RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-RODeclarații 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 20:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la conferința ”Green Deal Romania – Finanțare, strategie, provocări și soluții”Știri din 20.02.2020 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 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 11:58:00ț de presăȘtiri din 31.01.2020 10:13:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Republicii Austria în România, doamna Isabel RauscherȘtiri din 31.01.2020 10:03:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Forumului Civic al Românilor din Covasna, Harghita şi MureşȘtiri din 30.01.2020 16:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la reuniunea conducerii Consiliului Național al Întreprinderilor Private Mici și Mijlocii din RomâniaȘtiri din 30.01.2020 15:14:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban și de președintele CNIPMMR, Florin Jianu, după reuniunea conducerii Consiliului Național al Întreprinderilor Mici și Mijlocii din RomâniaȘtiri din 30.01.2020 14:32:00Întâlnirea prim-ministrului României, Ludovic Orban, cu reprezentanții comunității britanice de afaceri din RomâniaȘtiri din 29.01.2020 January 29, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban met with the representatives of the British business community in Romania. The event was hosted by H.E. Mr Andrew Noble, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Romania. The meeting occasioned an open dialogue with the business people present, regarding the economic and social policies of the Executive, as well as regarding the development prospects of some investment projects in Romania. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban showed that the Government will make all the necessary efforts to ensure stability and predictability of the fiscal-budgetary framework, in support of the activities that generate added value and jobs in the economy. Predictability represents an essential condition of the consistent development of investments and contributes to the efficient functioning of market mechanisms, for the benefit of consumers. On this occasion, Prime Minister underlined the long-term commitment of our country to developing bilateral relations, once the United Kingdom exits the European Union, on January 31 this year. Romania supports the demarches to negotiate a deepened future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom The Strategic Partnership between the two countries will continue to represent an essential benchmark of prosperity, but also of our common security, in the Euro-Atlantic space, and an expression of the common values that Romania and the United Kingdom share. It was also noted that the United Kingdom is among the first ten sources of foreign investments in the Romanian economy and represents the fifth-highest ranked destination at the world level for Romanias exports. British investments in Romania also contribute to the international competitiveness of our economy and support, in their turn, important ecosystems of small and medium-sized enterprises. Not least, Prime Minister Orban expressed the firm commitment of the Romanian Government regarding the implementation of friendly public policies with all the investors in Romanias economy. 2020-01-29 21:49:00ţii de presă ale premierului Ludovic Orban după ședinţa comună a Camerei Deputaţilor şi SenatuluiȘtiri din 29.01.2020 16:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ședinţa comună a Camerei Deputaţilor şi SenatuluiȘtiri din 29.01.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban in Parliament Dear Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear Vice - president of the Senate, Dear Members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, The Government I am leading has made the decision to assume responsibility before Parliament on amending the local election law so as to allow the citizens of each local community to elect their mayors under a system of election lending legitimacy to the elected mayors - namely by a 50%-plus-one majority of the voters who cast ballots. In 1992, the mayoral election mechanism which was basically introduced established the election of mayors with 50 percent -plus - one. Furthermore, the voter turnout in the first round of elections had to be 50 % +1 of the number of citizens on the electoral rolls, and if this number was not attained, the first round was repeated. It is clear that the Parliament immediately after the Revolution legislated much closer to the demands of democracy, in order to lend genuine legitimacy to those who are elected to lead the destiny of local communities in Romania. The election system changed, the election system by a relative majority was introduced, ie, the candidate who obtains the highest number of votes is elected, without the obligation to have 50 % +1 of the voter turnout. This voting mechanism, in my opinion, does not give a full right to the citizens of a local community to elect a mayor with genuine legitimacy to lead the destiny of the community. Furthermore, this voting system restricts the right of the disaffected citizens of a local community to replace mayors who do not do their job, who do not abide by electoral promises and who has not had the capacity to develop the local community. In the system of election by relative majority, even if the number of disaffected citizens with the way a mayor managed the local public administration exceeds 50% - it can be 70%, and 75% and we encountered situations in which the disaffected citizens were 80% of a local community - nevertheless, they could not replace the mayor. Why? For one very simple reason: because the disaffected voters voted for different candidates. Ill give you data. In the 2016 local elections, mayoral candidates who did not even have 30% of the votes, were elected. Almost 50 candidates were elected even if they did not get 30% of the citizens' votes. If we also take into account the fact that the voter turnout was 50-60%, we encountered situations in which a mayor was voted by 10% of the eligible voters in a local community. Here are just a few examples: a mayor from Caraș Severin, Moț Antonică was elected with only 19.24% of the votes cast; there were mayors elected by 20%, 21%, 22%, 49%, 22%, 72% of votes and so on. Over 600 of the mayors elected in 2016 got less than 50% of the votes cast by citizens. The mechanism of electing mayors should give citizens a minimum guarantee of good management of the locality, of an efficient local government which would indeed lead to the development of the local community. We argue that this cannot be ensured by the system of election by the relative majority because this cannot be basically provided. If a majority of citizens of a local community want to change the mayor, it will be very difficult for them to do so, as the votes of disaffected voters go always to several candidates, and it is very difficult to determine a vote concentration to lead to a higher number of votes than those got by the mayor in office. Another issue that we consider very important, regarding the 50% plus one election mechanism when a mayor enters the second round, he does not win the election by 50% plus one of the votes - he enters a transparent alliance with one or two parties to provide him with the votes necessary to win the mayoralty, an alliance, an agreement with the party that supports the candidate in the second round, providing a majority in the Local Council, that would guarantee the implementation of a local government programme, which does not happen in the case of election by relative majority, as all mayors who were elected by 30 percent, 35 percent, 25 percent, cannot have majority in the Local Council, and the government was very affected by the misunderstanding between the mayor and the local councils or by the non-transparent agreements that were made to ensure the necessary majority to pass the legislative documents. I saw that the PSD announced a motion of censure. Frankly, I dont understand what is the reason behind this motion of censure. I looked into the results of the local elections in 2016 and you must know, dear PSD lawmakers, that more than 1,500 of the mayors who won the elections were elected by 50 per cent plus one of the votes. But this means you should support this system of election unless you fear that your mayors didnt do their job in the local communities and that these mayors, who were also affected by the disastrous government you brought as a plague against Romanians. Maybe these mayors cannot obtain 50 per cent plus one, although you did pump a lot of resources from the state budget, the Government Reserve Fund, the PNDL(National Local Development Programme) in them - distributed as you wished, you managed to invent ways to fund communities, investment made by PSD mayors not from the budget money, through the famous FDI. Ladies and gentlemen, you can submit 10 motions of censure if you want, but you wont change our view and you wont change the viewpoint of the more than 82 per cent citizens who want democratic elections for mayors and local councils, and who want to elect truly representative, legitimate mayors, and this is only possible when a majority of 50 % plus one of the community inhabitants decide who to lead the destiny of the community for four years. I have to mention that compared to the draft law I sent when starting the procedure of responsibility assumption, I approved four amendments. The amendments are aimed at reducing the number of signatures for independent candidates running for mayor and local councillor, aimed at the representation in the Electoral Offices of the parliamentary parties, reducing from 90 to 60 days the deadline for permanent or temporary residence registration in a locality, therefore, there are provisions, and any provision we took into account, is designed to improve the quality of act, increase democracy in the mechanism of electing mayors, we introduced it in this draft law. We also introduced an amendment regarding the fact that no other person can stay in the public places in the voting area or in the voting place more than the time required for voting, which to me seems a very important provision designed to eliminate the pressure groups established preferably by PSD mayors in front of polling stations, that intimidate voters and try to influence a person's intention to vote against a mayor in office. Ladies and gentlemen, I conclude by a serious issue. Observing fundamental principles for democracy such as the election of mayors in two rounds really shows the respect for democracy and the citizens' vote, and the ultimate form of this respect is that we put the Government's mandate on the table, a mandate we got not from the PSD lawmakers, but from the lawmakers who had the wisdom towards the Romanians to send home the previous Government that had no connection with Romania and Romania's interests. Romania needs to ensure a genuine democracy, allowing every citizen to elect a legitimate mayor who can generate development in local communities, not increase the number of social assistance cases or people's dependence on mayoralty aid, that may turn them into a manoeuvre mass of PSD mayors who were not the promoters of development, but the promoters of poverty, underdevelopment, who chased away any hope of raising the living standards in most of the local communities. And I tell you very clearly: in two rounds, as I hope the law is passed, but also in one round, we will still defeat you in the local elections because Romanians are tired of lies, poverty, demagoguery and of the way you mocked on them in the last three years. Thank you. 2020-01-29 15:51:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Conferința „România Educată - politici publice și coordonarea surselor de finanțare”Știri din 29.01.2020 12:17:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la lansarea proiectului "Comprehensive redesign of the licensing system in Romania"Știri din 28.01.2020 [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. I am glad that there is such institution in Romania, such as the Competition Council that often is regarded with apprehension by the business environment, an institution that gets involved in carrying out such a project, one clearly conducive to development, a project through which administrative barriers are identified, barriers that can arise from regulations and sometimes from customs existing within public entities. Surely, this project is one meeting our objectives related to the relationship between Government and administration on the one hand, and the business sector on the other hand. We inherited a situation which needs to be changed for the better, in which the business sector was very many times treated from a position of power, both through regulations which were adopted with no consultation, no necessary time to allow companies to adapt to these regulations which generated major disturbances in various areas of activity and negatively impacted very many businesses in Romania. We thank the Competition Council that, in collaboration with DG REFORM and OECD are backing this project. It is a project necessary for Romania and we wanted it completed as quickly as possible. And currently, even if it is simpler to register a company at the Trade Register, it takes shorter time, whereas if you apply for a VAT payer certificate, you have no guarantee that you receive this certificate and especially you do not know what you should do to meet the conditions to receive this VAT certificate. You may simply find that your certificate has been withdrawn by the Finance Ministry with no explanation and then, you suddenly discover you cannot do any more business, without this VAT certificate, nor have you the possibility to cash the VAT. The biggest problem we encounter pertains to the too large number of licenses, approvals, permits granted by the administration. On the one hand, there are too many of them, on the other hand, the fact there is no internal regulation in the institutions, authorities releasing these permits, etc, regarding the deadline for releasing such category of documents for businesses, it is simply at the whim of these heads of public institutions who are slowly moving, who, unless personally contacted, do not move the papers in their office so as to solve the existing problems. Of course, we have a long-standing concern about this subject, I can tell you that a legislative proposal initiated by a liberal MP and, obviously, with the support of PNL, regarding the simplification of the procedures for obtaining certified urban planning documents, urban planning certificates, building permits, has been passed. Of course, it is difficult to put it into practice, because we will have to face all the endorsers, the 27-28 endorsers who were involved in the process of issuing the construction permit, of course, that we will continue to face the whims or the subjectivity of some local or county decision-makers. Of course, this law will have to be strengthened by the Government's determination in order to be enforced and in order to observe the provisions stipulated in this project on simplifying the deadlines to issue urban planning documents, urban certificates, building permits. There are far too many procedures, the distinguished previous speaker mentioned the number of permits you need to open a restaurant. It is also valid for other businesses you may want to open here, you need to knock at countless doors, and you never know exactly what other documents, many others, you need to submit. A distinguished manager of a foreign company showed me the form A1, I do not know if you know what the form A1 is - the residents who work, in order to be able to leave the country, have to complete a form called A1, which in other countries, is being released quickly, by a simple request where some data is mentioned. He showed me a file containing 60 pages, in which you wonder why they fail to ask him what is the family tree of each foreign employee. But you may encounter such situations. For instance, the procedures to enter the Romanian labour market for employees from countries outside the European Union. We, theoretically, set a ceiling of 30,000, one of them, but it takes, for example, extremely long procedures, of 6-9 months, until very simple applications are processed that could be solved in a much shorter term. I am sure that this project will identify, basically, on all the sectors, the interaction between the business sector, that the business sector always wants to do something, the entrepreneur wants to build something, to establish a new activity, to launch an economic initiative, these procedures of interaction should be analyzed with the utmost seriousness, to see whether or not they are necessary, those that are not necessary, must, of course, be eliminated, and as regards other procedures that are necessary, given the experience of cooperation, some reasonable deadlines need to be enforced, to be regulated to allow the entrepreneur that, if the issue is not solved within the established deadline, he can go ahead doing business, considering that the request was actually approved. I would say a few words, of course, not in relation to your project, but I think that the control institutions and, especially, the philosophy of control need to be a bit restructured in Romania, because unfortunately, a lot of time, money, and energy is consumed by entrepreneurs precisely in order to respond to the various controls that are made, obviously, also based on approval procedures that subsequently allow the Local Police to come, for example, to any entrepreneur, to check any silly issue, or to allow a control body that has nothing to do with the subject, to come, to periodically put pressure on a certain businessman out of the desire to find something that may push the entrepreneur to certain action, finally, we do not go into details. We will back this project which is absolutely necessary, and our goal is to identify and remove all administrative barriers in the way of the private economic initiative, as soon as possible, regardless of whether this economic initiative belongs to a Romanian citizen or to a foreign citizen or company, because there is no development without economic initiative, and in a country where the business sector goes well, obviously, every person has an additional opportunity to have a fulfilling life. Thank you! 2020-01-28 16:45:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Blocului Național SindicalȘtiri din 28.01.2020 10:41:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la ceremonia oficială pentru marcarea a 75 de ani de la eliberarea lagărului nazist de concentrare și exterminare Auschwitz-Birkenau, organizată de autoritățile polone în 27 ianuarie, cu prilejul Zilei internaționale de comemorare a victimelor Holocaustului.Știri din 27.01.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban's participation in the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz- Birkenau Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp On January 27, 2020, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban attended the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz - Birkenau Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp. The commemorative event, held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, brought together over 30 heads of state and government and representatives of the Royal Houses of Europe. The event was attended by over one hundred former prisoners of the Auschwitz camp from several European states, the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia. The schedule of the commemorative event included speeches by the President of the Republic of Poland and the survivors of Auschwitz and the lighting of candles by the survivors delegations, heads of state and government and representatives of the Royal Houses. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban lit a candle at the Victims Monument, paying tribute to the victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, including those of Romanian origin. Annually, January 27 (the day of release of prisoners from Auschwitz-Birkenau camp) marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The remembrance of the dramatic episode of the Holocaust is all the more relevant in the current international context, marked by a worrying increase in intolerance, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Romania has made significant efforts internally and internationally on assuming the past, condemning the Holocaust denial and combating anti-Semitism, and maintains its commitment to promoting and protecting diversity, human rights and fundamental freedoms. 2020-01-27 18:50:00 Mesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Sveti Sava, sărbătoarea minorităţii sârbe din RomâniaȘtiri din 27.01.2020 14:17:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale de Comemorare a Victimelor HolocaustuluiȘtiri din 27.01.2020 is already the second decade in which the entire world commemorates the millions of Holocaust victims, in a necessary exercise of remembrance, compassion and the preservation of an awakened conscience. Anyone browsing through the pages of that terrible disaster in the rather recent history, the Holocaust, cannot but remain shaken by the horrors that occurred, by the size of the hate crime machinery, the lack of reaction of the people, institutions and states. They cannot but reflect on the consequences generated by the crises in society and the evil caused by the slumber of reason. Six million Jews, representing two-thirds of Europes Jewish population, and several million members of other nationalities considered impure by the Nazi regime perished in ghettos and camps, on the way to them, or simply killed in the street, between 1941 - 1945, victims of a racist ideology, myths and a tendency to find the scapegoat. The restoration of the truth is due especially to the members of the Jewish community, many of them survivors of the Nazi camps, who became prominent figures of the humanistic militancy, and were joined by intellectuals, artists and human activists worldwide, in a joint effort to prevent the recurrence, ever, of similar acts of extinction of the peoples. Prestigious memorial institutions have been established, books have been written, artworks and events have been created, values have been reconsidered from the perspective of the defence of human rights and human dignity. Today, 75 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, the world can be considered united in solidarity in the fight against anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and intolerance, which becomes yet again a major concern in the context of regional conflicts exclusively based on ethnic resentments and the emergence of new extremist tendencies. Romania itself, but also as a member state of the European Union, promotes tolerance among people, non-discrimination and peace, remaining active in the process of preserving and completing the memory of the Holocaust. Because we must not forget those who were humiliated, tortured and killed by hatred, nor those who protected lives at the risk of their own life, thus saving the idea of humanity. I convey my full compassion for the victims of the Holocaust during World War II and I hope that humanity will have the ability to learn from the great mistakes of its history. Ludovic Orban Prime Minister of Romania 2020-01-27 09:29:00ț de presăȘtiri din 25.01.2020 12:42:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la manifestările prilejuite de Ziua Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2020 20:17:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la depunerea de jerbe la mormântul domnitorului Al. I. CuzaȘtiri din 24.01.2020 20:10:00ţii de presă susţinute de premierul Ludovic Orban la IaşiȘtiri din 24.01.2020 17:31:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la manifestările prilejuite de Ziua Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2020 15:32:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2020 161 years ago, Romanians of the two banks of the Milcov river were celebrating together the fulfillment of a cherished ideal of the 1848 revolution generation, the union of Moldovia with Wallachia (Tara Romaneasca). The Small Union, as the historical moment of January 24, 1859 was called, represented the first stage in the creation of the Romanian unitary state, completed on December 1, 1918, when the union with Transylvania, Banat, Crișana and Maramureș took place. What can be more beautiful for a nation than the consensus built around a visionary goal the fulfillment of which would pave the way for a modern, sovereign and independent state? The election of Alexandru Ioan Cuza at the same time as ruler prince of Moldovia and Wallachia meant, as he himself said, according to that time accounts that not just a man but a people itself came to power. We have much to learn from the example of the creators of the Union of the Romanian Principalities. Regardless of the voices opposing the unification, the ad-hoc divans that preceded the union of the two principalities, expressed the Romanians' desire of unification, and the political elites of that time made the most of that historic opportunity for the whole nation. The reforms that ensued in all the important areas of the economy and the social-political life changed the destiny of this people for the better. It was a mix of political will and courage to which Romania also owes its current existence, returning more than a decade ago to the big European family, and joining NATO as well. History has shown us that we can be strong as a nation when a common goal brings us together. In 1859, the strong cultural and economic ties between Moldova and Wallachia acted as a catalyst for the Small Union. However, the development and modernization of the newly formed state would not have been possible without respect for the law and the good of the whole nation. The celebration of the Union of the Romanian Principalities is a good opportunity to reflect on what we want as a people for the future, leaving aside differences of opinion or political rivalries. The current challenge is the development of the country in step with the other EU member states, reducing the economic or social gaps. This is the path I have taken on, alongside the government team I am leading, in full respect for the law and for the betterment of society. Many happy returns, Romanians! Many happy returns, Romania! Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2020-01-24 09:36:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția de Anul Nou organizată de Camera de Comerț Româno-Germană (AHK România)Știri din 23.01.2020 Speech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the New Year Reception organized by the Romanian - German Chamber of Commerce (AHK Romania) [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Your Excellency, Mr Ambassador, Mr Chairman of the Romanian - German Chamber of Commerce, dear businesspeople, dear managers of companies with German capital, I am glad to be with you today, and convey you a simple message: trust Romania and trust the Romanian Government! As far as I'm concerned, I respect any investor, regardless of his country of origin, who comes in Romania, is bold enough to establish his/her business here and who, through this initiative and risk, makes his/her contribution to building a developed Romania. You should know that we know how to appreciate the fact that you have taken risks, that you have invested in Romania, you have stayed in Romania, and I know very well about the German companies that when they decide to invest in a country, they do it on the long term and not on the short term and in general, what German companies are building, they are thoroughly building, and the German companies represent a pillar on which Romanian society's development can rely. I will be very brief. The Government that I am leading starts from a very simple premise - a country in which businesses are running well, provides much more opportunities to every citizen of that country. Our main concern is to build a legislative framework, an environment for business, investment, economic initiative, a friendly environment, one to ensure the unfolding of business in the best conditions and to remove as much as possible any obstacle in the way of economic initiative, as there is no development without vision, courage, taking risks and responsibilities and pursuing aspirations. Any person having the boldness to fulfil their dream, is obviously a person who will build, initiate, will find a new path that nobody before has ever seen. As regards the Government - business sector relationship, I would like to assure you that that as we showed in not even three months, that we have a full availability to dialogue, that our wish is to understand the general problems facing the business sector, to understand priorities in each area of activity, and also to find the best solutions to be able to build together something thorough, as I want a real partnership and permanent dialogue between government, central administration and local administration, generating new ideas that can be implemented as fast as possible. Speed ​​in the modern world has increased greatly. We cannot develop if we wait six months for an urban planning certificate and two years for a building permit, or for an environmental permit, and the Environmental Agency to later tell us that we do not need an environmental permit if we wait to bring labour force from other countries for six to nine months to obtain a work permit for those who want to work in Romania. And the list of procedures that take too long and stop at too many points, can continue. We try to increase the speed, even the speed to transpose any innovation, any new solution into a practice, that will bring benefits, competitiveness and that will allow companies to grow and those who want to invest should know very clearly that they can invest with all confidence, that business can be done here, that any shareholder can trust, that any serious business can generate profits and can really find an extremely suitable framework in Romania. We rely on you, considering you a partner. Of course, we expect to persuade other German investors to come to Romania, as far as I can find business opportunities and I am convinced that together we can contribute to a more modern, more competitive, more developed Romania, that will be part of an increasingly competitive Europe at the global level. Thank you! A nice evening! 2020-01-23 22:01:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu investitorii germani din România, în cadrul unei reuniuni organizate de Camera de Comerț Româno-Germană (AHK România)Știri din 23.01.2020 19:10:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la sediul AHK RomâniaȘtiri din 23.01.2020 16:48:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Consiliului Superior al MagistraturiiȘtiri din 23.01.2020 12:17:00ții de presă susținute de vicepremierul Raluca Turcan și ministrul fondurilor europene, Marcel BoloșȘtiri din 22.01.2020 19:26:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după întâlnirea cu reprezentanții mediului de afaceri și ai structurilor asociativeȘtiri din 22.01.2020 18:36:00ţii ale premierului Ludovic Orban la începutul întâlnirii cu reprezentanții mediului de afaceri și ai structurilor asociativeȘtiri din 22.01.2020 15:20:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la instalarea secretarului de stat pentru cercetare, Dragoș CiuparuȘtiri din 22.01.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the investiture of the Secretary of State for Research Dragoş Ciuparu [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. I am glad to meet you. I think it is the first time for me when I attend the investiture of a secretary of state, but I particularly wanted to attend the investiture of a secretary of state in the research field, Mr Dragos Ciuparu, in order to give a strong signal about the fact that our government considers that research is the main pillar on which we can build the development of the Romanian society, its economic development, the performance and competitiveness of the Romanian economy, and especially the opportunity of turning Romania into a very important actor at European and global level. I am not saying big words. Of course, anyone could comment on the institutional structure and other things. I can tell you that we clearly have as priority objective, the emphasis on stimulating research, in research institutes, universities, in private companies, regardless if it is carried out by freelancers, research teams or any other entity that will help us find new paths, new solutions that we will be able to put into practice, and apply in all areas of activity in our society. The EU's policy will grant in the future multiannual financial exercise, very many resources for smart digitalization, therefore, research, innovation, digitalization, smart solutions to resolve various issues the society, local communities, companies are facing. The thematic focus on the number 1 objective - smart specialization is of 35 percent. Considering the budget proposed by the European Commission, from ERDF, at an allocation of over 17 billion euros, 35 percent means almost six billion euros. This money cannot be easily accessed. The whole institutional body and all operational mechanisms will have to develop, change for the better, be oriented towards the capacity of carrying out eligible projects which indeed produce the expected results. It is also very important for us that the Romanian society becomes information, knowledge-based society, that we follow any technological transfer, any know-how that we can take over and later turn into new inventions, new solutions, which we can later apply. It took me a long time to decide who to appoint as Secretary of State for Research. I confess that very few wanted to assume responsibility for taking over the coordination, leading the destiny of the research in the situation we currently are, where, although there has been a positive evolution in terms of infrastructure, in exchange, as regards effective achievement in the field of research, with very few exceptions, we still have much to improve. I chose Professor Dragoș Ciuparu, who is not a novice, but a man who led the destiny of Research for a good amount of time. In this case, you cannot say the merit belongs to only a handful of people, but the Magurele-based laser benefited from his contribution quite a lot, even if there were other people who picked the laurels in the end. For this is how things usually happen: some people just receive gifts when they did nothing. But this is public life, not always the person who cuts the ribbon is the same as the one who authored a big project, a major project. I am concluding, reassuring him of my real and constant support as Prime Minister, of the Government's support as well. 2020-01-22 10:49:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu directorul general Eurostat, Mariana KotzevaȘtiri din 20.01.2020 10:23:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la Concertul de gală oferit cu prilejul aniversării a trei decenii de la venirea în ţară a Majestăţii Sale Margareta, Custodele Coroanei RomâneȘtiri din 18.01.2020 21:27:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Republicii Moldova în România, Mihai GribinceaȘtiri din 17.01.2020 13:56:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Canadei în România, Kevin HamiltonȘtiri din 17.01.2020 12:47:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 16.01.2020 18:55:00Întâlnire de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu vicepremierul Raluca Turcan, cu ministrul fondurilor europene, Ioan Marcel Boloș, și reprezentanți ai grupurilor parlamentareȘtiri din 16.01.2020 12:00:00țiile premierului Ludovic Orban după participarea la evenimentul organizat cu prilejul Zilei Culturii Naţionale la Ateneul RomânȘtiri din 15.01.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Today is the Romanian Culture Day, and I am very glad to attend this event organized by the Culture Ministry, in honour of the Romanian culture. What we do tomorrow, we will tell you tomorrow. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, Daniel Fenechiu stated that you will adopt an emergency ordinance for the two rounds election. He made the statement some minutes ago. Ludovic Orban: When we make a decision in this respect, we will make it public. Surely, the National Liberal Party's objective is the democratic election of the mayors by 50 percent plus one of the voters, an election conferring legitimacy and the chance for the local community to elect a person who indeed enjoys the trust of a large majority of the local community. I told you that we are about to analyze this issue, and we will complete this analysis regarding these three possibilities as soon as possible: parliamentary debate, responsibility assumption or emergency ordinance. When we make a decision, we will present it publicly. Reporter: When are you going to adopt an emergency ordinance to extend the deadline for doubling the child benefit. Ludovic Orban: Tomorrow. You know very well that last week, after the analysis that we made together with the President of Romania on this subject, we announced this, that the President will promulgate (the law) and that we, although we desire the increasing of the child benefit- the benefit already grew this year following the law initiated by our colleague Sighiartău, indexed by the rate of inflation. Therefore, we desire to increase the child benefit, only that the entry into force of this law came later than the (adoption of) the state budget Law. In the state budget law, we did not include the amounts necessary, which are pretty high - they are over six billion lei - in order to support this measure and, furthermore, we are not even allowed, constitutionally and legally, to generate costs without there being a source in the state budget Law. Therefore, we will postpone the entry into force until the first moment we are able to make a budget rectification, namely after July 1. Reporter: If special pensions are to be eliminated... Reporter: /.../ election of mayors in two rounds, an emergency ordinance would be easier to challenge, and assuming responsibility would be a possibility.. Ludovic Orban: Precisely, for this reason, we are conducting a very serious analysis, along time, I took a stand against some emergency ordinances. The emergency ordinance should be used in situations with very solid legal ground and constitutional basis. Obviously, the ordinance too is under analysis. When we make a decision, we will let you know! It will not take too long. Reporter: /.../ Ludovic Orban: Certainly, after the first six months of the year, we will see how the Romanian economy is evolving. We will certainly increase the child benefit, but we will increase it as much as the budgetary resources allow us to, because, remember that there is a Pension Law, there is a Pay Law that must be put into practice and we are responsible people who do not we allow ourselves to undertake expenditure if there are no more financial resources for it. We will certainly increase child benefit. The amount by which we will increase it, we will decide depending on the evolution of the Romanian economy, as a result of the economic policies promoted by the National Liberal Party, which encourages investments, companies, which wants to restore the business sector and investors' confidence in Romania, both Romanian and foreign investors' confidence, and that want to generate the economic policies of the Liberal Government, a favourable investment climate so that we can ensure an economic development based on solid pillars. Reporter: Will you reach a decision regarding the election of mayors in two rounds? Could it be decided tomorrow? Ludovic Orban: It is likely. Reporter: In the event of responsibility assumption, do you assume it for the three draft laws? Ludovic Orban: Of course, several regulations are under analysis now. We are studying the best way to approve them, as they aim at several areas of activity. Surely, we will decide on the best solution to adopt them. Reporter: If special pensions are eliminated, then will it be money to increase the child benefit? PSD announced an extraordinary session to eliminate special pensions. Ludovic Orban: The inventors of the special pensions are these demagogue Social Democrats, who most likely when looking at the polls, saw that almost 90 percent of the population of Romania is against the special pension and after being the inventors and promoters of the special pensions, they now lie to the Romanians that they want to cut the special pensions. I remind that the draft law under parliamentary debate is the one initiated by the PNL, indicating that the Liberals have consistently not supported special pensions, but only those for military service, that are granted in all NATO countries. Therefore, I am not interested in their demagoguery. As far as we are concerned, surely, if there is an extraordinary parliamentary session, we will ask for the introduction on the agenda of the draft law initiated by the PNL regarding the repeal of several categories of special pensions and we will see what the PSD will do then. As regards the money issue, I told you once again that budget rectifications are not made when it occurs to somebody to do so. The budget rectifications are made in a certain constitutional, legal framework which is also linked to our accession to the Stability and Growth Pact. Therefore, we must observe some rules regarding the budget rectification and I tell you clearly that we will be extremely prudent and responsible in what regards engaging any cost, because our fundamental objective is to redo all the economic balances, to ensure an economic development not by increasing wages on paper, but by increasing incomes that would lead to the increasing of the purchasing power and which would be truly based on what every civilized country bases its economic growth - investments, competitiveness, increasing productivity, research, applying the results of innovation and research, meaning the basis of any favourable economic dynamic. The rest is a lot of demagoguery in Romania. Everyone gives, but nobody understands that in order to give one must have somewhere to give from and increasing budget resources can be done only on the basis of solid economic growth. Reporter: Thank you. 2020-01-15 21:36:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul organizat cu prilejul Zilei Culturii NaţionaleȘtiri din 15.01.2020[Check against delivery] Your Excellency, Mr President Klaus Iohannis, Your Excellency, Mr President Emil Constantinescu, Mr President of the Romanian Academy, Your Holiness, Vicar Bishop Varlaam Ploieșteanu, Monsignor Aurel Percă, Members of Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, Members of the Government, Your Excellencies, Members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished guests, Allow me, in the opening of my speech, to thank the organizers, to congratulate the Ministry of Culture that invited us in this space dedicated to the harmonies of the spirit, to pay homage to the national culture. It has been a full and exciting day, which started right here with the call launched this morning by the Romanian Academy to meditate on the European cultural synchrony, its harmonization with the cultural universe in which we matured as a nation. This idea must be valued today when the European Union itself is being redefined and reformed, especially since it brings to mind something of vital importance. It reminds us that before being political, Europe is cultural. The idea of ​​economic and then political unity emerged from the consciousness of its cultural unity, and the Romanian modernity emerged from the consciousness of the Europeanism of the Romanian culture. When Miron Costin wondered what the origin of his people was, he found it to be from the noble Roman imperial civilization, and through it, he perceived it as part of European culture. The scholars of the Școala Ardeleană (Transylvanian School) considered Latinity as the cornerstone of the Romanian culture, and this foundation united, in their eyes, the Romanian identity with that of the European Latin people. Later, for two centuries, the Romanian nation strengthened its consciousness and saw itself as a European nation due to the Latin cultural data. I would say that one of the most profound European synchronies in our modern culture is precisely linked to the birth of a political consciousness rooted in cultural consciousness, and the latter has always been European for us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Romanian artists, literature personalities, curators who, starting autumn last year, present the Romanian culture to the European audience at Europalia. After the Franco-Romanian season in Paris, in which the beautiful liturgical and priestly embroideries of the Byzantine tradition could be admired in the most famous museum of the world, at the Louvre, the Romanian archaeologists, museographers have presented starting last autumn in front of the Europalia audience, an even older, pre-Roman face of our cultural heritage: the prehistoric art. Without being nationalistic or overly proud, we can all be grateful to these culture specialists who have shown to the whole world that some of the oldest and most original Neolithic and metal age cultures made their debut in our space and changed the face of ancient Europe. The beauty of the Romanian historical culture, both original and European, can also be perceived in the harmonies of the music composed by the voivode Dimitrie Cantemir, that could also be heard at the great festival in Belgium and France, an opportunity not only to enjoy the beauty of this music but also to pay tribute to the personality of a refined scholar, an Orientalist scholar who was, above all, a cultural personality and a European scholar, recognized as such by his contemporaries. Romanian culture means not only cultural heritage, the historical-cultural memory, but also the living culture, which emerges under our eyes every day and which, unfortunately, we often do not always appreciate as we should. Naturally, speaking of Romanian culture, we are thinking of its great creators: Nicolae Iorga, Mircea Eliade, Constantin Brancusi, Nicolae Grigorescu, Victor Brauner, Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck, George Enescu, Nichita Stanescu. The national pantheon of letters and arts where they found their place, along with other big names, is not far closed, as long as there are these contemporary Romanian artists and creators that we could admire last year on the occasion of the Romania - France season, and Europalia, and we were proud of them at the important events dedicated to international arts, such as the Venetian Biennale or the Cannes Film Festival. Admired at home or abroad, the identity, art, spirituality of these Romanian artists and creators belong to the contemporary world more than many of the political or material aspects of our society. Looking at this effervescent cultural life, we ​​should acknowledge that our historical and contemporary culture had the avant-garde role of the Romanian consciousness on the European stage. The National Culture Day was symbolically established on January 15, the birth date of Mihai Eminescu. The homage we pay to the great poet, his being turned into a paradigmatic figure of national culture has always been an opportunity to discover new traits, to better understand his vision of the world and the Romanian society which he transformed by his writings more than many others managed to do through their political deeds. Paradoxically, although we admire his definitive role as a national poet, Eminescu earned this place because his genius has been nourished by the genius of European culture. Eminescu was at the end of the 19th century perhaps the most European cultural figure of Romania. He was also a great revolutionary, and his revolution, a revolution of the word, a poetic revolution that reinvented the Romanian language, was as formative for modern Romania as the great reforms of the 19th century. and the beginning of the 20th century. It is no coincidence that today, we are still under the light of his star, and the homage we pay to Eminescu's personality is one of the highest expressions of the self-awareness of our culture. Thank you! 2020-01-15 20:13:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Horațiu Rada, președintele Consiliului Director al Asociației Timișoara 2021 – Capitala Europeană a CulturiiȘtiri din 15.01.2020 15:13:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2020 11:43:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Băncii Europene pentru Reconstrucţie şi Dezvoltare (BERD)Știri din 14.01.2020 11:49:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Radu Ioanid, directorul Diviziei de Programe Arhivistice Internaționale din cadrul Muzeului Memorial al Holocaustului din Statele Unite ale Americii (Washington D.C.)Știri din 14.01.2020 11:23:00ții de presă susținute astăzi de premierul Ludovic OrbanȘtiri din 11.01.2020 15:49:00ții ale premierului Ludovic Orban, după întrevederea cu președintele României, Klaus IohannisȘtiri din 10.01.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: We had a very rich agenda. I informed the President in detail about my official visit to Brussels, my meetings with the EU officials, the meeting I had with the NATO Secretary General, Mr Stoltenberg. Obviously, before the official visit, we coordinated our stances. I made a detailed presentation of the talks we had and the way we promoted Romania's interests in all topics addressed with European officials. The second topic of discussion, I am sure you expect me to mention, is linked to early elections and I am telling it clearly now, President of Romania and I decided that the best for Romania is to organize early elections. Reporter: What step did you take to trigger elections? Ludovic Orban: Romanians clearly showed at the referendum, the elections for European Parliament, presidential elections that they no longer want PSD in office. Currently, Parliament is dominated by PSD and hinders the President and Government's steps to put in practice the people's will, and it is absolutely necessary that power returns to people, and citizens choose their representatives so that Parliament faithfully mirrors the current options of the Romanian citizens, to lead Romania in the good direction, to clearly have a firm Euro-Atlantic stance and to fully capitalize on Romania's EU membership benefits, to allow an economic development based on investment, increase in productivity, boost in the competitiveness of companies, innovation, research and capitalization on all opportunities existing in Romania. Reporter: /.../ are you considering resigning or are you awaiting a motion of censure? Ludovic Orban: You realize that now, I will not reveal the strategy I have been considering. We agreed, the President of Romania and I, that this is the best solution for Romania. Reporter: /.../ the solution of early elections, Mr Prime Minister, would help you more than a resignation? Ludovic Orban: Surely, I found the best solutions to trigger the early election procedure. Reporter: /.../ for early elections to be triggered, the Parliament needs to reject twice the nomination for Prime Minister, therefore, if you resign, there are not automatically early elections, the Parliament needs to reject twice the nomination for Prime Minister. Ludovic Orban: I told you that we will enforce the best solutions in order to attain the objective of seeing the power in people's hand so that they elect a Parliament according to their will. Reporter: Will you call early elections at the same time with local elections? Ludovic Orban: I discussed this, it would be useful to call early elections at the same time with local elections, in case we succeed to unfold the necessary procedure until local elections, at a closer date to local elections if indeed this is not possible at the same with local elections. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, as the procedure requires enough time until early elections, when do you take the first step to trigger this procedure? Ludovic Orban: Be convinced that you will find out. Reporter: Did you have talks with the parties regarding these early elections? Do you already have a team? Ludovic Orban: I designated a working group, a discussion team; we will hold these discussions, we further have to hold them. As far as we are concerned, this is our belief, that Romania needs early elections. Reporter: Will you hold discussions with ALDE and PRO Romania and with PSD, in order to see when they could table a censure motion? Ludovic Orban: What to discuss with PSD when our objective is exactly for the Romanian Parliament to get rid of PSD? Reporter: What about ALDE and PRO Romania? Ludovic Orban: We will surely discuss with all political parties. Reporter: Therefore, do you not negotiate or discuss in any way with PSD about these early elections? Ludovic Orban: We are discussing through you. Reporter: Did you discuss child benefits? President said yesterday... Ludovic Orban: Surely. We discussed. President's position is natural, he said that his intention is to promulgate the law. Of course, we are in a situation in which, even if we had desired it, we could not have increased the child benefits. Most probably, the solution we will adopt is to extend the coming into force of the law until we could ensure financial resources in the state budget, and here, you know very well that this can be done only at budget rectification which can occur only after July 1. Reporter: Deadline extension will be for a couple of months or one year? Ludovic Orban: We will see exactly the law contents, but our discussions with the President converge towards this solution. Reporter: President spoke yesterday about pensions too, the increase in the minimum pension, he said that he wants the minimum pension to grow. Is it likely an increase at this moment? and if you can clarify the issue related to the retirement age as the increase in the retirement age has been increasingly debated in recent days. Ludovic Orban: You know very well that this subject emerged following the Governments decision not to allow the pension to be cumulated with the salary in public institutions any longer and this issue has been intensely discussed. Of course, we have a very clear point of view, that without increasing the retirement age - it is appropriate to give the possibility in certain areas, education, culture, healthcare, where people have the effective capacity to exercise their professions at an age older than the retirement one, to allow people to continue their activity for a period of time: five years, seven years, without it to depend on the decision of a manager of institution or school director or university manager, simply, to be the choice of the respective person. There is a point of view on this subject, of course, we have not yet established when we issue a regulation in this regard. But, again, this is an optional matter, it is not an increase of the retirement age, as, unfortunately, I saw that it was presented by a part of media; it is simply an optional matter, if the respective person wishes to continue his/her professional activity, surely, without cumulating the pension with salary, if the individual wants to continue his/her professional activity for a longer period of time, he ought to be able to do this. Reporter: President Klaus Iohannis spoke last night about the election of mayors in two rounds. He said it was a project he was supporting and he would insist on this. I wanted to ask you ... Ludovic Orban: He does not need to insist. The National Liberal Party is the largest supporter of the election of mayors in two rounds. I presented this topic, I was asked about it, we will see if it is possible to unlock the draft law for the election of mayors in two rounds, which was earmarked irregularly at a commission that was almost near its dissolution, respectively the Election Code Committee so that we bring it to the plenary debate of the Chamber of Deputies because the report submission deadline has been exceeded. This is our objective for the time being. If we see that this cannot be achieved, although according to our calculations and discussions at the level of the Chamber of Deputies, there is a majority backing the passing of this draft law, if this is not achieved, we will make a subsequent decision. Reporter: /.../...assuming responsibility on the two-round election, given that those from PSD announced they could table a motion on this... Ludovic Orban: Let us not hasten to anticipate. Our objective as party is clear, to allow citizens in each local community to elect mayor with 50 percent +1, therefore, in two rounds as it is known, as it seems normal to us that any mayor practically leading the destinies of the community for four years, to benefit from the legitimacy conferred by the vote of half plus one of the citizens... Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, this morning, information spread in several townhalls of Cluj and Ilfov alleging they would not receive money from Government, in the first six months of the year. Do you know anything about this? Is there an addendum specifying - zero lei for these townhalls from Ilfov and some from Cluj? Ludovic Orban: I have not been informed about this. I will get informed and surely, the Finance Ministry, in case it is so, although frankly, it could be a technical error at the most because as regards funds allocations there, I remind that we achieved things in favour of local communities: we increased from 60 to 63 the income tax share that becomes direct revenue to the budgets of localities: we took over half of the social expenditure, 50 percent of social expenditure which had been transferred in 2019 to local budgets, we took over 50 percent to state budget. Therefore, we helped the budgets of local communities through the state budget law. Reporter: Have you discussed with President Klaus Iohannis about convening an extraordinary session? Ludovic Orban: Of course, we discussed this possibility too, we are about to make a decision on this subject. Reporter: On the election of the mayors in two rounds, I want to come back a little, it is not very clear to me at least, if you are not able to unlock the draft law in Parliament, and say that you do not consider at present assuming responsibility, do you consider adopting an ordinance emergency? Because there is very little time left until elections. Ludovic Orban: We will look for the best solution. Reporter: Does President Klaus Iohannis plan to hold talks with parliamentary party leaders for early elections? Ludovic Orban: I think that only President Klaus Iohannis can answer this question. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, taking into account your data, strategy, instruments, can we say one hundred percent sure that we will have early elections this year? Ludovic Orban: No one can guarantee this 100%. As for the will of the president and my will and implicitly the will of the National Liberal Party in this respect, this exists. Reporter: To be precise, would you prefer, because you are the Prime Minister, for these early elections to occur following your resignation or following a motion censure because this is the question ... Ludovic Orban: It is known that there are two ways to trigger the procedure. Depending on developments, we will resort to one or the other of solutions. Reporter: Do you have a preference for one of the two? Ludovic Orban: Well see what happens. Reporter: Given that the president has said that you will be the prime minister-designate, do you think it would be advantageous for you to resign? Ludovic Orban: I would rather not go into tactical discussions now about how the context will evolve. It is certain that we want what I think the vast majority of Romanians want, for Romania to move in the right direction, for Romania to have a Parliament that faithfully expresses the will of the citizens and which is a solid support for all reforms which need to be implemented in Romania, which is not the case now. Obviously, our goal is to remove the PSD, the way it is today, from the Parliament, not to let it have power over the Parliament because, otherwise, it will torpedo all the initiatives beneficial for Romania, that the President and the Government have. Reporter: This PSD that blocks, as you say, Parliament is the same one that can block your early elections; PSD does not want early elections. How will you overcome this ... Ludovic Orban: How to block early elections? What to do, to vote for the PNL government? Dont you realize that the whole country will be laughing at them if they do so? Reporter: What is the deadline for the start of the early election procedure? Ludovic Orban: I discussed about this deadline too, I will not tell it to you yet, because we need to conduct an analysis on the time frame after the dissolution of Parliament, between the moment the Government calls election and the date when elections are effectively taking place, as there are some procedures which need to be observed and we should adjust our steps to this. Reporter: Do you have possible nominations for Prime Minister and Government to be rejected twice in Parliament? I suppose it is not going to be you. Ludovic Orban: I do not suppose anything... Reporter: Do you consider reducing the number of MPs to 300, for instance, as the PMP party requested? Ludovic Orban: That does not depend on us, because the structure of the Parliament is determined by the norm of representation, how many citizens an MP represents - this implies a legislative change and, honestly, I do not think it is possible before elections. What we really want is to increase the representation of diaspora in Parliament. Reporter: Could holiday vouchers be an option whereby, at any given time, even if you issue an ordinance to extend the deadline, to sustain a doubling of benefits? Ludovic Orban: The budget is built, as provided by the State Budget Law. Until the budget rectification, as long as an amount of money is provided as child benefit, we cannot take money from elsewhere for child benefits, much less from the holiday vouchers. And here, regarding the holiday vouchers, although you remember that PSD alleged that if PNL comes to power, it will cut the holiday vouchers, vouchers have been maintained, the citizens can further benefit from holiday vouchers, and nobody has the slightest intention to change this, they are stipulated in the budget law. Reporter: If the special pensions are not cut until the first budget rectification, will the government have money for these increased child benefits? Ludovic Orban: The draft law on eliminating special pensions, draft developed by the National Liberal Party, you know very well that it received a favourable opinion from the Labor Committee, and it must be debated in the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies. As such, we ... the discussion pertained to the extraordinary parliamentary session; the debate we had in the Executive Office regarding the extraordinary parliamentary session was precisely for the adoption of two normative acts: the draft law on cutting special pensions and the draft law on the election of mayors in two rounds and, of course, the law regarding the Ordinance 40 on the election of county council presidents by county councillors. Reporter: People from PSD said yesterday that they would not want to table a motion of censure, in order to allow the PNL government to show what is capable of. How will you somehow persuade them to table a censure motion in order to call these early elections? Possibly after February or starting February. Ludovic Orban: Youll see. Thank you! 2020-01-10 13:39:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul SUA în România, Adrian ZuckermanȘtiri din 10.01.2020 10:03:00 Ludovic Orban a vizitat sediul Delegației Permanente a României la NATO și s-a întâlnit cu membrii DelegațieiȘtiri din 09.01.2020 18:56:00ță de presă comună susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban și secretarul general al NATO, Jens StoltenbergȘtiri din 09.01.2020 [Check against delivery] NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, a warm welcome to NATO Headquarters. It is great to see you here. And congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister. Romania plays a key role in our Alliance. You contribute to NATO operations in Afghanistan and Kosovo. You host our ballistic missile defence site in Deveselu.And your troops deter aggression as part of our multinational battlegroup in Poland. You also make essential contributions to Black Sea security. Leading a multinational battlegroup in Craiova, and participating in joint exercises and maritime patrols. We agree on the strategic importance of the Black Sea region, and And we have strengthened NATO's presence on land, at sea and in the air. To keep our people safe in a more dangerous world, we also need to invest in defence. So I welcome Romania's plans to spend 2 percent on defence this year. And I welcome the fact that you have already reached 2 per cent of GDP to defence, and also your plans to modernise your armed forces over the next decade. I count on Romania, as on all Allies, to keep up the momentum. Prime Minister, we have just discussed the current tensions in the Middle East.The situation in this region remains volatile and fragile. It is in nobody's interest to have a new conflict. Peace and stability in the Middle East is important for NATO Allies. So Allies continue to consult closely. Yesterday, I spoke with President Trump. He asked NATO to become more involved in the Middle East. NATO has the potential to contribute more to regional stability and the fight against international terrorism, and we are looking into what more we can do. This week, I also spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi. I reiterated NATO's strong commitment to the fight against terrorism, and to our training and capacity-building mission to prevent the return of our common enemy, ISIS. We agreed on the need for restraint and de-escalation in the region. Let me thank Romania for its contributions to NATO's mission in Iraq. The safety of our personnel is paramount. For the time being, we have suspended our training. And we are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people.This includes the re-positioning of personnel to different locations both inside and outside Iraq. But NATO maintains a presence in Iraq. And we remain in close contact with the Iraqi authorities. So, Prime Minister, let me once again welcome you to NATO and thank you for Romania's strong commitment to our Alliance. And I look forward to continuing working closely with you. Thank you. Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. It is a pleasure for me to be at NATO headquarters, right at the beginning of the new year. NATO is fundamental for Romania, and our commitment to its success is iron -clad. I am grateful to the Secretary General for a very substantial and fruitful meeting. We had a comprehensive discussion about the security challenges confronting our Alliance, including the security situation in the Black Sea region. We have reviewed the priorities for continuing NATO's adaptation in the light of the significant decisions adopted by the Allied leaders in London one month ago. I have used the opportunity to congratulate the Secretary General for his leadership which is so important for the success of NATO, while assuring him of Romania's full support for achieving the goals of our Alliance as well as of the continuity of our policies and commitments. We will continue to allocate 2 percent of GDP to defence, in accordance with the objectives assumed by the Allies at the Wales Summit in 2014. At the same time, Romania will continue to contribute to NATO's missions and initiatives, to the Allied forward presence on the Eastern flank, and to NATO Readiness Initiative as well as in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq. All these are not only concrete contributions to the Alliance's activity but also ways in which Romania supports the Allied unity and solidarity, as well as a transatlantic link to fair participation to a fair burden-sharing within NATO. We have also discussed the security situation in the Black Sea, which continues to deteriorate, while Russia continues to further strengthen its posture. I have underlined the importance attached by Romania to the consolidation of NATO's role in the Black Sea region, and we have agreed to continue working together for further strengthening of the Allied forward presence in the south of the Eastern Flank in all areas - land, air, and maritime. We have also agreed to continue to support our partners in the region for increasing their resilience against internal and external challenges. Another important topic of discussion was the reflection process on strengthening NATO's political dimension, that Allied leaders have decided to launch. I have underlined that this process needs to contribute further to strengthening NATO's unity, solidarity and ability to adapt, starting from the premise that NATO has to continue the adaptation process and to consolidate its deterrence and defence posture and not from the idea that the Alliance is in a crisis which is incorrect. Romania will give its full support to this process under your able leadership, Mr. Secretary General! Last but not least, I have also expressed Romania's support for the efforts aimed at deepening the EU - NATO cooperation, including in areas such as: military mobility, countering hybrid threats, and ensuring stability in our neighbourhood. Romania will remain a strong supporter of the Strategic Partnership between the two Organisations which have to act in full complementarity and synergy. Overall, a very good and substantial meeting that allowed us to review the priorities ahead regarding the continuation of NATO's adaptation, the consolidation of the security in our region, and Romania's role and contribution to this process. Thank you. Oana Lungescu [NATO Spokesperson]: Okay, we have time for a few questions. Question: Thank you. So as we know, NATO has adapted its posture on the Black Sea, but at the same time we see a challenging situation because Russia is building up its military and so on, ships, missile . . . missiles. In this context, does NATO intend to update its posture on the Black Sea Region? And also, on the Middle East crisis, during the attacks on the Iraqi bases, where were . . . where were hosted Allied forces, does the Aegis Ashore missile defence system, which is hosted by Romania as part of the . . . NATO's defence system, it was . . . it has functioned, let's say, properly? Thank you. Jens Stoltenberg: So, first of all, the Black Sea is of strategic importance for NATO. And NATO has increased its presence in the Black Sea Region on land, at sea and in the air, with enhanced air policing, with more naval presence and also with more presence with land forces, especially with the tailored forward presence and brigade we have in Craiova. We are constantly assessing the need to further strengthen our presence. We have to remember that three of our member states are littoral states to the Black Sea: Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. And then we have two close partners, Ukraine and Georgia, who are also Black Sea countries. So we are also working closely with them, helping them, working with them, exercising with them. I recently visited Ukraine, the whole North Atlantic Council visited Ukraine. And . . . and we saw how we are helping them to, for instance, build naval academies and strengthen their naval capabilities. So on top of that, we have increased the readiness of our forces so we can easily re— . . . quickly reinforce. And we are also conducting more exercises. So the Black Sea Region is of importance, great importance for NATO. And we have to remember that what triggered the adaptation, the strengthening of NATO's collective defence, which we have seen over the last years, was actually the illegal annexation of Crimea in the Black Sea. Then, when it comes to the ballistic missile defence site in Romania, in Deveselu, we are, of course, vigilant. We are following the situation very closely. But there is no reason to change our posture level, because we have no indication of an increased threat of ballistic missiles to NATO territory. But we remain vigilant. We follow the situation closely. And the missile defence site and the radars are, of course, providing us with valuable information. And we continue to follow the situation very closely. Question: Hello. Can you tell . . . please tell us, what do you mean by 'larger involvement in the Middle East'? Can you be more specific? Jens Stoltenberg: NATO is already playing an important role in the fight against terrorism. And NATO is already present in the Middle East in different ways. If you look at the wider Middle East region, we are, of course, present in Afghanistan with our Train, Assist and Advise Mission there. We have a Training Mission in Iraq. And we are also working with partner countries in the region, for instance, Tunisia and Jordan. We help them with intelligence, with special operation forces, because we strongly believe that building local capacity, training local forces, is the best way to fight international terrorism. We . . . just before Christmas, we also visited a new Regional Centre, which NATO has developed and established together with some countries in the Gulf region, a Regional Centre in Kuwait, which is also contributing to our presence and our activities, capacity-building activities, in the wider Middle East region. So NATO already plays an important role in fighting international terrorism and we are present in the region. What we . . . what President Trump called for yesterday was more NATO involvement. And we are looking into what more we can do. I will not speculate about the outcome, but I will say that I think that NATO has a potential to do more. If we look at NATO's history, we have conducted big operations before in different theatres in different ways. So we have the command structure, we have tried and tested structures to do capacity-building, to do training. And we have also the structures to do this in a way where we ensure political transparency and consultation and decision-making, involving all the countries being part of this, which is not always only NATO Allies, but also, very often, partner countries. As, for instance, we have seen both in Afghanistan and Iraq, where NATO Allies work with partners. Then I will highlight the importance of talking with countries in the region. If NATO's going to do more, of course we're going to do that together with countries in the region, as we do in Afghanistan, as we do in Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia and elsewhere. So I spoke with the Iraqi Prime Minister a few days ago. Today I had a meeting with the Iraqi ambassador to NATO. And of course, we will consult, discuss closely with countries in the region, because if we are going to do more, we're going to do that based on agreement with them. Question: Secretary General and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. Secretary General, could you please, without concluding, just give us an insight into what capacities and resources that you could deploy in the Middle East that would satisfy what President Trump is asking for? And Prime Minister Orban, tomorrow there will be a meeting in the European Union among the foreign ministers that have been moved forward. President Trump has asked European countries to pull out of what remains of the Iranian deal. Do you support this position? And again, Secretary General, Europe has been challenged because of the situation between Iran and the US. How will this affect the EU and NATO partnership? Will NATO and the EU collaborate tighter and more closely when it comes to the Middle East? Thank you. Jens Stoltenberg: So we are now looking into what more we can do to help to stabilise the Middle East and to fight international terrorism. We already do a lot, especially when it comes to training, advising and assisting local forces, as we do in Afghanistan with our Training Mission there. And we do with the Training Mission we have in in Iraq. I visited Iraq last fall and I saw how NATO trainers are helping the Iraqi forces to improve their skills, their capabilities to fight ISIS, to fight Daesh, to fight international terrorism. And I strongly believe that the best way we can fight international terrorism is not always by deploying NATO troops in big combat operations. Sometimes we have to do that. But the best way is to enable local forces to fight terrorism themselves. And that's exactly what we do in Afghanistan, what we do in Iraq. And of course, we can look into if we can do more of that kind of activities. We can also do other things. But I will be very careful about speculating too much about that. Because we are now looking into the different options. We need a proper decision-making process in NATO involving, of course, all Allies. And we need to discuss this with the countries in the region. Because what we do in Afghanistan, what we do in Iraq, Jordan, Tunisia and elsewhere is always, of course, dependent on that we work together with the countries in the region. And this is also one of the issues I then discussed with the Iraqi Prime Minister earlier this week: how we can make sure that NATO can continue and help them in fighting terrorism in Iraq. Sorry, the other question was about NATO-EU. Well, for me, it is extremely important to work together, NATO and the European Union, because we face the same security environment, the same challenges. We have different capabilities. And when we fight international terrorism, when we try to stabilise the Middle East, we need many different tools. We need political tools, diplomatic tools, sometimes military tools. We need economic tools. So neither EU nor NATO have all these tools. So we need to work together to make sure that we have all the different capabilities, all the different tools we need in the fight against international terrorism. Ludovic Orban: I think the appeal is not addressed to Romania, because our position was very clear. From our point of view, Iran should respect the provision regarding the non-proliferation of nuclear . . . and for other things, are very clear. I cannot answer in the name of other countries, European countries. Question: Since you've already given lots of answers on this, I've got to try more. When you told President Trump that you believed that NATO could do more, surely you hadn't had time to discuss in that very few moments since he made the . . . made the announcement with . . . with all of the Allies. So did you already have the feeling that all 29 . . . or 28, are going to support, perhaps diverting some resources to this new request of the United States? And to the Romanian Prime Minister, do you believe that, given your concerns are in a different part of the world than the Middle East, as are many of the other Allies, is that something you would like to see: NATO money, NATO resources, NATO planning go to the Middle East, when you feel that there are pressures right on NATO's borders? Thanks. Jens Stoltenberg: I will just say that President Trump has been very consistent in his message about NATO. He has called on European NATO Allies and Canada to invest more. And he has called on NATO to do more in the fight against international terrorism. We are delivering more, when it comes to investing, to spending, burden-sharing. We still have a long way to go. But I think all NATO Allies, including the United States, recognises that we are making progress when it comes to burden-sharing, defence spending. We are also, and we have also, stepped up our efforts in the fight against international terrorism, working with countries in the region, North Africa, the Middle East. We have established a Training Mission in Iraq. NATO has joined the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh. We provide support to the Global Coalition, to the efforts of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh. And all NATO Allies are part of the Global Coalition. So for me, it's no surprise that the United States is calling for NATO to do more, because that has actually been the message from the United States for a long time. We are looking into what more we can do. Of course, we make decisions in NATO by consensus. So we need a process. We need agreement within the Alliance, but also with the countries in the region. And this will take some time. But I welcome the fact that we now are looking into what more we can do, because we need to fight international terrorism. There is no way we can avoid doing that. It's a threat to all of us. And to stabilise, to help to create more predictability, peace, stability, in the wider Middle East region is, of course, important for the people living there. But it's also extremely important for the people living in NATO countries. We are more secure when our neighbours are more stable. And that's exactly why NATO has been addressing these challenges for a long time and why we are looking into what more we can do. Ludovic Orban: We proved from the moment we became a member of NATO that our involvement was very important. And if NATO will consider it necessary to have a stronger presence and stronger involvement in the fight against terrorists in the Middle East or in other parts, we will be part of this action, decision and movement. Oana Lungescu: Thank you very much. This concludes this press point. Thank you. 2020-01-09 17:47:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Jens Stoltenberg, secretarul general al NATOȘtiri din 09.01.2020 15:43:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la sediul Reprezentanței Permanente a României la UEȘtiri din 09.01.2020[Check against delivery] Reporter: Tell us a few words about your meeting with the European Commission President. There were some topics that even Mrs Von Der Leyen mentioned early in the meeting, economic or justice issues and also other bilateral and economic topics about to be discussed. Ludovic Orban: We approached several topics. First of all, the EU budget topic on the multiannual financial exercise 2021-2027, in which I reiterated our views on the budget and namely, maintaining a very serious allocation for the cohesion policy, and very serious funding for the common agricultural policy. Also, some technical viewpoints, boosting funds flexibility from 5 to 15 percent , phasing out projects which are not finished in the multiannual financial exercise, from one exercise to another, especially of large infrastructure projects, an issue relative to the 35 to 25 percent decrease of focus on the priority objective. For us, it is very important that Romania benefits of a budgetary allocation that would obviously take into account the realities existing in Romania. We also approached the issue of the Green Deal, especially from the perspective of the emerging costs for attaining the objectives that are established at the European level. I mentioned the fact that there is a specific situation in each country. Each country has a different capacity to make the necessary investments, and support the necessary programs to attain objectives, and especially to eventually counter the negative effects that might appear following the implementation of the objectives established in the Green Deal. For this reason, we expressed our views regarding the Just Transition Fund, which should be real support for the Member States, to attain the objectives to be established in the Green Deal. The fact that we expressed our viewpoint regarding regulations following the Green Deal is very well known. There are nearly 40 regulations that will enter the debate of European institutions, and on which we have already expressed some viewpoints. For instance, supporting companies that need investment in re-technologization, introducing other regions as well, such as Valea Jiului region, which will be affected by the measures and objectives which need to be attained following the Green Deal. At the same time, we approached the Schengen issue, as I also stated, reiterating the fact that from our viewpoint, Romania meets all criteria for Schengen accession. As regards the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification, I expressed our determination to transpose the recommendations included in the annual report and our strong belief that Romania will observe all the standards and good practices at the European level, in the field of justice. Reporter: Have you also discussed about the Special Section? Ludovic Orban: No, I have not entered into such details. You know the Government' stance. We adopted a memorandum with our stance in favour of disbanding the Special Section. Reporter: What was Ursula von der Leyen's message regarding Romania's accession to Schengen, and also lifting the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification? If we receive the recommendations until the end of the year, is it likely for the next CVM report to be the last and for Romania to end this mechanism? Ludovic Orban: Im telling you from the outset that this is up to us. Obviously, the European Commission has another attitude towards the Bucharest officials and towards our Government and towards the President of Romania. They very clearly understand that a beneficial change took place in Bucharest, but, in the end, the closing of the CVM will depend on what we do in Romania. Reporter: And about Schengen? Ludovic Orban: You certainly know that there is support for Romania, for Romanias accession to the Schengen area at the level of the European Commission, and the European Parliament. We need to take further steps, in the end, to reach consensus at the level of the European Council, there are no overt objections, but still, attitudes of total non-support for this objective, which, I am convinced, will change in favour of Romania, in a reasonable time horizon. Reporter: Do you take into account a program in the next period, so as to persuade other European states, the most reluctant we already know? Ludovic Orban: We will take resolute steps in this respect. Thank you! 2020-01-09 13:50:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Antonio López-Istúriz, Secretarul General al Partidului Popular EuropeanȘtiri din 09.01.2020 12:07:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban cu președintele Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der LeyenȘtiri din 09.01.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had today, in Brussels, a meeting with Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission. The two senior officials approached in a substantial manner both important topics on the European agenda and specific themes, of priority interest for Romania. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban presented the Government's priorities and reiterated the clear message of Romania's commitment towards strengthening the European project, the EU's unity and cohesion. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban voiced hope that the future Programme of the European Commission for 2020 will be a follow - up of the Strategic Agenda of the Union, in the spirit of the Sibiu Declaration, with an emphasis on a consensual approach and that will take into account the characteristics of each Member State. Regarding European topical dossiers, discussions focused on the European Green Deal, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 and the future EU-UK relations. With respect to the European Green Deal, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban presented the main elements of national interest, with focus on the importance that EU support mechanisms, including the financial support, implementation ones be adjusted to national needs and especially mainly direct to less prosperous Member States, in order to achieve a fair transition. In relation to the EU future budget, the Romanian Prime Minister reiterated his support for an ambitious but balanced European budget, that would allow the continuation of the seamless implementation of ongoing projects as well as kicking off new projects with European funding. Prime Minister also emphasized the importance of the two traditional policies, the Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy, highlighting Romania's priority interest that the allocations for these two policies not to be affected in the new multiannual financial exercise. Regarding future EU-UK relations, the Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission had an in-depth exchange of views on the state of preparedness for the post-Brexit negotiations, stressing the importance of maintaining European unity and solidarity in this process, in order that the interests of all Member States and citizens be observed. Specific topics of priority interest for Romania were also addressed, such as accession to the Schengen area - an objective for which Romania has long met the criteria. President Von der Leyen reiterated the full support of the Commission for this objective. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban mentioned the objective of accession to the euro area, and the objective of concluding the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (MCV), based on the compliance with the Commissions recommendations in the MCV reports. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban invited the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to pay a visit to Romania, the invitation being gladly accepted. 2020-01-09 12:05:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Ursula von der Leyen, președintele Comisiei Europene, și declarații comune de presăȘtiri din 09.01.2020[Check against delivery] Ursula von der Leyen: Good morning. It is a huge pleasure and honour to have the Romanian Prime Minister here today. Ludovic Orban, what a pleasure to see you here today, what a pleasure to have you here at the European Commission, I think, the very first time in this official function. So, it is very happy that we are going to have the chance of a bilateral meeting today. A lot of topics are on the agenda. Of course, we are going to discuss your plans for the economy, your plans to reform the justice system which is important, there are a lot of challenges, but of course, you know that you always do have the Commission at your side, and of course, we have started already to talk about the topics that are of common interest, be the European Green Deal or be, as I said, the development of the economy, but also to make Europe fit for the digital age. And in this topic, I count very much on Romania because you have a very excellent reputation in that is concerned. So, I am very much looking forward to our talks, and I am happy that you are here. Very welcome! Ludovic Orban: I am glad of the opportunity to have this first meeting with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, in my new capacity as Prime Minister of Romania. It is an excellent opportunity to present to the European Commission President, the positive developments in Romania, the fact that Romania is a serious partner, a responsible partner, committed to achieving the EU objectives and implementing the regulations adopted by the European institutions. Of course, we will have the opportunity to discuss very important issues regarding the EU's future, issues of concern regarding the new EU budget, in which we very much want the same attention to be further paid to the cohesion policy, and the common agricultural policy. We also wish special attention to be paid to each country within the Green Deal and support to be indeed extended to each country, in order to attain the objectives which are basically set out in this very ambitious Green Deal sought by the European Commission. Certainly, we will further present our objectives related to Romanias accession to Schengen, also our objective to put into practice the recommendations of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, in order that we succeed to conclude this mechanism in the shortest time possible. Things are very clearly known, basically, important events took place in Romania, which changed profoundly and for the better the Romanian realities, it is clearly known that both the President of Romania and the Government of Romania are deeply committed to achieving the aforementioned objectives. Ursula von der Leyen: OK. Thank you so much! 2020-01-09 10:33:00Întrevederile premierului Ludovic Orban cu vicepreședinții executivi ai Comisiei Europene, Margrethe Vestager și Valdis Dombrovskis, precum și cu comisarul european pentru transporturi, Adina Vălean, în a doua zi a vizitei la BruxellesȘtiri din 09.01.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had on January 8, 2020, the second day of his working visit to Brussels, meetings with Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice - President of the European Commission for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, with Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for an economy that works for people, as well as with Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport. In line with previous meetings held in Brussels, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban presented the Romanian Government's priorities and conveyed, in the dialogue with the three representatives of the European Commission, a clear message of Romania's commitment to continuing acting as a loyal partner, deeply attached to the European project. Prime Minister also expressed the special interest of the Romanian Executive to have an open, direct and substantial dialogue with all the European institutions on the topics of interest of the European and national agenda. The meetings offered the opportunity to present Romanias expectations from the new European Commission, with an emphasis on the areas under the direct coordination of the Commission officials, as well as highlighting the objectives envisaged by the Romanian Government for the next period on the areas of interest for the European interlocutors. During the meeting with the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, Margrethe Vestager, issues regarding digitization and measures envisaged by the Romanian Government were addressed in order to accelerate this process at the national level, as well as regarding EU policy in the field of competition and state aid. The Commissioner welcomed the creation of the Authority for Romania's Digitization, under the Prime Minister's direct authority. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reaffirmed Romanias support for strong European competition and state aid policy, while at the same time flexible able to support the development goals of the Member States and the EU as a whole. The discussions with Valdis Dombrovskis, the Executive Vice - President for an economy that works for people, focused on macro-economic developments at national and EU level. At the same time, the issues of interest in the ongoing negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 were addressed. The fiscal-budgetary measures adopted or envisaged by the Romanian Government for the next period were also discussed during the meeting. At the same time, aspects related to the mechanisms to be developed within the European Green Deal were addressed to ensure a fair transition. During Prime Minister's meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, several priority topics of the agenda of the new European Commission were reviewed, the prospects of the European transport policy being discussed, especially in the context of the ambitious program of the European Commission in this area, as well as in related areas, such as the climate change. 2020-01-09 10:31:00Întrevederea prim-ministrului României, Ludovic Orban, cu membrii români în Parlamentul EuropeanȘtiri din 09.01.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting with Romanian MEPs on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in the context of his visit to Brussels. The dialogue with the MEPs focused on developments in relation to the current European agenda, in the context of the beginning of a new institutional cycle and in the perspective of advancing new legislative proposals in the ensuing period. On this occasion, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban sent congratulations to the Romanian MEPs for the offices held in the structures of this institutional forum, as well as for the activity carried out so far in this framework. Prime Minister expressed confidence that Romanian MEPs will be able to contribute substantially and actively to the effective promotion of the interests of Romanian citizens in relation to the European agenda, so that the decisions agreed within the EU reflect, in a balanced way, the characteristics of the Romanian society and its interest for socio-economic development. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban conveyed to the Romanian MEPs the full availability of the Romanian Government for dialogue and open cooperation, on permanent bases, that would contribute to an efficient promotion of the elements of priority interest for Romania in relation to the European active dossiers of the European agenda. Prime Minister punctually referred to a number of dossiers with major implications on a whole range of national and EU policies. Thus, he underlined the importance of the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, highlighting the role of the European Parliament in completing the sectoral proposals related to the new budget, the perspective of the talks on the European Green Deal, in the context in which its impact should be doubled by the appropriate instruments, adjusted to the realities of each Member State. He also mentioned the negotiations regarding the EU - UK future relations, emphasizing the importance of ensuring a comprehensive framework to reflect the priority character of these relations, including the aspects regarding the citizens' rights. Prime Minister also referred to the importance of maintaining a greater focus on the developments regarding the enlargement policy and the Eastern Neighborhood, with an emphasis on the situation in the Republic of Moldova. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the MEPs present at the meeting had a substantial exchange of views on these dossiers and on other issues of interest of the European agenda. Finally, the Head of the Romanian Executive called for close coordination among the Romanian MEPs, regardless of their political colour, for the most effective achievement of Romania's national objectives within the EU. 2020-01-09 10:30:00ții susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după a doua zi a vizitei la BruxellesȘtiri din 08.01.2020 21:38:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu eurodeputații români din Parlamentul EuropeanȘtiri din 08.01.2020 20:39:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu Valdis Dombrovskis, vicepreședinte executiv al Comisiei EuropeneȘtiri din 08.01.2020 19:27:00