RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la “Greetings occasion”, în memoria fostului prim-ministru al Japoniei, Shinzo AbeȘtiri din 27.09.2022 20:52:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, întrevedere cu președintele Parlamentului Regatului Danemarcei, Henrik Dam KristensenȘtiri din 27.09.2022 RELEASE Alongside the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met the Speaker of the Danish Parliament, Henrik Dam Kristensen, in the context of the participation in the State Funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed the bilateral collaboration and the convergence of the agenda at the EU level on the files specific to supporting European resilience. In this context, the Head of the Executive mentioned that Romania is taking all necessary steps, in conjunction with the European Union, to end the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. The Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of enlarging the Schengen area through Romania's accession given that our country acts as a de facto member of the Schengen area. The Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of the Schengen area enlargement through the accession of our country that acts as a de facto member of the Schengen area. At the same time, Prime Minister pointed out the need for a sustainable solution to the EU energy crisis. In this context, he referred to the role of renewable energy and mentioned Romania's openness to Denmark's expertise regarding the diversification of energy sources and generation from renewable sources. The parties confirmed the continuation of the multidimensional support for Ukraine and its citizens who took refuge in the EU Member States. An important item of discussions aimed at cooperation at the NATO level for strengthening regional cooperation and the Alliance's deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern flank. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă is visiting Tokyo (Japan) between September 26-28 to attend the state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 2022-09-27 11:14:00 prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Ceremonia Funerară de Stat, organizată în onoarea fostului prim-ministru al Japoniei, Shinzo AbeȘtiri din 27.09.2022 10:41:00Întrevederea bilaterală a prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, cu președintele Parlamentului Estoniei, Jüri RatasȘtiri din 26.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, together with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu, had a meeting today with the President of the Estonian Parliament, Juri Ratas, in the context of attending, in Tokyo, the state funeral for the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Romanian Prime Minister hailed very good bilateral relations, based on common values ​​and interests, which are constantly expanding and diversifying. The Estonian Parliament President Ratas's commitment, both as Prime Minister of Estonia and as President of the Riigikogu, makes a special contribution to the development of bilateral relations. The coordination of Romania and Estonia's interests within the European Union and NATO is harmoniously complemented by cooperation in a set of regional formats such as the Three Seas Initiative and B9, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. Discussions focused on the security situation in the region. In this context, the Prime Minister mentioned the political, economic and humanitarian support provided by Romania to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, as well as our countrys contribution to regional security and the strengthening of NATOs deterrence and defence posture, especially on the Eastern Flank. Increased resilience of the energy sector by achieving energy independence was a focus of the talks. The Prime Minister emphasized that Romania is backing a common approach for the security of supply in the EU and the need for coordinated pro-active measures. The high dignitaries agreed to continue actions to develop economic cooperation and foster mutual investments. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă mentioned that Romania appreciates participation in the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and is interested in Estonias experience in the digital sector. The President of the Estonian Parliament, Juri Ratas, praised the continuously developing bilateral relations and Romanias contribution to guaranteeing regional security and strengthening NATOs Eastern Flank. More information: In 2021, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations (de jure recognition of Estonia by Romania on February 26, 1921) and the 30th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations (September 13, 1991). In terms of economic cooperation, in late April 2022, Romanian-Estonian trade reached a total of EUR 74.72 million (increasing by 69.77% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year). On the sidelines of the most recent visit at the level of the Foreign Minister, a bilateral Business Forum was organized on April 5, 2022, by the Embassy of Estonia in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR). The forum was attended by Estonian and Romanian businesspeople. The Estonian businesspeople later (on April 6, 2022) participated in another similar event in Cluj-Napoca. 2022-09-26 12:09:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, cu delegația Guvernului Japoniei, condusă de prim-ministrul nipon, Fumio KishidaȘtiri din 26.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă alongside the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu had a meeting in Tokyo today, with a Japanese government delegation led by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Elevating the relations between Romania and Japan to the level of Strategic Partnership is an opportune political act in the current international context, materializing the remarkable vision of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in matters of foreign policy, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. At the same time, the Prime Minister mentioned that Japan is one of Romanias main Asian partners, both politically and economically, and appreciated the valuable contribution to the transition and modernization of our country in the last 30 years. An important point of the meeting concerned the security and defence component, one of the four cooperation pillars of the future Strategic Partnership. In this context, the prime minister mentioned that, like Japan, Romania is committed to observing democracy, the rule of law, the rules-based international order and the defence of peace and stability. Romania supports cooperation between NATO and Japan on all relevant dimensions and strongly opposes any unilateral attempts to change the international status quo, especially by force, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The talks between the two prime ministers also focused on economic collaboration, given that Japan is the largest Asian investor in Romania. The recent dynamics of our bilateral contacts is very encouraging. I trust that the opportunities offered by Romania for investments in the fields of green energy, high-quality infrastructure and innovation, nuclear energy production, green hydrogen production and some optical components necessary for the Măgurele Laser project, but also the continuation of the projects now underway - the metro line to Bucharest Airport, the suspended bridge over the Danube, the Pașcani - Iași - Chisinau railway line with European track gauge will highlight the development potential of our economic relations and will attract new technologies, said Prime Minister Ciucă. The Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appreciated the presence in Tokyo of the Prime Minister of Romania and assured him of his full support for the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership and the consolidation of bilateral collaboration, including externally, in the regional and international context that requires the protection of democracy and the rule of law. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă is paying a visit to Tokyo (Japan) between September 26-28, to attend the state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 2022-09-26 11:39:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, cu Liga Parlamentară de Prietenie Japonia-România, condusă de președintele Ichiro Aisawa, și vizitarea sediului Dietei JaponieiȘtiri din 26.09.2022, during the visit to Japan, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă along with the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Marcel Ciolacu met with the Japan-Romania Parliamentary Friendship League led by the chairman Ichiro Assawa. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă highlighted the honour of representing Romania at the State Funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first head of the Japanese government to visit our country and the one who agreed to launch the Strategic Partnership with Romania, in the context of his being received by President Klaus Iohannis, during his historic visit of 2018. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă argued that the conclusion of the Strategic Partnership between Romania and Japan is not only a timely act but also a legacy left by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the field of foreign policy, which reflects his remarkable vision in this field, assigning to Romania a relevant role in this region. Moreover, both Romania and Japan share the same values ​​and interests in defending the rules-based world. The security and defence component represents one of the four cooperation pillars of our future partnership, of great interest to both sides. The close and permanent coordination between us is all the more important and necessary in the context of the strategic challenges we are facing, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The discussions also focused on economic cooperation, Japan being the largest Asian investor in Romania. The Prime Minister emphasized the Romanian Government's determination to boost the investment component, considering the recent encouraging dynamics of bilateral contacts and the opportunities offered by our country in the fields of green energy, high-quality infrastructure and innovation, green hydrogen production, and transport infrastructure. The Chairman of the Japan-Romania Parliamentary Friendship League, Ichiro Assawa welcomed the presence in Tokyo of the Romanian Prime Minister and voiced his full support for building the Japan-Romania Strategic Partnership. Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă is visiting Tokyo (Japan) between September 26-28 to attend the state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 2022-09-26 07:06:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul sărbătorii Roș Hașana – Anul Nou evreiescȘtiri din 25.09.2022 12:42:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Gala Camerei de Comerț, Industrie și Agricultură Franceze din RomâniaȘtiri din 23.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Gala of the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER) [Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Madam Ambassador, Dear MPs, Ministers, Dear Chairman of CCIFER, Dear guests, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very glad to attend the Gala of the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER), a prestigious event of the French - Romanian business community. This year, the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture celebrates 26 years of activity in Romania. Your importance is found in the activity of the 4,150 companies with a majority French capital whose cumulative turnover amounts to 18 billion euros. The French capital has created over 125,000 direct jobs on the Romanian market. I particularly appreciate the fact that France is one of the most important commercial partners of Romania, holding 3rd place in exports and 7th place in imports. The 3rd place is also held by France in the ranking of investors, with investments of 8.7 billion euros, representing almost 10% of the total foreign direct investments. Ladies and gentlemen, You, the French investors, have a solid and significant presence in Romania, and I salute your contribution to the development of the Romanian economy. I am glad to notice that the strategic partnership between Romania and France has an important economic component for both countries. For the Romanian Government, the French Chamber of Commerce is an important partner of dialogue, and on this anniversary gala, I want to thank you for your openness to transparent talks about investment and development opportunities offered by Romania. I would like to mention that, since taking office, I have had several meetings with CCIFER representatives, the last one a few days ago. I appreciate the consistent dialogue on economic issues and aspects of the business sector in Romania, as I am sure that you appreciate the openness and importance that the Romanian Government attaches to partners who want to invest in our country, as well as the fiscal framework which Romania provides for the development of a consistent business environment. I assure you that our country is a destination to consider for the transfer of French investments both from the conflict zone and from more distant areas, to increase the project profitability. Although we are going through multiple crises, with global implications, we have managed to ensure stability and predictability for fiscal policies. Through the measures we have taken, we have managed to gain the trust of investors, your trust, which has translated into an increase in foreign direct investments by 43.7% in the first 7 months of the year, reaching 5.5 billion euros. Through the public and fiscal policies adopted, as well as through the increase of investments at the highest level in the last 32 years, we have demonstrated that we are dedicated to the development and modernization projects of Romania and that we have the door open for solid, future investments, found in the projects and reforms financed from European funds, both through the Multi-annual Financial Framework and PNRR. Dear investors, I reassure you that we are preoccupied with taking the best measures to create a business climate as attractive as possible for businesspeople. In this respect, the OECD accession process is also included, which will help us align the administrative system and the functioning of the business sector with the rules of the worlds strongest economies. We are already capitalizing and integrating into national legislation the OECD expertise aimed at transparency, digitalization and cutting through the red tape. These are measures much-awaited by the business environment, which we have already committed to implementing. Romanias accession to the Schengen Area is equally expected by the business sector, it is an important objective for our country, ever since its EU accession. We thank France for the support given to our goal and for the direct support announced by President Macron during his June visit to our country. Today, Romania is a safe country, capable of playing an active role in the region and the world, alongside its friends and allies. The presence of the French military in our country confirms the solidity of our decision to defend our common values ​​together. Ladies and gentlemen, After the accession to the North Atlantic Alliance and the European Union, the process of accession to the OECD, and the accession to the Schengen Area are important country objectives that we have assumed and for the achievement of which we are making intense efforts at the level of all institutions. And I am sure that together with you, as we have demonstrated so far, we can attain these goals. I also reassure you that all these efforts will yield results because when we undertake important projects for the future of our country, we have to carry them through. Recent history confirms our determination to achieve major goals for Romanias development and its full integration into the European family. Finally, please allow me to wish you success in your work; to have as many investments as possible in the Romanian economy. I thank you once again for your openness to dialogue and to identify solutions for the business sector in Romania. I wish you a nice evening and the best of luck with your work. Thank you! 2022-09-23 20:36:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în Japonia cu prilejul funeraliilor de stat ale fostului premier nipon Shinzo AbeȘtiri din 23.09.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă will pay a visit to Tokyo (Japan), from 26 to 28 September, to attend the State Funeral for Mr Shinzo Abe, former Japanese Prime Minister. The former high-ranking Japanese official Shinzo Abe contributed decisively to the start of the steps necessary to elevate bilateral relations between Romania and Japan to the level of a Strategic Partnership, in the context of the historic visit he paid to Bucharest in 2018, being the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Romania. Japan is one of Romanias main partners in Asia, both politically and economically, and there are all the prerequisites to turn this long bilateral relationship, of over a century, into a privileged relationship at the level of the strategic partnership. We want this to happen as soon as possible, as it is an opportune political act, especially in the current international context, but also a way to materialize the remarkable vision of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in matters of international politics, stated Prime Minister -Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. On the sidelines of his visit to Tokyo, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă will be received by his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and will have meetings with the delegation of the Japan-Romania Parliamentary Friendship League led by its chairman, Ichiro Aisawa, and with the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, Hosoda Hiroyuki. Also, the Head of the Romanian Executive will have a series of bilateral meetings with officials from other countries, who attend in Tokyo the State Funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among them, the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Han Duck-soo. 2022-09-23 16:29:00Ședința de guvern din 23 septembrieȘtiri din 23.09.2022 13:37:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președintele boardului Băncii Japoneze pentru Cooperare Internațională, Tadashi MaedaȘtiri din 23.09.2022 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă: We welcome the interest shown by JBIC, one of Japans leading banks, in supporting large transport infrastructure projects and green energy production Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă met at the Victoria Palace, with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Tadashi Maeda. On this occasion, the financing opportunities for projects in the field of energy and railway and road infrastructure were analyzed. We welcome the interest shown by JBIC, one of Japans leading banks, in supporting large transport infrastructure projects and green energy production. Both wind and hydrogen energy are solutions, along with small modular reactors, which we can access together with our Japanese partners. On the other hand, projects such as the Braila bridge, the Pascani-Chisinau railway or the construction of the M6 metro line can strengthen the economic development of Romania and the region. The presence of this Japanese bank in our country confirms Romanias attractive profile as an investment destination, including for Japanese companies, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. Special attention was extended to the development of the potential generated in the IT sector, in this respect being mentioned the opportunities offered by the creation of an investment fund for start-ups, to which Romanian specialists and companies from the country can have access, and whose financing can increase their presence on the European and international scene. 2022-09-23 13:23:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Fondului de investiții Carlyle GroupȘtiri din 22.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă met at the Victoria Palace, with representatives of the Carlyle Group, the main shareholder of Black Sea Oil and Gas Romania. During the dialogue, the investment development plans of the Carlyle Group were presented, with an emphasis on the development of natural gas and electricity production capacities, both in the medium and long term. Prime Minister presented the Governments vision regarding the consolidation of the internal capacities to provide the necessary resources to supply the population and the business environment with gas and electricity. 2022-09-22 13:11:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea ministerială organizată în marja Conferinței internaționale a gazului în RomâniaȘtiri din 22.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă hosted, at the Victoria Palace, the Ministerial Meeting of the Energy ministers in the region, who were in Bucharest to participate in the RIGC - Romanian International Gas Conference. The main topics addressed the solutions that can be implemented at the regional level to ensure the necessary gas for citizens and the business sector. Romania is among the European countries that have important gas and electricity production resources. This dialogue format is hosted by Romania to provide the countries in the region with the necessary natural gas, but also to generate solutions that provide support to the strong economies in Western Europe, on whose success the economy of our region also depends, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. The meeting focused on the implementation of projects to strengthen cooperation between the participating countries, ensure energy resources and find the best solutions for strengthening the energy security of all participating states. Also, the discussion topics aimed at the need to cooperate to diversify the energy sources and supply routes, to get through the current energy crisis. The new alternative routes for the transport of natural gas through ports in Turkey and Greece and the interconnection for the transport and transit of natural gas to Romania were pointed out and identified. In this context, Romania recalled the need for the interconnection project through the underground electric power transmission cable on the route Azerbaijan - Georgia - Romania - Hungary. The event reconfirmed the solidarity proven by the countries in our region in the current geopolitical context, generated by the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. The Ministerial Meeting was attended by Virgil Popescu - Minister of Energy, Andrei Spinu - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova, Kostas Skrekas - Minister of Environment and Energy in Greece, Parviz Shahbazov - Minister of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Rossen Hristov - Minister of Energy of Bulgaria, Alparslan Bayraktar - Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, Mykola Kolisnyk - Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Peter Sztaray - Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary and George Chikovani - General Director, JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation - Georgia. 2022-09-22 10:55:00 transmis de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în cadrul Conferinței Internaționale a Gazului din RomâniaȘtiri din 21.09.2022 16:34:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 21 septembrieȘtiri din 21.09.2022 14:47:00Ședința de guvern din 21 septembrieȘtiri din 21.09.2022 12:24:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Grupului de lucru pentru independență și securitate energeticăȘtiri din 20.09.2022 16:56:00 premierului Nicolae Ionel-Ciucă la ceremonia de semnare a convențiilor de garantare pentru noul program guvernamental IMM INVEST PLUS, în anul 2022Știri din 20.09.2022 14:01:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 20.09.2022 13:11:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Asociației foștilor deținuți politiciȘtiri din 19.09.2022 10:45:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 16 septembrieȘtiri din 16.09.2022 13:27:00Ședința de guvern din 16 septembrieȘtiri din 16.09.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. It is the second Cabinet meeting we hold this week and I start it by thanking the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for the favourable opinion on Romania's first financing request under the PNRR(Recovery and Resilience Plan), worth 2.6 billion euros, money due to enter the country. It is very important to emphasize that so far, money from the European funds, alongside money from direct foreign investment amount to nearly 15 billion euros. This money, in this challenging time from the economy and security point of view, helps us keep the economy functional and helps us carry out what we assumed under the PNRR, the entire process of reform and modernization of Romania, at the same time with the Government taking on the fulfilment of the objectives related to OECD accession. This positive approval of the first payment request is because we managed to meet the goals and milestones that were on the list of objectives. This is what the government needs to do in the next period as well, in a very serious manner. There are objectives and tasks that we have discussed every time and we will continue to discuss them in this process of meeting milestones and targets, and each ministry is responsible for meeting them. We are also considering submitting our second request for payment in October, to make sure that we have met the requirements in terms of the coherence of the PNRR implementation. It is very important to address these topics and it is very important to keep the government agenda at the level of each ministry separately on the list of priorities with these objectives. Today, we will carry out what we undertook at Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, namely, we approve the Government Decision on the methodological norms for the enforcement of the provisions of Government Ordinance no. 105 on the continuation of the pilot program on the food support for pre-schoolers and pupils in 350 schools. I am sure that the Education Ministry will take measures so that the schools chosen are those that need this program which should cover in a unitary and balanced way the entire country, each county separately where indeed, there is a greater need for it. We also approve the Government Decision of the Labor Ministry providing for norms to implement Law 196/ 2016 on minimum inclusion level. Now, we start the Cabinet meeting. Thank you. 2022-09-16 12:19:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Summit-ul Rethink România, cu tema ”Reconstruim educația. Reconfigurăm demografia”Știri din 16.09.2022 Address by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Rethink Romania Summit, with the topic Rebuilding education, reconfiguring demography [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, dear guests, I am glad that I could attend even online this event - I had to stay in Bucharest as I attended another conference earlier, we also have the Cabinet meeting, so, I regret that I could not attend in person your event. I want to express my joy as I heard what the previous young speaker presented and I rejoiced at his optimism, his plans and especially his thinking about the future of his children as a better one than the situation we find ourselves in at present. I want to congratulate you on the initiative to bring at the same table of discussion entrepreneurs, representatives of the private sector and the political sector, representatives of NGOs, and mass media, to debate topics of strategic interest for our country. We got accustomed lately to discussions focusing on energy, and economic solutions in order to overcome this challenging time and I am glad that the Rethink Romania summit addresses education and demography. The demographic problems are a reality of the present times and represent a challenge not only for Romania but for entire Europe. In addition to the active measures we are taking to support the birth rate or reduce school dropout rates, it is clear that we should adapt the economy and the social relations to a more diverse and ageing population that includes immigrants, persons returning after many years spent abroad, or who search a job at an age older than 60 years. We encounter these situations in almost all EU countries and it is important that we can have access to European experiences and good practices. This step includes also the measures of the new education laws aimed at ensuring access to quality education, reducing school dropout rates and increasing connections between university curricula and the labour market. The Strategic Integrate Plan on Reducing School Dropout, enforced as of this school year, ensuring financial resources for preuniversity education, and adjusting the school network to the communities needs, will change the Romanian educational system for the better and will provide an educated and well-qualified human resource. These add to related policies such as the - Remedial Education, - School after School Program, adequate funding for the - A second chance program, and measures that are part of the new education laws that once implemented will provide opportunities so that nobody is left behind. The Education Laws took shape after a vast consultation within the frame of the Educated Romania Project, and they meet the needs of the Romanian society to have a modern education, adjusted to present times. We need this adaptation. This is why, we earmarked through PNRR, 3.6 billion euros for the Educated Romania Project, and I hold the belief that this money will help concretely to implementing the measures which will upgrade Romanian education. Increased access to education is closely followed by support granted to young families, a key element of our social policies. In the context of the demographic decline that Romania is facing, we assumed through the programme for the government, a set of measures. We have recently approved in the Government a state budget-funded project through which we encourage birth rate increase, for young people who want to have children. We are also preparing the implementation of the Student Invest Program and the Family Start program, already approved by the Government through which we provide access to funding to young families and students needing support. We continue to allocate the necessary funds for the development and modernization of the social infrastructure - nurseries, and educational units for the entire educational process - so that parents can be sure that their little ones are well taken care of. We are on a path of developing and modernizing infrastructure in all areas, improving the quality of life in local communities and strengthening the economy. The more than 90 billion lei dedicated, in this respect, to investments from the national budget, which add to the 90 billion euros from European resources for the coming years, represent substantial funding for our national development plan. In addition, the institutional reforms started for the accession to the OECD, political and legislative stability, and give confidence to the business environment. The increase of foreign direct investments by over 43% in the first 7 months of the year is a confirmation in this respect, and the estimates of the European institutions and the World Bank regarding the growth potential of the Romanian economy in the coming years, offer hope to our citizens and confidence to investors. We complete this picture with Romanias anchoring in European policies and objectives related to cutting through the red tape, the expansion of digitalization, the transition to green energy and a sustainable economy. Together with the programs focused on encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and facilitating reintegration, we hope to persuade as many Romanians from abroad as possible to return home - here I make a parenthesis and want to congratulate once again those who prepared and organized the RePatriot event, a very important event through which we demonstrate that, both at the government level and in full connection with civil society, we are taking important steps so that Romanians understand that there are better conditions and that Romania is on a better path, so that lets get them to return home - we need them back home, and once back home, they should capitalize on the accumulated experience for the benefit of Romanian society. We have in all corners of the world valuable researchers, doctors, specialists in technical fields, and qualified people, whose return to Romania will bring a plus added to the labour market and Romanian society. There are many challenges ahead of us for which we need realistic policies, policies that are forward-looking. I want you to come following these debates, with bold ideas, and proposals that we can capitalize on, at the level of public policies. I support the involvement of the private sector and civil society in solving the problems determined by the demographic, economic and social changes and I believe that only together can we find the best solutions for the future of Romania. All these steps are as beneficial as possible and complementary to the steps we take at the government level. I want to emphasize one more very important point because basically, you are launching a whole set of challenges, which are most welcome. For my part, I want to challenge you to call for realism and responsibility. I really want to leave the formal framework and mention that we are waiting for your criticisms, for a dialogue with you. It is very easy to criticize, to demolish without putting anything in place. And we can see this every day. Have the courage to criticize, criticize constructively without electoral passions! And as the previous young speaker emphasized, lets criticize having Romania's welfare in mind, the future of the country and especially the future of our children. I have high expectations from your summit and from the dialogue we will continue to maintain with civil society because I am convinced that only such initiatives that will be multiplied in all fields can really change Romania for the better. Thanking you for this opportunity to address you, even just through this online address, I wish you success and look forward to further dialogue and finding solutions together. Have a good day! Thank you! 2022-09-16 10:56:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la cea de-a șasea ediție a Bucharest Security Conference, cu tema “Strenghtening resilience in volatile times. New dimensions, new players, new perspectives”Știri din 16.09.2022[Check against delivery] Speech by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Bucharest Security Conference: - Strengthening resilience in volatile times. New dimensions, new players, new perspectives Good morning! Mr Rector, thank you very much for the introduction. Your Excellencies, distinguished representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Bucharest, ladies and gentlemen, professors, and distinguished guests, the rector began with a very beautiful story about how SNSPA was born, transformed, consolidated and contributed to the democratic course of our country. If I were to start with a story, then I can only relate it to what the irreversible path of our country meant to become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, a national goal at the time, and of course a member of the Union European. You have in the room two protagonists of the year 2001 when the decision was made for Romania to send troops to Afghanistan, and the National Defence Minister at that time was Ioan Mircea Pașcu. I was a battalion commander in Craiova. After we managed to get to Afghanistan and the Defence Minister came to see us settling in there, and before he got on the plane, he said this to me, I hope you remember, minister: Remember: Romanias road to NATO passes through Afghanistan. He shook my hand and left. The rest of the story is too long and I will not tell it now. Mr Rector, I attended all the activities I was invited to. The first, if I remember correctly, was held at the National Bank, about seven years ago. Since then and until now, many conferences have been held, all with topics related to the analysis of the security environment and the attempt to find solutions to cope with all these challenges. And I wouldnt be as pessimistic as Professor Secăreș to see that no stone will be left unturned. Probably, in history, there have always been such moments, but it was still within the reach of man to put the stone in place and strengthen the respective infrastructure. As such, an optimistic approach, through which we can enliven ourselves with enthusiasm that we have a lot to do. It is our duty to do them, it is our responsibility of course to make sure that we have something to do with, something to strengthen with. More important than anything, today we are members of an alliance that has no equal in the world, an alliance whose first responsibility is to ensure the security and defence of its members. We are members of the European Union, a Union whose primary objective is economic development, prosperity and, of course, the security and resilience component - two organizations that complement each other very well. Here, today, we can right here, in the proximity of a conflict, be sure that we can carry out such activities, that we can analyze, exchange ideas and promote measures to strengthen our status within the European Union, the Alliance, and above all to strengthen our pivotal role in the Black Sea. Much is happening in this region today, and Romania is the main actor alongside the other states that are part of the Black Sea region. And because not long ago there was another conference where the Black Sea matter was discussed, and also the Balkans, here Romania, in the middle, is assuming the role of looking for solutions so as to maintain the balance, stability, and peace both in the Black Sea region and in the Balkans area, knowing what are all the struggles and needs for decisions, including for the countries of the Western Balkans. It gives me particular pleasure to attend this conference, a distinct event in the landscape of the debates currently taking place in Romania and in Europe. Our security environment is constantly changing and we are always facing new challenges and threats. These challenges are constantly becoming more complex and persistent across Europe and beyond, affecting our societies on a daily basis. Many of them are of hybrid nature, multifaceted or simultaneous. Together with our partners in the European Union and NATO, we need to be prepared to cope with all. It is relevant to approach the topic in the context of the Russian unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. Combined tactics and methods have been used by Russia in a strategically coordinated manner in order to carry out the aggression. Russia has already brought warfare to our homes - here, in Europe, in the US, in all democratic countries, - through propaganda, manipulation of information, cyber-attacks, food crisis. We need to face the reality of Russia's attempts to use energy and food supply in support of its aggressive policies. Russian aggression has led to massive food security challenges, as it has disrupted, to a significant extent, the agricultural season in Ukraine. The blockage by Russia of the Ukrainian ports has interrupted the Ukrainian grain exports to their destinations, thus exacerbating the food crisis in important areas around the globe. Russian aggression and its manipulation of strategic dependencies that affect transatlantic and global energy also demonstrate the risks of overreliance on autocratic, revisionist actors and the systemic models they promote. Solidarity with Ukraine has been a top priority for Romania. In recent months, Romania has put in action our own national mechanisms for providing direct support, together with the assistance of our partners and allies. The crisis that Russia has created is also an opportunity for the transatlantic community to support a long-term global recalibration of supply chains, trade connections and strategic partnerships. Achieving this result will require sustained joint efforts by all transatlantic actors in support of friendly-shoring key supply chains, promotion and expansion of an inclusive and resilient economic development model, based on high environmental, financial and labour standards, avoiding control of key supply bottlenecks (geographical, resources or technology bottlenecks) by authoritarian actors. The Black Sea proved more than ever its strategic relevance in this context. Romania became an important transit country for grains coming from Ukraine. Until now, 4 million tons of Ukrainian grains have already transited the Romanian ports since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Constanța, the largest harbour at the Black Sea, has become one of the main maritime gateways for the Ukrainian grains. Galați, after we upgraded the broad gauge railway that links Ukraine to Romania (via R. Moldova), received in August, the first grain train from Ukraine through this railroad, having as destination Turkiye. Romania supports the UN Secretary-General Black Sea Grain Initiative - to alleviate the blockade imposed by Russia over Ukraine at the Black Sea. I welcome the Agreement signed in Istanbul, on 22nd July, a vital mechanism established for the safe transportation of grain, related foodstuffs and fertilizer, including ammonia, from designated Ukrainian ports to global markets. We hope that this long-awaited deal will avoid a food shortage catastrophe for millions worldwide, will help reinstate confidence in the global food market and reduce food prices from their current levels. Russia's unprecedented aggression against Ukraine also marked the start of a hybrid war against the West, which represented a strong signal for all of us that we need to strengthen the resilience of our critical infrastructure. Moreover, maintaining European solidarity and unity remains an essential element for articulating an adequate response to Russian aggression. The Russian-led hybrid campaigns related to the war are not limited to Ukraine and neither to the Western countries. They are worldwide manipulation operations and they need to be addressed as such. These are complex mixed threats that many times combine military and civil components. Strengthening the transatlantic resilience, by decreasing dependencies on actors which do not share transatlantic values and interests, while at the same time increasing connections with like-minded partners, remains a strategic priority for the Romanian foreign and security policy. We need better preventive measures and to strengthen, at the same time, the resilience of our partners and neighbours, as the internal and external security of the Union is indissolubly interlinked. The resilience and stability of our neighbourhood are an investment in our own security. We have a most relevant example of the significance of resilience at our doorstep: the resistance of Ukraine's armed forces and civil society against the Russian aggression is a demonstration of the crucial importance of military and societal resilience in the face of external challenges. Romania is actively involved in very important areas aimed at strengthening resilience, among which hosting in Bucharest the European Cybersecurity Competence ​​Centre and the Euro-Atlantic Center for Resilience. Most of the new threats have cyber components. The security of cyberspace has become a matter of the highest political and diplomatic priority and a topic that needs to be addressed constantly in all dimensions. Malicious cyber activities have dramatically increased in recent years serving different purposes and taking various forms, including attacks against critical infrastructure, cyber-espionage, intellectual property theft and cybercrime, and are often used as components of hybrid attacks. We are also witnessing a shift in targets, scope and intensity of attacks carried out by already known actors. Such is the case of the severe cyberattacks against Albania's governmental and critical infrastructure, strongly condemned by NATO and the EU member states. Romania remains committed to upholding and promoting respect for human beings and their fundamental rights within the development and use of information and telecommunications technologies. As a responsible member of the international community, Romania promotes the full applicability of international law, grounded on the UN Charter in its entirety, as well as humanitarian and human rights law within cyberspace, and will continue to do so as global technological evolution progresses. Before concluding, I want to mention that we are carrying out activities at the level of all line ministries and institutions, through which, using both European and national funds, we succeed, on the one hand, in ensuring the digitalization of public services, so that the citizen can access as easily as possible everything related to government institutions and, of course, his needs and requests, and, on the other hand, we take the necessary measures together with our allies, with the institutions and specialists of the European Union, because, as I said, we also have funds from the European Union, so that we can build a digital, cyberspace that ensures data protection and the security of the services we provide. As such, any idea and any proposal that can support the governments efforts is of great use to us, bearing in mind that at the government level, most of the activities are carried out in full transparency and dialogue with civil society, thus so that we can find the best solutions. Thank you and I wish you success in everything that you are doing, as it is a challenge, with concrete solutions for government actions. Good luck! Thank you! 2022-09-16 10:50:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții HORECAȘtiri din 14.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă's meeting with the delegation of HORECA representatives Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă met at Victoria Palace with the delegation of HORECA representatives, to analyze the impact of support measures the Government has implemented and to establish ways to promote new solutions in this respect. During the dialogue, they identified proposals whereby HORECA can access the necessary aid to maintain the activity, and the jobs in this sector, in the challenging context generated by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the hikes in energy and gas prices. The concrete support measures for HORECA will be advanced based on the technical discussions within the working group coordinated at the level of the PM Chancellery, which will include representatives of relevant ministries and the industry. 2022-09-14 18:48:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții fabricilor de porțelan Apulum și Ipec din Alba IuliaȘtiri din 14.09.2022 18:19:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a semnat astazi în cartea de condoleanțe deschisă în memoria Majestății Sale Regina Elisabeta a II-a a Regatului Unit al Marii Britanii şi Irlandei de Nord, la reședința ambasadorului britanic în RomâniaȘtiri din 14.09.2022 17:28:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul adjunct al cercetării, inovării și digitalizării din Republica Cipru, Kyriacos KokkinosȘtiri din 14.09.2022 16:59:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 14 septembrieȘtiri din 14.09.2022 16:17:00Ședința de guvern din 14 septembrieȘtiri din 14.09.2022 12:28:00 Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții companiei Nokian TyresȘtiri din 14.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă welcomed at Victoria Palace a delegation of the Nokian Tyres company. On this occasion, the Romanian Governments vision was presented regarding the importance attached to investment in the economic development of Romania and the support provided to the business community. In this respect, the dialogue aimed at the state aid packages available for large investment and openness showed towards the needs of relocating industrial production facilities as a result of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, but also from the Asia area. The Government is committed to accelerating the steps to join the OECD, the most powerful organisation that brings together economies accounting for 90 percent of foreign direct investment at the global level. Romania has already started the process of adopting the OECD standards, which, together with the implementation of PNRR reforms, will transform the public administration and facilitate the operation of the business community at an optimised level. We have demonstrated that the external borders of the European Union are well guarded by Romania and thus we showed that we are capable of taking on the protection of the borders of the Schengen Area, which certainly represents an additional asset in our attractiveness to investors, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. 2022-09-14 09:55:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului Interministerial pentru coordonarea relațiilor României cu OCDEȘtiri din 13.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă: The next period's priorities will require an intense institutional effort for the OECD recommendations implementation. Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă convened at Victoria Palace a new meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the coordination of the accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The participants analysed the stages completed so far, and discussed elements regarding internal coordination, as well as the guidelines for the next periods priorities, under the Roadmap approved for Romania. The national coordinator on Romanias accession to the OECD, Luca Niculescu, also attended the meeting. After the OECD mission in Romania in June of this year, when our country officially entered the stage of extensive evaluation and analysis of the instruments included in the Roadmap, namely in the stage of the self-assessment development in relation to these instruments, priority number one is now the drafting of the contributions to the Initial Memorandum that Romania must send to the Secretary-General of the OECD. The document includes an assessment of the alignment of Romanias legislation, policies and practices with a number of over 230 OECD legal instruments. In addition to completing the exercise of self-assessment of the OECD instruments by the institutions and, in particular, the integration of those in shared competence, other priorities of the following period are the finalization of the OECD teams at the level of the institutions and the active participation and at the appropriate level of representation in the OECD Sectoral Committees and in other OECD meetings. As regards the internal coordination of the accession process, it will take place in two work formats, both at the level of heads of institutions, led by the prime minister, in the format of the Inter-ministerial Committee for the coordination of Romanias relations with the OECD, and at the technical level, in the format of an inter-institutional Task Force. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă pointed out that OECD accession is our countrys top strategic priority and an opportunity for better public policies in the current difficult context, in which the attention extended to development prospects remains the engine of Romanias competitiveness and well-being for citizens. It is a teamwork and an intense interinstitutional effort for the Initial Memorandum that we are to draft in the next period to be concise, of quality and to focus on the way in which the legislation, policies and practices enforceable in Romania correspond to the OECD instruments in order to prove that we have the necessary will and resources for the implementation of the Roadmap recommendations. Joining the OECD represents one of the countrys most important goals and will allow Romania to join some of the most developed countries in the world, thus offering the chance for economic development and the opening of numerous investment opportunities for Romania, pointed out Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă. The Head of the Executive assured the participants of the Government's full support and asked them to closely coordinate with the national coordinator on Romanias accession to the OECD, Luca Niculescu, and the deputy national coordinator Adrian Ciocănea. 2022-09-13 17:52:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, alături de președintele Klaus Iohannis, la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul Zilei Pompierilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 13.09.2022 17:50:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Forumul "Moldova-România: Capital Bridges", destinat promovării piețelor de capital, împreună cu prim-ministrul Republicii Moldova, Natalia GavrilițaȘtiri din 13.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Moldova-Romania: Capital Bridges forum, aimed at promoting the capital markets [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. Welcome. I am very glad that we organized this event. Prime Minister, President of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, Chairman of ASF, Your Excellencies, Dear guests, I am glad to attend an event designed to strengthen the relations between Romania and the Republic of Moldova and the bridges connecting us. We share strong cultural and spiritual values and we can do much more to develop the ties between us. Granting EU candidate status to the Republic of Moldova marks a historical moment in its European path and opens new welfare opportunities for the Republic of Moldova's citizens. In this context, the development of trade relations and the promotion of investment are essential to strengthen the Strategic Partnership for the Republic of Moldova's European integration. As I pledged, our support for the Republic of Moldova is a concrete one, that can be found including in the Agreement on the implementation of the technical and financial assistance programme on the basis of a nonrefundable financial aid worth 100 million euros granted by Romania. Our help does not stop here. We fully support the Republic of Moldova in its institutional, economic and social preparation for the fulfilment of Chisinau's commitments to Brussels and more extensively, for the full integration of the Republic of Moldova into the European family. The current geopolitical and economic context is one full of challenges for Romania and the Republic of Moldova's economies. The war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, the shortage of material and human resources, international supply chain disruptions, as well as soaring inflation at the global level, cause real problems for the business sector. Our role is to find viable solutions to these problems and to make entrepreneurs and companies confident in national economies. It is also important for us to intensify joint efforts to alleviate the negative impact felt at the level of both countries' populations and business communities. Romania is the first commercial partner of the Republic of Moldova, and in 2021, Romanian - Moldovan bilateral trade attained a record value of more than 2 billion euros. This year, in the first 5 months, bilateral trade exceeded already 1.2 billion euros, thus confirming the accelerated growth pace of trade relations between our countries. It is good, but not enough. We should make joint efforts and convey messages to the business community from Romania and the Republic of Moldova for an optimal capitalization of the potential of the two economies. Also, the cooperation relationship between the two capital markets from our countries has older roots, and in the current context, of the Republic of Moldova's EU candidate status, this cooperation should be stronger. Capital access is vital for the development of our economies. We are ready to support companies searching for access to stock exchange funding. The success of the Bucharest Stock Exchange can certainly be shared with colleagues from the Republic of Moldova to build together effective capital bridges between the two economies. Ladies and gentlemen, We want to continue to contribute to the economic development of the Republic of Moldova and the implementation of projects that can help it join the European Union family more quickly. I tell you that when the Republic of Moldova enters the European Union, I will be as happy as when Romania joined the European family. Only then will our mission be truly accomplished, and Moldovans and Romanians will be able to enjoy together the benefits of EU membership. I want to tell you that I had several bilateral meetings together with Mrs Prime Minister; we had a joint government meeting in Chisinau, in February. We discussed the concrete actions that we can undertake together so that we really support and help the efforts that the Republic of Moldova is making on its EU accession path. We have established concrete elements that are, of course, related to the crisis we are going through and we are willing to support with everything necessary so that the Government of the Republic of Moldova can manage this crisis situation. Of course, there are the subjects that make up the agenda of the Government every day, there are the problems related to the provision of gas resources, the provision of electricity, access to the European market, subjects that we discussed, as I mentioned, in Chisinau, in Bucharest and we also discussed them in Brussels, doing our utmost to share our experience and persuade the authorities in Brussels that the Republic of Moldova must continue its path towards EU accession. We are willing to do our utmost to support this effort technically and humanly. These are steps that are the subject of analysis in the context of the crisis, both countries being border countries with Ukraine and everything that means the effects of the invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine can be felt at the level of the Republic of Moldova and Romania. We managed, from the point of view of governmental actions, everything that was necessary, to facilitate border transit from the Republic of Moldova to Romania and vice versa. We are still in discussions and have established working groups to identify new solutions. I am confident that, through everything we have agreed and decided together, we will be able to do in such a way that we support the authorities of the Republic of Moldova, the Government of the Republic of Moldova to assure its citizens that they are doing their utmost to overcome this crisis situation and get through the winter of 2022-2023 more easily. Today's event is the most relevant one in terms of strengthening this bridge. It is a business bridge that, as a liberal, I can only support and do my best to foster trade and business relations to strengthen, expand and, in the way this, investors from both countries have access to a business market that is as transparent and as easy as possible. Those of you, who really made your contribution to this effort, are present here, in this room, and I want, personally, on behalf of the Government, to thank you for all the support given and, of course, to recognize the merit and the efforts of the representatives of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, in organizing this event. Thank you and I wish you success further on! 2022-09-13 15:00:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu vicepreședintele companiei Lockheed Martin, Raymond PiselliȘtiri din 13.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: I welcome the launch in Romania of Lockheed Martin's investment in the field of artificial intelligence Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă received, at the Victoria Palace, the Lockheed Martin delegation, led by the Vice President for International Affairs, Raymond Piselli. During the dialogue aimed at the development of bilateral cooperation, the launch of the U.S. company's investment in the field of research - development, and artificial intelligence was announced. The results of research resulting from the collaboration between the Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership and Research Laboratory of Lockheed Martin and the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca will be applied in the field of national security and environmental science. The Romanian Prime Minister welcomed the decision of the global aerospace and security company to start R and D activities in Romania. - This is further proof of the strengthening of the Romania-US Strategic Partnership. The Government supports investment and the economic component strengthens our military partnership. I am glad that Romania can offer an integrated development framework, including industry, high technology, academia, and research, in an area of the future such as Artificial Intelligence. Industrial cooperation will create more value and can generate the technology transfer needed to develop our economy, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. On the same occasion, the status of the implementation of the Lockheed Martin-led acquisition programs for both multirole aircraft and missile defence systems was reviewed. We need credibility for the implementation of our armament projects. Our role in the Black Sea region is increasingly relevant and we need to ensure that we are ready to take it on. We continue, as the economic results confirm the pace of development, to pay the necessary attention to ensuring the security of our country, alongside our strategic partners, conveyed Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2022-09-13 11:45:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia Zilei Pompierilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 13.09.2022 09:17:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în cadrul unui mic dejun de lucru cu prim-ministrul Republicii Moldova, Natalia GavrilițaȘtiri din 13.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Romania is making every effort to find supply, transit and storage solutions for the natural gas needed by the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă welcomed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Gavrilița at the Victoria Palace. On this occasion, the two officials reviewed the progress in the implementation of concrete projects intended to support Moldova in areas such as energy and natural gas supply, the provision of funding from a 100-million-euro package, as well as of 10 million euros in direct support. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă assured that Romania is making every effort to find supply, transit and storage solutions for the natural gas needed by the Republic of Moldova. Regarding electricity, it will be provided within the existing transport infrastructure, and new interconnection lines will be ensured in the medium and long term. During the meeting, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova Natalia Gavrilița discussed the increased transit of lorries on the borders and the need for additional measures to streamline traffic. In this respect, the new border point that will open at Bumbata-Leova, on a military bridge of pontoons, and the taking over of goods traffic on the Radauti Prut-Lipcani bridge will contribute to reducing traffic congestion at the existing points. Special attention was extended by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă to the support that the Bucharest Government can offer in the preparation process for the start of the Republic of Moldovas accession negotiations with the European Union. Prime Minister Gavrilita reviewed the current developments in Chisinaus preparations for negotiations, especially in the area of justice. 2022-09-13 09:12:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Împreună cu editori, bibliotecari și personalități culturale, ne dorim să aducem cartea mai aproape de generația tânărăȘtiri din 12.09.2022 17:51:00ászló Borbély: ”România a raportat în 2021 cea mai mare rată din UE a numărului deceselor cauzate de accidente rutiere, 93 la un milion. Aducem din nou în atenția publică importanța educației pentru siguranța rutieră și pentru îndeplinirea obiectivelor de dezvoltare durabilă din Agenda 2030”Știri din 12.09.2022 15:28:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ”Serbările Naționale Țebea”Știri din 11.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Țebea National Celebrations Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Dear MPs, Ministers, Dear local authorities, Your Holiness, Dear Romanians, We are here, together, to commemorate 150 years since the death of Avram Iancu, hero of the Romanian nation and symbol of the fight for freedom, social justice and national unity. A century and a half passed since the The Prince of the Mountains (Craisorul Muntilor) departed, leaving us his deeds and thoughts. Time forgives no one. Time passes, but the true values ​​that hold us together have survived and will endure for centuries to come. Avram Iancu is a symbol of these values: love of nation and country, perseverant fight against oppression and ability to win even against a tragic destiny. Avram Iancu embodies all these values, he embodies a united Romania, right here, in the heart of Transylvania, the Romanian holy land. For these reasons, I tell you that today we are not only commemorating the man Avram Iancu, our great revolutionary hero, a man of the law, intellectual and patriot of the 1848 revolution generation. Today, we celebrate together the united Romanian nation. Here, in Țebea, near Hora's sessile oak(Gorunul lui Horia), the tombs of Avram Iancu, his commanders and the hero soldiers from the two world wars, we tell Crăişorul Muntilor that his dream bequeathed to his descendants has been fulfilled: Romania is a sovereign, independent, unitary and indivisible National State. Ladies and gentlemen, Not far from us are the words of Avram Iancus will: a kind of premonition seems to tell me that the future is uncertain. The future is always uncertain. But we must be brave, determined and ready to meet it. We must always think of the lessons of the past. Let us remember the courage, determination and sacrifice of our forefathers in front of difficult decisions that fundamentally changed the fate of our nation. Unfortunately, we are going through a period of uncertainty and insecurity. People have many fears and are rightly worried about what tomorrow has in store for them. A war is unfolding not far from Romanias borders, and we can feel in our daily lives a series of negative effects of this war. We have a hard winter ahead for which we must prepare with wisdom, balance and responsibility. It will not be easy, but Romania will succeed to overcome all these difficulties because we are prepared for any scenario. At the same time, we are not alone. We are a NATO and EU Member State. Together with our reliable partners, Romania is a point of stability among the Balkan nations because we promote and protect fundamental rights and freedoms, the values of democracy and the rule of law. Only now, when we have seen that the war of aggression can rekindle in Europe, we have all understood that our belonging to the Western world actually means protecting our nation and our national identity. I learned from Avram Iancu that true patriotism aims to achieve social peace and economic well-being, but these are not possible in the absence of human dignity and individual freedom, in the absence of tolerance, dialogue and transparency in decision-making. A strong nation is a nation united around some values which stand for its national identity. These values are shared by most of the citizens, that silent majority, which is rarely spoken about from the rostrum of power. Our national identity is a European one because the Romanian nation is a European nation. Ladies and gentlemen, 150 years after his death, we should all ask ourselves what Avram Iancu would feel and do if he were alive today. And I dont think he would be disappointed. On the contrary, I have this firm belief that he would be happy to see Transylvania united with Wallachia and Moldavia and that he would do his utmost to save his nation and protect it from those who want to harm it. If we really want to honour his memory, we should have Avram Iancu as an example to follow in our thoughts and actions. We should learn and put into practice the lessons he taught us through personal example. What are these lessons? First of all, there are always challenges and threats ahead of us. This is why we need to stand ready, united and able to cope with any situation. Secondly, you cannot attain great national objectives unless you have friends and allies to help you when needed. Romania is now in the western world, among friends. We have economic and security guarantees which can safeguard us in the toughest moments. Thirdly, a strong nation is built through the law, and observance of social and legal norms. As Avram Iancu bequeathed to us in his will, only armed with the law, fighters will be able to win the rights of my nation. Ladies and gentlemen, Avram Iancu is a symbol of the fight for the unification and protection of the Romanian nation. His image will endure through the ages because this fight to unify and protect the nation never ends. It is a continuous struggle and a duty that we have as Romanians and as citizens of the Romanian state. We can only honour his deeds and continue his fight tirelessly, every Romanian wherever they are on this earth. May God bless and protect Romania! Thank you! 2022-09-11 15:33:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la 21 de ani de la atentatele teroriste din Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 11.09.2022 been 21 years since the terrorist attacks that caused shock, fear and pain for the whole world. The tragedy of the American nation, shared by the whole planet, struck the fibre of freedom and democracy - trust and respect for each other. We honour the memory of those who died and our thoughts are with the rescuers and survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These more than two decades have meant a long and challenging transition from shock and fear to balance and solidarity: between the citizens of the planet and between the nations of the world. The solidity of the international community was proven once again by the concerted way in which the threats to international peace and security were addressed, in a continuous fight against terrorism and to protect democracy. Romania stood and further stands in solidarity with the United States of America. Our soldiers, in some of the most complex missions, have shown professionalism and dedication, contributing to the defence of peace and democratic values. In the most important missions, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Romanian soldiers showed solidarity to the US partner, fighting alongside the democratic societies against terrorism and defending fundamental rights and freedoms. I am grateful to my comrades and thank them once again! Their spirit of sacrifice inspires us even today when we live again in the reality of war near the borders. And their example shows us that solidarity and humanity is the key to the gate of regional and global security. The Romania-USA strategic partnership continues to be a pivot for stability in the region and on the continent, especially in the context of the war in Ukraine. Romania is now a secure territory, a state that has the ability to defend its citizens and its territory in this difficult period, to be the safety line of the European Union. The lesson of the 21 years, in which all democratic societies have coalesced against terrorism, is our guide for coexistence in peace and safety. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-09-11 09:15:00ții susținute de consilierul de stat Mădălina Turza privind concluziile dezbaterilor prilejuite de ”Forumul de la București – către o platformă europeană de incluziune a refugiaților”, organizat de Guvernul României în perioada 8-9 septembrie 2022Știri din 09.09.2022 15:26:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Gala #RePatriotInspiră, Ediția a V-aȘtiri din 08.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the fifth edition of the #RePatriotInspiră Gala Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Good evening. I want to thank you very much for everything you are doing. I indeed learnt about the RePatriot project three years ago when the project initiators came to the Ministry of Defence and called on us to devote a project to war veterans. Ever since I understood the aim of this project, the heart they put into everything they are doing and we have seen the effects whereby we managed to honour both the heroes' memory and the memory of those who are living. This is just a part of the aim of RePatriot in the action agenda. Now I understood better the message and the objective, the main line of effort that RePatriot sought to carry out. Throughout all government activity, I placed on the list of priorities this objective, to persuade as many Romanians as possible to return home. It is an objective, an action we need to do together, it is a duty to those who stayed at home, and it is equally important and beneficial for those who are working abroad. I think it is our duty and obligation to do our utmost to persuade them that Romania has changed. Romania has transformed itself, it is the place where they were born, and where they need to return and work as we greatly need them here. I had several meetings with businesspeople, and representatives of companies that want to invest in Romania, and one of the problems they always raised, is human resources and particularly, the value of human resources. Romanians who are now hired by companies abroad, do have value, professional, and intellectual value, otherwise, they would not have been employed there. Following the dialogue and discussions with those in charge of the project, I understood that we, the Government, also have a contribution. Our current contribution consists in the program we have already initiated at the level of the Government so that we can give a consistent signal that we are doing what is right to support them to return home. There is a whole set of programs, some of them funded from European money whereby we can stimulate the entrepreneurs to access this money and open up a business in Romania. In my address at the Romania of the Future Forum, I presented the program whereby we finance innovation and allow Romanians abroad, bright minds with passion and courage to innovate, and invent, the possibility to do so. There are grants for each of them, in the amount of 160 million, 1. 4 million for three years, money from the state budget. I think this alternative of governmental projects with those provided by the business sector, and civil society, can show the openness, and preoccupation of the entire Romanian society to persuade Romanians to return home. This evening, I have come here to contribute to your initiative. This object is not of big value, it has rather a symbolic value to me, military binoculars I received from my comrades when I took over the command of a combat unit. The symbol was that wherever you go, looking through binoculars, you see us closer. There is another symbolic item, a coin that I had as the Chief of the Defence Staff. It is a purely military item used in meetings with comrades from other countries when we used to exchange these little symbols to preserve the memory of the respective joint action. Both items are being offered for bidding. Mr Anastasiu, when we talked, know that the thought was always at those who need to return home. You said earlier that Romania is not perfect, and probably no one will ever be perfect, but we must work hard to perfect ourselves. However, what you are doing this evening is an activity to improve ourselves and to show that we have the will, the interest and care, not only about the Romanians abroad but especially about the Romanians at home, because by several returning home, we are stronger, more united and we can achieve more together. Thank you! 2022-09-08 20:05:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ministrul Agriculturii și Industriei Alimentare din Republica Moldova, Vladimir BoleaȘtiri din 08.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă welcomed the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry from the Republic of Moldova, Vladimir Bolea, at the Victoria Palace. On this occasion, the two high officials discussed the situation of supply chain flows for agricultural products and food affected by the Russian military aggression in Ukraine. As Romania remains the most important supporter of the Republic of Moldova's EU accession, Prime Minister expressed the Government's availability to offer full support for the EU accession process of the Republic of Moldova, also regarding agriculture. At the same time, the Romanian Prime Minister has given full assurances about our country's full openness to support the Republic of Moldova's farmers who are affected by the embargo imposed by Russia but can benefit from their products access to the EU's market. On the same occasion, they addressed new solutions to process the products of farmers from Romania into the Republic of Moldova. 2022-09-08 17:59:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Houlin Zhao, secretar general al Uniunii Internaționale de Telecomunicații (ITU)Știri din 08.09.2022 15:56:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 8 septembrieȘtiri din 08.09.2022 14:27:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul de lansare a Raportului „Limitarea schimbărilor climatice și a impactului lor: o abordare integrată pentru România”Știri din 08.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the launch of the report Limiting climate change and its impact: an integrated approach for Romania [Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Mr President Dear Ministers, Dear presidential advisors, Dear guests, First, I want to thank President Klaus Iohannis for supporting public policies and measures to limit climate change. The establishment of the working group on the topic Combating climate change: an integrated approach and the report developed by this working group are proof of the presidents commitment to back public policies aimed at limiting climate change and increasing the quality of life of Romanian citizens. Climate change is one of humanitys greatest challenges globally and calls for major long-term measures. It is important that the state of climate emergency was acknowledged at the highest international level, by the United Nations, since 2020. We should also salute that many international organizations, such as the World Bank, the North Atlantic Alliance, and the OECD are actively involved in limiting the effects of climate change that are multiplied in our daily lives. In Romania, this year, we faced a drought that seriously affected not only agriculture but also peoples quality of life. Climate change has long-term effects on agriculture, public health, the energy system, transport and, of course, biodiversity. That is why we have moved on to concrete measures and actions to help those affected by the effects of the drought. At the level of the Government, the Interministerial Committee for the management of the effects of climate change in agriculture was established, in which we decided to ensure on time the subsidies and funds allocated from the European Union budget and the state budget, for the development of agricultural works in good conditions and the achievement of investment objectives aimed at reducing energy consumption. One of the measures of the Executive refers to the allocation of the necessary funds for the execution of rehabilitation works and investments in the irrigation systems, to be able to maintain the system in operation and increase its capacity. Beyond these measures aimed at short- and medium-term actions, the Interministerial Committee on Climate Change was established at the Government level in April of this year, an entity with a consultative role, which I have the honour to coordinate. In this capacity, I appreciate the excellent collaboration with the Presidential Administration to ensure the compliance of policies in the sectors with an impact on climate change. At the European level, the European Green Deal, the European Unions New Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the European Climate Law and the European Climate Pact represent Europes response to the complex challenges generated by climate change. In this context, Romania had also to review the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change and develop the National Action Plan for its implementation, based on a new climate change normative framework for 2022-2030 and prepare for the 2050 time horizon. The implementation of the Strategy and the Plan until 2030 and the correlation with other policies and strategies, such as the resilience of the energy system, reducing risks of disasters or water resources management, represent a mandatory condition for the adaptation of Romanian society to climate change and mitigating its medium and long term impact. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests and the Ministry of Investments and European Projects are involved in the implementation of the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change and the National Action Plan, and the collaboration existing at the Executive level on these major themes gives me hopes in terms of the sustainable development of Romania. We have strategies, we have institutions involved and we also have the necessary funds to implement the projects. For 2021 - 2027, the European Commission has set a more ambitious target for mainstreaming climate change in all EU programmes, a target of 25% of EU spending that would contribute to attaining climate goals. This is estimated to stand at around 320 billion euros, an increase of more than 50% compared to the climate mainstreaming budget allocated for 2014 - 2020. Also, the European Green Deal Investment Plan envisages the mobilization of at least 1 trillion euros in sustainable investments by 2030. The European Investment Bank (EIB) is undergoing a process of transformation into the EU's Climate Bank and it has announced that it will gradually increase the share of its funding dedicated to climate action and sustainability to reach 50% of its operations in 2025. The European Union is funding climate change adaptation in Europe through a wide range of instruments, and considerable contributions from national budgets and the private sector will be needed to meet the undertaken goals. This is why it is important to hold debates like this, to be open to consultations with the private sector, academic milieu, and experts, to take those measures that improve our adaptation capacity and lead to increased resilience of the socio-economic and natural systems to the climate change impact, facilitating Romania's transition to a circular economy and climate neutrality until 2050. Thank you. 2022-09-08 12:39:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Conferința internațională „Curtea de Conturi a României - Digitalizare în audit”Știri din 08.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the International Conference Romanian Court of Accounts - Digitalization in Audit Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, President of the Constitutional Court, President of the Court of Accounts, thank you for inviting me here. Your Excellencies, dear representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Bucharest, dear auditors, members of the Court of Accounts, dear guests, I am honoured to attend the anniversary of an institution whose founding act bears the signature of Mihail Kogalniceanu, president of the Council of Ministers at that time. Today, we are celebrating 30 years since the re-establishment by the law of the Court of Accounts. The institution has, however, a history of 158 years, and this age demonstrates how important the Court of Accounts is in the proper functioning of the Romanian state. The High Court of Accounts was among the first fundamental institutions of the modern state established by Ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza because they considered that there must be an institution to control the way public money was spent. A strong, independent institution capable of exercising effective control over all state entities. This goal is still at the heart of your institutions work today, and I want to thank you for the way you have served the public interest. Ensuring financial discipline in the spending of public money is not an easy mission, given that we are talking about thousands of entities that are subject to audit and control, to which are added over 1.5 million individuals and legal entities that come into one form or another in contact with public money. Also, the Audit authority is the only one empowered to audit the European non-reimbursable funds that Romania receives annually and to report this to the European Union. There are multiple responsibilities and I congratulate you on the way you managed them and made sure that the public money is spent correctly and transparently. The Court of Accounts, like the other institutions, started an extensive modernization process. Digitalization represents a real challenge for the Government and the state institutions, and I am glad to note that the Court of Accounts treated this process with seriousness and responsibility. An institutional strategy in line with the challenges of a constantly changing society increased professional performance of the Court of Accounts human resources, as well as an improved internal and external communication, are objectives assumed by the Court of Accounts and I encourage you to continue developing and modernizing the audit service. Finally, I want to thank you for the open, transparent partnership we have with you, because we need real and consistent support in the efficient management of public money, to contribute together to the change of Romanian society for the better. Congratulations on your work, good luck in the future and may you achieve all the projects you have set your mind to! Now that Mrs Stoicescu mentioned that Mr President inserted a series of jokes in his speech, after so many years of activity, I did not insert any kind of a joke because I know that the Court of Accounts is not joked about. Thank you! 2022-09-08 11:13:00Ședința de guvern din 8 septembrieȘtiri din 08.09.2022 11:00:00 Mondială a Conștientizării Duchenne, marcată de către GuvernȘtiri din 07.09.2022 19:30:00ĂRÂRE de Guvern privind alocarea unei sume din Fondul de rezervă în vederea suportării costurilor pentru repatrierea unor cetățeni români și pentru acordarea unui ajutor financiar de urgențăȘtiri din 07.09.2022 17:54:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la lansarea Proiectului ”Va Urma”, inițiat de Consiliul Investitorilor StrăiniȘtiri din 07.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the launch event of the Va Urma (To Be Continued) project, initiated by the Foreign Investors Council [Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Ladies and gentlemen, Your Excellencies, dear guests, The partnership between the Government of Romania and the Foreign Investors Council is a certainty, and my presence, today, at the event organised by you confirms the relationship of trust that we have. After two year - pandemic and war at its borders that affects the economy at the global level, a collaboration based on openness between investors and government is very important to find together the best solutions for development. Ever since taking office, we had permanent consultations with the business sector, we had meetings with the Foreign Investors Council and the others of other representative organizations, and the measures we have taken reflected this constant dialogue. We have committed ourselves not to come up with new taxes and not to increase the existing ones, and we have kept our promise, although it was not an easy thing to do. We promised stability and predictability for investors and we kept our word We undertook to be the government that supports investments and allocated the largest amount for investments in the last 32 years; we have more than 90 billion lei allocated in the state budget. This policy assumed by the Government also benefited from the dynamics of foreign direct investments, with more than 21% in the first six months of this year. The number of companies with foreign capital newly established in Romania increased in the first six months of this year by 35%, compared to a similar period in 2021. These are facts, I rejoice that we did well our job, that investors trust Romania and come to invest in Romania. For the development and modernisation of the country, in the coming years, Romania has allocated a consistent package of financing, 100 billion euros, of which 90 billion euros, European money we will use until 2029 and which we hope to produce that 4, 5 times growth. It would be good to be five times or even more. The impact of these impressive amounts will be multiplied by the effects generated in the economy. There are new challenges ahead that we need to face, most linked to energy resources. Romania has committed to making investments to become a pole of energy security in the region and is on the right track in this direction. At the same time, we support the green projects that we committed to through PNRR because we will overcome this energy crisis at some point, and the transition to climate neutrality is an objective that we must not abandon. I welcome the interest of the FIC members and representatives in the economy of the future, in projects designed to ensure sustainable economic growth for our country. Last evening, I attended the Romania of the Future Forum, and I could see that we have potential that awaits to be capitalized by investors. I hope you will pay close attention to this request of focusing on the innovation sector in Romania. New challenges added up which we need to cope with, most of them linked to energy. Energy transition and digital transformation are on the agenda of the Government. We encourage the development of a constructive dialogue with the business environment, with the academic environment, which will result in a long-term plan for Romania, until the year 2040, in line with the needs of the citizens and with the European desiderata. To attain these objectives, we will launch an operational and efficient agency dedicated to foreign investments that will be the central point of communication with companies interested in investing in Romania. This agency will function at the Government being directly subordinated to the Prime Minister and in the next period it will go on the Governments table for approval, and then it will be made operational. Accession to the Schengen area and the OECD will increase our country's attractiveness and also the benefits of those who decided and will decide to invest here. We are committed to the reform process both through PNRR which you mentioned and through our objective and ambition to implement as soon as possible the OECD accession roadmap. There are country objectives for which we have structures that deal directly with all these technical aspects which are already functional and we have very good cooperation with the OECD technical staff. Ladies and gentlemen, I believe in dialogue and in the solutions found together, medium and long-term solutions, measures that will shape a countrys project adjusted to the times we are living, the European and global challenges. Thank you once again for the honest partnership we developed, and for supporting investments in Romania, although we know it is not always easy, I wish you good luck, as a better Romania for future generations will surely follow. Thank you. I look forward to attending the full session, including the debates you organized this afternoon. 2022-09-07 17:42:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu președintele Ungariei, doamna Katalin NovákȘtiri din 07.09.2022 PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucăs official talks with the President of Hungary, Mrs Katalin Novak Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had today, at Victoria Palace, official talks with the President of Hungary, Mrs Katalin Novak, on the occasion of the latter's visit to Bucharest. The discussions focused on sectoral cooperation, especially in the energy sector and addressed the EU Member States 'response to the energy crisis generated by Russia's war in Ukraine, but also the efforts for the energy sources diversification. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă showed Romania's openness towards continuing the dialogue with the Hungarian side on its diversification efforts. The exchange of views focused on ways to foster dialogue to the benefit of projects of common interest. 2022-09-07 16:48:00ĂRÂRE CNSU pentru aprobarea procedurilor necesare repatrierii cetățenilor români afectați de suspendarea zborurilor BlueAirȘtiri din 07.09.2022 15:09:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 7 septembrieȘtiri din 07.09.2022 14:14:00Întrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă în cadrul unui prânz de lucru cu ministrul de externe din Republica Portugheză, João Gomes CravinhoȘtiri din 07.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal João Gomes Cravinho, in the context of his participation, as a special guest, in the 2022 Reunion of the Romanian Diplomacy in Bucharest. The two officials appreciated the quality of the bilateral relationship. They reviewed the status of the initiatives regarding the consolidation of sectoral cooperation agreed upon during the visit of the Portuguese Prime Minister this spring. The dynamic Romanian-Portuguese cooperation in the field of defence was highlighted, with Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă voicing special appreciation for the Portuguese military presence on the Romanian territory and the active contribution to strengthening the allied defence and deterrence posture on the Eastern Flank. In this context, the Romanian side voiced interest in the prolongation of the Portuguese military presence in Romania. The exchange of views also focused on energy cost management measures and the regional security agenda in the context of the war in Ukraine, with the similarity of parties assessments, noticed on this occasion. At the same time, Prime Minister Ciucă emphasized the importance of the full implementation of the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Madrid, in the sense of strengthening the allied posture on the Eastern Flank, and took note appreciatively of the active support offered by Portugal for the objective of Romanias accession to the Schengen area. 2022-09-07 13:44:00Ședința de guvern din 7 septembrieȘtiri din 07.09.2022 statements by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good morning. I will start the Cabinet meeting with some messages about the situation created yesterday by the cancellation of the Blue Air flights, following which, several Romanian citizens were stranded in several airports and, in this respect, starting last evening we took the decision to assist the Romanian citizens. They are affected by the suspension of these flights, and the line ministries have taken the necessary measures so that we can support these citizens to return home. All these steps should comply with the law, and the funds allocated from the state budget must be recovered from the company that generated this situation. As such, in this respect, I ask the National Agency for Consumer Protection to closely follow and monitor the entire process, and at the level of line, ministries to ensure the operation of all the structures nominated to deal with this situation 24 hours a day, throughout the period in which the government decision adopted in todays meeting, will be active. As many as 2,098 Romanian citizens affected by the cancellation of Blue Air flights turned to the consular services, according to the data received, this morning, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Taking into account the issues related to flights, you could see that all airports encounter problems and all air companies have problems with ensuring flights in time, some flights are cancelled. It is a difficult situation, a reason why I outline once again: all institutions and all line ministries will get involved and will get coordinated so that we can bring Romanian citizens back home as soon as possible. Regarding consular activity, we want the same continuity and coherence in the provision of the consular service. We approved today, as we committed last week, through government decision, the winter plan to ensure the continuity of electricity provision for winter. Considering that all those who have responsibilities in this respect will take notice once it is approved, today, by GD, no later than the end of next week, I want to have a meeting of the Winter Committee to discuss in detail the measures we must consider and, of course, the other elements that must be coordinated with the Interministerial Committee for securing energy resilience and the implementation of infrastructure projects in energy. Practically, at this moment, with the GEO approved last week, we managed to balance the package of measures to be able to properly manage energy provision, maintaining the final cost for household consumers and SMEs and the food industry. I also think it is important to emphasize again that vulnerable citizens will pay the same price for energy bills. Also, regarding the gas bills, the reassurance is as clear as possible. I dont think citizens need to worry about this. Also, at the level of SMEs, any problem that will arise after the entry into force of the ordinance and after, on the 9th, we will have the decision from the European Commission, depending on these new elements of the decision, we will proceed upon completion of the Governments emergency ordinance. Another important topic for todays agenda of the Cabinet meeting is the approval of the social program of national interest to support couples and singles, aimed at increasing the birth rate. Today we complete the set of government policies to support young families with a program aimed at increasing the birth rate. We have discussed it at the government level - it is an issue. We could all see the decline in the birth rate as shown by the figures at the end of last year. We cant say that we have progressed this year either in this respect. Moreover, through the government program, we undertook to develop policies that would lead to an increase in the birth rate and, in this respect, a set of programs was undertaken as part of the Support for Romania Package. There are very clearly named programs, the Family Start and the Student Invest programs that are to be funded. 2022-09-07 11:24:00 este numărul de telefon la care românii din afara granițelor afectați de suspendarea zborurilor companiei Blue Air pot solicita sprijin autorităților româneȘtiri din 06.09.2022 20:38:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la forumul ”România Viitorului” ce își propune o nouă abordare în domeniile cercetării, inovării și antreprenoriatuluiȘtiri din 06.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the Romania of the Future forum [Check against delivery] Ministers, Rector, Distinguished professors, Your Excellencies, Dear guests, I am honoured to be with you, the community that is building every day the Romania of the Future. Research and innovation must become the main engines for the development of the Romanian economy, for the creation of jobs and the adoption of the newest technologies in the economy and society. The Romanian Government is making constant efforts to foster public-private partnerships for innovation and technological transfer, and such events bringing together research organizations and the private sector, will change the paradigm and prepare Romania's leap into the future. I congratulate the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization on the step to set a new dialogue framework for Romanian research through an event of such a scope. I thank the partners of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest for hosting this event and I welcome the presence of the officials of the European Commission and the World Bank who confirm that Romania's approach is in line with the best European and global practices in the field. Coordinating the research agendas of the public and private sectors is a major objective for the Government of Romania with a clear stake: technological transfer. The results of Romanian research are appreciated worldwide in top fields: aerospace, nuclear physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and many others. They are fields with a tradition of Romanian excellence. All these efforts will be truly perfected only when the research has a concrete impact on the real economy and tangible results in increasing the living standards of Romanians. This is why events such as Romania of the Future Forum should not be singular but part of the continuous effort of the ministry and Government to bring together research institutes, universities and the private sector. We have all the ingredients for success including the most important resource - the human resource. We are proud of our young international Olympians and have a duty to identify all ways to value their intelligence and enthusiasm here at home. This is why I greet the initiative of the Research Ministry to award the young people who achieve performance in science and research at the global level. The Government is preparing the launch of the Henri Coanda programme through which scholarships and prizes will be awarded to Romanian pupils and students participating and awarded in international technical-scientific competitions. We have bright young people who win prestigious research, science or digitalization competitions and the Romanian state should fully support them. Therefore, we will have the legal framework to finance the efforts of our Romanian researchers, to recognize and foster their ambition and work. We also have programmes meant to encourage research at the highest level through the National Recovery and Resilience Programme. With a total allocation of 168 million euros in the coming weeks, we are launching the most ambitious programme to bring to Romania the best researchers, Romanian and foreigners. The 120 beneficiaries will access research grants of up to 1.4 million euros for three years. I see the private environment very well represented here, surely, this vital component of the ecosystem, we have special funds allocated which foster exactly cooperation between the private sector and research organizations, through funding projects unfolded in the consortium. An important pillar is a P2 program, coordinated by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), through which hundreds of consortia formed by private companies, research institutes or universities receive funding for collaborative projects. Finally, dear guests, I assure you that research and innovation are and will remain vital priorities of the Romanian Government as they are the path to the economy of the future. On the other hand, they can generate solutions to the complex crises of the present. We all saw this in the context of the pandemic when science and technology saved lives and significantly shortened economic gridlock. A partnership like the one we see here today, between the private, public and academic milieus, the European Commission and the World Bank is the foundation for solid construction, of a safe, developed and strong Romania: the Romania of the future. Before I close, I want to thank everyone who has attended this event today. I had the opportunity to learn about a whole series of actions between educational, research institutions and the private environment. It is a topic that we have also discussed at the level of the Government, seeking to identify the best solutions so that all these programs that we have started and that we continue to support, both through European funds and the state budget, finally attain the results to be found in the economy, in various economic-social activities. I understand that there is such a record in the report that the World Bank prepared following the funding of this project, which will be of great help to us. I am convinced that Mr Burduja, together with Mr Marcel Boloș, who has dealt so far with ensuring the operationalization of all financing programs, will do their utmost to ensure the coherence and continuity of these programs. As we were discussing with the representatives of the innovation and research hub of start-ups, some of them are successful and must be supported and encouraged to develop. Others have not been able to attain the goals set for themselves, but they must be encouraged not to give up, not necessarily to start over but to reorient and advance their activity. It is very important that this money, at some point, can return to the state budget, and the state must encourage and financially support all these efforts that are made both in the academic environment, in the innovation and development environment, as well as in the private environment. For me and the members of the Cabinet, it is very important to have the opportunity to see together the three main structures of this field: higher education institutions, the Ministry of Research and the private sector. Mr Minister Cimpeanu present here also heard when one of the interlocutors told us that nothing can be done, nothing can be developed without knowledge, without education. I am convinced that through the new package of laws that comes to support the Educated Romania program, one of the main objectives is precisely this - to support the innovation, research and development that we need so much. It is another matter that I also noted, someone was telling me, and I sensed that we would receive such support. We have what we need, there are creative people, people who want to do the research, and people who want to innovate. It is our duty, all of us, both the Government and the private sector, to support them and bolster them to move forward. Thank you, I wish you success and I hope to see your projects in series production, anywhere in the state or private economy of Romania. 2022-09-06 18:41:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Reuniunea Anuală a Diplomației RomâneȘtiri din 06.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the Annual Reunion of Romanian Diplomacy (RADR) [Check against delivery] Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs, Distinguished Heads of missions, Your Excellencies, dear representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to Bucharest, I am glad of this opportunity to have a dialogue with you in this extended format. I had the opportunity to directly interact with many of you in various circumstances, throughout our activities. The Russian military aggression in Ukraine put pressure on the international framework founded on the UN Chart principles. It is at the same time a challenge to European and even global security. In this context, the robust response in defence of our values and security should be harmonized with our socio-economic development, digital and green transition agenda. Only staying the course regarding reforms will help us strengthen the resilience so necessary to Romania and ensure the consistency of resources we need for development, security, defence and innovation. February 24 was a moment in which the Euro-Atlantic partnership proved its resilience and determination to protect those who made clear choices for democracy and freedom. The Russian aggression reminded us all that the principles that underpin the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic partnership are important and must be supported. The erosion of these principles, vilifying or disparaging them through populist and extremist rhetoric are intended to negatively affect the foundations of the societies based on rights, freedoms and the supremacy of the law. That's why Romania must even more intensely associate its efforts with those of the partners with whom it shares the same values and goals, and revitalize the community of democracies not only on our continent but also in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We cannot allow the rule of force to become a substitute for an international order based on rules and the rule of law. This must remain our clear message and the compass of our in-depth partnership options. At the same time, Romania will continue to firmly support the European choice of its partners such as the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and the Western Balkan states. The special, profound and sincere relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova has known new dynamics this year. This development was furthermore necessary for the current geopolitical context. The joint meeting of the Governments of Romania and the Republic of Moldova on February 11 laid the basis of unprecedented concrete cooperation. In this respect, we will continue to support the Republic of Moldova through all levers available to us. We are further ready to work together for a successful track record of the Republic of Moldova as an EU candidate. Romania's multidimensional action in support of Ukraine, including supporting the decision of granting EU candidate status, is a direct contribution to the joint European and Euro-Atlantic effort for our region and continent's prosperity and security. The support for Ukrainian refugees who chose to temporarily settle in or transit Romania is another very concrete contribution. As of February, over 2.1 million Ukrainian refugees crossed Romania's borders. Irrespective of the intensity of the flow of refugees, one thing characterized the action of Romanian authorities and citizens: the willingness to help those who fled the war alongside maintaining the EU space's security and safety. Facilitating the transit of grain from the neighbouring country is another step Romania took in support not only of Ukraine but also of the international community's approach to ensuring food security. Organizing the flows took time and further requires investments but it is noteworthy that over 60 percent of Ukraine's grain exports transited Romania or had their shipment facilitated by Romania. Romania wants to be part of both the dialogue and the solutions for Ukraine's reconstruction. We are fully willing to get actively involved in this process. The way we assist the victims of the war fought on Ukraine's territory gives the extent of our humanity and responsibility. In this context, it is opportune to think of the post-crisis period, including from the perspective of Romania's foreign relations, the bilateral or multilateral dimension. Your ideas and contributions are from this perspective necessary to articulate in a correct manner the directions to be further decided. The war in Ukraine highlighted the importance of the Black Sea area, its strategic place, in terms of connectivity, and security, including energy and food, is crystal clear. The NATO strategic concept adopted by the Alliance leaders in Madrid confirms this in an unequivocal manner. This decision is the result mainly of Romania's diplomatic action, our country being a steady supporter of the region's importance both for the EU and the North Atlantic Alliance. It is necessary to work together with all partners to make sure that the Black Sea remains safe, including navigability, and connectivity projects in the areas of transport, communications infrastructure and energy. A lesson of Russia's war in Ukraine was a reconfirmation of the importance of socio-economic resilience. At a national and European level, it is important for us to adopt measures to ensure the management of the negative effects of rising energy prices and the impact of supply chain disruption. We are preparing the OECD accession. It is an important process. We need each of you to get involved and support this step. Alongside the preparation of the OECD accession, the implementation of the NRRP is the compass for Romania's development and modernization. We will continue to foster investment to ensure and boost the competitiveness of the Romanian economy. The funding sources are multiple, billions of euros per year: national budgetary sources, NRRP, and European funds allocated for 2021 - 2027. All this effort is accompanied by measures to support the most vulnerable categories - citizens and businesses alike. These measures have become vital in the current context. Romania's investment strategy in offshore gas resources, nuclear energy and boosting the energy generation capacities from renewable sources is a step with significant impact in terms of strengthening Romania's strategic resilience. In light of the above-mentioned elements, the following are noteworthy: continuity of reform objectives, investments, and lasting solutions in terms of energy and energy efficiency. Ladies and gentlemen, Preparation of the Madrid NATO Summit decisions and EU response to the crisis generated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine were occasions for the Romanian diplomatic and consular staff to prove once again their high - quality work. Their rapid reaction, updated and pertinent information, and coherent action were some of the ingredients that you used in upholding the fulfilment of Romania's objectives in the face of the biggest challenge to our continent in the last 30 years. As I mentioned at the start of my address, we cannot afford to be stuck in a crisis logic. We have the duty and obligation to turn this multidimensional crisis into as many opportunities as possible and advance the objectives defined in the programme for government and the National Strategy for Country's Defence. I hope, therefore, that from a national perspective, the next period of diplomatic action will remain characterized by ambition: the ambition to strengthen Romanias participation in the EU by obtaining the Schengen accession decision; the ambition that, based on the adoption of the necessary measures in the field of strengthening the independence of the judiciary, we can end the MCV; the ambition of a sustained process of accession to the OECD, having as milestones the presentation, in the next period, of the Initial Memorandum, necessary for establishing the implementation plan of all the measures provided for in the Road Map. I hold the belief that I can count on you to support the national efforts of reform, connection, and resilience. We need close communication and coordinated advancement of foreign and domestic agendas, which undeniably remain sides of the same coin. You must also continue your work in supporting and consolidating the communities of Romanians living and working in your countries of residence. This goal must remain at the top of your priorities. Romanians - wherever they are - must feel at home in the place where the national flag is hoisted. The diaspora programs of the Romanian Government aim to contribute to the preservation and assertion of the ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identity of Romanians living abroad. The opportunities offered by Romania also exist in terms of support through entrepreneurship for the reintegration of those who want to return to Romania. Thus, by a constant and objective briefing on Romanian programs and realities, you can support our goal of encouraging the return to Romania of those who chose to study or work in another country. I encourage you to be even more pragmatic, assertive and proactive in promoting Romanian interests, especially in advancing economic and investment opportunities. These opportunities aim not only to increase direct investment but also to promote Romania as an alternative for businesses looking to relocate. I believe that, in addition to the importance of attracting investments in Romania, it is opportune to remain involved in encouraging the presence of Romanian capital abroad, starting with the Western Balkans, and the Black Sea area, but also outside the European space. I know that your tasks are more and more numerous, for a long time already exceeding the space of classical diplomacy and sometimes even the resources allocated to you. But they are an inevitable part of adapting to a national, regional and global agenda, redefined by conventional and hybrid security threats, but also by the resettlement of partnerships in the political, economic, commercial, technological and innovation areas. Last but not least, I encourage you to remain actively involved in multiplying what Romania generates: a generous and cohesive society; a creative business environment - which I hope will produce new unicorns; a clear strategic profile in the energy sector; an ambitious vision for a united Europe, a consistent transatlantic partnership and a stable neighbourhood with a clear European path. Concluding, I wish you success further on. 2022-09-06 12:12:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul Grand Matinal Digital organizat de Camera Franceză de Comerț și Industrie în RomâniaȘtiri din 05.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă attended today, at Victoria Palace, the meeting with representatives of the French business community in our country, held by the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Romania, very important dialogue and business partner of the Romanian Government. France is one of the most important trade partners of Romania. We need French investments in Romania, and I am sure that the French businesspeople need the opportunities created by bilateral economic relations. The economic balance maintained by governmental decisions and political stability instilled confidence in all strategic partners and investors as well. We ensured coherence to the legislative framework and showed openness towards adjusting all rules so that we can cope with tensions in this time of crisis, without impacting on new taxes. These are solid arguments for any business plan, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. I am leading a pro-business government, open to capitalizing on all opportunities aimed at developing Romanian - French economic relations, in line with our Strategic Partnership, added the Prime Minister, and the green transition and digital transition are priorities of the Executive's agenda. Convergent points of view and joint positions on taxonomy, the development of projects in the nuclear energy sector and energy capabilities can add value to the economic cooperation between Romania and France, the Head of the Executive noted. The Prime Minister thanked France for its military support in the context of the Russian military aggression in Ukraine, as well as for backing the two strategic objectives of Romania - accession to the Schengen Area and advancement in the process of accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The French Ambassador to Romania, H.E. Laurence Auer, emphasized the importance of the consultations given that they take place at the end of an intense semester after France held the presidency of the European Union and in the context of the intensification of cooperation between France and Romania within NATO. H.E. Ambassador Laurence Auer mentioned several elements that highlight the importance the two countries attached to bilateral cooperation - the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Romania, in the context of the invasion of Ukraine, the close military collaboration within NATO, as well as the dynamic economic relations between the two countries. French businesspeople continue to invest in Romania, to look for new opportunities, especially in the fields considered important by the Romanian authorities, the French Ambassador emphasized. We thank the Romanian Government for its willingness to deepen dialogue with French investors and its openness to the business environment. We are in a dynamic situation and we will continue to look for new strategic areas in which French companies can invest in Romania, said Ambassador Laurence Auer. The President of the French Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Romania (CCIFER) Francois Coste stated that the solid presence of French companies in our country - about 4,500 - generates over 125,000 jobs and a solid contribution to the development of the SMEs sector and the Romanian economy. The 5.1% economic growth recorded by Romania in the first quarter of the year, compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, the stability of the exchange rate and the end of the pandemic are arguments capable to maintain the openness of French investors towards Romania, added the president of CCIFER. During the consultations with the representatives of French investors in Romania, topics related to decarbonization and energy transition, factors of economic attractiveness and predictability, investment opportunities, industrial potential, infrastructure and digital transition were addressed. Attending the consultations alongside the Prime Minister were Adrian Caciu, the Minister of Finance, Sebastian-Ioan Burduja, the Minister of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, Virgil-Daniel Popescu, the Minister of Energy, Florin Marian Spataru, the Minister of the Economy, Mircea Abrudean, the Head of the Prime Ministers Chancellery, representatives of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the Ministry of Health. 2022-09-05 17:52:00 prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de începere a noului an școlar 2022-2023, la Colegiul Militar Național Tudor Vladimirescu, CraiovaȘtiri din 05.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the ceremony devoted to the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year at the Tudor Vladimirescu National Military College, Craiova [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: General, Chief of Defence Staff, Dear representatives of local authorities, Dear comrades on active - duty or reserve, Dear commander, Director Dear teachers, dear parents, Dear students from Vladimiresti, I am very glad to be with the young people who crossed the threshold of the Tudor Vladimirescu National Military College today and to welcome those who started school in military uniform. To choose to serve your country at such an early age is an honour and a proof of maturity, especially in times that force us to think more of our country and security. I know how many emotions are now in the soul of each of you, and how many questions, hopes, plans and doubts are going through your mind right now. I experienced them myself, here, many years ago. You will overcome them with the help of the exceptional teaching staff, commanders, peers and parents. Never hesitate to ask for help! I wish Welcome home! to the senior students who already know what life in a military college means! You all start the new school year in a new home, an educational institution that offers special curricula, accommodation and training facilities. There are features that Im sure will help you become good citizens and soldiers. I use this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in developing this project, which, after about 3 years, can be used by the students of the Tudor Vladimirescu National Military College. Dear students, You are part of a generation that proves to know, to have the will and capacity to perform, is creative, achieves outstanding results in academic Olympiads and sets new records in sports, being civically and socially involved. They got informed, asked questions and sought answers. I was very glad to notice these qualities in most meetings with young people. Keep an open mind, be brave, and think with your mind! Because we know how great the potential of your generation is, we come up with solutions so that every child has the chance of quality education and the opportunity to develop in the areas in which they feel they can and want to be better. We know that modern nurseries, kindergartens, schools, high schools, and universities are needed. And we allocate resources for the construction of new school units or the modernization and expansion of existing ones. For no student to be left behind, we have developed programs to reduce the school dropout rate and support children from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are directions to be developed in the new education laws. The Educated Romania project places Romanian education on new principles, providing access to quality education and capitalizing on Romanias human potential. Romanias destiny depends essentially on increasing the performance of our education system. Dear teachers, You educate the most precious asset of a country: children. You are their light on the path of knowledge! You shape characters, and make them confident in their potential, in science. You shape them to know more, encourage them and are there for them when they need it. You turn them into professionals and good Romanians. Your work brings hard-to-quantify benefits to the young generation and Romanian society. Because educated people build a developed country, anchored in the European and Euro-Atlantic spirit and values, families of which Romania is proudly a part. Dear commanders, For you, this moment is familiar because you also attended a military college or high school. You have the beautiful duty of training the youngest representatives of the Army. Do it wisely and instil courage, tenacity, perseverance and the desire not to back down, not to give up on their goals. Joining the great family of the Army requires great love of the country and great respect for national values ​​and symbols, but also the understanding and acceptance of a system based on rules, team spirit, and camaraderie. Guide them and help them understand military spirit, camaraderie, and courage! Through your work, our nation takes stronger roots. Dear parents, Perhaps nothing I have said so far has calmed your restlessness. And its normal. You left your most precious beings in the hands of people you know very little about and in a place, you do not know. I assure you they are in good hands! They will not miss anything! Maybe just that dose of comfort that only parents can give their children. I am sure, however, that the team of teachers and commanders will accompany the young people with dedication throughout this beautiful path, which will be a solid foundation for their future careers. I am sure you will be proud of what your children have become at the end of their high-school years. And you saw the courage of the one who managed to pass first the entrance contest, and who admitted that he matured a lot in only a few days. In conclusion, I wish you, dear young people, and all students starting today the new school year, lots of success and beautiful experiences! 2022-09-05 10:22:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia începerii noului an școlarȘtiri din 05.09.2022 new school year begins today, a moment filled with emotions and hopes for students, teachers and parents, who naturally want the best educational conditions for their children to enhance their qualities and ensure equal opportunities in life for everyone. The last few years have been a major challenge for the entire Romanian education, as the pandemic has forced the entire system to adjust unexpectedly fast to the digital age. Through a new approach to Romanian education, we are trying to correct the shortcomings that have come to light in this context regarding the Romanian education systems ability to modernize, and the changes we considered necessary, at least at this moment, are reflected in the new education laws prepared by the Government. Through these laws, we aim to bring Romanian education back to the top, for the sake of this highly potential young generation. Romanian children and youth have proven that they know how and are keen to achieve performance, and our responsibility, as decision-makers, is to secure the conditions in place for them to develop in the fields where they feel the best. Through the changes we propose for pre-university education, the educational activities should take into account the students potential and skills, offering everyone the chance to perform best along the path they choose in life. We want to offer every child the right to education. For no student to be left behind, we have developed programs intended to reduce school dropout rates and support children from disadvantaged backgrounds. To reduce the gaps in education levels, we envisage introducing programs that help consolidate knowledge. Attaining the goals proposed by the Educated Romania project requires setting Romanian education on new principles that ensure access to quality education and capitalize on Romanias human potential. As Prime Minister, I stay firmly committed to materializing the support solutions for the Romanian education system, including through the allocation of required funds. A very important role in this process has the educational system personnel. We have many examples of people devoted to the mission they chose in life, of training younger generations, and their work is rewarded with the performance achieved by their pupils in international competitions. I thank them for their contribution to the recognition of Romanian education worldwide, teachers and pupils alike! At the beginning of the school year, I wish you, dear students, success and good grades! I wish the teachers that their teaching brings them as much satisfaction as possible, and I reassure the parents that education remains on the priority list of this Cabinet. Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-09-05 08:17:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la conferința ”New Security Center - Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum”Știri din 02.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum [Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Dear lawmakers, Dear Ministers, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear guests, Allow me to start by saying that I am very glad to see here His Excellency, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, Sir Stuart Peach, former Chairman of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and general Ben Hodges, a friend of Romania, whom I congratulate for launching his book in Bucharest, yesterday evening. I am also glad to see the Chief of Defence and some of the generals and officers I worked with, not so long time ago, to the development of a reinforced defence and security concept for our country and for strengthening Romania's role within the North Atlantic Alliance, the European Union and increasing the role as security pivot in the Black Sea region. It is a great pleasure for me to be again among friends and I take this opportunity to thank you for inviting me here. I have always appreciated the content of your debates concerning strategic analysis. I congratulate the hosts on organizing this conference. I want to point out the main lines of positioning, starting points for debate, in the context of unprecedented geopolitical developments in post-war history. The European and Euro-Atlantic community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the solidarity of the Euro-Atlantic community and its capacity for resilience. The themes of peace and war have returned to the European realm. The challenge posed by the Russian Federations unprecedented military aggression to the international rules-based system forces us to rethink not only our actions but also our resources and vision. It is inevitable because the future looks more uncertain than we could have imagined just a few years ago. The multiple, overlapping and interrelated crises we are facing today affect all governments. The way in which the free society forces have coalesced surprised precisely those who counted on weakness and vulnerability. From the ability to make political decisions in crisis, to the support of the public opinion, what defines this community is the power of mobilization in the service of good. This resilience test is likely to be passed. This is the virtue and strength of the free, democratic world, of the values ​​we share in the Euro-Atlantic space. Ladies and gentlemen, This year's decisions at the EU, North - Atlantic Alliance level and within the democratic community illustrate our capacity for cohesion and defence of universal values. For Romania as a beneficiary and visible contributor to the response and reassurance measures of the Alliance, the US as a strategic partner, the European Union, and our global partners, the results of our efforts this year inspire optimism. The geopolitical share and the indispensable strategic character of the Black Sea area are a reality and a requirement that Romania has promoted for many years. For the first time in its history, NATO declared at the Madrid Summit, that the Black Sea area was an allied strategic interest area, and its security was an integral part of the Euro-Atlantic security. From a security perspective, we see defence and deterrence capabilities re-strengthened in this region. More and more allies have established or are in the process of designing national strategies regarding this region, and the EU has calibrated its action on the regional maritime issue. An effort to which Romania contributed significantly. The interest of the allies, of the Europe of values, is to defend the freedom of choice of the states that want to come to us, to reject the revisionist policy of the spheres of influence. I think, moreover, that part of the surprise of those who tested our will and this freedom consisted in the way the reaction of the European and Euro-Atlantic communities met with the determination of our neighbouring partners. Romania has demonstrated resilience and solidarity. Regarding the aggression against Ukraine, carried out so close to our borders, as a state bordering the Black Sea and an EU state with the most extensive border with Ukraine, the principled decisions we took part at the multilateral level, validate the reality of Romanias maturity, the maturity of its institutions, its society and citizens. The most recent example is the role played in places such as Galati and Constanța, where we consolidated grain supply and export lines. Romania supported and promoted transatlantic consolidation initiatives and formats such as the Three Seas Initiative, the B9 format, and trilateral cooperation with Poland and Turkey. They fully contributed to strengthening the reaction capacity and resilience and demonstrated the correctness of Romanias strategic pro-active construct. The strategic partnership with the US has determined the design of a new strategy devoted to the Black Sea. It is worth hailing the initiative, strongly endorsed in the US Congress, of consolidating a US strategy at the Black Sea. The increase of the US strategic investment in supporting the resilience and freedom of choice of the partner states is increasingly more visible. France and the UK, as well as other states, are eloquent examples. The Black Sea region becomes now a stake higher than ever, not only in the classic, military, and security sense but mostly in a wide, geopolitical perspective. This has implications in multiple areas: security, energy, supply chain safety, infrastructure, interconnectivity, and cyber security. In these areas, the consecration of this region in allied or EU national strategies is justified and reflected most concretely. Maritime security focuses on the freedom of movement and navigation and the freedom of trade, which we must defend also in special circumstances, such as those in times of war. In the region adjacent to the Black Sea, the Eastern Partnership states, which the Russian aggression has put in front of an existential threat, must be supported even more intensively on their European path. The Eastern Partnership platform must support the advancement of the European integration process. The European Union can strengthen its political influence, advance projects devoted to the region's stability and security, projects backing Europe- oriented reforms and which directly and concretely support the living standards and well-being of the citizens of these states. This type of effort has been illustrated by the action of Romania and other member states in supporting perhaps the most vulnerable of the Eastern partners, the Republic of Moldova - most recently, by establishing the Support Platform for the neighbouring country. Dear guests, The decisions of the EU and allies in support of the Eastern partners can foster beneficial competition, a refocusing of efforts on the European integration dimension of the Western Balkans. The quick and visionary decision of Versailles for Kyiv, Chisinau and Tbilisi reawakened the European capabilities and appetite of the aspiring states in this area. The strategic importance of the enlargement policy is thus reconfirmed. The current crisis brings together the regions of Romanias geographical and geostrategic belonging, that of the Eastern Neighborhood and that of the Balkans, as part of a European front. The EUs recent options on the European future of the Western Balkans confirm this assessment. Romanias support for the European future of the aspiring states was and remains principled and firm. The Western Balkans is an area of ​​strategic importance where political and security developments have direct implications for the security and prosperity of entire Europe. We have reason to hope that we are witnessing a political revitalization of the area in a European sense. The crisis in Ukraine can be the premise for the establishment of a geopolitical consolidation front in the sense of Euro-Atlantic values ​​on the southern flank of European Russia. Beyond the issue of enlargement, it can be the EUs catalyst in addressing the two large neighbourhoods: Eastern and Southern. The common interests reconfirmed by the new threats also determine the need to respond to the new challenges created by the current crises - energy, food security, security of supply chains, stabilization, and migration. On a strategic level, breaking away from Russian hydrocarbon sources, and reducing the dependence on players attacking our values, is going in the sense already drawn up on a Euro-Atlantic level for the energy transition. In the short and medium term, it determines the diversification of sources, technological advance and economic-investment reorientation in several areas. Moreover, this type of emergency determines the convergence of positions in terms of energy policies among member states. Energy transformation is one of the essential strategic changes in the current context. Romania has constantly emphasised the continued development of infrastructure projects, especially the consolidation of interconnections and the diversification of the energy mix, through the development of new production projects, including nuclear and natural gas. We are well positioned for the transition to a development model based on sustainable energy consumption, and the joint energy and technological projects with the US strategic partner have once again proven to be a beneficial vision for Romania. The effort and message of the Euro-Atlantic community of firm support for respect for international law, values and democratic principles and rejection of revisionism, spheres of influence and power politics become at least as important. In a global context of competition between democracies and autocracies and in the geopolitical reality imposed by the Russian provocation in Ukraine, informational resilience is essential for transatlantic cohesion. The aggression in Ukraine was also accompanied by exacerbated propaganda, and Russia is not the only actor with such attitudes. Romania is deeply anchored in a Euro-Atlantic system of security and solidarity, which has proved to be unshakable until now, being engaged in joint efforts to increase national, social, and media resilience. It becomes essential to transmit these interests, values and concerns, together with the Euro-Atlantic partners and allies and partners with shared interests worldwide. This is the foundation of the resettlement of the global world, which will maintain the values and the free and democratic way of life with which our generation lived, which we want our children to enjoy as well. I wish you fruitful debates further on and as many such conferences. Good luck! 2022-09-02 10:13:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul de aniversare a 20 de ani de la înființarea Camerei de Comerț și Industrie Româno-Germane - AHK RomâniaȘtiri din 01.09.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the 20 years Anniversary Gala of AHK Romania [Check against delivery] Dear MPs, Ministers Your Excellency, Mr Ambassador, Your Excellencies, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps in Bucharest, Distinguished guests, I am glad to take part in this exceptional event, 20 years since the establishment of the German - Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania). This anniversary coincides with another event we celebrate this year, 30 years since the signing of the Bilateral Treaty on friendly cooperation and partnership in Europe. We know we can count on our partnership with Germany, and we want to assure you that Germany may count on Romania as a pillar of stability in the region. For the Romanian Government, AHK Romania represents a reliable partner and as Prime Minister, I had fruitful meetings with both parties. To us, it is important to have open consultations with the representatives of the business sector, and AHK makes a good contribution to bilateral Romanian - German relations. AHK is not only an Ambassador of German companies working in Romania but also a real Ambassador of Romania that helps German investors come and develop solid businesses in our country and I thank you for that. I am glad to have the opportunity to point out once again that Germany is one of the largest investors in the Romanian market. Germany is Romania's first trading partner, with a share of more than 19 percent of our country's total exports. The capital of German companies that invested in Romania amounts to over 11 billion euros, an impressive figure, with big growth potential. We appreciate the solid presence of more than 7,500 companies with German capital which generate 250,000 jobs in the Romanian economy. The German investments in Romania are diverse and I consider that the large number of German companies that come and do business in Romania reflects the investors' confidence in government policies. I want this to be just the beginning. Romania has the capacity to become a regional hub for hydrogen production, transport and storage and we want to develop collaboration with Germany in this respect. At the same time, we voice interest in collaboration with German experts and companies to include Romania in the future framework of important projects of European joint interest in the field of microprocessors. We have the scientific and technical capacity as the previous speaker outlined, both for research, and we want to capitalize on this potential in the joint European effort. Romania can use and provide facilities and alternative capacities, sustainable to relocate the German industry from Russia and Asia, and the potential of the Danube transport must be enlarged. The Danube must become a navigable European transport corridor all throughout the year and we shall support this potential through concrete measures. These are only some of Romania's current opportunities. I am positive that the awaited and well-deserved accession of Romania to the Schengen area will provide the business environment, and German investors with new development opportunities. The recent support message of Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirms we are prepared to take on this new step of integration in the European project, which provides our citizens with the benefits of a developed single market, in which the free movement of persons, goods and services represent a development engine. Supporting investment implies a constant and intense dialogue with the business sector to take the best measures and secure long-term sustainable development. I particularly appreciate the fact that the AHK anniversary is under the sign of sustainability, a very topical issue in the current economic and geopolitical context. Sustainable development means investment not only in the economy, investment in education, research, green projects, and areas in which the Government expressed interest and effective involvement. Most of the investments under PNRR go to green projects, education, and digitalization- areas capable to secure a sustainable future for our country. Therefore, we want to further have partners of dialogue and action to generate innovation and sustainable development. Ladies and gentlemen, Upon taking office, I announced that we will be a pro-business government, and I proved this in practice, allocating the largest amount for investment in the past 32 years. At the same time, we will use every euro of the more than 90 billion available until 2029 to solve infrastructure problems and increase the quality of the states public services, while fostering the business environment and developing the education and health systems. Our vision of Romanias future is based on Euro-Atlantic principles and values of which democracy and the market economy are solid pillars. The OECD accession process is on a straight line and will help us, now, after receiving the Roadmap, to align the administrative system and the operation of the business sector to the rules of the worlds strongest economies. We have already started to capitalize on and integrate into national legislation the OECD expertise aimed at transparency, digitalization and cutting through red tape. That is, exactly what the business community expects from us. Ladies and gentlemen, Beyond economic cooperation, people represent a solid bridge connecting Romania and Germany. The Romanian community in Germany and the community of ethnic Germans in Romania certainly represent lasting, long-term ties between the two countries. Romanians in Germany and ethnic Germans in Romania actively contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of the two countries. With their help, the ties between the two countries will get even closer and stronger. With confidence, we can build a prosperous future for all of us in the great European family of which we are honoured to be a part. I want to congratulate you on your 20 years of activity because you chose to do business in Romania, and I wish you greater success further on! 2022-09-01 20:01:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 1 septembrieȘtiri din 01.09.2022 20:00:00Ședința de guvern din 1 septembrieȘtiri din 01.09.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. The delay in the Cabinet meeting is due to technical approval procedures that had to be met at each Ministry throughout the approval circuit, and I deemed it important to have all content as clear as possible, to avoid returning to the ordinance later. The changes we will operate on the Governments Ordinance No. 27 do nothing else but reinforce and expand the measures for the protection of the population and the economy from the electricity and gas price rises. I want to add that once it is published in the Official Journal, the validity period of the ordinance is also extended. Virtually, we have extended it by one year and it will be effective until August 31, 2023. We had in mind to secure the protection of the population and the economy. 98 percent of households will benefit from this energy price cap/offsetting measure, and we estimate that they will thus be shielded from the increases in electricity and gas prices. At the same time, we considered it important to take measures to reinforce the resources allocated for this purpose. We took measures for the internal market to have the necessary amount of natural gas ensured and that all the electricity production capacities are functional so that we can smoothly make it through winter 2022 -2023. Surely, through the measures taken today, we will deter speculative behaviour in the energy and natural gas market. At the same time, we are ready that depending on EU decisions, to have the necessary flexibility to adjust our measures and integrate the decisions taken at the level of the European Commission. Thank you. 2022-09-01 18:09:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului interministerial pentru asigurarea rezilienței energetice și implementarea proiectelor de infrastructură în energieȘtiri din 01.09.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă convened at the Victoria Palace a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for securing energy resilience and the implementation of infrastructure projects in energy. On this occasion, the participants analyzed the winter programme initiated by the Ministry of Energy and the new government measures to protect the population and the economy from the effects of rising energy and natural gas prices. The Government has taken all measures to have the necessary stockpiles for heating. The authorities will have response plans to ensure the necessary flow of supply, being prepared to provide support in case of breakdowns or other emergencies. To strengthen the support measures that the Government takes to protect the Romanians and the business sector from rising energy and natural gas prices, we are ready, today, to adopt the necessary regulatory framework, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. 2022-09-01 12:39:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de semnare a unor contracte finanțate din PNRR pentru construcția unor creșeȘtiri din 01.09.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Good morning. Minister, Head of Chancellery, mayors, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank the Minister, as well as the employees of the Ministry of Development for the way they managed to implement the priority objectives on the Governments agenda. We managed to make operational three major programs from the PNRR in recent months: the first on energy efficiency, the second on Local Fund and the one today regarding the construction of nurseries. It is European money, and the important thing is that a week ago, we made operational the Anghel Saligny national investment programme intended to implement what we decided at the Government level so that we can very well coordinate the European funds with the funds from the state budget. We are talking about mature programmes that must have been financed from state budget funds. Now we managed through the steps taken at the level of the Ministry of Development to finance these programmes from EU funds. There are a total of 124 nurseries intended for 7,000 children. These are the priorities that the Government has undertaken so that we can support and pay due attention to young families. I hope that the daily worries about the place where children are cared for and educated can diminish following these measures. They are infrastructure development measures that we also align with the measures that we approve at the level of the Ministry of Education. Yesterday, in a first reading, we had the approval for 3,500 positions that are open and will also be devoted to those who will carry out their activity in these new nurseries. I thank and congratulate you and wish you good luck further on! 2022-09-01 09:59:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 31 augustȘtiri din 31.08.2022 13:19:00Ședința de guvern din 31 augustȘtiri din 31.08.2022 Ciucă: Good morning. Yesterday, I started the activity by organizing a videoconference with the Minister of Education, Minister of Internal Affairs, and the local subordinate structures, namely school county inspectorates and prefects. The aim was to make sure that we underwent all stages so that, on Monday, September 5, the school year starts in better conditions than in previous years. We debated a whole set of aspects which have been brought to the attention of the management of the two ministries, especially the Education Ministry. From my point of view, as aforementioned, important progress has been made, I praise and thank the leadership of the Education Ministry for their involvement, and the way they monitored, coordinated and verified the implementation of decisions during the vacation. A set of aspects needs to be solved. It is the last year when the educational process takes place in line with the provisions of the current education laws, and once the debate on the new education laws is completed, we should prepare for the 2023-2024 school year. There are here a whole set of specific measures making amendments concerning the transformation and modernization of the educational system in Romania. Of course, there is also the administrative component where I want to outline some aspects. The school year regularly starts with some unsolved administrative aspects. I do not shy away from discussing the image of the educational system in Romania. Steps have been taken to reduce the number of schools with outdoor toilets. Nevertheless, there are many such schools yet, this situation is unacceptable to me. Therefore, yesterday, during the videoconference, I called on all authorities, the leadership of the Education Ministry, as well as local authorities, to put forward the plan whereby we eliminate this spot from the Romanian educational system. Efforts have been made and a lot of work still needs to be done. We placed education alongside healthcare as the top priority of our country, to which the Government needs to extend full attention to eliminate differences and align with European standards. As such, Minister, I reiterate yesterday's decision: please send me this plan by the end of the year. Taking into account that specific aspects have been discussed, Minister Cimpeanu, please present us the main elements at the basis of the preparation and put in the agreement of all specific elements for starting the school year on September 5. The second topic on the public agenda is linked to energy, winter preparation, and the Governments measures to ensure energy resources for 2022 -2023. Today, I will receive the winter plan from the Energy Ministry, and tomorrow, in the inter-ministerial committees meeting, we will have the elements and conclusions on the entire process to make amendments to the emergency ordinance on offsetting energy prices. Minister, I am sure that you underwent all the plan development stages. The Energy Ministry's plan will be available for analysis, and all analysis elements will help decide on amending the emergency ordinance. There are two amendments concerning the Cabinet meeting agenda. The first is related to the emergency ordinance on the single industrial license. We discussed this morning and several issues must be coordinated with the observations that came from the European Union Commission and, in this respect, the initiating ministries, please consider that, within two weeks at the most, you should integrate the observations received and by September 15, you should resume the approval process of this ordinance, which will turn into an emergency ordinance. The second decision is Decision 1447, by which we requested an increase in the amounts due to athletes who achieved special results in competitions. And please, Mr Minister, let it be in full accordance with what was discussed before the start of the meeting. You can make all these amendments until tomorrow's Cabinet meeting. I also want to congratulate Romania's golden team of swimming. The team formed by David Popovici, Alexandru Constantinescu, Ștefan Cosma and Patrick Dinu, once again put the symbols of Romania on the first step of the podium. In Lima, they won the gold medal in the 4x100 meters relay competition. I thank them and congratulate them. Thats why all these changes must avoid creating any kind of loophole in the decision that we will take. The next Cabinet meeting will have as the main item on the agenda the approval of the Ordinance on amending the reference elements for offsetting the energy prices. Today is Romanian Language Day, therefore, please, allow me to wish a happy anniversary to all Romanian language speakers wherever they are in the world. Thank you. 2022-08-31 11:30:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă de Ziua Limbii RomâneȘtiri din 31.08.2022 09:30:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a vizitat baza sportivă ”Academia de fotbal Gheorghe Hagi”Știri din 30.08.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the Gheorghe Hagi Football Academy sports base [Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon! I am very delighted to be present today at the start of a very important project for Romanian football, that is part of the governments agenda in terms of environmental protection and reducing carbon emissions to zero, as proposed and assumed by the European Union, certainly, in a much longer period than the Farul Club set out as objective, to become fully neutral by 2030, with zero carbon emissions. First, I would like to thank Mr Gheorghe Hagi for everything he has achieved in life, his performance, and the standards and level of ambition he has set for himself. When we utter the name Hagi, not only in Romania but also abroad, we all understand ambition, and excellence in everything he set out to do as a football player, together with the golden team, the `94 team, about which we spoke a little earlier, which at the time manage to delight us, arouse our emotion and give us hope. With time, he hung up his boots, as they say, half-heartedly, because he embarked on an equally ambitious project as his career and established this football academy, which bears his name, and that takes care of approximately 800 children, 66 of whom are playing high-performance football. I understood from this project, on the one hand, the care for the environment and our commitment to producing and using green energy, but mainly care for future generations, for children. This concern, and ambition of all those who work at the Gheorghe Hagi Academy, at the Farul Club, must further inspire each of us and gives us hopes that, in these particularly complicated conditions, when we are facing successive and overlapping crises, there is, however, the potential to set out, as I have mentioned, very ambitious goals. I learned from Mr Gheorghe Hagi that everything that is done here must not be by an inch lower than the standards of the clubs that have managed to achieve the highest victories on the European and world football stage. I believe that the model of work, sacrifice, tenacity, and dedication that we have seen here can be followed by each of us, so that, at the individual, citizens, family, community, and country level, we have a similar approach to overcome any crisis. These, from my point of view, Mr Hagi, and Mr Popescu, represent models of resilience. In this way, I am convinced that you will succeed in inspiring all those who look up to you with hope and admire you, to commit themselves to work and set out their own goals, and their level of ambition. I understood that everything that takes place here is part of a very rigorous program, nothing is done by chance, from the training part to the school part. I learned from the dialogue that we had that those who do not perform at school cannot continue the sports activity. I understood that there are medical supervision programs, relaxation programs, and programs where children are taught to measure their efforts and use their talent. I mentioned skill and effort because both gentlemen have excellently performed in their careers. We are equally grateful to both of you and I believe that everything you do, and everything you managed to achieve represents a model of reporting to work, ambition, standards and the desire to be better and better. I understood that it is about talent and work. You both say that 50% is talent, the talent that makes you stand out, but the one that achieves... It is also worth noting that we are talking about a private investment; everything achieved here was done through an investment of the Farul Club. Gică Hagi told me that he is only a shareholder. Everything that happens at the club level is decided by its management. It is also important to mention that it is one of the few clubs that does not operate in a deficit. Every year he achieved not only his sports goals but also the administrative-financial ones, which is also commendable. Here we are, today, in front of a project that aims to use recyclable materials, the equipment that is used in the constructions here are recyclable materials, including the sports equipment, as Gica Popescu said, and also the replacement of the car park, from thermal engines to electric motors, with all that the technical equipment entails, plus the installation of approx. 200 kilowatts of green energy, 100 until September, and another 100 until the end of the year, proposing to achieve a capacity of 2 megawatts by 2030, which means energy independence. Petrom helps the club management and is among the main sponsors of the club. It is not the only company to do so, the sponsorship and marketing part is a significant one. I thank all who engaged in this project, I further thank them, and I wish you the best possible results to match your work and expectations. Thank you! 2022-08-30 14:30:00ânia va beneficia de echipamente de producere a oxigenului medical donate de NATOȘtiri din 30.08.2022 Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă convened today, in a hybrid format, the National Committee for Emergency Situations, to approve the procedures through which Romania will benefit from two medical oxygen production equipment, donated by NATO. This medical equipment is intended for charging the medical oxygen cylinders necessary to continue medical care for patients who require oxygen. I thank our partners from the North Atlantic Alliance for this strong act of solidarity and support, proof of the consolidated strategic relationship, oriented towards resilience and protection of communities in the face of disasters, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Decision no. 38 of August 30, 2022 (the Decision and the annex are attached) was approved within the meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations, following the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)s letter informing Romanias representative to NATO about the North Atlantic Alliances readiness to make a donation to Romania. 2022-08-30 13:47:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la videoconferința cu prefecții și cu reprezentanții Inspectoratelor Școlare Județene și al Municipiului București pe tema pregătirii începerii anului școlarȘtiri din 30.08.2022 10:00:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a avut consultări cu reprezentanții Uniunii Naționale a Consiliilor Județene din România și ai Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 29.08.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: We continue to offer support to local authorities to implement government policies and we prepare together the start of the school year and the energy supply for winter Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă continued the series of consultations with local authorities via a meeting with representatives of the National Union of Romanias County Councils and the Association of Romanias Municipalities. The discussions focused on topics related to the implementation of government investment projects, decentralization, the financing of social assistance measures, ensuring the continuity of energy supply in the centralized system and winter preparations, measures for the start of the school year and various law amendments to support local communities. - We continue to offer support to local authorities to implement government policies and we prepare together the start of the school year and the energy supply for the 2022- 2023 winter in the context of the implementation of the protection measures established by the Government. At the same time, nevertheless, we continue to attach due importance to local investments - expansion of water and natural gas networks, renovation and modernization of schools, hospitals and medical centres, refurbishment and expansion of local transport infrastructure. National and European funds allocated to investments bring concrete, much-awaited results by Romanians for many years, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. In this context, the Prime Minister mentioned the additional allocations to the local authorities after the budget revision and the opportunities offered by European funding for the continuation of ongoing projects and the start of new investments. The debates also covered topics related to the financing of social policies, balancing the budgets of local public authorities, the calculation of the tax on buildings, the amendment of the Forestry Code, the implementation of NRRP reforms and the draft of the new pre-university education act. The preparations for the start of the new school year were an important topic of the consultations. Prime Minister mentioned that this topic will be detailed during the videoconference with local authorities to be held tomorrow. A unitary procedure for the settlement of student transport is needed. An educated Romania means equal education opportunities for all children. The National Union of Romanias County Councils (UNCJR) and the Education Ministry will find a solution by the end of September, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. Attending the meeting alongside the Prime Minister were: Attila-Zoltan Cseke, Minister for Development, Public Works, and Administration, Sorin-Mihai Cimpeanu, Minister of Education, Mircea Abrudean, Head of the PM Chancellery, Daniela Pescaru, Secretary of State with the Finance Ministry, Marcel Boloș, Minister of Investments and European Projects, Adeline Dan, Secretary of State with PM Chancellery, Dan Cărbunaru, Spokesperson for the Romanian Government. 2022-08-29 16:00:00 Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a avut consultări cu reprezentanții Asociației Orașelor din România și ai Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 29.08.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Consultations with local public authorities is a proper catalyst for our projects and initiatives for the benefit of citizens Today, Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă held a new meeting with representatives of the Association of Towns and the Association of Communes in Romania, part of the Government's regular consultations with representatives of the local public administration. The Government initiated talks in this format to offer local communities the support needed to implement government programs for citizens and solve the problems encountered. Consultations with local public authorities in this dialogue format and during local visits are a good catalyst for our projects and initiatives intended for citizens. It gives us a better knowledge of the realities on the ground, and thus we gradually adjust financial allocations, government policies and reforms. Together, Government and local authorities, we managed to open funding lines from national and European funds that will transform local communities in Romania and improve the quality of peoples lives over the coming years, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. In the recently adopted budget rectification, the Government directed an additional two billion lei to local communities for the continuation of the programs for preschool children and students - the financing of scholarships, programs for schools and hot meals in schools - and for ensuring the operation of public hospitals, provision of energy in a centralized system. Also, the budgets of the National Local Development Program and the National Public or Social Interest Construction Program rose to continue investment in the infrastructure of local communities - modernization of roads, schools, educational infrastructure, hospitals, and water and sewerage networks. The Anghel Saligny National Investment Program - the amplest from the perspective of allocated budget funds - enters the straight line after the signing of the first implementation contracts. I call on you to keep close contact with the Ministry of Development to meet the eligibility criteria. The fact that thousands of projects are submitted to obtain funding through this program is a positive signal regarding the involvement of local authorities, the prime minister stated. Another important topic of discussion concerned the implementation of the reforms provided for in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and drawing funding from this financial mechanism. Prime Minister Ciucă appreciated the interest of local authorities in attracting PNRR funding and showed that the Executive continues to support the communities s equal access to European and national funding, to ensure a balanced development of the country, especially regarding the development of the healthcare network in communities through integrated medical practice and community centres. At the same time, the thousands of projects submitted by local authorities for the Renovation Wave, and Local Fund programs, the concern for energy efficiency, the expansion of digitalization and cutting through the red tape will generate significant improvements in terms of public services offered to citizens. Discussions also focused on measures to protect citizens and the economy from the effects of rising energy prices. Prime Minister reassured that the capping and compensation measures will be applied for the winter of 2022-2023 under government decisions. Currently, the energy situation is analyzed to identify new solutions. During the discussions, they addressed topics relative to accelerated decentralization, implementation of the Fiscal Code, regulation of calculation of the tax on buildings, and local public authorities level of allowances and salaries. Attending the meeting alongside the Prime Minister were: Minister Attila-Zoltan Cseke, Minister for Development, Public Works and Administration, Mircea Abrudean, Head of the Prime Minister Chancellery, Daniela Pescaru and Mihai Diaconu, State Secretaries in the Ministry of Finance, Carmen Moraru, Secretary of state with the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, Adeline Dan, Secretary of State with the Prime Minister Chancellery, Dan Cărbunaru, Spokesperson for the Government. 2022-08-29 11:18:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la împlinirea a 31 de ani de la proclamarea Independenței Republicii MoldovaȘtiri din 27.08.2022, the Republic of Moldova celebrates the State Independence Day, proclaimed 31 years ago. Romania was the first state to recognize the Republic of Moldovas independence, constantly supporting it, on its development path and its getting closer to the EU. The Republic of Moldova's state and national construction faced multiple challenges, involving the harmonization of different trends, nostalgia and objective realities with the aspirations of the Romanian majority population of the Republic of Moldova. Throughout this period, Romania stood with its brothers across the Prut, with the governments in Chisinau, trying to help the Republic of Moldovas institutional and economic development, its process of democratization and European integration, the firm option of a consistent majority of the Republic of Moldova's citizens. The current regional context, complicated by the Russian aggression in Ukraine, also highlighted challenges related to reducing energy dependence on Russia and managing borders and refugee flows from Ukraine. We are ready to offer support in energy products for a safe winter, provide humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees on the territory of the Republic of Moldova, and direct allocations to support the Republic of Moldova's state budget. Moreover, Romania is alongside Germany and France, among the initiators of the Support Platform for the Republic of Moldova, which aims to provide immediate political, financial and material assistance, as well as in-depth expertise for the democratic reform process. This year, with the broad support of Romania, the Republic of Moldova has a great achievement of the democratic government and the pro-European president to celebrate: the candidate status for accession to the European Union. We were, are and will be with our brothers across the Prut, providing expertise and support in terms of reforms, economic cooperation, infrastructure projects and cyber security, as we pledged to, within the Strategic Partnership for the European integration of the Republic Moldova. We are actively involved in projects for the reconstruction and support of democratic institutions and values, through the 100 million euro non-refundable grant that we offered, again, for projects, to the Republic of Moldova. Romania will continue to take a firm stand to support the steps that the Republic of Moldova has to take in the perspective of opening the accession negotiations to the European Union. The communion of language, history and culture of our citizens will be completed through a common future in the European space of democracy and common values. Happy anniversary to the Republic of Moldova and its citizens! Happy anniversary to all Bessarabian Romanians! 2022-08-27 09:34:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 26 augustȘtiri din 26.08.2022 12:56:00Ședința de guvern din 26 augustȘtiri din 26.08.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at the start of the Cabinet meeting [Check against delivery] Good morning. In today's Cabinet meeting, we have a set of regulations designed to improve what has been issued so far in terms of the legal framework, to facilitate the unfolding of programs carried out at the level of the Government. During my recent visits across the country, I could discuss with citizens and local authorities the projects already started or that are about to start. We need this dialogue to continue, to adapt and facilitate all access lines, and all approvals of documents for local and central authorities projects. So far, we can say that we operationalized all national and European funding lines. I signed this morning the first contracts of the national investment plan Anghel Saligny. I want to outline the effervescence of the activities designed to promote the eligibility criteria, and also to carry the dialogue to clarify all aspects necessary at the level of local authorities. I reiterate what I emphasized this morning: local authorities need to focus their attention on drawing up the necessary documents, in order not to waste time with all these clarifications, and if necessary, the Government will take the necessary measures to simplify and render transparent as much as possible all levers for projects to be implemented at the level of local administrations. It is worth noting we need a balanced distribution of funds, as transparent as possible, and I reiterate that we must not take into account the political colour of local administration, but the needs and expectations of citizens, the need for roads and water and sewer networks, modernization of schools and health units, and we need to ensure conditions as modern as possible for all local authorities. We will continue with the remaining programs, I refer to National Local Development Plan, PNRR. PNRR has been operationalized, and contracts for local and central authorities have been signed and are ongoing. The programs for the cohesion fund until 2027 have become operational and until the end of next year, we will need to allocate everything necessary at the level of the government, for the calls for programs to be launched and to absorb as much money as possible within the 2021- 2027 financial framework. As regards the investment fund from the state budget, through the budget rectification, we increased the fund for investment which amounted to 91 billion lei. It is our commitment to stimulate investment and help the private sector. Today, we will approve an emergency ordinance to facilitate the investors' access to finance by increasing the total ceiling of guarantees for the SMEs Invest Plus program, by over 10 billion lei. We hope to help the business sector through these measures, part of our pledge following our talks. It is the only solution to keep a balanced economy and ensure economic growth and revenues to the state budget. As for social measures, today, we will approve the wage increase in the public sector. The rise is in accordance with the available budget resources, with the discussions with our social partners and, of course, follows the decision taken within the coalition. 2022-08-26 11:29:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la semnarea primelor contracte de finanțare de care vor beneficia comunitățile locale prin Programul Național de Investiții ”Anghel Saligny”Știri din 26.08.2022[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Minister, ladies and gentlemen, representatives of local authorities, good morning! I am glad that through today's event, we implement the Anghel Saligny National Program, a government - assumed program, intended for the modernization and development of local communities, providing conditions which are very much awaited by the citizens of each locality. The Anghel Saligny National Program is the amplest program, both in terms of objectives and value. It is a program worth more than 10 billion euros, through which the Government, together with the local authorities, set out to modernize the communication routes, develop the water and sewer networks at the level of all local authorities and, of course, expand the gas network. Practically, this program is completed with two other programs: the National Local Development Program and the National Program for Constructions of Public and Social Interest, which also includes the construction of educational institutions, hospitals, as well as a whole series of other infrastructure objectives that are intended for local authorities that must necessarily implement them. All these objectives must be coordinated both at the county level and between the counties and the central administration. The Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration prepared and organized the unfolding of these programs in total transparency. These are intended, as I said, for all local authorities, regardless of political colour. As long as we have undertaken this program, I want to emphasize that the political affiliation of mayors or the presidents of the county councils does not matter. We want the distribution of funds and the start of the works to take place in a balanced way, across the country. I call on local authorities to coordinate very well with the Ministry of Development, to do everything necessary, to meet the criteria required through everything that the Ministry of Development has already put in transparency. Today we have here representatives from nine local authorities. Its just the beginning of the whole set of projects, which has reached 3,700 so far - if Im not mistaken - and there is a need, as aforementioned, for appropriate coordination because we are at a time when we cannot afford to waste time. Beyond the national programs, there are the programs with European funding with dynamics and a limited deadline and they must be carried out otherwise, we lose European funding. As such, while congratulating the representatives of nine local authorities, I want to express hopes that the others will see and realize that there is already a beginning and all the conditions are already in place for each of them to focus on meeting the conditions, the criteria so that we can carry out such activities in the next period. The communities are waiting, we look forward to meeting the objectives set out by the programme for the government. Thank you and I wish you success further on! 2022-08-26 10:09:00 pentru localitatea Buzduc, județul Dolj, afectată de incendiuȘtiri din 25.08.2022 15:12:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Complexul Muzeal Cazinoul Băilor din Vatra Dornei și întâlnirea cu Înaltpreasfințitul Părinte Calinic, Arhiepiscopul Sucevei și RădăuțilorȘtiri din 25.08.2022 13:30:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la deschiderea de către Transgaz a magistralei de gaz natural Pojorâta-Vatra DorneiȘtiri din 25.08.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă at Transgaz opening of the Pojorata - Vatra Dornei natural gas pipeline [Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Good morning. Thank you, director. Chairman of the County Council, mayor, ladies and gentlemen, we are very glad that with the anniversary of 430 years of documentary certification of Vatra Dornei, we can gladden both the citizens and the local authorities with a governmental programme through which the gas pipeline is completed, which, here, has its station in operation on the outskirts of Vatra Dornei, thus creating the possibility that future gas supply projects of the entire city will be carried out in accordance with the plans of the local authorities. I understood from the mayor that works have already started on the Republicii main street, and they have building materials in proximity so that the connection works from the station to delivery points in the town can start. Surely, there are opportunities regarding heating network development and consolidation, the business sector in Vatra Dornei enjoys important possibilities as it has a consistent potential to develop various sectors of activity and we become increasingly attractive as long as we will have the possibility to use gas in any economic activity, as I understood from the mayor. What is important, through the completion of this gas pipeline is the large project, completion in the next three years of the large connection project between the North - East Region and the North - Western Region via the gas pipeline that is to be completed in three years. I understood from Mr Director that all planning elements have been completed. The works are going to start, so that from Vatra Dornei, there will be continuity through Iacobeni, Carlibaba (both in Suceava County), Prislop, and Borsa (in northern Maramures County both). There is also the possibility that through the Tihuta Pass from Vatra Dornei to Bistrita another gas supply corridor will be built. Of course, it has a projected term of five years in the implementation period. It is important to finalize the one connecting Vatra Dornei to Borsa. It is the most suitable and the one that will be built in the shortest period. I very much want to see these projects completed. Yesterday afternoon I talked with the local authorities at the County Council and a series of contracts were signed to renovate and consolidate the Administrative Palace, a new student dormitory at the University of Suceava, and the swimming pools in the municipality of Vatra Dornei. I have called on everyone to complete them on time and responsibly, because it is two parties signing a contract, each is equally responsible and must honour their commitments. We dont have time to delay anything, just a justification in this respect has no place because there are projects related to accessing European funds which if we dont complete on time, we lose money. We cannot afford to miss these opportunities once again. As such, chairman, and mayor, I thank you and congratulate you for the efforts you have made so far. I hope that you will have a very good collaboration with the Transgaz company in the future. I understood from the director that the mayor insisted on carrying out this project a long time ago. Now it is up to you to insist that you are provided with everything necessary to get the pipes where they need to be. Ion Sterian: Mr Prime Minister, we had support not only in Suceava but throughout the country from all local authorities, irrespective of political colour. The development of the national transport system is very important here. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Mr Director, it is very important to integrate the projects that have started at the level of the Ministry of Energy in terms of gas exploitation, and we will increase the extraction capacity, once the start of the offshore project in the Neptun DIP perimeter. The exploitation in the Black Sea Oil and Gas perimeter started this summer and all these have to align in a way so that our extraction capacity alongside the transportation capacity enables a balanced distribution throughout the country. Therefore, we should use this opportunity to develop the petrochemical industry and, of course, based on the gas quantities we extract, we should ensure the export of gas where necessary. Thank you very much! 2022-08-25 11:59:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la semnarea contractului de execuție a lucrărilor de consolidare, restaurare și reabilitare a Palatul Administrativ Suceava, cu finanțare prin Compania Națională de InvestițiiȘtiri din 24.08.2022 19:08:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Centrul Medical de Radioterapie din incinta Spitalului Județean Suceava, realizat în parteneriat public-privat de Consiliul Județean Suceava prin Spitalul Județean „Sfântul Ioan cel Nou” Suceava și mediul privatȘtiri din 24.08.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă and the Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode after the visit to the Suceava County Hospital's Radiotherapy Centre [Check against delivery] Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. I wanted to attend this activity in Suceava, to link several activities among which is the finalization of the works to this radiotherapy centre. It is an objective to be completed in a public-private partnership and I also understood that the activity will be shared between the private centre and Suceava County Hospital. It is opportune to see such activities and inauguration, especially for the fact that, in June, we approved a national plan to combat cancer and it is very clear that we need to focus our attention and do everything in our power, as soon as possible, and most responsibly to carry out this plan. We need state-of-the-art technology in the treatment of cancer. At the same time, we need human resources, and specialists, who are not easy to find, and at the national level, we need to identify those centres that can develop such treatment. So far, there is only one centre operational in Iasi, in Moldova. After verifications are completed late this week, and next week, depending on approvals from CNCAN and DSP, this centre too becomes operational. I want to underline the initiative of local authorities, chairman of the County Council, Mr Flutur, I congratulate you on the way you put together all your financial resources and the government aid to achieve these facilities which are necessary to our project for improving medical services for the population. You referred to the three projects that are on the agenda of activities to be achieved through PNRR, but I also want to underline that the programs for the multiannual financial framework 2021- 2027 became operational, and there are consistent amounts, 4 billion euros, Minister Bolos here confirmed that this is the value of funds, and I urge you to consider accessing these funds which together with the funds from the state budget and the European funds, can ensure a more rapid meeting of objectives, and we want to extend support to local authorities in this respect. /...;/ As it is a private treatment centre, the funding scheme for these treatments needs to be upgraded. Two - three procedures need to be included in the health house grid, they are specific and will become operational in this centre, as they are state of art. The prices are high enough for patients and I do not know if ordinary patients can afford them. As such, we have to find, together with the Health Ministry, a solution to this problem. I also want to emphasize that my presence together with the government team in Suceava, aims at several objectives. We will go immediately after we finish here to the Administrative Palace where the contract is signed and the rehabilitation works of the palace will start. There are also other objectives that we plan to carry out in support of the local authorities from Suceava. I think the A7 Motorway is of utmost importance, it has already started, and the first contracts have been signed on the Ploiești-Buzău sector, followed by the Buzău-Focșani, Focșani-Bacău and Bacău-Pașcani sectors, by the end of September, no later than mid-October, let the contracts also be signed and by the amounts provided in the Transport Operational Program, the construction of the Pascani -Suceava highway will continue and of course, following our discussions with the chairman, lets think of the solution for the continuation of the Suceava -Siret highway. There are very important objectives which I am convinced that, with full coordination between local and central authorities, we will succeed in meeting. Of course, it wont happen next year or two years from now. The important thing from my point of view is that they start. They have already begun to enter a coherent construction path. Thank you. Reporter: Marcel Ciolacu said that a reshuffle will be required by the end of this year, and I would like to ask you if you support this idea. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The reshuffle is among the prime ministers powers. Of course, we have the responsibility of the coalition in our capacity as the leaders of the coalition parties, and as Prime Minister, I will take that responsibility, and of course, I will have discussions with each of the leaders of the coalition parties and when and if appropriate we will proceed with the reshuffle. Reporter: Next week, at the parliamentary groups meeting, will you discuss the reshuffle? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: No. Next week, at the meeting with the parliamentary groups, we will discuss the agenda for this parliamentary session. We have in mind very important objectives because we approved at the level of the Government a whole set of regulations and a set of emergency ordinances were sent to the Parliament, which represented milestones and targets for the fulfilment of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. From the discussions and agreement with the representatives of the Commission, practically, they are considered completed when they are also adopted by the Parliament. As such, our main objective is for these emergency ordinances to be approved by the Parliament and to have the certainty of ensuring the coherence of attracting money from the PNRR, as well as the packages of very important laws that we assumed in the coalition, namely the justice laws and education laws. Reporter: The PSD also floated the idea of Mihai Tudoses return to the government /.../ several portfolios including the energy one and the question is whether the PNL is thinking of ceding the energy portfolio to the social democrats. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: You know what they say. I dont think now is the right time to discuss such decisions, given that we are in the process of reviewing what we are doing so that we have a coherent plan for the winter of 2022-2023. These discussions where one wishes or doesnt want to be a minister or they want someone from the government to leave are matters that will not happen at the moment. Reporter: Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister. /.../ since the refugee crisis began, there has been a lot of talk about simplifying the procedures for equivalence of diplomas in the case of specialists. So far, nothing has been done. If you could tell us what the Government has in mind for this, especially in the case of the medical professions, because, as you said, there is a crisis of specialists. And a second question: there was a problem at the permit service in Suceava, almost all the employees were arrested almost two years ago, and at this moment, despite the countless steps taken by the local authorities, we only have two examiners, two examining agents. I wanted to ask you how the hiring procedures can be simplified here as well because at the moment only people from the institution can be hired in the permit service, and the queues, the waiting lists are very long, and people end up with their files expired because of lack of examining agents. Thanks. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Minister Bode is present here for the second question. To the first question, I would make a short introduction because I realized that where there is a keen interest, human resources can also be identified. Of course, it is not normal for a company to have such a concern, and to go and identify people, not to have the certainty of finding them, especially specialists in such a field, which is very important for citizens, but I met two physics graduates from the Faculty of Iași who very easily fit the requests of the company that developed this project, and what pleased me, even more, is the fact that while talking with them I understood that the faculty curricula also had such topics, which facilitated this part of employment and, of course, adaptation and specialization at the workplace. I discussed the need to adapt education to the business environment whenever I was in the country and had the opportunity to interact with the management of different companies. Some steps are already producing effects and there is an alignment between what companies require and what is taught in universities or other educational institutions. What is certain is that the new education laws stipulate that dual education will begin to function and, in this way, I believe that this recognition of specialized diplomas will be greatly facilitated. What needs to be done next is coordination between the Ministry of Education and the specialized fields, where the respective diplomas are obtained. Reporter: Hello. Today is the Day of Ukraine, to what extent have the Romanian Government's commitments to the local authorities, involved in supporting the refugees, been observed? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Yes, I discussed with the mayor all the aspects related to financial support for the Siret authorities. I can tell you that currently, the first amount of money from the EU has reached the country. It is 39.1 million euros. That money is managed through the Department of Emergency Situations. The coordination of the reimbursement of money spent at the level of local authorities on the management of refugees on Romanian territory is done through the Department for Emergency Situations and, of course, the relationship with local authorities, all these issues are part of a plan to support and integrate refugees, Romania - because you asked me how I honoured these commitments - Romania is the first country that managed to draw up such a plan and operationalize it. Yesterday, I attended the Crimea Platform summit together with the other heads of government, what I can tell you was expressed as clearly as possible by the leadership of Ukraine: Thank you, Romania for all the support. Currently, Romania manages the entry of Ukrainian citizens into the country. More than two million Ukrainian citizens have entered our country. Around 84-85 thousand decided to stay on the national territory; half, 38,000 are children; about the same number are women, about 6,000 men. All these elements are taken into account at the level of government structures and it is clear that, as the funds come from the European Union, they will cover the amounts spent from the state budget, and from the Government, based on the requests made by the local authorities, the money goes to support the authorities. Reporter: I wanted to ask you, we also talked about the reshuffle, if you are satisfied with the work of the Minister of Labor. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It is an activity that I will make public after the review of the activity of each of the ministries. Of course, there are both good and bad sides, and when a decision is required, please be assured that I will not hesitate for a moment to act accordingly. I dont think that the activity of a minister is an analysis that I can publicly do at present. I do it where I have to, at the seat of the Government and I will take the decisions required at this level. Reporter: PSD proposes, starting next year, from March, a return to a regulated energy market. Would you support such a measure? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: There are several hypotheses and several options. I announced this today at the start of the Cabinet meeting. I received the data required from the National Energy Regulatory Authority, Energy Ministry. We have specialists in the field, in an interministerial committee that analyses all these data and based on the respective data, we will announce the decision when we take it. Reporter: Would you personally accept such a measure? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: At this moment, I cannot confirm or refute this measure. Thank you. 2022-08-24 19:02:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 24 augustȘtiri din 24.08.2022 15:00:00Ședința de guvern din 24 augustȘtiri din 24.08.2022 - Ionel Ciucă: Good morning. I will start by apologizing for the fact that I was late with starting the Cabinet meeting. There were reasons which I am sure are understood by each of you. A very important activity was held at 9:00 am at the Government premises. It was a meeting with the Forum of Romanian Students Everywhere, and I want to thank them for having accepted to start the forum's works at the Government premises. I want to outline again the importance we attach to dialogue and support extended at the government level for young students from Romania and abroad. It is 2022, the Year of Youth, and I very much want that this framework we managed to achieve is the basis on which this connectivity between government and the associative environment of youth to continue, and make its contribution to the government programme and our project for the country's development. There are very well-connected activities. I found out about this structure when I had the meeting with the Head of the Sustainable Development Department, Mr Borbely, he mentioned the forum and the way they achieve the connection with the Romanian students home and abroad. Today, we had the opportunity to carry out this activity at the Government premises, and together with Minister Campeanu, I could notice the keen interest in the activity and measures of the government, so that we support the modernization of education, and make operational the platforms and projects to attract students to return in Romania after graduation. I think we have consistent reasons to have confidence and reassure them that the Government is committed to this joint effort. Through what we are doing, we aim to build that country project, and make it operational, in direct connection with their expectations. They have the availability to contribute, to participate in governmental activities and initiatives, and we are looking forward to fulfilling proposals and visions, to integrating them into governmental projects. Each of them managed to attain an internationally acknowledged level of performance. They are praiseworthy for their ambition and dedication, we also owe it to the Romanian educational system and the teachers from Romania who trained them and we must recognize this aspect. Surely this does not mean that all things have been solved. Not yet. Therefore, the Educated Romania project should go further, the education laws must finalize debates and should be adopted at the level of the Government to be submitted to Parliament for approval. I also think that it is important to emphasize once again the results that young Romanians achieve. We had a summer with special results in the international competitions and Olympiads in which our students participated. No later than yesterday, we had a group of students who participated in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiad, the results are remarkable. Yesterday, we also had a meeting, at the government headquarters, with the Romanian athletes who once again brought us joy and emotion through the results they obtained at the European and world competitions they participated in. These are just some of the arguments that we must keep in mind to be able to continue to support their activity, to support the projects through which we can provide that foundation through which they can confidently manifest both their vocation and the confidence that we are doing the right thing for the next generation. In the opening of the Cabinet meeting, I will continue with a topic that is so important to all of us, namely energy. At the moment, we continue to store gas in our storage facilities and we have managed to reach a percentage of 70%, which is very encouraging for meeting the objective, to make sure that we have the necessary quantities of gas for the winter of 2022 - 2023. And I am convinced that, as we have assumed, through the steps that the Ministry of Energy continues to take, we will have the guarantee of a continuous supply in the next period and in this way we can send a message as clearly as possible for the citizens of the country, for the Romanian economy, we have the necessary quantities of gas for the winter of 2022 - 2023. As you well know, last week we established the Inter-ministerial Committee whose main objective is to ensure energy resilience for the next period, as well as energy investments. Some steps have started to work, we have already received the reports from the Ministry of Energy regarding the projects to be implemented in the short, medium and long term, and we have also received the analysis of the energy market from the National Energy Regulatory Agency, and, currently, the activity of analysis and identification of solutions is carried out, so that, by August 31, we will have completed all subsequent activities and come with a decision in this regard. The debate and approval of the package of justice laws are on the agenda of today's Cabinet meeting. It is the step taken over the last few months and it materialized into a much more consistent activity. We all know recent years' debates which generated both criticism and positive opinions. I think that the way the process unfolded, and the development of this package of laws is an example of maturity and accountability for all institutions involved. It is an objective we assumed through PNRR and the CVM. I think that what is worth underlining is the fact that, through these laws, we ensure the consolidation of justice independence and we guarantee rights and liberties to Romanian citizens. I would like to note the effort made by the Ministry of Justice and to thank the minister, but also his team, present here today. At the same time, I want to thank all the institutions that contributed to the drafting of this package of laws, to their debate and analysis, and I mean the Superior Council of Magistracy, the High Court of Cassation and Justice, the Prosecutors Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, The National Anti-Corruption Directorate, The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, the associations of magistrates and civil society, the Economic and Social Council and, last but not least, the Legislative Council. I convey my thanks to everyone and invite the minister to make the introductory clarifications before entering into the analysis of the package of laws. I voice once again my firm belief that the entire step fits the legal norms and principles as aforementioned, and also that once the step is completed, we will succeed to exit the control and verification mechanism and facilitate the decision awaited by all Romanians for so long time, the accession to the Schengen area. Thank you! 2022-08-24 12:36:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Forumul Studenților Români de PretutindeniȘtiri din 24.08.2022 10:42:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la cel de-al doilea Summit al Platformei Crimeea la nivel de șefi de stat și de guvernȘtiri din 23.08.2022 by Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă at the Second Summit of the Crimea Platform [Check against delivery] Your Excellency President Zelenskyy, Distinguished Heads of State and Government, Dear colleagues, Before 24 February, few of us could have imagined the scale of destruction, atrocities, and human suffering that followed. During the past six months, the Russian aggression against Ukraine has created the gravest security and humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of World War II, with extremely serious consequences worldwide. With this illegal and brutal war, Russia showed the world that it is a state that does not shy away from blatant aggression, from breaking international law, including the international humanitarian law; that it is a state that openly pursues a policy of spheres of influence. Few of us thought this would still have been possible in the 21st century, although we witnessed the 2008 war in Georgia and the 2014 illegal annexation of Crimea. As this illegal war continues, we should stand firmly united in support of Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. We should make clear, time and time again, that Ukraine - as well as all the other countries, including in the Eastern Neighbourhood - have the legitimate and sovereign right to pursue their own security and foreign policy arrangements, based on their own legitimate choices, free of any outside interference. Our unity and solidarity in providing concrete, multidimensional support to the heroic struggle of the Ukrainian people has been and remains our strongest asset. Russia failed to take into account this strong and clear response of the international democratic community as a whole, as it failed to recognise the determination of the Ukrainian people to defend their freedom. We should continue to strengthen our collective stance and redouble our joint efforts in support of Ukraine. As the EU Member State and NATO ally with the longest land border with Ukraine, Romania and the Romanian people have done their utmost to help Ukraine and the more than 2 million refugees that sought shelter from the war. Our support to Ukraine continues to be manifold and advances on several tracks - political, economic, financial, humanitarian, diplomatic, and in the field of international law in order to ensure accountability and fighting impunity. Since the Summit last year, the situation in the illegally annexed Crimea has become much worse. The repressive measures against Ukrainians, including Crimean Tatars, and the gross violations of their human rights have intensified; the aggressive imposition of education in Russian, and of Russian curricula has continued unabated; the Peninsula is heavily militarised and has been used as a launching pad for the military invasion of Ukraine's southern regions, and for launching missile strikes at civilians and civilian infrastructure in the rest of Ukraine. An even more worrying trend has emerged: using Crimea as a textbook case for forcibly and illegally integrating occupied Ukrainian territories into Russian control. The past has taught us over and over again that failing to firmly stand up for the rules-based international order carries a heavy price: eighty-three years ago to the day, on 23 August 1939, the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact was the final preparatory step to unleashing the gravest catastrophe the humankind has known. Ukraine is fighting today not only to defend itself and its people, its territorial integrity and sovereignty, its freedom and legitimate right to join the European family, but also our shared values and principles that form the cornerstone of our way of life. We are duty-bound to support Ukraine with everything in our power to resist and repel the aggression. We have to firmly stand with Ukraine. You may count on Romania! Ukraine must win! I would like also to congratulate you on your National Day! Slava Ukraini! Thank you very much! 2022-08-23 17:53:00 Victoria, iluminat în culorile drapelului Ucrainei în zilele de 23 și 24 augustȘtiri din 23.08.2022 RELEASE The Romanian Government thus reconfirms its solidarity and joins the initiatives aimed at strengthening the international communitys support for Ukraine. In this respect, Victoria Palace will light up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag on August 23, between 20:00hrs and 24:00hrs, on the National Flag Day of Ukraine, and on August 24, between 20:00hrs and 24:00 hrs, on Ukraines Independence Day. Although symbolic, this gesture once again confirms our support for the hard-pressed people of Ukraine, and through the concrete measures the authorities took and through the emotional mobilization of many Romanians to help the Ukrainian refugee citizens, Romania has firmly stood by Ukraine and against the unprovoked, illegitimate and irrational military aggression unleashed by Russia. Our solidarity with Ukraine is motivated not only by geographical proximity but also by the values and principles of democracy that the resilience of our Ukrainian neighbours defends against the Russian threat. For more than three decades, the Ukrainian people have taken their fate into their own hands; it is their legitimate right to further decide their future, and nothing justifies Russias attempts to reverse history by force of arms, sacrificing lives and causing massive destruction. We will continue to support Ukraine and offer accommodation to people forced to leave their native places due to the war. Also, amidst the difficulties generated by the war for the transport of grain from Ukraine to Europe, we secure the logistics necessary for their transit to be done through the ports on the Romanian shore of the Black Sea. On the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine and Ukraines Independence Day, I wish the Ukrainian neighbors prospects as close as possible to peace. Happy Independence Day, Ukraine! Happy Independence Day, Ukrainian people! stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciuca. 2022-08-23 17:06:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia de mulțumire și felicitare a sportivilor români care au obținut performanțe la competițiile internaționaleȘtiri din 23.08.2022 10:57:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu ocazia Zilei Europene a Comemorării Victimelor Stalinismului și Nazismului și a Zilei Naționale a Comemorării Victimelor Fascismului și Comunismului 23 august 2022Știri din 23.08.2022 10:42:00Întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu o delegație a Fondului ProprietateaȘtiri din 22.08.2022 RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă met with a delegation of the Fondul Proprietatea (FP), at Victoria Palace. They discussed the evolution of investments managed by FP and presented the state of preparation for listing shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB), which this fund holds in Hidroelectrica and Salrom. - The listing of the two companies on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, supported by the Romanian Government, is part of the vision implemented at the Executive level for improving governance and transparency of the companies it owns. This approach will contribute to the development of the local capital market, which has a fundamental role in the development of Romanian companies and their access to financing that can boost their investments. Investment consolidation will strengthen the economy, stated Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă. The successful completion of the listing of a substantial package of Hidroelectrica shares on the Bucharest Stock Exchange will allow Romania to fulfil the objective established within Romania's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), at the end of the first semester of next year. 2022-08-22 10:15:00 Briefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 18 augustȘtiri din 18.08.2022 14:16:00Ședința de guvern din 18 augustȘtiri din 18.08.2022 11:01:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la prima reuniune a Comitetului interministerial pentru asigurarea rezilienței energetice și implementarea proiectelor de infrastructură în energieȘtiri din 17.08.2022 19:04:00ță de presă susținută de ministrul Antreprenoriatului și Turismului, Constantin-Daniel Cadariu pe tema lansării Programului Femeia AntreprenorȘtiri din 16.08.2022 15:06:00 Victoria, iluminat în roșu cu ocazia Zilei naţionale pentru comemorarea martirilor Brâncoveni şi de conştientizare a violenţelor împotriva creştinilorȘtiri din 16.08.2022 12:11:00 premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, împreună cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, la festivitățile prilejuite de Ziua Marinei RomâneȘtiri din 15.08.2022 12:23:00