiri din 19.12.2022 13:50:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 19.12.2022 13:22:00 prim-ministrului României Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă transmis cu prilejul Sărbătorii HanukaȘtiri din 18.12.2022 09:24:00 prim-ministrului României Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă transmis cu prilejul Zilei Minorităților Naționale din RomâniaȘtiri din 18.12.2022 09:21:00 de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a comandantului Comandamentului Operațiilor Speciale SUAȘtiri din 17.12.2022 RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met, at Victoria Palace, General Bryan P. Fenton, the US SOCOM Commander. During the meeting, Prime Minister Ciucă highlighted the importance of special operations forces, their modernization and endowment, especially in the current security context. Also, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă emphasized the relevance of US forces presence on Romanian territory and NATO's cohesion and determination to protect all allies. 2022-12-17 16:07:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prim-ministrul Georgiei, Irakli GaribashviliȘtiri din 17.12.2022 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met at Victoria Palace with the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili who is visiting Romania on the occasion of the signing of the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary and Romania regarding the Strategic Partnership in the green energy development and transport fields. During the dialogue, the two senior officials discussed the Romanian-Georgian Strategic Partnership and the possibilities to develop the bilateral economic relations, in a European context. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă emphasized the need to develop transport and energy corridors between the Caucasus and the European Union, capitalizing on the opportunity of Georgias anchoring in projects supported by the European Union, such as the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Romania-Hungary submarine energy cable, the submarine data cable that will connect Georgia with Romania and the East-West Black Sea - Caspian Sea transport corridor. The Romanian Prime Minister mentioned the importance of completing the feasibility study for LNG terminals in Georgian and Romanian ports within ten months. In his turn, the Georgian Prime Minister thanked the Romanian side for the support offered for its European and Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations. Irakli Garibashvili presented Georgias political, economic and security situation, sharing the Romanian Prime Ministers vision regarding the evolution of Russias war of aggression in Ukraine. The two prime ministers made an assessment of the regional vulnerabilities created by the Russian attacks on the Ukrainian energy infrastructure. Both sides showed their support for maintaining the stability of the pro-European Government in the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă mentioned Romanias efforts to support the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The Georgian Prime Minister invited his Romanian counterpart to pay a visit to Tbilisi for the launch of the Action Plan for the Strategic Partnership between the two states and the strategic dialogue between the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs. 2022-12-17 13:44:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de semnare a Acordului între Guvernele Republicii Azerbaidjan, Georgiei, Ungariei și României privind Parteneriatul Strategic în domeniul dezvoltării și transportului energiei verziȘtiri din 17.12.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the plenary session occasioned by the signing of the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Hungary and Romania regarding the Strategic Partnership in the green energy development and transport fields Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Your Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, I would like to add my voice to the warm welcome already addressed to all of you by H.E. President Iohannis. As a contribution to this discussion, I intend to focus on our perspective upon the intergovernmental Agreement to be signed soon. This Agreement responds to the urgent need of greening the energy sector, while enhancing energy security. Your presence here, Madam President Von der Leyen, is also a confirmation of the strategic importance of the agreement from the EU connectivity perspective. In time of crisis, we need to stay united and bring together our potential and resources. Romania is committed to investing in energy production and energy infrastructure, and, in cooperation with our partners, to promoting energy security for us and for the region. As a consequence, Romania will play an important role as a transit country and a regional energy hub, offering alternatives to our neighbors and partners in the EU, but also to the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The Agreement represents an important step forward towards strengthening the mutual long-term cooperation in the field of energy. The signing of this document represents an important milestone in the framework of the EU efforts aiming at increasing the role of green electricity in fighting global warming and strengthening the resilience of the energy systems. The Agreement will also enable us to better confront common challenges impacting our energy security. These are the current energy crisis exacerbated by the Russian Federation's unprovoked war in Ukraine, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economies, as well as the inflationary pressure. The energy sector has been distressed due to turbulence in energy markets, high and volatile energy prices and energy insecurity across the world. As we assumed, at regional meeting of Energy ministers, hosted in Bucharest, in September, we can contribute together to the necessary solutions for consolidating the energy supplies for our economies as well as for our Western partners and friends, whose welfare is strongly connected to our region. It has never been more important than nowadays to capitalize on the existing potential related to renewable energy generation capacity, in view of developing green electricity trade between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Georgia, on the one hand, and Europe, on the other hand. This is especially important as Romania, together with its EU and international partners, work towards advancing their contributions to achieving the energy and climate ambitions enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal. Romania expresses full commitment to translating the provisions of the Governmental Agreement into action, thanking once again the Parties for their cooperation and perseverance to laying the foundations of the quadrilateral Strategic Partnership. Lastly, but very important, I would like to warmly welcome the progress in agreeing the delivery of Azeri gas to Romania as early as the beginning of 2023. This is great news, as Romania will have an additional safeguard in terms of energy security. Before concluding, a particular thank goes to the Ministries of Energy and Foreign Affairs that worked so intensively to find bilateral and regional solutions for our energy security. Thank you. 2022-12-17 09:48:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia marcării a 33 de ani de la începutul Revoluției Române din Decembrie 1989Știri din 16.12.2022 11:39:00 României continuă să acționeze ferm pentru prevenirea și combaterea antisemitismului, xenofobiei, radicalizării și discursului instigator la urăȘtiri din 16.12.2022 10:51:00ânia a trimis cererea de plată numărul II din PNRR, în valoare de 3,2 miliarde de euroȘtiri din 15.12.2022 22:38:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel CiucăȘtiri din 15.12.2022[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, what is your opinion about the boycott of Austrian companies, several state companies moved their accounts so far, and yet, the President made an official statement about it. What is happening in this context? Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: As I mentioned each time, it is a difficult situation for us, an unexpected situation. Furthermore, we consider that the decision not to have been accepted in the Schengen area was an unfair decision in relation to the steps and efforts that the Romanian citizens and authorities made. What is happening regarding the way in which we position ourselves towards Austrian authorities, we do it diplomatically and along the official relationship, without any other aspects that leave room for interpretation, and as far as the decision that each individual citizen makes is a decision that we respect, without having a behavior, an attitude to encourage in one way or another the positioning towards one or another company belonging to the Austrian state. Reporter: What is happening with these state companies that...? Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: There is no rule, no decision at the level of state companies in this respect. Reporter: In November, Mr. Minister, we see that inflation approached 17%. From the data you have, what will happen in the coming months when can we expect it to go down? Because it is one of the most expensive Christmas celebrations in recent years. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The inflation data for November are the ones you mentioned. It reached almost 17%, compared to November of 2021, so we can say that inflation in 2021, in November, was much lower compared to the other months of last year, and following the analysis we did, when we received these figures, it was very clear that at the end of the year, inflation in 2022 will not exceed 13%. Its just a percentage, of November inflation in 2022 compared to November 2021. Reporter: Do you expect that, from February to March, the prices will decrease? Romanians are waiting for this answer. When might they see lower prices? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We talked with specialists from the Ministry of Finance, and the National Bank and we tried to identify the future evolution for 2023. From the data we received, there is a downward trend in inflation for 2023 and, as the analysis shows, it is quite possible that inflation approaches 10%. Reporter: You said a little earlier that next year, in 2023, we could receive a positive result regarding entry into Schengen. How does the government see this? Could we see this in the year 2023? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: I announced from the very first evening that the decision to vote against our accession to the Schengen area prompts us to mobilize better so that we can meet this national objective. It is a demarche that we will continue. Romania deserves and must enter the Schengen area. We will continue to discuss with all our partners in the European Union, which, by the way, has been achieved. We all saw the support our country had in the European Parliament. I have not been able to see what happened and the results of todays meeting at the European Council. But I am convinced that all these statements of support had the same evolution in the European Council, and if Mr. President announced that there is this possibility in 2023, all we have to do at the governmental level is to continue and intensify our efforts to reach this desideratum. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, we see very large amounts in the GDP presented in the budget for next year. You and your coalition partners also talk about economic growth, but this is not felt in the pockets of Romanians. What message do you have to convey to those who are facing the most expensive Christmas prices in recent years? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: At the level of the Government, we took all the measures we had at our disposal, and here, when I say we discussed, we are talking about the funds we had in the state budget so that we can support the vulnerable population. We know very well what the salary level is in our country, and it was not achieved this year only because of inflation. There are elements that have been on the Governments table and will continue to be. You know very well the measures we have taken through the support packages for the vulnerable population. Our purpose was to do it in such a way as to ensure economic balance, and economic growth, to bring as much money as possible to the state budget so that we can have at our disposal the necessary sums to support those who are really vulnerable and need government support. In the state budget for 2023, we had the same approach, so that we continue to invest in the economy, ensure economic growth and not enter the already predicted downward trend and entry into economic recession. All the institutions - both national and international - are predicting economic growth, of course, not as high as this year, but an economic growth, which gives us the guarantee that we will be able to have at our disposal amounts with which to ensure the growth the minimum wage, and of course, the continuation of supporting the vulnerable population, so that we all get through this period well. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, the Chancellor of Austria spoke at the council and said he is not against Romania and Bulgaria. But the problem is still that of migration. He said that, from Austrian police investigations, about 20,000 of the 75,000 migrants passed through Romania. Have you had discussions since then, have you had further discussions, have you collaborated on this data, and have you been presented with the official data? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We participated in the technical meetings between the institutions responsible for managing migration in our country, with the data that we obtained, and of course, I think that the most conclusive were those made available by European institutions. We are talking about FRONTEX, Europol, /.../ and none of these data confirm the figures that the officials from the Austrian Ministry of the Interior specified. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: As such, at this moment we can only discuss these data, confirmed data, certified data, and how they were presented and the fact that these figures are above those that were presented by us and European institutions is a matter of responsibility at the level of the Austrian Ministry of the Interior. Reporter: Given that the institutions did not consider the boycott in our country - neither by the government nor by the presidency - tell me, dont you think that in some way Austria boycotts have a double standard? We are not calling for a boycott, but they are boycotting the Schengen vote simply because they want to solve a problem by not letting things go back to normal. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Our arguments, both technical and logical, were linked precisely to this measure whereby they mentioned that the enlargement of the Schengen area is not possible because of migration, and being an unsafe space, they do not agree with the enlargement with Romania and Bulgaria. In exchange, they agreed with Croatia's accession to Schengen. It is a matter and a topic I personally discussed with the Austrian Chancellor. It is a topic that was discussed on all diplomatic and technical levels. At this moment, I am sure that Mr. President presented the same data which has been discussed in the council, and this is why the support and outrage for the decision Austria took, have been presented. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you have an account in a bank with Austrian capital, at least your wealth statement shows that. Is it still open or have you moved it, or perhaps you closed it? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: In order to do this operation, I have to have time to get to the bank. So far I havent even had time to get home. Reporter: Will you reach the bank? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: I will make a decision in this respect. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you submitted the Initial Memorandum to OECD. I want to ask you what is the deadline established at the level of the Government for accession to this Organisation. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: There is no deadline for accession, just standards, and when standards are met and will be confirmed by OECD technical evaluation committee, then our accession to OECD will receive approval. Thank you. 2022-12-15 20:40:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu comunitatea română din ParisȘtiri din 15.12.2022 19:20:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Consiliului OCDEȘtiri din 15.12.2022 Remarks by Prime minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the meeting with the OECD Council Paris, 15 December 2022 Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary-General. Excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen, As I said during our press conference, it is a special honor for me to be here today. I would like to use this opportunity to share with you some of our key lines of sustaining our endeavor to join the OECD. I would like to start with a recollection, from the beginning of this year. Immediately after Romania received the letter of invitation to start the OECD accession process, the Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, visited Bucharest. I have always mentioned that it was our first meeting but we very soon realized that we have very good chemistry, there is very good chemistry between us, so, thank you very much for visiting us at that time. It was at the end of January and I remember very well the long discussion we had about the imminence of a Russian attack against Ukraine. There were several scenarios and, unfortunately, the most dramatic of them happened. A few weeks later, Russia launched an atrocious, illegal, unprovoked, and unjustified war against a peaceful neighbor. Many people died, entire cities have been destroyed, unimaginable atrocities were committed against civilians and millions of Ukrainians have become refugees. As the EU Member State with the longest border with Ukraine, Romania and the Romanian people have done their utmost to help Ukraine and the refugees that sought shelter from the war. Since the beginning of the conflict, over three million Ukrainians have crossed the border into Romania, some traveling to other EU Member States, others staying in Romania for a short period of time. Almost 100 000 [HUNDRED THOUSAND] of them decided to call Romania their home for at least the medium term. Ukrainian refugees benefit from support with free shelter, medical services, education, and public transport. They have been also granted access to the labor market. We constantly adapt our support infrastructure to their concrete needs and think in perspective. I would like to let you know very shortly that our government was the first one for providing the plan for integrating the Ukrainian people into our society. So, the Ukrainian children have access to Romanian schools or they can use an online platform which is connecting them with their schools or with the designated schools in Ukraine so that they can continue their educational program. We have provided them with laptops, tablets, and everything that was required for them to have them connected with their country. So, we are very proud also for offering the Ukrainians to choose where they can work, and there are a lot of Romanian companies which already hired them. Besides the refugee dimension, our efforts focused on political and practical solutions to facilitate the transport and transit of Ukrainian grain to the international markets. Romania is, thus, at the frontline of the international effort to prevent the deepening of the global food crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are receiving Ukrainian grain by road, rail, sea, and the Danube River. Since the start of the invasion, the Romanian Black Sea Port of Constanța has become the main gateway for Ukrainian grain shipments to the outside world. Around 10,1 million tons of grain and related products have transited and have been exported through or with the support of Romania to third countries. The next challenge for us and for you, our like-minded partners, will be to agree on the pace and priorities for Ukraine's reconstruction. Just two weeks ago, the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers took place in Bucharest, where we committed to strengthening the partnership with Ukraine as our neighbors advance their Euro-Atlantic aspirations. The discussions reconfirmed the crucial role of the transatlantic relationship in ensuring European security. The atrocious war waged by Russia against Ukraine has a destabilizing potential for the entire region and the world. We follow with great caution what is happening in the Republic of Moldova as well. To help the Republic of Moldova, Romania established, together with Germany and France, to whom we are grateful, a Support Platform for the country. On a bilateral level, Romania today provides almost 90 percent of the electricity supply needs of the Republic of Moldova. Romania's gas infrastructure also offers to the Republic of Moldova an alternative route for alternative supply. Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen, I became Prime Minister a year ago, and joining the Organisation was the top priority from day one. My enjoyment was even greater when, at the end of January, I received the letter by which we were invited to begin the accession process. I have already mentioned your visit to mark that event, in Bucharest. A few months later, in June this year, we had the pleasure to receive the Accession Roadmap, followed by the kick-off mission to Bucharest. And here I would like to express my gratitude to all members of your team who were coming to Bucharest and they were really sharing with us their evaluation and showed us the way to complete the Initial Memorandum. Thank you very much for their professionalism and dedication. We have mobilized to respond to this challenge. I have reorganized the OECD Inter-ministerial Committee into a National Committee for accession that I chair and a special structure within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by a state secretary, who is the national coordinator of the accession process. I am sure you know who is this state secretary, he is here, somewhere on my right side. We strengthened the team at the center of the Government. We are also strengthening the OECD team in our Embassy in Paris. We have mobilized the entire Romanian administration for a structured dialogue with OECD. That is why, now, when I arrived in Paris, I did not arrive empty-handed. A few minutes ago, I handed to the Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, the Initial Memorandum of Romania. We are happy about taking this first step and confident that our Memorandum provides a solid basis for the next stage of our journey toward OECD membership. I know that this process does not start from scratch. Over the years, Romanian institutions have worked with the OECD structures and your expertise has been of great use to us in many areas: corporate and public governance, competition, investment, state-owned enterprises, fiscal policy, education, environment, and development assistance to name a few. The accession process places us in a different paradigm. Romania does not see the OECD Accession as a purpose in itself. Romania wants to use the process of accession as a catalyst for reforms, and as an engine for change, as pointed out by the Secretary-General. As someone well said, - The journey is as important as the destination. We will walk this road together and we will reach our destination together. As highlighted in the OECD Economic Survey of Romania: in less than 20 years, Romania has reduced the gap in GDP per capita to the OECD average by half, from close to 70% to around 35%. The population at risk of poverty or social exclusion had fallen to 30% in 2020, from around 50% thirteen years before. I can offer other figures: in the last 30 years, Romanias GDP has increased nine times, the biggest increase in the European Union. The growth continues, despite the crises, we are going through. The latest OECD Economic Outlook anticipates an increase in Romanias GDP of 6.5% for 2022, which reflects a strong recovery following the economic impact of COVID-19. Of course, there are still issues requiring attention such as rising inflation. The Romanian government has taken measures, especially to protect the most vulnerable people to pass these hard times. At the same time, I have always believed that one of the effective answers to the crisis is investments. My Government allocated the largest investment budget of the last 30 years, amounting to almost 18 billion euros, aiming at relaunching the Romanian economy and supporting the business environment. And we increased, even more, the investment budget for the next year - more than 20 billion euros. However, I would like to let you know that yesterday, our Parliament has approved the budget for next year so the figures which I shared with you, are already approved. It is for the first time in Romania that the budget is approved before the end of the first half of December. To this, EU funds are added in support of reforms and investments that will accompany Romania's green and digital transitions. Our Government is decided to use every euro of the almost 90 billion provided by the EU through NRRP and MFF. Romania supports a determined collective action, involving all relevant stakeholders, in order to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement objectives. We have an integrated approach to combating climate change: nature-based solutions in the carbon capture process, green technologies to reduce emissions from the energy and industrial sectors, behavior change through awareness, and advancing education on climate change. I appreciate, at the same time, that the OECD continues to ask the right questions at the right time, such as the ones addressed during the recent conference organized by the OECD in Luxembourg, Building Trust and Reinforcing Democracy. Rebuilding trust in democracy in a period of successive and concurrent crises should be part and parcel of our collective effort for resilience. Mr. Secretary-General, Excellencies, ladies, and gentlemen, For Romania, joining the OECD does not only mean joining the group of countries where 70 percent of global trade and 90 percent of global direct investments take place. It also means new openings: we will have the opportunity to share experiences with like-minded countries from North and South America, to Asia and Oceania, as well as with our European partners. It means joining a group of countries that believe in the same values. We will work with the 26 committees, with the Secretariat - which I want to thank for its permanent support - and with you, the member states - so that the accession process takes place in the best terms possible. In times of crisis, more than ever, it is important for like-minded countries to stand together and support each other. Romania offers concrete proof that is such a country. Our democratic course of the last 30 years has demonstrated it, and our action for the defense of fundamental values since the beginning of the war in Ukraine confirms it. After the accession to NATO and the integration into the European Union, the OECD accession represents a milestone objective in further accelerating the adaptation of Romania for the 21st century. I trust we will walk this path together, successfully. I would like to thank you again for all your support. I would like to thank you for your attention and for listening to my speech, and also, I would like to let you clarify if you have any questions, I am available to answer whatever you want to know about Romania and about our process to access the OECD. Thank you very much for your time. 2022-12-15 17:52:00Întâmpinarea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă de către secretarul general al OCDE, Matthias CormannȘtiri din 15.12.2022 statements by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Mathias Cormann: /.../ I was in Bucharest early this year and also of course, after having engaged with each other quite extensively throughout the year, in the context of the accession process for Romania to the OECD. Romania has been a close friend and a valued partner of the OECD for many, many years. Our cooperation began in the 1990s, we have worked together on many different economic and social policy areas ranging from capital market reforms to competition policies, education, health, and, of course, our cooperation on the OECD/G20 project on tax base erosion and profit shifting. Romanias economic performance in recent years has been very impressive. Romania converged rapidly towards the OECD average per capita income, having halved the gap from 70% to around 35% in less than 20 years. The share of the Romanian population at risk of poverty or social exclusion has fallen sharply, and Romania has made very good progress on its domestic reform agenda. Romania continues to work very hard to anchor OECD values and to promote macro-based reforms beyond its borders, including in Moldova and Ukraine, as well as across Eurasia, South East Europe, and Africa. Romanias priorities are very well aligned with the OECD agenda, promoting more inclusive growth, optimizing trade and investment, fostering innovation, protecting the environment, and fighting corruption, as well as optimizing education, health, and labor market policies. Prime Minister Ciucă and I had an opportunity to discuss these priorities when we launched the 2022 OECD Economic Survey of Romania earlier this year. Since my visit to Romania, the OECD members of course have adopted the roadmap for Romanias accession to the OECD, marking its first step in its formal accession process towards OECD membership. Today, we take another step forward. The Prime Minister has provided me with Romania's Initial Memorandum to move the technical phase of its accession process forward. The phase dis-phased now will include in-depth 360-degree assessments by 26 OECD technical committees of Romania's legislation, policies, and practices and will cover almost every area of the Government's policy. We will deliver recommendations to help Romania align further with OECD standards and best practices to the benefit of the Romanian people. As we have seen with previous accession candidate countries, the accession process is a positive transformation process that will help catalyze further reforms that benefit Romania and most importantly its citizens. In light of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, the global economic outlook has continued to worsen in recent months. Growth has lost momentum, confidence has weakened, inflation has become broad-based and persistent, real household income has weakened and financial conditions have become tainted. I think we can all agree that a swift end to the war, with a just peace for Ukraine, consistent with international law, would be in everybodys best interest. So, as we navigate this profoundly challenging and disruptive period globally, we need more - not less - cooperation. We need more - not less - multilateralism. And institutions like the OECD will be important partners in defining, pursuing, and implementing multilateral solutions to our common challenges. I thank Romania, and I thank you Prime Minister for your commitment to effective multilateralism and to strengthening global cooperation, we need to solve the evolving challenges of our time. With that, Prime Minister, a very warm welcome again to you here at the OECD, and the floor is yours. Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Bună ziua. Good afternoon. Dear Secretary-General, It is a special honor for me to be here today, both for meeting you and addressing the OECD Council. Taking into account that most of the press is from my country, I will speak in Romanian. /.../Before the end of the year, we manage to hand over the initial memorandum. It is the end of the first stage and from now on it is the start of the part through which we will confirm technically and respond to all the aspects that will be presented to the specialized committees of the OECD for clarifications and to present the progress which we did in order to meet the OECD standards. As aforementioned, it is a difficult year in a difficult international context, both in terms of security and from an economic point of view, and we, Romanians, know it very well, being in the vicinity of the war which Russia, unprovoked and illegally, is carrying against Ukraine. As such, in all the steps we have undertaken, we have taken into account that through this accession process we have the opportunity to work closely with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and we have the opportunity to learn and reform the entire society to OECD standards. I want to emphasize the fact that since the very beginning, we wanted to mark this moment, not like yet another accession to an international organization. Through this approach, the Romanian Government committed along with the other institutions, and the Romanian citizens, to a modernization process, a transformation process, and a reform process at the level of the entire society. We are discussing a wide spectrum of fields: education, investments, competition, governance, environmental policies, public governance, and corporate governance. These are the fields that we have undertaken to modernize to the level of OECD standards. Practically, through everything we will do from now on, we hope to fit in with the OECD motto: better policies for better lives. I would like to thank you once again for all your support. I want to thank the OECD Secretary-General for helping us very much in the initial phase of drafting the procedures for the technical accession process and I want to thank especially Romania's Embassy in Paris, Mr. Luca Niculescu, Secretary of State and directly in charge of the OECD accession process. Thank you and I look forward to seeing each other soon during the assessment process, in Bucharest. 2022-12-15 16:13:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de inaugurare a Pieţei George Enescu din ParisȘtiri din 15.12.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the inauguration of George Enescu Square in Paris [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Madam mayor, madam vice-mayor, Your Excellencies, Your Excellency, Madam Ambassador, Member of the Chamber of Deputies, chairman of the Friendship Group with Romania in the Great Assembly, Secretary of State Luca Niculescu, dear Romanian MPs, Romanian citizens participating in this event, I am highly honored to participate today in the inauguration of the George Enescu Square in the 9th Arrondissement, where our illustrious composer George Enescu liked so much to live and create. I want to thank you for the decision made by the Mayor of the 9th Arrondissement, Madam Deputy Mayor who took care of the architecture of everything that meant the process of granting the name of this square. I also want to thank the chairman of the Friendship Group with Romania in the Great Assembly. Last but not least, I want to thank the Secretary of State Luca Niculescu who, during his tenure as Ambassador in Paris, initiated the demarches for us to enjoy now the honor of inaugurating the George Enescu Square. I also thank the Embassy staff who maintained close contact with French authorities, especially the city hall of the 9th Arrondissement. It is a gesture of recognition for the creation of our illustrious composer George Enescu, who lived and created here the Romanian rhapsodies, in the 9th Arrondissement. It is also a gesture of recognition of the cultural relations existing between Romania and France and also a moment when we have to underscore that the Romanian-French friendship is not only a model for what our countries currently stand for, in the European Union but has historic roots. I am convinced that the Romanians who work, live, and study, today, in Paris, will be glad and proud to pass through George Enescu Square and bring to mind what he used to share with the people he met, with the ones who collaborated at that time. 'People need to know my country as it is. Everywhere I go, I don't forget that this is my first duty, said George Enescu when meeting those who did not know Romania. Both the mayor and the vice-mayor talked about the relations existing between France and Romania, and the twinning relations between various municipalities from Romania and France. This shows the friendship relations and I think it is very important to underline that not long time ago, I had the honor of hosting the French president's visit to Romania. The visit took place at a moment when France took a very important decision, taking over the responsibility as a framework - nation for a NATO battlegroup deployed in Romania. This is not an appropriate moment to talk about our bilateral defense cooperation and measures but I wanted to link this aspect of what George Enescu said when talking about how he served his country: I served my country with my weapons: quill pen, violin, and baton. It is good at such times to remember that there are such weapons at hand with which we can serve our country, as our illustrious predecessors did. Thank once again to all those who got involved in this endeavor, so that today we can enjoy the inauguration of George Enescu Square, I also want to thank the Romanians who study, work, and participate in the cultural life of Paris! And because the winter holidays and Christmas are approaching, I want to tell them that we are waiting for them at home and to celebrate the holidays together. I thank once again our hosts today, and our friends in Paris and France, wishing them happy holidays! Thank you! 2022-12-15 14:20:00 susținut de prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la cea de-a șasea ediție a Conferinței de la Paris organizată de Forumul Economic Internațional al AmericilorȘtiri din 15.12.2022 Dear Co-presidents of the Board of Governors of the Paris Conference, Mr. Desmarais and Mr. Clamadieu, Dear Members of the Board of Governors of the Paris Conference, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure and a privilege to be with you today, at the 6th Paris Conference organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas. I would like to thank Mr. Nicholas Remillard for this invitation and at the same time congratulate all of you for the high standards of the event. We gathered today in - The City of Lights, Paris, a space of social advancement and economic progress, known not only for its beauty but also for the fervor of ideas, reflections, and international dialogue, so much needed nowadays. A great Eastern-European writer, Milan Kundera, rightfully said that - Paris is more than the French capital, it is the capital of the world. This moment has particular personal relevance. In the afternoon, I will have the first meeting at the OECD since Romania received the invitation to start the process of joining the Organization. For us, the stake of joining the OECD is to complete a considerable process of modernizing Romania, already consolidated through the integration into the EU, but also through the accession to NATO. The reforms that Romania has undertaken in the last 30 years have strengthened our economic and social resilience. This resilience helps us manage the impact of the successive crises that not only our continent but the whole world faced and still has to cope with. We have been confronted for many months with the Covid pandemic and the transition from the crisis. This had repercussions in terms of supply and production chains. Since the end of last year, other crises emerged and overlapped. I am referring here to the energy crisis, respectively the impact of the war in Ukraine. The illegal, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russia determines us to consolidated international action and to the deepening of European and Euro-Atlantic cooperation. Romanias response, similar to that of our likeminded partners remains firm and clear. Not only in terms of directly supporting Ukraine, but also as regards implementing restrictive measures decided with the main purpose of reducing to a maximum the sources of financing for the war machine of the Russian Federation. Romania offers a solid support platform for Ukrainian refugees; a hub for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine; the most efficient gateway for the transit of Ukrainian grain to the rest of the world, a safe haven for Ukrainian businesses that can and want to relocate temporarily. We do all this with the very deep conviction that by helping Ukraine, we protect our values and citizens from barbarism. However, no government will be able to lend consistent and long-term support without having on its side businesses and civil society. I invite you all to remain engaged with financial support, projects, initiatives, that will allow Ukraine to win the war. Ladies and gentlemen, The lesson learned during the past months is that dialogue, cooperation and solidarity are key not only in defending our values and way of life, but also in enhancing our resilience. Speaking of dialogue, I would like to insist on the need of avoiding falling into the trap of egotistic isolation. The Covid pandemic became a sort of accelerator for attitudes that equaled resilience with the return to protectionism. It is wrong! Though we need to change the paradigm, we have at the same time to maintain open channels and flows between the ones sharing the same values. In Europe at least, strategic dependencies such as the one on the Russian gas proved to be very damaging. It is time now to rethink priorities, by reinvigorating ties in strategic sectors with likeminded partners. For this, dialogue is important, as we cannot establish win-win partnerships without negotiation, compromise, or definition of common objectives for the long term. Dialogue is not important only between Governments. Maintaining fluid cooperation between government, business and citizens safeguard the sustainability of decision, as well as social peace. Crises challenge societies and economies; sometimes to the limits. This is why, staying inclusive, and keeping open all the communication channels, can make the difference between success and failure. Ladies and gentlemen, We can agree that these multiple crises - geopolitical, economic (with inflationary pressures), and post-pandemic - are a cause for concern for citizens, for the societies we serve. But I wonder, doesnt history teach us that they also offer a framework that allows unprecedented relaunch of some major projects? Arent they the decisive factor to innovate and bring added value to the supply chain and the products we put on the market? I think that the New Deal carried out by the US administration after the great Crisis of 29 shows us that the determination and courage to intervene through all the levers of the state can overcome the greatest difficulties. Mirroring this experience, we can now talk about the Green Deal, proposed by the European Union. It is conceived as a tool that not only responds to the challenges of climate change but also distances us from the harmful dependence on fossil fuels, in the medium to longer term. In the immediate, our main stake is to reduce the dependence on Russian gas and oil. Since February, the EU was pushed to step on the accelerator and look for alternative energy sources and routes. It is very clear now that the Transatlantic partnership does not only have a security and defence component, but also a very strong energy dimension. The United States contributes to the supply of LNG to replace a third of the existing contracts with Russia until the beginning of the conflict. An unprecedented mobilization stimulates the construction of new energy infrastructure to connect Europe to the North of Africa or the Middle East. From Romania to the Centre of Europe, from Poland to Greece, new LNG terminals and interconnectors are operational. This is the most appropriate answer for our citizens who want the leaders to act and respond to their needs with determination and ingenuity. Moreover, we have more boundaries to cross. Energy efficiency and energy storage, sustainable alternative fuels, and sources of energy waiting for us to tap into their potential. We need to break from the way we designed the production and consumption of energy. However, in the current context, facing superposed crises, energy transition should remain ambitious. At the same time, additional pressure on industry and the economy must be avoided. This is why Romania continued to bet on nuclear, while our offshore and onshore gas resources will support as transition energy. We prepare our energy transition, with a strong preference for a smooth progression. Another important transition for the world, for our continent, and for Romania is the digital one. Accelerating the process of digital transformation of the Romanian economy and society is fundamental to develop the 21st Century Romania while achieving convergence with the more advanced European and global partners. In Romania, we are focusing on digitalizing public services to both citizens and companies. The main objective is to contribute to the deep transformation of the economy, public administration, and society, increasing performance and efficiency in the public sector, by creating value based on digitization, innovation, and digital technologies. Beyond our focus on digital public administration and the economy, education is very important, not only from the perspective of improving digital skills at the level of the entire Romanian society. Educational processes themselves require the integration of technology transversally. In a digitalized society and economy, the cybersecurity component is crucial. Beyond the national capabilities, Romania will also host the European Cybersecurity Competence Center This is of particular importance considering the war in Ukraine and the risk of intensified hybrid threats. Distinguished audience, War, energy and food crises, and high inflation are no good news. However, we have solutions at hand. Cooperation, effective public policies, and innovative approaches are not a magic bullet, but they offer us the means to adapt and adjust. In the case of Romania, the efforts are channeled towards investments and support for the most affected by the crises. Inspite of inflation and high energy prices, Romania's economy has proved its resilience against this challenging backdrop, being among the best performing in the EU in the third quarter of 2022, with an output growth for this year projected at around 5%. In the longer term, the main factor that will influence the evolution of GDP is capital accumulation, by continuing the implementation of viable investment projects and starting new ones, boosted to a large extent through EU funds. That is why one of the top priorities of my Cabinet is to have an open collaboration between investors and the Government with a view to finding together the best solutions for development. I trust that today's dialogue gives you already some ideas. Please be assured that you will always find open interlocutors and partners in Bucharest. I would like to thank you for your attention. I would like to thank you for the chance I had to listen to what the previous speakers shared with you, and to take with me that we have to be disciplined, we have to be cautious, and also, not put the eggs in only one basket. Thank you very much for listening and I am wishing you great success throughout the whole conference. 2022-12-15 12:45:00ția premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă susținută în Parlament la votarea bugetului pentru anul 2023Știri din 14.12.2022 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear MPs, dear Ministers, I would like to thank you very much for the state budget debate, and for the efforts you have made during this period for us to have the budget approved It is the first time that Romania has had the budget approved before the mid - December I want to tell you that it is a realistic budget, a balanced one aimed at supporting the economy and protecting the population. We will continue to focus on supporting the business sector, investment, and protecting citizens, protecting vulnerable citizens. I thank you once again, Madam President of the Senate, Mr. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, ladies, and gentlemen, I wish you further success and happy holidays! Thank you! 2022-12-14 17:12:00 de presă după ședința de guvernȘtiri din 14.12.2022 15:59:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 14 decembrieȘtiri din 14.12.2022 13:37:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de semnare a contractului de finanțare a proiectului „Sursă de producție energie utilă termică și electrică prin cogenerare de înaltă eficiență în municipiul Constanța”Știri din 14.12.2022 12:47:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Adunarea Generală a Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 14.12.2022 12:33:00Șeful Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, Mircea Abrudean, - la conferința “Solidari cu Ucraina”, în cadrul căreia a fost adoptat un mecanism de sprijin pentru Ucraina pe timp de iarnăȘtiri din 13.12.2022 Head of the Prime Ministers Chancellery, Mircea Abrudean attended the Solidarity with Ukraine high - level conference during which the Paris Mechanism was launched, aimed at streamlining the coordination of assistance granted to Ukraine during the winter, to respond to the needs identified by the Kyiv authorities in real-time, and to guarantee the resilience of infrastructures in five basic sectors: access to energy, water, health, transport, and food products. The representative of the Romanian Government presented the humanitarian, economic, and energy support measures for Ukraine, as well as in the field of emergency management. The Head of the Prime Ministers Chancellery expressed our country's willingness to intensify the assistance efforts for Ukraine in several main directions, primarily for restoring the functionality of this country's energy infrastructure. Mircea Abrudean also referred to Romanias hosting of the RescEU shelter facility, the central and local authorities efforts to receive Ukrainian refugees, and the mobilization of refugee accommodation and support capacities during the winter, to the importance of the Suceava humanitarian hub. The minister showed, at the same time, that Romania remains an important link on the new grain transit corridors, thus participating in keeping Ukraines economy operational. The Minister highlighted our countrys decision to expand grain transit capacity both at the border crossing points, as well as in ports and by land. In this context, he also mentioned the extensive consequences of the war on countries such as the Republic of Moldova, which also needs the support of the international community. The Head of the Prime Ministers Chancellery, Mircea Abrudean, reaffirmed Romanias commitment to continue supporting Ukraine from an economic, humanitarian, security, political and legal point of view, both in terms of short-term needs and regarding the identification of long-term development and reconstruction mechanisms. The Solidarity with Ukraine conference took place in Paris, on December 13, and was co-organized by France and Ukraine, being chaired by the presidents Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, with the participation of the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, the prime minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, numerous heads of state and government, ministers and other officials from 55 countries. Attending were also representatives of the most important international organizations, banking institutions, and European entities. The event brought together partners, donors, and institutions with the aim of providing immediate support to the Ukrainian people, in the perspective of coping with winter, in the context of the destruction by the Russian Federation of the civil infrastructures of Ukraine. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Colonna, announced, before the end of the conference, that up to that moment the contributions announced during the day were close to 1 billion EUR. 2022-12-13 20:04:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 13.12.2022 17:20:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul organizat cu ocazia aniversării a 30 de ani de activitate a Serviciului de Telecomunicații SpecialeȘtiri din 13.12.2022 16:48:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții sindicatelor din domeniul educațieiȘtiri din 13.12.2022 14:08:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Ignazio Cassis, președintele Confederației ElvețieneȘtiri din 12.12.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had, at the Victoria Palace, a meeting with the president of the Swiss Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, in the context of the high dignitarys official visit to Romania. The main topics of discussion at the meeting were the deepening of bilateral cooperation, in the context of the increased dynamics of the Romanian-Swiss high-level dialogue in recent years, the framework of relations between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation, the assessment of the security situation on the eastern front, support for Ukraine and Republic of Moldova, as well as Romanian-Swiss multilateral cooperation. Prime Minister Ciucă voiced special appreciation for the active and consistent contribution of the Swiss Confederation and welcomed the signing of the bilateral framework agreement on the operationalization of the second Swiss financial contribution to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Union, through which Romania will benefit from support for projects worth 221.5 million Swiss francs. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă noted the consistency and dynamic pace of the Romanian-Swiss bilateral dialogue, highlighting the major potential for deepening bilateral sectoral cooperation in multiple fields, such as cyber security, digitalization, research and innovation, and energy. Insisting on fostering investments and promoting business-to-business partnerships, the Prime Minister emphasized the dynamics of foreign direct investments in our country, which registered an increase of almost 50 percent. From the perspective of the regional security agenda, Prime Minister Ciucă presented the multidimensional support measures that Romania extends to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, affected by the war started by Russia. Romanias consistent support included both the facilitation of the transit of Ukrainian grain exports and the provision of 90 percent of the electricity supply needs of the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă expressed special appreciation for the active commitment of the Swiss Confederation in supporting Ukraine. At the same time, he highlighted the strategic nature of maintaining Switzerlands solidarity with the Republic of Moldova, by providing emergency financial support. The Prime Minister of Romania sent congratulations and assured of Romanias support for the first exercise by the Swiss Confederation of the mandate of a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council for the period 2023-2024. 2022-12-12 20:00:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului Interministerial de Coordonare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 12.12.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We want to make sure that the second payment request will also be approved by European Commission, so that, at the beginning of next year, Romania receives this tranche of money from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă chaired today's meeting of the Interministerial Committee for the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan that he convened to prepare the submission to the European Commission in the next days of the second payment request with a submission deadline in December. The second payment request, in the amount of 2.8 billion EUR, adds to prefinancing of 3.7 billion euros and the first tranche already received by Romania, in the amount of 2.6 billion euros. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă analyzed in detail, together with the participants, the fulfillment state of milestones related to this payment request, asking the coordinating ministries and institutions to give maximum priority to the completion of the 51 milestones and targets of the PNRR, associated with the second payment request, with deadline in the first two quarters of this year. The emphasis was especially placed on the milestones and targets considered to be vital for the approval of the second payment request which Romania will submit to the European Commission. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă requested clarifications for each individual case, emphasizing the importance of accessing the funds that Romania can benefit from through the PNRR. We cannot afford to slip from the commitments assumed because many elements related to the reform processes, investments, and even economic stability depend on accessing this money. We want to make sure that the second payment request will also be approved by European Commission, so that, at the beginning of next year, Romania receives this tranche of money from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă stated. Furthermore, within today's meeting, there were also reviewed the achievement stages of the 55 milestones and targets with deadlines in the quarters III and IV of 2022, which will refer to the 3rd request for payment that Romania is going to send to the European Commission in the spring of 2023. 2022-12-12 11:12:00 la finalul ședinței de Guvern susținut de ministrul Finanțelor, Adrian Câciu, ministrul Investițiilor și Proiectelor Europene, Marcel Boloș, și purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan CărbunaruȘtiri din 08.12.2022 18:47:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu privire la decizia Consiliului JAIȘtiri din 08.12.2022 [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: As Prime Minister and Romanian citizen, I want to start by expressing my deep disappointment at the lack of consensus in the JHA Council today regarding Romanias accession to the Schengen Area. I want, first of all, to thank all the European partners from the member states, the European Commission, the European Parliament, but also the European agencies, that supported us vocally, on correct bases, demonstrated through solid arguments, facts, and figures and that insisted on finding solutions together. All the European states agreed to open to Romanians the gates of the Schengen Area, as a recognition of our preparation and also of our continuous efforts, for years, to protect the EUs external borders. All, with one unjustified exception, Austria. Unanimity was not possible today, in the context in which only one member state, Austria, refused Romanias entry. This decision remains grounded in allegations based on figures that Romania has clearly proven to be incorrect. We have not even used national estimates, we have used data from the EU agencies, which must remain the basis when making European decisions. We have acknowledged the difficulties of the member states that are under migratory pressures and we have always acted cohesively and actively in finding solutions at the European level. Only together can we solve these problems. We had concrete proposals for our partners and we worked intensively with the European Commission to respond to these concerns. We regret it and we frankly do not understand the inflexible position shown by Austria. More than ever, in the last year, Romania has proved that it is a true actor in ensuring European security. Last but not least, the stages completed in this relaunched process of accession to the Schengen Area have reconfirmed that Romanian and European citizens can trust how Romania protects the borders of the Union and ensures police cooperation. As we have done in the last 15 years, we will continue to protect our external borders, which are also the borders of the European Union, because it is equally about the security of Romania and the Romanians, but also Europeans. This was even more visible in this difficult context generated by the war at our borders. Romania will continue to be constructive and work towards a truly European solution. Romania will resume the process of accession to the Schengen Area. Romanias accession remains our strategic national objective and we will continue all discussions and negotiations to attain this objective. I want to thank everyone involved in this massive, political, and diplomatic effort, regardless of their political color. I also want to thank the media for their contribution to this joint effort. Todays decision, even if we regret it, I assure you, motivates us to continue. Thank you! 2022-12-08 17:20:00ții susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 8 decembrieȘtiri din 08.12.2022[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. Before discussing today's agenda, I will refer to the hottest topic of today, the JHA Council taking place in Brussels, where Romania's accession to Schengen Area is debated and negotiated. There is no change to yesterday's statement. We continue to express confidence that as all European countries, less Austria, understood and support Romania's accession to Schengen Area on merit, we will have a final vote, a positive vote hopefully, and when the JHA Council meeting is completed, we will issue a communique in line with the decision that will be taken at the JHA Council meeting. Once again, it is very important to understand that Romania has made efforts to meet all the requirements and standards of Schengen Acquis. This was de facto confirmed by the verification committees in October and November and, of course, by the other activities that our country has carried out and which it will certainly continue to carry out because we firmly support everything that means European values and we will continue to support and fulfill the European values. The fact that, at the moment, we all recognize that there is a migration problem, and we must together find solutions to this matter, as well. Just presenting the problem does not solve the situation. As such, we also need Austria to understand that a solution is needed, not necessarily a technical solution, as it is very clear that there is availability for this, but also a political solution. In today's meeting, we will approve the package of budgetary legislation for next year. We are discussing the two draft budget laws for 2023, the fiscal - budgetary strategy for 2023-2025, the draft law for approval of ceilings, and surely, the emergency ordinance pursuing the fiscal - budgetary measures. As each time, at this moment too, I point out that we intended to draw up a realistic and balanced budget, taking into account the entire security context and the economic context. We considered this year's achievements and of course, the forecast for 2023. Therefore, we will continue the economic support programs, we will continue the programs to support private and public investments and we will continue to have on the list of priorities the maintenance of jobs and the protection of citizens from the effects of rising prices and the effects of rising inflation. We also come up with new measures to support vulnerable people. All these are included in the decisions we made when we drew up the budget at the level of each individual ministry. It is for the first time that, for the budget for 2023, we achieve a construction to ensure the funding of priority programs from all areas of interest for the citizens. We are discussing 233 programs included in the funding. These programs are the follow - up to consultations of the Cabinet members and representatives of all ministries. Almost all ministries have bigger budgets for next year. We must carry forward the policies and programs that we have undertaken for the field of education, the field of research and innovation, health, social assistance, economy, agriculture, and transport infrastructure, as well as for security and defense. The package of measures to cap and compensate energy and natural gas prices will continue, because, as we pointed out, we need to further protect citizens from rising prices and of course, from the effects of the energy crisis. Once completed in the Cabinet meeting, the budget will go to Parliament for debate and approval, so that by December 15 it will be approved and forwarded to the President of Romania for promulgation. We are continuing steps to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in accordance with the provisions of the accession roadmap, we will be in Paris next week to attend the OECD Economic Forum and on this occasion, we will also submit the initial memorandum for the process to gain momentum, as we undertook through the roadmap. Thank you. 2022-12-08 15:53:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Constituției RomânieiȘtiri din 08.12.2022 09:10:00ție de presă susținută de prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă privind aderarea României la Spațiul SchengenȘtiri din 07.12.2022[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon! One day before the JHA Council in Brussels that brings together the ministers of interior of the member states, we continue to make efforts energetically and using all available channels, levels, and instruments for Romania to achieve the desired outcome. At this point, all member states support us in advancing accession, including the Netherlands and Sweden, except for Austria. We also have the firm support of France and Germany, reconfirmed at all levels. As regards Austria, we can say that we had meetings at the highest levels: the President of Romania met with the Chancellor of Austria, and meetings between the Ministers of Internal Affairs, and the technical experts of the two countries. The data including from the European institutions, Frontex, confirm that Romania is not on the migration flow routes that might generate fears. In fact, we cant talk about a real justification at this point. We all understand that the issue of illegal migration is very politically sensitive in many member states and three is a need for more effective response measures to this phenomenon, but blocking Romanias accession to Schengen will not bring the answers Austria wants. On the contrary, Romanias accession will make the Schengen area even safer by involving Romania, which, after accession, will have even more instruments at hand, all the Schengen instruments at its disposal, to help control and contain this phenomenon. And the other European partners and institutions - the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the other member states - fully share this assessment and evoked it, in turn, in the discussions of the last few days with the Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and the Austrian Minister of the Interior, Gerhard Karner. One thing is certain - we are determined to go to the end with the steps to join the Schengen Area including by asking for voting in this regard in the JHA Council meeting on December 8. The current state of uncertainty can no longer continue in this regard. We have all the arguments, very solid ones, that support our requests, and we will rely on them in tomorrows discussions with the interior ministers at the JAI Council when we ask for a Decision for Romania to be formulated, by voting, without any delay. We have objective on-site arguments regarding Romanias preparation in the fields relevant to Schengen accession, and our determination to contribute to European security is firm. We have proven these qualities over the years, especially recently in the context of the crisis in Ukraine. The European experts who recently came to Romania (in October and November this year) confirmed that we meet absolutely all the necessary conditions and, therefore, Romania deserves to be part of the Schengen area. Moreover, the same experts showed that we ensure high-quality border management, we implement effective solutions in managing illegal migration, that we are active in international police cooperation and that the systems and training of our people are exemplary, even offering, in some aspects, examples of good practices for the rest of the member states. We acted in total transparency and openness to dialogue with all member states. We have provided all the explanations and information requested, including, recently, to Austria on how we manage illegal migration. Moreover, we showed our openness to strengthening bilateral cooperation between the police forces, the border forces, as well as between those managing migrants, so that we can contribute by concrete solutions to solving illegal migration-related issues. Beyond the actual situation of Romania and the credibility of the process: we cannot maintain a state of uncertainty, namely the lack of a decision regarding a member state that not only wants to become part of Schengen but has proven countless times that it is ready to join it, there is clear confirmation of this. Tomorrow, at the JHA Council, we go to voting. Joining the Schengen Area is our national objective. Thank you. 2022-12-07 12:50:00ții de presă susținute de purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan Cărbunaru, cu privire la prezentarea, de către Comisia Europeană, a Planului de Acțiune pentru Balcanii de Vest privind migrațiaȘtiri din 05.12.2022 RELEASE The Government of Romania welcomes the European Commission's Action Plan on the Western Balkans The Government of Romania welcomes the presentation, today, by the European Commission, of the Action Plan on the Western Balkans, as a follow-up to the commitment undertaken at the meeting of the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (Home Affairs) of 25 November this year. ( LINK PLAN: ). Romania appreciates the comprehensive nature of the document presented by the European Commission, which includes actual measures and important action steps as a response to the challenges related to the phenomenon of illegal migration on the Western Balkans route. In this context, the Government of Romania expresses its confidence that the set of measures and instruments proposed by the European Commission in the plan published today are of a nature to respond including to the concerns recently voiced by Austria with regard to this years developments on the Western Balkans route, offering pragmatic solutions for the effective management of this situation. Romania reiterates its full readiness to actively and substantially contribute to the implementation of the measures and actions proposed by the European Commission through the EU Action Plan on the Western Balkans, in full European spirit of solidarity and responsibility, in close collaboration with the rest of the European partners. Additional elements: The Action Plan identifies 20 operational measures structured around five pillars which include: strengthening border management along the routes; swift asylum procedures and support reception capacity; fighting migrant smuggling; enhancing readmission cooperation and returns and achieving visa policy alignment. These measures are aimed at supporting the actions of the partners in the Western Balkans, simultaneously with the actions of the EU, as well as strengthening cooperation in terms of migration and border control with the partners in the region, in light of these states prospects of joining the EU and their efforts to align with EU rules. At the same time, the Action Plan is complementary to the proposed objectives related to the main migratory routes towards Europe and can serve as a model for the development of similar plans, for other migration routes, with adaption to their characteristics. *** [CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Dan Cărbunaru: The Government of Romania welcomes the presentation, today, by the European Commission, of the Action Plan on the Western Balkans, as a follow-up to the commitment undertaken at the meeting of the Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council of 25 November this year. Romania appreciates the comprehensive nature of the document presented by the European Commission, which includes actual measures and important action steps as a response to the challenges related to the phenomenon of illegal migration on the Western Balkans route. In this context, the Government of Romania expresses its confidence that the set of measures and instruments proposed by the European Commission in the plan published today are of a nature to respond including to the concerns recently voiced by Austria with regard to this years developments on the Western Balkans route, offering pragmatic solutions for the effective management of this situation. Romania reiterates its full readiness to actively and substantially contribute to the implementation of the measures and actions proposed by the European Commission, in full European spirit of solidarity and responsibility, in close collaboration with the rest of the European partners. The Action Plan has 20 operational measures structured along five pillars and include: strengthening border management along the routes; swift asylum procedures and support reception capacity; fighting migrant smuggling; enhancing readmission cooperation and returns and achieving visa policy alignment. These measures are aimed at supporting the actions of the partners in the Western Balkans, simultaneously with the EU actions, as well as strengthening cooperation in terms of migration and border control with the partners in the region, in light of these states prospects of joining the EU and their efforts to align with EU rules. At the same time, the Action Plan is complementary to the proposed objectives related to the main migration routes towards Europe and can serve as a model for the development of similar plans, for other migratory routes, with adaption to their characteristics. Thank you. 2022-12-05 15:19:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Internaţionale a Persoanelor cu DizabilităţiȘtiri din 03.12.2022 09:28:00 Victoria, iluminat de Ziua Națională a RomânieiȘtiri din 01.12.2022 21:21:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia militară organizată la Alba Iulia cu prilejul Zilei Naţionale a României - 1 DecembrieȘtiri din 01.12.2022 statements by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at Alba - Iulia [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: I want to wish a sincere - Many Happy Returns of the Day, to all Romanians! Many Happy Returns of the Day, Romania! It is a very important day for us. As we have always shown respect and honor for the memory of those who sacrificed themselves in the most difficult moments, for Romania to be as it is today, I believe that from now on as well, in moments perhaps not as difficult as then, we still need unity, solidarity, empathy. I am sure that, as we have done every time, we will do it from now on as well, being able to demonstrate that Romania is a truly European country. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Romania! Many Happy Returns of the Day, Romanians! 2022-12-01 13:53:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la parada militară organizată la Arcul de Triumf cu prilejul Zilei Naţionale a României - 1 DecembrieȘtiri din 01.12.2022 12:47:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia Zilei Naționale a României, 1 DecembrieȘtiri din 01.12.2022 1 marks the celebration of the unity of the Romanian people and the Romanian state, a precious heritage of the entire Romanian nation. Today, we celebrate 104 years since the most important moment in our history as a nation, when, at the National Assembly in Alba Iulia, the representatives of all the historical Romanian provinces unanimously decided on their unconditional and forever Great Union with the Kingdom of Romania. That memorable moment born of a mighty political and social mobilization of our forefathers, who fulfilled the dream of national unification, also represents the foundation of Romania where we, the current generations, are living. The Romanian nation is the result of historical evolution, the modern Romanian state is the result of the nation as a historical product. The Great Union of December 1, 1918, was a natural follow - up to many other essential developments for the reunification of the Romanian nation: the work of the great scholars of the Transylvanian School, the liberation movement from the Phanariot rulers, the effervescence of 1848 revolutionary movements, the bravery of the two Romanian Principalities to unite in one state on January 24, 1859, and later to gain independence in 1877 and, most importantly, the blood sacrifice of the Romanian people who won their right to self-determination in the First World War. With the Great Union, the Romanian people won their right to self-determination, a welcome act of justice in our history. Everything that modern Romania achieved, was through unity of will when the people and its elites shared a major national goal. The people, territory, and sovereignty remained ever since the basic pillars of the Romanian state. Regardless of the tests and tribulations of history, the Romanian people withstood and developed through unity. Together, the Romanians defended their territory and sovereignty. Together they drove out the totalitarian regimes that had darkened our history for half a century. Today we enjoy the status of EU Member State, being a respected and trusted NATO ally, and having strategic partnerships with other states that share the values of democracy and the rule of law. Dear Romanians, The emotion that the successes of every Romanian and ours as a nation arouse in us is touching. Lets be proud to be Romanians, I think it can be everyones heartfelt goal that we can achieve by supporting institutional efficiency, the development of the economy, and the living standards so that all Romanians feel well at home in a firmly anchored Romania on the western development axis. Thinking of the unity of our forefathers, whom we honor for their care for the future of our nation, I am confident that we can continue what they started while coping with the current challenges. Many Happy returns of the day, Romania! Many Happy returns of the day to all Romanians in the country and abroad! Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania *** 2022-12-01 10:06:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Moldova, Natalia GavrilițaȘtiri din 29.11.2022 RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomed Mrs. Natalia Gavrilița, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, at the Victoria Palace. The discussion focused on the Republic of Moldova's energy, economic, and security situation. The two prime ministers analyzed the energy situation and the financial effort required to maintain the energy costs at a sustainable level, for the Republic of Moldova. - Romania will continue to provide support to the Republic of Moldova on several levels - energy, economy, for the management of the humanitarian crisis, and to follow the pro-European path it has embarked on. The stability and prosperity of the Republic of Moldova are closely related to the hope offered by the pro-European commitment of the authorities and the citizens stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The Republic of Moldova is making special efforts to cope with the overlapping crises it is facing. The Russian attacks against the Ukrainian energy infrastructure caused power outages of up to 24 hours in some localities, due to the imbalance of the common system in which the two states are included. At the same time, the Republic of Moldova can no longer benefit from the electricity coming from Ukraine, due to Russias war of aggression. Against this background, the Republic of Moldova is facing substantial increases in the price of gas and electricity. Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița detailed the situation for each energy product category, thanking Romania for its support in terms of supplying electricity - 90% of consumption, natural gas, fuel oil, and firewood. The two prime ministers analyzed what additional measures could be taken by the Romanian side to support the citizens of the Republic of Moldova to get well through the winter season. 2022-11-29 19:03:00 din România pot beneficia – în premieră- de consiliere psihologică și psihoterapie în mod gratuit. 70.000 de ore de terapii pentru copii - Programul Național – DIN GRIJĂ PENTRU COPIIȘtiri din 29.11.2022 19:00:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 29 noiembrieȘtiri din 29.11.2022 17:05:00Ședință de guvern din 29 noiembrie 2022Știri din 29.11.2022 15:33:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul pentru Afaceri Externe al Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii şi al Irlandei de Nord, James CleverlyȘtiri din 29.11.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomed Britain's Foreign Minister James Cleverly Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received today, at the Victoria Palace, Britain's Foreign Minister James Cleverly. The main topics of discussion were the regional security situation, Russias war of aggression in Ukraine, support for Ukraine, and the Republic of Moldova. An important item of discussion referred to the bilateral relations between Great Britain and Romania, which deserve the special attention of the two parties. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă mentioned the support that Romania extends to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, including in terms of grain exports and help with energy products. In this context, the prime minister mentioned that Romania provides 80-90% of the Republic of Moldova's energy needs. Regarding the bilateral relations, the Joint Declaration aimed at strengthening the Strategic Partnership and adapting it to the realities of the United Kingdoms new status, determined by the withdrawal from the EU, as well as to current international developments, was noted. This bilateral document is to be concluded soon and will cover important areas of cooperation such as security and defense, cyber, energy and new technologies, investment, and business relations respectively. The Romanian Prime Minister pointed out the importance of clarifying the status of Romanian citizens who have chosen to remain in the UK as residents, considering their rights as European citizens. The British Foreign Minister James Cleverly appreciated the excellent bilateral cooperation and highlighted that joint projects must continue, regardless of the aspects that characterize the relations between the European Union and Great Britain. In addition, British Foreign Minister James Cleverly assured that Romanians are welcome in Great Britain, just like all European citizens, and noted their professionalism and capacity to easily integrate into British society. The senior British official thanked Romania for the support granted to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova and showed full openness to bilateral cooperation aimed at further supporting the two states. 2022-11-29 14:25:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, împreună cu secretarul de stat american A.J.Blinken, la expoziția „Noi, Poporul: 25 de ani de Parteneriat Strategic”Știri din 29.11.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on the occasion of the exhibition We the People: 25 years of Strategic Partnershipa thematic photographic essay that explores the diplomatic, security, economic and cultural relations between the Romanian and the American people [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour and privilege to welcome the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Bucharest. It is milestone moment, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States. I am very glad to hear that 25 years ago, when President Clinton met the Romanian people for the first time, you were also here, in Bucharest, member of President Clinton's staff. I am very glad and proud to say that our strategic partnership has reached the highest level in its 25-year history. 25 years represents a very important milestone, which makes us aware that in 1997 a generation was born that grew and matured once with the Strategic Partnership. I am convinced that this generation will do everything in its power to defend freedom, earned rights and democratic values. I am also sure that this generation along with the Romanian people value the true relevance, the true importance of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States, as well as our membership in NATO and the European Union. I am equally sure that we can enjoy together and I thank our hosts for this exhibition opened in a symbolic building for Romania's history and culture, Romanian Athenaeum. Your presence here confirms the interest that the United States gives to the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States and I can assure you that the Romanian Government will do everything in its power to strengthen and expand this Strategic Partnership. The political-military component of the Strategic Partnership is a very important one, and your presence, today, in Bucharest, takes place in the context in which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through Minister Bogdan Aurescu, organized the meeting of the NATO foreign ministers, a meeting taking place shortly after the Madrid Summit and for the first time after Romania hosted the first NATO summit in 2008, also here in Bucharest. Regarding the political-military component of the partnership, I want to thank you for the United States' commitment, for the presence of the US Army in Romania and the importance you attach to the strengthening, deterrence and defense on the Eastern Flank of the North Atlantic Alliance. Obviously, the economic dimension of the partnership is very important, and I appreciate our economic cooperation and the growth of American investments in Romania. In this context, energy has become a much more important topic that we have thought some time ago. I want to emphasize our cooperation in energy, in the civil nuclear field, and the intention of the USA to finance the construction of reactors 3 and 4 at Cernavoda, which has already materialized through that the three billion dollars loan which is worth mentioning as an important element of the Strategic Partnership. The development of small modular reactors is another very important field of cooperation between US and Romanian specialists, as the technology comes from US, and Doicesti, Dambovita county has been selected as the first small modular reactors (SMR) site in, Romania. There are, of course, other lines of cooperation in the field of energy. The already announced intention for cooperation in the development of the capabilities of new energy sources, especially wind, is also a very important field. All these steps will ensure the fulfillment of our level of ambition to expand the palette of new energy sources and to gain our energy independence. And of course, our country, together with strategic partners, offers its readiness to support all other countries that need energy and do not have sources and resources to produce it. Romania enjoys a substantial cooperation with the United States, and I want to assure you, Mr Secretary of State, that the Romanian Government, based on common values and interests, will continue to strengthen the Strategic Partnership with the USA, which represents a fundamental pillar of the countrys foreign and security policy. Thank you very much and we are looking forward to further developing the Strategic Partnership. Antony J. Blinken: Prime Minister, thank you very much for welcoming us this morning, to you, to Bogdan, the Foreign Minister, it is wonderful to be back in Bucharest. As the Prime Minister said, I was here with President Clinton when he and President Constantinescu announced the Strategic Partnership 25 years ago. It was a moment when the Romanian people inspired the world with their own quest for freedom. I do not think that the two Presidents could have imagined even then, the extent that this partnership would grow and flourish: security, economic, people to people ties. And as the Prime Minister said we are steadfast allies in NATO, defending the values that we share, including when those values are under assault by Russia in Ukraine. We built a strong and growing economic partnership including with powerful...;, and of course, we have ever stronger people to people ties as evidenced here today by some of the works that brought us together: educational exchanges, cultural exchanges in so many ways connecting our countries over the last 25 years. So, it is particularly wonderful to be back in this moment when we are working so closely together and I have to say Prime Minister, it is a great way to start the day, extraordinary place with a little bit of music, so I have to thank you for that as well. 2022-11-29 10:54:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ședinţa solemnă comună a Camerei Deputaţilor şi Senatului consacrată sărbătoririi Zilei de 1 Decembrie, Ziua Naţională a RomânieiȘtiri din 28.11.2022 18:05:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu secretarul general al NATO, Jens StoltenbergȘtiri din 28.11.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomed today, at Victoria Palace, the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg who is paying a visit to Bucharest, on the occasion of the meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs. The meeting of NATO Foreign Affairs Ministers takes place in the context in which Romania's role as NATO ally on the eastern flank is consecrated as well as the capacity to implement the Alliance's policies, mainly the changes decided at Madrid Summit, adopted after the Russian military aggression in Ukraine. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă appreciated the timely measures taken by the North Atlantic Alliance for the collective defense of the Eastern Flank, including the strengthening of Allied defense and deterrence in Romania, the prepositioning of capabilities on the ground, the joint exercises, and the strengthening of the Allied presence. In this regard, the Prime Minister mentioned the deployment of the American 101st Airborne Division - famous for the landing in Normandy, that returns for the first time in an operational posture, the support extended by France as a framework nation, as well as by Belgium and the Netherlands for the Battle Group that if necessary, can be enhanced to brigade size. The NATO Secretary General thanked Romania for hosting the NATO Ministers meeting and for contributing to the Alliances policies and missions, but also for increasing the Defense budget, starting from 2023, to 2.5% of GDP. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the fact that NATO has boosted its rapid reaction force to 300,000 troops with high degree of training that can be deployed at different times, the doubling of the number of battle groups to the battalion size, with the possibility of enhancing it up to the brigade size, and the doubling of the number of prepositioned equipment in the region. Also, the two high officials highlighted the importance of support for Ukraine, especially during the winter, including through the Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine, a NATO project to which Romania will supplement its contribution. 2022-11-28 16:29:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul afacerilor externe și europene al Republicii Croația, Gordan Grlić-RadmanȘtiri din 28.11.2022 13:53:00