RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROVizita premierului Ludovic Orban, împreună cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, la Centrul Național de Conducere și Coordonare a IntervențieiȘtiri din 08.04.2020 15:12:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Sărbătorii etniei romilor din România și a Zilei internaționale a romilorȘtiri din 08.04.2020 12:15:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la consultări cu reprezentanții producătorilor și distribuitorilor din industria farmaceuticăȘtiri din 07.04.2020 16:20:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la consultări cu reprezentanții marilor rețele comercialeȘtiri din 07.04.2020 16:14:00 și asistenți medicali români vor lucra în Italia pentru combaterea epidemiei COVID-19Știri din 07.04.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban: I appreciate the courage and the gesture of solidarity of the Romanian medical team who are joining their Italian colleagues A team of Romanian doctors and nurses will work in Milan, along with Italian medical staff, to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The mission of the medical staff, selected from volunteers, will be carried out under the aegis of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, for 14 days. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban was present today when the four members of the team boarded in Bucharest, the other ten members were about to board the same plane from Timisoara. I appreciate the courage and the gesture of solidarity of the Romanian doctors and nurses who are joining their Italian colleagues in an extremely difficult time. I trust the professionalism of the medical staff and wish them great success in this mission, stated the Prime Minister. The Minister of Internal Affairs, Marcel Vela, the Minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ciucă, the Minister of Health, Nelu Tătaru, the Head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Raed Arafat, and the Ambassador of Italy to Romania, H.E. Mr. Marco Giungi were present at the medical staff's boarding. 2020-04-07 12:16:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Mondiale a SănătățiiȘtiri din 07.04.2020 10:29:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la consultări cu reprezentanții companiilor din sectorul construcțiilorȘtiri din 06.04.2020 16:21:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la consultări cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 06.04.2020 12:21:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei NATO în RomâniaȘtiri din 05.04.2020 09:36:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după ședința de lucru de la Ministerul Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 04.04.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: We assessed the number of people entering the country and our quarantine capacity, and given the participation of the Health Minister, we established the measures for preparing the hospitals that are about to admit patients infected with COVID and a set of other important elements linked to...; Reporter: An alarming situation is in Ialomița County, in Țăndărei, where the Army was also sent. There could be an outbreak of infection there, and in the Barbulești commune. So what decisions did you make? Ludovic Orban: Yes, very many persons came from countries that had entered the red zone and special measures will be taken at least for Țăndărei. Reporter: What sort of measures? Ludovic Orban: They will be presented by the Internal Affairs Ministry today. Reporter: On the other hand, very many Romanian doctors, medical personnel are among the infected. In this regard...; Ludovic Orban: You know very well that I made the decision to establish quarantine spaces for doctors between shifts, Ministries and local authorities with hospitals under their authority are obliged to assure accommodation places for the medical personnel other than their place of domicile. Whenever there is a suspicion, the doctors who had been in contact with the medical personnel who tested positive, will be tested in their place, they enter self-isolation, and we try to limit the number of cases in hospitals. It is very important for all established protocols to be observed, the triage to be done in case of any patient suspected of infection and with protective equipment. Basically, the rules must be observed. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, I have two questions: one pertaining to that sum of 500 euros announced by the President for doctors, medical personnel. Ludovic Orban: It is already included in the draft Emergency Ordinance initiated by the Ministry of European Funds. Reporter: The sum will amount to 500 euros? Ludovic Orban: Yes, it will be about that. Reporter: When, on Monday? Ludovic Orban: A Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Monday and we will take several measures to be financed from European funds. Reporter: And what other healthcare procurements are being made during this period because those ventilators are needed. Ludovic Orban: Currently, there are contracts signed for 400 ventilators. Unfortunately, these contracts do not observe the delivery schedule as the governments of the countries from which we had to buy these ventilators, issued decisions banning their export. We are looking for solutions. We are trying to start manufacturing ventilators, there is an American company that made available to manufacturers from Romania including the project, all components and the patent implicitly, and we can produce a number of ventilators necessary for manufacture. We will also resort to a solution that I discussed with the Secretary of State Raed Arafat and the Health Minister regarding the repair of the ventilators that do not work at present, so that a number of 80-100 additional ventilators can become operational. The Defence Ministry has also been working on a project of a ventilator that has been continuously improved, and it can enter testing as soon as possible. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: The project already exists, production capacities should be identified for all its components. The ventilators and all the other devices being used are very sensitive, the patients' lives depend on them, and their many components should be manufactured in the best possible conditions. Reporter: Do we have to expect extra measures around Easter as there is an estimate of 250,000 Romanians coming from abroad? Ludovic Orban: I want to send a very clear message: all those who will be coming home for Easter starting tomorrow will not be spending their Easter under normal conditions, but they will be placed under quarantine. The number of countries with more than 10,000 confirmed cases has increased a lot and there are very many under a red code at this point. Almost all countries Romanians are coming from, the countries where they work and live, are under a red code, and the decision that we have just taken is to place them in institutionalized quarantine centers. Reporter: The current coercive measures, the fines are sufficient? Because there are many who do not observe these conditions. Ludovic Orban: As far as the activity of quarantine centers is concerned, there have been very few attempts to infringe the rules there. We have almost 13,000 Romanians in quarantine centers and I appreciate their compliance with the quarantine coexistence rules and all the social distancing rules that are imposed in these quarantine centers. We have to admit that we are facing problems in certain localities, such as Țandarei, for example, where it is very difficult to persuade some citizens who returned to Romania, to observe the rules of the isolation at home. Despite increasing the number of the Gendarmerie, and requesting the support of the Army that contributed with important personnel, there are nevertheless cases of non-compliance with the conditions of isolation. Obviously, we appeal to all the decisions we have made so far. Those who do not comply with the isolation rules are quarantined and quarantined at their own cost, ie they will have to pay the cost of 14-day accommodation in quarantine. Also, those who do not comply with the quarantine will be subject to criminal investigation and their quarantine period will be extended by another 14 days. I repeat, there have been very few such cases. The police, the gendarmerie, the army are involved with all the forces to ensure the observance of these regulations, and to sanction those who do not comply with these rules imposed for the health of the people and to prevent the spread of the infection. Reporter: Are you considering the quarantine of these areas, Deva and Arad especially since many Romanians will come through Nădlac in the next period? I refer to these areas as the Health Minister announced hotspots of coronavirus infection. Ludovic Orban: Therefore, we follow certain criteria based on which we can make a decision. There is a system of evaluation of the situation in each locality or county. If these criteria lead to a certain score, the decision is made. It is not the case for the time being. This talk has perhaps led to the debate on the need of an extra check at Arad crossing point as most Romanians enter the country through Nadlac, and also it led to the idea that perhaps a quarantine imposed on Arad County could give us additional possibility to check all entrances: such a decision has not been made yet. I repeat that we make decisions based on data, analyses, objective analyses and it is not this case for the time being. Reporter: And another important topic concerns the state sector personnel incomes: will they enter into technical unemployment, will they receive less money, what will be their situation? Ludovic Orban: No decision has been made at this time. Of course we have been carrying out an activity evaluation in each area and when it comes to proposing something, we will let you know. Reporter: If you have done a cost assessment so far, how much cost the measures taken by Romania from February to now, how much have the government, the ministries, spent on implementing the measures taken? Ludovic Orban: For the time being, we have supplemented the health budget from the Reserve Fund, we have provided the ONAC with the necessary money for the procurements related to the strategic stocks; also, we supplemented the budget of the Ministry of Health in order to be able to supply the Public Health Directorates with the money needed for the expenses in the quarantine centers, the money was allocated for investments in the hospitals subordinated to the Ministry of Health. It is still difficult to evaluate, but we allocate money as a priority, whenever needed, to fight coronavirus. Reporter: Are we expecting a budget rectification? Ludovic Orban: There will be a budget rectification, we will have a first analysis of the draft budget rectification at the meeting on Monday. At present, the main credit authorizing officers define their needs in the coming period and it is possible, during the next week, to adopt the budget rectification. Reporter: If you thought about the doctors or the medical staff who resigned, you said you were thinking about what should be done, what decision could you make? Ludovic Orban: I am sorry for such decisions, that in such difficult times when Romanian citizens need doctors, nurses, there are healthcare professionals that can make such decisions. We will supplement the medical personnel, in any hospital unit, each time when necessary. In addition, there are cases of hospitals where the medical personnel filed their resignation, in which the procedure of selecting the necessary staff in each hospital started. Hospitals cannot operate without the necessary medical personnel, and in special situations, such as the situation in Suceava hospital, you could see that the management was taken over by a team from the Military Hospital, and the hospital team was completed with military doctors. I thank very much the Defence Ministry's personnel that promptly answer any sort of request, both regarding the army's involvement in all missions and the special support granted to the healthcare system. Reporter: Are you considering a similar measure of taking over the hospitals of Deva and Arad where very many ...; Ludovic Orban: We have encountered no management problems at present, the current management team acts, makes decisions, and hospitals are functioning. If necessary we will appeal to any type of decision, so as to ensure the normal functioning of the hospitals. Reporter: Do you consider purchasing medical equipment to battle coronavirus, without taking into account public procurement legislation? Ludovic Orban: According to the decree establishing the state of emergency, the Ministry of Health, the public health departments, hospitals, hospital management can use simplified procurement procedures. The procedure, i.e. negotiation without prior publication of the announcement from ... Reporter: Is there any likelihood that we request other countries' help, namely to send us doctors when Romania reaches the peak of the epidemic? Ludovic Orban: Our current assessment shows we have enough doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and we are prepared in terms of the evolution of the epidemic. We do not need this at present, you ask me some questions that are not the case, for the moment we have just put in operation the second line of defense, so to speak, to treat patients with COVID - these are over 35 of hospitals starting to admit patients. They are about to be well -prepared, equipped so that we have full treatment capacity. Also, you know very well that this treatment methodology established this possibility of treatment either in separate spaces, such as quarantine spaces, mild, asymptomatic cases may not be necessarily treated in the hospital, but they can be treated in other locations as well. Of course, there is the methodological possibility of treatment at home, which has been established. For the time being, we are trying to avoid treatment at home, to prevent families and those close from the possibility of infection. Reporter: What was the Minister of Health's explanation for the surge practically, in the number of new cases detected during yesterday and if we enter scenario 5? Ludovic Orban: Its not about the surge... Reporter: The number doubled in one day. 445 new cases... Ludovic Orban: This is not a surge, it is a significant increase in the number of cases. We are watching the evolution very carefully and, clearly, we take all the necessary measures, depending on the number of cases that occur. Reporter: The Minister of Health said yesterday that there were several, because more tests were done. Ludovic Orban: We told you that we have constantly increased our testing capacity. As of early next week we will exceed 3,000 people tested daily. The testing capacity has developed according to the testing need. There is an established protocol, which is also a recommendation of the European Commission on diagnostic priorities. We adhere to this protocol and ensure the diagnosis of the persons when necessary, constantly increasing the testing capacity. Reporter: As regards the treatment, are there enough stocks for hospitals, patients' treatment at this moment /.../? Ludovic Orban: In the analysis we carried out, we also discussed this topic together with the Minister of Health. In addition to the current stocks, we have planned important inputs, especially of Kaletra and Plaquenil, which are being used in the treatment. We are looking for purchases and donations in order to ensure the treatment of patients who will be infected or who have been infected. Reporter: Where do these donations come from? I mean the medicines Ludovic Orban: From several producing countries. Reporter: Are they donor countries or individuals? Ludovic Orban: They are either purchases or donations. Fortunately, we are also the beneficiaries of donations, I am glad about it. Reporter: Have you discussed the likelihood for Romanian manufacturers to produce these pills? Ludovic Orban: Here it is about the existence of active substances for these medicines production. To the extent that Romanian producers will be able to produce them, they shall have our support. But for the time being, the analysis of deliveries in the near future of these medicines that are needed in the treatment, revealed that we will have enough stocks to ensure the treatment of the patients, regardless of the scenario. Thank you. 2020-04-04 16:57:00ță de presă susținută de ministrul Sănătății, Nelu TătaruȘtiri din 03.04.2020 17:29:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Jandarmeriei RomâneȘtiri din 03.04.2020 12:31:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Grupul de Lucru Interinstituțional ECOROM cu reprezentanții industriei agroalimentareȘtiri din 01.04.2020 19:00:00 ministrului Economiei, Energiei şi Mediului de Afaceri, V. Popescu, șefului Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, I. Dancă, și a consilierului prezidențial C. Marinescu, la Grupul de Lucru Interinstituțional ECOROM cu reprezentanții sectorului HORECAȘtiri din 01.04.2020 13:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Grupul de Lucru Interinstituțional ECOROM cu reprezentanții industriei autoȘtiri din 01.04.2020 11:40:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții asociațiilor și patronatelor din domeniul transporturilorȘtiri din 31.03.2020 13:13:00 de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban împreună cu președintele României, domnul Klaus Iohannis, la Spitalul Militar de Campanie ROL II, secție externă a Spitalului Militar Central, din incinta Institutului Național de Gerontologie și Geriatrie „Ana Aslan” OtopeniȘtiri din 28.03.2020 14:35:00țiile premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția primului lot de Sisteme de evacuare a personalului contaminat cu agenți biologici–BIOEVAC, de concepție româneascăȘtiri din 27.03.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: (...;) I congratulate the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Economy, Romarm and STIMPEX on their ability to launch in a very short time the manufacture of isolettes that are so necessary in the coronavirus epidemic situation for transporting the contaminated persons in perfect isolation conditions. The isolette manufacturing capacity will increase and, as for us, we will purchase these products, both through ONAC (National Office for Centralized Procurement), the Ministry of Defence and other state entities in order to urgently distribute them to ambulances, hospitals for being used as fast as possible. 2020-03-27 13:46:00ții de presă susținute de ministrul Muncii și Protecției Sociale, Violeta Alexandru, și de șeful Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, Ionel DancăȘtiri din 27.03.2020 13:12:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban și ministrul Sănătății, Nelu TătaruȘtiri din 27.03.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. I wanted to be present in person as the Minister of Health Nelu Tătaru takes office. Minister held a meeting of the Health Ministry board where we discussed the Ministry's priorities for the next period. Of course, we are going to maintain the same lines of action, our fundamental objective is to defend the health and life of the Romanian citizens, stem the virus spread, increase the diagnosis capacity, strengthen the public health directorates, in order to cope with their fundamental mission in the battle against the coronavirus, to prepare hospitals to admit coronavirus patients. We also discussed measures to curb the contamination risk of medical staff and patients, the urgency of purchasing protective equipment to protect all public health professionals involved in fighting coronavirus, hospitals medical and non-medical staff, the representatives of the public health directorates. I personally conveyed to Minister Nelu Tătaru the request to distribute protective equipment, disinfectants to family doctors network and outpatient doctors. I trust Minister Tătaru's capacity to meet the unmatched challenges posed by the coronavirus epidemic. He is already part of the team in charge of fighting this virus and has the ability of making the best decisions that will be later implemented. I invite you, Minister to take the floor. Nelu Tătaru: Thank you. I came from territory, the Suceava outbreak does not change at all the attitude we have had, only that many things need to be changed at the local level. Locally, procedures need to be reinitiated by both the medical staff, the public health directorates, and the hospital management, but the local authorities too must implement and observe them. We, as a ministry, have currently two directions ahead, one urgent - the prevention of COVID-19 infections, the treatment of COVID infections, but also the treatment of the other patients who do not currently have a COVID infection. At the level of the healthcare units in phase 1, phase 2 and, phase 3 respectively, we will provide the necessary equipment, healthcare materials and protective equipment, as well as the number of tests for all those who, according to epidemiological investigations, enter a testing protocol. I should also mention that the medical staff will have priority through these units in this testing. We take care of our staff, we need to do it, the coming weeks will be tougher, there will be severe cases, there will also be critical cases, but we will go through this period and we will come out stronger. Thank you. Ludovic Orban: Three questions, please. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, why did the former Health Minister Victor Costache resign, and what was your reason to sack the Secretary-General of the Health Ministry? Ludovic Orban: Minister Costache resigned for personal and professional reasons as I have publicly presented. Concerning the dismissal, Mrs. Bumbac held the office of Secretary - General by delegation of powers, it was not an office occupied by contest. I think that once a new Minister is appointed, that Minister should nominate the Secretary - General. The Secretary - General and the Secretaries of State at the helm of the Ministry should make a good team with the Minister, the Minister should trust them, and the Secretary - General is the Minister's right- hand man, should be very reliable so that the Minister trusts his work. Reporter: On a scale from 1 to 5, how would you describe Romania in the battle against the novel coronavirus? Ludovic Orban: Take a look at the data. On 25 or 26 February, in Romania there was one case, in Spain there were two cases, in France there were a few cases. Look at the number of cases in Romania, a little over a thousand. If we take into account those who are cured, we have below a thousand patients suffering from COVID-19, while in the other countries the number of infected persons is in the order of tens of thousands. Ludovic Orban: Romania took extremely serious measures from minute one. After the Chinese New Year, when thousands of Chinese citizens came to Romania, there was no outbreak. There was also something specific in relation to that did not occur in other European countries. Over two hundred thousand Romanians came back to Romania most of them from countries seriously affected by the epidemic. If we had not taken severe quarantine measures, either institutionalized quarantine or isolation at home, the spread would have been very high in Romania. We introduced the obligation to conduct quick epidemiological investigations around each diagnosed case, a measure that has limited the spread of the virus. We took almost all measures before other countries that were more affected by the coronavirus epidemic. I remind you closing schools which yielded results. Except the first cases in Timisoara, there is no other case of pupil to be diagnosed at least from the data I currently have. Protecting the elderly which was also the Government's concern, led to a very small number of persons infected compared to all the other European countries. Reporter: /.../ how did we reach this situation and what to do not to repeat it? Ludovic Orban: I do not mean the casuistry. We have a relatively small number of deaths, below the mortality level in other countries. Usually, those who died had other underlying conditions, something that occurred in other countries, as well. Romania was not ready. We started with a Real Time PCR, we gradually expanded. I think that early next week we will have the capacity to increase the number of tests to 2,000. I called on the Minister of Health to urgently distribute the quantities of test kits purchased from South Korea by Unifarm, in order to increase the testing capacity. We gradually introduced in the testing system real-time PCR devices from all non-medical entities, from universities, from research laboratories, from the ANSVSA network. Also, 20 new PCRs are purchased only at national level, such devices have been purchased by hospitals and some local authorities as well. Our diagnostic capacity will increase constantly, so that we can make diagnoses in a timely manner. I repeat each time that we cannot establish randomly the people to be diagnosed. The stories that circulate that we are beginning to select 10 thousand people to test are stories. There is a procedure, there are prioritization criteria, there is an order of priorities concerning the testing of persons, which is determined based on the way the cases evolve and our diagnostic capacity. We have always put in agreement the diagnostic capacity with the priorities which are established in terms of testing. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, in your opinion, what measures should have been taken to prevent the epidemic from reaching so many hospitals? We know that there are more than 15 hospitals in which cases of coronavirus infection were found, but /.../ Ludovic Orban: Hospitals have different subordination. The hospitals that are on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus, have no cases of infection, and the same situation can be encountered in the hospitals in the second line which will be established today, through Order, in order to start to admit patients. Cases appeared especially in hospitals of local subordination, I do not want to put the blame on local authorities. Here, we have to be honest: sometimes, managers carried the guilt, in other cases, some medical staff. A factor that contributed to the contamination of medical staff was the precarious protective equipment. Reporter: Do you think that it would have been better for the procedures to be enforced before...; Ludovic Orban: Procedures are in place. Reporter: New procedures have been issued... Ludovic Orban: Currently, we have taken measures: the triage, established in several hospitals, and we made available tents outside the emergency care units, therefore, triage makes an individual with symptoms, be treated as a possible infected person, and introduced in a special circuit. A long time ago we asked that persons arising suspicions of contamination to be admitted to special wards. Normally, an individual with a history of international travel if they came into contact with a person who tested positive, if there is the smallest suspicion, if they have specific symptoms, they should be treated as potential patient infected with coronavirus, in special conditions both regarding his movement inside the hospital and the interaction between medical and non-medical staff and patients. Unfortunately, these conditions have not been observed. I will give you some examples. The example of the University hospital, you know very well that, unfortunately, there was a death, the first death from the University Hospital was a person with symptoms, who came from dialysis, from a private clinic, where the medical director worked before the respective hospital, despite the patient's symptoms, the decision to make the diagnosis was delayed 48 hours, during which no special measures were taken for protection and consequently, they reached the current situation. Reporter: Have you been informed about certain irregularities regarding procurements for protective materials? You know very well that there have been several press articles in this respect...; Ludovic Orban: They alleged that in the procurement procedure carried out by the National Office for Centralized Procurement, a framework contract was signed with a company from Giurgiu County. I asked the Minister of Finance to order an investigation of the Control Body to ONAC. I await the results of this investigation. Honestly, it seems strange to me that a company that does not have a medical background or expertise can get such a contract. If the contract was not carried out under legal conditions, it will be terminated, and the persons who were involved in signing that contract, without observing legal conditions, will account for this decision. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, the electoral authority /...;/ postponement of local elections. What do you say/.../? Ludovic Orban: I will give an answer, I will call the parliamentary parties to consultations on this topic as I have announced and together, we will analyze the situation and will make the decision regarding local elections. Reporter: Flutur Gheorghe, your party colleague, appeared on the list as a doctor to be tested? He was tested, and appeared as a doctor at the end ... Ludovic Orban: He was tested because he was identified as contact in an epidemiological investigation and it is normal to be tested, so are the people who have been subjected to an epidemiological investigation. Reporter: I tell you that Mr. Flutur appears as a doctor on the list. Ludovic Orban: Mr. Flutur was diagnosed, the fact that the decision was taken to be tested, as a contact not of a person, of some persons who tested positive is a decision that is as correct as possible. Proof that he tested positive. Mr. Flutur is treated in the hospital like any patient, he has the same regime that every patient has in Suceava Hospital and, in my opinion, any speculation related to this subject is a cynical speculation that ignores a factual situation in which the President of the County Council Flutur is involved. He seems to me to have had the best possible conduct. Moreover, he is one of the best presidents of the county councils, who has shown a constant concern for the state of health, investments for hospitals and who, up to the cases that appeared in Suceava Hospital, supported an extremely important investment program. Reporter: /.../ and about the fact that most people had other associated diseases. In the case of the 45-year -old man, he was neither an elderly person, nor was he mentioned having other diseases. In general, we say that aged people should protect themselves/.../ Ludovic Orban: No, no, I didnt say that. Everyone must observe the rules, the specialists' recommendations and also the measures that have been ordered either by military ordinance, or by decisions taken at the level of the Ministry of Health, or at the level of the County Committees for Emergencies. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: I cannot give you an answer on each case but I repeat that every person should take care of himself and those close to him to observe rules, recommendations and thus contribute to curbing the spread risk. Reporter: You had a draft emergency ordinance on last evening's Cabinet meeting. I would like to ask you, regarding the measures taken, what had Romania more, compared to China and how did you modify these measures which can be taken in a state of emergency? Ludovic Orban: Honestly, I dont understand your question ... I mean, a comparison with China is not appropriate, because we had another evolution. Of course, we have followed all the measures that have yielded results not only in China, but also in other countries, and we try to apply all the measures that have given positive results. In fact, we have applied them and this many times before other countries. Thank you. 2020-03-27 11:40:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 26.03.2020[Check against delivery] *** Ludovic Orban: Good morning. This morning, Health Minister Victor Costache filed his resignation for personal and professional reasons. I have taken notice of his resignation which I will sent to President Klaus Iohannis for the issuance of the revocation decree. Victor Costache has been a member of my Cabinet for five months. We made a good team and we took together a set of important decisions with a beneficial effect on the healthcare system. I regret the Ministers resignation but I also understand it and I thank him for our good collaboration. My nomination for the Health Minister seat which I am going to submit to President Klaus Iohannis is the Secretary of State Nelu Tătaru, who is a member of the Health Ministry's team, he has been on the front line in the fight against the novel coronavirus. He already masters all procedures, the entire plan of measures. He is in Suceava today. I called him up and informed him about my intention to nominate him as Health Minister. We will discuss all the details upon his return to Bucharest. I will continue to strengthen the team at the Ministry of Health. The Health Ministry will further strengthen its capacity to meet the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus epidemic. We will stay focused on all the objectives we set out: strengthening the Public Health Directorates to meet the increasing needs in their work to fight the coronavirus epidemic, ensuring increased pace in conducting the epidemiological investigations and ensuring normal living standards while making sure that the quarantine and home isolation rules are observed and that all operations characteristic to the Public Health Directorates are duly conducted, in a prompt manner and with maximum efficiency. We are still pursuing the objective of increasing the diagnostic capacity. The National Institute of Public Health, based on the recommendations from the European Commission, has set up a diagnostic system, establishing which the diagnosis priorities are. All these diagnosis priorities remain valid. The diagnostic rules established by the National Institute of Public Health will be maintained, in line with European and international recommendations. We further pursue equipping hospitals with the necessary materials and equipment to ensure the protection of doctors, nurses, and all hospital employees, regardless of whether it is about hospitals subordinated to the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transport or the local authorities. Our top priority is to purchase materials, equipment, devices, absolutely necessary to be able to protect hospital employees and hospital patients who are being treated for conditions other than the coronavirus. We continue to implement the plan of preparing hospitals for the treatment of infected patients. We are practically maintaining the same strategy that has been established and we are gradually preparing all the hospitals that enter the strategic mode, designed to treat the patients who are infected with coronavirus, preparing them for the moment when they have to enter the treatment mode. I assure all Romanians that the Government, the Health Ministry, all institutions subordinate to the Government, on the frontline of the battle, are dedicated to doing their duty and their top objective is defending the health and life of the Romanian citizens. Thank you! 2020-03-26 11:16:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la plecarea dintre noi a scriitorului Paul GomaȘtiri din 25.03.2020 received the sad news of the passing of one of the great anti-communist dissidents of Romania. Paul Goma was a survivor. In his youth, he survived the extermination regime in the Jilava and Gherla communist prisons, then in the forced domicile in Bărăgan. In his adulthood, he faced the attacks ordered against him by Nicolae Ceaușescu himself and the persecutions to which he was subjected by the Securitate, then he withstood a long exile as a person deprived of citizenship. Today he was killed by the unseen and cruel enemy that threatens humanity. When the Revolution was still far away and Communism seemed unstoppable, Paul Goma almost by himself managed to wake us up and call us into battle. He will always remain for us the voice that called for the Ceausescu regime to observe human rights, a name that in last decades of communism revived hope and strengthened resilience in our souls. God rest his soul! Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2020-03-25 22:24:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Poliției RomâneȘtiri din 25.03.2020 16:35:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la ședința de evaluare și prezentare a măsurilor cu privire la gestionarea epidemiei COVID-19, împreună cu președintele Klaus Iohannis și membri ai cabinetului OrbanȘtiri din 25.03.2020 15:19:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban, la Palatul Victoria, pe tema măsurilor de gestionare a epidemiei COVID-19Știri din 24.03.2020 Orban: Good evening. As you well know, I ended my self - isolation. At the end of the isolation period, I tested negative. During the 14-day isolation period, I carried out my duties as Prime Minister, and basically, I led the Government's activity, I intervened for all necessary measures to be taken so that we attain the objectives set out for this period. We continue to act based on some very precise lines pursuing some essential objectives. Our first and most important objective is to take care of the health and life of Romanian citizens, to reduce as much as possible the risk of contamination. As you know, I attended today, at the initiative of the President of Romania, a working meeting in which we thoroughly assessed our current situation, and we agreed on some measures to be adopted through a military ordinance by the Internal Affairs Ministry, with my approval as Prime Minister. All our measures aim at minimizing the risk of contamination with this virus. There are measures to restrain the movement of the Romanian citizens. If, until the issuance of the ordinance which is to be presented this evening by the Interior Minister and the team with Internal Affairs Ministry, the interdiction to leave the house was valid between 10 pm and 6 am, after the issuance of the military ordinance, we impose this restriction between 6 am and 10 pm. Basically, the citizens will be able to get out of their homes in order to go to work, to purchase necessary goods for everyday life - food, medicines and other products. They will have the possibility to leave their home for urgent medical examinations, which cannot be solved by telemedicine and require the citizen to go to the family doctor or to a hospital, in case there are more serious health issues. They will also be allowed to move around the house to exercise, to walk the pets. Basically, there will be limitations on the movement of citizens throughout the day. I could also see the spreading of untrue information pertaining to the persons over 65 years. It is very clearly known that the most exposed category to the contamination is the elderly, the retirees, our parents, and our grandparents, everyone who is aged over 65 years. To protect them, only for this purpose, this ban on leaving home, but not all day long, will be introduced. There will be a time interval when pensioners, those over 65 years old, will be able to move and we even set the goal to make sure people over 65 years are served almost exclusively in grocery stores, pharmacies, so as not to interact with other citizens, to buy what they need for daily living. They can also go for a walk. Therefore, the way in which the measure was presented is not correct, and the Minister of Internal Affairs will present the content of the ordinance that will clarify this situation. I continue to call on Romanians to be responsible, to fully observe the recommendations of physicians, recommendations that can protect them against virus contamination or may prevent others from being infected with the virus. All recommendations, all measures must be observed because it is much easier and much better if we stem the virus spread and reduce, as much as possible, the number of people who become infected with this virus. Another important objective is the purchase of protective equipment, masks, gowns, visors, glasses, gloves, all protective equipment. I repeat so that everyone is informed. As law stipulates, strategic stocks must have normally existed, purchased in time to face an epidemic and the ensuing increase in the consumption of the materials needed to combat the epidemic. When we took over, the stocks were zero. On February 4, we issued the Emergency Ordinance allowing the National Office for Centralized Procurement to start procedures to purchase these products which are fundamental for the medical staff protection, for the protection of public institutions employees who interact with the citizens, from Police, Gendarmerie, Border Police and all the other categories of personnel, and eventually to make this equipment available for private companies' personnel. At present, demand in the international market has increased explosively, we are making every possible effort to buy these quantities. We have had n contracts, n offers, which, unfortunately, could not be honored because of decisions made by different companies or different states that did allow us to see through the contracts that were signed. We are currently facing very big difficulties with every contract. For example, in order to take 80,000 masks from a German company we had a contract with, intervention with the Minister of Health was needed, to issue a special order to release the amount to be delivered to Romania. In the case of very many countries where we have contracts with the companies, diplomatic action is required, we should use all levers and if so far, only ONAC was involved in the procurement procedures, currently, all state institutions with connections, like the Ministry of Economy, Energy and for Business Environment, through trade subsidiaries, and all structures with the ability to sign contracts, state or private ones, joined this effort. Currently, the purchase is organized with ONAC through Unifarm, through the Red Cross.I want to thank the Red Cross that joined us and all companies that made donations to the Red Cross especially in order to provide it with the necessary funds to make available to the Romanian state, the equipment necessary to protect the Romanian citizens. We make procurement through the Health Ministry, co-financed from World Bank, we are conducting procurement through other companies and structures, so that we manage to carry through any contract as soon as possible, and get this protective equipment, biocides, disinfectants. We have greatly simplified the procedures to allow production in the country. The surgical mask production has already started in the country, it is about to start the production in Romania of medical gowns, plastic tubes by Romanian companies and we try to support these companies to increase their production, to be able to deliver larger quantities that can be made available to institutions, hospitals, family doctors, outpatients and all categories of employees who are on the front line of the battle against coronavirus. The third important objective we pursued since the start of the epidemic was strengthening the Public Health Directorates. I can tell you that currently, compared to the initial number of employees, the number of Public Health Directorates' employees grew by more than 4,000 nationwide. We have involved residents, school doctors, doctors available from different hospitals that are not on the frontline, in order to strengthen the capacity of Public Health Directorates that faced extreme difficulties and should unfold procedures, cope with missions for which they have not been prepared. We should increase the capacity of Public Health Directorates to cope with these events. It is about strengthening the capacity to conduct epidemiological investigations. The epidemiological investigations - once a person tested positive, all the persons the infected came into contact with, enter quarantine home. The epidemiological investigations take place urgently and prevent many who came into contact with the persons testing positive, from spreading the virus among their close ones. Epidemiological surveys have largely shown their results by curbing the virus spread. Also, the self - isolation system and the quarantine system. The Public Health Directorates must systematically monitor, in quarantine centers and also regarding the persons isolated at home, the extent to which measures are obviously observed in collaboration with the police, the gendarmerie, and the local authorities. They should also watch over the observance of all procedures, as the number of people who finish their 14-day isolation, increases, and they must make sure that the exit from the isolation observes a procedure - all those who have symptoms are diagnosed, and those who do not have symptoms receive from the Public Health Directorates, practically, the permit to leave the isolation. The Public Health Directorates are also involved in the effort of deciding the measures concerning all citizens entering Romania. You already know that Romania simply received tens of thousands of Romanian citizens who came back from countries such as: Italy, Spain, France, Germany, countries where the number of cases diagnosed positive is very high. There has been a considerate effort made by the DSP, together with the Border Police to ensure the control, processing of all statements and, in particular, to make sure that the implementation of quarantine and isolation decisions takes place in the best possible conditions. I really appreciate the work of the DSPs and I congratulate all those who joined the effort and provided support, without having the necessary training, simply learning on a daily basis what to do, take risks and manage to make decisions to contain the epidemic. Also, after the Cotroceni meeting, I attended, together with the President of Romania, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Defence, a video conference with the hospital directors and the directors of the Public Health Directorates, and obviously, with prefects. We are implementing a plan for the gradual preparation of hospitals - according to the number of persons testing positive, to receive patients for treatment. This plan has three stages of hospital preparation. The first line that works today, the second line includes hospitals of pulmonology, infectious diseases and other hospitals that have the capacity to treat and we also prepare the third line, to include hospitals in each county that can be prepared to exclusively treat people who test positive, to have an increased capacity, both in terms of the number of beds for the treatment of common cases and in the number of beds for the intensive care units. Of course, the procurement procedures are in different phases. Higher diagnosis capacity is very important as according to this, we can identify the persons infected with the virus. You must know that we started from a very small number of Real - Time PCR - analysis devices. Basically, in the first part, nine such Real - Time PCR devices worked, and 19 are currently operational. We have identified all the PCRs that we can put into operation for diagnosis. PCRs that exist either at ANSVSA, or at faculties, research laboratories, or in research institutes, or in hospitals, PCRs that exist and which must be put into operation. Also, 10 new devices are being purchased so far, also, through the Red Cross, which are currently distributed in the territory. Through Unifarm, we have a contract whereby 10 PCRs have already been purchased, of which four have already been assembled and are ready to be distributed. During our videoconference, I gladly found out that hospitals took steps too in this respect and they purchased PCRs and testing kits. Our biggest problem over the next period is to ensure the testing kit. There has been talked a lot, a lot of people are good at coronavirus, just as they are at football and politics. Epidemiologists, members of the Scientific Support Group, which works with the National Committee for Special Emergencies, have made it very clear: testing must be made on PCR devices. There are no quick tests. The rapid tests that are mentioned, surely they exist, but they do not have that type of accuracy that can give us confidence that if we use them, people who test negative are 100% negative. There is a 20 percent margin of error if not more, which presents a huge risk. If out of 100 people who test negative, 20 people are positive because of the lack of accuracy of the rapid testing system, it means that we let actual carriers of the virus in the society, and they can transmit the virus to other citizens. The concentration we have is very clear. Also, in addition to the contracts through the Red Cross and Unifarm, we started procedures through the Health Ministry too, on a program funded by the World Bank where we also have the goal of further purchasing PCR. Concerning the kits, in addition to the kits which have been purchased so far, Unifarm informed me that there is a certain contract and we will receive 2,000 testing kits that have the capacity of testing at least 100,000 persons. This is the technical data in the near future. We are about to purchase ventilators. Unifarm has contracts signed for 100 ventilators, ONAC for 200 ventilators. They will come according to a schedule, as the production of these ventilators takes time. We are using all our resources to provide whatever is necessary to treat coronavirus in hospitals to prevent patients from getting worse. We adopted two emergency ordinances concerning the economic measures: we currently establish the way to implement them, so as to streamline as much as possible the procedures, to simplify as much as possible, to be able to provide companies and employees all support forms we have decided through the emergency ordinance. We continue our work in the economic working group, we continue to consult with the business sector, the representatives of the professional associations, trade unions in order to identify other measures as well. We intensely communicate with the National Bank of Romania and also with representatives of the financial - banking system to identify the best solutions to support the employers and employees, individuals and legal persons, with loans, so that we can help these people facing various situations and many of them perhaps in impossibility to pay their loans. Following this consultation, we are about to very clearly see what decisions the National Bank will make. The Government, in collaboration with the National Bank will adopt the necessary legislative documents to coordinate the measures taken by the National Bank with the governmental measures. If you have questions, please go ahead. Reporter: Good evening, I understand that you will take a set of measures for people over 65. So far, we understood that they will be practically isolated, they will no longer have the right to go out and you advanced an interval. I would like you to give us some details about this interval so that they calm down. Ludovic Orban: This evening, the Internal Affairs Ministry's team will present you all the details of the Military Ordinance. Reporter: I understand that the persons in quarantine or isolated will have some electronic marks. What is this all about? Ludovic Orban: Together with STS, we will establish an application that would allow us to monitor the movements of the isolated or quarantined persons so that we can know, following the installation of this application, whether or not they go outside their domicile. You know very well that the Ordinance 2 included a measure which was not presented very clearly. We took the measure that whoever infringes the isolation regime, enters institutionalized quarantine at once and if a person who is in institutionalized quarantine, infringes the norms of institutionalized quarantine, receives other 14 days of institutionalized quarantine. Obviously, such software exists in other countries and the operation of such software will ease a lot the mission of local authorities, Police, Gendarmerie, Public Healthcare Directorates. It will make it very easy for us to monitor the observance of home isolation measures. Now, lets be honest, many of those who came back have to be checked if they observe the isolation, because some of them, as seen on TV and as the police and gendarmerie found out, did not observe home isolation. The home isolation measure should be enforced with maximum severity, and all additional measures; that we put them in quarantine if they infringe home isolation or we give them additional 14 days of quarantine, all these do not exonerate them from criminal and contraventional responsibility. I want to give a very clear signal here: we do not need special regulations regarding the Criminal Code. In the state of emergency, any crime can be punished with the maximum punishment, and with up to two years in addition to the maximum penalty. We will call for severe measures. Anyone who commits a crime, no matter what crime, we will ask for the speedy investigation of the case and the enforcement of the maximum penalty that is provided by law in the emergency situation. Reporter: My question is why there was initially a recommendation on the part of authorities for people to stay home, and now, in a short time, the military ordinance with further restrictions. Ludovic Orban: For a very simple reason: we announced ever since the start of the crisis, that we will take gradual measures according to the evolution of the epidemic. I remind you that when no country took such measures, we took the measure of home isolation, the measure to institute the quarantine, suspend classes, conduct epidemiological investigations, measures which have not been used by the countries where the epidemic extended, we took gradual measures which became more and more severe. In a way and for the psychological training of people, I gave the recommendation that, through an Ordinance that will be presented this evening by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, we practically impose the ban, the obligation. I think it is a natural path and here I would make an observation. The normal state of affairs means democracy, respect for individual rights and freedoms. The fact that we have come to take such measures, we take them only to safeguard the health and life of citizens, only to reduce the risk of contamination. There are some exceptional measures, which are issued in a state of emergency and which should have a limited duration, but are necessary, otherwise, we would not have taken them. It is very clear: you remember that on Friday, Saturday people were so relaxed, they walked outside, ignoring the risk that still exists. But I think that the citizens must remain as responsible, they must rigorously observe all our recommendations and measures, because, I repeat, health is the most important and health can be best guarded by avoiding being infected with this virus. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, Romanias biggest problem so far seems to have been the lack of tests, which were not sufficient, even with PCR equipment and the kits that were to be purchased. I would ask you what do you think would be Romanias testing capacity? Are we talking about tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people? Ludovic Orban: Our goal over a time frame of five to seven days is to increase the testing capacity to over 2,000 tests, even with a tendency to reach 2500 tests per day, and also this testing capacity should continue to grow. We are conducting procedures, I repeat, not only the entities at the national level, but also the county hospitals, we will give the county hospitals the right to make direct procurements. Other entities that have the opportunity to make these procurements, should also make them because it is vital that as many contractors as possible of such PCRs and testing kits have the opportunity to sign contracts. Reporter: If you still allow a question regarding the postponement of the rates for the Romanians: from the discussions that have existed so far, between the Government and the NBR, we are talking about the possibility of delaying the rates for a period of 3 months, can we talk about a possible postponement, to reach 9 months days? Ludovic Orban: How much? Reporter: At 9 months. There is a...? Ludovic Orban: I want to tell you one simple thing, which must be understood by all people: the health of the economy depends on the health of the financial-banking system. When the financial-banking system no longer pumps money into the economy, it no longer lends companies, it no longer lends citizens, the state for public expenses, the economy is in a very serious problem. We must, on the one hand, support companies and citizens who are facing problems due to the collateral or direct effects of restrictive measures, to be able to defer payment of instalments, we are ready to assume including the payment of a part of the interest, but, obviously, this measure must be taken in a collaboration between the National Bank, the Government of Romania and, obviously, the financial-banking system. You cannot force the financial-banking system to give up revenues without which it cannot function normally. There should be a balance - which on the one hand, I repeat, should maintain the operation of the financial - banking system, not put the banks in a situation of lack of liquidities or in a situation affecting their good operation, and on the other hand, we should be able to offer a helping hand to companies and citizens in difficulty. The balance should be sought through dialogue, collaboration, very serious consideration of each measure to be adopted. I know that there is a real competition now on draft laws, with promises of postponing bank instalments for 9 months, one year. This cannot be done as when the banks cannot finance the economy any longer, being deprived of the revenues they cannot get from elsewhere, will be affected themselves, and the economy shall suffer, as well as the citizens and the companies. Reporter: Good evening, Mr. Prime Minister, Alexandru Vladescu, Antena 3. As we are living a historical moment, I would like to know if you have a message for the 250,000 Romanians with suspended contracts as they do not know when they return to work, and on the other hand, who guarantees that we will get our rights back and when is this to happen? Thank you. Ludovic Orban: As far as we are concerned, we took the measure of paying from the unemployment budget of the technical unemployment for the companies employees, companies affected by restrictive measures that were adopted by military ordinances or through CNSSU decisions, or are indirectly affected, with the turnover affected, the receipts, revenues up to more than 25 percent. Concerning the persons with suspended contracts, surely, the relationship between employee and employer should be decided, how this situation is being solved, and as they are subject to the Ordinance provisions, obviously, we can pay the technical unemployment benefit to these persons too. With respect to these restrictions, as there is no real danger in spreading...;after we reach the peak, there will be a decrease in the epidemic, and as the risk of contamination becomes significantly reduced, we will renounce the restrictions which were decided in the state of emergency. Reporter: Is there no current estimate? Ludovic Orban: Here, obviously, we need to take into account the opinions of the specialists, the opinions of the epidemiologists who know the evolution of epidemic although this type of virus is not enough investigated, and the predictions are not clear enough and have not been assumed by a large number of epidemiologists, so to be able to truly anticipate when we reach the peak and when there is a significant reduction in the number of people contaminated, in fact in the epidemic spread risk. Reporter: Good evening! A first question, Prime Minister, is linked to the activity of pharmacies. What measures will the Government take for pharmacies to resume their normal activity, there are pharmacists who complain they cannot procure their medicines, and the necessary protective equipment, others complain of the lack of essential medicines for patients: they are said that some medicines exist in storehouses, but they never reach them. Ludovic Orban: Yes, I know, this is the case of Euthyrox, for example, which is a medicine with the same molecule. It is also about...;. Reporter: It is not a singular case, but is the best known. Ludovic Orban: It is about other medicine which is used to my knowledge for diabetes, a solution is being sought for its replacement. Here, the Health Ministry, the Medicine Agency are seeking all solutions to ensure these medicines. You know very well that the Health Minister issued an order to prevent parallel export because of the regulated price at very many medicines in our country, I think it is among the smallest price in the EU. Many imported medicines in Romania and later they resold them to countries where the regulated price was higher. The Health Minister banned this parallel export through his order. We are searching for solutions to any situation when we face a shortage of a necessary medicine. You know very well that nearly 2,000 medicines were withdrawn from the Romanian market because of the clawback tax, which reached 30 percent, generating an unbearable situation for the medicines importers who should bear 30 percent of the regulated price, very many registering losses and because of this, very many medicines were withdrawn from the market. We foresaw this situation and exactly for this reason, the healthcare measures included in the decree on instituting the state of emergency, stipulated keeping clawback at a lower level, at the level of December, until we find a solution for this clawback to reach a normal level nevertheless. The medicines crisis was caused to a large extent by a price set in an administrative way, which is much smaller compared to the European average and this allowed the parallel export, in addition to a lack of interest for the Romanian market, as the interest is caused more by the parallel export. On the other hand, the health fund budget has always been capped, it has been allocated to bear the expenses with free and compensated medicines which allowed the gradual increase from 7 percent as it was initially the clawback tax to over 30 percent. Reporter: There is however a small problem. From our information regarding this medicine, some pharmacies were told that this still is on storehouses, but we cannot find it in pharmacies. If the Health Ministry can intervene...; Ludovic Orban: Surely. I had discussions with the Minister of Health about this topic four days ago, I also spoke with Mrs. Parvu, who currently holds the office of President at the National Agency for Medicines, precisely to be able to deliver either this medicine or equivalent medicines, which contain the same active substance, the molecule. Reporter: And the second question is about the supply of hospitals, doctors, we know there are very big needs. Its a double question. There are fears about the procurement transparency, how will you ensure it transparently? Very many volunteers want to help, donate various materials, how can you make their work easier, for them to donate more easily? Ludovic Orban: In terms of purchases, we carry them out through ONAC, through UNIFARM, which is the state-owned company under the Ministry of Health's authority, through the Red Cross, so through more than honorable entities that make purchases at the prices they find. Now, you should know that for any product for which demand has increased explosively, there is a price increase, any manufacturer has raised the price. But, this is not about the mark -up, for example UNIFARM has a limited mark -up, ONAC has no mark - up they buy what they find on the market. It is important to be able to find what we need, sign contracts and especially that the delivery terms of the respective contracts are observed, because we have had situations in which we signed contracts and practically afterwards, we found out that the respective products will not be delivered to us. Reporter: Regarding volunteers, who want to donate? Ludovic Orban: As for volunteers, I recommend that, if they want to get involved, the most vulnerable people today and who need help the most, are the elderly, people isolated at home who have no income and who need support. In order to know the list of these people, it is best to contact the mayors office, the local administration, according to Military Ordinance 2, as the local administration has the obligation to identify these people who are in vulnerable situations and to support them. They can deliver different food, any other product categories to these vulnerable people or to elderly people with low mobility, no close relatives, they can purchase such products for them and they can deliver them, obviously, without coming into direct contact with those persons. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, please tell us: our hospitals are dramatically unprepared for this fight, despite the money you have allocated lately. In the coming weeks, how much money will you allocate for hospitals, if we also have money from the European Union and how will you solve the problem of the medical staff in the normal, non-infectious hospitals, where the medical personnel come in contact with the patients and we risk to remain without medical staff in hospitals? Ludovic Orban: The first measure I took, and which is included in the decree establishing the state of emergency, was to ensure that hospitals receive a budget at the level of December last year, regardless of the number of medical benefits, hospitalizations, services and medical procedures that they carry out, precisely because there is a preparation of hospitals that gradually provides that hospitals to receive patients infected with coronavirus, will reduce their medical care to other categories of patients. A sum is allocated for hospitals from the Health budget, administered by the National House of Health Insurance, at the level of December. The Health Ministry got additional financial resources through Government Decision, from the Government Reserve Fund, it is about 200 million euros, which are made available to the Health Ministry. There is funding through the World Bank. Some expenses for the purchase of different equipment, substances can be defrayed from the EU budget. I can therefore tell you that at present, hospitals do not have a shortage of funds. Our biggest problem at present is the purchase of materials, equipment, necessary substances, including biocides, disinfectants, so that disinfection can be permanently ensured, and all the other categories of protective equipment. Surely that all amount we purchase will be delivered immediately to hospitals and there is a delivery schedule including several categories. We will take over the domestic production, also with various Romanian companies, such as: Oltchim, that makes a donation to the Health Ministry. Farmec will also receive tomorrow the Medicine Agency's agreement to produce disinfectants alike other companies that are involved in manufacturing such materials. The problem is not the money at present, but the protective equipment, the diagnosis equipment, and especially the kits, as our objective is to get in each hospital, at county level especially, to have at least a PCR with enough kits, so that we can test the medical staff on the frontline, all persons arising suspicions of infection. I want to be very clear regarding testing, we observe certain recommendations which were formulated by the European Commission based on recommendations formulated by the European experts who established the testing priorities that we observe. I repeat our objective is to test as soon as possible. I asked for some measures to be taken as soon as possible. Triage is among the measures I requested to be taken. With the support of the Department for Emergencies, almost all important hospitals got those triage tents, which are outside hospitals, the triage is outside, and not indoors in the emergency care units. Observing some procedures concerning patients was recommended, any patient with the slightest symptom of the virus should not be admitted to a ward with others, as in the past, but in special wards. Medical staff should take all protective measures whenever they interact with such persons and diagnose them as quickly as possible so as to minimize the contamination risk as much as possible through a patient who is infected, many are hospitalized for other reasons, you see, they were hospitalized for a disease and they were actually virus carriers. Also, as we send the protective equipment and materials, very strict rules for the protection of doctors must be imposed, by the management of each hospital. Here, on the one hand, there were some managers who neglected such protection measures, on the other hand there were some medical professionals who sometimes mocked on these protection measures. But, at the present time, any patient who is admitted to the hospital, has to know some important things: if he has an international travel history, if he was or is in isolation at home, obviously, things that can help in taking a decision regarding how the patient was admitted. Reporter: What happens if these protective equipment come late? Ludovic Orban: They have already been delayed in terms of contracts and delivery schedules. We make huge efforts, I told you, all categories, to purchase from any country where such producers exist and I am convinced that we will overcome this situation of shortage. They exist, of course, they have been distributed, but they are still in an insufficient number and because of this they must be used where there are the greatest risks. Reporter: Good evening, Prime Minister. I am interested to know the exact date, more precisely when the emergency certificates are issued, because we know that without them, the technical unemployment cannot be paid and when is the ministers order be issued? Ludovic Orban: No, no, no, so the technical unemployment cannot be paid only for those companies that have closed as a result of restrictive decisions imposed either by military ordinance or by decision of the National Committee for Emergency Situations. For example, we closed hotels and restaurants. These, only those companies that have this object of activity and which have undergone restrictive measures will receive that certificate for emergencies. It will be released as soon as possible because, of course, it was included in the presidential decree and we had to comply, that is, we observed the presidential decree. On the other hand, issuing this certificate is very easy, because if the owner says he has a hotel, the hotel has been closed and the certificate for emergency situations is issued automatically. Reporter: What about the second category indirectly affected? Ludovic Orban: We have been working on procedures for the second category. The ordinance says that based on a self-declaration which should be later checked, if the revenues, turnover went down by minimum 25 percent, they benefit. It will be a self - declaration and later checks. I call on all companies' representatives to be fair and tell the truth, as we can check the extent to which the business turnover was affected. Reporter: When the Minister's order is to be drawn up? Ludovic Orban: In the shortest time possible. I think the Minister of Economy will issue an order this week, but you can ask him. Reporter: And the second question, what additional powers will you give to the Army, in this exceptional situation? Will we see soldiers patrolling the streets? Ludovic Orban: I discussed with the President of Romania and the Minister of Defence.The army will be involved in security missions, patrol missions and also in border missions, ie they will support the Border Police and the representatives of the public health departments that are at the border and that practically interact with all those who come to Romania and decide on the measures to be taken. Reporter: Minister, tell me if you have requested derogation from Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights and if you did it, why? Ludovic Orban: Allow me to document myself, to give you an answer to this question. It is possible that this action was taken, because we established the state of emergency. And by establishing the state of emergency, it is normal that certain rights that are provided in the decree establishing the state of emergency, were affected. I am not perfectly documented, I will give you the answer to this question when I am documented. Reporter: With respect to the vaccine, I understand that this vaccine will be tested in Romania. Did you discuss about it? A doctor talked about testing this vaccine. Ludovic Orban: My request to you is to disseminate only those information that is confirmed by the authorities, by the people involved in the decision, and no longer transmit information that may come from a doctor, a doctor is not necessarily an authority. Efforts are being made internationally and there are teams of Romanian researchers who are probably included in different research teams, and we have groups that are looking to do research in this area, but any information, especially information regarding the existence of a vaccine gives hope, which, if not correct, we risk creating illusions for our fellow citizens without having certain information and it is not fair to the citizens. Any information related - thats why I told you about the fast tests, the fast tests are a story, I know, I saw that there are a lot of people advising us to buy 2 million, 3 million fast tests, to test the population. There are no such situations at present. Of course, when the testing system is perfected and there is currently an improvement of the diagnostics on the PCR system, which is also on the same principle and there will be products that are accessible on the international market, of course we will buy them, but only after the specialists assure us that they are 100% accurate, as are the diagnoses that are made by the current real -time PCR. Reporter: You had today a videoconference with the hospital directors. Following these discussions, do you have an assessment of the number of doctors and medical staff representatives who tested positive or in quarantine at this moment, at the level of the entire country and how many hospitals are affected? How would you assess the way these hospitals are being prepared? Ludovic Orban: The cases are public, you know very well that they are doctors and nurses at the Suceava hospital, we still do not have information about the University Hospital, but there all the measures were taken, the new manager imposed another pace of work and, obviously, the epidemiological investigation has been carried out, we have no information. We have information about a case at Neamt County Hospital, which was also discussed during the videoconference, as the Hospital in Roman was initially considered for the treatment of COVID infected patients, but because of this case of infection, decision may change and the Piatra Neamt hospital may be dedicated to the treatment of the persons contaminated with coronavirus. There are still one, two isolated cases. We surely watch carefully, as long as we increase the diagnosis capacity, where there were cases, we will obviously have the test doctors and nurses, persons on the frontline. Reporter: There are doctors in various hospitals in the country complaining that they are not ready, they did not receive equipment, or they have not been trained. Ludovic Orban: I have received messages on Messenger, on SMS, including phone calls from several doctors, I communicate with any health professional, doctor, nurse and seek information because I have to admit that hospital managers often, especially in the system of the videoconference in which we participate, attended also by the prefect, and also the director of the Public Health Directorate, may not reflect their real needs. Anyway, I asked them today: demand what you need! But do this considering the needs for a predictable period of time, so that we can make a schedule of deliveries according to the quantities that we receive and do it in a differentiated way, according to needs because the Hospital in Fălticeni, for example, may have different needs from the Hospital in Rădăuţi, or the Suceava County Hospital. The needs are different and we need to know, according to the quantities that arrive, to distribute them according to the real needs that exist in each hospital unit. Reporter: And the second question, how will you make sure that the measures concerning the elderly, the new measures, will be observed and implemented especially in rural areas and in small towns, where many of these people are alone, and the city halls, community services are outdated as staff number? There are entire villages where there are no policemen and so on. Ludovic Orban: First, I trust the goodwill of our parents and grandparents, the fact that they will understand that this measure aims at protecting them, minimizing as much as possible the risk of contamination. More will the virus spread slowed down, least will last this measure. I trust that they will understand this measure and I confess having the slightest fears regarding our parents and grandparents observing this restriction which is a temporary one. Reporter: My question also pertains to the aid that people who need it, should receive it. There are people who need help with shopping. Ludovic Orban: This is why I told any volunteers who want to get involved, who have the opportunity to donate, to keep in touch with the local administrations, even in rural areas, where there are higher needs and where there are more vulnerable people, especially the elderly, so as to support these people to make a living. Reporter: A first question. There are fears about a potentially dangerous restriction of freedoms, fundamental rights, through excessive information centralization, derogation from the ECHR, which was reported by the press, and not necessarily by an official statement and which was not explained very clearly. What guarantees can you give, as prime minister and government, that there will be no abuses, as there are people behind the institutions, nevertheless? Ludovic Orban: My 30-year activity is the best guarantee. I am a defender of democracy, and freedoms. I had to take part in these restrictive measures which only aim at defending the health and life of the citizens and they will be for short time until there is no risk of this virus spread which is very versatile and has a high contamination level. Reporter: Can you give assurances that there are no people who can take advantage and will there be no slippage? Ludovic Orban: Anyone who commits an offence will be severely punished if he / she obviously abuses the emergency situation. Reporter: How much money is coming from Brussels and what would be the investment priorities for this money? Ludovic Orban: At present, we are sure that we will have funding for the healthcare system, for the fight against coronavirus, which will most likely come from the European Social Fund. We also have available pre-financing, which is about 600 million euros. Further measures are also likely to appear, which will make available resources, either from the programs that are intended for Romania or from resources that are within the budget of the European Union. Also, measures can be taken by the European Central Bank, which will benefit Romania in addition to the other European countries. Reporter: But you are not ready at this time to say part of the amount goes there, part of the amount goes into another project. Ludovic Orban: I cant tell you a certain amount. I have given you the amounts that I know are currently available to use from European funds. Reporter: One week ago you said that you found the Public Health Directorates in clinical death. Ludovic Orban: No, I took the DSPs over in clinical death. Reporter: How did they change so suddenly? You praised them today. Ludovic Orban: We hired personnel, using the provisions of the decree instituting the emergency situation - surely, we took steps before the decree on emergency situation - we could hire residents, doctors...; We had, for example, 21 epidemiological physicians, who have completed their residency, were subject to an examination and had not found a job and we managed to integrate them, because, unfortunately, the DSPs were working on the basis of the Civil Servant, employment could be done based on the competition procedures and it would have taken us a long time to do this. Obviously, we called on the school doctors, to the school nurses who represent a very useful and very valuable human resource, we called on employees from other hospitals, who are not on the frontline of the battle to strengthen public health directions. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, are you considering helping also the companies that continue to perform their activity, even if they suffered in this period and maintain all their employees, such as: tax exemption for these companies that are paying the respective employees? Ludovic Orban: We are studying this possibility. The reality is that Romania was in a difficult budgetary situation before the outbreak of the epidemic: a deficit of 4.6 on cash, with large imbalances, trade deficit, and current account deficit. There is almost no room for budget and fiscal manoeuvre, this possibility is very small. Keep in mind that revenues will fall too and at the same time, spending will increase greatly. We want our few resources available to be used in the most beneficial way for companies and employees. These resources are instead limited, they cannot be used for a long time and if we give up, for example, that certain operational companies to benefit from tax exemptions, we may create a lack of resources which, subsequently, puts us in an extremely difficult situation in terms of being able to cover expenses. Pensions should be duly paid, also the salaries, all the other categories of compulsory expenses, we should also cope with an increase in the healthcare expenditure, in the defence, public order expenditure, plus the measures we took to support employees and employers. We obviously created the instrument for SMEs which help the companies that are operational, that want to invest, that need working capital. We will have to think about measures for larger companies and especially for viable companies that are temporarily affected in order to grant different types of aid. We announced from the Environment Fund that the Car Scrap Program will benefit from 60,000 units, which means an incentive for the car manufacturers, through the Car Scrap Program. We ensure the financial resources for the 60,000 units so that cars can be purchased. We want to use incentives in other areas as well, but I do not want to announce a measure until we are 100 percent sure that that measure is fair, sustainable and generates beneficial effects for the companies. Reporter: And a second question: we know that in each hospital there is a treatment plan adopted by the hospital, but there are all kinds of active substances, which are referred to, such as chloroquine or even antiviral medicines with effects. When will we have a common national plan for treating COVID-19 symptoms? Ludovic Orban: When we have this plan, we will present it. You are referring to the treatments that are being applied. There is an area where there are no certainties, in certain cases, certain treatments yielded results, in other cases other treatments. Obviously, we are trying to introduce in Romania medicines that have worked well in other countries. On the other hand, you cannot currently guarantee, for example, that a certain treatment does well for everyone. Im not a doctor, but its clear that treatments should be used depending on the type of case and how patients respond to treatment. Reporter: Good evening, Prime Minister. The first question, please: when will you do the budget rectification and if you are considering allocating money to the local authorities, especially, as they need help for the elderly? Or will you take money from other ministries to give to the health budget? Ludovic Orban: We intend to allocate resources to local authorities to cover social expenses, to support vulnerable people, who were in isolation at home and for whom the local authorities have already spent funds. Reporter: So, we have the money. Ludovic Orban: We will surely do the budgetary rectification, we do not delay it very much, probably two, three weeks, no more, but we must have the guarantee that we can correctly anticipate the level of revenues and the level of expenditure on each category of expenditure so so that we can make a rectification that will help us provide our financial resources, in fact the allocation of resources to the necessary areas. Reporter: In this context, how many months of economic crisis does Romania afford? Ludovic Orban: I hope that the epidemic will be overcome as quickly as possible and clearly we are already preparing to restart the engines once it passed. For now, there are activities that are otherwise profitable and which, for example, transport - transport is an activity that contributed to the Gross Domestic Product, which allowed the collection of very high incomes. Here we have also struggled at European level and, finally, I hope that the transport lanes at the European level will be defined, so that there is no problem related to freight, as we have had in the last few weeks. Reporter: Is Romania ready for scenario four, because, as the situation evolves currently, is it possible to get there? Ludovic Orban: Therefore, we have been taking steps gradually, progressively, measures that are taken according to a plan. We are constantly increasing the treatment capacity of infected persons in the second line. Already in the second line - pulmonary care hospitals, infectious disease hospitals and so on - the number of beds is increased also for easy, mild cases, and for cases requiring intensive care. We also increase the capacity for line 3. I am convinced that this capacity will increase sufficiently and I am optimistic. Reporter: Thank you! Ludovic Orban: Thank you! 2020-03-24 20:24:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la ședința de evaluare și prezentare a măsurilor cu privire la gestionarea epidemiei COVID-19, împreună cu președintele Klaus Iohannis și miniștrii Marcel Vela, Victor Costache și Nicolae CiucăȘtiri din 24.03.2020 13:07:00ția premierului Ludovic Orban în cadrul videoconferinței cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 19.03.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Mr President Klaus Iohannis, Ministers, prefects, representatives, heads of decentralized public services, I will communicate some things which, in my view are very important. Allow me to convey first my appreciation and respect for all of you who are doing your duty, and I consider that you should be an example through all your actions in this critical period. You must relentlessly fulfil your obligations and solve all the situations that need to be solved in the institutions you are leading. I think it is very important to strengthen the capacity of the Public Healthcare Directorates. Based on the decree establishing the state of emergency, the Public Health Departments can employ personnel, directly, without the contest procedures, without the need to have the status of civil servant. I ask you to urgently strengthen the Public Health Directorates(DSP), by employing competent persons, taking over trained people from school network, and here, I call on general school inspectors to support the Public Healthcare Directorates to find trained personnel who can take over the DSP tasks, doctors and nurses from school network that is clear, since schools are closed at present, have enough time and can be a vital human resource in fulfilling the duties of the Public Healthcare Directorates. Call on residents, on employees of other institutions, you can take over from the County Healthcare Houses if there is qualified personnel who can be available, you can also take from certain hospitals that are not on the front line of the battle and have no direct powers in this respect. We need to focus on a few things: the speed of the epidemiological investigations, the ability that, once a person tests positive for coronavirus, the doctors carry out the epidemiological investigation as quickly as possible, and in a short time, the measures taken following the epidemiological investigation, especially the measures to isolate at home the persons who have come into direct contact with the person who tested positive, can be put into practice quickly. It is also very important to know all needs of the county hospitals and to watch, under the coordination of the Health Ministry and the Internal Affairs Ministry, the preparation of hospitals to offer the best conditions for the treatment of coronavirus patients, when hospitals gradually enter (...;) in which Romanian citizens infected with coronavirus can be taken care of. You should also know that we allocated from the Government Reserve Fund, 42 million lei to the Health Ministry to support the quarantine activity in each county, and we also adopted methodological norms to organize the quarantine. It is very important to ensure the best conditions to quarantined persons. They are Romanian citizens that we should take care of, we should provide them decent accommodation, and we should also make sure they observe all rules required by quarantine. Concerning the home isolation, I many times asked and we will issue a legislative document in the next Cabinet meeting, to make the local administration authorities more responsible for checking the observance of the home isolation conditions. Along with the Internal Affairs Minister, I established other measures to ensure the strict enforcement of rules, military ordinances and legislative documents and drastic sanctions for those infringing legal provisions or the provisions included in the respective ordinances. Other very important issue is the speed of information dissemination between various structures involved and even within various decentralized Ministries and Directorates in order to convey information, so that decisions can be made based on information. In maximum 24 hours from the moment it was decided that a person should be isolated at home, local authorities should be informed in order to check the observance of the isolation decision. I also think we should briefly informed those who enter isolation at home, about the conditions they must observe during isolation. I request special attention to be extended to the disinfection of the common spaces! You must require local authorities to perform the disinfection of the spaces, means of public transport, institutions must ensure the disinfection and, here, you will have to make sure that there are all the necessary amounts to carry out the disinfection process. One of the ways the virus spreads is contact as the virus lives for long time on surfaces. Surfaces that are touched by many people, such as door handles, shopping trolleys and other types of surfaces, lift buttons, are surfaces whereby the virus can spread- and here we will have to make sure that all necessary measures are taken to disinfect them. I request the AJOFMS(County Employment Agencies) to prepare for the enforcement of the ordinance whereby I decided the payment of technical unemployment from the unemployment budget fund. They must be prepared to process all requests, self -declarations, so that we can, in the shortest time since the requests submission, to make the evaluation that would allow us to decide the employees who should receive this aid form. The ITMs(Labour Inspectorates) must ensure, together with the DSPs(Public Healthcare Directorates), the correct information of the employers, about the workplace conditions that must be ensured to prevent the virus spread. It is very important for ITMs to focus on this activity, because it is clear that we must maintain production capacities in operation, trade, pharmacies and all other activities must be carried out under normal conditions, supply of energy, the provision of public services and utilities. We must make sure that all sanitary measures are taken at the workplace, in order to protect employees from coronavirus contamination. I conclude urging you to communicate regularly information of public utility! Counter any fake news! Provide correct information to citizens, taking into account the different categories of citizens, their situation, provide all the useful information, the necessary information to make sure that the citizens know what they have to do and also they behave responsibly! Thank you! 2020-03-19 18:49:00ții de presă ale premierului Ludovic Orban desfășurate în sistem de videoconferințăȘtiri din 19.03.2020 10:38:00ția premierului Ludovic Orban în cadrul videoconferinței cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, și cu miniștrii cu responsabilități în gestionarea epidemiei COVID-19Știri din 17.03.2020[Check against delivery] *** Ludovic Orban: Mr. President, dear colleagues, we have some clear directions for action. The most important objective is to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection. To contain the spread, we consider taking different categories of measures. We know very well that there is a higher probability of a community spread of the infection. So far, almost all cases concerned persons coming from abroad, especially from Italy, there are very few cases of infection spreading in the community. It is obvious that there is a high risk of community spread and then, we need to take gradually all possible measures, to mitigate the risk of community spread of the virus. These measures in addition to the restrictions we have already imposed - limiting public gathering to 50 persons, closing certain categories of public activities, will have to be very carefully analyzed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations, to lead to immediate effects. We mobilized for a few objectives: increasing diagnostic capacity. This requires the inventory of all devices nationwide, the purchase of new devices, and the increase of the number of specialists involved in the diagnosis and, of course, ensuring supplies in order to cope with an increased diagnostic capacity. Secondly, we faced a crisis, in fact a shortage of protective equipment. In this respect, we act in several directions, we use all possible channels to obtain this protective equipment. We are compelled to obtain most of it from abroad, as Romania did not have production capacity. On the other hand, we are trying to identify Romanian manufacturers who can produce in Romania, biocidal products, disinfectants, masks, protective garments and all other categories of equipment that are needed. Thirdly, we will also need to institute some rules regarding work organization by all employers, so as to mitigate the infection risk at the workplace. In this respect, we will have to establish some clear rules through the Labor Territorial Inspectorate and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Interior. Of course, we cannot currently provide the necessary protective equipment for employees, but there is a set of measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk of infection until we procure the additional amounts of protective equipment that we can give to the employers. We also aim at increasing the accommodation capacity. Mr President, at the border between Austria and Hungary, as you well know, there are thousands of Romanians who were stopped at the Hungarian border, because of the decision of the Hungarian government. Mr. Aurescu, through his interventions, seems to have managed to get from the Hungarian government the possibility for Romanians to resume transit on Hungary's territory. This also means that thousands of people will arrive in Romania this evening or tomorrow, people who will have to be accommodated in quarantine centres or should enter home isolation. Also, the situation in Italy is becoming even more critical and here we will have to find a solution. Either we help the Romanians left there, deprived of means of subsistence, by allocating some resources to ensure their subsistence there, or we create a transport corridor, most probably by air, it cannot be achieved by road, but this will also increase the need to have additional quarantine accommodation places. Obviously, decent living standards should be secured in quarantine spaces, we need the involvement of local authorities with clear obligations in this respect, and sanctions should be applied to those who fail to get involved, in checking the observance of home isolation, as it is again a point we will have to tackle very firmly. Last but not least, the set of measures we are about to adopt is important for giving a coherent and suitable answer to the challenges we are facing in the economy because of the coronavirus effects. We think it is important for the economy to work, for people to go to jobs, for the companies that can carry out their activity in normal conditions, to do it, so that the economy is least affected. On the other hand, we have clear signals from a lot of activity sectors that the situation of a sudden death of a business is reached in the field of tourism, in the hotel industry field, by restaurants, events / shows organizers, and here we will need to clearly take measures to provide protection for both employers and employees. We intend to adopt a first set of measures on tomorrow's Cabinet meeting, that we consider to be absolutely necessary, with clear beneficial effects, and we are going to consult later the business sector, employers, trade unions, professional associations in order to identify other categories of measures to be taken. 2020-03-17 18:52:00[1].jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban: În ședința de mâine, vom adopta un prim set de măsuri pentru reducerea efectelor COVID-19Știri din 17.03.2020 RELEASE Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had consultations today with the representatives of the trade unions and employers' organizations within the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue, on the economic and social measures required to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19. The discussions focused on solutions to preserve jobs and maintain the viability of activities from as many economic sectors as possible. Prime Minister announced that, in tomorrow's meeting, the Government will adopt the first set of measures to support companies and employees from the affected sectors. We will give a strong signal to the employees and the economy: The Government will intervene to preserve jobs and maintain the activity continuity in as many economic sectors as possible. In addition to the decisions we will make in tomorrows meeting, we will continue to take measures on which we will consult with the representatives of trade unions and employers, highlighted the Head of the Executive. The set of measures to be analyzed and adopted by the Government tomorrow aims at: Increasing the companies' liquidity; Supporting the payment of technical unemployment by companies for the employees who will temporarily suspend their activity; Reducing the direct interaction of citizens with state institutions, a measure in this respect was the local taxes deadline extension; Fostering the production capacity for as many goods as necessary during this crisis, personal protective equipment and disinfectants respectively. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban emphasized that personal protective equipment for the employees of sectors on the frontline of combating the spread of COVID -19, are purchased and will be provided. He stated this in the context of the trade union representatives' concern regarding measures to protect workers. The Government's consultations with the representatives of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue will continue within a permanent mechanism, the trade unions and employers are about to take part in completing the necessary solutions to mitigate the economic and social effects of COVID-19 epidemic. 2020-03-17 15:44:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban pe tema situației provocate de coronavirusȘtiri din 15.03.2020 18:48:00 domnului Prim-Ministru desemnat, Ludovic Orban, adresat Parlamentului României pentru votul de învestire a noului GuvernȘtiri din 14.03.2020 presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Dear lawmakers, Romania is going through a difficult time of economic and social challenges which requires the urgent investiture of a Government with full powers in order to get the country through the severe international crisis, generated by the global coronavirus pandemic. So far, the Romanian Government has acted firmly and promptly from the first signs of the COVID-19 epidemic in the European partner states and has adopted strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus infections in our country. To date, the persons who tested positive for COVID-19, have been identified in quarantine situations and isolated at home or from the epidemiological investigations carried out by the Public Health Department. This fact shows that the measures imposed by the Government managed to limit and contain the development of infections with coronavirus in our country, Romania remains further exposed to the risks associated with COVID -19 spread, and needs a stable Government with all legal and Constitutional instruments ready to cope with the unpredictable developments nationally and internationally generated by this pandemic. Ladies and gentlemen, The National Liberal Party assumed this difficult task of governing in hard times for the country and, with a new Government, with full powers, I am convinced that it will be able to manage, in the best possible way, the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will prioritize the necessary budget resources for the procurement, under a simplified emergency procedure, of the sanitary materials and the necessary medical equipment for the prevention and combat of COVID-19 infections. At the same time, the institutions involved in minimizing the risk of spread of the coronavirus the epidemic, will be mobilized at full capacity with the available budget, material and human resources for the control, monitoring and support of persons exposed to the risk of infection with COVID-19. On this occasion, I call for the involvement of all central and local public institutions, trading companies, non-governmental organizations, but also of citizens of all ages to prove that we are a country of responsible people, united in the fight against a novel and unknown threat. Ladies and gentlemen, The coronavirus pandemic will be extinguished sooner or later, we hope as soon as possible, nevertheless, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, emerging negative social and economic effects can be lasting in the absence of some appropriate measures to minimize the economic risks for companies and employees in Romania. At the Government level, alongside the Presidential Administration and other relevant public institutions in the economic and financial area, we conducted a broad consultation and a thorough analysis of the economic sectors which are the most exposed to the coronavirus epidemic effects, and, in the next period, a plan of measures on combating the economic risks generated by the COVID -19 pandemic in our country, will be adopted. The Government will make use of all possible resources from public and European funds, reimbursable and non-reimbursable, in order to support the economic environment hit by the global coronavirus crisis. We will initiate negotiations with the European Commission, with international financial institutions and local bank entities in order to prepare support programmes for the Romanians companies. At the same time, the state payment obligations toward the citizens and companies will be honoured without delay and without any bureaucratic deferral. On the contrary, wherever possible, various fiscal and budget obligations owed by individuals and legal persons in Romania will be compensated or postponed. No Romanian citizen, no Romanian company and no Romanian employee will be left alone by Romanian Government to face the global economic risks caused by COVID-19. Ladies and gentlemen, There is a season to everything, everything has its time. In these difficult times for the country, it is time for political battles to cease and everyones responsibility should prevail over personal or party interests. Our individual political responsibility and that of every Romanian is the most important antidote against the spread of coronavirus infections. Therefore, on behalf of the Cabinet I proposed, I ask for responsibility and the investiture vote, so that together we should get the country through this crisis. Thank you! Ludovic Orban Prime Minister - designate 2020-03-14 11:46:00Întâlnirea premierului în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, pe tema situației provocate de coronavirusȘtiri din 11.03.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Dear Mr President, Dear Mr Governor, Dear President of the Fiscal Council, Dear representatives of institutions, At the government meeting yesterday, following a consultation, and I may say following President Klaus Iohannis' suggestion, we made the decision to establish this working group through a government memorandum, with representatives of the most important public institutions, as well as representatives of the employers. Obviously, in addition to this working group, we will conduct broad consultations with the business sector, the social partners from each field of activity, in order to carry out an analysis of the economic situation, of how the Romanian economy is affected, of the way in which various economic branches are affected. The consultations with the social partners and with the expertise of each representative of each institution should allow us to draw serious conclusions, to take measures that will give an adequate answer to the challenges arising as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Thank you for accepting our invitation, we very much count on the experience, expertise and contribution of each team behind the institutions you are leading, because I think that economy must work, we need to take care to minimise the impact on the economy of this virus and be able to prepare for any opportunities that arise, in order to truly develop Romania. I invite Mr President to open the session of this working group. Thank you, Mr President. I would like to thank the media for their constant presence and objectivity in reflecting our work. 2020-03-11 16:54:00ț pentru presăȘtiri din 11.03.2020 first meeting of the Inter-institutional Working Group on assessing the economic, financial and budgetary impact of the Covid-19 (GLI-ECOROM) epidemic on Romania is set for 4:00 pm, today, at Victoria Palace. Attending the meeting will be Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania, coordinators of the Working Group, Ionel Dancă, Head of the PM Chancellery, and Cosmin Marinescu, Presidential Adviser for economic and social policy, Mugur Isărescu, BNR Governor, Elena Doina Dascălu, first vice- president of Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF), Daniel Dăianu, chairman of the Fiscal Council, Florin Cițu, Minister of Public Finance, Virgil Popescu, Minister of Economy, Energy and the Business Environment, Lucian Bode, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Communications, Violeta Alexandru, Minister of Labor and Social Protection, Victor Costache, Minister of Health, Marcel Boloș, Minister of European Funds, Cristian Stănică, President of the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis, Tudorel Andrei, President of the National Institute of Statistics, Simona Moagăr-Poladian, Director of the Institute for World Economy. The representatives of the associative structures of the business sector: the Coalition for the Development of Romania, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, the National Association of Exporters and Importers of Romania, the National Council of Small and Medium-Sized Private Enterprises in Romania, and the Romanian Association of Banks, were also invited at this meeting. Note for journalists: journalists will have photo/video opportunities at the start of the meeting. 2020-03-11 10:49:00Întâlnirea premierului în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, cu reprezentanţii partidelor parlamentare în vederea elaborării hotărârii de guvern privind stabilirea datei alegerilor locale din anul 2020Știri din 10.03.2020 17:59:00ţii de presă susţinute de premierul în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, ministrul educaţiei, Monica Anisie, ministrul transporturilor, Lucian Bode, ministrul sănătăţii, Victor Costache și șeful departamentului pentru Situații de Urgență, dr. Raed Arafat, la finalul şedinţei Comitetului Naţional pentru Situaţii Speciale de UrgenţăȘtiri din 09.03.2020 21:08:00 în exercițiu Ludovic Orban, videoconferință cu premierii din Italia, Bulgaria, Cipru, Austria, Slovacia, Ungaria și Israel pe tema COVID-19Știri din 09.03.2020 Prime Minister Ludovic Orban participated today in a videoconference with counterparts from Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Austria, Croatia and Israel, on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Prime Minister presented the prevention measures taken by the Romanian authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus on Romania's territory, and also the development of the situation nationwide. The officials participating in the videoconference discussed the need to exchange good practices and the best possible coordination among the institutions of the states on whose territory there are cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus. 2020-03-09 13:02:00 DE PRESĂȘtiri din 06.03.2020 acting Prime Minister Ludovic Orban sent an invitation to the leaders of the parliamentary parties to consultations with a view to drawing up the Executive Decision regarding the date of 2020 local elections and the technical measures required for their proper organization and development. The meeting is set for Tuesday, March 10 at 5:00 pm, and will take place at Victoria Palace. The invitation was sent to Marcel Ciolacu, Dan Barna, Victor Ponta, Kelemen Hunor, Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Varujan Pambuccian and Eugen Tomac. The discussions will also be attended by the Permanent Electoral Authority president. 2020-03-06 14:08:00ţii susținute de premierul în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, după participarea la evenimentul de lansare a Campaniei Naționale de Împădurire "O pădure cât o țară"Știri din 06.03.2020 13:37:00țiunea premierului în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, la evenimentul de lansare a Campaniei Naționale de Împădurire "O pădure cât o țară"Știri din 06.03.2020 Orban: Good afternoon! An old Romanian aphorism goes: the forest is Romanians brother. Lets prove that the Romanian is also the forest's brother, lets restore the forests of Romania wherever it is needed, wherever there is an environmental hazard, a hazard to the soil, air, so that we can ensure a certain future for our children, for our grandchildren. I would like to thank the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis for his high patronage of this afforestation campaign, for his permanent involvement in environmental issues and for his endorsement of all green campaigns. I want to say a few more words: our involvement alone in this campaign is not enough. Our presence here is a clear signal of involvement of any Romanian with a conscience and who cares for our beautiful country, a country with the most developed forest, to help this campaign and contribute so that Romania has larger areas of afforestation. 2020-03-06 12:58:00ţii susţinute de premierul în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, după întâlnirea cu reprezentanți ai comunității austriece de afaceri din RomâniaȘtiri din 05.03.2020[Check against delivery] Reporter: Is it necessary for a CSAT meeting to combat pollution in Bucharest, as Gabriela Firea stated? Ludovic Orban: No. It is necessary that all polluters stop polluting or to curb pollution or for the emissions to meet standards. It is necessary that the Bucharest City Hall and other environmental institutions take the necessary measures to ensure that pollution is maintained at allowable levels. Reporter: What is your position on the mandatory vaccination bill? What is the position of the PNL in Parliament regarding this bill? Ludovic Orban: I told you my point of view. I think it is important for parents to be accountable for vaccinating their children. Vaccination is fundamental to maintaining public health and preventing diseases. The extent to which parents are made accountable - the child cannot decide, the parents are the ones making the decision - the means by which they are made accountable must also be discussed. A broader public consultation is needed here. Reporter: I wanted to ask you if you know about the case today at the Bucharest Tribunal, where a suspected coronavirus defendant was brought to the courtroom and before being brought there, he was nevertheless a suspect. Is this normal? Will measures be taken if it is proven that the Bucharest Tribunal knew this? Ludovic Orban: An investigation has to be conducted here. We must not give verdicts until we know what it is about. When a person is suspected of being automatically infected with COVID, they should be put in isolation and, obviously, if they have symptoms, they should be tested, to see whether or not the virus is present. This is the methodology. If anyone knew he might be a coronavirus suspect, of course, that person is responsible, but we should see here whether or not it is the case. Reporter: The last question... Ludovic Orban: Any news is spreading with lightning speed related to coronavirus. Very many have turned out to be untrue information and any information must be treated seriously and responsibly. Reporter: I have one more question for you. Austria is to be sued at the European Court of Justice of the EU because in Austria, the benefits for Romanian children are not of the same value as for Austrian children. Did you discuss this at the meeting? Ludovic Orban: Well, here, I had a discussion with Austrian investors in Romania about the legal regulations, the expectations, the dissatisfaction they might have with the legislation, their relationship with the authorities. I wanted to convey a clear message of openness to dialogue, of partnership with investors. We value the companies that have invested in Romania, that are doing serious business, that have contributed to economic growth, that employed tens and hundreds of thousands of Romanians. There is a relationship of dialogue, partnership for solving problems between these companies and the Government of Romania, in order to ensure an as fast as possible economic development of Romania. Moreover, the information that I enjoyed the most was that over two-thirds of the Austrian companies present in Romania want to reinvest the profit for the development of companies, which clearly indicates a development trend and which can ensure a contribution to the economic growth of Romania. Reporter: The last question. Mr Orban, how do you explain the PSD attitude now? The Ministers who got a negative opinion before, got a positive opinion now, for instance, Mr Bolos, Mr Vela? How can you explain this? Ludovic Orban: Mr Lucian Bode, who had no vote against, Mr Costel Alexe, a long list... I confess I am pleasantly surprised by the increasingly better performance of Ministers from the Cabinet I am leading. Maybe these hearings in specialized committees, especially with very uncomfortable MPs, with a lot of complicate questions requiring answers from them, a deep knowledge of the issues in the field acquired in a rather short time, increased the quality of their performance, and many who voted for them were indeed satisfied with the Ministers' performance at hearings. 2020-03-05 20:27:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului României, Ludovic Orban, cu reprezentanții comunității austriece de afaceri din RomâniaȘtiri din 05.03.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban met today with the representatives of the Austrian business community in Romania. The meeting occasioned an open dialogue with the business people present, regarding the Executive's social and economic policies, as well as regarding some new investment projects in Romania. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban highlighted the Government's commitment regarding the implementation of some friendly policies with all investors from Romanian economy. The Head of the Executive also stated that the Government will make all necessary efforts to ensure the stability and predictability of the fiscal - budgetary framework, in support of the value-adding activities and jobs in the economy. The senior Romanian official assured those attending the meeting of the Executive's full availability to maintain a constant dialogue with the business sector representatives. The Romanian Government wants to be a reliable partner for the investors in the Romanian economy. Austria ranks among the first three sources of foreign investment in our economy and is an important trade partner for Romania. The Austrian investors in Romania contribute to the international competitiveness of our economy and support in their turn, important eco-systems of small and medium-sized enterprises. 2020-03-05 20:13:00 premierului în exercițiu, Ludovic Orban, la Gala ”Women in economy 2020”, ediția a II-aȘtiri din 04.03.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban's address at the Women in Economy 2020 Gala Ludovic Orban: Good evening! I thank Cristina Chirac for this opportunity to be with you today, representatives of excellence in very many areas of activity, and who are part of this employers' group, whom I wish every success in their work and the ability to gather together with other entrepreneurial groups as Romania needs indeed entrepreneurship. Romania needs a change in paradigm, Romania needs to appreciate the initiative, to appreciate the ladies and gentlemen who take responsibility, who are trailblazers, who take risks, who many times put their pleasures and habits second - and maybe even their family - to get things going that will bring about performance, competitiveness, success. Its March, its spring, nature is reborn and I dream beautifully about the rebirth of Romania, and in this process, theres no way that we shouldnt rely on an entrepreneurial wave which, I feel, is led by women. Women have always been a strong point for Romania. If we look at sports or cultural performance, at many economic performances lately, we see that we have a strong point here that must be capitalised upon and must be stimulated. And, in my opinion, everything must start from toys, let the parents consider this aspect, that toys should encourage entrepreneurial spirit in both boys and girls. As far as education is concerned, conformism, submission, yielding to authority, learning by heart, the exclusive encouragement of memorization and reproduction must be replaced by a new vision of encouraging initiative, creativity, associativity, strong characters and spirits, capable of urging action, of rewarding someone when they have the courage to do something new and good, with positive effects. I think that Romania has a huge chance. I do believe it, taking into account the Romanian talented people, capable of being competitive. We have people who succeed when they get hired abroad, although they start from scratch, who are asked to stay with the companies they work for, people who did not have the chance to achieve performance in their native places, or they were chased away, not being given the chance to succeed in life. This is why a change in administration is needed, a change in policy, a change in the vision of development drivers is required. This development can only be based on initiative, entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation, development, on supporting all those who really want to take risks, the trailblazers, all those in search of new solutions, who have the ability to generate competitive business, solutions in any field of activity. I am relying on this beautiful, elegant wave that started in this hall and maybe in every family with girls who will choose the path of the initiative, business and success in life in their own right. May God gives you good health and joys! As nature is reborn, may Romania enjoy its rebirth! Thank you! 2020-03-04 20:38:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia de decernare a Premiului European „Coudenhove-Kalergi” președintelui României, Klaus IohannisȘtiri din 04.03.2020 14:11:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu președintele Partidului Popular European, Donald TuskȘtiri din 04.03.2020 10:11:00țiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea raportului de activitate al Ministerului Afacerilor InterneȘtiri din 03.03.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I think there are very few things left for me to say after the President of Romania's speech. I just want to call on you to perform your duties according to the law, the fundamental interest of Romania and, normally, according to what the Romanians expect from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from all the departments of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which are vital to securing public order, the life and safety of the citizens, the personal assets of each citizen and to a democratic social life, which will guarantee the exercise of the fundamental rights and freedoms of every citizen. Good luck with your work! 2020-03-03 12:18:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Alain Pilloux, vicepreședintele Băncii Europene pentru Reconstrucție și Dezvoltare (BERD)Știri din 03.03.2020 12:15:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu delegația OMV PetromȘtiri din 03.03.2020 09:53:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la inaugurarea primului Spital Universitar Veterinar de Urgență din România, realizat cu sprijinul Guvernului, Min. Educației și Cercetării și din fonduri proprii ale USAMV BucureștiȘtiri din 28.02.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban's remarks at the opening of the first Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Romania, built with the aid of the Government and the Ministry of Education and Research, and the Bucharest University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine's own funds [Check against delivery] Dear Ministers, Dear Members of the academic staff, It is not too much to say. I would like to thank rector Sorin Campeanu for the invitation. I wanted to attend the presentation of an achievement. Obviously, our merit is small. We came towards the completion of this project. I congratulate those who started this project and those who strove to get the financial resources for the completion of these projects. I confess that I came with a personal interest, as I have three dogs: a Golden Retriever, and two adopted stray dogs. I hope they are healthy and will not need to be brought to this hospital, but I have come here to see what this pet hospital looks like, it is not only for dogs, cats and other animals but it is also an experimental centre; basically, it is a research centre which, in my opinion, is very important, and here I convey a simple message: we will be very close to the university and we want universities to become more and more serious in the research area, this is the European model, the model of the civilized world, and we will clearly back as much as possible the development of the research in universities. Thank you. We are also looking forward to other investment projects. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban's statements after attending the opening of the first Emergency Veterinary Hospital in Romania [Check against delivery] Reporter: What is the impact of the opening of this hospital? How many patients can be brought here? Ludovic Orban: You toured it and you saw it is a modern hospital, with facilities, at UPU they also have a veterinary defibrillator, there is a CT scan, an MRI and very modern equipment. I understood that students can watch surgeries in the operating room; it is a very useful hospital. The animal lovers, if they are facing a problem with their pet, they may come here. Reporter: Why is it important for you to be here, given that the authorities have to prepare for coronavirus? Ludovic Orban: I was invited by the rector. Sorin Cimpeanu: The University Emergency Veterinary Hospital tackles the fever issue, you know very well, swine flu, avian flu, African swine fever, and not far from the topic of the day. Reporter: And this is a new hospital, while there are not many new hospitals for people. Ludovic Orban: The answer to your question - we are dealing with all issues. You should not worry, as the Interior Ministry, the Health Ministry, all structures involved in carrying out the action plan and the set of measures are doing their duty, and this can be seen in the prompt intervention in any sort of suspicious situations, in the introduction of the mechanism regarding the entry in the country, both on airports and in the 21 terrestrial entry points. I sent this signal, the Government is doing its job and Romanians should stay calm. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, do you think that Citu Cabinet will be better than Orban Cabinet? Ludovic Orban: The Cabinet led by the Prime Minister-designate has almost the same composition as the Cabinet I led. Mrs Monica Anisie, and Mr Oros are there too. Reporter: What recommends Mr Ciţu as Prime Minister? Ludovic Orban: It was not by accident that I endorsed his nomination, and he is also the Finance Minister. You know that in a government, the Prime Minister is largely dependent on the Finance Minister. He has proved, both through his previous career and what he has done in three and a half months, that he was a very good finance minister, knows the government's overall issues, and has all the qualities required for this office. Reporter: Are you replacing the Minister of Finance in the context of the stock markets crash? I also saw on the US market, stock market crashes - effects of coronavirus. Ludovic Orban: One of the reasons for Florin Cițus nomination was to give a strong signal of stability, balance, confidence to the markets. Reporter: In the context of coronavirus spreading across Europe, there are voices saying that students leaving for Erasmus programs should not leave, for a while, at least. I have seen that in Japan there is the question of suspending the Olympics. What do you think? Ludovic Orban: It depends on the evolution of the coronavirus in each area, in each country. Now, if there are countries where there is no coronavirus, I dont see why Erasmus students should not go to those countries. Here, the issue must be dealt with ... Reporter: But in Italy? Ludovic Orban: In Italy, the affected regions are well known, you know the decisions we have taken - those who enter those areas, either enter institutionalized quarantine or are quarantined by isolation at home, and those who are leaving, obviously I advised them not to leave unless it is absolutely necessary to depart for areas where there are several cases of coronavirus. Reporter: Minister, did you analyze this situation of Erasmus students? Monica Anisie: Surely, yes. The Ministry of Education, from day one, made a decision by which I sent to all the schools and universities a note in which I recommended to take care and to limit as much as possible the trips abroad, and if they do it, at the moment of their return, they should announce the Public Health Directorate. The Ministry of Education has been monitoring all cases on a daily basis and has communicated all the data to the press daily. Therefore, the Ministry of Education monitors on a daily basis these departures and cases of seasonal flu and influenza and the cases of quarantine of people who come from abroad. Sorin Cimpeanu: The 70 Romanian students who were interns at about ten universities in China were brought to the country in the first half of January, with the involvement of universities and the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Reporter: There are universities that closed their gates for this reason. Is there a recommendation? Monica Anisie: They made this decision to do disinfection in the universities and they will resume their courses normally. At this point, everyone attends classes. Reporter: Regarding the purchase of thermo-scanners for Henri Coandă airports, have the procedures been completed? Ludovic Orban: You have to ask ONAC(National Office for Centralized Procurement). According to the information I received from the team working there, the contracts should be signed today, as far as I know, including on thermo-scanners, to be delivered in two tranches, the first tranche of 12 thermo-scanners and the next tranche, probably later. Reporter: What will you do after Mr Ciţu takes office, will you return to the Trăilă Law Firm? Ludovic Orban: I am the president of the National Liberal Party and this office is important enough and honours me enough so that I can always be available to the party, but on the other hand, I am the acting prime minister. Thank you! 2020-02-28 14:33:00 acțiuni de control și documentare finalizate de Corpul de Control al Prim-ministrului în mandatul premierului OrbanȘtiri din 28.02.2020 14:20:00ții de presă susținute de premierul desemnat, Florin Cîțu, și de premierul interimar, Ludovic Orban, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 27.02.2020[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good evening! First of all, I would like to thank the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, and the President of the National Liberal Party Ludovic Orban for support and confidence. You should know that this is a nomination that honours me and makes me feel even more responsible. Following this nomination, I will discuss with our partners in Parliament to build a majority and, together with Ludovic Orban, we will establish a calendar of negotiations. As you very well know, I am a member of both the government team led by Ludovic Orban and the PNL team. My nomination guarantees the continuity of the PNL (National Liberal Party) government, and the strategic orientation of the party to help Romania escape PSD. In the shortest time, I will present to the Parliament the list with the government members and the Programme for government, and I hope that this time PSD will no longer delay the calendar. Thank you. Ludovic Orban: Good evening. I welcome the President's decision to nominate my party and government colleague Florin Ciţu. This is a very important decision aimed at unblocking the situation which was artificially created by PSD and its institutional extensions. The president's decision complies with the PNL's will. As president of PNL, I will endorse this nomination alongside my Political Bureau colleagues, and my party colleagues. I will stand by the Prime Minister-designate Florin Ciţu in all the steps we will further take - establishing the list with the government members and the completion of the Programme for the government. On Friday morning, we will have a meeting of the PNL statutory fora for the validation of the list with government members and the Programme for the government. As president of PNL, I will partake alongside my colleagues in all talks aimed at getting a parliamentary majority. Florin Ciţu is PNL vice - president on economic issues, a genuine liberal, the Public Finance Minister, the right- hand man in the Government that I am leading. Mr Ciţu's performances in his short tenure as Finance Minister are clear. I would mention that in a record time, when nobody hoped for it, Mr Ciţu as Finance Minister had the ability to make a budgetary rectification, to set the public finances on the principles of legality, contracts observance, and sustainability and he also succeeded, this being his main merit, in making us keep our pledge to Romanians, by drawing up the budget for 2020 early in the year as it is normal in any democratic country. Florin Ciţu will have my support in my capacity as president of the National Liberal Party, as well as the support of my colleagues over the ensuing period, and he represents a guarantee of the fact that the PNL government will pursue the same coordinates: redressing the disaster caused by PSD irresponsible governments, a strong component of the ruling act of liberalism, a strategic anti-PSD orientation, and also ensuring Romania's sustainable economic growth, based on normal growth engines in a capitalist economy. Thank you. 2020-02-27 09:47:00ță de presă susținută de viceprim-ministrul Raluca Turcan și de ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Marcel BoloșȘtiri din 25.02.2020 15:43:00ţiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la bilanţul Ministerului Apărării Naționale Știri din 25.02.2020[Check against delivery] Your Excellency President of Romania, Mr Klaus Iohannis, Minister of Defence Nicolae Ciuca, dear lawmakers, ministers, generals, admirals, commanders, I am glad to attend this review meeting. This is the first time that I attend the Defence Ministry's stocktaking meeting. I want to express our respect, appreciation and gratitude for the way the Defence Ministry, the Romanian Army perform their fundamental mission for Romania: the country's defence. We are living in dynamic times, in which many things are happening, there are various threats, visible and less visible to Romania, and it is very important for the Romanian Armed Forces to be well-equipped, well- prepared, well-integrated with the NATO structures and the structure established under the Strategic Partnership with the United States, in order to cope with threats and challenges embracing more subtle forms and generating perils that are less familiar for us, and which are not necessarily on the battlefield. The Romanian Army proved its ability to cope with the most difficult missions to which it took part, and I am confident that it will further have the capacity to adapt to all types of challenges, new forms of hybrid war, or of any other sort, and it will be a strong deterrent factor so that we can guarantee Romania's security in all situations which may emerge later. I want to tell you that the Defence Minister has a very strong voice in the government, and he is being listened to, and therefore, the Government is backing the army's activity, despite the rather unfavourable budgetary situation. Despite all these, when we planned the expenses, we can say that the first planned item, in line with the political agreement forged at the initiative of the President of Romania, was the defence expenses, and the Government is very receptive in its activity to supporting, under all forms, all programs of the Romanian Army. Last but not least, we equally focus attention on the use of various endowment contracts in order to ensure economic development too, and on the use of endowment resources, to restore certain production capacities of Romania's defence industry. I wish you good health, further strength, inspiration, loyalty in the fundamental mission you accomplish for our country! 2020-02-25 13:07:00ţii de presă susţinute de premierul Ludovic Orban, în ParlamentȘtiri din 24.02.2020 17:55:00 Ludovic Orban a asistat la competițiile organizate în cadrul Cupei Mondiale de sărituri cu schiurile - masculin, etapa cu nr. 1000Știri din 22.02.2020 17:30:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban, înainte de participarea la Evenimentul aniversar FIHR - 30 de ani de activitate în industria ospitalității din RomâniaȘtiri din 20.02.2020[Check against delivery] Reporter: What do you tell Romanians given the hike in bills, instalments, rents? Ludovic Orban: The exchange rate evolution is determined by several factors. There is no reason for distrust, panic, on the contrary, the economic situation is very stable, look at the evolution of interest rates. Compare, for example, how much our government borrowed in relation to the interest rate at which the PSD government borrowed. It is a significant difference, of a percentage to the interest rate. Sometimes there are situations that are generated by factors that do not necessarily concern the government or strictly the situation in Romania; it seems that there has been a slight trend of national currencies depreciation, not only in our country but also at the regional level, which can be determined by factors that are difficult to quantify and anticipate. I trust the National Bank, I trust the stability of the national currency and the exchange rate. Reporter: Did you talk to Mr Isarescu? Are you trying to keep this growth in check? Ludovic Orban: We are in a very good institutional collaboration with the National Bank. This week, I didnt discuss with him, we didnt have a meeting, most likely we will have a discussion next week. But, I want to give a message of confidence and stability: the economic situation is very stable, there is absolutely no risk of any major imbalance. Reporter: How do you see the situation in Constanta? Four months have passed and no sheep has been removed from the water. The summer season begins in two months. It is almost a public health hazard. Ludovic Orban: Its not about the sheep, its about the ship. For several weeks, the operations relative to the ship have started, these operations must take place. There are also all other sorts of operations to be performed: incineration and all other categories of operations. They will be achieved. Now you realize that ... Reporter: It is a public health hazard. Ludovic Orban: All entities - the Veterinary Sanitary Directorate, the Public Health Directorate and other state authorities constantly monitored and conveyed clear messages that there is no risk in this regard. Reporter: I would like to ask you how you see the criticisms of the USR after the appointments made by the President of Romania in relation to the prosecutors. Did they ask for your opinion? They said they would ask the opinion of the European Commission. Ludovic Orban: The candidates were nominated following a very serious evaluation. There were practically many candidates who entered the competition. The Ministry of Justice carried out the evaluation procedure objectively, based on the career, based on the project that each candidate presented. The candidates, from my point of view, fulfil the requirements necessary to hold the management positions for which they have applied and the presidents decision is as fair and normal as possible. We have to keep in mind that we come after a long time in which, practically, there was no stable leadership at the helm of the prosecutor's offices. It was necessary to make these nominations at the helm of Public Ministry following the evaluation procedures in conformity with legal and constitutional procedures. I am confident that the new heads of prosecutor's offices will increase the performance of these institutions and will ensure the good functioning of these institutions, according to law. Reporter: Will the relationship with USR be affected given the criticisms? Ludovic Orban: I regret this attitude that I do not consider natural in relation to some partners that have always behaved fairly with them. If they consider they can get an electoral gain in this way, it seems to me they make a mistake. As far as we are concerned, we behaved as fair as possible with respect to the two partners next to whom we stood in the opposition, we tried to observe all the understandings that we had with them. Reporter: I will return a bit to the rise of the euro, did you expect it to rise to 4.8 lei? Ludovic Orban: Stop spreading such information. It is very difficult to predict the evolution of the exchange rate. Such exchange rate fluctuations occur from time to time, which can be determined by factors that are not necessarily related to the economic soundness, to economic performance, but can be determined by situations that cannot be anticipated and which can be temporary. And I trust the stability of the exchange rate and of the national currency. Reporter: If ... PSD boycott, do you plan to challenge the failure to comply with the procedure in Parliament? Ludovic Orban: We have prepared a solution that we are testing with several jurists, Constitution experts, to try to put an order in the chaos that the PSD majority in Parliament generated and, especially, in this unfortunate boycott attitude towards some fundamental constitutional procedures. In relation to the exchange rate, there was permanently a pressure on the exchange rate caused largely by the reckless PSD policy which generated budgetary imbalances, and imbalances in Romania's trade balance. It is normal that when PSD government causes a trade deficit of nearly 18 billion euros, there is a pressure on the exchange rate. Reporter: And the last question, in fact, there should be a clear message for Romanians, who, as I said at the beginning, experience some hikes in rents, bills. Ludovic Orban: Do not scare the Romanians with hikes in rents, bills, interest rates. There is no increase in interest rate; As for the rents, of course, where they are calculated in euro, there may be some impact, but not a very important impact so as to scare the Romanians. You have to trust that the situation is normal, natural, balanced, the economy is stable and my message is one of confidence in the economy. 2020-02-20 20:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la conferința ”Green Deal Romania – Finanțare, strategie, provocări și soluții”Știri din 20.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the conference: Green Deal Romania - Funding, strategy, challenges, solutions [Check against delivery] Good afternoon. I will try to be very brief. I believe it is much more important to have a debate in which each of the participants can express his/her views because, through dialogue, we can give appropriate answers to your issues of concern. I will tell you that the issue of the Green Deal emerged unexpectedly and the ambitious objectives established until 2050 by the European Commission surprised many people. Currently, in Brussels, at least at the level of the European Commission, but not only, the Green Deal issue is regarded as a true religion, and any argument you bring into discussion is rejected from the start, and there is basically a full commitment towards the established objectives - neutrality until 2050, and cut by 55 percent of greenhouse emissions until 2030. The Green Deal means very many regulation projects, which are about to be debated in trilogue, and which will need to be carefully studied, and we need to be involved in these debates because the matter is how the money from the Just Transition Fund is shared, about 750 million of 7. 5 billion, i.e. 10 percent of the money is theoretically allocated to Romania, on the currently existing project. This means that Romania is among the most affected countries, ranking third as financial allocation, after Poland with 78 percent of the energy output on coal, Germany with about 880 million, and Romania with 750 million worth financial allocation. Surely we need first to get familiar with this idea that we will need to meet these objectives. I do not think there are ways to avoid attaining the established goals, it is too much determination at European level to allow delays. As such, we will have to draw up a plan. And that plan must clearly set out all the areas that will be affected: industry, transport, energy, agriculture; I have seen that they are very ambitious also in terms of the agricultural area. We need to see exactly the effects, to know what economic activities will be affected and, especially, how we can remove or, in large part, prevent the effects that the various regulations related to the Green Deal can generate. I asked them a question, I say: on the one hand, you ask us to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, by switching to electric cars, only that switching to electric cars will increase the consumption of electricity, on the other hand, because we will have to close the capacities that produce fossil fuel-based electricity - even though natural gas is still considered a transitional gas, we are allowed to use gas more - in fact, we reduce our energy production capacity. It will be very difficult to sort this problem out, in the conditions in which, for instance, I do not think that they will accept funding of certain projects on Green Deal any longer, it will be difficult to switch to electricity generation on gas at Oltenia Complex, as long as gas is only accepted as transitional fuel, and we do not know so far how green is the nuclear energy, this connected to what president Daraban stated. You can only produce electricity from wind, sun and water - it is quite complicated and here it is very clear that we need to be involved in all the negotiations so that at least some solutions remain for us to be able to adapt and ensure our necessary energy for consumption because here we have to be very realistic, Romania is not in the centre of Europe, to get energy from the surrounding countries. Romania is on the edge of Europe, we are bordering the Black Sea. Surely, electricity can also be produced from waves or winds, from the sea breeze. This is not excluded either. Otherwise, we do not have large energy producers around us that can help us in situations when we cannot ensure energy for consumption. Other economic branches are also clearly affected. We have production capacities - steel, aluminium, not to mention agriculture because we still cant really estimate Green Deal regulations' impact on agriculture. It is clear that we should draw up a very serious plan, the plan must not be drawn up only by the government, it is an effort in which all the companies, all those affected, must be involved quite seriously in the negotiation, to lead to regulations that do not create competitive disadvantages. Obviously, we need to invest more in research, innovation, to find appropriate solutions, that would allow us to preserve competitiveness, even to preserve several production capacities, and anyhow adaptation and moving to an economy that would take into account what it is desired today in Europe. I stop here and I will continue to watch all the debates and addresses. 2020-02-20 20:34:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la AMCHAM CEO FORUMȘtiri din 20.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at AMCHAM CEO FORUM [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I am going to detail certain things related to the political situation, for you to comprehend the reason why we began by a brief walking through the desert, that it is not easy in this period. The Constitutional conditions for triggering early elections are very complicated- it is necessary to reject two proposals for government so that the President can dissolve the Parliament, but we took the decision to trigger early elections because we cannot continue like this, as I am telling you frankly Romania took for seven years, with a small break during 2015-2016, a path contrary to its interests. Things are very simple, Romania is anchored in a Strategic Partnership with the United States, it is a NATO and EU Member State. We need to act in this geostrategic context, and not invent all kind of political tricks, play all sort of games which are in my view, against Romania's interests. Romania cannot continue with a government that wants something, and a Parliament that wants something different. We amended through a law the Ordinance 114, exactly in order to correct regulations that generated negative economic effects, affected the business environment, and in the end, affected the good functioning of the market in the energy, communications, financial - banking areas, administration of pension pillar II, including the construction companies, as the incentives that were introduced in constructions, increased the cost of labour force for companies, and how many public authorities increased through additional documents in accordance with the rise in the labour force cost, the contracts they had at least with public institutions? They rejected our ordinance in the Senate, after having previously challenged before the Constitutional Court the law on which we assumed responsibility. We cannot continue like this! Romanians want something completely different and this could be clearly seen in 2019. We have to walk on this path because otherwise we risk waging a war of attrition until November when there will be elections, we risk that any positive approach, any constructive approach, any movement in the right direction will be hampered, ignored and be systematically cut into the same agenda that dominates the public debate and has nothing to do with what matters in Romania. I dont know if you notice, but 90% of the questions I am asked, pertaining to pensions, salaries, mainly in the public sector, child benefits and other recurring issues. Romania needs development, which can be achieved only based on initiative, irrespective of the field, economic area, social area, cultural area and any field of activity. Romania needs innovation, creativity, assuming responsibility, needs to urge all who want to succeed in career, to change a bit the paradigm, not to wait the state to give them something any longer, as the state first takes and afterwards, gives, people need to have entrepreneurial conduct which implies initiative, action, repeated attempts, which may not be successful at first, this requires an altogether different approach. I conclude my address by telling you that we are glad that you are present in Romania, that you have invested, we would be even happier if you persuaded other investors to come to Romania too. From my point of view and from my colleagues point of view, there is no such difference - everyone who invests risks their money and the outcome of the investment is always uncertain and, anyway, the investment outcome is a positive one for the Romanian society and Romania as a whole. What do we want? We want to build an environment of dialogue, cooperation between what means decision-making, political, administrative barrier, and all investors. Thats normal, thats natural. Any regulation should be the result of wide debate, it should not be applied immediately, but gradually and it clearly needs to allow any economic actor to adapt to any kind of regulation. We want the law, the contract, the court decisions to be a rule in the first place for the state and the government because otherwise, it means that they are gradually losing their legal power, if the first who infringes the law or a court decision is the government, and if the one who does not comply with the contract is the government or the public authority. You cannot ask the citizens and the business sector to be rigorous and fully obey the law as long as you, as government, ministries, agencies, authorities, do not abide by the law. Finally, I recommend you to be confident. Romania has very serious prospects for development. Common sense is required, alongside an understanding of the world we are living in, of all the trends, because we have many competitive advantages. We have many opportunities arising on the one hand from what we are as Romanians, our way of being, on the other hand from the geostrategic position, from the system of relations we have, from our resources and many other things that are really linked to relations. Thank you and I am ready to answer any of your questions. 2020-02-20 11:27:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Dezrobirii Romilor din România Știri din 20.02.2020 10:36:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul dedicat marcării a 144 de ani de la nașterea sculptorului Constantin BrâncușiȘtiri din 19.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the event marking 144 years since the birth of famous sculptor Constantin Brancuși [Check against delivery] Good evening! It is a great joy for me to take part in any celebration of Romanian culture, but today I think we share a particularly inspiring moment. Constantin Brancușis story is one of the most beautiful stories in the Romanian peoples legacy. It is an unparalleled story of a child born into a peasant family from Hobița, who had so much talent, genius, and strength that he inspired the whole world, changing forever the universal art. This is why it is so important to always keep close this great Romanian artist, through his work. We must celebrate him even more because it is still one of the great values ​​that the communism tried to take away from us, by refusing the legacy that Brancuși wanted to leave to his people. The genius of an artist who succeeded in carving ideas in stone and bronze cannot, however, be constrained by mean political interests. Brancusi, like the Romanian people, proved to be stronger than communism. Through him, a part of the Romanian spirit remains forever inscribed in the culture of humanity, in the universal language of forms, in the imaginary of the modern world. Brancuși belongs to us and also to the entire world, and through him, we are part of the universal spirit that inspired him and which, in turn, he enriched with his art. I would like to congratulate the National Museum of Art and the Ministry of Culture for the idea of ​​presenting Constantin Brancușis works in a unique and open manner to the whole public, especially to the young people. It is important to make young people, children, teenagers feel that the great values ​​of Romanian culture belong to them, that they can be proud of them and among them, they are already at the centre of the contemporary world. I think no other artist can communicate so well with young minds as the one who left us the Pasărea Măiastră and the Endless Column. Most of Constantin Brancușis works are hosted by great museums and collections in the world, as it is supposed to happen with the works of the most important artists, but some of the most exciting works showing Brancuși especially as a young sculptor in search of his original expression, are in a room that the National Museum of Art of Romania dedicated to him. I hope that this exhibition will enjoy a very large audience, who will rediscover Brancuși as a timeless genius, without borders, a timeless and innovative artist. Thank you. 2020-02-19 20:12:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția oferită cu ocazia celebrării Zilei JaponieiȘtiri din 19.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the reception held on the occasion of the National Day of Japan (February 23) Radisson Blu Hotel, February 19, 2020 Your Excellency Ambassador Noda, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to join you all for the first celebration of the National Day of Japan on its new date, the 23rd of February - the birthday of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito. May His Majesty have a long and enlightened rule as a symbol of the unity of the friendly Japanese people, whom we wish peace, prosperity and - as the name Reiwa suggests - beautiful harmony. 23rd of February is, symbolically, a day of many beginnings. It is close to the beginning of spring and, as such, it brings about renewed energies and new hopes for the Japanese people and for all the friends of Japan around the world. It also represents the start of the first complete year of the Reiwa Era, which promises to be the year of momentous events and remarkable achievements - among others, the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The previous Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 1964, have marked the beginning of the Japanese economic success. We wish that the Games this year would prove equally memorable, heralding the beginning of a new era of prosperity, progress and renewal for Japan. This year is also important for our bilateral relations. We intend to continue to work on our most important cooperation project with Japan, the bilateral Strategic Partnership between Romania and Japan, which was announced during the visit to Bucharest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January 2018. This is a very ambitious project, which will encompass a variety of domains of cooperation grouped into four fundamental pillars: political, strategic, economic and cultural-scientific. The moment chosen by us to conclude this Partnership Agreement is the year 2021, when we will also celebrate 100 years of effective diplomatic relations between our countries. These one hundred years of common history have been characterized by a very solid, harmonious and constructive friendship between two like-minded partners which share the same respect for the democratic values, liberty, human rights, gender equality and the rule of law. We therefore look forward to this double event, which will mark a new beginning in our bilateral relations. Japan is one of Romania's most important partners. It is now the biggest Asian investor in Romania, and our hope is to see more and more Japanese companies coming to capitalize on the fertile investment ground offered by our country. There are substantial opportunities for cooperation in the field of energy production and distribution, in the automotive industry, in IT, artificial intelligence and other high-value creative industries. Our researchers are already cooperating in a variety of scientific fields, and we intend to deepen and diversify this cooperation. The people-to-people contacts have intensified recently, especially after Japan instituted a visa-free regime for Romanian tourists at the beginning of 2019, and we hope to have a substantial presence at this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games - and maybe succeed in securing many gold medals as well! I am confident of the bright future of our relations with Japan, which will continue in the same spirit of friendship and mutual understanding. I would like to raise my glass now in honour of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan! Congratulations to our distinguished Japanese friends on their National Day! - Omedetoo gozaimasu! Felicitări! 2020-02-19 18:55:00ţii ale premierului Ludovic Orban, după participarea la evenimentul „Evaluarea activității desfășurate de Poliția Română în anul 2019”Știri din 19.02.2020 15:00:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul „Evaluarea activității desfășurate de Poliția Română în anul 2019”Știri din 19.02.2020 13:46:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Grupului de companii Saint-GobainȘtiri din 19.02.2020 11:38:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Naționale Constantin BrâncușiȘtiri din 19.02.2020 marks an important celebration for the Romanian art. The Constantin Brancuși National Day, also included in the universal cultural calendar, represents the homage which contemporary Romania and the entire world pay, every year, to the genius of modern sculptures father, a Romanian through birth, universal through his creation. The events held on this occasion across the country and in the entire world enjoy the interest of the public and the artistic world, an incontestable recognition of the value of Brancușis works of art. The latest example in this respect is the record number of visitors registered, over 100,000, registered by the retrospective exhibition devoted to Constantin Brancuși within this winters edition of EUROPALIA International Arts Festival in Brussels. For us, as Romanians, it is an additional argument to cherish Constantin Brancusi appropriately, to prove respect toward everything that connects us to his life and work. Even if life took him far away from his native lands, among the great artists of his era, Constantin Brancuși cultivated his innate talent, but he did not forget his roots and remained spiritually connected to the Romanian village. He loved the simplicity of the rural life and his sculptures have conquered precisely through their simplicity, refinement and, at the same time, modernity. Hosted today in renowned museums around the world, Brancușis works of art make us proud of being born in the same land as their creator. We have the duty to preserve this precious legacy so that the next generations can enjoy it too. It is a moral reparation which we owe to the great sculptor, for the unfair lack of interest shown in the years of communism towards his artwork and his personality. The events organized this year by the Culture Ministry are designed to provide access for a wider segment of the public to information about the life and art of the great sculptor. One of these is the inauguration of the Constantin Brancuși National Museum, in Targu Jiu, in the house in which the artist lived during the period he worked on the Monumental Ensemble Heroes' Way made up of: The Table of Silence, the Gate of the Kiss, the Alley of the Seats, and the Endless Column. It is a minimum reparation, but also a starting point in order to avoid repeating the irreparable mistake of the indifference of some people who left in ruins, until destruction, the house in which Constantin Brancuși was born. Irrespective of the times and our beliefs, the cultural values are common assets, which define us as a people and which we are duty-bound to promote and respect! LUDOVIC ORBAN Prime Minister of Romania 2020-02-19 11:04:00ţii susţinute de premierul Ludovic OrbanȘtiri din 18.02.2020 20:53:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Miroslav Lajčák, ministrul afacerilor externe al Republicii SlovaciaȘtiri din 18.02.2020 12:08:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban, după participarea la Adunarea Generală a Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 17.02.2020 15:25:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Adunarea Generală a Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 17.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the General Assembly of the Association of Communes of Romania [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I will be very brief in my address as I want to listen more to your opinions, your proposals, obviously your grievances, also suggestions for solutions concerning us, the government. Of course, we are interim government, therefore, basically, we cannot issue draft laws and emergency ordinances until the investiture of the next Cabinet. We can resolve everything related to secondary legislation, Government decisions. For instance, we are preparing the Government Decision that we may adopt next week, on the methodological norms regarding ensuring as a resource for the budget of local councils and county councils of 80 percent of the royalties on surface exploitations in localities. We also try to ensure the funding of works through PNDL 2, surely with the rigour I imposed, so that we can be certain that there is a similarity between the works approved and the situation on-site, and we have the guarantee that we finance works which have been effectively carried out. I will tell you a few things regarding our involvement in negotiations. You know very well that the EU budget on 2021-2027 is currently being negotiated. In our negotiations, we obviously consider ensuring financial resources to continue the development projects of rural localities. I can tell you that we are trying to negotiate an increased flexibility, for instance between Pillar I -direct payments and Pillar II - investment in rural development, to boost flexibility from 5 percent to 10 percent so that we can supplement in case we also have the additional resources, through shifting money to Pillar II, the projects with European funding for the development of local communities. We are trying to think about other projects which can back the development of local communities in rural areas because let us be honest each of your wishes the development of the local community, economic development, you desire prospects leading to increased quality of life, in each local community, prospects for every citizen to live in better conditions, to find a job, to be able to establish a business, so that, the rural communities, very many of them affected by negative socio-economic phenomena, can sort out these problems. I tell you that we have already made the decision, surely we have not yet adopted a legislative act in relation to our idea of simplification and decentralization, we do not want the funds that are allocated to local communities to pass to central level too, and because of this, we want to establish managing authorities at the level of regional development agencies so that the management of projects on each development region be carried out directly by regional development agencies which are practically set up by local authorities, which, each of them will have a managing authority so that we do not have to go to Bucharest for additional procedures, and for the simplification of the possibility of accessing European funds. Last but not least, we are very rigorous also in unfolding programs of investment funded from the budget for local authorities, but this does not mean that we will not continue these investments, and irrespective of other people would tell you, there will surely be a PNDL 3, you should have no doubt about it. Unfortunately, allow us to say that we still have to finance projects from PNDL 1, hundreds of these, which should have normally be completed in order not to burden the budgetary allocations for PNDL 2. There are still projects on Ordinance 7 which are still funded through the budget of the Ministry for Public Works and Regional Development. A certain prioritization is needed, I do not think it was necessary to finance a stadium in Alexandria. I think that the financial resources could be more effectively allocated to rural communities projects, and with the respective money, we can finance more useful and much more necessary projects. There should also be rigour in unfolding projects. I will give you only one example: we are facing a major risk of losing two billion euros, to be compelled to reimburse to the European Union two billion euros as there are seven counties where the works on POS 1 on the environment have not been completed. There are seven counties that have not finalized the projects. If projects have not been completed by the end of the year, the European Commission will request us to fully reimburse the amounts which have been allocated to finance the extension of water supply and sewerage networks. Furthermore, you very well know that there is a second phase too, which is financed from POIM, where we found a very difficult situation, with major delays regarding the signing of the financing contracts and preparation of documentation on auctions, which of course affect you negatively because these companies at the county level basically finance projects to expand the water supply and sewerage networks, which if they are not built, affect you as mayors as well, as people hardly accept apologies in this respect. Finally, we opened a framework of dialogue, which from my point of view, from our perspective, will be very honest. I said ever since taking office, that from our point of view, FDI is a funding mechanism that is not sustainable and that the projects which were included on FDI were not subject to any kind of criteria or principle, projects were selected without a real funding, as you well know there has not been any funding not even from commitment appropriations, but a form of loans which were taken from State Treasury and which in fact had no financial coverage. PNDL 3 as we thought it, we do it taking into account simple things, it should be a program complementary to the programs benefiting from European funding, and it should meet real needs existing in rural communities for which we will launch the appeal. The projects selection should be based less on the subjectivism of a Minister, but on a methodology, a set of criteria that we will establish together, obviously with the representatives of the Association of communes, so that we have the guarantee that the projects we are funding are necessary, are projects leading to the increase in the quality of services for the citizens of the localities you are running, and generation of development prospects for these local communities. Thank you. We are here to listen to your points of view. 2020-02-17 13:12:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene pentru valori și transparență, Vĕra JourováȘtiri din 17.02.2020 February 16, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting with Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vĕra Jourova, in the context of his participation in the Munich Security Conference. During the discussion, the two senior officials reiterated their support for the continuation of the EU enlargement policy, voicing hope for a favourable decision in terms of opening the accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia, on the occasion of the Summit in Zagreb, in May 2020. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also emphasized the importance of the European Union further supporting the member states of the Eastern Partnership. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban evoked the priority granted by the Government in Bucharest to the objective of the swift conclusion of the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), voicing the Romanian Executives commitment to implementing the recommendations made by the European Commission in this respect. In this context, Prime Minister mentioned the measures adopted since taking the office for countering the phenomenon of corruption at government level. In her turn, Commissioner Vĕra Jourova commended Romanias comeback on a positive trajectory in this area, emphasizing, however, the importance of sustainability of the recorded progress. 2020-02-17 10:30:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la panelul ”Eurovision Contest: A Europe that Protects”Știri din 16.02.2020 RELEASE On February 16, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban participated as a guest of honour in the panel discussion Eurovision Contest: A Europe That Protects within the Munich Security Conference. President of Slovakia Zuzana Caputova, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic, Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova, Vice-President of the European Commission for Promoting the European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas, as well as Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of the North Rhine-Westphalia, respectively the leader of the German Green Party Annalena Baerbock participated in the discussion panel. The debate was moderated by Henrik Enderlein, President of the Hertie School of Governance. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban pointed out in his address the full legitimacy of Romanias aspirations for joining the Schengen area, given that our country has long met the technical criteria in this regard. Restoring the full functionality of the extended Schengen area is essential for ensuring the internal security of the European Union. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also highlighted the extremely important role of Romania in defending a significant segment of the European Union border. Furthermore, the Romanian high official also evoked the ongoing efforts of the Bucharest authorities to meet the conditions for joining the euro area. The Head of the Executive also referred to the special importance of continuing the European Unions enlargement policy with the Western Balkan states, and respectively, of paying enhanced attention to the Eastern partners, for the external security of the Union. As regards the ongoing negotiations on the future multi-annual financial framework of the Union, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has emphasized the need to ensure a sufficiently ambitious Union budget to meet the new challenges, but also sufficiently balanced to come to support the EUs classic policies - the cohesion and the common agricultural policy. 2020-02-16 12:16:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Preasfințitul părinte Episcop-vicar Sofian Brașoveanul și vizitarea șantierului Așezământului Catedralei Ortodoxe din MünchenȘtiri din 15.02.2020 23:09:00Întrevederi cu caracter economic ale prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban în contextul participării la Conferința Internațională de Securitate de la MunchenȘtiri din 15.02.2020 RELEASE On the occasion of his participation in the Munich Security Conference, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a series of meetings with representatives of the business environment as follows: On February 14, the Romanian Prime Minister participated in a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian-German and German-Romanian Forums - the first joint meeting of the two cooperation formats. Attending the informal meeting were the president of the Romanian-German Forum, Prof Andrei Plesu PhD, and the Chairman of the German-Romanian Forum, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Gunther Krichbaum, Bernd Fabritius, Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities, together with other prominent members of the executive and legislature, the business sector and civil society in the two countries. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban emphasized the special, strategic nature of the evolving bilateral cooperation, and appreciated the activity of the two Forums, which contributed in a substantial way to strengthening the relationship between the two states. At the same time, Prime Minister highlighted the bridge role of the German minority in Romania and of the Romanian community in Germany, important catalysts in the dynamic of the relationship between the two countries. Also on Friday, the Head of the Romanian Executive met with the Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at Google, Kent Walker, and presented to the latter the benefits of the investment and business environment in Romania, as well as the measures taken by the Romanian Government. Prime Minister extended to the Google Vice President the invitation to consider expanding the company's presence in our country and continuing the programs aimed at increasing digital competences. On February 15, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban met with representatives of the leadership of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (Ostausschuss der deutschen Wirtschaft), an association of German companies representing these countries interests in Central, South-East Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced interest in strengthening and expanding bilateral economic cooperation, with Germany being Romanias first trading partner, with which it conducts more than a fifth of the volume of foreign trade and the third investor in the Romanian economy. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban expressed appreciations for the presence of over 23,000 German companies in Romania, which created over 300,000 jobs, and presented Romanias benefits as a destination for German investments, as well as the measures to improve the legislative and financial framework, in order to attract long-term, quality German investments. They also agreed to organise, in the following period, events of economic promotion in the two countries. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had also a meeting with General James Jones, honorary chairman of the reputed Atlantic Council American think-tank and at the same time president of Jones Group International. The discussion focused on ways to further strengthen and stimulate the US companies investment presence in our country. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also welcomed the announcement made on the morning of February 15 by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, regarding the decision of the U.S. administration to finance with 1 billion US dollars some energy projects promoted under the Three Seas Initiative. Additional information The German-Romanian Forum, established in Berlin in 1999, is a public platform for supporting bilateral relations, bringing together numerous associations and organizations that have the German-Romanian cooperation at the core of their activity. In November 2018, Gunther Krichbaum, Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Bundestag, was elected as chairman of the German-Romanian Forum. The Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum, established in 2015, is a platform for Romanian-German exchanges at the cultural, social, economic and scientific level, whose objective is to help strengthen the efforts to promote and develop bilateral relations. The president of the Romanian-German Forum is Prof. Andrei Pleșu. In the context of the Romanian Centenary celebration, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held on September 24, 2018, along with the Romanian-German Bilateral Cooperation Forum, the debate: - 100 years - Modern Romania and the role of the minorities - the German minority as a catalyst of dialogue in the community Ostausschuss der deutschen Wirtschaft is an association of German companies representing these countries interests in 29 countries in Central, South-East Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. The association backs the members projects, facilitates contacts and market entry in the countries of destination. The association cooperates with the German federal government, the governments of the 29 states and the European Commission. Ostausschuss is also supported and sponsored by 6 associations of the German business sector and has 350 members (SMEs and companies listed on DAX). The association informs the members about the developments on the economic markets, organizes specialized conferences, visits for the delegations and makes available publications. 2020-02-15 19:52:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban cu prim-ministrul Regatului Țărilor de Jos, Mark RutteȘtiri din 15.02.2020 RELEASE Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting on Saturday, February 15, 2020, with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The dialogue between the two high dignitaries highlighted the promising prospects of cooperation between Romania and the Netherlands, in the anniversary context of the bilateral relationship - the 140-year anniversary, this year, since the establishment of diplomatic ties - with an emphasis on the dynamics of economic relations, of bilateral trade and Dutch investments in Romania, included. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban advocated for the increase of Dutch investments in Romania, broadly presenting the opportunities offered by the Romanian economy. As regards cooperation at European level, the Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the opportunity to intensify the dialogue between the two states on different European dossiers of common interest, an approach agreed by the Dutch counterpart. At the same time, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban highlighted Romanias legitimate objective to finalize the process of joining the Schengen Area, for which Romania is fully prepared. The Romanian Prime Minister also voiced support for the EU enlargement policy, including the opening of the accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia. 2020-02-15 18:04:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului României, Ludovic Orban, cu omologul georgian, Giorgi GakhariaȘtiri din 14.02.2020 RELEASE Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting with his Georgian counterpart, Giorgi Gakharia, on February 14, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The discussions focused on the current state and prospects of bilateral relations, with an emphasis on developing economic cooperation, including in the connectivity area, as well as on Georgias relations with the European Union and NATO. The Romanian Prime Minister voiced satisfaction with the special relations existing between Romania and Georgia, which have all chances to become a strategic partnership. The senior Romanian official emphasized the importance of strengthening bilateral economic cooperation, by diversifying trade and transposing into reality some concrete projects, such as those in the field of connectivity. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban thanked for the active involvement of Georgia in the Black Sea - Caspian Sea transport route project, underlining that Romania will continue to rely on Georgia's support in the future too, in the steps linked to this project. In his turn, the Georgian Prime Minister underlined that, for Georgia, Romania is an access gate to the Central and Western European markets, while Georgia may play a similar role for Romania, as regards the latter countrys access to Eastern markets. In this context, both Prime Ministers emphasized the importance of ensuring the permanent connection between Constanta and the Georgian ports, in boosting bilateral trade. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also reiterated Romanias support for Georgias European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Prime Minister assured his Georgian counterpart that Romania will continue to actively support this process, by using the instruments available both at the bilateral level, as well as within the EU and NATO. Prime Minister also reiterated his support for Georgias territorial integrity and sovereignty, within its internationally recognized borders. In his turn, the Georgian Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Orban in particular for Romanias support for Georgias European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, as well as for supporting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of his country. The two high officials also discussed regional cooperation, with an emphasis on the activity of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation, as Romania is currently holding the presidency of this organisation. The Georgian Prime Minister extended an invitation to Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to pay a visit to Georgia, which invitation the Romanian Prime Minister gladly accepted. 2020-02-14 19:37:00 prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban la deschiderea oficială a Conferinței Internaționale de SecuritateȘtiri din 14.02.2020 19:25:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Șeicul Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah, prim-ministrul Statului KuwaitȘtiri din 14.02.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had on Friday, February 14, 2020, a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. The discussions focused on aspects relative to strengthening and deepening bilateral cooperation at the political, economic and sectoral level, as well as the security developments at regional and international level. On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers appreciated the ascendant trend of the very good Romanian - Kuwaiti relations and discussed the future projects aimed at strengthening bilateral dialogue. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban outlined the Romanian Government's interest in strengthening cooperation with the State of Kuwait both at the inter-institutional and business level, based on the strong traditional ties existing between the two countries. This interest was fully shared by the Kuwaiti counterpart who recalled at the same time the high esteem Romania enjoys in his country, including for the support our country granted in 1990, as president of the UN Security Council, for the liberation of Kuwait. Thus, the two Prime Ministers agreed on boosting economic cooperation and decided to organize in the near future a session of the Joint Economic Committee. Furthermore, the two officials evoked the special opportunities for developing relations in areas such as education, healthcare, tourism, the oil sector. The cooperation relations between the European Union, NATO respectively and Kuwait were also addressed during this meeting. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban expressed Romania's full availability to back the development of these relations and evoked inter alia the fact that the Head of European Union Delegation to Kuwait is a Romanian diplomat. Prime Minister also mentioned the activity of the Embassy of Romania in Kuwait as NATO Contact Point Embassy in this country. The meeting occasioned the discussion of some important regional dossiers, including the situation of the relations between the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the hope of their resolution in the near time horizon being expressed and Kuwait's mediation role being appreciated on this occasion. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban extended an invitation to his counterpart to visit Romania this year, which was gladly accepted by the Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait. 2020-02-14 12:39:00 Ludovic Orban a participat, alături de președintele Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der Leyen, la "European Dinner" eveniment organizat de Conferința pentru Europa, în marja Conferinței de Securitate de la MünchenȘtiri din 13.02.2020 23:32:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la "European Dinner", eveniment organizat de Conferința pentru Europa, în marja Conferinței de Securitate de la MünchenȘtiri din 13.02.2020 RELEASE On the occasion of the 56th Munich Security Conference held on February 13-16, 2020, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban attended the Munich Europe Conference as a guest of honour. The 15-year-old event held on the evening of February 13, brings together high - level political and business representatives. Held under the title - Responsibility for Europe- new ideas, new minds, the conference aims at strengthening political and economic cooperation at European level, seeking to establish a forum designed to coagulate points of view and proposals to the benefit of citizens, with particular focus on EU's external relations and its role in the neighbourhood. In his address, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban presented Romania's views on recent developments at the international level, with focus on the interdependence between security and economy, as well as on the challenges and opportunities associated with globalization. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban outlined our country's role and contributions at European and international level, facilitated inter alia by the growth and integration of certain sectors in international production chains, the competitive tax system, and its attractiveness for foreign investors. The Head of the Romanian Executive emphasized the solid pro-European profile of our country, highlighting Romania's active involvement in the efforts towards strengthening the EU and its major policies as well as in increasing cohesion among the Member States. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban mentioned the Romanian authorities' commitment to responsibly acting in tackling the increasingly complex international challenges, including regarding the climate change issues and reiterated our country's interest in promoting open and fair relations with global partners. Emphasizing the special importance Romania attaches to Black Sea region developments, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reviewed our country's commitments and involvement in connectivity networks in various areas, such as transport, energy, digital infrastructure, that will equally contribute to Romania's development and the implementation of EU's strategic objectives over the next years. 2020-02-13 21:50:00 Ludovic Orban participă la Conferința internațională de Securitate de la München Știri din 13.02.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban attends the 56th edition of the Munich Security Conference, on February 13-16, 2020. The event brings together leaders and important decision-makers in the security and defence field - heads of state and government, representatives of international and regional organizations' leadership, including the EU and NATO leadership. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has scheduled meetings with counterparts from several states, as well as with top representatives of the business community. The Romanian delegation's participation in the Munich Security Conference is an opportunity for promoting Romania's profile as EU and NATO member state, strategic partner of the United States, deeply committed to strengthening the European construction and the Transatlantic relations. On the sidelines of the Conference, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban is a guest of honour and will deliver a speech at the - European Dinner, an event organized by the Munich Conference for Europe. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban's schedule includes attending the state dinner hosted by the Bavarian state premier Markus Soder as well as delivering a speech, alongside representatives of EU institutions and European counterparts, within a panel on - The European Union's future. The delegation accompanying Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to Munich includes Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu, National Defence Minister Nicolae Ionel Ciuca, the presidential adviser on national security, Ion Oprisor, alongside the Ambassador of Romania to Germany, Emil Hurezeanu. The Munich conference is an important informal platform for debates on major issues of the international agenda, in the security area, as well as an opportunity for European politicians to strengthen ties with counterparts from US, Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. 2020-02-13 09:25:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ministrul de stat pentru Afaceri Externe al Regatului Arabiei Saudite, Adel bin Ahmed Al-JubeirȘtiri din 12.02.2020 16:57:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic OrbanȘtiri din 11.02.2020 Reporter: How went the discussions with the UDMR leader Kelemen Hunor? Ludovic Orban: We held discussions. We are awaiting a decision. Reporter: Will you hold discussions with Mr Barna too? Ludovic Orban: I told you that we will talk to all leaders. Reporter: What was the direction of the discussion with Mr Hunor, what did he let you know? Ludovic Orban: We have presented him with the arguments in favour of early election. Reporter: Did he say he would agree with the early election variant? Ludovic Orban: I do not know, he is to make a decision regarding his stance on early elections. Reporter: Mr Kelemen Hunor asked for a draft law in Parliament, not ordinance, and said that he will ask the Ombudsman. Ludovic Orban: The ordinance is likely to be debated, and in case of a parliamentary majority that wants to amend the regulation on early election, this can be quickly done in Parliament. Ludovic Orban: If he has this intention, I cant stop him. Reporter: What other political leaders do you meet? Ludovic Orban: I told you that I will have discussions with all the political leaders to present our plan for early election in advance. Reporter: Did you try to contact the Social Democrats, Marcel Ciolacu, or Victor Ponta? Ludovic Orban: No, not yet. Reporter: Prime Minister, the Legislative Council issued 21 negative opinions for the 25 ordinances. Ludovic Orban: It issued opinions. Reporter: But don't you consider that you have the obligation to /.../ Ludovic Orban: I asked for them. The Legislative Council issues observations regarding the legislative technique, the opinion is not an assent, it is an advisory opinion. The Legislative Council, even if it issued a negative opinion, issued an opinion. Reporter: But they said the ordinances arrived on February 5, not on 4, so a day after they were adopted. Ludovic Orban: Lets not play now with procedural tricks. So, the ordinances were adopted by a government in full exercise. I requested the opinion of the Legislative Council, this was given. I have fulfilled the constitutional procedure. And if there is any request to verify the constitutionality, this can be done through the Ombudsman. Reporter: You mentioned, in the interview, you had earlier, some deadlines for early elections, some I didnt know about. Can you tell them again, please? Ludovic Orban: What do you refer to? Reporter: To some dates ... Ludovic Orban: First of all, the procedure, under the Constitution, lasts for 60 days since the moment I submitted the list of the Cabinet members and the programme for government, therefore, starting yesterday, February 10, 60 days on the Constitutional deadline, deadline in which they need to meet the Constitutional provisions to allow the Romanian President, the dissolution of Parliament, respectively, the rejection of two Cabinet proposals, after which the Constitution also regulates the maximum period in which the early parliamentary elections must be called, that is 90 days. This is the main reason why we issued the emergency ordinance by which we modified the law of parliamentary elections, precisely to establish all the procedural deadlines, so that we can comply with this deadline which is stipulated by the Constitution. Obviously, we introduced the doubling of the number of MPs, on the diaspora, because, when a million people are voting, and you have more than 800,000 Romanian citizens domiciled abroad, who are registered, and you cannot fail to ensure their representation in Parliament, in line with the representation norm, which is established by law. We also introduced two provisions: a provision that is related to the exercise of the right to vote under the conditions of the presidential vote, which allowed every Romanian citizen living in the diaspora to vote without waiting in line, without being humiliated, without being prevented from exercising the right to vote, and also to allow Romanian citizens to vote in another county than in the county where they have their permanent domicile. It is a situation that exists and that everyone knows and that nobody has had the courage to regulate until now, to allow the exercise of the right to vote by these citizens too; it is the case of students, for example, who may study at a faculty that is in a constituency other than their county of domicile, and if they are in the exam session, it is normal to allow them to exercise their right to vote. Also, there are those who have a permanent domicile in a county, in Vaslui for example, but they work in Iasi. It may happen to be at work on the voting day, and in order to have their right to vote observed, we allowed them to vote in order not to hinder the representativeness of Parliament. Parliament should be the faithful mirror of the political options of the citizens nationwide. Reporter: Do you have any solution regarding... Ludovic Orban: In the budgetary construction, we adopted a set of measures such as: banning the secondment from the private to the state sector, which helped the public system get rid of thousands of employees, thus reducing the budgetary expenditure, in addition to that, it institutes a very serious system: nobody enters the public sector but through contest, held in law terms, with a proven competence, with the possibility of holding a contest to occupy public offices. We froze the dignitaries' allowances. They, by rejecting the Emergency Ordinance 1, increase in fact their wages. The PSD representatives did so: increased their wages. Reporter: What possibilities do you have if these ordinances... Ludovic Orban: Appeal to the Constitutional Court ... Of course, this was the vote in the Senate, we will fight for the vote in the Chamber. We call for a rational approach. I have never seen such a lack of responsibility. They sped up the introduction of so many draft laws, which are in the Parliament's debate, generating new expenditure, reducing various categories of expenditure of the state budget. The European Commission may trigger the excessive deficit procedure because of budgetary holes they let us, excessive spending on public money and they want to come to power to generate new expenditure. How to curtail deficit, meeting the deficit target established through the EU Treaty, the 3 percent, if they keep on passing new laws, generating new expenditure, and passing laws to reduce even more the budget receipts? It is gross irresponsibility, despair, and I am sure that people understand these things, and do not let themselves be tricked again by all the lies and demagoguery of the PSD representatives. As for the child benefits, I made it clear that it cannot be done legally. We postponed the coming into force of the law on increasing child benefits, we increased the child benefit, it was us who initiated the draft law ensuring an annual increase of child benefit to recover the loss of the purchasing power due to inflation, we increased child benefits, but we do not have a legal ground, as the State budget law came into force previously, and do not have the amounts provided. They now want to reject the ordinance on postponing the deadline for the coming into force of the increase in child benefit, which we did with common sense, following the budgetary rectification. You cannot endlessly mock on this country, and not take into account some economic realities, some of your obligations as a European country, that of not generating expenditure without receipts, only from electoral demagoguery and an open mockery on the citizens. Reporter: The solution would be its challenge at the Constitutional Court? Ludovic Orban: The solution is early elections. Any day when this Parliament remains in office is a danger to Romania. We have a short-term parliamentary majority, built by the PSD, having over 40% of the Parliament seats, that put forward all kind of populist initiatives, gathering all kind of allies and effectively blowing up the countrys economy and budget. Reporter: Prime Minister, even if early elections are organized, these measures will become effective if the ordinances were in fact. Ludovic Orban: Not all of them will take effect. What do you mean? Reporter: Well increasing the allowances for elected officials /.../. Ludovic Orban: There is more until the entry into force. There is more, more until they take effect. Reporter: /../ decision-making chamber /.../ Ludovic Orban: Ordinance 1 is not voted in the decision-making chamber. Ordinance 1 was only passed yesterday in the Senate. It is to be distributed by the Standing Bureau of the Chamber to the committees, a report to be drafted on it, and only afterwards it enters the plenary of the Chamber. Reporter: By then do you return to the Government and resolve the situation? Ludovic Orban: Well, no. So, there are other solutions, we can challenge it before the Constitutional Court, the bill can be resubmitted, however, it has no basis in the Constitution and in the state budget substantiation, that is to say, you pretend not to see that it is a law of the state budget and a law of the state social security budget in force and you keep inventing new expenses that cannot be honoured. Reporter: Are you open to a discussion on the possibility of co-opting USR to the Cabinet? Will you discuss this with Dan Barna? Ludovic Orban: That, after the election. Reporter: Until then do you leave out/.../? Ludovic Orban: Well, but what do we do? We propose some governments that we want to dismiss because elections cannot be organized ... It seems to me that this is a joke, to try to become a member of a Cabinet that you know will be dismissed anyway. Reporter: And after those /.../? Ludovic Orban: Anyway,it remains in power through this procedure, the Cabinet I am leading, will remain in office, it is in charge of solving the current issues of Romania, of solutions, answers, the current administration, of solving the problems of the people. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, but if these allowances can still be doubled by the decision of MPs, to reject the ordinance, where will you get the necessary funds, how will you apply the law? Ludovic Orban: I told you there is still a long way to go before a law rejecting the ordinance comes into force. Reporter: Did the Minister of Health pay you a visit /.../ this morning? Ludovic Orban: I mean they are taking advantage ... We discussed the possibilities ... Reporter: Have you discussed the option of withdrawing from the new Cabinet Ludovic Orban, Cabinet no.2? Ludovic Orban: Well. You ask me a question ... Based on what you ask me this question? We talked about the options for reducing the clawback tax. He presented me with three possible solutions regarding the reduction of the clawback tax, that was the topic of the discussion. Reporter: Will you be able to negotiate with the political leaders about early elections, in the coming days, for /.../? Ludovic Orban: Certainly. Certainly, we are pursuing a procedure and we will make every effort to give back the power to the Romanian people and give them the right to decide the fate of this country and not to allow a parliamentary majority hostile to Romania to mock on this country Reporter: Do you think you will be able to gather enough MPs for the investiture vote, in order to reach quorum? Ludovic Orban: We are trying to persuade as many MPs, as many political parties, as many parliamentary groups to endorse the early election variant. 2020-02-11 17:55:00 de conduită al membrilor Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 10.02.2020 12:12:00 prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban la șantierul centurii de ocolire BalșȘtiri din 07.02.2020 statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the Transport Minister Lucian Bode following the visit to the construction site of the Bals ring road [Check against delivery] Lucian Bode: /.../ The most important objectives of road infrastructure of Romania and surely, the most important road infrastructure objective for Oltenia. We are here, several colleagues, I thank Mr Prime Minister, who is alongside us today, and I thank the Cabinet colleagues - Minister Alexe, Minister Stroe, and colleagues MPs. Today, beyond the three important objectives on the agenda- visit to Softronic, to Ford, respectively to Avioane Craiova - I wanted to see things on the spot, regarding the second road section of the express road Craiova - Pitesti. We are satisfied with the contractor's mobilization on this road section, today, at this time, we are mobilized with over 200 machines and over 250 workers, present on the site. We walked part of the construction site with Mr Prime Minister, along with our CNAIR team. We believe that, at this rate, the contract will be honoured - June 2021, the deadline for the delivery of this objective, section 2, with the two bypass variants, Balş and Slatina, very important, where the decongestion of traffic in this area will be done in time. I am dissatisfied with what is happening on the road section 1. We had a discussion today and we will continue the discussions with the representative of the entrepreneur, present here. It is true, there have been some changes of route - the Regional Hospital, respectively with that oil field of the ones from Romgaz - but this does not stop the entrepreneur to mobilize to the maximum on the 7 kilometres out of the 17 in road section 1, where he has building authorization and work front. We will stay close with the entrepreneur, to bring section 1 to the level of mobilization of section 2. This is an objective for which we came here today: to give a very clear signal that we are very interested in mobilizing to the maximum. From our point of view, of the beneficiary, we pay our contractual obligations, we pay all the bills up to date, we said it at the meeting with you, at the Ford meeting. I want to clarify once more, if any, that /.../ in our programme for government. Thank you, I invite Mr Prime Minister to address you a few words and, of course, if you have any questions, we are at your disposal. Ludovic Orban: It is for the second time that I am here. I will come here every two months. Remember: building the express road Craiova - Pitesti was thought once with the Ford decision to invest in Craiova. The construction of this express road was included among other investment objectives as Romanian state's obligation, in the memorandum signed by the Romanian Government with the Ford investor. After we left the government, in 2008, almost nothing was done. During this time, the traffic indexes increased dramatically, it became an extremely big problem to cross the Balşul, to cross Slatina. The need for expressway is very high, and it is an absolute priority for the Cabinet I am leading. For the moment, things are moving satisfactorily only in section 2. On section 1, I told the contractor that he cannot make any excuses, as long as, if he has difficulties from any state authority or any disconcerted service, he does not ask our support, because we offer full support for ensuring the maximum speed in the development of the project. However, if we are ready to unlock, to speed up any kind of procedure - as it was, for example, the opinion from Romgaz, which was obtained in two weeks, with some additional conditions - we wait for the same thing, an exemplary mobilization from the builder. You have the case of section 3 and section 4, where the tender is delayed inadmissibly by an appeal which was lodged with the tender specifications. So, the situation of the appeals is unacceptable. Because of this, we have modified the procurement procedures by emergency ordinance, in order to set deadlines, and not to allow any company that wants to challenge, to block the contract awarding process, based on the tender. I am glad to hear that eventually, the court decided that the contract can be signed for the two railway sections, Brasov - Apata, Cata - Sighisoara, During this time, the traffic indexes increased dramatically, it became an extremely big problem to cross the Balşul, to cross Slatina. The need for expressway is very high, and for the government, I am leading it is an absolute priority. For the moment, things are moving satisfactorily only in section 2. On section 1, I told the contractor that he cannot make any excuses, as long as, if he has difficulties from any state authority or any disconcerted service, he does not ask our support, because our support for ensuring the maximum speed in the development of the project is total. However, if we are ready to unlock, to speed up any kind of procedure - as was, for example, the opinion from Romgaz, which was obtained in two weeks, it is true with some additional conditions - we wait for the same thing, an exemplary mobilization from the manufacturer. You have the case of section 3 and section 4, where the tender is delayed inadmissibly by an appeal which is lodged with the tender specifications. So, the situation of the appeals is unacceptable. Because of this, we have modified the procurement procedures by emergency ordinance, in order to set deadlines, so as not to allow any company that wants to contest to block the contract award process based on the auction, to set up courts of appeal. I am glad to find out that, finally, the court has decided that the contract can be signed on the two railway sections that are financed from the Connecting Europe Facility, namely Brasov - Apaţa, Caţa - Sighişoara. Because, if they delayed much longer, we risk losing the European money from this form of financing, which helps us to develop railway, road and airport infrastructure. I come back to what I said: we will return systematically, constantly and both the builders and the company must understand very well that the government fully supports this project and that it will intervene whenever it is needed, in order to be able to push it forward, under the terms of the contract, if not faster. We provide you with answers to questions. During this time, the traffic indexes increased dramatically, it became an extremely big problem to cross the Balşul, to cross Slatina. The need for expressway is very high, and for the government, I run it is an absolute priority. For the moment, things are moving satisfactorily only in section 2. On section 1, I told the contractor that he cannot make any excuses, as long as, if he has difficulties from any state authority or any disconcerted service, he does not ask our support, because our support for ensuring the maximum speed in the development of the project is total. However, if we are ready to unlock, to speed up any kind of procedure - as was, for example, the opinion from Romgaz, which was obtained in a period I think for two weeks, it is true with some additional conditions - we wait the same thing, an exemplary mobilization from the manufacturer. You have the case of section 3 and section 4, where the tender is delayed inadmissibly by an appeal which is lodged with the tender specifications. So, the situation of the appeals is unacceptable. Because of this, we have modified the procurement procedures by emergency ordinance, to set deadlines, so as not to allow any company that wants to challenge, to block the contract award process based on the auction, to set up courts of appeal. I am glad to find out that, finally, the court has decided that the contract can be signed on the two railway sections that are financed from the Connecting Europe Facility, namely Brasov - Apaţa, Caţa - Sighişoara. Because, if they delayed much longer, we risk losing the European money from this form of financing, which helps us to develop railway, road and airport infrastructure. I come back to what I said: we will return systematically, constantly and both the builders and the company must understand very well that the Government fully supports this project and that it will intervene whenever it is needed, in order to be able to push it forward, under the terms of the contract, if not faster. We provide you with answers to questions. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: I know what I want, but I cannot give you an answer yet, because we decided to submit the updated programme for the government on Monday, as well as the list of Ministers, but I cannot come in front of Parliament before coming in front of PNL statutory fora. On Monday, at 10:00 am, we will have a meeting of the National Political Bureau and submit to the vote of the PNL colleagues the updated programme for government, and the list of Ministers so that we send them to Parliament the same day, to minimize the possibility of the procedural boycott as planned by PSD. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: It is a mandatory condition to reach early elections. After the meeting of the Political Bureau, we let you know our decisions and the mandate of the delegation that attended the consultations initiated by the president. Our fundamental goal is to empower people again, and this can only be done through an early election. Romania is held captive by a retrograde, conservative, anti-reform parliamentary majority, which has kept Romania in place if not, it hijacked it. The only solution to ensure good government for Romania is for the Romanians to elect a representative Parliament again, which will be a faithful mirror of the current population options and, in particular, of the aspirations, objectives, aspirations of each Romanian citizen. And to reach this situation, it is obvious that the Parliament must reject the government formula twice, and the PNL MPs are mandated to attend the plenary investiture sessions and not to vote the government so that the Parliament can be dissolved because otherwise early elections cannot be called. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the emergency ordinance on healthcare was issued by the Government without the approval of the Legislative Council. I wanted to ask you in this context, do you consider somebody guilty for this or should someone account for such a situation? Ludovic Orban: The emergency ordinance and all emergency ordinances were included in the legislative document body. Reporter: Had those ordinances, including this on healthcare, those approvals when it was adopted/.../? Ludovic Orban: Thats a secondary issue. The most important issue is that the emergency ordinances are published in the Official Gazette and come into force because it is an emergency ordinance very important for Romania, an emergency ordinance that is necessary for making stocks of materials, equipment, substances, to prevent and possibly combat coronavirus, an emergency ordinance whereby we solved several situations that have arisen as a result of decisions of the Constitutional Court. For example, I do not know if you know, but in December, the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional an article of the law of education, by which the transport of pupils can no longer be subsidized. And we were obliged to bring the text of law into the constitutional framework and to allow the Ministry of Education to continue the subsidizing program. Because the phrase subscription was considered in the case of pupils as unconstitutional and we issued an emergency ordinance to allow the resumption of the student transport subsidy so that pupils can benefit from the subsidy to which they are entitled. We issued an emergency ordinance because the Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional an article regarding the functioning of the judicial police and, basically, the relations between the magistrates, prosecutors and their partners in the judicial police were not clarified; and it was mandatory to re-establish the institutional connection that would allow the proper functioning of the prosecutors offices in relation to the judicial police. We issued an emergency ordinance to launch the program for setting up natural gas distributions with a funding of 500 million euros, of which 200 million euros during this financial year. And here is an urgency because the call must be triggered as soon as possible, so that we can sign the contracts and carry out the works in a time that we are allowed in the budget fiscal year, respectively the period n + 3. We issued an emergency ordinance, we adopted an emergency ordinance to prepare the situation of the early elections, which is not regulated. There is this possibility to reach early elections. Since there is no regulation, obviously we had to adopt in the form of an emergency ordinance. Behind every emergency ordinance that we adopted, there was a solid, strong, legitimate reason, the adoption of these normative acts is fundamental, either for areas of the Romanian society, of the Romanian economy, or for the real needs of the Romanians. Reporter: So, you say that it is perfectly legal that the government adopted the health emergency ordinance without the approval of the Legislative Council. Ludovic Orban: If there is a referral to the Constitutional Court, the Constitutional Court has the right to rule on this possible referral. Reporter: What happens to co-payment, also related to health, which ...? Ludovic Orban: I told you, but you did not listen. Reporter: How can the system be regulated? Ludovic Orban: Listen to me, the co-payment and other financial contributions were introduced by the PSD Cabinet, through Ordinance 27. I repeat: co-payment and other financial contributions paid to private hospitals were introduced through ordinance 27 by the PSD Cabinet, ordinance issued in 2019. The PSD representatives who legalized the co-payment are loudly complaining that we are privatizing the healthcare system. We only postponed by one year the coming into force of this provision of Ordinance 27. Therefore, co-payment and other forms of financial contributions will not be possible next year. Furthermore, through another article for healthcare programs, no patient can be requested in the public hospitals, irrespective of healthcare services funded by the Health Ministry or the Health House, to pay any tax. That stipulates the text of the ordinance we adopted, not the blunt lies publicly launched by the PSD propaganda. PSD introduced the co-payment and other financial contributions in the private system. Reporter: Regarding the aircraft plant /.../ Ludovic Orban: Therefore, in CSAT, a program was approved, aiming at the Aircraft plant and in fact, it pursues: upgrading of IAR 99 Soim, so that it can be used as training for the F-16 pilots. It is one of the ways it is being used. There will be funding, it is already thought over in the budget of the Defence Ministry and the Avioane Craiova will benefit from this funding, as it is the manufacturing company, and searching partners to carry out this project, it can complete this project. Furthermore, there is another project backing the company re-technologization by an increase in the capital, to be used in the interest of the company for re-technologization. Reporter: Going back to the ordinances, I noted that today the CES president would come to the government and he would be asked to approve 19 of the 26 ordinances and I understood that he refused. How do you comment? Ludovic Orban: So we sent to the Economic and Social Council for approval all the draft emergency ordinance. Some of the draft emergency ordinances, which did not have all the opinions, were not submitted to the plenary debate of the Economic and Social Council, but we fulfilled our obligation to transmit the content of the draft ordinances. Of course, the CES opinion is optional. We try to keep in mind ... On the other hand, we must remember that we were a little rushed in the procedure and because, initially, the censure motion, from the schedule that had been made public, was not to be debated and voted on Wednesday, but on Monday, that is next Monday. However, when we learned of the decision of the majority of the Standing Reunited Bureaus, that the debate and the vote on the motion of censure should take place on Wednesday, all the draft emergency ordinances that were required to enter into force, in case you noticed, it were necessary for them to come into force, we all took them into the Government debate, some of them do not have all the opinions because the planning that had been done in advance and we had to take the normative acts into debate. Of course, all the observations of the endorsing ministries, and this and ... is one of, how to say, the rules in approving the normative acts, it is the obligation to take over the observations provided by the endorsing ministries, especially the Ministry Justice, Ministry of Finance. As such, I see absolutely no procedural reason for questioning the emergency ordinances, all the more so as I can demonstrate to any person and to any representative of any institution the absolute necessity of adopting these ordinances. Reporter: But what will happen on the chain? /.../ Ludovic Orban: They will be published in the Official Gazette. Reporter: Why doesnt the Official Gazette publish them? Ludovic Orban: The Official Gazette is not subordinate to the Government. Reporter: /.../ But are you sure they will be published? Ludovic Orban: I think so, thats normal and natural. The act of will, namely the adoption of emergency ordinances, was done by a government in full exercise, and searching procedural irregularities is not fair, in my view. I have not heard of it but from one leader. Reporter: /.../ When do you go with the list of ministers? Ludovic Orban: On Monday, I have already announced to you. On Monday we convened, at 10:00, the leadership of the National Liberal Party, because, normally, we have to get the support of our colleagues for the updated government programme and the list of Cabinet ministers, and after the decision of the National Political Bureau, we will submit to the Standing Offices of the two Chambers, the list of the Cabinet ministers and the programme for government, under the constitutional provisions, following that according to the provisions of the regulation of the Chambers, Parliament must within 15 days from the moment the Cabinet list and the government programme were presented, to schedule, within a maximum of 15 days, the plenary session during which the investiture vote will be cast. Reporter: Prime Minister, you will go to Parliament with a new government formula, but it is a government that, in the end, seems to be wanted by no one, not even by the PNL MPs, who do not vote it. What will happen after the fall of this second Ludovic Orban Cabinet? Ludovic Orban: /.../ we are pushing the works on a section of express road, which is very important. Reporter: So you need another nomination, right? Ludovic Orban: Sure. Reporter: /.../ National Liberal Party /.../ Ludovic Orban: You know how it is. The current composition of the Government is important. I am a team man, I am very pleased with all the ministers, the whole team. I have absolutely no reason to express any dissatisfaction with any of my colleagues and we are currently exercising the powers of the Government, certainly within the constitutional limits, following the adoption of the censure motion. But, I repeat, Romania is in good hands, the problems of the country are solved by us and are solved with celerity and professionalism. Reporter: I also have a question /.../ bridge over Olt, /.../. What is the stage of that project? We know that the design took longer. It will start this year / when /.../ -: So I can tell you, once, the design is completed, I issued the start order, and within two months e they will intervene on the things that precede the repair. Reporter: Yes, and it implies closing the road traffic on the roads /../ What is the final solution or still ... -: Together with the Road Police we will decide on the solutions proposed by the contractor and, surely, we will announce which will be those bypass routes when the final closure of the bridge is decided. Reporter: And for the Minister of the Environment, if /.../ Last time you were in Olt County, you announced that control at the Environmental Guard and at the Olt Waters. You said next week. Next week was last week and ... Costel Alexe: Today when we are having this press conference, the Control Body of the National Environmental Guard is in Olt county on that subject of the smelters we talked about and I said when we have the report, we will send it to the media in the Olt county. Reporter: /../ Costel Alexe: After that, the Control Unit of the Minister will check the activity of the Olt Environment Guard and the Olt Waters. Ludovic Orban: Thank you. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: I told you I cant give you the answer until I have the vote of my colleagues. I thank you as well. I am sorry but I have to get to Bucharest. 2020-02-07 18:34:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Compania Avioane Craiova S.AȘtiri din 07.02.2020 16:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Brigada Multinațională Craiova și participarea la un prânz de lucru cu militarii din cadrul brigăziiȘtiri din 07.02.2020 14:51:00 de milioane de euro, bani europeni, pentru producerea vaccinului gripal tetravalent la Institutul CantacuzinoȘtiri din 07.02.2020 14:33:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Fabrica Ford din CraiovaȘtiri din 07.02.2020 statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban following his visit to Ford Plant in Craiova Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. It is my first visit to Ford Plant. I visited the assembly section which impressed me both due to its very modern equipment, the way every operation was conceived, and the fact that it is in a continuous improvement leading to the boost of quality, decrease in costs, and the employees easier manoeuvring while carrying out the different operations that they have to perform. Basically, Ford has invested from 2008 to date, one billion and a half euros in Romania, building a very modern factory, with a major contribution to the economic development of the area and Romania, which ranks second as exports between companies and which, through the latest product too, proves to have very ambitious projects. I noticed the goal of dramatically increasing output as a number of units by about 100,000, which means a very ambitious goal. I understood there is an increasing interest in fostering investment in Romania, in the horizontal industry, in supplying components of subassemblies as our hosts intend. Of course, all we can do to encourage such development is, on the one hand for the benefit of the company, but also for the benefit of Romanias economic development, we will encourage such investments. I also had discussions on several topics. Of course, a priority is the improvement of the transport infrastructure. Here we discussed several projects, the expressway Craiova-Pitești, the section of the Pitești-Sibiu highway that closes the Pan-European Corridor IV. Alongside MEP Marian Jean Marinescu, I had a discussion about possible funding from Connecting Europe Facility programme of the highway connection Craiova - Lugoj, to link it with the Pan-European Corridor IV. We also discussed the possibility of carrying out works to ensure the navigability of the Danube, so that we could create an additional variant, an additional transport possibility; of course, we also discussed projects for the modernization of the railway infrastructure. Last but not least, related to transport, which is linked to other institutions as well, we discussed simplifying the procedures and reducing the waiting time at the border crossing, to save time and costs. There are comparative studies very clearly showcasing that because of these factors - a not sufficiently developed transport infrastructure, the difficulties and the high time consumed in crossing the border, in completing all the formalities, it is basically a cost hike compared to the transport possibilities of other plants which obviously needs to be reduced in order to increase the competitiveness of Ford Romania, the Romanian plant. Of course, we discussed the issues related to the new orientation in European policy, the Green Deal and the possible consequences. Here, clearly, in order to be able to create an incentive to start the production of electric cars, there must certainly be a very serious partnership between industry, the manufacturer and the government authorities, because the possible manufacture of electric cars or hybrids is determined by several factors: firstly, the development of a charging infrastructure, electric charging stations; or here we have the opportunity to use European funds to develop this network, which will really allow the use of electric cars, to create an incentive and encouragement for a possible transition to the production of electric cars. Of course, we discussed workforce issues, the fact that in Craiova, where there is a very low unemployment rate, there is a real effort to recruit and prepare the workforce in order to support the very ambitious production volume targeted by Ford management, and any support of the authorities in the development of the dual system, in improving legislation to ensure the partnership between company and the dual system educational institutions, any type of improvement, including of transport infrastructure, not necessarily the highway type, but of county transport infrastructure is beneficial, as a large part of the workforce commutes from other localities and can be encouraged to make this effort through a good transport infrastructure. In the clear message I conveyed to Ford management, the Government I am leading is a very serious partner, acknowledging the big efforts that Ford made for its investments. The Government is in a permanent dialogue, ready to listen to all needs and grievances and to achieve a partnership that would lead to beneficial decisions both for Romania and the development of the economy. Thank you! 2020-02-07 12:47:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la fabrica de locomotive SoftronicȘtiri din 07.02.2020 10:32:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Maia Sandu, președinte al Partidului Acțiune și Solidaritate, Blocul ACUM, din Republica MoldovaȘtiri din 06.02.2020 15:53:00țiile premierului Ludovic Orban după votarea moțiunii de cenzurăȘtiri din 05.02.2020 17:08:00ția premierului Ludovic Orban la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și SenatuluiȘtiri din 05.02.2020 15:34:00 premierului Ludovic Orban, împreună cu membrii Guvernului, la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului convocată pentru dezbaterea moțiunii de cenzură inițiate de 208 deputați și senatoriȘtiri din 05.02.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the plenary session of Parliament [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I understand that you have reading difficulties so I am sympathetic towards you. Whether or not you want it, you became MPs out of Dragneas decision and you will not get rid of this stigma throughout your career, because not only was your candidacy endorsed by your former master, but you have assiduously worked for him, for three years, you voted for all his fallacies, all his projects against Romania's interest, you endorsed all the anti-Romanian actions, all the actions that led to the collapse of Romania's image abroad, and of the Romanian economy, actions which destroyed the business sector and the investors' confidence in Romania and which they brought us on the brink of the precipice. You can do what you want, I do not let myself be judged by you because in three years you made clear what you are capable of: misinformation, falsehood, lies, poverty, and you brought nothing good to Romania, except desolation, the catastrophic image internationally and, finally, your well-deserved dramatic collapse in which people completely expressed their will. Other issues did not bother you, the only thing that bothered you and prompted you to table a censure motion was the Government's responsibility assumption on instituting an electoral regime which gives a plus of democracy, an additional right to the citizens, allows the election of more representative mayors and allows the change of mayors who mocked on the local communities they led. You, with a parliamentary majority, attack us that we issued an emergency ordinance! You issued the Emergency Ordinance 13 during the night as the thieves, to help those prone to go to prison, at the helm of your party! We issued emergency ordinances to solve Romanians' problems, to offer a hot meal in schools for 65,000 children within a pilot programme that we will develop by European funds, to provide all children with a hot meal in schools. We adopted emergency ordinances to redress what you did, because of your incompetence and stupid action. I give you one example. Yesterday, we adopted an emergency ordinance to prevent the dramatic situation in which Romania be compelled to reimburse to the European Union two billion euros, as you were not able to finalize the water extension programs and the water and sewerage services connection, although they should have been completed during 2007 -2013. The European Commission accepted to phase them out, you were not able to complete them during 2014 -2020 either, and if they are not completed in 2020, Romania, because of you, will have to pay back 2 billion euros and thousands of Romanians will remain without connection to water and sewerage services. Which do you think are the counties where the projects started even in 2007-2013 have not been completed yet? Let me mention them for you. Marcel Ciolacu: Mr Prime Minister, Mr Prime Minister ... Ludovic Orban: Mehedinti - chairman of the County Council from PSD; Maramureş - chairman of the County Council from PSD. Marcel Ciolacu: Mr Prime Minister ... Ludovic Orban: Tulcea - chairman of the County Council from PSD... Marcel Ciolacu: ... you must present your stance on the censure motion. Ludovic Orban: ... Caraș-Severin - chairman of the County Council from PSD; Vaslui - chairman of the County Council from PSD; Teleorman - chairman of the County Council from PSD; Valcea - chairman of the County Council from PSD. You accuse us of issuing emergency ordinances! I will tell you what other emergency ordinances we have issued: 500 million euros for the installation of natural gas, for establishing distribution networks in localities that you have kept outside the gas networks since 2012, due to the regulations you issued during the Ponta Cabinet's term of office. I issued an emergency ordinance after you bankrupted the state companies: Oltenia Energy Complex, Tarom, without the emergency ordinance issued yesterday, we could not have granted the rescue aid to prevent the closure of those companies. Because of you, not because of us! What have you done for three years? You asked us to account for three months in which we changed the work pace, we redressed Romania's image abroad, and solved every day dozens of issues, most of them generated by you. You have tabled the censure motion for a very simple reason: you are afraid of democracy, because you are afraid that in a genuine democratic system of mayoral election, you will lose more than half of the mayors and because the mayors told you that they will not endorse you anymore if you do not prevent the passing of the two-round mayoral election. That is the reason. The demagoguery that you have shown recently is unacceptable, and from my point of view, I do not care a straw about all your allegations about democracy, because you did everything you could, three years ago, to infringe the Romanians fundamental rights and freedoms, to use public power abusively, to step over human dignity, to mock on Romanians shamelessly lying to them, and offering nothing but blunt lies. In the 2016 election campaign, you were disguised in bees and promised honey; when you came to power, you showed your real face, that you are nothing more than wasps that have nothing but needle and venom for Romanians, not honey, as you promised! Lets talk about ordinances and your campaign of lies. You lied that we privatized the national healthcare system and programs. Who issued the Ordinance 27, which introduced the co-payment and the additional financial contributions to the private hospitals, us or you? You issued Ordinance 27! Because of you, it was the risk of introducing copayment and financial contributions. By the ordinance that we adopted yesterday, not only did we not introduce co-payment and financial contributions, but we repealed the term of entry into force of your shameless ordinance, which you issued at night, like the thieves, against the interest of the Romanian patients. Moreover, by ordinance, we confer the citizens the right to choose the hospital unit that will provide them with the healthcare services within the health programs, for not only your - barons to decide on the healthcare programs the citizens are entitled to. Furthermore: we introduced other regulation too, to ban additional money to be asked from patients, within the healthcare programs, including in public hospitals. Therefore, your lying demagoguery, when Romanians find out the truth, will be dismantled and you will be the laughing stock, as it happened in the last three years! I conclude by telling you that I was most surprised not by your demagoguery, but by hearing another political leader - a fresh collaborator of yours, after criticizing you for two years - that he has a critical attitude towards private hospitals. Well, where did he have his surgery, not in a private hospital? But not in a private hospital in Romania, but in a private hospital in Turkey, my dear ones! As such, we, the present government pay great attention to Romanians' healthcare and the healthcare system here. I conclude by telling you that sooner you conclude your mandate, better will it be for Romania! Regardless of what you will do, if our Cabinet falls today, I guarantee you that we will land on our feet, and Romanians will endorse all projects we will present them because people need a Government to do honour to Romania, to put in practice all decisions and programs Romania and every Romanian needs. Thank you! 2020-02-05 13:23:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Eric Stewart, președinte la American Romanian Business CouncilȘtiri din 05.02.2020 10:33:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Consiliului Investitorilor Străini (FIC) - Reuniunea anuală a liderilor companiilor membre FICȘtiri din 04.02.2020 [Check against delivery] Reporter: Are you confident, though, that the censure motion wont pass or are there any other signs? Ludovic Orban: Who knows what that citizen you were referring to, would do? Reporter: But do you have a B plan, if ...? Ludovic Orban: He can still change his mind ten times until the moment of the vote. Reporter: Are you expecting this censure motion to pass? Ludovic Orban: Didnt I tell you? According to our estimate, there is no number of votes required for it to pass today. Reporter: And related to the ordinances that are currently under discussion in the Cabinet meeting, there is an ordinance on early elections. Can you tell us a little /.../ Ludovic Orban: It is an emergency ordinance that regulates certain issues, which in our view they are very good and absolutely necessary: ​​increasing the number of MPs in the diaspora, a legitimate request. You saw how many voted in the presidential elections, how many Romanians voted in the diaspora in the parliamentary elections and the referendum. Therefore, the increase in the number of MPs representing the diaspora, we also extend for the parliamentary elections all the voting facilities for the diaspora, which were applied to the presidential elections. Also, I think this is extremely beneficial, allowing Romanian citizens who chose to seek their fortune, out of perhaps objective reasons, in another country, to be able to exercise their right to vote. We should regulate the situation of early elections, which has not been regulated. There are constitutional provisions, there is the 90-day limit from the moment of the dissolution of the Parliament until the date of the elections, it is a period of maximum 90 days, and due to this, we had to very well consider all the deadlines related to the parliamentary elections, in the case in which early parliamentary elections are called. Reporter: Will there be several voting days for diaspora as in the case of elections for the European Parliament and President? Ludovic Orban: Of course, I said that our objective is to ensure the same voting conditions for parliamentary elections as in presidential elections. Reporter: Is there a provision stipulating that the citizens might vote on additional lists irrespective where they are? Ludovic Orban: It was being discussed, I do not know its final form, we did not debate the final form of the draft law. We will make public its content after its adoption in the Cabinet meeting. Reporter: Which would be the motivation for such an amendment? Ludovic Orban: The citizen's right to vote is however important, and on parliamentary elections, the parties' vote, in fact, the number of seats in Parliament is given by the citizens' vote, and the fact that somebody is voting, does not affect the fair representation of the political options of the citizens. That was the discussion, we have not made a decision yet. Reporter: Therefore, is it not about electoral tourism at this chapter? Ludovic Orban: I told you, I have not made a decision on this issue yet, there are some points of view which have not been completely harmonized, the final form of the ordinance will be presented after its adoption. Reporter: If the censure motion passes tomorrow, we know very well, the procedure is for the president to call the parties for consultations and come up with a new proposal. If you are still to be nominated, will you come up with the same government formula that you have worked with so far? Ludovic Orban: I told you that, in light of this eventuality, we made the very simple decision that the MPs of the National Liberal Party should not vote for the investiture of any government, in order to trigger early elections. Reporter: But if, however, your colleagues in Parliament vote for the first government formula? Ludovic Orban: No PNL MP will vote for it. Reporter: Are you sure? I am referring to the other colleagues, PSD, PRO Romania, who may still have a ... Ludovic Orban: If, after they ousted us by censure motion, will vote for the investiture of the same government, it means they have a problem, and they will anyhow be the laughing stock of the whole nation. Reporter: If you come with the same government formula, allow me, what will you do? You will tell the MPs, and the people We have worked so far in a good formula, we have tried to convince you in the specialized committees, at the hearings, that we are good and now we ask you to ...? Ludovic Orban: We will say as the French said: Le roi est mort, vive le roi!. Orban Cabinet fell, long live Orban Cabinet! Im kidding now, you realize. Reporter: If the motion passes, is there a theoretical alternative or not ...? Ludovic Orban: You asked what my estimate is. From my point of view, today, considering our estimates, if there is no repositioning from some political actors that have some consistency in terms of presence, the motion, as it is today, depending on its endorsement today, has no chances to pass. Reporter: I would ask you if you were surprised by the negative opinion of the Ministry of Justice on that ordinance regarding the heads of county councils? Ludovic Orban: As you very well know, as Prime Minister, I have not adopted any normative act as long I had a negative opinion from the Justice Ministry. The Justice Ministry is the most important endorser and you basically cannot adopt a normative act if you are serious and observe legislation, the Constitution, as long as the Justice Ministry has an opposite opinion. It does not refer necessarily to the stance of the Justice Minister, sometimes it is possible for the stance of a Minister not to coincide with the department's stance, of the specialists in the endorsement department. The AEP(Permanent Electoral Authority) should be co-initiator. No matter how determined and courageous I would be, there are nevertheless certain issues that you cannot overlook. Reporter: The dissolution of the Special Section is a draft law that was proposed today in the Cabinet meeting. There are magistrates who criticize it. Ludovic Orban: It is a draft law that has been put into public debate and has been sent for approval to the Superior Council of Magistracy. We await the points of views ... Reporter: / Does this draft law increase the immunity of magistrates? Ludovic Orban: We are waiting for the opinions of all the relevant actors in the field, it is a draft law that is subject to debate, we are waiting for the point of view of the Superior Council of Magistracy. As such, we are still far from the final form, but it is certain that we had as the objective in the programme for government the drawing up and initiation, basically, of the draft normative act and we consider that it is very important to adopt this normative act to dismantle the Special Section. Reporter: Do you still have an alternative, even a theoretical one, to meet both objectives, ie to have mayors in two rounds and early elections at this time, considering your estimates? Ludovic Orban: Well, if the censure motion has the outcome that I anticipate, the law will be passed and obviously we will ... Reporter: And if not? Ludovic Orban: We will continue to challenge the parliamentary majority so that we will practically compel them to submit censure motions, so that the draft laws on which we assume responsibility, cannot be adopted. Reporter: Do you consider that as a backup option for parliamentary elections, to run for PNL for a parliamentary term? Ludovic Orban: What do you mean, if not? Reporter: I ask. Ludovic Orban: The goal of the National Liberal Party is winning local and parliamentary elections and winning a comfortable score. It is clear that in all democracies, winning parties form the government, elections are won by parties. Regarding the National Liberal Party, I am candidate not necessarily because I wanted to be candidate, but I was voted by the National Council of the National Liberal Party as a candidate for Prime Minister. Reporter: Do you consider... Ludovic Orban: As long as the National Liberal Party is in the position of designating a Prime Minister, the National Liberal Party decided to designate me. Reporter: Do you consider an MP mandate? I ask you because you have not answered my question. Ludovic Orban: I have not made a decision yet. It is possible to submit my candidature. Reporter: Some time ago, you said that you will not introduce any tax, I found that one of today's Cabinet decisions introduced a new fee for the release of licenses, in the amount of 15 lei. How did you make such a decision? Ludovic Orban: It is a draft normative act regarding the statute of the Elisabeta Palace, which has not been yet debated and adopted, in which if you followed my face expression, when Mr. Secretary General apart from what we agreed on, the regulation of the statute of the Elisabeta Palace, mentioned an eventual fee, a fee at RA-APPS, not a fee to be paid by citizens. I do not know if it is adopted, we will have to see what is all about. Thank you. 2020-02-04 19:59:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la întâlnirea Team România, platformă pentru dezbatere, analiză și acțiune a celor mai relevante și actuale teme, ce reunește reprezentanți ai sectorului public, privat și non- guvernamentalȘtiri din 04.02.2020 13:50:00 premierului Ludovic Orban, împreună cu membrii Cabinetului, la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului, convocată pentru prezentarea Moțiunii de cenzură inițiate de 208 deputați și senatoriȘtiri din 03.02.2020 17:30:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la Summitul Grupului ”Prietenii Coeziunii” - BEJA – REPUBLICA PORTUGHEZĂȘtiri din 01.02.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban's participation in the Summit of the Friends of Cohesion Group, held on February 1, 2020, in Beja, Portugal Prime Minister Ludovic Orban attended the Summit of the Friends of Cohesion Group, which was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Beja, Portugal. The event was hosted by Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, and was attended by heads of state or government and ministers from the member states of the Group, as well as the European Commissioners responsible for budget and cohesion policy. The main objective of the summit was the coordination of the cohesion friendly member states in the perspective of the future stages of the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021 - 2027. This approach is all the more relevant ahead of an extraordinary European Council meeting to be held in Brussels on February 20, 2020. In their messages, the participating states reaffirmed the importance and the priority role that the cohesion policy must play in the future Multiannual Financial Framework, as a policy designed to support economic and social convergence at the level of the entire Union. At the same time, the participants emphasized the importance of the unity of the Friends of Cohesion Group in order to materialise this objective in the final stage of the negotiations on the future Multiannual Financial Framework In his speech at the Summit, the Romanian Prime Minister emphasized the importance of agreeing on an ambitious budget that can provide the Union with the resources necessary to attain the objectives reflected in its Strategic Agenda, a realistic budget at the same time, in terms of the need to ensure a balance between growth and convergence objectives and the response to new challenges at European level. At the same time, Prime Minister reiterated Romanias support for reaching a political agreement on the future European budget as soon as possible, which will allow the next European funded programmes and projects to kick off in a timely manner. Prime Minister mentioned the unquestionable contribution of cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy to the process of bridging development gaps and ensuring equal conditions for all the member states, so as to create the premises of a more competitive Union, a Union that can achieve its newly-established climate change goals. Prime Minister referred to the need to preserve cohesion policy as the main instrument for promoting investments at European level that should receive adequate funding. In addition to the level of allocations, Prime Minister emphasized that the future agreement must include provisions that allow for a higher level of flexibility at the level of the member states in the programming and implementation of projects. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also highlighted that cohesion policy must be able to provide the most efficient response to the needs of the member states and regions, and an increased level of flexibility in terms of thematic concentration, as well as the establishment of certain more favourable implementation conditions that would allow them to fully capitalize on the investment opportunities under the cohesion policy. In his speech, the Romanian Prime Minister also referred to the role of the cohesion policy in backing the objectives of the transition towards climate neutrality, highlighting, in context, the need for the resources proposed to support the Member States in the transition process under the Just Transition Fund to be complementary to the allocations for the cohesion policy and not affect the achievement of the objectives of bridging the development gaps pursued by this policy. The participating states adopted a political statement that conveys a strong commitment to supporting an ambitious budget capable of securing the Unions long-term priorities and promoting convergence among the Member States while maintaining the central role of the cohesion policy. At the same time, the joint declaration emphasises the fundamental role and potential of adjusting the traditional European policies, the cohesion policy and the common agricultural policy, amidst constantly changing challenges, such as climate change, demographic developments, orientation towards innovation, the need to create jobs and increase employment. In their joint declaration, the signatory member states conveyed an alarm signal over the proposals to cut funding for the cohesion policy in the future Multiannual Financial Framework. At the same time, the document emphasizes the importance of flexible and adequate implementation conditions for the specifics of the beneficiaries, which contribute decisively to an increase in the performance of the cohesion policy, especially at the level of regions that are in the most unfavourable circumstances under the aspect of the development gaps. The signatory states also argue that the financial envelope for the cohesion policy in the future Multiannual Financial Framework should not be affected by the advanced solutions for financing measures aimed at achieving climate neutrality, such as the Just Transition Fund. The Declaration underscores in the context the importance of an ambitious, balanced and fair budget that would allow for the continuation of the implementation of the Union's investment objectives. 2020-02-01 17:47:00 Comitetului Interministerial de coordonare și organizare a Turneului Final al Campionatului European de Fotbal 2020Știri din 31.01.2020 12:22:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Groupe Renault RomâniaȘtiri din 31.01.2020 11:58:00