RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROVizita efectuată de șeful Cancelariei Prim-ministrului, Ionel Dancă, și ambasadorul SUA la București, Adrian Zuckerman, în bazinul viticol Dumbrăveni, la producătorul Mera Com InternaționalȘtiri din 25.09.2020 20:25:00ții de presă susținute de șeful Cancelariei Prim-ministrului, Ionel Dancă, și de ambasadorul SUA la București, Adrian Zuckerman, în cadrul vizitei efectuate în județul Vrancea Știri din 25.09.2020 17:50:00 efectuată de șeful Cancelariei Prim-ministrului, Ionel Dancă, alături de ambasadorul SUA la București, Adrian Zuckerman, la Biblioteca județeană “Duiliu Zamfirescu” din Focșani Știri din 25.09.2020 17:42:00 Ludovic Orban a vizitat obiectivul de investiții PNDL, reabilitare strada Milcovul, comuna RăstoacaȘtiri din 24.09.2020 18:21:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la fabrica de porțelan Fiorello din FocșaniȘtiri din 24.09.2020 16:52:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la deschiderea bazei sportive Țifești, investiție finanțată de CNIȘtiri din 24.09.2020 15:50:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul bazinului olimpic din Brăila, investiție finanțată de CNIȘtiri din 23.09.2020 17:47:00 Ludovic Orban a vizitat șantierul Podului suspendat peste Dunăre de la BrăilaȘtiri din 23.09.2020 17:35:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban la GalaţiȘtiri din 23.09.2020 17:30:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea contractului pentru varianta de ocolire a municipiului Galați și la semnarea contractului “Platformă Multimodală a portului Galați”, etapa IIȘtiri din 23.09.2020 10:19:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea contractului ”Reabilitare linie de cale ferată Brașov-Simeria, componentă a Coridorului Rin-Dunăre, pentru circulația cu viteza maximă de 160km/h, secțiunea Brașov-Sighișoara, subsecțiunea 2 Apața-Cața”Știri din 22.09.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and Transport Minister Lucian Bode at the signing of the contract Rehabilitation of the Brașov-Simeria railway line, a component of the Rhine-Danube Corridor, for trains to operate at maximum speed of 160 km/h; Brașov-Sighișoara section, subsection 2 Apața-Cața [Check against delivery] Lucian Bode: Good evening, Prime Minister! Good evening, dear guests! I welcome you to the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communications, for an important event in the economy of railway infrastructure development in Romania. We apologize for the delay, we returned from Cluj-Napoca, where we signed the contract to build 31 km of highway, the Nădășelu-Mihăești-Zimbor section of the Transylvania Highway. Mr. Prime Minister, I invite you to send us a message and afterwards, I will say a few words, I will ask my colleagues to present some details related to the project and, of course, to conclude with the signing of the contract. Prime Minister, please. Ludovic Orban: Thank you! Minister, dear representatives of the Ministry of Transport and representatives of the companies from the Ministry of Transport and the companies, signatories of the contract, I am glad to be present here today, as it is an extremely important moment. With the signing of this contract - it is about signing the contract for the construction of section 2 between Apața and Cața, on the Brașov-Sighișoara section -, we have practically signed the construction contracts for all the railway sections on the main pan-European corridor, connecting Braşov to Curtici. From the pan-European Corridor IV, Constanţa to Curtici, there is only one section left, which is to be built, it is the Predeal-Braşov section. Otherwise, all sections have either been completed or works are in progress, it is about the modernization of the railway to European standards, allowing speeds of up to 160 km / h for passenger transport and up to 120 km / h for freight transport, on double electrified line. This section is an extremely complicated one, with a high value of the work, the CFR Infrastructure representative will present you all the details. What I wanted to say on this occasion is that we will capitalize on the massive funding that Romania will benefit from in the next period and our goal is to rehabilitate all-important railway routes. I will present you a few: the railway route on the Pan-European Corridor IX, from Ploieşti to the eastern border, we already have contracts for technical and economic documentation, feasibility studies for all sections, Ploieşti-Focşani, Focşani-Roman, Roman-Iaşi, eastern border. We will introduce them in funding for the multiannual financial year because there is a prioritization at European level in terms of transport strategy, rail transport being considered a priority transport because it offers safety, speed and it is environmentally friendly. Also, on the Bucharest-Craiova-Turnu Severin-Caransebeș-Timișoara-Arad railway section, except the Bucharest-Craiova section, we are in the phase of issuing technical-economic documentation on all sections from Craiova to the western border. And the most advanced sections are to be financed under the resilience and recovery facility. And also all this, practically, part of the railway will end up being modernized to the expected standards. Last but not least, the tender procedure is in progress, after the approval of the technical-economic documentation for signing the design and construction contract for the Cluj-Napoca-Oradea-Episcopia Bihor section, this section will be modernized and obviously electrified, as it is not currently electrified. Of course, we are also looking to connect Bucharest to Giurgiu. A proof of the incapacity of the governments until today is the Grădiștea Bridge, a bridge that was destroyed by floods, if I remember correctly, in 2006, and it has not been repaired until today. We have in mind the reconstruction of the Grădiștea bridge, certainly, on a new route, following technical and economic documentation, so as to ensure the direct connection between Giurgiu and Bucharest. Surely, I hope, in this financial year, CFR S.A. to be properly equipped in order to make repairs on routes that are not necessarily on the railway transport corridors. It is certain that the rail infrastructure development is a priority for us, and the railway should become again a support of economic development, as all the other infrastructure investment are. Thank you. Minister. Lucian Bode: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister! Before presenting some elements in this important project of rail infrastructure, I would like to allow me to tell a few words, in addition to what Prime Minister presented here. As we can all notice, the railway infrastructure projects in Romania had big delays in the implementation. Although we have an extended railway network, 11,000 kilometres, one of the most extended at European level, it was not unfortunately, properly managed, investments in upgrading the railway have not been made in time, and the assumed deadlines have not been unfortunately observed. We have an important rail corridor, the Paneuropean Corridor IV, connecting Constanta to the western border, from Curtici, about 360 km have been modernized for the speed of 160 km per hour, between Constanta - Bucharest, Campina - Predeal, the rest of the sections are in various implementation stages, and once with the signing of the contracts for the three sections between Brasov and Sighisoara, we can talk of over 400 km which are being modernized on this corridor, the Paneuropean Corridor IV. The works on the three sections that the Prime Minister has mentioned, between Brasov and Sighisoara, were blocked in court, which delayed the signing of contracts, and for Predeal - Brasov section, a difficult section, technically, the tender procedure was long delayed. Regarding the court blockages, Mr Prime Minister, we checked, knowing that we sign today this contract, how much time passed since the report on procedure, to the contract signing. Therefore, on sections 1 and 3, from July 2018, when the procedure report was issued, until February 2020, we had 14 court hearings. As for section 2 that we spoke about today, between January 2019, when the procedure report was issued, and July 2020, there were 22 court hearings. Beyond the delays in modernization, unfortunately, that meant for Romania, cut in European funds available through Connecting Europe Facility, we had a decommitment of 320 million euros. Romania lost 320 million euros out of the 1.1 billion euros allocated for the three sections through CEF. Unfortunately, this is the picture of the railway infrastructure at the end of last year regarding the Pan-European Railway Corridor IV, for which we have non-reimbursable European funds from both the POIM, the Large Infrastructure Operational Program and the CEF, which we have the obligation to complete as soon as possible. The year 2024 must be the year of the completion of these works and I am convinced that, through a sustained involvement, a careful mobilization of the works, a careful monitoring of the works and mobilization of the builders, we can achieve this goal. I would like to add something very brief to what the Prime Minister said about what we have achieved in the 11 months of government on this important area - railway; as you can see, we managed to unblock the three sections between Brașov and Sighișoara. On March 5, we signed the contract on the works for section 1, respectively for section 5, amounting to 618 million euros, and on April 16, we issued the order to start the works. We managed to sign on August 21 this year, the contract for carrying out the feasibility study, worth 14 million lei, for the modernization of the last missing segment of the Railway Corridor IV, the 27 km between Predeal and Brașov. Today, therefore, we sign the contract for section 2 Apața-Cața, 43 km, with a value of approximately 561 million euros. I am glad that this railway infrastructure contract is being signed today. Prime Minister, today is World Car Free Day. This day was preceded by the European Mobility Week in the European Union, which in 2020 reached its 19th edition. It is perhaps not a coincidence that today we sign one of the most important contracts for the modernization of the railway infrastructure, on World Car Free Day. I conclude by saying that I am convinced that important steps have been taken in the development of the railway infrastructure in Romania in these 11 months, but, of course, we still have a long way to go, to modernize and bring the entire railway network to European standards. As you know, we have identified in the investment plan for the development of transport infrastructure in Romania for the next 10 years the directions of action for all modes of transport, and for the railway sector we have proposed 23 new railway projects, totalling 2,400 km at an estimated cost of 14 billion euros. We are currently talking about a 3,250 km primary network, of which only 407 are upgraded. Therefore, in addition to prioritizing investments in the railway field, where, on the basis of a multicriteria analysis, we will know exactly what our priorities are, in addition to identifying sources of funding, state budget, non-reimbursable European funds, whether we are talking about the current or future multiannual financial framework program, or the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, in terms of appeals and deadlines in court, we need measures to boost the state administrative capacity for the implementation of these projects, and two are necessary: public procurement law and specialized courts for resolving appeals with very clear deadlines. This is my message and I invite Mr Pintea, director of CFR S.A., to present some elements of this important project, after which we will proceed with signing the contract. Thank you! 2020-09-22 19:35:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban la Cluj-Napoca Știri din 22.09.2020 17:58:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la amplasamentul proiectului Spitalului Regional de Urgență ClujȘtiri din 22.09.2020 17:29:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea Protocolului de asociere a UAT Câmpia Turzii-UAT Turda și Județului Cluj, în vederea realizării în parteneriat a proiectului de investiții "Centura Ocolitoare Turda - Câmpia Turzii"Știri din 22.09.2020 14:47:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții conducerii Universității Babeș-BolyaiȘtiri din 22.09.2020[Check against delivery] Reporter: Prime Minister, there are several universities in the city. Why did you come to UBB(Babeș-Bolyai University)? Ludovic Orban: Babeș-Bolyai University, according to the evaluations, the ranking, is the best-ranked university, not only in Cluj but in Romania. And I think thats a strong enough reason. This does not mean that we do not extend attention to other universities as well. Of course, in addition to the topics addressed, which require a systemic approach and a constant dialogue to identify solutions to increase the quality of education in Romania, we addressed other important topics as well. One of the topics pertains to the establishment, in Cluj, of one of the institutes that is to become the main beneficiary of the financial resources available to Romania, within the Smart Europe priority. Following this discussion, I can tell you that in Cluj - in collaboration with UBB and other universities, because UBB is integrative in its educational and research policy - there will be an institute of innovative technologies; this, especially since Cluj entered the final for the capital of innovation competition - and I wish you success in this final! Speaking of what we discussed, a concentration, strengthening of universities, through the improvement of collaboration and concentration - the rector presented us with two projects: a project related to the merger of Eftimie Murgu University within UBB - is a draft government decision that was initiated by the Ministry of Education, it is on the approval circuit and we assured them regarding the adoption of this government decision, in order to materialize this merger. We also discussed the unification of botanical gardens Jibou and Cluj and here I understood that, for three years, a draft government decision has been circulating, but we have not found it yet. We will see exactly the progress in its adoption, and I clearly support the adoption of such a decision. I conclude by sending a message of total openness to the university milieu, to universities in Romania, through constant dialogue, in order to make the best decisions to improve the quality of the educational act. Thank you! 2020-09-22 13:27:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea Contractului pentru proiectarea și execuția secțiunii 3A2 și 3B1, cuprinsă între Nădășelu – Mihăești – ZimborȘtiri din 22.09.2020 11:20:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Republicii Franceze la București, doamna Michèle Ramis, la finalul mandatului Excelenței Sale în RomâniaȘtiri din 21.09.2020 19:56:00țiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția organizată de ambasadorul Marii Britanii la București, domnul Andrew Noble, pentru a sărbători trecerea României la statutul de piață emergentă secundară, prin decizia agenției de evaluare financiară FTSE RussellȘtiri din 21.09.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, dear representatives of the companies, business sector, dear officials, I am glad to be present here today, and I thank Mr Ambassador for his invitation and kind words. The Government I am leading, clearly focuses on developing investments, and on developing all institutions and mechanisms of the market economy. This Government seeks to create a business environment that is as friendly as possible for investors, for all those who want to start or grow their businesses. I am glad that this step forward made by Romania and the Bucharest Stock Exchange takes place during my term of office, and this step widely represents my desire for a long time. The market economy, capitalism must be based on a strong capital market. Romania needed this step forward, acquiring the secondary emerging market status, as a signal of trust firstly for the players on the stock market, investors, be them investment funds, pension funds or other investors on the stock market. Moreover, I believe it is a signal of trust for all the companies that plan to get listed on the stock exchange. For this reason, even though Parliament recently passed a law that tried to block, for two years, any listing of a state-owned company on the stock exchange, we will continue the process of preparing companies to be listed on the stock exchange. We will also encourage private companies to be listed on the stock exchange, through various types of instruments, financial instruments, tax instruments. Any company that is listed on the stock exchange is much more credible, has a much greater possibility of financing, and it even has the capacity to develop on regional or global markets. We will also pursue another objective: to increase the citizens' interest in the Stock Exchange, to increase the number of those who invest in shares, in securities on the stock exchange, because, of course, it is riskier to invest in the stock exchange, but at the same time, its even more exciting, and the earnings you make can be much higher than other instruments of investing your financial resources. In a word, the step taken should be followed by other steps, as soon as possible, we must evolve, through a constant capitalization, an increase in market capitalization, an increase in the number of companies listed on the stock exchange, an increase in the attractiveness of the Bucharest Stock Exchange for investors and also a steady increase in the number of the stock exchange players. The development of the Stock Exchange is the most certain indicator of Romanias economic development. Thank you! 2020-09-21 15:04:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la deplasarea test cu trenul pe conexiunea feroviară Gara de Nord- Aeroport Henri Coandă, OtopeniȘtiri din 21.09.2020 by Minister Lucian Bode, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and President Klaus Iohannis after participating in a test trip by train on the railway connection Gara de Nord - - Henri Coanda Airport, Otopeni [Check against delivery] Lucian Bode: Dear President Klaus Iohannis, dear Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, ladies and gentlemen, another transport infrastructure project is very close to becoming operational. The Gara de Nord - Otopeni Airport railway line, with the 7. 8 kilometres of modernized, the double railway line, between Mogosoaia and Balotesti, and the almost 3- kilometre connection, the first railway section built from zero in Romania, from 1984 to date, connected to terminal I of Otopeni Airport, represents an investment objective for which we have worked a lot, which, in the context of delaying the European Fotball Championship, was improved compared to the initial version, with yet two objectives necessary for commissioning. I refer here to the stop from Patinoarului area, and to a semi-covered access passage to the airport. We are, as you well know, in the stage of technological tests necessary for the safe commissioning of this investment, composed of two complex railway projects, in amount of 463 million lei. We set out that starting December 12, 2020, once with the new train schedule, the passengers can travel on this route, on the 19.5 kilometers, in about 17 minutes. This project started as an obligation imposed to Romania in the context of the European Fotball Championship which should take place June, this year. It was undertaken in this context and it should be achieved. This railway line should get materialized even if we were not forced by circumstances, as too much long time passed since Bucharest, European capital, has no railway connection, between the main air entry gate and the central station, Gara de Nord. We need to think about integrate projects, integrate transport projects, because the mobility of citizens in the 21st century, in big cities, involves the development of an intermodal transport network. After the commissioning of this connection, we will not stop here, because Otopeni Airport must be connected to all transport networks, especially in the context of its expansion with a new terminal. Therefore, we managed to connect it to the railway network. It is to be connected to the metro network, via the M6 ​​metro line, and the road network, through the connection with the Bucharest-Ploiești-Brașov Highway and the Bucharest Ring Road. We set out to approach a large scan project for Bucharest: the metropolitan train, an integrated concept that would include both the railway infrastructure and metropolitan trains, as well as their correlation with other modes of transport. This approach involves the extension of the metro lines to the level of the railway belt of Bucharest, the synchronization with the road transport operators that serve the Bucharest-Ilfov region, all financed from European funds. It is an ambitious, long-term plan, but one that must be put into practice as soon as possible. Without an overview, we risk having island-type and not network, interconnected-type projects. In conclusion, I would like to say that the Ludovic Orban Cabinet has proved, in these almost 11 months of the term of the office that investments in transport infrastructure are a priority and we set out to develop new projects that ensure a high degree of connectivity and mobility for citizens, basic principles of a modern urban and peri-urban transport carried out in safe and civilized conditions. Thank you and I invite Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to take the floor. Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon! I am pleased to be present here with President Klaus Iohannis and the Minister of Transport and the other participants in the inauguration of this section of the railway, all the more so as the idea of ​​this railway line came up in my tenure as Minister of Transport. Of course, 12 years passed until the completion of this necessary section, to provide an alternative to travel for those who want to take off or land on Otopeni Airport. I congratulate the builders for exemplary mobilization. I remind you that when the Liberal government took office, the progress on this line was a little over 11 percent and look the work is almost fully complete now. Obviously, the technical trials are necessary for commissioning it, same as other procedural stages, selection of rail transport operator, but this line is a reality and it will be made available to beneficiaries in the shortest time possible. I take this opportunity to tell a few things about the railway transport. Unfortunately, the railway line has been the cinderella of transport modes over the past 20 years. It has been bypassed by serious investment and has been treated as a second-rate form of transport. At EU level, rail transport is considered a priority transport, because it is a safe transport, fast and, above all, a transport that is environmentally friendly. As far as we are concerned, we will implement the development strategy of the European Union in Romania as well and we will put among the development priorities of the transport infrastructure the development of the railway transport infrastructure. Our objectives are completion of the modernization process of the railway from Constanța to Nădlac. During this week, the contract regarding Apața - Cața will be signed, which aims at the modernization of 44 km of railway. Practically, from the whole route from Constanța to Nădlac, there will be only one part left, the Predeal-Brașov section, for which, within the feasibility study, the optimal solution will be established, so that we can reach this section at the signing of the design and implementation contract. Also, for the other important routes on the Pan-European Corridor IX, from Ploiești to Focșani, from Focșani to Roman and from Roman to Iași and to the eastern border, contracts are signed for carrying out feasibility studies for the modernization of the railway on the Pan-European Corridor X, on two lines, electrified, with a passenger transport speed of 160 km and a freight transport speed of 120 km. Also, on the section from Bucharest to Craiova, Turnu Severin-Caransebeș, which goes to the west, there are contracts signed for the feasibility studies for almost all segments. The Cluj-Napoca - Oradea - Episcopia Bihor section has already entered a straight line, a section that was unelectrified and which will soon enter the design and execution phase. Also, the railway ring of Bucharest, which is an extremely useful alternative for Bucharest residents who want to travel on the railway ring, will provide additional mobility in transport for both Bucharest residents and those living in Ilfov County. We will allocate European funds, billions and billions of euros will be invested for the modernization of the railway transport infrastructure, which will represent a basis for the economic development of Romania. I invite His Excellency, Mr. President Klaus Iohannis, whom I thank for agreeing to be present at this event, to address us. Klaus Iohannis: Thank you, Prime Minister, Minister, honourable assistance, the economic recovery plan that we have developed together with the Orban Cabinet is beginning to show its practical side, and in order to emphasize the importance of developing railway infrastructure, we have participated today in a test trip by train on the railway line. We want to develop the international airport, to expand it, but for that, obviously, you need to be able to reach the airport in very good conditions, in predictable conditions and for that, the railway line Gara de Nord - airport is absolutely essential. It is obvious that in this way and in this pace, we will succeed in modernizing the infrastructure in Romania. It is no coincidence that in the last few days I have participated in the commissioning of the subway, the highway section, and now, in the commissioning of this new railway. The development of transport infrastructure is the foundation on which the economic recovery plan is built. Romania needs a sustainable, strong, economic development and for that it needs transport infrastructure, and in order to be able to achieve this transport infrastructure, we have a huge chance now, in the years to come, when we can use the European money available to us. We must admit that we have had European money so far, only political will has been little so far. If we only think that from 2016 to 2019, only 11% of this line was achieved and in less than one year, since the Liberal government took office, practically everything else was achieved, the line is almost completed, we can realize what the political will and capacity mean. I congratulate everyone, the Prime Minister, the Minister, the builder, the consultants and everyone who participated and facilitated this development. I am convinced that this will be the pace required for the coming years, a pace that will change Romanias face in a positive way. Thank you! Congratulations! 2020-09-21 14:31:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul “România emergentă”, organizat de Bursa de Valori BucureștiȘtiri din 21.09.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the event Emerging Romania, organized by the Bucharest Stock Exchange [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good morning! I am glad to be here today, in an auspicious moment for the evolution of the Romanian economy. There cannot be capitalism, without capital or capital market. The fact that Romania today is moving to the status of a secondary emerging market shows a positive evolution of the Bucharest Stock Exchange, but, in my view, a still timid evolution and for this reason, our intention, as a Government is to support the further development of the Stock Exchange, the capital market. There are several measures whereby we want to develop the capital market in Romania: the listing of new state-owned companies at the stock exchange, stimulating the participation of individuals in the capital market by simplifying tax procedures for retail investors. We also want to launch new programmes of government bonds issues through the stock exchange. Such government bonds issues worth 1 billion lei and 168 million euros have already been launched. We want to encourage through fiscal incentive measures private companies to list at the BVB for diversification of sources of financing. If we look at the financing of companies, we will see that in Romania we are far from the capitalist model in developed countries where a large part of the companies financing is carried out from the stock market. Our objective is to develop this fundamental instrument for the market economy that is the Stock Exchange. I conclude by telling you that in the process of developing the stock market, unfortunately, a law appeared, why it was adopted I cannot understand, we also attacked it at the CCR [the Constitutional Court of Romania], unfortunately, we were not given justice, which somewhat blocks the sale of assets, shares, affecting the stock exchange listing processes of important companies such as Hidroelectrica that we started. It is clear that the current structure of Parliament cannot allow the amendment of this law, but after the elections, our objective is to amend this law, as we want things to run normally further on, and to create economic development, to truly generate economic dynamics, also by means of the capital market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. I congratulate the management of the Stock Exchange for this favourable outcome. Their work took place in a not very friendly environment, and I assure them that they can rely on cooperation with the Government, to the benefit of the capital market development. Thank you! 2020-09-21 11:39:00ţă de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban la IaşiȘtiri din 20.09.2020 17:08:00[9].jpgVizita premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul proiectului Palas Campus, IașiȘtiri din 20.09.2020 15:09:00[1].jpgVizita premierului Ludovic Orban la amplasamentul Spitalului Regional de Urgențe IașiȘtiri din 20.09.2020 11:40:00[1].jpgVizita premierului Ludovic Orban la șoseaua ocolitoare a municipiului Bacău, investiție realizată de CNAIR din fonduri europeneȘtiri din 19.09.2020 19:41:00 premierului Ludovic Orban pe șantierele Proiectului Onești-Gherăești-Lețcani, inclus în Programul de investiții dedicat dezvoltării Sistemului Național de Transport Gaze Naturale în zona de Nord-Est a RomânieiȘtiri din 19.09.2020 14:02:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la fabrica de tractoare agricole IRUM ReghinȘtiri din 18.09.2020 20:37:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Sala de Sport din Târnăveni, investiție a Companiei Naționale de InvestițiiȘtiri din 18.09.2020 16:22:00[1].jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la deschiderea traficului rutier pe sectoarele de autostradă A3, sector Iernut-Chețani (17,9 km) și Nodul Chețani (1,3 km), alături de ministrul Transporturilor, Lucian BodeȘtiri din 18.09.2020 15:12:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul organizat de Ambasada Statelor Unite ale Americii cu prilejul livrării unor autovehicule Ford utilate pentru Poliția de FrontierăȘtiri din 18.09.2020[Check against delivery] Your Excellency, dear Ambassador of the United States of America, Adrian Zuckerman, dear representative of Ford, Ian Pearson and other members of the team, Mr State Secretary Bogdan Despescu, thank you for the invitation. The race between Adrian Zuckerman and me had two winners: both of us. This is my vision regarding the relation between Ford and the Government I have the honour to be Prime Minister. Ford is one of the most important investors in Romania, Ford developed a business very, very important for Romania. I have to say very clearly that we consider it a very serious partner. My Government supports all the projects of development of Ford in Romania. Here, we have an example of cooperation between the Romanian Government, Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ford Company with the most modern vehicle which is the production of Ford and also of Pro Optica which participated in this project. These vehicles will be very useful for frontier police and I have to say that this is a first step in our cooperation, between the Government and Ford which will be followed by other steps in this cooperation. I am very happy that step by step, the Romanian economy and also companies like Ford come back and take steps in order to return to a normal economic situation. I'm sure the cooperation between Ford and Romanian authorities will be very fruitful for the company and also for Romania. Thank you very much. 2020-09-18 11:56:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei RaytheonȘtiri din 18.09.2020 11:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea Programului de reducere a eroziunii costiere pe litoralul românescȘtiri din 17.09.2020 17:18:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la inaugurarea Terminalului de cereale al societății Comvex S.A.Știri din 17.09.2020 17:05:00 DE PRESĂȘtiri din 17.09.2020 14:35:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia de recepție a primului sistem de rachete sol-aer PatriotȘtiri din 17.09.2020 Speech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the receipt ceremony of the first Patriot surface-to- air missile system [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Your Excellency, Mr. Ambassador, dear colleagues Ministers, dear commanders of the Romanian Army, I am honoured to be here today, in a moment which I deem historic, the moment when the first Patriot missile system arrives in Romania. This is a moment that I must tell you sincerely that I have waited for a long time and its good that it has happened and I am very glad that it happens during my term of office. Romania has chosen very clearly, Romania has chosen to be a member of NATO, Romania has chosen the strategic partnership with the United States of America, Romania has chosen to be a member of the European Union. We are a loyal partner who observed all its commitments under these alliances, these partnerships. Romania decided to carry out an army endowment programme for ten years, which was adopted and basically stipulates that we need to strengthen our capabilities, especially in the defence area. Romania decided to meet its commitment and earmark 2 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product to defence, to achieve this endowment programme. As part of the endowment programme, the Patriot missile system is extremely important, its a surface-to-air missile system, of unprecedented complexity and technological level and with exceptional results proved in combat actions. Romania is safer with this Patriot missile system on its territory and the Romanian citizens better defended. I congratulate all those involved in the procurement procedures, the representatives of the Romanian Army who participated in the fulfilment of this agreement, and I am convinced that all the seven systems bought by Romania will become operational according to the established calendar. Moreover, I want to highlight that the strategic partnership between the United States of America and Romania sees a new concrete materialization, in an economic and military relation to Romanias advantage. Thank you! 2020-09-17 12:39:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la începerea lucrărilor la conducta submarină din cadrul proiectului de dezvoltare gaze naturale Midia – MGD, dezvoltat de compania Black Sea Oil and GasȘtiri din 17.09.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the start of the construction works at the subsea pipeline within the Midia - MGD natural gas development project [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Your Excellency, Ambassador of the United States, Adrian Zuckerman, dear representatives of companies involved in this project, dear colleagues, Ministers, dear MPs, dear mass media representatives, I am honoured to be present today, at a symbolic moment, in a fundamental project for Romania's economic development. The symbolic moment is basically the entry of the pipeline into the sea, how it goes from the land towards the sea. Because it does not go directly into the sea, but it goes underground first, under the beach. Basically, this is a symbolic moment that shows the clear will to complete an extremely important project for Romania, namely, the start of the exploitation of our first natural gas deposit offshore. Two companies are involved in this project, Black Sea Oil and Gas, which works in partnership with the Oil Services Group, a very concrete illustration of the strategic partnership between Romania and the United States. Black Sea Oil and Gas, owned by the Carlyle Group, has a license to operate and exploit the deposit, in partnership with another company, the Oil Services Group, 100% Romanian, a company that has developed spectacularly in the last 15 years and has carried out projects in many areas of the world, complex projects, extremely important projects, achieved in the best conditions. In addition to the 100 million invested so far, the value of this project is 400 million US dollars, a project with great value and complexity, designed to achieve a simple thing: bring the natural gas existing in the offshore deposit to Romania's natural gas network, so that the gas can then reach the natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure. Obviously, Transgaz is also involved in this project, which builds - it is already underway - the pipeline from the natural gas processing plant to the Transit 1 pipeline and another pipeline through which the extracted natural gas will reach the Transgaz network. I am convinced that these investments are correlated, so that, at the moment when the exploitation starts, the extracted gas can be connected to the gas network managed by Transgaz. Of course, this project is the first project of exploitation, of capitalization of the resources that Romania has in the Black Sea, of the offshore resources. As Government, we encourage the development of other projects as well, because, from our point of view, all resources must be capitalized on in a way that generates economic development potential and, ultimately, leads to an increase in the quality of life in Romania, increased quality of services. Lets not forget that the Government I am leading has mobilized one billion euros for the project to establish natural gas distribution in localities where there is no such natural gas distribution, so that the Romanian gas reaches the homes of Romanians and, of course, we also support all investments through which natural gas can be capitalized on so as to generate added value, well-paid jobs and quality and competitive products. I wish good luck to partners in this project. I assure them that the Government is backing this project and is supportive in all its stages Thank you. 2020-09-17 11:09:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la finalul vizitei în județul Argeș Știri din 16.09.2020 18:24:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea contractului tronsonului 4 Drum Expres Pitești - Craiova, împreună cu ministrul Transporturilor, Lucian BodeȘtiri din 16.09.2020 15:01:00 Ludovic Orban a vizitat șantierul de construcții al Sălii Polivalente din județul Argeș, investiție finanțată de Compania Națională de InvestițiiȘtiri din 16.09.2020 12:05:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la conferința “Împreună protejăm România”, organizată de Grupul de presă MediaUno în parteneriat cu Institutul Național de Statistică, Camera de Comerț Româno-Americană și UGIR-1903Știri din 16.09.2020 11:13:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la darea în folosință a liniei de metrou M5 Eroilor-Drumul TabereiȘtiri din 15.09.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: President Klaus Iohannis, Minister, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, dear representatives of the companies that built this subway section, dear mass media representatives, director general Gabriel Mocanu and Metrorex management team. God sometimes arranges things so that they seem coincidental. Coincidentally, Director General Gabriel Mocanu was the Director-General of Metrorex in 2008 and I was the Minister of Transport when the technical and economic indicators for this investment objective were approved, when we negotiated the financing from the European Investment Bank. That was also the year in which the subway development strategy was adopted, which included the extension of subway lines that are today in different phases of construction. Moreover, I can tell you that 2007 and 2008 were the years in which subway investments were resumed. We completed the subway section from Autostrada Soarelui, with four stations, we also resumed the works and we brought them close to completion, the section from Piata Chibrit to Laromet. It is an honour for me that together with the director-general Mocanu, with whom I have worked hard since 2007, 2008 on this project to have this joy of being present at the commissioning of this very important subway section to the city of Bucharest, very important to the inhabitants of Drumul Taberei and for any other passenger who will need this portion of the underground. We will not stop here. All subsequent works will be carried out at a higher speed, we will be much more careful about all that means the stages of preparation and execution of all contracts for the extension of the metro network. From our point of view, transport infrastructure is an utmost priority and investment in infrastructure in general represent an absolute priority of the Government I am leading. Thank you for being here and once again, I am glad that this subway section has become operational and will serve the Bucharest inhabitants who need the subway network development. I invite President Klaus Iohannis to address you! 2020-09-15 13:20:00 prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia începerii noului an școlarȘtiri din 14.09.2020 09:32:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la școala din comuna Grădiștea, județul Călărași, obiectiv modernizat și reabilitat din fonduri guvernamentaleȘtiri din 13.09.2020 17:28:00 de către premierul Ludovic Orban a monumentului istoric Poșta Veche reabilitat din fonduri europeneȘtiri din 13.09.2020 14:56:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la bazinul de înot din municipiul Călărași, investiție finanțată de CNIȘtiri din 13.09.2020 14:51:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Pompierilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 13.09.2020 11:37:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea investiției private Spitalul „Laser Hospice”Știri din 11.09.2020 18:33:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului noii termocentrale Romgaz-GSP PowerȘtiri din 11.09.2020 15:37:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la compania Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GMBHȘtiri din 11.09.2020 15:25:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului “Conducta de transport gaze naturale pe direcția Prunișor-Orșova-Băile Herculane-Jupa”Știri din 11.09.2020 12:46:00țiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la reuniunea președinției Grupului PPE, „Solidari pentru redresarea Europei”Știri din 10.09.2020 Orban: Thank you very much, Mr. President Manfred Weber. Dear friend Manfred, allow me to speak in Romanian, because you have very good translation and it is an honour for me to speak in my language at this important reunion of the Presidency of the EPP Group. Thank you, Manfred, for the honour and joy brought to us by organizing this important meeting of the EPP Group, in partnership with us, representatives of the National Liberal Party and the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, EPP member parties. We are very glad for having the opportunity of a direct dialogue on extremely important themes for Europe, for each of the EU Member States, and also for the European People's Party. We have always stated we are proud of being members of the EPP, the strongest party, with the most representative and outstanding background in EU history, the party which shows the greatest solidarity at European level and which I am sure will succeed in inspiring more solidarity at European level both in the operation of the institutions and the solidarity between states, furthermore, as in the first part of the COVID crisis, I share your view in this respect, that decisions were often national, taken without considering the European context, the interests of our partners, whereas it is true that we faced critical situations which we had not encountered for a long time, and too often the public pressure in each country prompted national governments to take decisions which perhaps, have often created problems at the European level. I can point out, however, that it has become increasingly clear for all EU Member States that the way out of the pandemic crisis must be the result of dialogue, cooperation, a joint effort and it should lead to increased coordination and solidarity in the action of each state, an intensification of dialogue between national governments and the European institutions and the adoption at the EU level of as many decisions as possible with beneficial effects on the development of the European Union and each Member State. I would like to thank my EPP colleagues, EPP representatives in both the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council for the outstanding success, both in terms of the European Union budget 2021-2027, other economic recovery measures taken at European level, the recovery and resilience facility, as well as the SURE Program through which Romania will be able to access an extremely important amount for the active measures intended for companies and the companies' employees, an amount of 4.99 billion which adds to the extremely important amount that Romania will benefit from, an allocation for which we have lobbied, this, along with the support of our partners, mattered a lot in this regard. I would also like to point out that our joint work in the European Peoples Party and our personal connections have helped us many times to resolve including bilateral issues, not just European issues with fellow members of the EPP: Sebastian Kurz (Austria), and Kyriakos Mitsotakis(Greece), Boiko Borisov from Bulgaria, from Slovenia also and even in relation to the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, with whom I communicated directly at times when connectivity at the European level was affected by certain restrictions and these interventions had ultimately a favourable result. The parliamentary session that begins is extremely important, we are glad that it lays the foundations of virtually all regulations regarding the EU budget for 2021-2027, the recovery and resilience facility regarding the Green Deal and all important projects and programs of the European Commission, the European Union as a whole. We are glad that in the EPP trialogue, and I really want to thank Manfred Weber personally, the EPP appointed Siegfried Mureşan as the groups representative in the negotiations on the resilience and recovery facility and thus, we practically have up-to-date information. However, Siegfried is a very loyal and efficient EPP Group representative and expresses the EPP views. Our concerns are, on the one hand, related to the pandemic. We want decisions to be reached at European level regarding the pandemic, regarding the health protection measures that must be taken, and rules to be established that will be applied in all EU countries. Our first concern is to relaunch the economy and I am certain that you agree with me in that respect. The relaunch of the economy is essential for Europes development and especially with respect to the implementation of all directions of action that were established by the new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen. We support all the economic development projects, we support investments, the increase in the EUs competitiveness at the global level, we support projects in innovation and research, development projects to be transposed as soon as possible into applications that will generate competitive advantages at the EU level and world level. We are also concerned with the measures designed to support the Green Deal, for we saw that this approach will allow states to adjust and use this challenge more as an opportunity than as a form of reducing competitiveness. Thank you once again, I also wish good luck to the parliamentary group in the very intense negotiations that will follow in the parliamentary debates. I also greet the European Commissioners who are honouring us with the presence, of course, first of all, our colleague Adina Vălean, also Johannes Hahn, who is a long-serving Commissioner with whom we have had very good relations over time, and I am sure that the European Peoples Party will make a very serious mark on decisions at the European level, for a resumption of economic growth as soon as possible, a boost in the competitiveness of the European Union and the Member States, and an increase in solidarity at European level. Thank you! 2020-09-10 16:55:00țiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul “Celebrating 70 Years”, organizat de Ambasada Austriei în România cu prilejul marcării a 70 de ani de la deschiderea, în țara noastră, a secției comerciale Advantage Austria BucureștiȘtiri din 09.09.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the Celebrating 70 Years event, organised by the Austrian Embassy in Romania [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I will address you in Romanian, I am sure that most of you understand it. The Romanian economy needs Red Bull further on, of a greater amount of Red Bull. The transport infrastructure needs serious companies to modernize it. In this respect, I need to tell you that Austria was a pioneer in terms of foreign investment in Romania, being among the first countries that came to our country in 1990, with great courage. The first section of a motorway that crosses the mountains is made by an Austrian company, Porr. Although Austria is not a very big country, I think it has almost 12 per cent of the foreign investments made in Romania after the 1990s, an extremely high percentage. I think that Austria ranks 3rd in Romania in terms of the volume of investments, after Germany, for example, which is an economic force, and after the Netherlands, which largely benefits from many companies running on American capital, a large share of the invested capital is the American capital. The volume of trade exchanges also places Austria in one of the most important positions in the ranking. The trade volume, amounting to over 4.2 billion annually, shows an extremely strong economic link between Austria and Romania. It is interesting that a lot of the Austrian companies are top companies - such as OMV, BCR, transport companies, insurance companies, companies operating in various services areas, companies that have never left Romania once they came here. They made the investments, they remained here, they continued their investments, which were localized, and have largely become more and more Romanian, if the investors do not mind me saying that. As for us, as a Government, I like to say simple things: anyone who invests in Romania takes some risks, brings some money that is mostly borrowed, takes some responsibilities, generates jobs, generates added value, creates, after all, prosperity. In my opinion, any investor must be treated with hospitality and I believe that hospitality should be a Romanian brand because, literally, Romanians are hospitable and very friendly, and the investors should be treated as friendly as possible because, after all, they risk their money and try to generate production capacity or a service delivery system that ultimately helps the country where that investment is localized. Even these weeks, a company with Austrian involvement decided to build one more factory in Timisoara, in the medical sector. I also know of other investment intentions which we treat with the utmost seriousness. In general, the managers of Austrian companies know that we have a communication system, we meet regularly whenever there are important issues to discuss. And we always try to find solutions to facilitate certain investments, certain developments. I am sure that along with OMV, we will ultimately find the best solution to make the investment at the Black Sea, I see Christina Verchere looking hopefully. But you know the terms. And the investments we want will be ultimately made. The message I want to convey is that we appreciate you, that you can rely on a loyal partnership with the representatives of the Government, that we try to simplify things, to digitalize them, to cut short the path from an idea or intention to the effective implementation of a plan, objective, and that we are trying to develop a friendly business environment in which the state authorities will be your partners, people that would provide support to businesses, and who would indeed help generate an environment in which businesses can naturally unfold, generate profit and development. Happy Anniversary! Of course, 70 years ago, Romania was not a democracy. But I noted that Austria has always been an interesting country - during the Communist period, Vienna was some sort of meeting place where different negotiations were taking place between the two blocs. In general, the Austrians are extremely enterprising people. I think I have rarely seen such brave people, with an entrepreneurial spirit, with a desire for adventure, with the ability to go to lesser-known lands and to succeed effectively. I conclude by telling you that my son learned to ski on the slopes in Austria, at the age 5, and he learned it very quickly, with a ski instructor who didnt even know Romanian, but my son learned to ski very easily. And I hope that my nephew will learn to ski at the age 5, on a slope in Romania - of course, with the Austrian support and expertise too- because we too have the potential to develop the ski area. Happy Anniversary! Good luck, good health and may you prosper! 2020-09-09 21:44:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Grupului industrial ThalesȘtiri din 09.09.2020 16:51:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Blocului Național SindicalȘtiri din 09.09.2020 10:47:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții AgrostarȘtiri din 08.09.2020 15:04:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Ucrainei, Dmytro KulebaȘtiri din 08.09.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting today with Ukraines Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba who is paying a visit to Bucharest. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban expressed the expectation that Ukrainian authorities will pay due attention to the protection and promotion of the identity rights of persons belonging to the Romanian minority in Ukraine. Moreover, the Romanian Prime Minister extended a message of support for Ukraines democratic course and aspirations for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as for its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two officials also discussed issues of economic co-operation, including prospects for holding a new session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial and Technical-Scientific Cooperation, as well as ways to expand connectivity projects between the two states, with emphasis on expanding the border crossing points network. In his turn, Minister Dmytro Kuleba voiced gratitude for the support extended by Romania, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, and underlined Ukraines readiness to be actively involved in solving the issues on the bilateral agenda, as well as in advancing co-operation between the two countries. 2020-09-08 14:11:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Federației Operatorilor Români de Transport (FORT)Știri din 07.09.2020 16:44:00 României marchează Ziua Mondială a Conștientizării DuchenneȘtiri din 07.09.2020 15:01:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la sesiunea de deschidere a Reuniunii Anuale a Diplomației Române, organizată exclusiv în sistem digital, prin videoconferințăȘtiri din 07.09.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy [Check against delivery] Good afternoon! Thank you for the invitation, Mr Minister! I am glad to attend for the first time the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy. We are living in peculiar times which have prompted us to adapt to new situations and adjust including our communication style. It is a bit awkward not to see the audience in front of you, not to see people's faces, to follow whether what they are saying is right or not. The diplomatic counsellor along with the European Affairs Counsellor prepared a speech for me, on this occasion, I thank them very much for it. I am going to tell you few simple things. I believe that for ten months reality in Romania has changed for the better. The times of diplomatic adventures done on partisan political order has gone, the time of developing tensions and wars with cardboard soldiers also I think is over. In Romania, there is a democratic government, a government deeply committed to defending democracy, observing all Romanias international commitments, first of all to the strategic partners: the US, the EU, NATO, but also to all our partners from all organizations that Romania is a part of. The approach of the Government I am leading is an extremely clear approach towards the permanent improvement of bilateral and multilateral dialogue, the strengthening of our presence in organizations and a constantly increased contribution to the decisions taken in the various organizations of which Romania is a part, a very clear attitude of a loyal partner at the level of the European Union, at the level of NATO and also certain predictability in terms of the strategic orientations of the Romanian foreign policy. In your capacity as ambassadors, consuls general, you are the representatives of Romania in the countries where you lead missions. I think that all these things we talked about, should be known at the level of the officials, of the governments of the countries in which you represent Romania. Our desire is to have the best possible dialogue, to identify areas of cooperation, to intensify cooperation in any field possible - economic, cultural, university - because Romania is a friendly country, a country that wants to develop international collaboration and that aims to make this intensification of dialogue and bilateral and organizational cooperation, a constant goal. As regards the responses to the pandemic that has shaken the international world, we certainly had to take some measures that sometimes generated a predictably negative reaction from some partners, on the other hand, we had to make these decisions, as today, similar decisions are being made by other countries regarding Romania. We are looking forward to a European position on the means by which we must act according to the level of the spread of the virus and the protection measures in European countries so that we can follow a common rule that no longer allows unilateral measures to be taken outside the unity of the European space. As regards relations with other countries, we have adopted the position of the European Commission, as soon as it was adopted, so that we have a joint action with other countries in the relations with countries that are not members of the European Union. I would say a few words about the economy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not have the trade component like in other countries. On the other hand, I think that any representative of Romania, regardless of the position held, ambassador or member of the Embassy's staff, consul general, consul, should pursue the economic dimension as well. We should develop economically as a country. The economic development is based on improving relations with all countries and on an important economic component in the work of the diplomatic missions. Romania should become an attractive country for investors, it should promote its economic interests at an international level. Romania should develop bilateral economic relations. Romania should ensure the promotion of the products manufactured in Romania, which would lead to an increase in exports. Our country should have active presence in the international economic environment as the economic evolution largely depends on the economic development and our ability to project a real image of today's Romania. Finally, I will refer in a few words to the relations with Romanians abroad. Romania is the country with the largest number, as a percentage, of citizens working abroad. I do not have an exact figure, but estimates show 4 million people left the country in search of a better living abroad. My request to you is to maintain an active and permanent connection with Romanians abroad and to do everything in your power to keep them as part of our Romanian nation, to make them feel supported, represented, helped, while not losing touch with Romania, because this is the attitude that we have at the government level and at the level of every other structure and I have even discussed in person with very many ambassadors in countries where thousands of Romanian live, and they actually do all these. In my opinion, it is very important for Romanians living in other countries, to maintain ties with the country, to remain active in the relations with people home, to return when they have opportunities, use the experience they have gained so far, even in their own businesses. We were informed by our ambassador in Italy that there are more than 26,000 companies with Romanian shareholders. They acquired expertise on Italy's market, on the European market, and any expertise in the economic field, in the business management can be useful for Romania too. They can be our ambassadors, they can persuade managers. There are investments made in Romania, due to certain Romanians with advanced positions, who had the ability to persuade the companies 'management to come to invest in Romania. I think this organic connection should represent a systemic objective for all our diplomatic missions and we should have an organized framework of dialogue and support for Romanians living abroad. I conclude my address telling you a few words. I know, Ambassadors that you do not wish to be election organizers in the countries in which you represent Romania. On the other hand, this is the Romanian reality. If we have a million Romanians in Italy, Spain, a few hundred thousand in Germany, UK, they have the right to vote, and our mission is to ensure the best possible conditions for Romanians abroad to exercise their right to vote. We convened the elections, we established December 6 as the date of parliamentary elections. Alongside Minister Aurescu, we set up a group in charge of organizing election abroad, and I ask you to get involved, come up with ideas, make your contributions, and take steps with the authorities of the countries in which you lead Romania's missions, so that we secure the best possible conditions for Romanians in the diaspora to be able to exercise their right to vote. I wish you good health, professional achievements, and especially results in promoting Romania's image and interests! Thank you! 2020-09-07 13:29:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic OrbanȘtiri din 07.09.2020 13:00:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul "Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum"Știri din 04.09.2020 Prime Minister Ludovic Orban's participation in the panel discussion: Strengthening EU and Trans-Atlantic Solidarity / Unity of Purpose: Defending Common Values and Interests / Mastering the Challenges and Opportunities of a Fast Changing World, chaired by Ambassador Sorin Ducaru [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador Ducaru, my former colleague of 1990s! I congratulate the organizers of this event that despite the bad weather and the pandemic conditions, they decided to resume such events, such extremely important events regarding Romania's future, the future of the Black Sea region and the Balkans. We are living a decisive period for Romania's future, and the future of the community of values and interests to which we belong. The pandemic also generates serious problems for all of us, but at the same time opportunities, both at European and global level. We will only succeed together as a country, in dialogue and partnership between authorities and society, in presenting priorities and projects adjusted to needs, which will generate a leap to modernization in priority areas. The funds that will be accessible for Romania are not funds that are given to us, but we will have to attract them through good ideas and unprecedented work. The success of the projects that Romania will propose can bring us an economic leap and can also represent an impetus to development, modernization, a leap in our abilities to ensure our security, a more capable healthcare system, transparent mechanisms of good governance, major connectivity infrastructure, digitalization measures accompanied by cybersecurity measures, public budget resources to secure sustained investments in modern defence capabilities. The debate on solidarity, cohesion, unity of interests and action is essential in the future for three levels: national, European and transatlantic. We already have a set of lessons learnt from the trials faced, at the regional geopolitical level, but also globally. This crisis has been an unprecedented challenge for the European Union, for the world at large, for all of us. The nature and magnitude of the crisis have been different from any other crisis in the history of the Union. All Member States have been affected, albeit to varying degrees, by socio-economic realities. In addition, it has overlapped with a global crisis. The crisis threatens the foundations of the European project, the transatlantic partnership and even the international system. The fundamentals of this system are in jeopardy: free movement, fundamental rights and freedoms, the economic and financial systems of the Member States, the foundations of multilateral organizations, but also the normal way of life of citizens, protection of privacy, right to health, access to correct information. Last but not least, we could see an increased interdependence between the Member States and an urgent need for concerted action. Even if there are voices that want to support something else, for us, things have been very clear: the crisis triggered by the pandemic has directly shown the real added value of European unity and solidarity. Examples in the medical field, such as the joint purchase of medicines, donations of medicines and medical equipment, exchanges of doctors and patients, in the economic area - decisions to establish new financial support instruments, such as SURE, unemployment schemes or the Recovery and Resilience Facility and all regulations on the repatriation of EU citizens in difficult situations around the world have shown this solidarity and the effectiveness of joint action. We must continue to do so, we must build on this basis with more solidarity and unity, simultaneously with providing support to all investments in resilience and economic and social development There is a need to adapt to the new context and the new realities in joint actions at EU level. We need to focus on the recovery and development process. Adaptation needs to lead to responses that are constantly improved, even if the initial responses were reactive and largely individual; in a short time, we can maintain this trend to determine the most effective joint action, because only joint action can offer adequate answers to the challenges we have been facing. In line with its pro-European commitment, Romania was one of the very clear supporters of solidarity and coordinated European action, after a period in which we also learned from mistakes, just like other states. As a country, we have reacted and provided examples of solidarity and joint action, dispatching teams of doctors and nurses, participating in the establishment of the EUs first strategic reserve of medical equipment, rescEU, from where materials and the equipment were then distributed to the Member States and Balkan states. We still urgently need to improve procedures, mechanisms for action, resources and expertise in order to be better prepared, both nationally and in Europe and the Euro-Atlantic area when facing major crises. We need the best possible crisis response system, rapid coordination, coupled with the ability to quickly deliver solutions, emergency medical equipment, a robust healthcare system and investment in medical and pharmaceutical research. It is equally important for us to manage the challenges posed by the economic recovery and relaunch phase. The historical agreement of July regarding the EU plan for economic recovery represents a clear confirmation of the fact that the Member States understood the importance of European solidarity and joint action. This plan will allow all to channel important resources both into the immediate effort of post-crisis reconstruction and the demarches for fulfilling the medium and long term development objectives. It is an unprecedented opportunity for Romania, as well as for all the other Member States to be able to invest in reconstruction and reform. We will pursue with priority coherence between national and European measures. We intend to plan in the best way possible the attraction and internal management of funds allocated, in order not to miss this opportunity. Development and sustainable growth cannot be conceived without digitalization, in the current context, marked by diminished physical interaction to limit the virus spreading, and protect citizens' lives, improving digital competences for future is a necessity. One of the lessons learnt in this period is the way digitalization can lead to new gaps if we do not ensure the necessary competences and resources including in the education and training sector. The new developments in the field risk leaving behind exactly those most in need of support measures, the most disadvantaged population groups. The prosperity of the European Union cannot be achieved in the absence of a high level of development in each Member State. The potential for economic growth generated by European integration and joint action is an asset that must be capitalized by each Member State of the European Union. The economic power of the European Union, together with its model and defining values, is the real driving force of the European project, including globally. It is a version of organizing power in a unique democratic way that we must preserve, constantly improve, increase carefully, take into account all strategic considerations, not just the purely economic ones. Looking to the future, the European Union must reaffirm its reputation as the most successful peace project in history. This implies remaining cohesive, ambitious, careful about all geopolitical developments in which it operates, and adaptable. The Union has to continue to ensure development through visionary policies that are true to its defining and impactful values ​​for its citizens. The aforementioned can be achieved by the European Union if we, each Member State, manage to achieve it internally. All this can be achieved especially given that NATO and the US commitment to Europes security remain fundamentals of the foreign and security policy of the European Union and the Member States. The EUs ability to promote and support solidarity must also be seen in terms of increasing resilience to emerging challenges, risks and external threats, which is good for NATO and the US, whether we are talking about geopolitical instability in the wider Black Sea area, violations of international law and growing militarization, or hybrid threats and geopolitical ambivalence in the Western Balkans. Elsewhere in the Union, terrorist threats and risks posed by migration waves are more strongly felt as effects of armed conflicts or even climate change that eliminates the livelihoods of entire communities. These developments are important not only for the EU Member States and NATO, which are naturally interested in being protected by solid, fully functional multilateral formats but also for all partners in the eastern or southern neighbourhood of the European Union and for strategic partners. The support we grant each other during this period, not only for European citizens, and the recovery of our economies, but also in relation to close neighbours and global strategic partners, first the United States, can demonstrate the strength of the European vector and EU's capacity to play a constructive, meaningful global role better than any scheduled speech or document. The geopolitical and security conclusions lead us to the idea that we are in a full process of analyzing the lessons we have learned from the COVID pandemic in order to be better prepared for other future challenges. We realize that this type of threat overlaps with those already existing, which Romania has to cope with. It does neither replace nor diminish them, but, on the contrary, it exposes and amplifies vulnerabilities, generating fertile ground for propaganda, fake news, deepening distrust and tensions in society and between states. Hence the clear need to continue political and financial investments in security and defence, at the national, regional, NATO and EU level, within the bilateral partnership with the United States. That is why we will continue to fulfil this responsible, predictable role, starting with the allocation of 2% of gross domestic product for defence, strengthening national resilience on all key dimensions, deepening relations with the United States, continuing significant participation in NATO and the EU's operational efforts. Our external action should further systematically cultivate solidarity among the Member States, complementarity between NATO and the European Union, a strong, renewed transatlantic relationship, firmly anchored in the fundamental interests that bring us closer. Romania has a primordial national interest, and also a responsibility accordingly, in continuing and achieving these objectives. Thank you. Sorin Ducaru: Thank you very much, Mr Prime Minister. We thank you for your willingness to have a short dialogue on these topics of interest. I propose to start from the European agreement on the European relaunch plan, approach the topics of digitalization, connectivity, of the European Green Deal, but also address issues related to values ​​and security. And let me start with the July European Council agreement on the multiannual multi-financial framework and the European Economic Recovery Plan, an agreement which, I would say, emphasized European solidarity and blurred some of the previous debates, which focused on the lack of solidarity. The question is: to what extent is this agreement, which has been defined as historic, an important chance for Romania as well, and how do you intend for Romania to make the most of it? Ludovic Orban: The agreement is really historic and comes after a period with many question marks, justified or unjustified, related to joint action at European level in response to the pandemic and the economic crisis, in connection with the speed of response from the European institutions, which has generated some dissatisfaction, but in the end this decision made it clear that Europe wants to find solutions together, that Europe fully take the risk of imposing these solutions, that Europe generates the necessary resources for the Member States, in the economic recovery process. For Romania, these decisions are extremely important, not only in terms of the financial resources that will be available to Romania, but also considering the fact that these resources are allocated to vital areas that represent, for Romania, absolute priorities. We must be prepared, in my speech I said that this money does not come as simple as this. We need to draw up projects, to have a vision, to have very serious programs that allow us to carry out deep, real reforms that lead to a modern government and to economic development and the consolidation of the response capacity to crisis situations, both for Romania and at European level. Yesterday, we adopted an emergency ordinance on the recovery and resilience plan in which we laid the bases for organizing efforts to prepare the projects to be funded. Of course, the regulation is not yet adopted, but we have largely taken into account all the information we have had at European level, on how to allocate resources, what are the directions in which this money can be used and we want to be prepared, as soon as possible, to be able to use these fundamental resources for Romanias development, in all the areas we consider a priority, from infrastructure development to digitalization, from strengthening the health system, through infrastructure investments in equipment modernization, in the digitalization of the entire health system. Today, it is raining - but we know that this year in Romania, especially the south-eastern part faced an unprecedented drought and here we want to allocate significant financial resources in all land improvement works, irrigation, drainage and all other categories of works that we deem extremely important to ensure real support for modern agriculture, with maximum productivity. We also like to consider both the multiannual financial year 2021-2027 and the resources available under the economic recovery plan, the resilience and recovery facility, as being complementary, so that they lead to the development and financing of projects that can be included in a common vision of development that is based on a shift of paradigm. Romania needs a modern infrastructure, both transport infrastructure and energy infrastructure, communications, educational and health infrastructures. Infrastructure is fundamental to lay the foundations for economic development. Romania needs modernization, technology transfer, innovation, to apply the innovation and research results in the life of society as soon as possible. Romania, practically, complies with all the fundamental objectives of the policy at European level which is based on a green Europe and a smart Europe. Sorin Ducaru: Thank you! You have already mentioned the topic of digitalization in your speech and in your recent message. Of course, the pandemic has shown us more than ever that digitalization, in fact, saves economic dynamics and is, I would say, one of the pillars of the European Economic Recovery Plan. In terms of digitalization and connectivity, Romania has several advantages: talent, a broadband that exceeds the level of other states, very many skilled and trained people, but there is certain discontinuity in terms of using these advantages in the digital field, in administrative infrastructure, and in the field of stimulating, further developing some economic sectors. How do you envisage, in this context, the European economic recovery plan, digitalization, connectivity, both online, and transport one, to be priorities in terms of energy too, and generate some notable advances? Ludovic Orban: The contribution of the IT sector to GDP is a significant one, which has been constantly growing, but this contribution has been generated, in particular, by the private sector. Although we have among the most talented programmers, software developers, the Romanians being extremely creative and skilled in everything that means the IT area, Romania is among the least digitized countries, especially in the field of administration. Need teaches you! I will give you one example, almost all the products, the services we offered during the pandemic have been online, from furlough, to the certificate for emergency situations, from aid allowances to the liberal professions, to all the measures we have taken. They have been accessed exclusively digitally. We adopted an emergency ordinance making mandatory for all public institutions to receive the citizens requests, applications for granting rights, to communicate online, digitally. We also set up the Romanian Digitalization Authority, which is the main vector for promoting digitalization in the field of public administration. At the level of the CTE (Technical-Economic Committee for the Information Society), in the area of ​​digitalization, many digitalization projects have already been approved. We are preparing the government cloud, and the electronic signature - a lot of projects that are extremely important. We already have digitalization projects from the European funds we have available for the 2014-2020 financial year, for the public sector, and also for the private sector. We have launched calls for projects to increase digital skills for SMEs, for the digitalization of Small and Medium Enterprises, even though the purchase of software equipment, programs that support the digitalization of Small and Medium Enterprises in Romania. For us, things are very simple. Either we digitalize or we lag behind. Digitalization is an absolute necessity, and the strongest digitalization signal must be given by the administration, we have extremely large public systems, where all applications are outdated, physically and morally outdated. They can hardly cope with real needs and especially they have an increasingly smaller capacity to allow a very fast access. We also aim at the interconnection of large databases at the level of all administrative structures and a very quick and easy access of citizens to any service, any right enjoyed by public institutions. Sorin Ducaru: Beyond digital interconnectivity, can you tell us a few words about interconnectivity in terms of energy transport? Ludovic Orban: Romania is a gateway to Europe. It has an extremely important geostrategic position, which we still do not capitalize on enough, we do not use all the opportunities that spring from our positioning. Fundamental for us is to ensure Romanias connection to all European transport infrastructures, both by road, rail and water. We have the Danube which is part of the most important European river corridor that connects the Black Sea to the North Sea. The Danube is very important for the development of Romania and here we will have to invest money to ensure the standard conditions of navigability, all modern navigation systems to enhance this system. The closing of the pan-European Corridor IV, which practically ensures the Rhine-Danube connection, is extremely important. You know very well that yesterday the European Commission approved the allocation of 875 million euros for the completion of the Sibiu-Pitești section of the pan-European corridor IV, which is the first section of highway that crosses the mountains and will certainly be built at a faster pace. We also need other connections. For example, Romania, as part of the Three Seas Initiative, takes part in the projects to be developed within this organization, connectivity projects, both on road, rail transport infrastructure, but also energy connectivity. Also in terms of energy, Romania has almost completed the part of the BRUA project, the BRUA gas pipeline, and, most likely, by the end of October, we will be able to put into operation the Romanian section of the BRUA gas pipeline. We are interested in supporting all projects designed to improve rail connectivity. Also, the modernization of the entire sector that connects Constanța to Curtici is in progress. We are also rapidly modernizing other transport axes, such as the connection Cluj - Episcopia Bihor, which will be electrified and modernized with European funds. The infrastructure projects which ensure better connectivity of Romania and generally, of our region, have the entire support of the Government. Thank you! Sorin Ducaru: Thank you! Allow us to bring up other important topic and which is a priority on the European agenda, that of climate sustainability and security. In this respect, the EU, the Commission proposed a strategic document named the European Green Deal. There are surely challenges relative to the development and adaptation of the economy for green sustainability, but there are opportunities as well. How will Romania try to balance this dichotomy between challenges and use the opportunities opening up in this area? Ludovic Orban: Of course, the European Green Deal generates some consequences as well, which can be apparently considered negative for the economy: closure of some energy generating capacities, increased costs for the manufacture of many goods generating CO2 emissions, or polluting agents. It will also have effects on the agriculture and farming itself. Things are very simple: any European resource that we can benefit from, should be smartly used to fund those projects that can fulfil the objectives of the European Deal, namely reducing C02 emissions until eliminating the CO2 emissions, therefore, a neutral impact of CO2 emissions aimed especially at the energy field, where we will need to adapt ourselves, generate more green energy, shift from coal-based energy to energy based on renewable sources, nuclear energy generation. In this regard, we have been taking important steps to draw up a project for the nuclear energy generation development, alongside our strategic partners. Certain energy generation capacities should be switched to gas so that we can meet the conditions resulting from the European Deal. Here, too, Romania benefits, within the Just Transition Fund, from considerable financing for which we prepare projects, in order to be able to use these financial resources to help maintaining economic development, production capacity in the new conditions. We are already financing important projects in industrial sectors, so that we can meet these conditions. Sorin Ducaru: Prime Minister, the EU is also a union of values ​​and the transatlantic relationship is also based on common values. In this period in which we feel that sometimes there is an attack on these common values, what can we do, especially when we see these distortions, information manipulations, to remain anchored in what defines us, in the values ​​that define us as Europeans, as democrats and as people for whom the essential values ​​of humanity matter? Ludovic Orban: I already referred to it in my speech. Romania, as an EU Member State, has a clear position regarding a consolidated, solid transatlantic partnership. Solidarity is fundamental within this transatlantic cooperation and is a key to our ability to withstand all the challenges faced by the free world. Democracy must be defended, because democracy faces new types of threats, freedom of expression gives the possibility of expression to some actors, lets say, institutional, who spread propaganda that ultimately strikes at the foundations of democracy, attempting to destroy citizens' trust in democratic institutions, to create movements that challenge the democratic organization of society. Because of this, all democratic societies have been facing a great danger and we feel this in everyday life, it is enough to enter the online environment and we can see clear themes, clear campaigns, and clear propaganda, generated by sources that seem very well organized. Transatlantic solidarity is fundamental to the system of values, these fundamental principles underlying democratic societies that have at the forefront, respect for the individual, their rights and freedoms and the free organization of society. We are the promoters of this message, of this very clear position, NATO is fundamental for the security of all countries and for ensuring the security of the transatlantic area, NATO with the European Union should operate in a complementary manner, and for us, both the status of EU member state and NATO member state is as important as the Strategic Partnership with the United States. Sorin Ducaru: As we participate in a meeting that focuses also on regional security, I would like to ask you a question pertaining to Romanias neighbourhood and an important neighbour and strategic partner of Romania, the Republic of Moldova. And in this respect, as a strategic partner of the Republic of Moldova, I wanted to ask you what is Romania's position, so as to continue to ensure both the fulfilment of its obligations and the European path of the Republic of Moldova, at the same time with supporting, as it has done to date, of the citizens, of their needs, in the spirit of solidarity between the two countries and, once again, of the Strategic Partnership with the Republic of Moldova? Ludovic Orban: The relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova is extremely important for us. Unfortunately, the authorities governing the Republic of Moldova today have raised extremely many question marks and uncertainties regarding their real commitment to EU integration, respect for values and principles at the European level, to ensure a genuine democracy and a capitalist economy, a free economy. That is why all support efforts are directed to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. We need to take into account a certain feature: there are hundreds of thousands of citizens of the Republic of Moldova, who also have Romanian citizenship, and in the relationship between Romania and the Republic of Moldova we must take into account our affinities, we practically speak the same language, we understand each other very easily. Because of this, all the efforts we make, aimed at supporting the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, even when the government the president or the authorities are trying to divert the Republic of Moldova and the citizens of the Republic of Moldova from their European course. We had clear proofs in this regard. Basically, Transgazul, which is a Romanian state company, finalized the Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline, providing an additional gas resource, an alternative resource for the citizens of the Republic of Moldova. During the pandemic, we mobilized important resources to be able to support the medical system in the Republic of Moldova in coping with the challenges it faces, making available to the citizens of the Republic of Moldova equipment, and medical staff, doctors, nurses, who were actually in the Republic of Moldova and helped protect the health of citizens there. As regards the collaboration between local authorities in Romania and local authorities in the Republic of Moldova, there are many twinning agreements, many projects in local communities in Bessarabia are supported by local authorities in Romania, and there are twinning agreements. I believe that we must not abandon the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, regardless of who is temporarily in power there, and we must support any move towards a genuine democracy, any move towards a real integration of the Republic of Moldova into the European Union. Because the reality is that Bessarabias path to the European Union passes through Romania and this path must be walked with Romanias support. Sorin Ducaru: Thank you very much. The last question that aims to link the aspects of internal policy, internal security, which you have mentioned, - resilience and so on - to the themes of foreign policy and foreign security of Romania. Given that we live in a world with a not reassuring security climate, to what extent will you continue to support Romanias strategic profile, including through allocated resources and foreign policy, and defence policy, security and defence objectives, so that Romania remains a pole of regional stability and a partner, an important member of the EU and the North Atlantic Alliance? Ludovic Orban: I can only answer - yes to this question. It is obvious that our action follows this direction, to be not only beneficiaries but also contributors to the security system. We are among the countries that have observed their commitment to allocate 2% of the Gross Domestic Product, we are a country that has always expressed its willingness to participate in missions, operations within NATO or within the European Union, we are a country which has always unequivocally manifested its clear position from a geostrategic point of view and Romania is a loyal partner, both within NATO and within the European Union. Sorin Ducaru: Thank you! Ludovic Orban: And it will continue to be so. Sorin Ducaru: You should know that both foreign and defence policy count on your support and resources in this regard. Mr Prime Minister, thank you very much for your availability, for your detailed answers. We also had this sound background, but in our culture, rain means wealth, so ... Ludovic Orban: This rain is really a miracle, it is a boon for many areas in Romania. In addition to the pandemic, the economic crisis, we also faced both drought and floods, we had to face additional crises. We have the same tie today, but we havent talked for about six months, not even on the phone, its just a coincidence... Sorin Ducaru: Its incredible, yes. Ludovic Orban: As former colleagues at SNSPA, we also have a common taste. Sorin Ducaru: I wish you many accomplishments. I invite you to visit the EU Satellite Center as well. You should know that we have an exceptional collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Defence, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and just yesterday we discussed with the President of the Romanian Space Agency, Marius Piso, the possibility of a pilot project on deforestation satellite monitoring, but much can be done in agriculture too, and in the field of security. Once again, thanks and great success in everything you do! 2020-09-04 10:46:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei Naval GroupȘtiri din 04.09.2020 09:30:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei BizerbaȘtiri din 03.09.2020 10:14:00ţii ale premierului Ludovic OrbanȘtiri din 02.09.2020 [Check against delivery] Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, PSD representatives announced they will amend the budget revision will try to eliminate that proposal for a phased increase of pensions and they want to propose that teachers be treated similarly to doctors in terms of that bonus of 2,500 lei? Ludovic Orban: After they wanted to leave Romania without a government, today, PSD wants to leave Romania without a budget. I ask the MPS to endorse the emergency ordinance to revise the state budget, because it is built on analysis, impact studies and the resources we have. Any additional expenditure that is introduced in the debate of the state budget, the emergency ordinance of revision of the budget, will turn against all Romanians, will accentuate the imbalances and risks compromising the economic recovery prospects that we have built in the long term. I urge MPs to be responsible and endorse the budget rectification the way we have decided it. We made very big efforts to find resources to increase revenues of important categories, increase the pension point, to find resources to cover the increase of child benefits, we found resources to back local authorities in their efforts to cover the pandemic related expenses. We also allocated resources to back employees within the active measures aimed at supporting companies. I ask the MPs to vote for the budget revision as a solid foundation for resuming the economic growth process, for a rapid recovery of the Romanian economy which would allow the increase of the citizens' revenues. Reporter: What will you do if the Social - Democrats decide to increase pensions by 40 percent, as shows the initial draft law they amended in Parliament? Ludovic Orban: The draft law was voted a long time ago, it was not based on any kind of economic forecast analysis, economic growth forecast. It was passed when there was no pandemic or economic crisis. Meanwhile, we are living in another reality, which is not only Romania's reality but the reality of Europe, of the entire world. We are facing an economic crisis caused by the pandemic, that we have to cope with, and we need to adjust all expenses, all budgetary thinking, to our current situation. I remind you that we are facing an economic downturn, an economic contraction of 3.9 percent on the first semester. Surely, there is a much smaller economic contraction than the average economic contraction, which is 8. 3 percent, but it is an economic contraction which will lead to the decrease of revenues, which should require us to be prudent in generating expenses. Over the last four months, the PSD majority, out of an inexplicable populism, generated expenses over and over again, although the resources to cover what PSD generated, do not effectively exist. PSD should understand that this irresponsible way of doing politics cannot continue anymore as in the end, it will negatively impact all Romanians. Who benefits if Romania is downgraded by rating agencies? Who benefits if borrowing is more expensive for us? Let me give you an example, about all the lies that have been publicly launched by PSD: the only month since we are in office, in which we borrowed more expensively than PSD governments - and consider that we are facing an economic crisis caused by the pandemic, and a 4.6 deficit for 2019 - PSD acted according to scorched-earth policy, so that whoever took office after them, cannot do anything, according to the principle after us, the flood! However, we managed to borrow cheaper than the PSD governments, with one exception: in February, when we borrowed more expensively, because of the PSD, because in February they overthrew the government when we assumed responsibility for electing mayors in two rounds. Otherwise, we borrowed cheaper than the PSD governments did. Who benefits if Romania has higher borrowing costs or if, God forbid, we will end up in a situation where we will no longer find financing? Who benefits if we put companies in a position in which borrowing is more expensive because any downgrade of Romanias rating will lead to more expensive loans for all companies. This will lead to economic difficulties for companies, to job losses, loss of revenues to the state budget and, in the end, will negatively impact all Romanians. Who benefits if investors look at Romania more reluctantly, because of these assessments? Such populist, hollow demagoguery will turn against every Romanian, which does nothing but harm Romania. Reporter: Do you have other alternatives to prevent this situation? Ludovic Orban: Surely! We will use all constitutional and legal levers available to enforce this budget. Reporter: Is it likely to attack it at the Constitutional Court? Ludovic Orban: Of course, normally. We won by the way. I remind you that we won in the case of some laws, for a very simple reason: there are no resources to cover certain categories of expenses rolling in, which were established by law by a Parliament that is still dominated by PSD. Reporter: Regarding the opening of the school year, I would like to ask you if you are satisfied with the guidelines developed by the Ministry of Education. There are already worried teachers, who claimed that they will not be able to teach online and in the classrooms at the same time, because they do not have time to interact with everyone and students will be left with knowledge gaps. Ludovic Orban: Adaptation is needed, teachers need to understand that the situation we are in is a situation where we need to put childrens health at the forefront and that we need to adapt so that they can teach for the children in the classroom and for those who follow the lessons online. This is very important and I am convinced that the vast majority of teachers have understood this, many have participated in all the training programs organized during the summer Tens of thousands of teachers have participated in such programs, which have been organized by either teaching staff establishments or non-governmental organizations that have been accredited to conduct such courses to increase digital teaching skills, digital skills, and they need to permanently learn. Of course, in addition to these things, there will be lessons on National Television, as it was the partnership that worked during the state of emergency and later, until the end of the school year; there will be lessons broadcast online, there are textbooks ... The textbooks will also be accessible online. Interactive textbooks have been prepared- it will be a first, I understand - which will increase the students' interest. We have to adapt, its important. I ask for your support and I really appreciated the teachers, they were with us - the assessment exam, the baccalaureate exam, the preparatory week took place in good conditions - and I am confident that they will contribute to a reopening of schools to the benefit of students. Reporter: How do you see Minister Bodes conduct in traffic? You know very well, he was involved in a traffic accident, he drove a lot of time in the wrong way, in a town... Ludovic Orban: I did not have a discussion with the minister, except that he told me that he was involved in a traffic accident. I asked him if he was behind the wheel; he told me he wasnt. I asked him about his health, and this was being assessed. I understand hes out of danger. In this regard, police must check exactly the circumstances...; Reporter: Is it known who was behind the wheel? If it was someone from the SPP (Protection and Guard Service) or a driver from the ministry...? Ludovic Orban: I dont know, I cant give you an answer to this question. Reporter: I asked you because in the past when PSD was in power and used motorcade, motor police, you criticized a lot the behaviour of the ministers in traffic. Now we faced a similar behaviour: we are talking about the wrong - way driving of a minister, for maybe even whole kilometres, in a locality, and he even had an accident. Even if he was not driving, I suppose the respective driver did nothing but follow the ministers orders. Ludovic Orban: This aspect needs to be clarified too. Im telling you, I havent had a discussion yet. In this respect, the circumstances must be analyzed, the legislation must be consulted so that a decision be made, in accordance with the law. Reporter: But is it normal for a dignitary to use his position to drive in such a way? Ludovic Orban: It depends on his situation, obviously. Reporter: Did the minister explain to you if he was in an emergency? Ludovic Orban: As for me, when I have certain trips that require me, I also resort to the possibility of a motorcade, but less often; only if, indeed, there is a governmental activity that I must reach in time. Reporter: How would the emergency situation be defined? Did he have an emergency? Ludovic Orban: He was probably returning to ministry. Im telling you, Im going to have a discussion with the minister on this issue. Reporter: What do you think about Mr. Vasilescus resignation and Mr. Gavrişs secondment to Harghita? Did you know about that? Ludovic Orban: I did not know about Mr Gavrişs secondment to Harghita. As regards Mr. Vasilescus resignation: it seems to be a normal resignation. I will discuss with the interior minister the appointment of a new chief of Police. I think this resignation is a natural gesture, I think it was the result of the emergence of some footages. It is important to identify a professional, a devoted professional, to lead the Police and to meet the objectives we are pursuing. And here, once again, I repeat: zero tolerance for crime, hard fight against interlopers, and other categories of people who do not obey the law and who are involved in criminal actions. Reporter: Does Traian Băsescus candidacy confuse the plans for the Capital City Hall? Ludovic Orban: Behind Nicușor Dan are the most credible and serious political parties at this moment, he is endorsed by 53-55% of the Bucharest inhabitants. We endorse Nicusor Dans candidacy because we believe in Nicusor Dan. We believe that he is the only one who can defeat the PSD candidate, on the one hand; on the other hand, he is the man who loves Bucharest, who knows very well its problems, and has the best solutions and is endorsed by extremely competent teams, both from the National Liberal Party and USR PLUS. We believe in Nicusor Dans victory. It is a great victory to get Bucharest back on track. Since the Capital City Hall fell into the hands of PSD, Bucharest has been in a permanent regression, and almost none of Bucharests big problems has been solved. As such, we are counting on Nicușor Dans victory and we ask the Bucharest voters to focus their vote on Nicușor Dan, who is the only candidate who can defeat PSD. Reporter: And if you can tell us, regarding the aid for farmers, was the ordinance published? Ludovic Orban: It was published today; it is Ordinance 148. The procedure of submitting applications by farmers whose crops have been damaged by drought will kick-off. The submission deadline is ten days. Financial resources have been allocated to make the payments. I asked the Ministry of Agriculture to speed up the applications resolution, especially since assessments were made, the prefectures teams made the assessments on the damaged areas, it can be quickly certified that an application is legal and that a farmer is entitled to compensation for drought damage. Reporter: Four PSD MPs who were absent from the motion voting were expelled from the party. If they express their wish, could they be received by the PNL groups in Parliament? Cătălin Rădulescu was the one who said he would have received an offer in this regard. Ludovic Orban: I dont know who he is. Reporter: There is a currently a real scandal in PSD. Cătălin Rădulescu has already been expelled. He claimed that he was only invited by PNL to a discussion ... Ludovic Orban: Therefore, the decision to join the National Liberal Party is other. The fact that some PSD MPs were absent is the PSD issue. However, they would not have achieved the quorum, even with the five PSD MPs present. Consequently, I dont understand what this fuss is about. It happens. I found out that at least three of them were ill, such as Senator Carmen Dan, whose mother is ill. Therefore, not even to accept that a person may get ill or that he/she obeys the law, as the direct contact of a person infected with COVID ... It seems to me that people in PSD are very tense. But it is their problem, we are interested in solving the Romanians problems. Thank you! 2020-09-02 11:59:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului de amenajare a portului turistic și de agreement de la Turnu MăgureleȘtiri din 01.09.2020 17:01:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului de modernizare a DN52 Alexandria-Turnu Măgurele, finanțat din fonduri guvernamentaleȘtiri din 01.09.2020 13:57:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului de extindere a Spitalului Județean Alexandria cu un nou corp de clădire, proiect finanțat din fonduri guvernamentaleȘtiri din 01.09.2020 13:33:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului privind creșterea siguranței circulației pe DN6 Alexandria – București, finanțat din fonduri guvernamentale și executat prin CNAIR-DRDP BucureștiȘtiri din 01.09.2020 13:19:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la inaugurarea grădiniței din localitatea Drăgănești-Vlașca, obiect de investiții finanțat din fonduri guvernamentaleȘtiri din 01.09.2020 12:29:00 contractului de finanțare pentru proiectul Platformă Software Centralizată pentru Identificare Digitală – „PSCID”, al cărui scop este realizarea platformei destinate identității electronice, care să asigure poarta de acces pentru serviciile electronice de eGuvernareȘtiri din 01.09.2020 10:35:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților si Senatului privind dezbaterea moțiunii de cenzură inițiate de 205 deputați și senatoriȘtiri din 31.08.2020 statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban before the debate of the censure motion initiated by 205 lawmakers [Check against delivery] Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, will there be quorum this time? Ludovic Orban: We'll wait to see. Reporter: If it is not, it would mean the motion fails as Mr Ciolacu argues that it should be repeated at a certain point/...;/ ? Ludovic Orban: From our point of view, this motion falls outside the constitutional framework - I have stated this. In 30 years, no political party has lodged a motion of censure during the parliamentary recess, not to mention that the motion was lodged in an extraordinary session, it was debated and now, what ensues is its debate in another extraordinary session. From our point of view, the motion falls outside the constitutional framework and we consider that it would be right for no debate and vote to take place thereon. We wait for the Courts decision to clarify this issue. Reporter: If there is no quorum today, Mr Ciolacu said that they should ... Ludovic Orban: In my opinion, the motion is over and done with, but of course, we have to wait for the Constitutional Court ruling, because depending on it we will be able to determine precisely what will ensue. Reporter: Mr Ciolacu said that if there is no quorum, it should be voted on another day. This means that the ordinary session of Parliament starts tomorrow ... Ludovic Orban: The ordinary session starts tomorrow. Thats another invention, crazy move, to get with the motion in the third, ordinary session, after lodging it in an extraordinary session and reading it in another extraordinary session. I dont want to get into these aspects. As far as we are concerned, we only want to resolve Romanias problems. Reporter: Do you consider notifying the Court? Ludovic Orban: Understanding, when they lodge a censure motion? What understanding?! Its the understanding that they want to take us down and we defend ourselves so that the Government can further do its job. Thank you! Press statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban following the plenary session of Parliament for the debate of the censure motion initiated by 205 lawmakers [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: First of all, allow me to repeat what I said since this motion of censure was initiated. In our view, this censure of motion falls outside the Constitutional framework. In 30 years, nobody lodged a censure motion in parliamentary recess. Moreover, it is a censure motion which is not only in an extraordinary session, it was lodged in an extraordinary session, it was read in another extraordinary session, they tried to debate and vote it in the prolonged extraordinary session until August 31, and in my opinion, it is done and over at present. Surely, the Constitutional Court is about to rule, the Government notified the Constitutional Court, and we are waiting for its ruling regarding our notification. As far as we are concerned as a government, we believe that what happened today is extremely beneficial for Romania. The Government must face immediate challenges, medium-term, long-term challenges and needs full exercise capacity in order to be able to solve the big problems facing Romania. In a nutshell: the implementation of the investment plan and economic recovery in Romania. We have a number of measures that have been adopted and need to be implemented, from the credit guarantee measures for companies to the grant measures of more than two billion euros to small and medium-sized enterprises, either under the Regional Operational Programme, measure 21 and 22, or under the one billion euro grant programme that is granted for investments or for working capital, for areas that have been affected by restrictions during the period of the state of emergency and the state of alert. Starting September 1, once with the adoption of the Emergency Ordinance and the methodological norms, the program of active measures to support companies and employees takes effect, the flexible working schedule which is funded from SURE Programme at the European level. The European Commission has approved an allocation to Romania of 4.99 billion dedicated to this type of active measures, which are extremely important for companies and employees. We have to prepare for the start of school, we have to prepare for the elections. Today, we adopted the Emergency Ordinance for the draw up of the resilience and recovery plan, which must be completed by early October and sent to the European Commission as the basis for the absorption of the more than EUR 30 billion to which Romania is entitled to the recovery and resilience facility which is adopted at European level. We need to finalize the position papers on the 2021-2027 budget, the European Union budget, in order to prepare the efficient and useful absorption of European funds in the future budget year. The Government is faced with extremely difficult situations, to which it must give the right answer and for which we have these answers and we have the will to put them into practice, so that Romania can move forward, to overcome as quickly as possible the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to really give the Romanians the guarantee that there is a chance of economic growth, of economic development, so that we really have an economic recovery that puts us on a leading position at European level. Reporter: Mr Ciolacu said you had a strategy, the Liberals had today a really well thought out strategy. What was this strategy about? Ludovic Orban: I conveyed to all colleagues, I want to thank the political parties that have been with us and shared our point of view, namely that the motion falls outside the constitutional framework, and that did not participate in the quorum. It is about the USR, PMP, UDMR and the national minorities group. I want to thank the unaffiliated MPs who understood that Romania needs a Government and who did not endorse the PSDs political exploit. If you look at the number of votes, you will see that, had all PSD MPs been present, they would not have met the number of MPs required to achieve quorum. There were five absentees: 226 plus 5 equals 231. Therefore, there was a majority that endorsed us, that understood that Romania needs a Government, that this poisonous position is unwelcome and risks throwing Romania into chaos. I thank them for being with us and I am convinced that we will continue to work as well as we have done so far. Reporter: Did you hold talks with these PSD lawmakers who missed today the session, did you discuss with each of them? Ludovic Orban: What do you understand by that? Reporter: If you made a deal with them not to attend the motion debate. Ludovic Orban: We did not reach any deal, we have had no discussion, and nobody from here had any discussion with Senator Carmen Dan. As I understood, Senator Carmen Dan is ill or is isolated at home. Of course, there have been many discussions, we had talks with lawmakers who were members of ALDE, whom I personally know, and I explained them, I could persuade some of them, not all. It is natural. But the majority of those who endorsed us, was formed by USR, PMP, UDMR lawmakers, the group of minorities and unaffiliated lawmakers who deemed it not necessary to embark on this political exploit. Reporter: Do you consider notifying again the Constitutional Court if the Social - Democrats decide that the motion submitted in extraordinary session be voted...;? Ludovic Orban: I cannot believe they can do this. But if this happens, we will obviously notify the Court, as we cannot accept them mocking a fundamentally democratic instrument in a society, the motion of censure, which allows the Parliament to censure the Government's activity. You cannot play games with censure motions, initiate censure motions whenever you desire, against any rule. If they want to fall within the Constitutional framework, it is a new session, they can lodge a censure motion. That's it. Reporter: Mr. Cupsa, Mr. Bota, will they be on PNL list for parliamentary elections? Ludovic Orban: I cannot answer your question as it has been no discussion in this respect. Reporter: So you exclude any accusations regarding a possible prearranged deal between PSD and PNL? Ludovic Orban: I dont know, even if ..., you know the saying: A fool may throw a stone into a well, which a hundred wise men cannot pull out - youre wise if one screams that its a prearranged deal, what deal? They lodged a motion of censure, they did everything possible to mobilize their people, they did everything possible to get people to vote, they failed, that is, because their motion is absurd, it has no logic, it is a motion falling outside the constitutional framework and it proved to be so. I talked to almost any MP who wanted to talk to me, several of my colleagues had individual discussions with many MPs. I am convinced that many of those who were present did not agree with this move but probably did not have the courage not to ensure the quorum. Reporter: The local authorities - the mayors - said that they are not ready to start the new school year that they do not know exactly the circuits that should exist in schools, and that all the responsibility has been thrown on their shoulders. Ludovic Orban: It is not true that responsibility has been thrown on their shoulders. Schools are managed by localities, in terms of investment costs, material costs and services from local budgets. We came to the aid of the local authorities. We have allocated a significant amount of 175 million euros, 100 million euros for the purchase of tablets. 500,000 tablets can be bought with this money, through which we pay any expenses of the local administration in this regard. EUR 50 million for protective equipment, also for disinfectants and other materials that are necessary for healthcare protection. And another 25 million euros which are for other categories of expenses. These school circuits will obviously be established on the basis of the joint order of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, which will be issued no later than tomorrow, on September 1. Reporter: /../ Ludovic Orban: It will be issued at the latest tomorrow and all the rules will be known. In fact, we have decided on a flexible approach. Depending on the level of spread of the virus - the normal opening of school with students in the classroom, if it is less than 1 in a thousand cases accumulated in the last 14 days. If it is between 1 and 3, the mixed formula, the hybrid formula is applied, half in classrooms, half online and then the groups of students change. And, obviously, online classes if it is over 3. The school boards will decide on this matter. I remind you that local authorities, parents and teachers are represented in each school board, and also the students can participate in the decision making related to the opening of schools. The Public Health Departments are trained in such a manner that they can provide the school units managers with all the necessary information regarding the health protection measures, to help them take the necessary measures. The school inspectorates are also in a permanent dialogue with the local authorities so that we can open schools in the best conditions. 2020-08-31 16:10:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Limbii RomâneȘtiri din 31.08.2020 10:43:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la prezentarea proiectului Spitalului Regional de Urgență Brașov și la semnarea contractului pentru realizarea studiului de fezabilitate al proiectului de reabilitare și modernizare a drumului Valea Doftanei – BrădetȘtiri din 27.08.2020 14:19:00[1].jpgVizita premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul Aeroportului Internațional Brașov - GhimbavȘtiri din 27.08.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the construction site of Brasov-Ghimbav International Airport [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: /...;/ we are analysing them, there is also the Brasov Airport, an extremely important investment for the development of Brasov County and the neighbouring counties. Works are at an advanced pace, the progress is obvious, compared to the previous visit. Additionally to the 50 million allocated through the state budget law for this investment objective, the Government will also allocate during this year another 25 million from the Governments Reserve Fund, and, at the same time, next year we will come with the necessary sums to complete the resources that the local authorities have, Adrian Vestea as president of the County Council, George Scripcaru, as mayor of Brasov municipality, so that we are sure that this investment is finalized as fast as possible. Adrian Veştea: I want to thank the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, also the three ministers who were present today, Minister of Transport Lucian Bode, Minister of Development Ionuț Ștefan and, Mr. Nelu Tătaru, who has been in our county several times to come to the aid of the medical units and the healthcare system in Brașov. We acted in such a manner so that today, we present some of the objectives that are being implemented, some of the objectives that have been completed, and I am referring here to the modular section of 28 beds, which was outfitted with the help of the Government, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health. We also laid the bases for projects to be financed by the National Investment Company, we are referring to the Multipurpose Hall, to the road that will connect Săcele, Valea Doftanei and Campina and also to the future regional hospital, where also, the Government will come to our support, of the county and municipal authorities, in order to be able to achieve it. George Scripcaru: Thank you too for being present today in Brasov. As you pledged previously, things are on schedule from our point of view. The Administration of the Municipality of Brașov, the City Hall and the County Council, through the mayor and president - Adrian Veştea and George Scripcaru, we will complete these projects together, and in this regard, we will do what we must do for Brașov County, for the municipality and for the County Council, together, we will support all these investments, both in the municipality and in Brașov County. The city of Brasov is the beneficiary of this important project, primarily because Brasov will be the main beneficiary of this airport. From the beginning to the end we will work together for this purpose, in Brasov, when the County Council considers that we have to make our contribution, in addition to infrastructure, logistics, which is the responsibility of Brasov, and from this point of view, our contribution depends accordingly, on the development of the project, we are carrying out today. Ludovic Orban: We will answer your questions. Therefore, I repeat in order for you to know exactly our investment objectives. We came here to open the modular section achieved by the County Council, in the yard of the County Hospital, following a project of the Give Life Association (Asociatia Daruieste Viata), whom we thank for their involvement here in Brașov too, in addition to their involvement at Elias Hospital. Obviously, the outfitting benefited from the aid of the Department for Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Health. This modular section will be able to receive patients, 16 beds are for ICU patients who need intubation; there are also beds for patients who, even if they do not need intubation, are in a more serious condition or in an intermediate condition and they require ICU treatment. We also discussed the Polyvalent Hall project; this was initiated by the City Hall of Brașov, the technical and economic documentation was sent to the National Investment Company. This technical-economic documentation also including the technical project, is in the approval phase by the technical-economic council of the ministry and within the inter-ministerial technical-economic council, and within maximum two weeks, the technical-economic indicators will be adopted so that this investment objective can enter financing and we can start the tender, the tender procedure for the construction of the polyvalent hall and the entire related space on the premises of the former Municipal Stadium. I also discussed with the mayor about the possibility of transferring the Brasovia School Sports Club from the Ministry of Education to the City Council of Brasov, as the investment plan provides and because, with this subordination to the City Council, being subordinate to the City Council, it can benefit from extended attention, better administration and more efficient investments. /...;/ Surely. This discussion takes place when we have something concrete, precise, a concrete calendar, we let you know. Regarding the investment objective that Mr. Veştea spoke to you about, together with the Minister Ștefan. Lucian Bode: We are here. Ludovic Orban: There is an investment that would be an alternative to Comarnic - Brașov, DN 1, the busiest road section in Romania, of course, there we will build a highway and we will launch the tender to review the feasibility study, and achieve the technical project. The respective road is an alternative in which from DN 1 you go to Campina, then on Valea Doftanei and cross towards Săcele. Basically, the contract for the draw up of the feasibility study and the technical project for the achievement of this investment objective is signed, which will represent an alternative to travel to DN 1 to connect Brașov and Ploiești. Last but not least, I will tell you about the project of the Hospital from Brașov, which I decided to include on the list of objectives for which we will ask funding from the Resilience and Recovery Facility. As you well know, the European Commission and the European Council took the decision to grant financing to the EU member states, Romania benefits from consistent financing, in the form of grants /...; / of over 30 billion euros. An important part of this allocation to be granted to Romania will go to health and we intend to finance as many investment objectives as possible in the field of health, among which, obviously, the financing of the hospital will be included in our request to the European Commission. 2020-08-27 13:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului noii Săli Polivalente din BrașovȘtiri din 27.08.2020 13:31:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul spitalului modular ATI pentru pacienții cu COVID-19, amenajat în curtea Spitalului Clinic Județean de Urgență BrașovȘtiri din 27.08.2020 13:30:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții sectorului HORECAȘtiri din 26.08.2020 16:44:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu doamna Adina Vălean, comisarul european pentru transporturiȘtiri din 26.08.2020 16:19:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul de semnare a Contractului pentru elaborarea studiului de fezabilitate și a proiectului tehnic de execuție pentru Drumul Expres Găești-PloieștiȘtiri din 25.08.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the signing of the Contract for the draw-up of the feasibility study and the technical execution project for the Gaesti-Ploiesti Express Road Grigore Gheorghe, mayor of Gaesti: Mr Prime Minister, Mr Minister Bode, on behalf of the citizens of Gaesti, I would like to thank you for the two important projects, namely: the town bypass and the passage over the railway. I am very happy that, at the meeting in January, at the Ministry of Transport headquarters, my message was echoed and these two important projects, vital for our town, are being implemented. I invite Prime Minister Ludovic Orban to take the floor! Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon! I wanted to be present at this important event for Găești and for Dambovița County. The inhabitants of Găești rightly want, for a long time, to get rid of the heavy traffic that transits Găești, right through the city centre. Găești needs a bypass and today we are laying the basis of the project that will lead to this solution for the construction of the Găești bypass, which will be part of the Ploiești-Găești expressway, a necessary road that will connect the highway Bucharest-Ploiesti -Brașov, when it is ready, and the A1 highway. Today, the contract will be signed following the tender for the draw up of the feasibility study, the technical project and also for the preparation of tender documents for the selection of the builder. Of course, no major project can be achieved without a substantiation that is achieved through the feasibility study, followed by the approval of technical and economic indicators, the technical project, and only then the builder who performs the work will be selected. It is no coincidence that I am interested in DN 72, given that, as Minister of Transport, at that time, I signed, in 2008, the rehabilitation of DN 72, which was not completed in my tenure, but was carried out under the contract signed in my tenure, and was the only important investment work in transport infrastructure for Dambovița County. On this occasion, I want to tell you that our goal is to sign as soon as possible the design and execution contract for widening of DN 71 to four lanes, between Baldana and Targoviște. Also, to sign the rehabilitation contract for DN 71, for the Targoviște-Sinaia section and, last but not least, to do what we pledged when Renault decided to invest in Titu, for the most modern test center, to keep our word and widen to four lanes the Baldana - Titu section. These projects are in different phases. The Baldana-Targoviste four-lane widening project is already in the tender procedure phase. With regard to DN7 - the auction will be launched if Im not mistaken, around September 9 or September 10. Madam General Manager ... And we also hope that offers will come for the rehabilitation of DN 71, between Targoviște and Sinaia, a superb road that needs to be rehabilitated, as it can contribute to the development of the north of Dambovița County. For us, investing in transport infrastructure is a priority and you will see, as we sign the contract today, that other contracts will follow, and especially, the works for the modernization of the transport infrastructure in Dambovița County. As a matter of fact, once with the development of infrastructure, our objective is to attract investments, to develop the county economically, to create industrial parks, such as the industrial park project in Targoviște that I launched together with my colleagues, the investment that started today in Petreşti, an investment of 50 million euros, for a modern production capacity that would manufacture the component parts of the trucks purchased by the army from the Iveco Ivens company. *** Statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban following the signing of the Contract for the draw-up of the feasibility study and the technical execution project for the Gaesti-Ploiesti Express Road Reporter: /...;/ Ludovic Orban: A first videoconference took place at 2:00 pm, in which we discussed details, and presented the ordinance whereby we allocated 175 million euros for the purchase of tablets, protective equipment, disinfectants, and other things necessary for opening schools. We are looking forward to Parliament voting in emergency procedure the amendment of Law 55, as the amendment of Law 55 is indispensable for issuing all secondary regulations regarding the format for the start of the school year. A project under debate is already presented publicly, regarding the norms on the start of the school year, and obviously, there will be discussions and consultations with local authorities, as we need a very good collaboration with local administration representatives so as to ensure the best conditions for the start of the school year. Reporter: What will happen to students coming from the Republic of Moldova to Romania, if there is any possibility to avoid isolation or quarantine /.../ Ludovic Orban: We havent made a decision yet. We started discussions on this topic, related to students. Such a solution is possible, but we have not yet made a decision in this regard. However, the basic rule is to avoid, as much as possible, a teacher or a student coming to school who is suspected of being ill or carrying the virus, and because of this, we will see what decision will be made. We have discussed this topic, but I have not yet made a decision. When this happens, we will let you know. Reporter: You talked last evening about the gradual reopening of restaurants /.../ Ludovic Orban: It was a discussion at the level of specialists. A proposal has already been made in this respect. Tomorrow, the National Committee for Emergency Situations will convene, we will discuss several topics, the completion of the government decision on the state of alert, to introduce certain rules for the conduct of the campaign and the basis for the joint order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health and the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority with the healthcare rules for conducting the campaign and the voting day. We will also discuss this proposal to resume the activity in certain closed spaces, it is about the resumption of some cultural activities in theatres, cinemas, and also the resumption of the activity in enclosed dining units, restaurants from closed spaces. I still cant tell you what the final form will be because, once again, I dont make decisions alone, Ive always consulted with my colleagues and with specialists. There is a proposal not to open everywhere, not to open where there is a level of spread of the virus over a number of cases registered in the last 14 days. There are also discussions on the rules to be followed as regards the resumption of activity in theatres, cinemas, cultural institutions, restaurants. Tomorrow we will have a meeting, at 3:00 pm, with the representatives of the hospitality industry, it was even requested by the four professional organizations in this sector. We will also take into account their point of view, so that we can make a decision that, on the one hand, allows the resumption of important activities, cultural life, and economic activities in closed spaces such as restaurants, but, on the other hand, minimizes the risk of infection. Reporter: How do you see the gambling industry representatives' request to the Government, more precisely regarding a change of the operating schedule, between 9 and 3 pm, would they have more time in this interval? Ludovic Orban: For the time being, we do not intend to change the program of activities. If you have no more questions, thank you. Reporter: I have a question too. Returning to Targoviste. You know there are big problems out there with ... Ludovic Orban: The beltway, for example. Reporter: ... with the plant employees. Probably around 1,000-2,000 may... Ludovic Orban: Minister of Economy is here... You are interested in COS Targoviste(Special steel manufacturer Cos Targoviste). Reporter: Do you intend to support the establishment of an industrial park in Targoviste on the model, we saw earlier? Ludovic Orban: Definitely. The liberal local administrations were also noted for the fact that they set up several industrial parks, which attracted investments and generated jobs for the localities run by our mayors. Regarding COS Targoviște, the Minister of Economy is here. He held discussions about COS Targoviște, I also met with the trade unions representatives. There are several solutions currently under analysis. I invite Minister Virgil Popescu to present them to you. 2020-08-25 13:48:00țiile premierului Ludovic Orban, la prezentarea proiectului companiei IVECO privind realizarea fabricii de asamblare autocamioaneȘtiri din 25.08.2020 - check against delivery - Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. Dear representatives of IVECO company, distinguished representative of the Italian Embassy, Mr Ambassador of Romania to Italy, Ministers, Mayors, representatives of local authorities, I am glad to be today present at an important moment, not only for Petresti commune, the place where the investment is made, but also for Dambovita county, for Romania, and the collaboration between Romania and Italy. Today works are officially inaugurated to accomplish an investment in production capacity in Romania, an investment worth approximately 50 million euros, an investment which will create in the first stage 200 direct jobs in this production capacity, but, at the same time, through all the contracts with the domestic suppliers, it will generate economic dynamics, additional jobs to the jobs which will be effectively created in this production capacity. This investment is done as part of the offset related to the contract to outfit the Romanian Army with vehicles produced by IVECO Defence. I must say once more what the policy of the Government I am leading, is: capitalization of the program to outfit the Army, a 10-year program which provides for the allocation of an amount of nearly 90 billion, to develop defensive capabilities, to increase the capacity of the Romanian Army to face any challenge. In our view, the outfitting program should generate investment within the offset policies, designed to increase the production capabilities in Romania, ensure the technological transfer, and develop new innovation, research and development capabilities. The outfitting program must generate a relaunch of defence production in Romania, both through local companies, as well as partner companies as part of this program to outfit the Army. We have already signed an important contract at the Craiova aircraft plant, worth 57 million euros for the modernization of the Romanian-made IAR-99 Hawk plane. The industrial development policy related to the Romanian Army outfitting program continues today through this investment, a very important investment which will generate not only jobs but also technology, not only a production hall will be built, but modern equipment will be brought. A lot of Romanians will pursue training stages to develop their abilities and the capacity to use modern equipment. I would also like to salute the decision of the IVECO company to establish itself as a regional center in Romania, in Bucharest, to practically establish their headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe in our country. I am sure that this investment is a serious one, to be followed by other serious investments, able to generate economic development for Romania, well-paid jobs, as it is known that in the defence industry, due to high technologies, the workforce is highly qualified, and wages are above average. I would like to say a few words about the remarkable economic collaboration between Italy and Romania. In Romania, there are tens of thousands of companies, at least 24 thousand active companies with Italian capital, which have developed businesses in Romania and have created jobs. You should also know that in Italy there are about 26,000 companies with at least one Romanian shareholder and about tens of thousands of individual enterprises established by Romanians. Italy is Romanias second-largest trading partner, after Germany. Italy is a friend both in terms of economic collaboration and collaboration in all other fields of activity, there is an extremely important friendship and partnership relationship between Romania and Italy. Thank you. We will answer questions at the next event. 2020-08-25 12:13:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei IVECOȘtiri din 24.08.2020 14:00:00 Ludovic Orban a depus o coroană de flori, la Târgu Jiu, în memoria Ecaterinei TeodoroiuȘtiri din 23.08.2020 18:59:00Întâlniri de lucru ale premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții conducerii și sindicatului angajaților Complexului Energetic Oltenia și cu reprezentanții autorităţilor locale Știri din 23.08.2020 17:25:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la inaugurarea Stației Turbocompresoare Bibești, comuna Hurezani, județul GorjȘtiri din 23.08.2020 13:00:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei comemorării victimelor fascismului şi comunismuluiȘtiri din 23.08.2020'We commemorate today the victims of fascism and communism, with our thoughts to the tens of millions of people in the entire world deported, tortured, deprived of their freedom, of their fundamental rights and even killed following the abusive and criminal actions of dictatorships that shadowed the history of the last century and affected us, Romanians, too. The confessions of those times are painful and represent a veritable plea for the firm condemnation of the crimes committed by totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. Choosing the date of August 23 as a day of remembrance for the victims of fascism and communism recalls the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, in 1939, which practically meant dividing Europe into two unfortunate spheres of influence, that of the Nazis and that of Stalin, and the start of the Second World War, with irreparable consequences for people, for many states and for the entire world. The nightmare of totalitarian regimes continued tens of years for many of the Europeans, including for Romanians. Through a historical coincidence, after exactly five years since the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, Romanias exit from the war, on August 23, 1944, would also mean for the country the start of Sovietization, terror, oppression and prohibition of political pluralism. Entire generations were deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms, lives have been destroyed, and democracy was trampled upon. Now, over three decades since Romanians regained their freedom and right to democracy, the most appropriate form of moral reparation for those who opposed the red dictatorship is to keep their memory alive, to respect their suffering and to support the continuation of investigations that target totalitarian regimes, so that law does justice while it can. Being aware of the evil done by any totalitarian and undemocratic regime is an essential condition so that the mistakes of the past never repeat themselves. Unfortunately, we see today, too, attempts by post-communist political formations to block democracy or to change the direction chosen by Romanians. I reject any attempt by political interest groups to resurrect methods of manipulation that remind us of the dictatorship years. With respect and compassion for the victims of all totalitarian regimes, I will always be an upholder of democracy and the will expressed by Romanians to be free and part of the civilized world. Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2020-08-23 09:30:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul tunelului de tren Bata, parte a tronsonului Curtici - SimeriaȘtiri din 22.08.2020 18:15:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea Acordului de Colaborare pentru identificarea surselor de finanțare necesare realizării obiectivului de investiții: Regenerare patrimonială a Cetății AraduluiȘtiri din 22.08.2020 17:03:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul de semnare a protocolului pentru finanțarea „Variantei ocolitoare a Municipiului Arad – Est”Știri din 22.08.2020 16:40:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la fabrica de tramvaie Astra Vagoane Călători SA, din AradȘtiri din 22.08.2020 12:40:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea contractelor de finanțare din fonduri europene, în domeniul sănătății, la AradȘtiri din 22.08.2020 12:35:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea Planului Național de Investiții și Relansare Economică, în contextul noului Cadru financiar al Uniunii Europene 2021-2027Știri din 21.08.2020 22:15:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea a doua contracte de finanțare din fonduri europene, în domeniul sănătățiiȘtiri din 21.08.2020 19:10:00 premierului Ludovic Orban pe șantierul variantei de ocolire Timișoara-SudȘtiri din 21.08.2020 16:54:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la recepția lucrărilor de asfaltare străzi în localitatea Măureni, județul Caraș-Severin, investiție a Ministerului Dezvoltării Regionale, prin CNIȘtiri din 21.08.2020 15:36:00ții susținute de şeful Cancelariei prim-ministrului, Ionel Dancă, la Curtea Constituțională a RomânieiȘtiri din 21.08.2020 12:08:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Statelor Unite în România, Adrian ZuckermanȘtiri din 20.08.2020 18:19:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ședința de lucru pe tema regulilor de protecție sanitară în campania electorală cu reprezentanții Ministerului Sanatății, Ministerului Afacerilor Interne, Institutului Național de Sănătate Publică, Autorității Electorale PermanenteȘtiri din 20.08.2020 17:42:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la videoconferința cu prefecții și reprezentanții instituțiilor cu responsabilități în gestionarea crizei sanitareȘtiri din 20.08.2020 17:30:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului, convocată pentru prezentarea Moţiunii de cenzură iniţiate de 205 deputaţi şi senatoriȘtiri din 20.08.2020 14:32:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban, alături de vicepremierul Raluca Turcan, cu reprezentanții ANCOM și ai companiilor de telefonie mobilăȘtiri din 20.08.2020 12:40:00 premierului Ludovic Orban, alături de ministrul Transporturilor, Lucian Bode, la deschiderea oficială a lucrărilor pentru Autostrada de Centură București (A0), Sector Sud, Lotul 2, Vidra – BragadiruȘtiri din 18.08.2020 12:36:00