RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROParticiparea premierului Florin Cîțu la videoconferința cu prefecții, în sistem onlineȘtiri din 20.06.2021 16:24:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la videoconferința cu prefecții, în sistem online Știri din 19.06.2021 14:44:00[1].jpgParticiparea viceprim-ministrului Dan Barna la reuniunea șefilor de stat sau de guvern la Summit-ul Procesului de Cooperare în Europa de Sud-Est (SEECP)Știri din 17.06.2021 June 17, 2021, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna attended the Meeting of Heads of State or Government at the SEECP Summit in Antalya. The meeting was organized by the Turkish Chairmanship-in-Office of the SEECP. In his speech, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna referred to the anniversary context of this meeting, namely the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of SEECP, and emphasized its political, direct and visible contribution to strengthening regional stability and advancing the participants' closeness to the EU and NATO. The Romanian dignitary also pointed out that the experience caused by the Covid-19 pandemic reconfirmed the viability of the main format of regional cooperation in South-Eastern Europe, which generated solidarity in the efforts to overcome the challenges of the current crisis. In this context, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna encouraged further cooperation between the SEECP participating states, to strengthen regional resilience in all areas of impact for participants. Furthermore, the Romanian official reiterated Romanias support for stimulating inclusive and constructive political dialogue. Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna underlined Romanias firm support for the continuation of the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes in the South-East European region. At the same time, he emphasized that maintaining a credible European perspective for the region, also through the enlargement process is an objective of strategic importance for both the EU and the Member States, as well as for the candidates and potential candidates participating in the Process. Moreover, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna referred to the security challenges in the region as well as the opportunity for strengthening the response capacity to new types of threats, especially hybrid ones. In this regard, Dan Barna announced the operationalization, by our country, of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Center based in Bucharest. Another message conveyed by Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna focused on the importance of cooperation based on solidarity, unity and democratic values for the benefit of citizens. 2021-06-17 22:53:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu la Romos, HunedoaraȘtiri din 17.06.2021 22:50:00 premierului Florin Cîțu în județul AlbaȘtiri din 17.06.2021 Press conference by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at Alba Iulia [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: I am today, here, in Alba, in fact, I am paying visits all over the country and I mainly look at the Romanian investors. I want to see Romanian companies which developed through their own forces, over the last 30 years, you have several examples here, in Alba, even in competition with foreign capital, it is good to see Romanian companies that started from family businesses, as we could see here today, and we reached a turnover of nearly 300 million euros. It is extraordinarily to do so. That shows very clearly that Romanians are very good entrepreneurs, especially when they are not hindered by state institutions. I want more and more examples of this kind over the next period: Romanian companies developing alongside foreign capital, as we can develop only through investment. The county is a very clear example that when you invest, you grow. Romania is the country that invested only in some parts of the country and had we done everywhere the same, Romania would not be the country with the smallest GDP in the EU, but on a more advanced place, something that I want to happen. What we see here, at Alba, clearly illustrates that you only have to invest. Of course, at the same time, I want to see how the vaccination campaign is unfolding, because Alba is on the honourable seventh place, but it can be much better and it is clear that we, as a government, have done almost everything that could be done so far. We have the vaccine doses for those who want to get vaccinated in Romania, at present. Romania was the first country in the EU where you can get vaccinated without any prior appointment. You choose what vaccine you want to get vaccinated with and go and get vaccinated. So, from the governments point of view, we did everything we had to do to have a successful vaccination campaign, because its not about the success of a government vaccination campaign, its about a campaign for life, we are also talking about a campaign to return to normalcy. Only through vaccination can we return to normal. I keep hearing discussions about wave 4 in the public space. We shouldnt have this discussion. In Romania, today, we have the vaccine doses needed to vaccinate everyone. There should be no discussion about wave 4 in Romania. Do we want to get vaccinated? We get vaccinated - its not mandatory - but if we get vaccinated, we wont have wave 4. This wave 4 will only exist if we dont want to get vaccinated. Romanians must know today that they can be vaccinated anywhere, anytime and thats how we avoid this wave 4. Thats why I dont want to go in this direction anymore. I want to focus, to put all our resources into this investment programme in Romania, and in this respect, there are discussions that I have here today. In the coming years, until 2027, over 76 billion euros for investments will come, and from the budget, every year, over 10 billion euros. We still have 14 billion euros to take from the previous year, money that will come in the next period, until 2027-2028. This money will all go into the economy. I want to focus on investment and thats why I want us to leave the pandemic behind. I dont want any more restrictions. It is not even justified when we have a vaccine for all Romanians. These are the things I will do in the next period. I pay visits all over the country and look for Romanian companies that have invested, that have been successful. Entrepreneurs are the heroes of this economy, they must be brought forward. Too many times, we pointed to entrepreneurs and tried to make a negative image of them. It is time to show them as they are, positive; they are positive examples throughout the economy because they are people who create jobs, pay salaries and are the heroes of this economy. We are also talking about private property, which is sacred in a liberal economy. We need to get over this pandemic period with a vaccination campaign. Romanians just need to get vaccinated: we have the necessary vaccine doses. If there are any questions ... (...) 2021-06-17 13:55:00 de-a doua reuniune a Comitetului pentru e-guvernare și reducerea birocrațieiȘtiri din 17.06.2021 second meeting of the Committee for e-government and cutting through red tape, chaired by Mircea Abrudean, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Government, took place at Victoria Palace. Todays meeting of the Committee focused on establishing the way of working regarding the implementation of the projects related to the action plan, part of the public policy, in the field of e-government, for 2021-2030, which the Government adopted early this month. The Secretariat - General of the Government presented the measures put forward through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan for optimizing the process of cutting through red tape, in the central public administration. We want to take concrete steps towards the implementation of projects to simplify the interaction of citizens and companies with institutions. In this regard, we intend to have at least one simplification initiative from the institutions and authorities represented in the Committee at each of the forthcoming meetings of this Committee. We must ensure synchronization of the measures we will take, based on the targets set in this public policy, with the 8 pilot projects included in the PNRR, on the de-bureaucratization component , stated the Deputy Secretary-General of the Government, Mircea Abrudean. The chairman of the Authority for Romanias Digitization (ADR), Octavian Oprea presented the initiative to establish the National Catalogue of Public Services, a measure included in the action plan of the public policy in the field of e-government, which aims to inventory all public services provided by public institutions and authorities, in order to create an instrument for monitoring the progress in the digital transformation of the public administration and for substantiating the strategic decisions of the Romanian Government in this field. Given the complexity of this project, the ADR Chairman reiterated the importance of involving all institutions in this step, both in terms of celerity in entering the information required by the ADR questionnaire and the institutional coordination (including at the level of subordinate/coordinated entities). 2021-06-17 13:22:00 de presă susținut de ministrul Educației, Sorin Cîmpeanu, ministrul Justiției, Stelian Ion, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, Monica Althamer, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 16 iunieȘtiri din 16.06.2021 18:15:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 15.06.2021 14:50:00 premierului Florin Cîțu în sistem online la reuniunea plenară a Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 15.06.2021 11:45:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la împlinirea a 31 de ani de la ”Fenomenul Piața Universității” și Mineriada din 13-15 iunie 1990 Știri din 13.06.2021 has been 31 years since one of the darkest periods of our post-December history when the then corridors of power pitted Romanians against Romanians. The actions of repressing the marathon demonstration in University Square and the Mineriad (miners riot )on June 13-15, 1990 proved how serious the consequences of diversions and manipulations can be: people killed, injured and democracy jeopardized. There are things that remain in the collective memory, wounds still open as long as we do not know the truth and the culprits. Justice still owes Romanians in this respect. We must not be afraid of the truth and have the wisdom to cultivate dialogue and not fall prey to the attempts of some to divide us. We see how the pandemic has put us all on the same side of the barricade and only through our joint efforts can we return to normalcy. Even if we have differing views, we should follow our common path, built on democracy, social cohesion and post-pandemic economic recovery. Florin Cițu, Prime Minister of Romania 2021-06-13 11:05:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la SibiuȘtiri din 12.06.2021 Prime Minister Florin Cițu's visit to Sibiu County Emergency Hospital Statements by Prime Minister Florin Cițu following his visit to Sibiu County Emergency Hospital [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: As you know, we have this plan, in PNRR, to build new hospitals in Romania. No new hospital was built over the last 30 years, and it is good to see the current status of hospitals in Romania, how much it has been done. Although money has been invested in hospitals in recent years, you can hardly notice it. Irrespective of how much you invest in some of them, you cannot see it, and you cannot develop them any further. This is why it is very important to build these hospitals through PNRR. We have a hospital in Sibiu, which is very advanced, it is included in PNRR, and it will have all support to be built. As things look like, it might be the first hospital built through PNRR, we will see if it is like this, it depends on you too and on how the procedures will be carried out, but this hospital is not enough, hospitals are needed throughout Romania. We could see what happened last year, not only in Romania, but worldwide, where, even those countries that had well-established, top-performing hospitals, had a difficult time, and Romania must invest in healthcare, therefore, we will invest in hospitals. We will have newly built hospitals in this term of office, even if nothing has been done over the last 30 years in this regard. Thank you very much. Press conference by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu and Labour Minister Raluca Turcan, at Sibiu [Check against delivery] Raluca Turcan: Good afternoon! For us, the pace of reforms is very important in the next three years and we believe that this period of time, without elections, must be fully capitalized. This is also the reason why Prime Minister Florin Cițu is in Sibiu today. The meetings we had here in Sibiu were related to investments, economic environment, jobs, professional training and also long-term sustainable development for Romania. It is a signal of openness, support, and pointed out the policy that Prime Minister Florin Cițu will support in the next period, because only a sincere partnership between the government, local public authorities, business environment, NGOs, can offer, in fact, solutions to major problems that we need to solve in the next period. I conclude, inviting Mr Florin Cițu to take the floor, that we are obliged to make reforms in the next period and I think we are at a crossroads where we are making reforms and we can have a government of at least eight years for the benefit of Romanians and Romania or there should be the other option, the procrastination of reforms, which could lead, including politically, to negative results. Therefore, I am very confident that the signal that is given today here, in Sibiu, by Prime Minister Florin Cițu, the local authorities - Mrs Chair of the County Council and Mrs Mayor of Sibiu - is one of development for Sibiu, for Romania and a partnership with all the forces that can really support the reforms in the large systems that we are dutybound to make. Please, Prime Minister. Florin Ciţu: Thank you, Madam Minister. Thanks for the invitation. A full day today in Sibiu. I started with two meetings, of at least one hour each, with the businesspeople from Sibiu, two separate groups, with the biggest number of employers. The message is very clear and I want to see these people because 76 billion euros will enter Romania by 2027. We are preparing the ground for this money, but these investments will be implemented with the help of the private sector. It is necessary for every company in Romania to prepare, to know that this money is coming and to work to develop its production capacity. The message was very clear. We maintained what I say from the first moment I took over as Minister of Finance and later as Prime Minister, in December, we do not increase taxes, we do not introduce new taxes. This remains, to be very clear; I care a lot about predictability. At the same time, I reaffirmed how much ... in the next period there are two very clear objectives: investments and reforms or reforms and investments, as you want to take them. We make investments from PNRR, there are 29.2 billion euros in PNRR, European funds - 46 billion and, of course, a minimum investment budget each year from the state budget of at least 60 billion lei, so they are the amounts we are discussing in the next period. I said that we have been preparing for a government of at least eight years and this is the message for Romanian entrepreneurs to know how to prepare; over the next seven years, these are the amounts we will invest in the economy. Without them, without them being prepared, we will not be able to take these sums. We also talked, of course, about some issues that we have to solve in terms of the public administration regarding cutting through the red tape- here I mean the Public Procurement Law and we will simplify things, we also talked a little about the guidelines for European funds and there they need to be changed to make the process easier again, so as to know exactly what we have to do. I think it was seen in the first months of this year that we know what to do. Economic results say it all, I dont have to say that. We are among the few EU countries with economic growth and many of the countries have even returned to recession; an average income that increases in Romania, an average real income that increases by 8.4%. So things are going in the direction we expected because we used the liberal solution: we invest first, we create added value and then we can make the other expenses. Also today, I will have an important meeting, because we have not yet overcome the pandemic. I meet with representatives of the religious denominations here to discuss the vaccination campaign. In this respect, the county ranks third in the national vaccination campaign. Congratulations! Congratulations Madam President, congratulations, Madam Mayor, but we need to do more. Now we have to take the vaccine to the countryside and, for that, I will meet the representatives of the religious denominations and see how we can involve each of us more so that this campaign goes further. We have not yet overcome the pandemic, even if the results are good at the moment. I stop here, if you have questions, please go ahead. (...) 2021-06-12 12:48:00 premierului Florin Cîțu în județul SălajȘtiri din 11.06.2021 conference by Prime Minister Florin Cițu and Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode at Zalău [Check against delivery] Lucian Bode: Good afternoon! I am glad to see you again today, at this press conference, alongside the Prime Minister of Romania, Mr. Florin Ciţu, and with a true friend of Sălaj, of the people of Sălaj, Mr. Mayor Emil Boc. It has been an important day, with an extremely busy schedule. As you well know, after this press conference we will pay a visit to the vaccination marathon in Zalău, and we included in the agenda a visit to the second important economic agent in our municipality to discuss some issues, which they raised to Prime Minister. Mr Prime Minister, I invite you to take the floor. Florin Ciţu: Thank you, Minister. Thanks for the invitation. Im honored to be here today. Its true, we attended several political and administrative events. First of all, I came to see the current status of investments in Romania. These are investments that I look at in the private sector to see if we need to do something more in order to improve things. Before talking about todays visit here, I would like to clarify a few things about the PNRR, because I saw some fake news. I also said this morning that the PNRR was not rejected and it was not referred back, this is fake news. And this is the truth - before the Commission coming with clarifications, which confirmed what I said. Romanians must be very careful and things must be very clear to them, we are not losing this money, 29.2 billion euros, we will take it all, we have projects for this money, important investment projects for Romania that will be completed by 2026 - infrastructure, hospitals, educated Romania, development plan for UATs [territorial administrative units] or development fund for UATs, there are projects there to take this money. We are currently undergoing a customary procedure, one that all the countries of the European Union are undergoing. The European Commission makes observations, we answer them and this is the moment were at. I have a very clear message for all those who work on the PNRR - and here I am referring to public administration officials. You must know that you cannot go on holiday until we have this PNRR approved. All Romanians need this money, and they placed their hopes in it. It is our responsibility and of those who are working on this project to have the best PNRR. You must therefore take all the comments of the European Commission and treat them with great care. If we face problems with PNRR because these remarks were dealt with superficially by an official or anyone, at any level of the public administration, I guarantee you that person or those people will go home. We do not play with this, you must take into account all the observations, we respond quickly, respond immediately and make a good PNRR. So, no one goes home, on vacation, until we have this PNRR. Things must be very clear, it is about 29. 2 billion euros. We have to take this money, it is money we need to develop. As regards the visit here, it has been a very good visit, Mr. President and Mr. Minister. I visited a successful company and saw things and, in fact, I am proud to see that new, innovative technologies are being used for the first time in Romania in this industry. Romania has come to have technologies that are used for the first time in this industry, in our country, which means that we attract and we also have the necessary resources to attain the best results. I also had political discussions, I launched a candidate, I was at the launch of a candidate of the National Liberal Party, a colleague who will surely win at Şimleul Silvaniei and I am glad about this. And, of course, I am here to further support the vaccination campaign. Lets not forget that we are still in a pandemic. At present, you rank 10th, it is an honorable place, but much more needs to be done, and I am looking here at the chairperson of the County Council, we need to do more because the pandemic has not ended. It is true, at this moment, we have very good results, this vaccination campaign continues until we make sure that we will not have any case of infection. At that moment, I think we can say that we have overcome the pandemic. Today I have received a study, in fact, which was conducted yesterday and I would like, I do not know how much was publicized, but which clearly shows that Romania is going in the right direction. Its a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Id like to read you just one thing. It is public, an interview of this company with directors, managers of companies in Romania and at present, the trust of these managers in Romania's growth prospects attained a record level in the last decade, ever since this report has been drawn. Therefore, the number of optimists is third times bigger compared to the 2020 edition. We have just exited the pandemic, and the optimism of these managers has attained a record level, the biggest in the last ten years, which means that the solutions we put forward last year, and the fact that we said we transfer resources to investment, to produce more, so that everyone enjoys the results of investment later on, boosted the confidence of these managers. The fact that we paid the bills on time, the fact that we were transparent, that we came up with measures such as VAT refund with subsequent control and many other measures which we took during this period, increased the managers' trust in Romania. Why is this important? Because when companies have trust, it means that they are investing, they will hire more people, and here again we have a very good result, 30% of those interviewed say that the number of employees in their organizations has increased in the last 12 months. Therefore, 30% of these managers say that they have hired more people in recent 12 months. Globally, it is about 24% who say they did this. 20% of CEOs say they have managed to keep the number of employees relatively constant. Therefore, about 50% of managers say they enjoyed good conditions in Romania last year, and that guarantees that they will invest in the next period as well. These are the things I wanted to tell you. I return to PNRR, because I have seen debates in the public space. It was not rejected, it was not referred back, we will take the money - 29.2 million euros - and it is the responsibility of each employee, civil servant to make sure we have a good PNRR. I stop here, Mr. President, and thank you! (...) 2021-06-11 13:49:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința extraordinară a Consiliului pentru Dezvoltare Regională VestȘtiri din 10.06.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: I would like to thank you for the invitation! I am glad that you started with the European funds, and after we discussed PNRR, we return to PNRR, to absorption on the 2021- 2027 exercise, as I am looking at all funding sources for investments. Romania needs investment, and nobody can deny this fact. We have projects at different stages of preparation and we have three sources of funding: the national budget, which we all know; there are European funds - and here I agree that things went weak, to say the least, but also because of legislation in force, the way work used to be done, and red tape, which we all complain about, but nothing has been done in these years, and, and we are dutybound to change things in the next years, within a tight deadline - and of course, PNRR. We all look at this amount, which was in fact negotiated by President Klaus Iohannis. The 76 million euros are allocated to Romania after the negotiations carried out by President Klaus Iohannis. The PNRR implementation started last year. I started the project last year, at the Ministry of Finance, under the patronage of President Klaus Iohannis. Ever since I discussed projects and the prioritization of these projects. The PNRR that we have already submitted, has two components. Why is it a special program and why I like very much this PNRR? First of all, it has a reform component and an investment component. At the same time, it has a clear deadline: 2026. Therefore, we discuss 2026, and the 29.2 billion euros which should be invested. We do not refer to consumption, only to investments. Furthermore, in addition to European funds, we have some intermediate milestones, which makes things very simple for us when we assess a project. We have a project that is part of PNRR, ongoing, for instance, building a hospital. I said very clearly that my priority is to build some hospitals in this period. No hospital has been built in 30 years. If a project has been long postponed, it can be replaced by another. We should attain those milestones on investment and reforms, if not, we do not get the money. It seems very transparent, very clear, very effective; you know from the beginning what youre getting into. Therefore, in PNRR, an important condition was for projects to be mature so that they can be carried through by 2026. And here not ... I know that people have been discussing - why project X or project Y is not included. You cannot go to the European Commission with projects that are historically completed in six, seven, eight years and say that you do them in three years after you have never done such a project in Romania, so you have no background that you can do such a project. That is why I was very transparent and very honest when I negotiated with the European Commission, and I wanted to be very clear: we include in the PNRR what is achievable because our goal is to obtain 29.2 billion euros. Clearly there, and there has been a lot of discussions - and I only give you three elements. First, the infrastructure. There was a discussion about infrastructure, whether or not it is green - because another condition of PNRR is that each project has an important green component, so as to avoid pollution, and the other condition- digitalization. In the discussions we had there, I said very clearly that Romania needs investments in infrastructure and that we will make them anyway - either through PNRR, or through the budget, but we will make the investment. And considering the fact that we have a fiscal-budgetary strategy to reduce the budget deficit, it is better to carry them out through PNRR, because they are cheaper. That was one of the arguments. And there are significant sums allocated. A second thing I care about a lot in PNRR, and again it was discussed, is the construction of new hospitals. Because this programme emerged after a health crisis that hit the whole of Europe, and I noticed that no matter how much money was invested in health systems across Europe, they all had problems and they were all close to collapse. That is why this construction of new hospitals is an important component; for Romania, it is a vital one. In 30 years, no hospital has been built with public money. We managed to get through the pandemic better than other countries because we took other measures, but at one point, there was pressure on our health system. Remember very well, in the third wave, when we had to increase the number of beds at ATI by 200 beds, and this could not be done; it was very complicated to do things overnight. Therefore, the part of resilience here stems from the programme, you build a flexible, strong health system that can withstand shocks and the ability to have hospitals is one of the components. The third element had to be negotiated and, again, I explained that Romania needs this Development Fund for administrative-territorial units. A development fund worth two billion euros there, money that will go to the administrative-territorial units, especially those that have not had access to funding so far. It was a negotiation, a discussion and I said very clearly that Romania needs this fund. Romania needs to develop and needs this fund, and we will do it and it is in PNRR. Of course, I have included there, Mr President, the county councils, which will be able to access the funds; it is an element of novelty. That has been part of the PNRR so far. The implementation of the PNRR follows; that it is not easy. I know we are looking at this money and we say 76 billion euros for Romania. It needs five years to attract this amount, Romanias GDP is 200 billion euros at present. Therefore, we are talking about a very large amount, which means that the administration has to work very efficiently. The bureaucracy we are talking about has a component in the central administration that I will deal with, but it also has a component, which you have to deal with. We must all cut through the red tape so that we can attract this money so that we can benefit from this money. 76 billion euros, 29.2 billion from PNRR. It is a challenge for all of us this amount, you know it, as well as to be able to maintain the macro balance and so on, but I am sure we can do this because we are all aware that we will not encounter again this chance we have now; this Marshall Plan in addition to European funds, and budget resources. We have a growing economy, we have resources and we can make other investments, those that are not included in the PNRR and i European funds. That is why we have a unique chance at this moment, and the fact that we are talking about 2027 makes very clear to me the mission and the objective of maintaining this government for at least eight years. Because I want to make sure that we invest this money: we make new reforms, and we implement these programs at the same time. The three important elements are in fact several in PNRR, we are negotiating but in my opinion, the following are vital: road and rail infrastructure that Romania needs, hospitals and this fund for administrative-territorial units, in which the county councils have been included. Last but not least: the implementation ordinance we will approve will include also the ADRs at implementing units. Therefore, ADRs will be part of this ordinance, in charge of implementing the investment projects, alongside the Ministries. It is an amendment we are going to make over the next period. Thank you. 2021-06-10 20:52:00 premierului Florin Cîțu în județul TimișȘtiri din 10.06.2021 16:57:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul „Zilei Eroilor”Știri din 10.06.2021 09:31:00 se alătură și în acest an campaniei de conștientizare a Bolii BattenȘtiri din 09.06.2021 18:53:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul Muncii, Raluca Turcan, ministrul Economiei, Claudiu Năsui, și secretarul de stat în MAI, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 9 iunieȘtiri din 09.06.2021 Cițu: Good afternoon! In todays Cabinet meeting, we approved the draft law on some measures for the continuation of activity for persons who meet the retirement conditions. It is a draft law that is submitted to Parliament in the emergency procedure and eliminates the cumulation of pensions with the state salary and, at the same time, provides for the optional increase of the retirement age to 70 years. The details will be presented by the Minister of Labor, after my short presentation. Another important draft law on todays agenda, which was approved, a draft Emergency Ordinance to supplement Law no. 49/1991 on the granting of allowances and bonuses to invalids, veterans and war widows. It addresses 2,521 people, 2,374 of which are over 95 years old. One month ago, unfortunately, we had 2,600 veterans. These people need assistance, and the benefits will only go to veterans, not to their descendants. And, thirdly, again, a document that is highly anticipated, especially by the business environment, a draft Emergency Ordinance amending GEO 130/2020 on some measures for providing financial aid from non-reimbursable external funds related to the Program Operational Competitiveness 2014-2020, in the context of the crisis caused by COVID-19, as well as other measures in the field of European funds. What is this about? It is about the transfer of the amounts that were allocated to Measure 3,. to Measure 2 in order to continue with the payment to Measure 2 until the problems we had at Measure 3 are clarified. And, last but not least, Minister Năsui who is here, will go into details and answer your questions after I finish my presentation. And, last but not least, the draft decision on extending the state of alert by another 30 days in Romania, starting with June 12, 2021, as well as establishing the measures to be applied during it, to prevent and combat the effects of the pandemic COVID-19. Mr Raed Arafat is here for details. I will give you some important elements: first of all, the border crossing point with the Republic of Moldova at Rădăuți-Prut, Botoșani County has been reopened; it is allowed on June 28, 2021 to participate in the sporting event organized on the Romanian territory within the eighth-finals of the UEFA 2020 European Football Championship, with up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the stands. The third important thing: allowing the organization and conduct of outdoor events, election campaign rallies the related to the local by-elections of June 27, 2021, with the participation of up to 1,000 people. The conditions will be explained by Mr Raed Arafat. Number four: larger number of people allowed for private events, weddings, baptisms, to a maximum of 200 people indoors and ensuring an area of two square meters for each person. Other novelties are not brought to this draft legislative document, but the details will be presented by the Secretary of State Raed Arafat. These were the important acts adopted today in the Cabinet meeting. I am at your disposal for a few questions. There are also colleagues here who will present details. Reporter: The Legislative Council stated that this draft law restricts the right to a pension, and it also affects several principles of the Constitution. Florin Cițu: The opinion of the Legislative Council is an optional one. I took it into account. We will go to the Romanian Parliament, which is the legislative forum in Romania, and there I am sure that the draft law can be improved, although I believe that this form is the right one for Romania at this moment. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I would like to ask you about child benefits. There is a whole debate in the public space about it. You stated on December 30, 2020, that you will include in the state budget the increase of the child benefits from July 1, if the draft law adopted by the Senate will be passed by the Chamber of Deputies. The draft law is still under parliamentary debate. Is the money for child benefits provided in the state budget regarding the increase from July 1, 2021? Florin Ciţu: So, at that time, the budget was built on the legislation in force, but at the same time I told you, I also approved a fiscal-budgetary strategy that shows very clearly our objective to reduce the budget deficit in the next period, by 2024, below 3% of GDP. At the same time, in the Senate, the amendments that show a new timetable for increasing the child benefits, the next deadline being January 1, 2022, was voted by all members of the Coalition. In the Chamber of Deputies, I do not know why this was delayed, although we all have the same goal of predictability, transparency and reduction of the budget deficit in the next period. I see there is public information that the draft law, although approved in this form, you could see on Monday evening, that the Coalition decided to accept the variant at the Senate, we have received signals from the Opposition that this draft law will be challenged at the Constitutional Court. In these conditions, I see myself compelled to approve an emergency ordinance in the Cabinet meeting to make sure that we maintain Romania's financial stability in the next period. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, what will happen with the fourth and fifth increment, as the bill passed by the Senate clearly provides that starting January 2022, the amount of child benefit is yearly indexed with the average annual rate of inflation. There is no mention of the fourth and fifth increment of benefits. Florin Ciţu: There is no fourth, fifth increment, therefore... Reporter: The child benefits assumed by Orban Cabinet will eventually be doubled. Florin Ciţu: Here, it is not about doubling, it is about increasing in a predictable way the child benefits every year, not just until this moment. We will create a transparent formula to raise child benefits every year, the way we will do with pensions, and we will have a transparent formula for the minimum salary, and that means that we will use this formula in the future. It does not mean that we will stop when it doubles or triples, etc, therefore, things will go ahead. Thank you. Reporter: A clarification, please, to the questions that my colleague asked earlier if the promises made by the Liberal government are still being taken into account at the moment. You said that it is not about a doubling, nevertheless, both Ludovic Orban and the members of the Coalition said that benefits will not reach 300 lei until the end of the timetable, 2022, is this still possible? Florin Ciţu: Maybe there will be even more, lets see the formula we will have for adoption in the next period and why stop at 300 lei? We tell you that the benefits will increase every year in the next period and will go up, so why stop only at doubling the benefits, when they can be tripled and so on? If we have a clear, transparent, predictable plan, we can increase the benefits every year. If not, and we increase them ad-hoc, as they were in the past, which we do not want to do, then we face problems of fiscal sustainability and they cannot be prevented in the future. Reporter: Also, an important topic discussed yesterday in the public space is the CVM Report. Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: Although you said in a post that it is a report that shows positivity, a good growth, this report still remains and the Special Section mostly criticized in the CVM Report lately is still blocked in Parliament, there is no consensus in the Coalition you belong to. Florin Ciţu: We cannot deny what the report says. This government has made significant progress in removing everything that has been destroyed or misplaced in the legal system in recent years, so we are making progress - no one can deny that. At the same time, again no one can deny what I said from the beginning, that the European Commission supports the elimination of MCV as soon as possible for Romania. As for the Government, we have made a very quick decision to approve a draft law that disbands the Special Section. It was sent to Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies passed it. I have always said that the variant we approved in the government is the one I support, and I think it is optimal. There are of course, debates in the Coalition, and I have seen that things have been delayed regarding child benefits too. I will explain again in the Coalition why this report is important, and the fact that we approved in the government, is what we endorse. I will further try to persuade the coalition leaders, the party chairmen, that this is the variant we follow. But I repeat that we have several commitments, one of them is to approve the laws of justice and we will submit all the laws of justice to Parliament for approval. I will get directly involved there. Reporter: Will the Special Section be disbanded by the end of the year? Florin Ciţu: It should be. (...) 2021-06-09 15:55:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la deschiderea Forumului de Afaceri România – Israel, prilejuit de vizita oficială în România a președintelui Statului Israel, Reuven RivlinȘtiri din 09.06.2021 Minister Florin Cițu's opening remarks at Romania - Israel Business Forum Dear Mr President, Dear colleague, Minister of Economy, Claudiu Năsui Distinguished guests, I think it is no better representation of how strong is our relationship than what we see here today. Economic ties are strong between Romania and Israel and I thank you all for this. I am glad to be here, to have the chance to talk about business and economy, it is a favourite topic of mine as an old economist. This is a very special occasion - we are launching today the first in-person Business Forum organized in Romania during the pandemic. We are still during the pandemic but the conditions which you have seen so far, have allowed us to have this debate today. It would not have been possible without all our combined efforts and sustained vaccination campaigns in both countries. It is a sign that we are beginning our return to normalcy. It has been a challenging time for all of us, but I am pleased to see this significant and extended business representation. Thanks to a widespread and more effective vaccination rollout, a complete resumption of normal life, as well as global economic recovery are in sight. We can look at the vaccine as a RESTART button that our economies need, after last year's negative shocks from the pandemic. Acceleration of vaccine deployment, a gradual easing of restrictions and fiscal stimulus proved to be the best economic policy available today to get economies and employment growing again. Romania and Israel share a special relation built over time - be it at the Government level, people-to-people contacts or business communities. Israel is Romania's closest ally and strategic partner in the wider Middle East and a globally trusted partner. In 2021, Romania and Israel are celebrating 73 years of uninterrupted diplomatic relations. During these years, both our countries worked together to forge ever-stronger ties - political, cultural, social and economic. This Business forum provides us with the opportunity to expand our excellent bilateral relation with new ideas, new projects and new opportunities. You have mentioned already 137 projects. I hope that the spirit of entrepreneurship will double that of friendship that characterizes our bilateral relations, to make it more meaningful and more successful. At the same time, this Business Forum is an important element in the preparation of our next Government-to-Government meeting that we look forward to organizing in Bucharest at the nearest mutually convenient date. It is a key objective on our side and we are ready to host it as soon as possible. Our bilateral economic cooperation is flourishing and we would like to see this trend consolidate in the future, in a balanced manner for both sides. Today, I am glad to share with you that during the past years we witnessed an upward trend in our bilateral trade. I should mention that in 2019 we recorded a peak of 657.7 million USD. Nevertheless, we believe the current setback is not going to influence the short-term prospects, the overall 2020 numbers being higher than those registered in 2018. This means that we are firmly continuing the positive trend. During the first three months of this year, our bilateral trade amounted to almost 180 million USD. I wish to emphasize that this coincides with our positive economic recovery after a challenging year due to the pandemic. All economic forecasts point to a strong recovery for Romania. In 2021, if we look at the European Commission's estimate, it is a 5.1 economic growth, but if we look at the World Bank, it is 6 percent, and if we look at the IMF's estimate, that is now the most optimist of all, it is a 7 percent economic growth for Romania, in 2021. These are not just numbers, these are more jobs, more money for Romanian people, better investment opportunities for everyone, a better life. After a sharp contraction in 2020, exports are expected to rebound in 2021, we have seen the numbers yesterday that exports are growing for the first time in a long time, faster than imports, supported by the gradual recovery of global trade. Even before the start of the pandemic, the World Bank classified Romania as a high-income country for the first time, an important development for investment decisions and for accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This is a trend that we are striving to maintain in the post-pandemic world. Romania is ready, has been ready to join OECD, and we have always appreciated the vocal support of our business partners for Romania to be part of the OECD. Distinguished guests, I am pleased that top Israeli companies in the field of aeronautics, energy, infrastructure and constructions, to name only a few, chose to invest in Romania. Hope they will expand their investment and other top companies will follow. This is the Government that will reform Romania, and this is the Government that welcomes investment to Romania, I know that in the past, this was not the case. Romania is favourably positioned in Europe and plays the role of a regional hub within the European Union and in relation to its diverse neighbourhood. We are here today talking about investment and especially about future economic partnerships because we have not ignored lessons from previous economic crises. First of all, our approach to the economic crisis was right. We kept the capacity production intact in the economy, we paid government bills on time, things were not the same in the past. As much as possible, we postponed the taxes due to be paid to the Government by companies, this year or the next year. Most importantly, we invested, this was the priority, we welcomed investment and we invested. Every month since we took over in 2019, meant a record investment month and this is the key to our recovery. And Romania is on the path of one of the fastest economic growth in the EU, this year. The other important lesson, especially in times of great uncertainty, was the predictability of government actions. Again, I know that in the past, that was not the case for the Romanian Government. Knowing in advance what to expect is a crucial strategy for a resilient business environment. For my Government, improving and ensuring predictability is well-established as one of the pillars of effective government. It is simple, we do not raise taxes, we do not change the rules in the middle of the game, and very important, this Government is going to stay here until at least 2024, but plan to govern beyond that. I encourage the Romanian and Israeli business communities, in cooperation with their respective governments, to identify a common flagship project which will harness the rich experience the two countries have in research, education and business. This is a relevant theme for the Joint Economic Commission and the newly established Romania-Israel Economic Working Group, under the coordination of our Ministries of Foreign Affairs. The Economic Working Group is focusing its activity on three main pillars: agriculture and water management, health and cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence. The Ministries and Agencies involved in this Group are channelling their efforts to introduce and update policies that promote better bilateral economic cooperation. Israel's constant investment in technology, with a surge in successful start-ups, has been proven as a recipe for economic resilience and success in the SME sector. I avail myself of this great opportunity, Mr President and distinguished members of the business delegation, to launch an open invitation to the Israeli business community and trade promotion entities to initiate closer cooperation with their Romanian counterparts to look for synergies with Romania's innovation know-how of start-ups, business hubs and accelerators. I wish to thank the organizers, the Embassy of Israel and the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for having spared no effort to ensure the success of this Business Forum. I wish you fruitful discussions and debates within the framework of this established dialogue between the companies from Romania and Israel! I assure you of my support in pursuing good business ideas emerging from this Business Forum! Finally, I usually like these debates, and I want to be here for the entire debate, but I am sure that you'll have a great debate later on today. Thank you 2021-06-09 14:22:00 celei de-a treia ședințe comune de guvern, între temele discutate la întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu președintele Statului Israel, Reuven RivlinȘtiri din 08.06.2021 Minister Florin Cițu had today a meeting with the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin who is paying a state visit to Romania during June 8-10, 2021, at the invitation of his Romanian counterpart Klaus Iohannis. During the discussions, Prime Minister Florin Cițu emphasized the special nature of the Romanian - Israeli bilateral relationship as well as the very good level of cooperation in sectoral areas of shared interest, such as defence, economy and tourism. The Head of the Executive also pointed out that the Government he is leading, focuses on reforms, and the Romania - Israel Business Forum, to be held on June 9, will represent a good opportunity for new investments. The President of the State of Israel voiced appreciation for Romania's role in the fight against anti-Semitism, conveying thanks for all the efforts the Romanian authorities have made in this respect. Moreover, the President of the State of Israel welcomed the decisive role of the contacts between the Romanian people and the Israeli people, and of the community of Israeli citizens originating from Romania, in the development of the close partnership between Romania and Israel. During the discussions, Prime Minister Florin Cițu agreed, together with the President of Israel, that a joint Romanian-Israeli government meeting needs to take place by the end of the pandemic, for even closer cooperation between the two states. 2021-06-08 21:55:00ție de presă susținută de ministrul Justiției, Stelian IonȘtiri din 08.06.2021 20:39:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 08.06.2021 15:49:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la prezentarea planului de investiții și a proiectelor pentru județul MaramureșȘtiri din 04.06.2021 Press conference by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the Maramures County Council, Baia Mare [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Thank you for your invitation. First of all, I have come here to see this ambitious plan of investment. You know very well that I submitted the National Recovery and Resilience Plan in Brussels, a few days ago. All Maramures inhabitants should know that you have projects in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. I have said at the beginning that this plan has resources and we will have investments in all corners in Romania. A part of investments will be oriented to healthcare, and they are even administered by the County Council and a part is allocated to infrastructure. I looked at this plan, ambitious investment plan, which shows that nothing has been done in the past here, and you have lots of work to do, Mr. Chairman, you may count on resources from us too, we will support you. This express road Baia Mare - Satu Mare is the first priority, I would say looking at this project. It is also included in PNRR, but we will surely have funding sources to finish this express road. It is important for you, I have seen how the area has developed, I have seen the problems of private companies, and all with whom I have discussed, have told me very clearly that the road infrastructure especially is what needs to be developed here, and I wanted to make sure that our discussions aimed at the prioritization of these projects. It is an ambitious investment plan, but you have support. We have support from PNRR. You very well know that over 7 billion euros are allocated through PNRR for the development of rail and road infrastructure. Healthcare - money that reaches here, but we also have European funds, that was another discussion. I finished discussions on PNRR, the projects we can carry out until 2026, are included in PNRR, that was an important criterion. Those that had important digitalization components, but also green energy are included in the PNRR. Now we take the other projects, the ones for which we didnt have SF, for example, but which have to be done, and here you still have an express road and some other important things and we look to finance them from European funds, it is the second source of financing. The third financing resource follows, from the budget, projects that are not funded by PNRR, nor the European funds, or the budget. That is, in fact, what I will do next. I want to assure the Romanians that we will have sources of funding and what we promised to do by 2024, and I told you that we are preparing for a government of at least eight years, so until 2028, we will cross the Carpathians with a highway, Sibiu-Pitești will be built. We will build hospitals through PNRR, but there are other hospitals, until 2024 we will have those hospitals. I hope that this project from you, the Dr. Constantin Opriș County Emergency Hospital in Baia Mare, will be completed. I think you have rehabilitation, systematization of the premises - so it will certainly be completed and so on. Another important thing today: I really wanted to see a private investment with 100% Romanian capital. It is in Maramureș, it is the largest exporter, it is the number 1 exporter in Romania, it is the largest exporter with Romanian private capital, to be very clear. But it is important, it is a company that has been producing for years for another very large company, which we all use, but I also wanted to see these successful examples that should be encouraged. There are people who have not used state resources, there are people who have invested their money and succeeded. There are examples that must be followed and we need to bring this type of entrepreneur into the public space. I have always said, in this government, the entrepreneur is a hero and we must present these heroes to the public because these are the examples to follow. We have too many negative examples and we discourage people. No, this is a positive example. And of course, they had only one wish: to invest more in infrastructure. Not for them, I dont want for them, I want for the people here, to be easier for everyone, to get to work easier, to leave, then to get home faster, not to waste time in traffic. I repeat, a very important investment and an example for other companies in Romania. And last but not least, we visited a vaccination centre, because we are still in a pandemic. Even if the data for Romania looks very, very good, we are the first country to start vaccination for young people over 12, but we must keep pace. We allocated resources to get vaccinated and we had a successful vaccination campaign in urban areas. So far, if we take into account the people who went through the disease and the vaccination rate, there are both Cluj and Bucharest, and I think Constanța, Timișoara, which have a rate higher than 50%, regarding the populations immunity. But it is not enough, we need to bring the vaccine closer to the citizens, and now follows the second stage of the campaign, this campaign to take the vaccine to rural areas. And here we need mayors, local opinion leaders, teachers, doctors, a priest, we need the president of the County Council. They are good examples, we have already seen good examples in the country that can be followed, but we must go in this direction. The pandemic has not passed, we are in a very good time for the pandemic, for this situation, not for the pandemic, but it has not passed. We must continue our efforts. And the vaccination campaign will continue until we overcome the pandemic. It is the only solution to overcome this pandemic. Thank you, Chairman, of the County Council, I will stop here and I am sure there will be more questions for clarification anyway. (...) 2021-06-04 16:53:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la Centrul de vaccinare drive-thru amenajat în Piața LibertățiiȘtiri din 04.06.2021 14:30:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 3 iunieȘtiri din 03.06.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! In todays Cabinet meeting, we adopted the amendment to the Government decision on the extension of the state of alert with a very good thing, very good news regarding weddings and baptisms, they can take place until 2:00 at night. Therefore, we extended this period for weddings and baptisms until 2:00 at night. And another good thing, today, an emergency ordinance at the Ministry of Labor, by which we extend the granting of compensation to professionals from 41.5% of the average gross salary to other persons, respectively to those who earned income before the establishment of the state of emergency, based on copyright and related rights contracts. The indemnity will be granted only to those persons who benefited during the state of emergency and/or alert from the indemnity for the interruption of the activity, provided by article 15, paragraph 4 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 30/2020. As in the case of professionals defined by the Civil Code, the allowance for artists will be granted only in case of reduction of working time and/or income according to the procedure approved by Government Decision number 719/2020. It is a requirement, especially in the cultural field, to extend this payment of this allowance, and today we have done so. These were the two important normative acts that we approved today, in the Cabinet meeting. If there are questions on other topics. Reporter: Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister. In connection with this allowance granted to artists, it is a question of beneficiaries, therefore, who have resumed their activity but are still affected by the restrictions imposed during the pandemic. Florin Ciţu: This extends until the end of the state of alert, three months afterwards. Reporter: It is granted only to those to are working on copyrights as those in the artistic industry had.. Florin Ciţu: And related rights. These are the artists. Related rights. Therefore, copyrights and related rights. Reporter: I would like to ask you what will receive as net amount a beneficiary of this indemnity in the end? Florin Ciţu: That depends on us all. I do not have the data at this moment. Reporter: We calculated 1300 lei net. Florin Ciţu: Maybe its a very good calculation. I dont have these calculations with me at the moment for each one. Reporter: And in terms of the number of beneficiaries, those in the art industry said that there would be 30,000 potential beneficiaries, not just 5,500, as they appear in the substantiation note of this act. Florin Ciţu: All those who are subject to the normative act will be beneficiaries. For all persons benefiting from this right is regulated the updating of the level of salary, of the average gross salary, to the value provided by Law 16/2021 of the social insurance budget for 2021, so the average gross salary is updated too. All the people who meet the criteria will qualify. Reporter: Good afternoon! I would like to ask you about the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, about those reforms that Romania has undertaken before the European Commission. There is still no clear timetable when each measure will be implemented. We do not have, for example - because we know, the European Commission will check the implementation of projects and reforms every six months - I wanted to ask you what will happen if one of the reforms was not implemented in time? Will we lose all the money or only on a certain pillar? Florin Ciţu: Reforms are part of the programme and each has a deadline. For example, as far as the state pension law goes - because it has been addressed - it has to come into force in the first quarter of 2023. So that is clear. And the same is true with all reforms - in finance, in the minimum wage, etc. They are each with its own milestone, each and every reform. The reforms under PNRR are not required by the European Commission. They are reforms that this governing coalition has undertaken in the governing agenda, we presented these reforms in the electoral campaign, won the vote of Romanians and formed this ruling coalition. They are included in the programme for government, the fiscal - budgetary strategy, the convergence programme, and now in this PNRR. They are not new reforms, there are reforms we spoke about, each time, and all have these milestones. If a certain milestone is not reached, and a certain reform is linked to PNRR amounts, of course, those amounts cannot be allocated, this is why it is very important. Reforms are linked to special projects. There are other projects that have their reforms. Therefore, they are all linked. It is a system that has investment-related reforms. Reporter: Therefore, we will not receive money only for that area where the reform is linked to the respective funding. Florin Ciţu: That's correct. Reporter: Other question: the vaccination of children aged 12 and 15 started. I wanted to ask you as we see there are a lot of relaxation measures for the adults who got vaccinated, will you consider relaxation measures for the vaccinated children as well? Florin Ciţu: We do not discriminate when it is about vaccinated persons, we do not say if they are adults or children. You saw that at playgrounds, the role of these relaxation measures or conditions is to further encourage vaccination. What should be said is that Romania is the first country in the European Union that starts vaccination for children between 12 and 15 years, which shows very great accountability on our part. Reporter: Nevertheless, only vaccinated adults can enter clubs at present, this is why I ask you if there are.. Florin Ciţu: Clubs? What do you refer to? Reporter: Relaxation for club parties? Florin Ciţu: 12-15 years? Reporter: This is why I am asking you, will you introduce these incentives for vaccinated children as well? Florin Ciţu: If it is about spaces especially arranged for children, yes, we will look into it. Reporter: Regarding PNRR and pensions. It is stipulated that that expenditure with pensions will maintain their share in GDP over the next years and the small pensions will especially grow. That means that average and big pensions will be frozen or will they decrease? Florin Ciţu: No. There are some principles there and I think the right formulation is that expenditure will remain at a similar level to last year, they will not be frozen. The word is similar. At the same time, we say it is a priority to increase small pensions, we did not say that the other pensions will not increase. I can guarantee you that there will not be ad hoc increases in pensions. Therefore, we will not allow somebody to come and say: we will increase pensions this year by 70 percent because I want so, in the absence of any analysis, feasibility study, and so on. There are some underlying principles. Let me give you the timetable: the approval in the Government of the draft law on the public pension system - in the second quarter of 2022, so here is the milestone, the adoption in Parliament of the new Law on the pension system - in the fourth quarter of 2022. The new law on the pension system will come into force in the first quarter of 2023. So these are the targets we will stick to, and now we are entering the debate on the bill. You will see publicly that the procedure by which we will have these laws will be transparent. (...) 2021-06-03 17:00:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 03.06.2021 12:51:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la prezentarea Planului Național de Redresare și Reziliență, alături de vicepremierul Dan Barna, vicepremierul Kelemen Hunor și de ministrul Investițiilor și Proiectelor Europene, Cristian GhineaȘtiri din 02.06.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: The National Recovery and Resilience Plan is today on the site of the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, Before addressing the PNRR topic, I would like to announce that the European Commission has also published recommendations regarding the excessive deficit for Romania. I am very glad to announce that our fiscal-budgetary strategy, with the return of the budget deficit below 3% in 2024, has been accepted as a strategy. Therefore, there is confidence in what we said we are doing, in the reforms we will make in the next period. That reduction of the deficit is accepted by the European Commission. The good news: PNRR was submitted to the European Commission, we present it in detail on Monday and today. I will have a brief address, at the beginning. Afterwards, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna, Mr Kelemen Hunor will take the floor, and a detailed presentation of the entire programme will be later made by Minister Ghinea. It is a very important programme for Romania given the public debates lately. This programme was launched last year when I was still Minister of Finance. I was involved in this programme from the very first moment. The programme was negotiated by President Klaus Iohannis last year. You very well know that last year's meetings started in Cotroceni, with all Ministers, they continued this year too. This year, I had two visits in Brussels, on PNRR, to make sure that we have a good plan. Details: it is about 29.2 billion euros, money that can be used to build about 450 km of highway, hundreds of schools and nurseries. In particular, we will build and renovate dozens of hospitals. The important part, we will have a hospital to be built in 2024 and this is a premiere of the last 32 years. So we will have a hospital that is built in 2024. As we promised, it is very important for this government to build hospitals. The crisis we went through last year and we are still going through, this pandemic, the health crisis, has put pressure on all health systems in the European Union and has shown very clearly the limits of health systems. That is why it is very important for us to develop the hospital network, to modernize it. There are three major sectors that receive money in this programme: transport -7.6 billion euros, education - 3.6 billion euros and healthcare - 2.4 billion euros. Another element that has been debated in the public space and needs to be clarified - why we also take loans through this PNRR. Romania badly needs investments; we invested record amounts last year, we continue to invest this year as well. These loans that we draw under PNRR will only go into investment, and to be clear: they cannot go into consumption. So, the money will not go into consumption, it will only go into investment, and I do not think that there is a debate at the level of the political class, at the level of society that loans for investments are not good. Moreover, we already used to borrow money to invest in Romania, so we need motorways, we need hospitals, we need schools, and the loans we take up under PNRR are at a much, much lower interest rate; we are talking about close to zero percent, zero point something percent, an interest at which Germany, Spain, Italy, all the countries in the euro area borrow. Therefore, for Romania, it is advantageous that we can borrow at these interest rates and we can invest. The important part is that we invest a lot in a very short time, which means a challenge for the Romanian economy to be able to use these resources, 29.2 billion euros, without creating imbalances. And that is the good part of the programme to carry through all these investment projects in 2026. Another important component of PNRR, linked to today's Commission recommendation, the reforms component, again very debated in the public space. All political class is aware that Romania needs reforms, and in PNRR, we created the greatest transparency of the way we will make these reforms. We established clear boundaries: until what date we will have reform X, until what date we will have reform Y, and so on. These are already specified there. We are talking about reforms that Romanians needed for years. Pension system reform - we want a pension system based on contribution and a sustainable one, something that nobody can deny in Romania, and that all political actors and all Romanians agree with. We will do it. Justice reform - we repair what others spoilt in the past, and this is in PNRR too. State companies reform - another problem we have been struggling with, for years, the public money waste, siphoning of public money through state-owned companies and this will stop. Salary reform - A salary system in the public sector, where we will directly and transparently link performance to the income of those who work there. We were doing these reforms anyway, even if this PNRR did not exist. There are reforms that we have committed ourselves to do, this coalition has committed itself to make these reforms, this coalition has won the votes of the Romanians, promoting these reforms, these were reforms that we were doing anyway. Now, these reforms are also financially supported through this PNRR. Finally, I want to say one more thing: through PNRR we make sure that the money that comes to Romania through this programme will reach all corners of Romania. This is another principle underlying PNRR. All corners of Romania, all Romanians will benefit from these 29.2 billion euros. Thank you, I stop here and give the floor to Mr Dan Barna. (...) 2021-06-02 17:13:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la prima reuniune a Comitetului pentru e-guvernare și reducere a birocrațieiȘtiri din 02.06.2021 13:40:00 premierului Florin Cîțu, alături de președintele Klaus Iohannis, la inaugurarea Centrului Euro-Atlantic pentru ReziliențăȘtiri din 31.05.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the opening of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Thank you, Mr Minister, Mr President, Mr Deputy Secretary -General of NATO, Mr Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministers, dear guests! It gives me great pleasure to participate in the opening of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre, an institution operating under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an institution that, I can assure you, will enjoy the full support of the Government, and also my support. The establishment of this Centre is a natural consequence of the importance that the issue of resilience has accumulated in recent years, a particularly complex issue that must be closely monitored as a result of its impact on society in general, but also on state institutions, in particular. Moreover, I share the view that resilience must be conceptualized from a perspective that allows for operational conclusions. Strengthening resilience has become an imperative both nationally and from a NATO and EU perspective. This imperative must be answered with concrete measures to whose identification the Centre is called to contribute. The centre will enjoy a solid and varied background of expertise which will undoubtedly generate real added value, beneficial for Romania, and also for its allies and partners. A state with the characteristics of Romania cannot be left out of the European and Euro-Atlantic debates. I, personally, see this involvement in terms of solidarity with our allies and partners. I know that there is already an ongoing process of reflection of the international institutions on ways for strengthening resilience. I deem it necessary to share with our allies and partners the conclusions we reach, be they stage conclusions given the fact that it is about ongoing processes so that we can all be more effective in tackling the challenges and threats we have been facing for some time. From another point of view, I wish the Centre to establish a rich and solid set of connections with the relevant European and Euro-Atlantic think tanks in the field. Such a desideratum implies extensive international cooperation. The presence here today of the Deputy Secretary-General of NATO and the Vice President of the Commission places this desideratum under the best auspices, because, of course, the main platforms of international cooperation of Romania, in terms of resilience, will be mainly those related to NATO and the European Union. From this point of view, my message to the Centre, as a speech ending line is: you have all the support! Todays broad participation clearly proves it. I wish you every success! 2021-05-31 18:16:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu vicepreședintele Comisiei Europene, Maroš ŠefčovičȘtiri din 31.05.2021 RELEASE Prime Minister Florin Cițu had today, May 31, 2021, a meeting with the Vice- President of the European Commission, Maros Šefčovič, on the occasion of his visit to Bucharest. The presence in Romania of European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight is also marked by his participation in the opening ceremony of the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre. During the meeting, Prime Minister Cițu expressed his appreciation for the special openness shown by the European Commission Vice- President Šefčovič towards Romanias European priorities on dossiers of national importance, and for the constant support provided for their reflection in European decisions. The two officials emphasized the strategic importance, as an investment for the future, of cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and the development of resilience, under close coordination of EU and NATO actions, based on the exchange of information and best practices. In this context, Vice-President Šefčovič highlighted the key role of the future Cybersecurity Competence Center, based in Bucharest, while confirming the European Commissions full readiness to closely work with the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre. The Romanian Prime Minister thanked for the European Commission's cooperation and support in advancing the process of rendering the Cybersecurity Competence Centre operational. In this context, Prime Minister underlined Romanias pragmatic commitment to contributing in a concrete manner to supporting efforts designed to strengthen European and Euro-Atlantic strategic resilience in order to respond to current and future challenges. Moreover, Prime Minister emphasized the need to stimulate the capacity and significant potential of the European industry, in the joint effort to reduce the European Unions external dependence. The diversification of resources for ensuring the double transition, green and digital, was also pointed out by both officials. For attaining the goal of overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, the interlocutors agreed on the importance of maintaining coordination across the EU, especially by accelerating vaccination campaigns, which have already proved successful, and starting the post-pandemic economic recovery at a steady pace . Prime Minister Florin Cițu emphasized the importance of implementing the Recovery and Resilience Facility to ensure a robust European economic recovery and stated that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan will be submitted today to the European Commission. Prime Minister assured of the full commitment of the Romanian Government to the promotion of mature projects included in the National Plan, reflected by the development of substantial political reforms, investments in the infrastructure modernization, and to the balanced consolidation of the public finances designed to support the continuation of the convergence process. The Head of the Romanian Executive also voiced appreciation for the Vice - President of the European Commission's particularly active involvement in the guarantee of the rights of European citizens in a post-Brexit context, and thanked, on this occasion, the senior European official for continuing his dynamic commitment to the efforts to resolve the situation generated by the application, by the United Kingdom, of discriminatory treatment for the citizens of some of the EU member states, including Romanians, regarding the work visas for this country. 2021-05-31 15:53:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la evenimentul de începere a lucrărilor pentru Programul Național de Suport destinat copiilor în contextul pandemiei COVID-19 – ”Din grijă pentru copii”Știri din 31.05.2021 12:50:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul sănătății, Ioana Mihăilă, ministrul economiei, antreprenoriatului și turismului, Claudiu Năsui, și secretarul de stat în MAI, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 27 maiȘtiri din 27.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good evening. We approved today a draft Government Decision regarding the amendment of Addenda 2 and 3 to the Government Decision 531/ 2021 on the extension of the state of alert on Romanian soil starting May 31, 2021, as well as the establishment of measures to be enforced during the state of alert to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, we are talking about relaxation measures, measures taken following the good results we achieved in the fight against the pandemic. I will present the most important measures, afterwards, Mr Raed Arafat, the Health Minister Ioana Mihaila will explain technically if needed, these measures, and of course, Mr Claudiu Nasui will give you good news. First of all, we increased the number of participants from 500 to 1,000 people in cultural-artistic entertainment activities carried out outdoors. Only people who are vaccinated, tested or having gone through the infection can participate. We have created the legal framework for carrying out cultural-artistic activities in open spaces with the participation of an audience of over 1,000 people who are vaccinated. Private events such as weddings or baptisms can be organized with a maximum of 50 people if the event takes place indoor and 70 people outdoors. The number of participants can be higher only if all people are vaccinated. Sports activities can take place both indoors and outdoors, with the participation of spectators up to 25% of the capacity of the space, so both indoors and outdoors. Participation above this limit is only allowed if all people are vaccinated or have a negative test result and are vaccinated before attending the event. I would like to emphasize because it is important - they should have a negative test result or be vaccinated before attending the event. This means that we will have vaccination centres at sporting events. The number of people who can participate in cultural, scientific, artistic or entertainment activities in closed spaces has been increased from 50% to 70% of the space capacity. The number of people who can participate in training courses and workshops in closed spaces has been increased from 50 to 70, with the possibility of increasing this number if all participants are vaccinated It is allowed to hold conferences with up to 100 participants and they can be held at maximum capacity of the space if only vaccinated people participate in the activity. Indoor playgrounds can open at 50% of capacity, but the adults accompanying the children must be vaccinated or show proof that they have recovered from infection. Gyms or fitness centres, as well as indoor swimming pools, are also allowed to fill up to 70% capacity (or more if all people are vaccinated). The restaurants' indoor seating capacity has been increased from 50% to 70%. The number of participants may be higher if all are vaccinated. The occupancy rate of accommodation spaces has been increased from 70% to 85% for accommodation units at the seaside. The bars, clubs, discos and game rooms were reopened between 5:00 and 24:00, with the participation of the public up to 50% of the maximum capacity of the space, only for vaccinated persons. The occupancy of gambling spaces has been increased from 50% to 70% of its capacity. The exception of wearing a protective mask for vaccinated persons working in closed spaces where there are no more than five workers has been introduced. This is a new measure. The legal framework for the entry on the Romanian territory of foreign citizens and stateless persons, for tourism purposes, has been established starting June 1. The CNSU decision introduced new exceptions to the quarantine measure for persons arriving in Romania from epidemiological risk areas as follows: persons who have recovered from infection and are between the 14th and 90th day from the date of confirmation, children aged 3 or smaller, without the need of a negative RT-PCR test result, children older than 3 years and younger than 16 years if they show the negative result of an RT-PCR test, people who remain in the country for less than three days and have a negative test result. These are, in short, the relaxation measures effective as of June 1. It is very important to see that vaccination helps and is worthwhile. We are fast moving towards normalcy, and the sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner we can remove the remaining restrictions. Thank you! Mr Arafat is here for answers, if necessary, Mrs. Mihăilă has to present a normative act and so does Mr Năsui. Thank you! (...) 2021-05-27 18:41:00„Împreună învingem pandemia! Ce conține vaccinul?”, campanie de comunicare a Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 27.05.2021 RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Florin Ciţu has launched the communication campaign: Together we defeat the pandemic! What does the vaccine contain?, carried out by the Government with support from UNICEF and partner organizations. We have an emotion-based approach because vaccination is not just about statistics and figures, but it is a common good which we all need to be able to return to normalcy. Every Romanian, who has not yet been vaccinated, should think about what he/she is missing, how his/her life will change if he/she gets vaccinated: see parents more often, children return to school, go on vacation without fear, stated the Head of the Executive. The creative concept of the communication campaign is based on the question: What does the vaccine contain? Prime Minister answers this question in a video posted on his Facebook page (, and he invites the members of the Cabinet as well as Romanians to come up with their own answer. The challenge has also been extended to the vaccination campaign coordinators: Valeriu Gheorghiță și Andrei Baciu. The information campaign will contain 11 videos to be broadcast in the media, including 3 videos of a general message and 8 videos intended for a certain target audience: students, grandmothers, mothers, tourists, young people. The first four videos to be broadcast in the next month are available below: This communication campaign has been carried out free of charge by the Government, the creative concept and the production have been donated by the campaign partners. The posts will be broadcast for six months with support from media and the National Audiovisual Council, and their online promotion will be carried out by Google. We need everyone to take part in this campaign. Anyone can persuade somebody else to get vaccinated. It is a joint effort, of us all, only together do we defeat the pandemic. We get vaccinated in a larger number and we regain our pre-pandemic pandemic. Romania, let's do it, it is feasible ! highlighted Prime Minister. 2021-05-27 14:41:00ţia premierului Florin Cîţu, cu ocazia lansării campaniei de informare publică privind vaccinarea anti-COVIDȘtiri din 27.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! Today, we are launching a communication campaign for vaccination. We knew from the first days of the vaccination campaign or the moment the vaccination campaign kicked off, that this moment will arrive when we need to do more to persuade the population to get vaccinated, it is the only solution to end the pandemic. There are several reasons: some of course have been linked to logistics so far, and we solved them meanwhile, but other reasons which we will address in this campaign, are linked to information. Today, we are launching a new vaccination campaign, with a personal approach, based on emotion. As you have seen in this period, vaccination is not just about statistics and figures. Vaccination is a common good of all which we all need to be able to return to normalcy. Every Romanian, who has not yet been vaccinated, should think about what he/she is missing, how his/her life will change if he/she gets vaccinated. What are you missing and stops you from having a normal life ahead? You are a parent, you know very well how hard it was last year when the children had to stay at home for a year, with the schools closed, and because we did not have enough people vaccinated in the last half-year. Now we have a vaccine and we have no excuse for not being able to advance in this campaign at this point. I have reasons. You want to see your parents more often but you are not vaccinated, you want to take a vacation, but you have fears; the solution is to get vaccinated. Its the surest way to have a successful vacation. Every unvaccinated Romanian must think about what they are missing and, of course, how their life will change if they get vaccinated. And its simply because we all want to return to normalcy. This campaign has a theme that we have promoted so far, Together we defeat the pandemic!. From the first moment, we said that only together can we overcome the pandemic. We all need to be vaccinated to overcome this pandemic. Today we have introduced a new element: the question: what does the vaccine contain? This is the question underlying this campaign and here we are not talking about the clear composition of a vaccine, it is not a direct question about the chemical components of the vaccine or the list of the vaccine ingredients, but it is more about what the vaccine actually means to us. Thats what were talking about. It is an attempt to find out what this vaccine means to each of us, how it helps us return to normal. Through this question, we try to find out what you were missing during this period, what you are currently missing. After all, this is the real symbol of the vaccine - the return to normalcy. We knew that was the only way we could get back to normal when the first vaccines came out. Returning to the life we all had before, before the pandemic when we didnt have to wear a mask, keep our distance, disinfect all the time or stay away from our loved ones. If we know that this is the goal and it is not just my goal or that of the Government, it is the goal of all Romanians, therefore, we must get vaccinated. It cant be simpler than that. And, of course, lately, Ive been saying, Look, its possible, because Im confident we can overcome this pandemic by vaccination. And this time, as most times, we can only win together and we will only win this pandemic battle together. Through this campaign, 11 spots are launched that will be broadcast in the media, on television in particular, in the next period, of which 3 are general, which show what people miss in the pandemic and 8 others intended for a certain target audience: students, grandmothers, mothers, tourists, young men, festival-goers. And all of them will tell us what the vaccine contains for them and we will present these spots to you now. These are some of the spots you will see on TV starting today. There are spots that have been made so that we can find ourselves in them, each of us. We have all missed at least one thing in this period since the pandemic started, we have missed our loved ones, also our freedom, normalcy, lack of worries, to do safely everything we want. Romanians must think about what they missed, what are the things they miss and that only the return to normalcy can restore. Maybe you just miss going to a concert - I missed something like that - to travel without worries about restrictions, lockdown and other safety measures because this is very important. If you want these things back, get vaccinated! I would like to show you something else today, in order for you to understand that I, as the Prime Minister, also wanted to show the Romanians what the vaccine means to me. It is not a video that will be aired on TV, it will only be on my Facebook page, but I also joined this campaign, so that all Romanians understand what I missed during this time. I have challenged my colleagues, the leaders of the coalition, and I extend this challenge to all Romanians: everyone should tell us what the vaccine contains for them, in this context. And regarding my colleagues - I know that we have some unique videos, you will see them in the coming days -, each minister will post a video on his or personal page; Mr Gheorghiță and Mr Baciu, who are here today, have another task, to reach the opinion leaders, actors, performers, so that each of them can support this campaign. Let each one tell us what the vaccine contains for them. We need everyone in this campaign. Anyone can persuade someone else to get vaccinated. It is an effort of all of us and only together can we overcome this pandemic. The vaccination campaign is not solely mine or the Government's but it belongs to us all. Today, I would like to thank all partners who helped us in achieving this campaign. I want to mention that this communication campaign is carried out free of charge by the Government, with support from UNICEF. We thank you. The Government did not pay for the creative design or the production part - they have been donated. It did not pay for the media part either, because it is a public information campaign of national interest. I call on TV, radio stations, and online news outlets to support us in this campaign. We also thank Google for their support with online promotion. The 11 spots will be broadcast on radio, TV and online for at least six months. I hope to be six months at the most, to overcome the pandemic until then, not to need any other six months to defeat it. I want every unvaccinated Romanian to identify with the TV spots people, recognize his child who has no more online classes, the mother he/she seldom met in this period. The conclusion: only together do we defeat the pandemic! We get vaccinated in a greater number and we regain the life before the pandemic. Romania, lets do it, it is feasible! Thank you! 2021-05-27 12:59:00, în plenul Parlamentului, a Planului Național de Redresare și Reziliență și participare la dezbaterea acestui documentȘtiri din 26.05.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the presentation and debate of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, in the joint session of the Parliament [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies and President of the Senate, dear members of the Cabinet, dear MPs, Mr President, before the session, before starting presentation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, allow me to make a public statement, as in the past months, since this plan appeared, I was accused of not wanting to present it in the Romanian Parliament. I am here today, I have been invited to present the plan in the Romanian Parliament, and, as Liberal MP, I wanted to come and present before Romanians each time I was invited procedurally because I consider that I am addressing Romanians and I value very much transparency and professionalism. I saw in the public space many erroneous interpretations, some of them artificially maintained in an intentional manner, but Romanians must know that it is a programme that is different from what we have had now, through European funds. Its a programme that appeared in a difficult moment, the entire global economy was going through a period of crisis, the largest crisis in the past hundred years, and its a plan that appeared as a response to this crisis. The leaders of Europe looked and saw how the EU economy reacted, each individual country, to this shock which was the pandemic, which for many EU countries continues, and came with this investment plan. Its a different plan because, in addition to investments, which all EU countries need, targeted investments for recovery and resilience, this plan comes with this side of reform and this is the part which is different to what we have had to now, a part of the reform that each Government assumes transparently, and the plan in this form, with the two components, for reform and for investment, which are connected. You cant make reform without investment and investment without reform, it was approved by all the parties in the European Commission, by all the representatives - even by socialists, and by the right-wing and also in the European Parliament. Therefore, that was not a matter of discussion, its a plan approved at the European level that we are implementing in Romania. There are still other things that differ from what we have been accustomed to so far, through European funds. Very important criteria: all investments that we make through this programme must be completed by 2026, which means that they are mature projects, projects which have been worked on before, and if we dont finalize them, we lose the money. Therefore, we need to be very careful about what projects we put in this plan. There is no exception here and everybody is aware of it. Do not complain that certain project has not been included in PNRR, I call on the Opposition colleagues as you very well know how the plan is working, and that some of them cannot be included in this plan, we will include them in other investment programmes. This is one of the criteria, and it is a very important one. The second important part is a novelty for all EU countries, especially for Eastern European countries, this important - green component of reducing pollution alongside digitalization are two things that Romania mostly needs. This is why we do our best to have this money to invest, as we want to reduce pollution, but equally to boost digitalization in Romania. We have a very clear percentage that the European Commission imposed through this programme: 37 percent for the - green transition, therefore, transition to a - green economy, and 20 percent for digitalization. And of course, reforms which have been delayed for 30 years and which we need to implement. We do not implement them just because somebody requires it, we do them as Romania needs to pass to the next development chapter. We make investments for Romania but in order to make investments, we need reforms, as these reforms guarantee that investments are not only on paper but are designed to bring prosperity to all Romanian citizens. Through this programme, we make sure and we assure you, dear Opposition colleagues, we have already had this discussion, that it is not a political programme but a projects oriented programme. This Recovery and Resilience Plan is a plan that guarantees, from my point of view and that of the Government I am leading, that we will have a government based on liberal principles for at least 8 years from now on. There will be investments that will be felt in the pockets of all Romanians and Romanians will appreciate this. Before I go into the details of the programme, there was another discussion in the public space about my second visit to Brussels, why I was there. Romania, through this programme, attracts 29.2 billion euros in 4 years, for investments, an effort for any country in the world in such a short period, so as not to destabilize the economic situation. My role was to assure our partners, those who designed and developed this plan, that Romania will keep its path in terms of fiscal-budgetary strategy in the next period. Romania will continue to correct past mistakes and eliminate the waste of public money, will reform state-owned companies so that there are no more black holes. And we will make a correlation between performance and income in the public sector. This plan and these reforms and what I presented at the European Commission, guarantee to all our international partners that Romania is on the right track, and these investments will not be wasted, as they have been wasted so far, and we will follow what I said, regarding the evolution of budget expenditures. Moreover, this plan or reform does not mean what we see in the public space every day, does not mean reduction of incomes, reduction of pensions, or other apocalyptic scenarios. On the contrary, reform, as we see it and put it in this plan, means a way to manage effectively this money that we have today and that we can guarantee to pay pensions and higher salaries by 2030, without destabilizing Romanias financial situation. That means reform, to do more with the same money, it means a higher return and that is what we will do through PNRR, and through the other money from the budget and European funds. That is why I undertook this reform because I am interested in the well-being of all Romanians. Moreover, through this programme, we will guarantee that investments will go to all corners of Romania. Its another objective of the PNRR. All areas of Romania will benefit from these investments, not only certain areas. And what weve done until now was recognized not only by the European Commission, and you know very well, and the Standard and Poors agency who revised the rating, the perspective from negative to stable. As regards the total amount, 29.2 billion, it is another thing that I said firmly to those in the European Commission, that I care for deeply. Romania needs the entire amount to develop, to burn stages, stages that have been delayed in the past 30 years. We need this money so that we can catch up to other developed countries and thats my role. I guarantee you all that we will do this with the aid of this PNRR. Moreover, Romania needs investors. All investors. We will be able to implement this PNRR with investors, with companies, mainly Romanian ones. Thats why we need to eliminate from the public space all these threats or false scenarios, we wont get sum X, we wont get sum Y. We will get this entire amount. We will use it, and Romanian companies and other investors are those who will implement this programme that will lead to the development of Romania in the ensuing period. This programme is my guarantee to Romanians that we will significantly reduce the gaps between us and developed countries. 29.2 billion euros in four years. Where does this money go? The problems we have postponed for years, water management - almost 2 billion euros; afforestation - 1.3 billion euros; waste management - 1.1 billion euros; transport - transport and this government will build the highway that crosses the Carpathian Mountains. It has not been possible in 30 years, we will do it in this term of government. Sustainable transport - road, rail and metro - 7.6 billion euros. All this money will go to investments that will benefit all Romanians. Renewable energy, hydrogen gas infrastructure - 1.6 billion euros. It can be done and we will do it in Romania. Government cloud, the digitalization of public administration, which has been postponed for years, which we started last year, will continue through this program - 2 billion euros. Of course, the National Development Bank and so on ... The local fund for green and digital transition - 2.1 billion euros. Fund for hospitals and increasing access to health - 2.4 billion euros. Yes, we will build new hospitals these years, which no one has done in the last 30 years. We will have hospitals built in Romania in the next period, in four years, which has not been done in the last 30 years. And, of course, Educated Romania, another project that is very important for us - 3.6 billion euros. This is how the money is distributed in this project, money that will reach all Romanians. And the reforms we are undertaking are those which we presented in the electoral campaign and with which we received the vote of the Romanians and we formed this ruling coalition. We have the vote of Romanians to implement reforms, as I said: pension reform - to make sure we can pay pensions in 2030 too, we have a sustainable pension system; reform of state-owned companies - to make sure we dont throw money into black holes; public administration reform, here all Romanians want a successful public administration and this is what they tell us every time we meet with them; in the judiciary; in carbon-free transport; renewable energy. These are the reforms, there are no secrets, we assumed them because they are good reforms for Romanians. Dear Romanians, only through investments and reforms, can we reduce poverty. There is no other solution. That is why this National Recovery and Resilience Plan is important. We invest and, at the same time, we make reforms. There is no other solution. And it is necessary for the involvement of the whole political class to attain the goal of this development programme of Romania because it is the programme of Romanians. Thank you! 2021-05-26 14:18:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 25.05.2021 15:45:00ță cu prefecții Știri din 24.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon, Mr Minister! Good afternoon, prefects! I wanted to see each other today as it is high time we make every effort to boost the vaccination campaign. We have good results in terms of the pandemic. That means that the vaccination campaign worked. But it is clear that I want us to make sure that we reduce to a minimum the likelihood of a fourth wave. I want us to make sure that Romanians get vaccinated, in order to avoid problems with other strains, from India, England and so on. Therefore, it is important for us to continue what we have started and has gone well so far, but we need to change a bit the strategy and learn from what has gone well these days. First of all, I have seen that those vaccination marathons unfolded well. It is clear that such actions are needed in each town across the country, in each municipality, county capital, to have such marathons, because it seems that we have there the greatest success regarding vaccination campaign at these moments. The second important thing - we should bring the vaccine closer to citizens. We have good results if we look at towns or urban areas. But if we look at the rural area, results are not equally good. And here, we need solutions from you and Mr Gheorghita will put forward some proposals so that we can bring the vaccine closer to people. I could see some mayors making some good suggestions, perhaps we can learn something from them, but you currently should all get involved, to make it available to all Romanians. I want to make a clarification here, the free vaccine should be available to all Romanians. In Romania, the vaccine is free and remains free. There is no other discussion in the Romanian Government at present, to change things. On the contrary, we have already made purchase orders to continue the vaccination campaign in autumn too, next year too, as we do not know exactly how the pandemic will evolve. Therefore, the vaccine is free in Romania, we have not had any discussion at the Government level regarding any eventual change of it, and it remains free in this period. We meet today to make sure that we do not relax in terms of the vaccination campaign. Yes, we relax some conditions, because it is true we see an increased decline in positive cases, but we should continue the vaccination campaign and it is important for us even if things get relaxed on the pandemic side. We have here today the Minister of Interior, and Mr Gheorghita, to tell us exactly what the situation is and what we can further do. That is important, to know what we can do to help you, how you can get involved so that we can go on with this campaign. Minister, that is what I wanted to say. I would like to further remain to listen to what you have to say, as well as Mr Gheorghita. I would like to hear Mr Gheorghita's proposals. Thank you. 2021-05-24 16:34:00 Florin Cîțu și miniștrii Cabinetului au fost prezenți, sâmbătă, în centre de vaccinare din întreaga țarăȘtiri din 23.05.2021 09:45:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la Centrul de vaccinare de la Circul Metropolitan BucureștiȘtiri din 22.05.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu following his visit to the vaccination centre established at the Bucharest Metropolitan Circus [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! Today is a special day, and as we pledged - the Cabinet members joined people in the street, to promote the vaccination campaign. So far, it looks very well. I have seen some of my colleagues' actions and they look very well. We need to speed up the vaccination campaign. You could see, we have achieved progress, we eliminated the mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces or outdoors, in non-crowded spaces, exactly because our vaccination campaign has unfolded very well, the number of positive cases is declining and this is why we took those measures. We have many measures to take over the next period, they all depend on the vaccination campaign. More we speed up the vaccination campaign, which is the only solution to overcome the pandemic, faster we can take these measures. I congratulate my colleagues for what they did today. Im glad they went in the street to support that campaign, and I hope its the first action in a long series they will take in the next period to promote the vaccination campaign. It is a vaccination campaign undertaken by the whole Government, it is a vaccination campaign for life, for Romanians, you will see some more actions that we will take in the next period, but we also need the support of society and I am glad, we have seen people today who are very glad and want to come and get vaccinated to get over this pandemic faster. The sooner we get vaccinated - and we have the doses to get vaccinated very soon - the sooner we can overcome this pandemic. Only together can we overcome the pandemic. If you have questions, a maximum of two questions. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, 4,086,224 Romanians were vaccinated at this time, which means that by June 1, in order to reach the target of 5 million Romanians, 91,377 Romanians should be vaccinated daily. Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: In your opinion, do you think this goal will be achieved? What would be the consequences if this target of 5 million Romanians is not reached by June 1 and who is responsible? Florin Ciţu: The vaccination campaign has a clear purpose: to overcome the pandemic. We have these milestones, these targets precisely to give predictability to the vaccination campaign. We want to come up with other measures from June 1st and, I said, these are some things that we are taking into account on June 1st. We have already taken some steps before June 1 precisely because this vaccination campaign went better than we expected. Together with the CNCAV team and the others, the Ministry of Health, we are thinking of measures to take in the next period to boost the vaccination campaign. The one taken today was part of them, all Cabinet members were present to support the vaccination campaign. We will have more next week. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, not all members of the Government went in the street today; there are also members of the Executive who have not listened to your call. What message do you have for them? Florin Ciţu: We are in the middle of the day, wait a minute until the end of the day, I am sure that everyone will go to back the vaccination campaign. Reporter: Regarding the political part, Emil Boc stated that you are the future of PNL and the future of Romania. Other party leaders have voiced support for you. Will you take these views into account and run for chairman at the PNL Congress? Florin Ciţu: First of all, we do not have a PNL congress; Secondly, the opinion of the mayor today, former party chairman, former prime minister honours me and of course makes me more accountable, but we will discuss all these things when we have a congress, a calendar for the congress. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I wanted to ask you about the initiative of a colleague of yours, Liberal MP, until January 1, next year, he said, we could give up the file in the state institutions, so that we do not have to present all the documents as we are supposed to have them. Can you tell us if you consider the January 1 deadline as realistic, and why did Minister Teleman say that it takes five years to implement such a project? Florin Ciţu: We showed last year through the measures we took at the Ministry of Finance that digitalization can be done very quickly. Nobody thought last year that we could connect cash registers after that project stayed for about 13 years with the Ministry of Finance, today we have over 30,000 connected cash registers, in a time of crisis. Last year, we took important steps, and I give you some examples: the garnishment system - remember, before last year, was a system whereby your account was blocked, and then, you need to go to the bank. Now, we have an e-system in which if you made a payment, the others are free, payment of taxes is done through, last year, we made all taxes be paid through The Treasury works also online, now you dont have to go to ANAF, the identification for an account at ANAF can be done online. So, things can be done overnight. I think we can get rid of the rail file sooner than the end of the year. I showed that it is possible, I expect ministers to do the same, do this year what they did last year. (...) 2021-05-22 15:44:00 telefonică a premierului Florin Cîțu cu omologul său polonez, Mateusz MorawieckiȘtiri din 20.05.2021, Prime Minister Florin Cițu had today a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, during which current topics of the Romanian-Polish bilateral agenda were addressed along with aspects of common interest at the European and regional level. The two Heads of government welcomed the excellent level of the bilateral Strategic Partnership between Romania and Poland and mentioned a shared desire to deepen and expand bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest. A very good opportunity in this respect will be the third joint Romanian -Polish government meeting, which will be held this autumn in Warsaw, Poland. On that occasion, among other things, an updated Action Plan will be agreed on for 2021-2025, for the implementation of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries. Co-operation in trade and investment, as well as energy, will be, alongside the continuation of close defence and security co-operation, priorities of the bilateral agenda. The discussion also highlighted shared interest in deepening sectoral cooperation and the exchange of experience in areas such as agriculture, European funds, transport infrastructure, the digital sector, and also new technologies. The aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery and measures to contain COVID-19 were also addressed, with emphasis on the crucial importance of vaccination campaigns for the health of economies and citizens. Prime Minister Florin Cițu emphasized the special opportunities offered by the implementation of recovery programmes in EU member states to strengthen the processes of economic and social reforms in our countries. The future prosperity of the European Union depends on the efficiency and speed at which our economies will be able to adapt to the developments brought about by digital transformation, the adoption of new technologies and the energy and climate transitions. At the regional level, the two Heads of government noted the special importance of cooperation between the two countries under the B9 format and the Three Seas Initiative. Regarding the Three Seas Initiative, the importance of implementing strategic regional interconnection projects, such as the Constanta-Gdansk railway (Rail2Sea) and the Via Carpathia road project, was also highlighted. Last but not least, support for the European journey of the Republic of Moldova and common support for the further dynamisation and substantiation of the Eastern Partnership, were reiterated. 2021-05-20 18:57:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții Fundației Romanian Business LeadersȘtiri din 20.05.2021 14:23:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 19 maiȘtiri din 19.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! First of all, I would like to give very good news for Romania: yesterday, I had the confirmation that what we have been doing for a year or so in government - Liberal government and this year a coalition government - we are doing well. Romania, for the second time, in a row, has the highest quarterly economic growth in the European Union, when in the European Union, there are many countries that have entered negative growth territory again. That means more jobs for Romanians, it means attractiveness for foreign investors, it means that we have a competitive economy and it is laying the ground for what comes next. Therefore, congratulations to the Romanians who have contributed to economic growth both in 2020 and so far in 2021. I am confident that we will continue to do better and shatter the estimates - even if some of them were very good at the beginning of the year; now, I don't know if we will reach the estimate that Goldman Sachs has made, of 9% economic growth in 2021, but what we have seen so far looks very good. In today's Cabinet meeting, we had several important legislative documents, we approved of course the prolongation or through a legislative document, we made available the amounts to pay one more salary to the Valea Jiului miners. But more importantly, we had a long discussion with the Ministers about the PNRR. You know very well that we are currently having direct talks with the Commission, I have weekly talks with the Commission on PNRR, and I wanted to make sure that Ministers are doing their job on the technical side, and we can submit as soon as possible the programme. Tomorrow at 15:00, I will have a meeting with the Government with some PSD representatives on exactly this topic. I want to remind you that I was the one who, on the budget, I told Mr Ciolacu to come to be presented the budget but he did not come. When it is about the pandemic, health professionals, I said that I was willing to listen to the PSD solutions. He did not come. Lets see tomorrow if the PSD accepts the invitation to discuss a program that interests all Romanians, the National Recovery and Resilience Program. This meeting will be held at 15:00. Reporter: Good afternoon. The inflation rate reaches 3.2 in April. Given that Romanians' income is frozen this year, what is your advice for unforeseen expenditure? I refer to the increase in the price of fuel and food. Florin Ciţu: The monthly net income increased in Romania by 7.7%, according to the latest information. So, it is not frozen. The income increases and we are talking about the monthly net income: 7.7%. That means that after removing inflation, the incomes increased by 7.7%, which means that incomes grow much faster than inflation. Purchasing power rises in Romania; it does not fall. Reporter: How do you see the appointment of Mrs Dăncilă, and Mr Ioan Mircea Pașcu, at BNR? Do you think these appointments discredit the institution? Will you discuss this with the governor? Florin Cițu: I do not comment on the human resource policy of the National Bank of Romania. Reporter: But do you still talk to Mr Isărescu? Florin Cițu: We discuss many topics, many important topics, not the BNR human resource policy. Reporter: Hello! The employees of the Ministry of European Investments and Projects did not want to work on the PNRR projects and asked for their bonuses to be maintained. It is a situation that was reported by Violeta Alexandru. You have, practically, some employees who conditioned the activity on PNRR by the bonuses they receive. How do you see the situation? Florin Cițu: This situation was not discussed in the Cabinet meeting, so I do not know what it refers to, but in the legislation, today, those who work with European funds have a salary increase of 35%. We all know that - they receive it even if they are employees of other ministries, not only of the Ministry of European Funds. Reporter: They demanded that this bonus be kept, this also comes in the context in which the Government said that all increases will be capped. Florin Cițu: So, I repeat, this discussion was not presented in the Government meeting, I have no knowledge about such a thing, but the employees of the Ministry of Investments, who work with European funds, all benefit from this salary bonus, including employees of other ministries who work with European funds. Florin Ciţu: It is the legislation that we had in force at the time we draw up the budget. Reporter: We have reached 4 million vaccinations, at least with one dose, but there are less than two weeks until June 1, when the second stage of vaccination would take place. The question is: if we do not reach the 5 million threshold, will there be more relaxation? Are the two related? Florin Ciţu: First of all, I know it is possible in Romania. We can reach 5 million, but the goal is not to reach a certain figure. The goal is to overcome the pandemic. And we can only overcome the pandemic by vaccination. The fact that we took faster a few measures occurred precisely because we got vaccinated and we saw that vaccination led to a decline in the rate of positive cases or infection. I believe that Romanians have understood the message and will get vaccinated, first of all, for their health, for the health of their families, in order to have a better life. Reporter: So there will be relaxations even if we do not reach the threshold of 5 million? Florin Ciţu: On June 1, there will be relaxation. Reporter: According to the statements of some members of the Cabinet, an emergency ordinance should have been approved today to allow students studying in other localities than those of residence, to obtain faster defrayal of transport. Basically, the Ministry will allocate the money from the very beginning. I understand it was not approved today. Why and what will happen to these students? There was an alarm signal that some of them might even drop out of school because they could not afford the cost of it. Florin Ciţu: The transportation cost will be defrayed. I think it is about to be approved by one of the ministries, the Transport or the Finance Ministry. It was in the approval procedure, it will be approved as soon as the approval procedure has been completed. Reporter: When should students expect the transport cost to be defrayed? Florin Ciţu: It will be approved soon, I hope it will be next week. I have been waiting for it today, the approvals have not been given yet. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the deadline expired at the end of last week, by which, by memorandum, the Ministers had to send all the proposals for salaries and the increase option for each occupational family. If you received a report in this regard from the Ministry of Labor and some elements regarding these proposals? And, if you allow me, what my colleague mentioned earlier, on June 1, can you explain a little bit the procedure? Because we will go to a restaurant, attend a baptism, or a wedding, or another event and we will have to present the vaccination certificate. Who will check this certificate? Florin Ciţu: I answer your first question. The minister made a presentation today, in the Cabinet meeting, and there are a few more ministries that have a few days to come up with the proposals. They will be discussed and presented in the next Cabinet meeting. We extended the deadline by a week. Reporter: I insist, however, that it would be a necessary clarification for those vaccinated. Florin Ciţu: We will come up with clarification as we do every time. When a new issue emerged at CNSU, I will explain it and tell you what it is all about. You have the one which has been approved. Reporter: What percentage of the PNRR is currently being negotiated and whether the Moldova highway project is included this year? Florin Ciţu: The Moldova highway is included, of course, you know very well, up to Paşcani, even the A7 is up to Paşcani, they are included there, (...). We have negotiated to include the whole transport part. Reporter: And in total what percentage? Florin Ciţu: 29.2 billion at this moment Now only the ministers have to work on the details for each project, to make sure they remain there when they are each done. Thats what we do now. Therefore, nothing changes in what we have and presented - 29.2 billion. Reporter: And will it be ready by the deadline? Florin Ciţu: It will be ready. That is what we discussed with the Ministers today and it will be ready. It must be ready. (...) 2021-05-19 17:19:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanți ai sectorului bancar din RomâniaȘtiri din 18.05.2021 18:25:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 18.05.2021 13:27:00ță „Protecția copiilor cu părinții plecați la muncă în străinătate - importanța educației parentale și a serviciilor de suport”, organizată de „Salvați Copiii“, în parteneriat cu Ministerul Muncii și Protecției SocialeȘtiri din 18.05.2021 13:00:00 Florin Cîțu a participat la spectacolul de teatru pilot, la Teatrul Național BucureștiȘtiri din 15.05.2021 Ciţu: I want to thank Romanians that together, we went through a difficult year, we wore masks, we kept the social distance, we were vaccinated. I want to thank the Romanians that they have understood that we have a vaccination campaign that goes on and today we have a record number of vaccinated people, 120,000 vaccinated people. The campaign continues, the Romanians have understood that the only solution to get out of the pandemic is vaccination. This evening I am very happy to be at this show, a pilot event, but you know very well that from June 1 we will kick off several events, with certain regulations. Starting today we took the first step in returning to normal, an important step that Romania is taking and I think it is the first country in the European Union to take this step, thanks to the Romanians. The Romanians have understood they should get vaccinated. Reporter: Can you explain to us, please, what was the rationale behind the fact that, at the last second, the idea of these pilot shows, changed, with a mandatory wearing of a protective mask and with a hall occupancy rate of 75%, not 100%, how were these shows originally thought? Florin Ciţu: It is about specialists here. I always follow what the specialists tell us, and if the specialists tell us that this is the best formula presently, with this we go to this pilot event. You realize that, in two weeks, we reach June 1st and start the shows, with certain conditions, on July 1st we relax more the conditions and, afterwards, on August 1st. Reporter: I would like to ask you, Mr Prime Minister: at work, where there are only vaccinated people, do we wear or not a mask? Florin Ciţu: It is not a clear decision yet. We will make this decision after June 1. Reporter: There is a decision in the Government Decision published last evening ... Florin Ciţu: I know it very well; not in the Government Decision, but in the order of the Minister of Health. I think it is a decision made prior to analysis. We will discuss it as of June 1. Reporter: But the order was published last night in the Official Gazette, signed by some institutions ... Florin Ciţu: I know it was published. Reporter: Has this order already been modified? Florin Ciţu: I believe that this order will be amended. Reporter: So at work, we will definitely wear a mask. Florin Ciţu: Mask will be worn at work, indoors. This order will be amended;, we will talk about other amendments after June 1. Reporter: Was it an omission? Florin Ciţu: It is possible. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, Mr Bode said today that there will still be checks on the organizers who are supposed to verify those vaccination certificates. But these checks and fines likely to be imposed, as you said, on what law are they imposed? Can you explain a little? Florin Ciţu: We are talking about events that will be organized after June 1. Therefore, we will amend the necessary normative acts to create the necessary legal framework to be able to go to that stage. At present, we presented the following steps, in the CNSU decision, in order to be very clear for everyone what to expect. Reporter: So, shows will be open for all Romanians starting June 1? Florin Ciţu: For all Romanians ... It depends on whether or not they are vaccinated. You have seen that attendance of each event, indoors or outdoors, implies compliance with certain criteria: a certain number of spectators indoors, if people are not vaccinated; if the organizers assume that spectators are vaccinated, then we are talking about another number of spectators. Reporter: How will the organizers check the vaccination certificates, taking into account that they are not stamped, they do not have anything distinctive on them, they can be easily forged by anyone? Florin Ciţu: They checked here very easily. We are in 2021, we can talk about solutions. I entered here today with an ID card. Reporter: When can this be applied in restaurants and gyms? Reporter: The question is for those who are not from Romania, Mr Prime Minister, and who want to do /.../ an event in our country and have been vaccinated in other states. Does the system work ...? Florin Ciţu: Romania has taken the decision - I think it is unique in the European Union - to allow citizens coming from green areas to enter Romania - tourists - without any documents to certify whether or not they are vaccinated; only with the necessary documents to enter Romania. As we have found a solution for this moment, we will find solutions for the others as well. I advise you to be patient. It is an important moment for Romanians, it is relaxation. Id like to look at whats happening today, and were talking about June 1 next time. Thank you! I would like you to enjoy the show! Reporter: Regarding the Government Decision on the expansion of the alert state, Mr Prime Minister. It mentions only the people who had the booster and ten days after it. What happens to those who got vaccinated with Johnson and Johnson, where it is a single dose? Florin Ciţu: And there is a certain period after /.../. Reporter: It is provided in the Government Decision. Florin Ciţu: If there is an omission, we will publish the Government Decision for this case, the vaccination with Johnson and Johnson. There is always a plan B, and I said it: if things do not go as aforementioned, we can also pull the emergency brake. Thank you very much! 2021-05-15 20:27:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu și secretarul de stat în MAI, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 14 maiȘtiri din 14.05.2021 Cițu: Good evening, after a year we have finally reached this moment. A lot of people said I was optimistic stating that June 1 would mark the start of the return to normal. We do it sooner. This evening, we adopted the Government Decision to amend and supplement Annexes 2-3 to Government Decision no. 531 of 2021 on the extension of the state of alert on the Romanian territory starting May 13, 2021, as well as regarding the measures to be applied during the state of alert to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft decision proposes a series of measures starting May 15, 2021. Mask-wearing restriction in unoccupied open spaces will be removed, and the restriction will continue to be applied in public spaces: markets, fairs, flea markets, public transport stops, commercial spaces, public transport and workplace. Restrictions on the movement of persons at night are also removed. The restriction on the work program of economic operators until 21:00 is removed. The restaurants, pubs, cafes will be open from 5:00 to 24:00. Sports competitions can take place in Romania, in open spaces, with the participation of spectators, with up to 25% of the maximum occupancy. Participation will only be allowed for: people who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, ten days after the completion of the vaccination schedule, people who have a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours, or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours. The organization and performance of drive-in shows, concerts, public or private festivals are allowed only if the occupants of a vehicle are members of the same family or represent groups of up to four people. And the organization and outdoor unfolding of shows, concerts, public and private festivals, or other cultural events, is allowed only with the participation of no more than 500 spectators, with 2 square meters of space for each person, as well as mask-wearing. Participation is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-COV -2 virus, at ten days after the completion of the vaccination schedule, persons who present the certified negative result of an RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours, or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test, not older than 24 hours. It is allowed to organize training courses and workshops, including those organized for the implementation of projects funded by European funds, with a maximum number of 50 participants indoors and a maximum of 200 people outdoors, with 2 square meters of space for each person, in compliance with the established public health norms, if the cumulative incidence every 14 days in the county/locality is smaller than or equal to 3 per thousand inhabitants. The activity of the economic operators that carry out the activity in closed spaces in the field of gyms and/or fitness is allowed without exceeding 50% of the maximum capacity of the space in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence at 14 days is lower or equal to 3 per thousand inhabitants, with at least seven square meters of space for each person. I would like to point out that these are the measures that we are taking until June 1, in this Government Decision. From June 1, some of these measures will be relaxed in terms of increasing the number of spectators at shows and so on. - they are all in the CNSU decision. There you have, until August 1, all measures as we see them at present. Further on, the activity of economic operators, carried out indoors, in gyms and/or fitness halls, will be open without exceeding 70 percent of the maximum occupancy of the space in counties/ localities where the cumulative incidence at 14 days is smaller or equal to three per 1000 inhabitants, with minimum 4 square meters of space for every person. If all persons are vaccinated against SARS-COV -2, ten days after the booster. Therefore, if persons are vaccinated, there can be several persons indoors. /.../. 2021-05-14 22:19:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la prezentarea proiectelor A7, A8 Suceava și întâlnirea cu reprezentanții HORECAȘtiri din 14.05.2021 15:54:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la Centrul de vaccinare din Spitalul orășenesc Gura HumoruluiȘtiri din 14.05.2021 12:38:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la Centrul de vaccinare drive-through de la Shopping City SuceavaȘtiri din 14.05.2021 11:54:00Ședința de guvern din 13 maiȘtiri din 13.05.2021[Check against delivery] Press conference by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu at the end of the Cabinet meeting Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. We had an important Cabinet meeting today, at the end of which, we discussed the visit to Brussels, regarding the PNRR and the objectives for Ministers in the coming weeks, to make sure we have the best PNRR that will be approved by the European Commission. Several legislative documents have been adopted in this Cabinet meeting, which will be presented by the Minister of Internal Affairs and the State Advisor Alexandru Muraru. What were discussions in Brussels about? Firstly, I was there to ensure that were on the right path with the PNRR, I want a schedule by which it is approved from the moment it is submitted. I presented to the European Commission our objectives regarding reform, the economy and the way in which the PNRR will support economic growth and reform in the ensuing period. This - concept paper was very well received by the European Commission. You could hear the EC President Ursula von der Leyen's remark, she said very clearly that Romania has achieved progress regarding reforms, this based on this document and on what we assured ourselves. I assured the head of the European Commission that the current Cabinet will make reforms. For that reason, we need a PNRR that supports the reform part. Some of the objectives, some of them easier to achieve, economic growth over EU average, reducing budget deficits and here I had discussions also with Mr Vice-President Dombrovskis, whom I assured that we will remain on the trajectory in the fiscal-budgetary strategy; reducing the deficit, we received support from Mr Vice-President and we will see when the analysis on the excessive deficit is published. At the same time, it's important that this PNRR component be included in our strategy and not affect the budgetary deficit. PNRR has an important component of loans, a component that many countries did not assume completely, but only parts of it. And my role was that to persuade the European partners that we have the capacity to use all the money, all 29.2 billion, Romania needs these resources, and that we can use this money without jeopardizing the fiscal sustainability or stability of Romania. Therefore, we remain on the same fiscal trajectory, with this threshold of 29.2 billion. The response is clear, firm: Romania will submit a PNRR with the entire sum, 29.2 billion euro to Brussels, Some of the reforms that we committed to through the programme for government, through the fiscal-budgetary strategy, through the convergence program and through the PNRR: one of them you know very well - reform of pensions, which will be adopted in the ensuing period, and which has the role to ensure the sustainability of the pension system in Romania. We kept talking of the fiscal reform which would ensure the increase of budget revenues and optimization of budget spending in the next years. Here I said again my clear objective to not introduce and not raise taxes. This is the second year without amendments to the Fiscal Code in terms of taxes and with high budget revenues. Therefore, we showed that this is possible in terms of crisis, it is possible in terms of economic growth as well. Regarding the public administration reform, the objective is to have a direct connection between performance and wage and to eliminate the subjective part. In terms of the reform of public administration, we want to introduce mobility among civil servants, ensure a public administration career, in a transparent way. Also, the development or implementation of the National Development Bank and, of course, reforms in what regards reducing carbon emissions, passing to green energy and so forth. All of these have been presented and were well received, because, for the first time, Romania presents a credible plan, a plan which can be applied. You could see the reactions afterwards. With respect to the following period, we had today a discussion with Ministers, they should all work 24 hours a day over the next days, to make sure that everything is perfect when we submit the PNRR. As far as I am concerned, I will have meetings twice a week with Mrs Vestager to make sure that we achieve this progress, this way, any slippage or any delay can be rapidly identified, in order to be redressed. Therefore, all Cabinet needs to be involved in this period. The vaccination campaign is going on. Ministers, Secretaries of State, the entire Cabinet will support in the street the vaccination campaign as of May 22, therefore, we will all be present across the country to support this campaign, and the Romanian Cup Final will be played on May 22, it is an event in which we will have spectators, I hope to attend the Romanian Final Cup, Universitatea Craiova is playing too, I might be there as well. Therefore, May 22 is an important day, the Cabinet in the street to support vaccination and the Romanian Cup final in the evening. I think it is the first sporting event that we want to have spectators at, after this period and that I would not want to miss. I think Ill be at the theatre on Saturday, attending a cultural event with spectators, so were starting to get back to normal. I stop here. The good news continues; the number of people who test positive, decreases every day, we no longer have any county in the yellow zone, they are all in the green zone. Bucharest has eliminated restrictions, so the scenario I mentioned two or three months ago - I said that this wave will last two or three months, I was too pessimistic, it seems that this wave lasted less, but this is largely due to a vaccination campaign that has been accelerated, and today, in Romania, all those who want to vaccinate can do it anytime, anywhere, at any hour. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to ask you about COVID -19 deaths reporting. Today, Minister Mihaila presented the report of the committee that investigated last year's deaths reporting. This report reveals nearly 4,000 persons died from COVID -19. Did she presented this report on today's Cabinet meeting and how do you see these differences? Florin Ciţu: I have seen this report earlier. I encourage Madam Minister to publicly present this report, in order to remove any doubt in this respect. Reporter: She presented it today and people did not understand very clearly and did not bring clarification. Florin Cițu: To make it public then, so that it is very clear. As the Minister also said, there are several databases. Between INS and Corona Forms - which we use, Corona Forms has a 96% compatibility; This is how things look like, but, as the Minister said, we will ask for more details in the next period and we will see if we need to improve. Eventually, we introduced outbreaks into the calculation formulas, because it was a discussion to take them out. Everything can be improved, but in order to improve statistical reporting, you need to have all the information very clear. So far, we know that, through Corona Forms, they have been reported on a case-by-case basis and have been the clearest and most difficult to combat at the moment, but of course the Ministry of Health has a committee that I set up when I was the acting Minister of Health, and it does its job. Im sure well have more information in the next period. Reporter: You were talking about the good news regarding the incidence rate, you mentioned at the beginning of the week, a set of new relaxations for June 1. When do you make these decisions? Florin Cițu: Tomorrow is the Interministerial Committee. I hope there will be some decisions there that we can approve in CNSU. Reporter: Which you will discuss now in Cotroceni, I guess, with President Iohannis? Florin Cițu: Of course. And I think we will communicate, maybe even today, something, I dont know exactly what the presidents plan is. Reporter: Regarding collaboration, given that you were in Brussels, one of the requests of those in Brussels is to pass the part of expenses through the Parliament. Will you talk to the opposition, because you need two-thirds of it for this to be ratified and can tell us more about the reforms mentioned? I know that figures were also required, as well as the impact on the Gross Domestic Product. Specifically, what did you present regarding the pensions, salaries, as impact for 2021-2022? Florin Cițu: Of course. Regarding the collaboration with the Social Democrats, I will have a discussion because this PNRR is not only of this Government, this Government is only implementing it, entire Romania will benefit from it. I think that the Social - Democrats do not want that Romania be the only European country to jeopardize the PNRR approval and implementation at the European level. At the same time, the figures you mention are already public. They are public in the fiscal - budgetary strategy and in the convergence program. We keep the same track, I told you: our fiscal strategy remains the basic one, it is the one with which we can go further. We will see what modifications we will bring, but I maintain what I said so far: 2024 remains the year in which Romania will have a budget deficit under 3 percent of GDP. Reporter: Are there any real chances that we reach that 5 million vaccinated people until June 1? We are already in mid - May. People vaccinated with both doses are a little over half of this number. The Health Minister stated that it is difficult to reach that number until June 1st? If you do not reach that number, will you take those relaxation measures? Florin Cițu: Romania is relaxing on June 1, and regarding the number of vaccinated people, all Ministers will participate, Secretaries of State, everybody will participate to persuade Romanians that it is the only solution to go further and get back to normal. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I would like to ask you about COVID -19 deaths reporting. Today, Minister Mihaila presented the report of the committee that investigated last year's deaths reporting. This report reveals nearly 4,000 persons died from COVID -19. Did she presented this report on today's Cabinet meeting and how do you see these differences? Florin Ciţu: I have seen this report earlier. I encourage Madam Minister to publicly present this report, in order to remove any doubt in this respect. Reporter: She presented it today and people did not understand very clearly and did not bring clarification. Florin Cițu: To make it public then, so that it is very clear. As the Minister also said, there are several databases. Between INS and Corona Forms - which we use, Corona Forms has a 96% compatibility; This is how things look like, but, as the Minister said, we will ask for more details in the next period and we will see if we need to improve. Eventually, we introduced outbreaks into the calculation formulas, because it was a discussion to take them out. Everything can be improved, but in order to improve statistical reporting, you need to have all the information very clear. So far, we know that, through Corona Forms, they have been reported on a case-by-case basis and have been the clearest and most difficult to combat at the moment, but of course the Ministry of Health has a committee that I set up when I was the acting Minister of Health, and it does its job. Im sure well have more information in the next period. Reporter: You were talking about the good news regarding the incidence rate, you mentioned at the beginning of the week, a set of new relaxations for June 1. When do you make these decisions? Florin Cițu: Tomorrow is the Interministerial Committee. I hope there will be some decisions there that we can approve in CNSU. Reporter: Which you will discuss now in Cotroceni, I guess, with President Iohannis? Florin Cițu: Of course. And I think we will communicate, maybe even today, something, I dont know exactly what the presidents plan is. Reporter: Regarding collaboration, given that you were in Brussels, one of the requests of those in Brussels is to pass the part of expenses through the Parliament. Will you talk to the opposition, because you need two-thirds of it for this to be ratified and can tell us more about the reforms mentioned? I know that figures were also required, as well as the impact on the Gross Domestic Product. Specifically, what did you present regarding the pensions, salaries, as impact for 2021-2022? Florin Cițu: Of course. Regarding the collaboration with the Social Democrats, I will have a discussion because this PNRR is not only of this Government, this Government is only implementing it, the whole of Romania will benefit from it. I think that the Social - Democrats do not want that Romania be the only European country to jeopardize the PNRR approval and implementation at European level. At the same time, the figures you mention are already public. They are public in the fiscal - budgetary strategy and in the convergence program. We keep the same track, I told you: our fiscal strategy remains the basic one, it is the one with which we can go further. We will see what modifications we will bring, but I maintain what I said so far: 2024 remains the year in which Romania will have a budget deficit under 3 percent of GDP. Reporter: Are there any real chances that we reach that 5 million vaccinated people until June 1? We are already in mid - May. People vaccinated with both doses are a little over half of this number. The Health Minister stated that it is difficult to reach that number until June 1st? If you do not reach that number, will you take those relaxation measures? Florin Cițu: Romanians are relaxing on June 1, and regarding the number of vaccinated people, all Ministers will participate, Secretaries of State, everybody will participate to persuade Romanians that it is the only solution to go further and get back to normal. (...) 2021-05-13 15:09:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu Valdis Dombrovskis, vicepreședinte executiv al Comisiei EuropeneȘtiri din 12.05.2021 19:26:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu Margrethe Vestager, vicepreședinte executiv al Comisiei EuropeneȘtiri din 12.05.2021 18:08:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu Adina Vălean, comisar european pentru transporturiȘtiri din 12.05.2021 16:54:00 Florin Cîțu a avut o întrevedere, în cadrul unei cine de lucru, cu președintele Comisiei Europene, Ursula von der LeyenȘtiri din 11.05.2021 22:31:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la Centrul de vaccinare organizat la Liceul Teologic Ortodox ”Nicolae Steinhardt”Știri din 11.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. I wanted to visit this vaccination centre, especially that it is a theological high - school, but I wanted to see how the vaccination campaign is unfolding in Satu - Mare, and I hope you got accustomed, I will visit several parts of the country, things are going well there as well. Meanwhile, I have received the good news regarding Bucharest, the infection rate fell under 1, 5 per 1000 cases, which means this vaccination campaign is successful. It is the only change. It is true that we took some measures in February, followed by some in April, but the only major novelty which explains the infection rate evolution in Romania, in the whole country, not only in some counties, we can see a significant decline in the infection rate across the whole country. This means that the pressure on hospitals fell too, we are closer to getting back to normal. We discussed today speeding up the vaccination campaign. We have the necessary doses and there is no excuse this time for not attaining the target we set for June 1, to take an important step in returning to normal. But the pandemic will pass, it is important now to prepare the resources for what is ensuing. This year, we managed not to close anymore the economy, after we had a lockdown last year, we pledged not to do it anymore, and we did not do it, it is one of the few economies in Europe which was not closed after last year's lockdown. We had good economic results, we kept the production capacity, what we pledged from the first moment last year, now we need to accelerate economic growth, and that is why I am going to Brussels to make sure that the resources that Romania will receive, the 29.2 billion euros, will go to those sectors with the highest economic productivity. We have priorities that we assumed in this government and three sources of funding - PNRR, the national budget, European funds - and when I think of these projects, I think of all three sources of funding, not just one particular source. Today we are talking about PNRR, to make sure that we will have an approved PNRR with our priorities introduced there. The budget we built, and after four months, we have again record sums invested in the economy, but also record revenues in the economy - you will see when the official figures show up - we also prepare for the financial exercise 2021 - 2027, ...European funds. It is very important to use the lessons learnt in the past, to cut through red tape. We visited an investment objective today, a bridge that started in 2015, it should have been finished in 2019, we are in 2021, but perhaps, by the end of this year, it will be ready. I do not want to have these discussions anymore. I wanted to make sure that we have multiannual financing for every project and when we start a project, it will be carried out within the initially established deadlines. An important period is following for Romania, after this pandemic, and this is why I wanted to show Romanians how the aftermath of the pandemic looks like. We will focus on the economy, after one year when we focused on healthcare, we managed to get here today, to get over this situation, we are to focus on the economy. Romania should take important steps in the convergence process which slowed down after 2007, perhaps, in some areas, even regressed, and we have no excuse anymore. We have all resources, we have a Government, a strong coalition that wants to make reforms, which undertook reforms, and which will make reforms. Thank you! Reporter: Why are relaxation measures not taken according to the vaccination rate - in Cluj, the vaccination rate is 40% - and also, why arent faster relaxation measures taken? Florin Ciţu: We are not yet talking about how relaxation measures will be taken and how they will be implemented. Currently, we are discussing several scenarios that we have on the table. It is important to understand, for all Romanians, that as of June 1, all Romanians, regardless of the area where they are, will benefit from the relaxation measures. Reporter: Speaking of your visit to Brussels, do you think you will be able to get the money for Romania and why didnt Mr Ghinea go? You didnt trust him? Florin Ciţu: Mr Ghinea is in Brussels today. I am going there to assure the European partners that this Cabinet will make reforms. PNRR has two components, a reform component - which we have assumed through the fiscal-budgetary strategy, we have assumed through the government programme, the fiscal-budgetary strategy, the convergence program and we assume it here as well, within the PNRR, and it has an investment part as well. My message is clear that Romania has certain priorities that it wants to be included in the PNRR. Reporter: PNL leaders complain again about the way USR PLUS ministers manage this PNRR. I ask you if there are any grievances in the coalition and which would be those grievances that the Liberals have about some members of the Cabinet? Florin Ciţu: 30 billion euros are not enough given that for 30 years, nothing has been done and, therefore, I see these grievances more as a desire to do more. Everyone has many projects on the table and wants to finance them. I assure all my colleagues, but not only from PNL, but also from the coalition, that we are looking at all funding projects with three funding sources; what can be funded through PNRR, because it has certain criteria - digitization, to be green and be ready by 2026 - will be done; what is not done through PNRR, can be done through European funds; and which does not go on PNRR, nor on European funds, can be done through the national budget. This is how we should look at these investment projects that we have included in the government programme. Reporter: I would like to ask you, Mr Prime Minister, what do you think about the media revelations regarding the illegalities made by the director of ITM Satu Mare, Cristian Sasu, will you take measures against him? Actually... Florin Ciţu: You realize that I dont know this today, but I think you have become accustomed, in my mandate, that I do not tolerate such irregularities. If they are proven, of course, I will demand that person to be dismissed! You have seen that every time something got public, I either sent the control body or the person resigned. If it turns out here too, of course, well take action. Reporter: I have a question for Minister Bode. Why, in Romania, the institutions cannot work together. I give you a concrete example: in Arieş, at the entrance to Turda, where detour works were done, they need new approvals from Forest Administration. Lucian Bode: Yes, you wanted to ask me this question last year, you didnt succeed and you asked me today. Florin Ciţu: We communicate it to Mr Drulă. Lucian Bode: We communicate it to Minister Drula. I know this objective. During my term as Minister of Transport, as regards this investment objective, I know that there was a problem related to a case in court, which blocked, for a certain period of time, the works. What is certain is that there are cases in which you are right, where state institutions should work much better together. We saw here, at the Satu Mare detour, where Transelectrica, Electrica Transilvania Nord, National Road Company, through DRDP Cluj managed, working together, to find solutions for the revocation of the two 220 kV and 110 kV power lines, respectively. The same should happen regarding the bridge. We also faced situations in which the National Forest Administration, unfortunately, did not collaborate efficiently enough so that some investment objectives can be achieved, especially in transport infrastructure. Florin Ciţu: Are there any more questions? Reporter: You propose incentives for those vaccinated. Please tell me if, from June 1, there will be incentives exclusively for those vaccinated and here we refer both to weddings, baptisms, pool access ... Florin Ciţu: No. I have said that - it is my personal opinion - people who have been vaccinated should have benefits in society if they have been vaccinated, but we will see what these measures will eventually look like and what these measures will be. It is clear that as of June 1, there will be several measures that will eliminate some of last year's restrictions. I announced some of them. Of course, I know the problem with private events and we will definitely find a solution so that these private events resume from June 1st. Reporter: This does not mean that those who did not vaccinate, will be discriminated against? Florin Ciţu: I understood that there are 250,000 weddings, baptisms, or events that have been postponed, and all want to get vaccinated. Reporter: /.../? Florin Ciţu: It is true. We will see what the situation is then if we can continue with testing, how the testing will be done, etc. We are open to such solutions. That is the role of the Interministerial Committee- we are coming up with proposals, they are improved in the Interministerial Committee on the part of the respective associations, together with the Health Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry representatives. By June 1, we need to find the best solution to this step, relaxation. We have to keep in mind that June 1 does not mean full relaxation: it means only more than 30 percent of the persons vaccinated. Therefore, it is an important first step. August 1 is the second step, afterwards, we can speak of full relaxation. And in order to accelerate this vaccination campaign, I forgot to tell you that next week, Ministers, Secretaries of State, will all be present in the vaccination centres to support this campaign. Reporter: When will you organize competitions for the leading positions in the Police? Is the nomination of heads of the Romanian Police and the Capital Police legal, given that their power of attorney has expired? The documents signed by them are struck by nullity, taking into account that the nomination does not appear in the law, but only the power of attorney. (...) Lucian Bode: An extremely important problem facing the Ministry of Internal Affairs is the shortage of human resources. Our main concern in these months of office was related, on the one hand, to the increase in the number of places in schools of non-commissioned officers and officers, I refer to the Police Academy, related to those competitions that we organized, over 2,000 agents became officers, with over 18,000 candidates entering the competition. Also, in the next period, we will organize competitions for external recruitment of police officers, gendarmes, firefighters, because I say every time: I do not think that in order to work in the Accounting Department, it is absolutely mandatory to be a graduate of the Police Academy Alexandru Ioan Cuza . Above all, in order to solve the issue of human resources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, stability is needed in management positions. Today, unfortunately, you are right, many leading positions from the bottom to the top are temporary, are based on power of attorney, and I asked for an analysis to be conducted for the first 4 months at the Gendarmerie, Police and the Border Police. Over 250 powers of attorney were operated in the first months, in the first 4 months, at the basic level, Im not talking about the top, where there are a few dozen, but with visibility. What I assure you is that in the very near future, the Prime Minister will appoint a head of the Romanian Police...; Florin Cițu: Thats what I can assure you. Lucian Bode:...; because, you know very well, the general inspector of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police has the rank of state secretary and his nomination is among the prime minister's responsibilities. Then, together with the Police Academy, together with the associative structures, with the unions, with colleagues from the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, here in Satu Mare, you have a representative at the helm of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr Secretary of State Mureșan. We will kick off a reform project in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a reform that must include the organization of competitions for positions from the bottom to the top and at all management levels. Reporter: There are voices in the PNL who say that Mr Năsui will be reshuffled, they talk about you considering a reshuffle of the government next month? Florin Cițu: No, we are not considering a reshuffle at this moment. The Ministers' activity is assessed constantly. Currently, we focus on a successful PNRR and to have a successful vaccination campaign, to return to normal, and have a growing economy. You can already see that the early year estimates already change, each rating agency, the international institution says that things are running better, they estimate a larger economic growth which means investment, more jobs, etc. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the express road Satu - Mare - Baia Mare remains funded from PNRR? Florin Cițu: The PNRR will include all those projects that observe the PNRR criteria. The most important criterion is to complete all these projects by 2026. I am very careful that it contains all projects. What cannot be financed through PNRR, can be through European funds or state budget. Romania's development or the development of Romania's infrastructure is a priority, and I am not saying it because all politicians before me told it, we have already started with Sibiu - Pitesti and with what is happening here, last year, we unlocked the resources for this bridge and A7. We have the resources, we amend the legislation, we make sure that these projects will be carried out. Thank you. 2021-05-11 13:32:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la șantierul ”Variantei de ocolire a municipiului Satu Mare”Știri din 11.05.2021 12:17:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 11.05.2021 11:31:00 de presă susținut de secretarul de stat în MAI, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de Guvern din 10 maiȘtiri din 10.05.2021 18:54:00 Florin Cîțu a avut consultări cu reprezentanții organizației patronale ConcordiaȘtiri din 10.05.2021 18:15:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu președintele Republicii Polone, Andrzej Duda, în cadrul unui dejun de lucruȘtiri din 10.05.2021 Minister Florin Cițu hosted today a working luncheon in honour of the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda who is paying an official visit to Romania, at the invitation of President Klaus Iohannis. The visit of the Polish President to Bucharest takes place amidst the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of a Romanian - Polish Defensive Alliance Convention, signed on March 3, 1921. During the discussions held on this occasion, the two officials welcomed the excellent bilateral relations between Romania and Poland and expressed their mutual desire to further deepen and expand the bilateral relations in multiple areas. They also agreed to organize the third joint Romanian - Polish Government meeting in Warsaw this autumn, and to take this opportunity to agree on an updated 2021- 2025 Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategic Partnership between our countries. The economic cooperation both in terms of the Romanian - Polish trade relations and boosting reciprocal investment in the two countries, as well as the energy cooperation, will represent priorities of the bilateral agenda, in addition, to close military and security cooperation. Other topic addressed during the working luncheon aimed at the exchange of views on internal vaccination campaigns in Romania and Poland as well as regarding the beneficial effects of their successful unfolding on the two states' economies. 2021-05-10 16:17:00 premierului Florin Cîţu la centrul de vaccinare organizat la Sala Palatului, în contextul ”Maratonului vaccinării – Ediția București”, 7-10 mai 2021Știri din 07.05.2021 18:37:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la reuniunea Comitetului interministerial pentru revenirea la normalitate începând cu 1 iunie 2021Știri din 07.05.2021 14:26:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la centrul de vaccinare de la Spitalul Militar de Urgență „Dr. Alexandru Gafencu” ConstanțaȘtiri din 06.05.2021 18:01:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu, la Prefectura ConstanțaȘtiri din 06.05.2021 11:15:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții sectorului HORECA, la ConstanțaȘtiri din 06.05.2021 11:00:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și rectorul Universității de Medicină și Farmacie „CAROL DAVILA” București, Viorel JingaȘtiri din 05.05.2021 18:26:00ții susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu și ministrul transporturilor și infrastructurii, Cătălin Drulă, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 05.05.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! In today's Cabinet meeting, we approved a draft Government decision on donating another 100,000 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccine to the Republic of Moldova, and we prepared the details to donate 100,000 doses of vaccine to Ukraine. As of this week, I think just a signature was needed, but as of this week, we can also sell doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Republic of Moldova, 200, 000 doses per month, this was the discussion regarding the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, in today's Cabinet meeting, we approved Romania's convergence plan, which is very important because, at present, we already have the fiscal - budgetary strategy, the Convergence Programme, and we will have the PNRR, they include reforms this Cabinet assumes, reforms in the pension system, payroll system, state companies, public administration. All these reforms can be found in these programs, it is important that this convergence plan appears before the approval of PNRR, which shows that this Cabinet wants reform, and you will see these reforms in PNRR too. And of course, at the end of the meeting, we had a discussion with the whole Cabinet about PNRR, and about what we will discuss next week in Brussels, and I asked once again the Ministers' direct involvement to complete the plan as soon as possible. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, in the case there are restaurants that accept only vaccinated people, isn't it discrimination? Florin Ciţu: The Inter-Ministerial Committee will take place on Friday and these are the proposals which we will discuss together with the Ministry of Health, with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, all ministers will be there, the Minister of Justice, and we will see what the solutions will actually be. I said how I see things and these are the proposals. After all, there is a way to motivate the population, every country has a way to motivate the population. We have also seen Germany using this model, if, in Germany, it is ok to motivate people, to have benefits for vaccinated people, I think it is all right for us too, in the end, the vaccination is the only solution to get rid of the pandemic. And the fact that people who get vaccinated, have certain benefits, is normal, also that some of the restrictions are lifted for those who get vaccinated. Reporter: Regarding the vaccination campaign, a few weeks ago we were talking about a large campaign, in which artists will be involved and so on, something is being done now, have you talked to them? Florin Ciţu: Of course it is done. But, in the end, regarding this campaign, I saw that there are also artists who have been vaccinated and have publicly announced this, there is no need for the government to come and push everyone, this vaccination is for the public good, we all benefit from it. The Government has made efforts and we have the doses available for everyone to get vaccinated, we have vaccination centres, starting this weekend, we can get vaccinated without an appointment, only with the ID card, and in the centres where there are the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Therefore, there is a vaccine, there are vaccination centres, they are open 24 hours a day, a vaccination marathon kicks off this weekend, there is no excuse not to get vaccinated and to fail to return to normal as soon as possible. Reporter: It was good to persuade people somehow. Reporter: Good afternoon, Prime Minister! There are states that are also facing a lack of interest in vaccination. Incentives are provided in the U.S., for instance, from beer in Chicago to marijuana joints in New York City and Washington. What incentives does the Government have in mind to boost vaccination? Florin Ciţu: The best incentive, the return to normalcy, to a life without a mask, in which we can move freely anytime, anywhere, this is the best incentive. I dont think anything else is needed. Reporter: The Administration was also involved, President Biden announced that he is offering a financing loan for companies that offer days off. Are you thinking about something like that? Florin Ciţu: We have offered vaccination centres to companies in Romania, this is done in support companies. At the same time, there will be another proposal on the table of the inter-ministerial committee that if all people are vaccinated in an office, they will not wear a mask anymore, for example. There are proposals that are on the table. So there are these motivations in Romania as well. We will see later if financial motivations are needed, but I think we are responsible and we want to return to normal as soon as possible. Reporter: But you are a politician and you have a vision of perspective, nonetheless. If we dont reach that five million - milestone, what backup plan do you have? Do we expect restrictions again? Or wont you pick them up? Florin Cițu: Exactly, we will not pick them up. We will go on as it is now, but I do not believe, I believe that our desire, the desire of the Romanians, to return to normal is much greater than anything else and we will be vaccinated and we will overcome this period. Reporter: Thank you. Florin Cițu: Thank you. Reporter: In Hungary, for example, certain cards for super immunity will be given to people who got vaccinated, which allow them to go to football matches, to restaurants or in other spaces, indoors. How do you see this, if there is such a variant at work in Romania and if it does not seem discriminatory to you? Florin Cițu: We also have a vaccination certificate in Romania and we will host the European Championship in Romania, with vaccinated people. So these things are already in place. We said from the beginning and we had the discussion with the event organizers, who agreed, in Cluj, you know very well, I met with the organizers of the biggest events, in Bucharest - with event organizers in Bucharest, we have Summer Well in Bucharest, I thought we would do the first one in Bucharest, and everyone agreed that they want to host these events only with vaccinated people. We were presented with that pilot event in Spain attended by vaccinated people. So thats the trend. Reporter: When can we attend weddings, baptism parties, events with several persons? Florin Cițu: When we get vaccinated. It is again a proposal I have made to the interministerial committee for Fridays meeting, to have private events only with vaccinated persons. Reporter: From this month? Florin Cițu: Since June 1. We have a target, we mustnt rush things, let us allow people to get vaccinated. Reporter: You mentioned a proposal to be applied from June 1, that of not wearing mask anymore in the offices where all employees have been vaccinated? Florin Cițu: I submitted this proposal to the Interministerial Committee, it is on its table, we will see what the Health Ministry and Internal Affairs officials will say. All are there and we can see their opinions. I think it can be done so in an office where all persons are vaccinated, they can stay without a mask. Reporter: From June 1. Florin Cițu: Yes. Reporter: A question relative to what has happened today because of some problems of the vaccination registration platform: there have been people who had to wait for several hours to receive that vaccination certificate, did you find out the causes of this and if this situation can repeat and could make people lose interest in vaccination? Florin Cițu: Starting on Friday, this weekend, we can get vaccinated anywhere in the Pfizer and Moderna centers, only with the ID, without any prior appointment. Today there has been an issue with too many people trying at the same time, about 40,000 persons. It is a platform we created this year, it isnt perfect. I apologize for those who had to wait. But I repeat, we need no prior appointment as of Friday, and we can get vaccinated in any centre, only with the ID. Reporter: The STS pointed out that the problem was not with the registration platform, but the Electronic Vaccination Register, the one from INSP. Florin Cițu: I think there have been too many persons who ..once. And that is not administered by STS. Reporter: Can the situation repeat in the future? Florin Cițu: No, if we go to register as of Friday, I think that there will not be any problem. Reporter: A question regarding the return of all pupils to the school. The Education Minister stated that this would be possible in two weeks. In what conditions, what should we do to reach this situation, for all pupils to go to school? Florin Cițu: I have not discussed with the Minister about the conditions, this will be discussed between the Health Minister and the Education Minister. I believe it is important to have all staff in education vaccinated, to reduce the virus spreading risk, and afterwards, we can discuss. Reporter: Thank you. Reporter: GRECO conveyed today that compliance with recommendations on preventing corruption amongst MPs and magistrates is unsatisfactory and Romania fulfilled only 5 of the 18 recommendations. What is your position? Florin Cițu: The whole report says one very important thing: we are on the right track. The incumbent ruling coalition is on the right track and we must continue the reforms we have begun. First, we have stopped the evil and reversed the negative effects of the reforms initiated in 2017-2019. That is the first thing we have done, we have stopped what happened then. At the moment, we are reforming justice legislation which is being discussed by the coalition. I think we are moving in the right direction, and what I can say is that in this administration, this government will no longer allow justice legislation to be abused, and we will no longer see what happened between 2017 and 2019. (...) 2021-05-05 16:14:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 04.05.2021 15:06:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu la Palatul Victoria Știri din 04.05.2021 12:31:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu prilejul Zilei Veteranilor de RăzboiȘtiri din 29.04.2021 09:21:00 Comitetului interministerial pentru revenirea României la normalitate începând cu 1 iunie 2021, în contextul pandemiei de COVID-19Știri din 28.04.2021 second meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Romania's return to normalcy as of June 1, 2021, which took place today, at Victoria Palace, highlighted the need to adjust the gradual relaxation measures to the specifics of each area of activity. In parallel, the Government will expand the vaccination campaign, in order to facilitate the access of as many citizens as possible to immunization. The representatives of the profile associations and organizations came up with concrete proposals regarding the perspective of organizing some cultural pilot events, which should be held in conditions of health safety. The representatives of the Association of Municipalities voiced their readiness to host such pilot events. The preparation of the gradual reopening of the hospitality sector was also discussed, as the vaccination campaign progresses. The elimination of restrictions and the reopening of the sectors hit hard by the pandemic will be done gradually, depending on the increase of the populations immunization rate. The information campaign on vaccination will be adapted to each sector targeted by the relaxation measures Therefore, the proposals will be analyzed starting tomorrow in technical working groups by areas, in which the representatives of the competent ministries and institutions will agree on the specific proposals for measures. These will be later submitted to the Inter-ministerial Committee for approval. Thus, the working groups will analyze the proposals in the fields of economy, health, labour and social protection, transport and infrastructure, education and research, youth and sports, and culture. The vaccination campaign is going well at the moment, there are enough doses of vaccine to reach our target of 5 million people vaccinated by June so that the immunization rate will allow us to gradually return to normalcy, stated the Secretary-General of the Government, Tiberiu Horatiu Gorun, who chaired todays meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee, as vice-chairperson. - It is necessary for us to come up with concrete proposals for measures, in as short a time as possible, and to have an effective way of working. The Secretariat - General of the Government will be fully involved in this respect, stated Mircea Abrudean, Deputy Secretary-General of the Government. The meeting at Victoria Palace was attended by representatives of the ministries and institutions involved in the management of the pandemic situation, as well as of the local authorities, of the tourism, culture and event organization sectors. They pointed out that they endorse the COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a sure solution for Romanias gradual return to normalcy in conditions of health security for everyone. 2021-04-28 20:18:00ţii susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul muncii și protecției sociale, Raluca Turcan, și ministrul sănătății, Ioana Mihăilă, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 28.04.2021 Cițu: Good afternoon. I will talk about two more important legislative documents approved in today's Cabinet meeting and the Labor Minister and the Health Minister will provide the details in this regard. There are things for which it is good to know the details. First of all, we approved today the Emergency Ordinance which will supplement the funds for family doctors; it is about the 40 lei for the inoculation. Minister will explain precisely what we got to this cost and how this money is distributed. Another important legislative document is the Emergency Ordinance on the protection of Romanian citizens who are working abroad. You know very well that, many Romanian citizens are leaving Romania every year, therefore, we have this legislative document regulating this situation. I had a talk with the Ministers regarding the PNRR. It is time to accelerate things. We have a few details to finish. I am certain that we will have a PNRR that will represent Romania's interests in development in the following period. There are several discussions, but I am certain we will have a good PNRR, a PNRR through which we will draw the sums allocated to Romania. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, we see that the coalition parties overcame a crisis caused by the dismissal of a Minister in your Cabinet, but locally, speaking about Iasi and Bucharest, there are grievances between the two parties - we are talking about USR PLUS and PNL, especially regarding voting the budget of the towns they manage. Currently, does the coalition work the same way it did when you signed the Protocol, in December? Florin Cițu: Of course. The coalition is working very well. I have found out while we were in the Cabinet meeting, that the Bucharest budget was not passed. I will have a discussion and I will speak with Mr Barna to see how we can solve the situation in Bucharest, which are in fact the grievances. We need to have the budget of Bucharest passed fast, there is expenditure which should be made, an investment which should be made, but we will have a discussion with them and we will get involved in sorting this out, in as short a time as possible. Reporter: But do you think they reached a discontent so soon? Florin Cițu: Let us have a talk and we see afterwards. Thanks. Reporter: Good afternoon, Mr Cițu! When do we have the European green certificate and who, more precisely, will be responsible for its implementation? Florin Cițu: Details have been sent to the STS for a long time, STS is in charge of its implementation. When it is ready, it has not been passed for the time being at the EU level. We have some information, the way we need to build it, but as I have told each time, we hope such a measure will not create discrimination between citizens, and we view it, as the President stated, as triggered by medical reasons. Therefore, if there are medical issues, you can travel with this green certificate. But when overall Europe will be vaccinated, Romania as well, this green certificate might not be necessary. Reporter: If you could say, because we see that the European Commission allows the Romanian state to grant aid of up to 500 million euros in total to restaurants, hotels, HoReCa companies, if you could tell me how this money will be distributed, more precisely. What exactly will happen? Florin Ciţu: We will reopen or we have this plan to return to normalcy as of June 1 and I believe that this is what all restaurants in Romania or those in the HoReCa sector to return to normal, for people to be employed, to work, to receive a salary. That is why we have this vaccination campaign and we are accelerating it during this period, so that on June 1 we can return to normal and we have put forward some proposals for this sector. Right now, the Inter-Ministerial Committee is meeting and you will see that there are several solutions on the table. Reporter: I think you also found out about the criminal problems that Mihai Chirica, the mayor of Iași, and Costel Alexe have at this moment. Can you tell us if you had a discussion with them? At least Costel Alexe says he has suspended himself, but we know that someone who has a leading position in the party cannot do this. Did you discuss also the public position he should adopt, so as not to damage the partys image? Florin Ciţu: We havent had discussions yet. All I can say is that they took the right decisions, albeit slightly late. Thank you! Reporter: Given that throughout the Easter Vigil, the restrictions will be lifted for those who attend religious services, how are you going to check that everyone who will be on the street that evening will go to the religious service and will not go to the party? Will, there be more checks, do we expect more controls? Florin Ciţu: First of all, you know very well that no restaurant is open that night, nothing is open. The only open place is the church, you can go for the Easter celebration and thats it. We are confident that people will celebrate and I am sure they will celebrate the feast of Easter, and follow the rules in force: restrictions regarding distancing, mask-wearing and disinfectant. Reporter: But we are also talking about private parties, where ... Florin Ciţu: You should know that this risk exists every day, that of private parties, it is not only that Easter night and we do not have a problem with such a thing. Reporter: I have just asked whether you will carry out more checks. Have you discussed this? Florin Ciţu: I tell you that, at this moment, for the Easter holiday, we have taken all the measures, we have had discussions with the religious cults and, at this moment, we are sure that the citizens of Romania will comply with the legislation in force. Reporter: Regarding the discussion that you said, Mr Prime Minister, that you will have with Vice Prime Minister Barna and with those in Bucharest, when will it take place? Today or tomorrow? Florin Ciţu: When the schedule allows us, as fast as possible, of course. We have a few more meetings today, but we will meet and discuss. Reporter: And as regards Vice Prime Minister Barna, did he present to you that health report that you insisted on before the dismissal of the Minister of Health? Florin Ciţu: I was the interim Minister of Health and many of the things were clarified during that period. Reporter: So you practically dont expect this report from the Vice Prime Minister anymore? Florin Ciţu: No. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, for several weeks, you have announced an assessment of Ministers. The memorandum was on the Cabinet meeting table several times. Why did you not adopt it? Florin Ciţu: There are still details we have been working on. I think the memorandum should be a little clearer, also regarding who makes the assessment, and at that moment, it will be adopted. Reporter: The assessment is made by the Prognosis Commission. Are there Ministries that did not send all requested data...? Florin Ciţu: This is one thing, but I repeat the way we make the assessment should be clearer for everyone, in order to avoid discussions afterwards. Reporter: Good afternoon. Given that there are these negotiations that you have on the PNRR, PSD is proposing a political consensus. Florin Ciţu: Negotiations with the European Commission. Reporter: With the European Commission, of course. Do you support such a variant? Would it possible a political consensus on this topic, on such an important project for Romania? Florin Ciţu: Nobody is stopping the Social Democrats from supporting PNRR. PNRR, we must all understand, is a Government program, but a program of the Government which addresses all Romanians. There are investments there for all the communities inhabited by the Romanians, regardless of their political colour. We should not politicize this program. (...) 2021-04-28 17:00:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 27.04.2021 15:43:00 premierului Florin Cîțu, alături de președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, și ministrul apărării naționale, Nicolae Ciucă, la campania „Alături de veterani”Știri din 27.04.2021 15:30:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la consultări cu prefecții, în sistem onlineȘtiri din 27.04.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu on the occasion of the virtual consultations with the prefects [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Thank you, Mr Minister. I would like to thank you for the way you have managed this period since the last meeting, in which we had new restrictions. At the latest meeting, I said that we must all get involved to get over this third wave and the prefects, subprefects, the representatives of the Ministry of the Interior got involved and helped us get us through this period without incidents, and I would like to thank you for that. Now, we are in terms of the pandemic on a decreasing slope of this third wave and we need to consolidate this period. That is why we still need to be vigilant, this third wave has not yet passed, but it is clear that what was harder has passed and the way you have managed the observance of the rules has mattered a lot. It is true at this moment we have an important weekend ahead, a weekend in which we celebrate Easter, but also the traditional 1-2 May, free, in which the Romanian citizens can go on a mini-holiday. From our point of view, things are simple. Nothing has changed, we have the same rules: mask, social -distancing, disinfectants. All activities must take into account the rules in force. I am sure that, as you have succeeded to manage the period so far, you will do a very good job this weekend as well. But now I take this opportunity to be here today and I do not want to talk only about this weekend, I want us to address the vaccination campaign, which helps us overcome the pandemic and bring us to normal. We had a discussion with the locally elected, with mayors of municipalities, communes, towns, with presidents of county councils, and I asked involvement and I would like to see it at you too. I think it is important for you to work together with mayors, DSPs, (Public Health Directorates), and what I told them, I tell you too, I would like to see every weekend, as many events as possible, linked to vaccination, in municipalities, towns. We need to accelerate this campaign. Timisoara represents a very good example in this regard. We already have two drive-through centres, one in Cluj, the other in Deva. We also opened mobile vaccination centres, across Romania, the prefectures and state institutions' involvement in this respect is important. This is why, after this weekend passes, we are prepared for a good weekend, we should place all resources in order to have a successful vaccination campaign, and I tell it each time: it is not a fad, an objective of this Cabinet is to have a successful vaccination campaign, it is the only solution for our return to normal and we should get all involved to attain it. On our part, you could see that the private sector has already got involved, they come up with solutions. It depends on us all to return to normal as soon as possible, as fast as possible, and contrary to what I see, and I see some pessimist opinions, I am an optimist. We have the vaccine doses, I know that Romanians want to return to normal so that they can go on holidays, concerts, restaurants, theatres, without a mask, to be together with their loved ones. Therefore, we offer the resources, we make them available, and surely, Romanians will get vaccinated, it depends on us too. This is the message today, Mr Minister. I will take a look now at your work and as aforementioned, I will leave the conference at 1:10 pm. Thanks. 2021-04-27 13:21:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu prilejul Zilei Forțelor TerestreȘtiri din 23.04.2021 10:14:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la reuniunea Comitetului interministerial pentru revenirea României la normalitate începând cu 1 iunie 2021, în contextul pandemiei de COVID-19Știri din 22.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon! Today we had a meeting, the meeting of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Romanias return to normal on June 1. It is, in fact, the first step, a meeting we have been waiting for one year, as, when we enter the state of emergency last year, it was complicated to see this scenario: how we will return to normal. Today, we can see how to get back to normal, that is why we have this inter-ministerial committee to prepare the first milestone, the first part. June 1 does not mean that we return to normal, but it means a first step, an important step. I have said that then we can do this, if we have almost 35% of the population that has to be immunised, vaccinated, we will do that as it depends on us to do it. This was a meeting where the regulation was approved, a meeting where I told my colleagues how I think they should work: each ministry will come up with proposals that they discuss first with the sectors operating under their authority. There are all ministries, as all Ministries had all kind of measures this year which hit the activity of sectors which they monitor, administer. Of course, the Health Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry are there because all these measures will have to be discussed with the Health Ministry, and the Internal Affairs Ministry and will have to be analyzed. It was a meeting we have waited for one year which gives us hope. (...) We have started to think of the return to normality. I told my colleagues that according to regulation, they will meet weekly, but they can have extraordinary meetings anytime and I encourage them to meet anytime, to have solutions on the table, which we can present publicly, and then, we can prepare for this return to normality, the first phase of the return to normality from June 1st. I know that I tell it many times, but it depends only on us. A successful vaccination campaign brings normality to Romania. These have been discussed today in this meeting. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, what will happen from June 1? You spoke about relaxation, the president said that you would better present a plan of measures. What should Romanians expect? Florin Cițu: The President was right, I am right too. Yes, it is a plan of measures which shows that we will return to normal. We do not return 100 percent from June 1, that is clear, but we will show the first step, what we can do when we have a 35 percent vaccination rate, then, we can discuss the next steps. But it is a conditionality and I say it each time: it does not happen without vaccination! Therefore, the return to normal cannot happen without vaccination! It is the only solution. We had a two-month lockdown last year and we did not return to normal. Therefore, it is not the solution. The solution is to get vaccinated. Reporter: Good afternoon! We understand that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan should suffer amendments in order to be approved by the European Commission. The projects for irrigations and the projects for infrastructure would not be accepted by the Commission. But can you tell us what will happen with these projects? Florin Cițu: The Minister of Investment and European Projects was there last week. There is a negotiation. We put forward a plan. The European Commission expressed its views, we return. I would not say that the European Commission refused something, as it is not true, it could not happen that. I think it is about - fine-tuning, reshaping what we have in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan in order to fit the patterns that the European Commission is considering. I see no other problem here. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, two questions if you allow me. First of all, if you were aware of the serious situation that the cancer patients have been facing, I refer to what is happening at the Institute of Oncology, medicines are missing. The new Minister claims that she will conduct an investigation in this respect. Have you been informed? It seems that the former Health Minister was aware of it and nothing was done. Have you been informed about this situation and if additional intervention is needed from Government, given the desperate situation that the cancer patients are facing? Second question regarding the decisions of the National Committee for Emergency Situations that you coordinate, if Greece was introduced on the - yellow list, also Maldive, and if the Republic of Moldova was withdrawn? Thanks. Florin Cițu: The CNSU meeting is in progress, we will communicate afterwards. As regards the situation at the Health Ministry, we are waiting for the conclusions of the new Minister and afterwards we will make them public. Reporter: Were you aware of the situation there? Have you been informed by the former Health Minister? Florin Cițu: Let us wait for the conclusions. It is the information we all have now and we have been waiting for conclusions, to see when this situation was found, who knew about it and afterwards, we will make them public. Reporter: Are you considering a proposal which may come over the next weeks, regarding the opening of restaurants based on tests, resumption of private events and also based on rapid test or PCR, in the context in which there are these relaxation measures? Thanks. Florin Cițu: All proposals will be discussed by the Interministerial Committee, this is the role of this Interministerial Committee. I believe that in the next interval we will be able to talk about some pilot tests, pilot events, pilot situations, since we cannot talk in the immediate future about a complete reopening of one sector or another. I am open to proposals, I want to see them, and I want to see them on the table of the Interministerial Committee and then we will make a decision together. Reporter: You spoke about the pilot - tests. Can you give us examples of what could be reopened earlier, as a test? Florin Cițu: I would like to see all sectors opening earlier, but I think that there are at least some proposals at this point that the Ministry of Culture is reviewing, part of them referring to some pilot tests for the National Theatre and the Opera House, as far as I know. We will see how things will look in the end. Reporter: When do we give up the mask-wearing? Florin Cițu: After we get vaccinated, we will give up mask-wearing as well. Reporter: From June 1st? Florin Ciţu: On June 1, it is a bit early to give up the mask, there are only 35% of people vaccinated. We need to think about giving up the mask after we meet that target of 10 million vaccinated citizens. Until then, it doesnt make sense to talk about such a thing. Reporter: A rather controversial piece of information appeared in the public space, the appointment of Romulus Burlacu to the State Inspectorate for Constructions. From the documentation, we find out that he had problems with the National Integrity Agency, signing contracts with a company in which he was a shareholder, with the state, and, of course, for three years he was not allowed to hold public offices. If you can tell us if you knew about his situation and if you can further detail. Florin Ciţu: I think that Mr. Burlacu has already explained his situation, I think that he also issued a communique. The decision has been reversed and currently, there is no final decision, the case is on trial again, as far as I know. Reporter: In addition to my colleague, I would like to talk about the controversial people in the government, and I am referring here to the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health. I saw your statement yesterday. The question is: is it necessary to reorganize, to abolish a post in order to remove a person from office? And I also refer to Mrs Elena Petrașcu, whom you brought in your wing at SGG. What does recommend Mrs Petrascu? Thank you. Florin Ciţu: Well, you see? Nothing recommended this person for that office, she just moved from the secretary general of the Ministry of Justice and came here, thats the problem, I learned from that. Nothing recommended her for that governmental office, but when I transferred her from the Ministry of Justice, she was automatically appointed as governmental inspector. Reporter: You signed that decree. What were the arguments behind it? Florin Ciţu: And then I said that it is much easier, if we have people with problems, to abolish the respective post. You know very well the case of that person from the Ministry of Finance who was accused of colalboration with Securitate, last year, I reorganized the Finance Ministry and that post was abolished, that was transferred following reorganization, but I did my best to solve this. Therefore, it can be done through reorganization, if we want it. If we move them from one ministry to another, we solve nothing, if there are persons with problems. Reporter: Are you thinking of making clear rules? I mean, can we avoid such situations from now on? Florin Ciţu: We can do this by amending the Administrative Code. If we have people who are proven to have collaborated with Securitatea, yes, we can do that. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the school will reopen on May 4. How will this reopening of schools be done? Will the Romanian Government provide the non-invasive tests that Minister Sorin Cimpeanu requested a month ago? Florin Ciţu: This issue was approached today, in this committee. The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education will analyze the situation and the way the children may return to school after May 4. Reporter: Will you provide the non-invasive tests, requested by Minister Cimpeanu, until May 4? Florin Ciţu: Lets see to what conclusions the two ministries reach and then we will make them public. Reporter: Until we reach that milestone of 10 million vaccinated, is it likely to carry our testing in localities where there are no positive cases or where the incidence rate is very low, and no mask to be worn there anymore? Florin Ciţu: I am not a supporter of disproportionate measures. I would like to take action for everyone. This proposal has not been discussed this time. If a proposal is submitted to the inter-ministerial committee, we will take it into account. But this issue has not been currently discussed. Reporter: Proposals for recreational areas, from the sea, for example, have been put forward so far and if so, what is it about? Florin Ciţu: No! Not this time. It was the first meeting of the committee, I told you that the regulation were discussed today. There will surely be discussions in the next period, I encouraged my colleagues to meet often, to have some solutions as early as possible, in order to have time to prepare for this stage starting June 1st. Thank you very much! 2021-04-22 17:59:00 premierului Florin Cîțu, alături de liderii coaliției de guvernare, la depunerea jurământului noului ministru al sănătății, doamna Ioana MihăilăȘtiri din 21.04.2021 20:20:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu, la finalul ședinței de guvernȘtiri din 21.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon! Today I have received from the USR PLUS colleagues the nomination for the Minister of Health, Mrs Ioana Mihaila. I immediately sent the nomination to the President of Romania. I think that today, she will take the oath of office and we will have a full Minister of Health to take over this portfolio. Secondly, today, we had a very good meeting with the representatives of the religious denominations that celebrate Easter in the next period and we wanted to discuss a little about how that night ceremony will unfold, what will be the rules and of course, about the vaccination campaign. And things are very simple for that Easter night. From our point of view, we are only interested in complying with the rules we have: mask-wearing, social distancing and disinfectant. We will only be there to provide support, but the way the religious services are carried out does not interfere with these rules. So, from our point of view, it is very important to comply with these rules throughout that Easter night. We also received a set of recommendations from the Romanian Patriarchate, we take them into account. My colleagues were there too, so I think things are very clear now and we will definitely have an Easter night without any problems. I have sincerely thanked the representatives of the religious denominations for their involvement in the vaccination awareness campaign so far, and I have further asked for support to speed up the vaccination campaign. As aforementioned, it is very important to have a successful vaccination campaign in order to have holidays in the future, without a mask, without disinfectant, without social distancing. In todays Cabinet meeting, there were several draft normative acts. The most important is the Emergency Ordinance that extends the mandate of the ICR leadership, it expires on Sunday, but we extended it until the appointment of the next leadership. The others were just important government decisions that we will communicate in a press release. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the PNL Chairperson Ludovic Orban stated many times that when a Minister attacks the Prime Minister or the Cabinet, should hand in his resignation at the same time. From your point of view, if the situation repeats with Mr Drula, he criticized you publicly, do you consider reshuffling any Minister, irrespective of the coalition's decision? Florin Ciţu: I do not think that such a thing will happen. Thank you! Reporter: Some months ago, you sent the Control Body to the Romanian Waters. I have not seen any report there. How long does it take to see that report? Florin Ciţu: I will ask for this report from the Control Body. Some are more complicated, others, easier to make, but I will make them public if they are ready. I will ask for an assessment and ask me an update next week. Thanks! Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, you have just submitted a nomination for the Ministry of Health. Did you have any discussion with Ioana Mihăilă? I ask you this question in the context in which you saw what is in the media, and you were informed and I ask you why you have not intervened so far given the repeated requests of Vlad Voiculescu to change the Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, who is proven to have collaborated with the Securitate, he is accused of anti-Semitism, because, I quote: told on Jews, I quote from the media. At the same time, this man has remained so many times, in offices at the Ministry of Health, in so many Cabinets. Have you discussed this new nomination of USR PLUS so that this man be withdrawn from this position? Florin Ciţu: I also asked for an assessment of that gentleman, I still dont have a factual assessment. Here things must be very clear. He was appointed in March 2016 and has remained in that office ever since. I had no explanation as to why he was kept in the ministry then and did not leave, and there was no request at that time to leave. At the same time, it does not solve the problem if a person with such problems is brought from the Ministry of Health to the Government because he would come as a governmental inspector. We solve the problem, and here I am waiting for a reorganization of the respective ministry that may dismantle that position and then, of course, remove that person from office. Reporter: Did you have any discussion about that? Florin Ciţu: I had a discussion before. This reorganization did not come and I can tell you, for us, we have some important targets. One of them is to keep public sector wage spending within a certain limit. Reorganizing ministries, as we did at the Ministry of Finance by reducing the number of general directors, for example, general directors become directors, means savings on the budget. So these things can be done. Posts may disappear through reorganization. So you can do this and I am waiting, of course, for these solutions. Reporter: The question was, why didnt you do it when Vlad Voiculescu presented you seven times, according to the document he showed, he asked you to do it? Florin Ciţu: I told you that I had no justification, no document arrived as to justify why. Secondly, no justification why it remained in 2016 there. But we cannot play with people's lives. There is a file telling this, if that decision was made, we would not have sold that problem. I told you, it was a move from Ministry to Government. If that was a real problem, we would have solved the problem, by dismantling the post which can be done only by the respective Minister through reorganization. But there is no explanation yet why he remained in that office in 2016. Reporter: Second question: you mentioned the staff costs a little earlier, the IMF representatives were said to come with... Florin Ciţu: They have come! Reporter: They came, but if you can tell us at the moment where are the highest staff costs in the first three months of the year from the budget execution? Was it presented to you and for what reasons? And at the same time, I include in this question the fact that today you also had a memorandum on ministers. Did they have to send the assessments, their own assessment, if they were sent? The ones from USR PLUS..... Florin Ciţu: There are three questions there. The memorandum is being evaluated. And regarding the staff costs, there are certain sectors, some of them justified, such as health, because we have a series of bonuses that have been extended for the staff working in intensive care and so on. There are certain increases granted during the alert state. Reporter: First of all, regarding Easter night, we know that all the relaxation measures have been announced so far, practically, an extended schedule for stores, the fact that there will be no need for a statement and that you can travel all night. . Florin Cițu: For no one. Reporter: However, in order to prevent certain protests, private parties with large crowds, did you discuss with the Ministry of Interior some checks or measures? Florin Cițu: Of course. Except for traffic, everything is closed. So there are no restaurants open, no parties. All parties are closed. It will be, from this point of view, only of parties, it will be a normal night. But in terms of travel, there will be no need for a statement that night. Reporter: So, can those who plan to organize something expect checks? Florin Cițu: I understood that you dont have to ..., its a special night and it should stay that way. Reporter: And, a second question: the people from HoReCa said, after talking to you, that they would like to open before June 1 and, of course, accept the vaccination condition. Will such a thing be possible? Florin Cițu: On condition, they get vaccinated. If the personnel get vaccinated, it is a challenge for everyone. I clearly stated that if we succeed to vaccinate, we can open earlier. Reporter: Minister, again, this memorandum for the assessments of ministers has been postponed. Florin Cițu: Yes. Reporter: This is the third or fourth postponement. What happens, because you specified there a quarterly assessment. When will it actually take place? Florin Cițu: I postponed it because I wanted to see exactly what we have received so far and when I bring it to the Cabinet meeting, after analyzing all the assessments I received. Today, I think I have received almost all of them, but I want to have them, take a look at them first, and then we put it on the agenda. Reporter: And when could we have a first evaluation, the first results? Florin Cițu: Lets put the memorandum on the agenda and then we will discuss it. Reporter: There are studies that show that by the end of the year we will be able to vaccinate only 30% of the population, we are talking about the end of the year. What will be the Governments strategy? Florin Cițu: These studies are pessimistic. In Cluj, we have 30% of the population vaccinated, Bucharest had 20% a week ago. I know its a challenge for people in rural areas, but youll see that we have a solution for everyone, especially since we have vaccine doses now. This is a very, very pessimistic scenario that I dont even consider. Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr Ciţu, you said that you want digitalization now. Can you tell us what you refer to more precisely and if you impose fines the townhalls which are not registered on ghiseul. ro, as the Minister of Communications conveyed? Florin Ciţu: /.../ operates for the payment of taxes. Townhalls need motivation, we need to find it. I do not know if a fine can be a positive motivation. I prefer to create positive motivations, not to apply fines. We need to show them that life has become easier for everybody when we digitalize, and there will be higher tax receipts to date. Perhaps, our effort is needed, a more careful awareness campaign regarding the benefits of digitalization, although I do not believe, perhaps, it is necessary. When I say digitalization, I refer to the entire administrative apparatus, but we will see the benefits right away. The cash registers are already connected to the Finance Ministry. An important challenge for the Finance Ministry is e-billing. This year, I expect to have e-billing functional as it will bring important revenues to the budget. With important budget receipts, we can discuss other things. Reporter: The European Commission data shows that Romania has the highest traffic-related death rate and I have here some figures: 85 per million inhabitants, the EU average is 42, and Sweden has 18 deaths per million inhabitants. How can we reduce this death rate? Florin Ciţu: There are several solutions. What we see working, is a correlation, I do not know if there is a direct relationship, the infrastructure. When there is a developed infrastructure, the number of traffic accidents is declining. There are other measures as well, but we have already allocated clearly resources in the programme for the government in order to develop road infrastructure in Romania. Thank you. Reporter: Thank you too. Mr Prime Minister, the political agreement concluded last evening, stipulates: - the coalition establishes a permanent working group to render effective the state functioning. Can you tell us more? Why is such a working group necessary? What will do this group? Who will be part of it, when does it become operational? Florin Ciţu: I can tell you that this Government is working every day at the operationalization of state institutions. We have proven this through the measures we have taken so far. At the Finance Ministry, you could see that we advance with digitalization. There is a desire for reform and my request is to make reform in state institutions. We approved that draft law which repealed the law passed last year, in Parliament whereby you could not sell state shares (...). Therefore, we are working at the Government and the Government's decisions show very clearly that we want state efficiency. Reporter: And I would also like to ask you, after what happened at Victor Babeș Hospital, you requested an investigation, I would like to ask you if you dont think that an investigation or at least an analysis would be required regarding what happened at Foisor Hospital? People were marked by the image of the sick taken on ambulance stretchers ... Florin Ciţu: I asked for a report on this topic. Reporter: ... There is a perception that no one is really responsible for such incidents. Investigations will be carried out to see if it was abuse at work, negligence at work, which employees were wrong if the director of the hospital was wrong and on how the gendarmes acted, with some clear conclusions and some culprits to answer for? Florin Ciţu: I also had discussions that evening with those who dealt directly or indirectly with this transfer. Yes, I have asked for a report to see exactly how the whole procedure was carried out. When I have it, I will come up with conclusions. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon! Would you agree with the appointment of Vlad Voiculescu as honorary adviser to the new Minister of Health? Florin Ciţu: From what I found out, he is on vacation in the next period. So I dont think it is an issue. Thank you! Reporter: And the second question. In PNL there are leaders who are dissatisfied with several USR PLUS Ministers, and here we refer to Stelian Ion, Claudiu Năsui and Cătălin Drulă, are they also about to be reshuffled? Florin Ciţu: I dont know why you want again reshuffling and no ... its a situation which you take to the extreme. At this moment, the coalition is working very well, we have a government programme and we are advancing and making decisions in this direction, nothing as such is being taken into account at the moment. Reporter: I saw in the public space that the presidential administration enjoys a higher trust from the people towards the government and its related institutions. The question is... Florin Ciţu: Why? Reporter: No, no! Why not start a pro-vaccination campaign in which the president is actively and directly involved because I saw in important moments he could go out every day to speak against or for something? Florin Ciţu: The president is directly involved in this vaccination campaign and helps a lot with this vaccination campaign and I am sure he will do it in the next period as well. And we get as involved as we can in the framework we have. Reporter: The European Medicines Agency said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine has greater benefits than risks. Will we start vaccination too? Florin Ciţu: Yes, yes. Following this EMA decision, we will start vaccinating with Johnson and Johnson as well. It was the solution for these mobile centres, initially. Weve used Pfizer now, but well see if we get back to these mobile centres with Johnson and Johnson. Thank you! Reporter: We know that in last evenings discussions within the coalition, there was also talk about your evaluation as prime minister. If so, who will do it? Knowing that ministers will be evaluated by you? Florin Ciţu: The citizens of Romania and the MPs. You know very well that the Government's activity is assessed by the citizens of Romania, and the Parliament, through motions of censure, also assesses the Government's activity. So, my assessment is constantly made, every day, by the citizens of Romania. Reporter: And a second question is related to a normative act that provides 40 lei for family doctors for each vaccinated person. If and at what stage is this normative act? Florin Ciţu: It is in the approval circuit at the Ministry of Finance. Reporter: And what will this entail? Florin Ciţu: It is in approval at the Mystery of Finance, let me see the form that comes out of there and then I can tell you what exactly it will mean, that there are more ... Reporter: Would there be funds for such a measure and if so, when could it enter into force? Florin Ciţu: There are funds and if it is submitted next week in the Cabinet meeting, it will take effect immediately after it is published in the Official Gazette. Reporter: You said that you spoke today with the representatives of the religious denominations and about the vaccination campaign. Florin Ciţu: Yes, I did. Reporter: Specifically, how will they get involved in the vaccination campaign or in spreading the word that it is good to get vaccinated? Florin Ciţu: There are several examples of information, of course. We had an example of a religious denomination that immediately contacted the prefect and made a list of the persons who want to get vaccinated. So, there are many ways to back this campaign. It is important that they get actively involved and positively answered our request. We all want to have a successful vaccination campaign as there would be no need for decisions regarding Easter night, etc. We could get back to our normal life, without the CNSU decision to allow us to do something or not. Reporter: Did they tell you or will they talk to people, including at Sunday service, for instance? Florin Ciţu: I have not requested such details, they told me they would endorse the vaccination campaign and will carry further the message to inform the citizens about the benefits of the vaccination campaign. Reporter: Thanks. 2021-04-21 15:47:00Ședința de guvern din 21 aprilieȘtiri din 21.04.2021 15:38:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții cultelor religioase din RomâniaȘtiri din 21.04.2021 13:01:00ții de presă susținute de prim-ministrul Florin Cîțu, la ParlamentȘtiri din 21.04.2021[Check against delivery] Reporter: Regarding the USR nomination for the Minister of Health, will you condition the acceptance of the nomination by the non-inclusion of Vlad Voiculescu in the Ministry of Health, as advisor or secretary of state? Florin Cițu: We still dont know who the colleagues nominee is. I said that we already have an agreement, the nominations will be made on professional criteria. I expect the nominee to be a professional who will take over this Ministry as soon as possible because we need someone to take care of the Ministry of Health, we have a lot of problems that need to be solved there. Reporter: It will be the second Cabinet meeting without a full Minister of Health...; Florin Cițu: But, nevertheless, there is a prime minister who is also Minister of Health. Reporter: Do you expect the president to accept this nomination? The health sector is a field of national security, and the president will surely want the best professional appointed. Florin Cițu: Im sure. We will look at the nomination of the colleagues from USR-PLUS but, I am sure, I trust, our colleagues will nominate, in a responsible manner, a person able to carry out the work at the Ministry of Health. Reporter: If, however, they nominate Vlad Voiculescu for the honorary advisor, will you agree? Florin Cițu: It is not me to agree on whether he is a professional...; Reporter: But you spoke of his performance; would he find a vacant seat in the Cabinet? Florin Cițu: I say lets wait and see who is the nominee. Reporter: Did you address this issue in the negotiations? Florin Cițu: It doesnt make sense to discuss scenarios. We discussed in the negotiations how to move forward because we needed to solve this small problem; we solved it, now we are in the next phase, we continue our government. Reporter: (...;) the reshuffle of a minister? Florin Cițu: But I dont have to make this consideration either. There was no discussion over the Constitution last evening, no vote related to it, it makes no sense to address such a topic now. The constitutional prerogatives of the Prime Minister remain the same, the prerogatives of the President, of the Parliament, all these remain intact. Such a topic has not been discussed. Reporter: There was also discussion about several draft laws last evening that the USR representatives would have wanted to prioritize, including the election of mayors in two rounds. Why didnt you agree with this point? Florin Cițu: These are political discussions, we have these draft laws on the table, maybe some of them need to be included in this agreement because they are part of the discussions that we will have in Parliament. But regarding reform projects, I am the first to promote them, I am the first to push them forward, I dont see why they should be in an agreement; they are already in the programme for government. So, to push things forward a little bit, its all right to be included. Reporter: Did you also talk to Cătălin Drulă? Did he apologize to you? Florin Cițu: I said how I will evaluate the ministers. After all, it is a matter of conscience and honour of those who make such statements. Reporter: But you met him yesterday. Did he apologize to you? Florin Cițu: You got used to it now that I dont disclose what I talk in private with my colleagues. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, how does this protocol change the previous situation? In the end, reading those points, we see nothing new compared to what we already knew existed in the coalition relationship until now. Florin Ciţu: But the role of this protocol is not to make the government difficult, but to make things easier. This is the role of this protocol. There are several points, maybe they should be clarified, make everyone content. You have seen that there are provisions on how the governmental agenda is drawn up, the parliamentary agenda, in the Coalition, I think these were the main topics. Clarification was needed. But the role is to make things easier in the coalition. After all, political decisions are political decisions, Government decisions are made in the Government. This is all. Reporter: I repeat the question, regarding the reshuffles, do you feel that something has changed following this new agreement? Florin Ciţu: I dont understand why you say that, because no one wants to make reshuffles. Reshuffles or revocations lead to an extreme situation. Therefore, we dont have to talk about them all the time. Reporter: Does this agreement bring anything new? Florin Ciţu: From my point of view, no. Reporter: No one inside USR disputes Ms Mihăilăs professional skills, but those related to communication are still contested. Arent you afraid that in two or three months, in a short period of time, we will find ourselves in the same situation? Florin Cițu: Lets wait and see who is nominated, after that, we can discuss. We need to give the one who takes over this portfolio a chance to settle there, to see how things are. Thank you. 2021-04-21 11:59:00Întrevederea premierului Florin Cîțu cu Maia Sandu, președintele Republicii MoldovaȘtiri din 20.04.2021 22:42:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu, președintele CNCAV, Valeriu Gheorghiță, și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 20.04.2021 14:43:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanți ai organizațiilor neguvernamentale și asociații ale pacienților pe tema campaniei de vaccinareȘtiri din 20.04.2021 14:40:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții organizațiilor mediului de afaceri pe tema centrelor de vaccinare organizate în cadrul companiilorȘtiri din 20.04.2021 13:48:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la videconferința ”Bursa în anul crizei sanitare și al incertitudinilor economice”Știri din 20.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good morning and thank you for the invitation! As you said, it is a complicated time, we have to manage the health crisis. It is a pleasure to be here today, because, in fact, this is the reality we all long for, to be close to entrepreneurs, to the private sector. They are the people who generate added value in the economy. You said that last year was a difficult year, but, if we look at the turnover, not only of the Bucharest Stock Exchange but that all the stock exchanges in the world had, we see that it increased. It is true in Romania, we had a record, maybe also due to the fact that the Romanian capital market was introduced in the FTSE Russell Emerging Markets index. Maybe this helped a lot too. I congratulated the capital market, the stock exchange, I congratulate them even now. It is an important thing to attract investors in Romania. After all, the capital market is based on investment, national or foreign, we need investment. Id like to take a look at what happened last year, what we did last year, and then, we can talk about the future. There are two important things the state did last year. One: it injected liquidity or helped liquidity through that issue of Fidelis securities, almost one billion euros, so this was important and I say it helped a lot. But much more important, and with long-term implications, was the amendment of legislation that helps capitalize on Romanian companies. It was a decision I made last year. Looking at the experience of the last 20-30 years, a structural issue in Romania is that we have private companies that have negative capitalization. We created this incentive, this motivation for companies to capitalize. It is a program that has been running for five years, with bonuses of up to 15% per year from the profit tax, just to have companies that show their real financial situation, to capitalize; then we can talk about a healthy economy. I think it is very important to have these healthy companies because that is how we show investors that we are ready to receive capital. These are the two measures that I think have helped the capital market a lot and will help in the next period too. For me, the important thing is - Ive been told it many times and youve seen that immediately after we had that lockdown last year, I said I dont want to have a lockdown anymore - that we can mostly have an open economy, and also fight the pandemic as well; so far, we have managed to do this, and we will continue to do so. You said it in your way, I keep saying that it takes a healthy economy, resources to have healthy people in order to allocate resources in the health system, to have everything - intensive care beds, and medicines, and pay the doctors, and give them a bonus in difficult situations and so on - but, you also need healthy people, to have a strong economy. So the two go together. And that was, in fact, the balance that we had to keep throughout last year by means of the measures that we took. Looking at this year and whats next, it matters what we want and what this coalition wants from this economy. In my opinion, it is high time to make the transition, and we must do it quickly, to a competitive, digitalized economy that promotes know-how, technology, a modern economy. This is the right time! Now, we have to make the transition and we have to do it swiftly, not in four years - this is the challenge ahead for us. Without a strong economy, an economy that is competitive in the EU, also globally, the rest, everything we hear in the public space, is just populist promises and we should be aware of this. From my point of view, everything we do through the act of government should lead to a strong economy, a competitive economy, an economy that will stand on its own two feet and we no longer have to have that attitude of waiting for investors to come to us - we are preparing and waiting - but let us go after investors ourselves. Therefore, we need to enter the playing field, to attract investment. Hopefully, the strategy for the development of the capital market will be approved and completed fast, this will help a lot, this is a very important thing and it should happen as soon as possible. The Government has already adopted a draft law that was submitted to Parliament to repeal last years nonsense that did not allow state-owned companies to be listed. I hope this will happen as soon as possible. Minister of Economy is here, he can tell you if there are companies in the coordination of the ministry that can be listed or not, they are also in the energy sector, and there are several sectors where we can find candidates for the capital market. That is part of the bigger reform of state institutions because another pledge we made to the Romanian citizens and I want to honour it, to eliminate the waste of public money and keep public spending in check. And we have something which helps us a lot, and which we need to capitalize on, over the next period: the very good assessment from Standard and Poors. It has never happened for the assessment of an outlook to return so fast, after hardly one year time. That shows very clearly that what we promised, we partially achieved and our plans are trustworthy. That is the most important, that we want to achieve these things and we raised them in a credible way. We need to capitalize on this, and to search the obstacles that hindered investors to come here. I have a couple of ideas about the way we treat private property: for instance, the number of permits, the waiting time until you get them. These are important issues but we also need to make clear to foreign investors that private property is guaranteed in Romania, there is no problem, no risks in this regard, I think we will make a big difference over the next period. Reporter: /.../ a better situation of public finances, something that foreign investors look at. There is also an interest, a desire to attract more individual investors to the capital market. For the population, there are other things that matter to make their lives easier, when they decide to invest in the stock market, there are discussions at the Ministry of Finance for measures in the fiscal area. Can you tell us if these discussions are still going on? Florin Ciţu: I think there are topical discussions, there are ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Finance. I have said very clearly and we have shown that we can have sustainable funding and a declining deficit without raising taxes or introducing new ones. The discussion with the Stock Exchange is for certain incentives, it will materialize in the next period. It is a strategy, but I think it needs to be included in that capital market strategy, so that it is very clear to everyone in the next period. We are waiting for that strategy. Reporter: Would the strategy also include reducing the tax from 10% to 1% /.../applied also in case of losses? Florin Ciţu: No, we will see what the strategy looks like, but I do not see any problem here, if it helps and would help Romanians to direct more individual investors to the capital market. Reporter: /.../ fiscal simplification, elimination of statements. Florin Ciţu: Exactly. Therefore, I think that in the end, instead of playing a lot with the level, its better to simplify the tax system and we do that through this digitalization. After connecting the cash registers, e-billing is the next major project. My ambition is to have it ready this year. I will have discussions with the Minister of Finance on these issues, to speed up this process. Reporter: /.../. Florin Ciţu: Yes, the Minister will tell you. Reporter: But not all companies are in the coordination of Claudiu Năsui. Florin Ciţu: Others depend on the Energy Minister. Reporter: What about the CEC? Florin Ciţu: It remains my intention and we have a strategy in this regard, for the state financial institutions, that there are several state institutions, not only CEC(Savings Bank), to help them with capital, but not from the state. It is a discussion that we will have in the next period to present a strategy for all these financial institutions of the state, given that a national development bank will be established, and somehow, we have to integrate everything, so all. We have a retail bank, we have a corporate retail bank, we have two guarantee funds, a counter-guarantee and we will also establish a development bank. All this was of course before we took office, they were already established, and now we will come up with a strategy for everything. But in order to reform these institutions, we need capitalization and the state will not do this capitalization. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I watched almost all the interventions and public speeches in which you encourage the vaccination process /.../ I looked in the prime ministers agenda and I saw that today you have meetings with representatives of companies from several affected sectors to establish vaccination centres within companies? Florin Ciţu: Exactly. Reporter: Can you give us details? Florin Ciţu: Private companies will have the opportunity to set up vaccination centres at their headquarters, to vaccinate their own employees. I looked, maybe we will extend it to their families, we will see what the final form will be, but we will make the vaccine as accessible as possible. The vaccine doses will be as accessible as possible for each citizen. We will do it through companies, as I said, through drive-through centres, which are open non-stop, etc. Doses exist, people need to be vaccinated. Maybe I want more than anyone our return to normality because I know the potential of this economy when we return to normality. If we succeeded in the terrible conditions of last year to have an economic performance in the fourth quarter, we succeeded now to have economic performance, and there are difficult conditions, you realize what this economy can do after we return to normality, after we do not need to wear a mask anymore after you can have all the restaurants open all the time, cinemas, events, production - our Dacia plant or all our companies dont have to close because they have an outbreak etc. The potential is huge and that should be what pushes us all to return to normality. Thank you. 2021-04-20 11:38:00 început înscrierile pentru etapa a II-a a Programului Oficial de Internship al Guvernului, ediția a VIII-aȘtiri din 19.04.2021 16:36:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința Centrului Național de Conducere și Coordonare a IntervențieiȘtiri din 18.04.2021 statements by Prime Minister Florin Cițu following the meeting of the National Intervention Management and Coordination Centre (CNCCI) [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. I have come, I have become acquainted with seeing what the situation is with the intensive care beds. I have some good news. From Thursday until today, another 12 intensive care beds have become operational, and nationwide, at present now, there are 20 vacant beds. Nevertheless, the situation at intensive therapy remains a tense one, the resources we have allocated should further remain substantial. The same effort we have made so far is required, and we should continue, even if - and that is the good part, the figures show that the number of positive cases is further dropping each day. The incidence rate for Bucharest and the large cities continued to decrease every day, which is a good thing, and hopefully, this decrease continues at the same pace. I assured the DSPs of my full support. I asked the Health Ministry Inspection to go each morning to hospitals to see exactly the number of vacant beds, I know that this is done in Bucharest, but to know exactly each morning in Bucharest the number of vacant beds. Good news, perhaps not so good as in Cluj, Bucharest reached a 20 percent vaccination rate, Ilfov almost 18 percent. Things are running well, and we have the chance to reach 50 percent at the end of May. As aforementioned, we need to get vaccinated. I have heard now, I thought the first drive-thru vaccination centre will be in Bucharest. I understand it is a competition, home, there are some towns, municipalities that are preparing for this. That means that people understand the importance of vaccination. I am available for some questions. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, USR - PLUS will make a nomination tomorrow for the Health Minister, tell us how will unblock the situation. Florin Cițu: I am waiting for the nomination of the Health Minister from USR - PLUS. It is a portfolio that belongs to USR - PLUS. Until then, I will assure the interim and that things will continue to run very well. Reporter: How do you see the statements regarding the appointment of the Health Minister? Florin Cițu: All political discussions will be addressed in the coalition discussion, with the three political parties. Reporter: Will be Catalin Drula reshuffled? Did you have any discussion with him? He heavily criticized your decision and other USR Ministers criticized as well the way you managed the situation. Florin Cițu: I stated that I will not comment on the opinions of the Cabinet members, I have told you this before. I can assure the Cabinet members that I will make a fair evaluation each time, based on what they are doing, not what they are saying. Reporter: Have you received the self - evaluation of Ministers or the situation of the programme for the government? Florin Cițu: I told you last week that not from all Ministers, I will tell you tomorrow from what Ministries I have received. There are few, I do not remember them all, there are about five Ministries. Reporter: Are there from USR - PLUS too? Florin Cițu: The majority is from there.(...) 2021-04-18 17:22:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 17.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon! The best news that Romania has received, from an economic perspective, in the last 8 years, is that the rating agency Standard and Poors has kept Romanias sovereign rating, but more importantly, it has modified the outlook of the Romanian economy from negative to stable. From my point of view, the heroes of the Romanian economy, particularly in this difficult period, are the private companies, the entrepreneurs. They shouldered the burden and I often consulted them in order to make the best decisions. Without their trust, we wouldnt have succeeded. For all this, I take this opportunity to thank them. This achievement is all the more important as it comes amid the greatest economic and health crisis in the last hundred years. This ruling coalition led by PNL with USR PLUS and UDMR as partners, with a Liberal Prime Minister and a Liberal policy, has succeeded in this difficult period what the previous governments have not been able to do in times of economic growth. The PNL-led ruling coalition, with a Liberal Prime Minister, has clearly and unquestionably gained the confidence of international institutions and foreign investors. I would like to announce another achievement today: we managed to reduce the budget deficit, to have higher budget receipts, to stabilize the economy, given that as we promised, we have not introduced any new tax, and we have not increased any existing tax either. Last year, as Finance Minister in a Liberal Cabinet, I spoke about trust and I asked you to trust me that I will take the best measures for the swift economic recovery. It has happened so. In the fourth trimester of 2020, Romania had one of the highest economic growth in the EU. Earlier this year, as Prime Minister of this Cabinet backed by a coalition led by the PNL, which includes USR-PLUS and UDMR, I promised that I would make decisions that would change the countrys outlook, from negative to stable. Thats what happened. This decision of the Standard and Poors Rating Agency is a guarantee that what we did, was right. Moreover, this decision shows that our programme as a liberal government ensures Romanias economic stability. I want to tell Romanians one thing: I promised the reform of the central administration and the state companies. We built the budget to eliminate the waste of public funds. The rating agency confirms that we have made the best decisions, but this assessment of Standard and Poors, the change of outlook, from negative to stable, for Romania, also means the obligation for us to implement very quickly these reforms as we promised. And now I am addressing the members of the Ciţu Cabinet: you have the obligation to accelerate reforms, in your own ministry, in the subordinate companies, in the agencies. Why do we need to make these reforms, why is this rating agencys assessment important? It is very simple: it is for the prosperity of all Romanians; it means more well-paid jobs, lower interest rates, lower inflation, a better quality of life for all Romanians. As I have said many times, the liberal economy is the only solution to generate prosperity for all Romanians. All these things that we, the liberals, have achieved, alongside the coalition led by PNL, we did so in the conditions in which PSD has constantly attacked us and has constantly placed obstacles both in terms of the health crisis and in terms of the economic crisis. Today, after the Standard and Poors decision, I am sure that even Ciolacu and PSD understand that I made a good decision when I capped the budget expenditure and I initiated the pension and salary reform in the budget sector. PSD remains the main opponent, not only a political opponent but merely an enemy of economic stability. And lets not forget: we are in a full fight against the pandemic. There is only one solution: vaccination. We now have the necessary doses for all Romanians to get vaccinated, I encourage you all to register on the vaccination platform and get vaccinated. Thats the only way we can get back to normality as soon as possible. Thank you! 2021-04-17 11:33:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîţu la Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 16.04.2021 15:07:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții industriei de evenimente din municipiul Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 16.04.2021 13:41:00 premierului Florin Cîţu la Centrul de Vaccinare de la Școala Ion Creangă din Cluj-NapocaȘtiri din 16.04.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu following his visit to the Ion Creangă School- located vaccination centre in Cluj -Napoca [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon! Thank you for the invitation! Emil Boc: Thank you for coming! Florin Cițu: I wanted to see the vaccination centre, I have seen some across the country. We are in a full vaccination campaign and you could see that things have changed. I would like to announce to you that we have started to have the number of doses we have previously announced. Now, people should come and register on the platform, get vaccinated. Certain modifications will appear over the next days, and I am glad to announce them here, at Cluj. First of all, we will give the possibility to establish Pfizer drive-through vaccination centres, people already know what this is about. It will be done during the next period. I know that it will start in Bucharest, but I am sure that such a centre will be established in Cluj over the next period. We will increase the daily flow from 72 to 96, which means the vaccination speed will increase. We will turn several Astra Zeneca centres into Pfizer centres, to allow several citizens to get vaccinated and we will allow companies to have vaccination centres, where we will provide the vaccines. We have reached now the vaccination capacity of 115 thousand doses per day, we will reach 120,000 doses daily by April 20. We have the doses, we did our best to have them, to have vaccination centres, now Romanians, if they want us to return to normality, should register on the vaccination platform and get vaccinated. It is currently the only solution to overcome the pandemic. We want to enjoy our summer holidays, if we want to return to normal life, we need to get vaccinated. We have these two months ahead, I said that by June 1, we need to reach that target of five million persons vaccinated. I also discussed with the representatives of the HORECA sector, they said they will vaccinate all personnel, so, the economic operators want to get vaccinated, we have the necessary doses, but people need to register on the vaccination platform and get vaccinated so that we can have normal holidays, return to normality. Thank you very much. 2021-04-16 12:40:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și ministrul muncii, Raluca Turcan, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 15 aprilieȘtiri din 15.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. First of all, I want to thank the colleagues for having attended the Cabinet meeting, that they found the strength to overcome the decision they made yesterday and that they understood that it is much more important to come, to solve important matters for Romania. Romania is going through a pandemic, through a difficult period and it is important that we are all here for Romanians. In today's Cabinet meeting, as I have announced, some important normative acts have been approved, I will mention some of them, but in the beginning, I would like to dismantle false information from the public space - the memorandum proposed and approved by the Ministry of Labor does not propose any cutbacks in the budget sector, I wanted this to be clear from the very beginning. We proposed no cutback in public sector revenues, through this memorandum. Therefore, this information needs to be dismantled from the start. Other normative documents were approved. There was a need for an emergency ordinance for the restructuring plan of the Oltenia Energy Complex. This is an EC-approved plan for the purchase of green certificates. There would have been problems there, had the certificates not been purchased, therefore, we also found a financing mechanism, and the ordinance was also passed. It was very important to approve this memorandum, which is at the base of signing the fourth-order form of COVID-19 vaccines( BioNTech/Pfizer vaccines) for a quantity of 4.2 million optional vaccine doses. We also approved this memorandum. Through this memorandum, 300,000 doses will arrive in Romania faster, those are doses that are already coming from the second trimester of 2021. We also had on the meeting agenda, the amendments to Law 55, the draft law that will be submitted to the Romanian Parliament. It is about that provision whereby the firms that do not comply with the legislation in force, can be closed for a short period at the start, and afterwards, for a longer period. Everyone's effort is needed in this period. Minister Turcan will present the Labor Ministry's normative acts. Today, I had an online meeting with all the directors of the DSPs [the Public Health Directorates] in Romania. We discussed intensive care, the number of intensive care beds, and I very clearly said that the short - term target is 1,600 beds, at the same time, it is clear that extra efforts are required over the next period, the next two weeks. I support all DSPs across the country, I urged them to search vacant beds in hospitals. Some solutions have been presented today, but I have stated that a joint effort is needed to go through this period. On the one hand, we speed up the vaccination campaign, but we further need the optimal use of the healthcare resources. I have just returned from the meeting with the directors of the COVID hospitals whom I thanked for the efforts they have made for one year, in the fight against the pandemic. I listened to them, I assured them that we will make available all necessary resources to them, I assured them that we have already paid- 240 million, for the purchase of extra amounts of Remdesivir. If needed, we can allocate extra amounts, but I wanted first to hear from them the problems they have been facing. On the other hand, I could hear that there are competitions in which intensive care doctors do not participate, so, it should be known that there is an ongoing recruitment, and competitions at short notice can be held for hospital doctors. The aforementioned have been the main items on the agenda of today's Cabinet meeting. Reporter: Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister! USR - PLUS announced that they would withdraw your support, they reproach you not having announced them in advance about your intention to remove Vlad Voiculescu from the position of Minister of Health, that you have already forwarded to the President the dismissal request when Dan Barna found out about it. Why did you decide to do this? Florin Ciţu: I am surprised by such an approach. In the coalition meeting on Monday, it was very clear, from my point of view. The constitutional powers of the prime minister were discussed. These powers refer to evaluation and nomination when he decides, the revocation, the replacement of a minister. All I did, was to exercise my constitutional powers, and at that meeting, all party leaders agreed that these were the prime minister's duties and would never challenge or question the Prime Minister's constitutional powers. This was Monday's conclusion. That's where we left it that day. Reporter: Good afternoon. Mr Prime Minister, Vlad Voiculescu announced two days ago that more than 800 persons had been waiting in the emergency departments for an ICU bed. What measures will you take as Interim Health Minister, over the next period, to solve this healthcare crisis? Florin Ciţu: As I have previously mentioned, I have met with the DSPs directors and the managers of the COVID hospitals. By Sunday all the prerequisites are in place to reach this target - 1,600 beds - and then we plan to reach 1,800 beds. It's a battle that we fight every day. I understand that these competitions also solve personnel issues. We will monitor the situation and I will go to the CNCCI [the National Intervention Management and Coordination Centre] meetings, I will stay close to the health system during this period and I will support all the efforts of this system. Reporter: Good afternoon! Today was the first meeting when you were face to face with the USR - PLUS representatives after they decided yesterday not to attend the Cabinet meeting which you anyhow delayed. Yesterday, Vice Prime Minister Dan Barna announced that USR - PLUS will not endorse you any longer. I wanted to ask you: at the start of the Cabinet meeting or during the course of it, did Dan Barna convey you the same message? And if yes, what did you convey to him? Florin Ciţu: In todays Government meeting, I thanked my colleagues that they found the strength to overcome the decision they made yesterday and that they understood that it is much more important to come, to solve important problems for Romania. It was my message to my colleagues, and I thank them again. They have taken an important step in unblocking the situation we are in today. Reporter: Did you discuss with President Klaus Iohannis? And if yes, what did he convey to you with regard to this political crisis? Florin Ciţu: I often speak with President Klaus Iohannis. Reporter: I have noticed that Dan Barna and the USR - PLUS do not give up the ultimatum given to you yesterday, that they cannot continue in the current government formula, with you Prime Minister. Given these circumstances, do you consider resigning, and if not, do you fear an eventual motion of censure which could be endorsed by USR lawmakers as well? Florin Ciţu: Our term of office continues. I am coming from a Cabinet meeting in which we approved very important legislative documents, which was attended by all Cabinet members and those who could not attend, were represented by the Secretaries of State. Our coalition is working, we continue to do important things for Romanians. Today, normative acts important for all Romanians have been approved. We need to manage a difficult situation and a successful vaccination campaign - we rank fourth in the EU in this regard, as official data shows it, we are proud of it. This implies we need to get through this faster and reach normality. I think all the members of this Cabinet endorse the vaccination campaign and I do not think there is a single Cabinet member to say anything negative about this vaccination campaign which we all expect to be a successful one. Thank you. Reporter: There is a very difficult situation now, and the Health Ministry needs to manage the pandemic, the vaccination campaign... Florin Ciţu: It has managed it for one year. Reporter: We have an interim Health Minister now. I would like to ask you if you agreed with Mr. Barna over a deadline until which USR - PLUS should nominate a new Health Minister and what will you do, if they do not nominate one. Will PNL nominate a new Health Minister? How will you unblock the situation? Florin Ciţu: I announced to you last evening that the initial proposal put forward by Mr President was for Mr Barna to take over this interim office. Following his refusal to take on the responsibility of the Health Ministry, I took on this responsibility myself, because as you have said, we are going through a difficult period, and the Health Ministry is a very important Ministry in this period. We will continue to manage health, Health Ministry, all health resources, in a responsible manner, as we have done it so far, and I will get involved as much as I have done so far, perhaps, a little more at this moment. Reporter: Will you delegate your powers as Interim Health Minister to the Secretary of State Andrei Baciu? And if yes, what will be his powers? Florin Ciţu: I have already delegated most of my Health Minister powers to Secretary of State Andrei Baciu. He attended the Cabinet meeting exactly because I have delegated these powers. Reporter: How was your first day as Health Minister? Florin Ciţu: I have already told you, I started it with a meeting with the directors of DSPs, followed by the Cabinet meeting and recently, a meeting with the managers of COVID hospitals. This morning, I also signed some documents. (...) 2021-04-15 16:31:00ție de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 14.04.2021[Check against delivery] Good evening! Along with the proposal to dismiss Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu from office, I sent Mr President the proposal to appoint Mr Dan Barna as interim Health Minister. Given Mr Dan Barnas refusal to take on this responsibility at this time, I forwarded to the President of Romania a new proposal for this office- myself, a proposal that has been accepted. I will therefore take over as interim Health Minister until our coalition colleagues appoint a Minister to take over these responsibilities. In this respect, I have already had a meeting with a part of the Health Ministry's management, and tomorrow, I will have two online conferences, one with all the DSP directors and the other with all the directors of COVID hospitals. Moreover, our priority remains to ensure the 1,600 intensive care beds and manage this difficult period. Tomorrow, we will have a Cabinet meeting as there are several legislative documents of importance for all Romanians which need to be adopted, some of them from the Health Ministry, legislative documents whose adoption cannot be delayed any longer. Thank you very much! 2021-04-14 19:23:00ție de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu, la Palatul Victoria Știri din 14.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. For a year, Romania has been going through a difficult period in the fight against the pandemic. This fight has extended to the maximum the state resources, especially in the health system, but also in the economy. In order to be successful in combating the pandemic, I have always stated that there is a need for trust in the state institutions, in the institutions managing this difficult period. In this context and in order to make sure that the trust in the state institutions remains, I decided today to make a change at the helm of the Ministry of Health. I want to assure all Romanians that I strongly believe in this ruling coalition that was established following the vote of the Romanians, around some values, some ideas and not around some people. I wish you all good health! We should have a successful vaccination campaign, that is why I urge you all to register on the vaccination platform! Thank you! 2021-04-14 13:21:00ță de presă susținută de președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), Valeriu Gheorghiță, și de secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății și vicepreședinte CNCAV, Andrei BaciuȘtiri din 13.04.2021 15:23:00 de lansare a Acordului de colaborare cu Asociația Coaliția România Sustenabilă - “Parteneriat pentru viitor”, organizat de către Departamentul pentru Dezvoltare DurabilăȘtiri din 13.04.2021 12:58:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu ocazia începerii lunii postului RamadanȘtiri din 13.04.2021 09:50:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu și secretarul de stat în MAI, șeful Departamentului pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă (DSU), Raed ArafatȘtiri din 12.04.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Another tragedy struck in Romania this evening, at - Victor Babes Hospital this time. Three persons have died. Currently, we do not know the cause of it. I offer my condolences to the bereaved families. From what we know so far, it seems it was an accident, yet, an investigation has started in this regard. I discussed with the Minister of Internal Affairs, of course, he comes following this statement, I will also meet him, but we have already spoken over the phone. I have asked him to conduct a faster and more transparent investigation so that persons who are guilty of what happened this evening, shall answer for it. We have been fighting this pandemic for one year. There has been a very high pressure on hospitals, on intensive care units. We all have to give a helping hand, this is why I have always stated, and lately, I have reiterated it, I have spoken about this vaccination campaign as the only solution. This is very important at this moment. Why have we come out with a statement this evening and why is it important to do so? We could see that the administrators or the state representatives are running away at this moment, avoiding communication whereas the citizens need us to communicate much more at present. They need us to come and offer explanations. This is why I invited Mr Arafat this evening to explain exactly what happened, he will answer your questions. What we know so far: we must not run away from communication. We must come out and communicate transparently with Romanians each time. We will further allocate more resources and we will make every effort to have more intensive care beds as I have demanded it since two months ago, as we have been further fighting this pandemic. We cannot guarantee now that such accidents shall never happen. I only hope they shall never happen, and hopefully, we shall have the resources to prevent such accidents. But in order to reduce pressure and the likelihood of tragic events, we must have a successful vaccination campaign. Things are currently going hand in hand. Now, Mr Arafat will explain to you all the details, all we know so far. I have talked to him, we will offer you all the necessary explanations, he will stay with you however long it takes. On the other hand, I have already told you that I spoke with the Minister of Internal Affairs, he started an investigation and I will make sure that this investigation shall be a transparent, fair one, and the culprits will be held accountable. Thank you! Raed Arafat: Good evening! First of all, I also want to offer my condolences to the families of the three patients who were victims of this accident. What happened, and I want to make it clear that what Im saying now can change based on what the investigation will reveal and what other data may appear next, what Im telling you now is what I know at the moment and what I can, of course, to communicate, with reservation, that the situation is under investigation and these things may change over time. Therefore, first of all, lets talk about that mobile intensive care unit. Mobile intensive care units are manufactured to work in two ways: one way is completely independent, on oxygen cylinders and on its own electric generator. This is when they only work for a few hours. Another way when they are expected to work for a longer time, they have connections and are connected to the electric current outside the truck, the hospital, for instance, from a transformer and are connected to the permanent oxygen source, usually of the hospital, which can usually be an oxygen storer and this is the case of the truck from Babeș, which enters the technical room, connects to the truck and from there enters the oxygen for the devices and for the oxygen delivery systems for the patients. There are reducers that control the maximum pressure that enters the truck. These reducers also exist at the exit, as far as I know, and of course at the entrance to the truck. The pressure should not be allowed to rise more than, as far as I know so far, around 5.8 maximum. What happened today? At one point, this pressure increased above six bar. What switch opened more? That is already subject to investigation. What happened in the mobile truck? The ventilators, manufactured in the US, so, of good quality, able to cope with tough conditions, when exceeding 6 bars, enter the self - protection mode and they stop. Thus, pressure destroyed the full mechanism of the ventilator. That seems to have happened today, with all the truck ventilators that stopped all and generated the emergency inside the mobile intensive care truck. Colleagues there worked immediately to remedy the situation and to ventilate the patients, take over the patients, not all patients from the truck were intubated. Meanwhile, ambulances were sent to take over patients until the situation has been remedied. It is worth mentioning, it has already been said, a representative of the company that does the maintenance work of the ventilators, was in the hospital yard when this event occurred, but he declined to enter the mobile intensive care truck and offer assistance, on grounds that there are COVID patients in that mobile truck. Despite being offered protective equipment, he preferred to remain outside and give instructions to the colleagues inside the mobile truck. Here happened what nobody expected, certain patients who were on manual ventilation, entered cardiorespiratory arrest. They could not be resuscitated, they were in a very critical state. Five patients have been transferred to other hospitals. Currently, an investigation is underway, conducted by Bucharest Police and which will determine after hearings and discussions what happened there. It is certain according to the company which checked the ventilators whose electronic display shows what happened, the pressure suddenly increased over 6 bars, around 4: 25 pm. Both I and doctor Calin Alexandru were in touch with the hospital manager. The colleagues from SMURD sent support teams, and later on, I was in contact with the Health Minister, Minister Voiculescu, I had talks with him, and of course, there have been interventions for patients to be received in other hospitals. That has been the situation so far. Therefore, a sudden increase in the pressure in the mobile truck, made the devices enter the self-protection mode, and stop, as the pressure went higher than six bars. The cause of this increase is to be clarified. Now about the oxygen system. The installation until the mobile intensive care truck is done by authorized companies and this installation is made by an authorized company contracted by the hospital, by the health service of the mayors office, therefore, there is nothing improvised. It is authorized, everything is done correctly, and this truck worked for months in Argeş, until it got here. This is not a mobile intensive care truck that is put into operation for the first time, it worked on Saturday, Sunday, today until the afternoon, without any problems. We have to see how this sudden increase in pressure, occurred, whether it is a human error or a technical issue, that we do not know about now. So, thats what were going to find out. But as a rule, the pressure to be higher when entering the mobile truck means that it has been released from somewhere or it increased meanwhile. Moreover, I cannot say because there is, as aforementioned, an ongoing investigation, we will see what the investigation will come out with. Ill stop here. (...) 2021-04-12 23:38:00