RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei JustițieiȘtiri din 05.07.2020 10:15:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a CooperațieiȘtiri din 04.07.2020 11:22:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Gala Teleșcoala, alături de vicepremierul Raluca Turcan și ministrul Educației, Monica AnisieȘtiri din 03.07.2020 13:59:00Întâlnirea de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu miniștri și șefi de instituții cu atribuții de control în contextul crizei COVID-19Știri din 03.07.2020 12:03:00 de control al prim-ministrului a finalizat o acțiune de control la Agenția Națională pentru Resurse MineraleȘtiri din 03.07.2020 10:52:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția oferită de Ambasada Statelor Unite ale Americii cu ocazia aniversării Zilei IndependențeiȘtiri din 02.07.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the 2020 Independence Day Reception hosted by U.S. Embassy in Romania [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Your Excellency, President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, Your Excellency, U.S. Ambassador, H.E. Mr Adrian Zuckerman, dear guests, I am very pleased to be with you on this happy occasion for our American partners and friends, the 244th Anniversary of the United States of America's Declaration of Independence. I want to thank you, Mr Ambassador, for the invitation. On my behalf and on behalf of the Government of Romania, I would like to wish you Happy Independence Day! Such an occasion reminds us of the importance of the Strategic Partnership between the United States and Romania and the fact that this is based on the solid foundation of the universal principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and which have proved their universal value and are largely shared by the entire Romanian society. As Head of the Executive, I consider that principles and values gain strength and sustainability through constant efforts and mutually beneficial cooperation. This is the reason why the programme for government lays special emphasis on concrete aspects regarding deepening and expanding the Strategic Partnership between the United States of America and Romania. We set out from the outset that our foreign policy rests on three pillars conferring stability and predictability, further strengthening and expanding the Strategic Partnership with the United States, increased role of Romanias contribution and profile in the European Union and NATO. Intensive and effective bilateral cooperation with the United States is not limited to foreign and security policy. Our strategic partnership has proven its effectiveness and flexibility by quickly adapting to the special circumstances we are going through. We were able to quickly reorient our working and communication methods, ensuring the continuity and fluency of the bilateral strategic dialogue; we have expanded our areas of cooperation by managing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is enough to mention here the transport supported by the United States of America of essential protective equipment and also helping ensure the repatriation of Romanian and American citizens. Last but not least, I would like to mention the send-off of the Romanian military medical team to Alabama, for exchange of experience and support offered to help fight the pandemic. The Romanian Government will continue to pursue the deepening of political-military and security cooperation, with a focus on the Black Sea region, of strategic importance for transatlantic security. We want to intensify cooperation with the United States of America to ensure energy security, and also for the effective development of Romanias civilian nuclear capabilities to produce energy. We also maintain a constant dialogue in the field of cybersecurity, including opportunities to develop digital infrastructure and communications networks. At the same time, the Government I am leading has pursued a consistent development of the economic and investment dimension of the bilateral Strategic Partnership, not least by promoting economic policies designed to provide predictability and transparency likely to increase the attractiveness of the overall investment climate in Romania. I would like to believe that, along with my Cabinet colleagues, I have made a conclusive demonstration of the fact that Romania is a country you can count on, with huge development potential, and a predictable partner in terms of strategic orientation. This is the message that we have constantly sent to the representatives of all American companies with whom we have had the opportunity to enter into dialogue and cooperate. The Government will continue to support the development of the business sector in Romania, in the spirit of the free market economy and entrepreneurship, without neglecting for a moment our duty to all our citizens, especially in this difficult context in which we all find ourselves. Ladies and gentlemen, I can assure you that Romania, a strong strategic partner of the United States of America and a country deeply attached to the consolidation of the transatlantic relationship, both in the form of the North Atlantic Alliance and of the US-EU cooperation, will act further to intensify this relationship. Romania is and will continue to be one of the reliable allies of the United States; it is a natural choice based on common values, ideals and interests shared by our peoples. I am convinced that our partnership will continue to grow, boosted by the friendship and relations between our citizens and the authorities of the two countries, as well as between Romanian and American companies and investors and university and civic organizations in our countries. I would like to believe that both parties are aware of the special stakes of attaining common security and prosperity goals. In conclusion, I want to reassure you that you will always find in the Romanian Government an attentive interlocutor dedicated to the development of our joint projects. Happy Independence Day! And I cant help but say that Im glad to be with the President of Romania and the Ambassador of the United States of America, a first somehow for recent years when the President and the Prime Minister have rarely attended an event together. And I am glad that the boycotts of political forces that, for obscure and incomprehensible reasons, refused to attend the national holiday celebrations of the United States and our most important partners, ended. Thank you! 2020-07-02 20:19:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții sectorului HORECAȘtiri din 02.07.2020 17:04:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Colegiului Medicilor VeterinariȘtiri din 02.07.2020 14:04:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Alianței pentru Agricultură și CooperareȘtiri din 02.07.2020 12:25:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții CNS ”Cartel ALFA”Știri din 02.07.2020 09:57:00 premierului Ludovic Orban, împreună cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, alături de membrii Cabinetului, la evenimentul de prezentare a Planului Național de Investiții și Relansare Economică, elaborat de Guvernul RomânieiȘtiri din 01.07.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the presentation of the National Investment and Economic Relaunch Plan, drawn up by the Romanian Government Your Excellency, Mr President, Your Excellencies, distinguished representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, Dear guests representing the business environment, civil society, employers, trade unions, professional organizations, First of all, I thank you for having honoured our invitation to attend the launch event of the economic programme which we have titled - Rebuilding Romania, and which is an investment and support programme for Romanias economic development. The President has already made a clear reference to changing Romanias economic development model. We are pursuing a model that is based on investment, digitalization, innovation, technology transfer, on boosting competitiveness, productivity, on increasing the capacity of Romanian companies to cope with global competition, based on the significant increase in exports. The programme that we have drawn up together with the President of Romania, the Presidents team, the government team, all our partners in the business sector, in the professional organizations, tried to take into account the problems that Romania is facing, problems that were mostly exacerbated by the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 epidemic. We have found that the companies' access to capital, to resources, to everything that means resources that can be mobilized either from European funds or from the finance and banks area, and all categories of resources is extremely difficult and limited. For that reason, we have thought since the beginning of the crisis to provide as much liquidity for companies as possible. Most measures we took pursued this objective: from the pace of VAT refund, sick leave settlement and all other measures, the suspension of foreclosures, seizures, the possibility of state budget debts rescheduling and a set of other measures, alongside the SMEs (IMM) Invest designed to increase the SMEs access to capital in the financial-banking area. In addition to SME Invest, I am able to announce that we will soon receive approval for the state aid scheme for credit guarantees for non-SME companies as well, a state aid scheme that will support companies that are facing liquidity problems, that need financial resources for both investment and working capital. Another problem that we have found and that we are trying to fix through our program is the fluidity of cash flow between companies. A large part of the companies from more developed countries are financed from the stock exchange, they are financed from the banking financial system. Romanian companies are highly dependent on funding through commercial credit, more precisely through the links existing between companies. To prevent the risks of short-circuiting trade relations if a company gets into financial trouble and can affect the entire value chain and all trading partners, we thought of a scheme to encourage trade credit, supplier credit, by guaranteeing commercial credit in order to be able to go through an economic scheme the possible situations that can generate blockages in the financial flows, in the commercial relations between companies. We have also drawn up a factoring guarantee system which is also intended to ensure the fluidity of financial flows and the possibility of intervening in support of companies in difficulty and all companies in the economic chain of each company. Investments are also very important, and in addition to SMEs Invest, we thought of other instruments to fund investments for companies, such as, the guarantee scheme for equipment leasing, we also thought of an entire system of grants for companies, especially for SMEs, to be financed from European funds both on 2.1 measure, and 2.2 measure, on ROP, also a grant for which we mobilized over one billion euro, a restart grant, of ensuring the working capital, to revive companies mostly hit by COVID-19, also investment grant of various types, grants for microenterprises, or SMEs up to 200 thousand euros, between 200,000 euros and a million euros, and also, larger grants to be unfolded through measure 2.2 of the Regional Operational Programme, grants between 2 and 6 million euros, grants which are necessary to support the investment of developing companies. Allow me to tell you a few words about what we are thinking of the Government's role. It is time for political leaders to emerge from the swamp of demagoguery and populism, from the speech with no connection with the economic realities, and creates expectations which cannot be honoured. Responsibility in public messages from rulers and political leaders must be dominant, and from the government, only the truth, the voice of reason should be heard and only things that can really be achieved, based on economic realities, on real development support. Economic development must lead to a higher standard of living for every citizen and can only be based on investment, on boosting the competitiveness of the Romanian economy, and Romanian companies. The Government must have vision, will, and it must mobilize resources, be in dialogue and partnership with the business community to find the best solutions, to secure the increase of the Romanian companies competitiveness. In vain we have gas resources if the gas is sold in Romania at a higher price than the European average, following an ordinance, the Emergency Ordinance 114 which completely destroyed the liberalization system on the gas market, and the electricity market. In vain, do we have gas resources, if we do not connect Romanians, if we do not bring it in the homes of Romanians, we allocated resources for this purpose. It is useless to have gas resources unless we capitalize on them in the most valuable forms, in petrochemistry, in various products processing. Also, in vain we have gas resources, if the yields for electricity and heat production in the CHPs in Romania is below 50%, given that modern cogeneration technologies generate yields of over 90%. The same is true for electricity. The basis of competitiveness, of course, must be to ensure energy at competitive prices with other European countries. Also for competitiveness, if the transport of a tonne of goods costs 0.7 times more than the transport of a tonne of goods from a comparative country in the same area, it will be very difficult to ensure competitiveness for companies investing in Romania. Therefore, we want to invest in modernizing the transport infrastructure, in order to increase the competitiveness of companies, to increase Romanias attractiveness for investments that generate jobs, development, ultimately generating revenues to the state budget. Romania is a rich country, with resources, but the capitalization of these resources must be done in a smart way, by allocating funding to those items that can really capitalize all the resources that Romania has, by creating production chains that generate added value and that really have the capacity to generate internationally competitive products. We have copper, but as long as we export only what we extract from the copper area, without investing in the production of at least copper bars, we cannot talk about high copper processing, to be able to generate added value, in fact, we do not capitalize on this resource. This is true for almost all of Romania's resources. Smart companies think of integrated systems, ie they do not limit themselves to generating only one type of product to sell, but they carry out as many technological processes as possible, to develop on the value chain, in order to generate as much added value as possible in Romania. We will not be able to pay higher salaries as long as we do not develop these industries, as long as we do not develop these sectors with really high added value and where employees are best paid. Over the coming period, I have to make it clear that the investments to be carried out by the Government, state companies, will be sped up. This acceleration should be based on fair management of the entire procedure for investment, from idea to the effective implementation. We cannot develop infrastructure as long as the tender procedure in Romania may last up to five years. It lasts 6 months at maximum, in a normal country, in Romania, tender procedures lasted 3, 4, 5 years because of the fact that often the tender commissions selected the winner of the contract, the company ranking sixth instead of selecting the company with the best offer, obviously with the best offer. The speed and correctness of the procurement procedures, both for the companies that carry out feasibility studies, projects and especially for the actual builders, are key to the acceleration, the development of the infrastructure projects. We cannot wait any longer, we are in the last year of the financial year 2014-2020, and those who were previously in office simply blocked the use of European funds for Romanias economic development, not only in the transport infrastructure but also in the water and sewerage infrastructure, in all types of infrastructure that are financed through European funds and on important axes on which things lagged behind. For example, in terms of sewerage network, only 9 million Romanians have access to the sewerage network, we have billions of euros on POIM which should be used by county water companies to expand water and sewerage networks and after almost 7 years since the beginning of the current financial year, there was almost no project in any county, it has not started the investment project for the expansion of water and sewerage networks. The government and the administration must change the mentality, the entrepreneurial spirit must come into the activity of the Government and be the main element. Action in society must be determined by the Government. We need an administration that gets rid of the habits it has had so far, a digitalized administration, an administration that knows how to say yes instead of no, an administration that speeds up all the necessary procedures for approval, authorization, certification and for all other settlement procedures that take place through the administration. The evaluation criterion of the one who works in the public administration must be efficiency, it must be the extent to which he has the capacity to process all the requests that come to him from the society, from the economic sector. Government and the administration should be partners of the business sector. Romania cannot develop only based on strong, competitive companies, able to cope with global competition, with internationalization capability, with a genuine capacity to generate all levels to grow investments. I visited companies in Romania where investments are unfolded in which the boost in productivity is four, five times bigger. Efficiency is fundamental, the speed of introducing innovations in production, the research results also represent a basis for the advancement of the economy and the Romanian society. I do not want to go into all the details of the programme we have prepared, but I can tell you clearly that Romania has a huge chance. We have opportunities that many have not even identified to date, we are not allowed to miss any opportunity, from the opportunity to be a European country and to receive support from the European Union for economic development, to the opportunities arising from our current resources, to the opportunities related to geographical position. There is a worldwide phenomenon of the relocation of production capacities. Romania must not be passive, Romania must present all the advantages that an investor can have, if he decides to invest in Romania, regardless of where he comes from. Another thing that is extremely important in the ensuing period: all the problems we faced, arose from a lack of self-confidence too. Self-confidence is fundamental. Of course, the Government alone cannot ensure the development of Romania, it needs the involvement of every company, the involvement of every person who has the initiative in the economic field, in the social field, in the cultural field, in any field of activity to create that energy Romania needs in order to capitalize on our special opportunities currently. I conclude today by telling you that we have set ourselves the objective that in maximum one month, all the measures set out in the economic programme be implemented by adopting all the normative acts necessary for the implementation of these measures. We aim for all the measures we have thought to be easily accessible, in order to implement them digitally and to ensure quicker access for every possible beneficiary to the available resources. Thank you! 2020-07-01 18:50:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Municipiilor din România și Asociației Comunelor din RomâniaȘtiri din 01.07.2020 15:03:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei Montana GroupȘtiri din 01.07.2020 12:20:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Uzina ALRO Slatina cu ocazia aniversării a 55 de ani de la prima șarjă de aluminiu românescȘtiri din 30.06.2020 14:53:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul Drumului Expres Craiova-PiteștiȘtiri din 30.06.2020 11:34:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Adunarea Membrilor Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 29.06.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the General Assembly meeting of members of the Coalition for Romanias Development [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon! Thank you for the invitation! Ill try to answer the questions you asked me. I will tell a few simple things before. I will start with the last question: how do you see the relationship with CDR and how do you want to improve it? I agree that there is always room for improvement, but on the other hand, although I do not accept to have as a term of comparison something other than what is possible, achievable, however, keep in mind and compare with what relationships you have had with others; and here, I tell you from the outset, the Government I am leading understands very well that government is not an act of people who had revelations as a result of assuming public office or receiving an order from the party what decisions to take in the economy and society. The government means a permanent dialogue with the business environment, with civil society as a whole and a constant search for the best solutions, which will provide appropriate answers for the different situations a society is facing. And who would have imagined, at the investiture of the government, on November 4, that, instead of dealing with cutting through red tape, with digitalization, supporting investment and everything that means a serious partnership for the development of Romania, we are facing an epidemic, economic crisis, drought and currently, the floods. That means...; of course, nothing is perfect here either. We had many times normative acts whose final form we adopted at four oclock in the morning because the challenges were such that we had to give some answers. If we were waiting to make decisions about furlough, if we were waiting to make decisions ... and so we were a little late, because two hundred and a few thousand employment contracts were terminated, which may not have terminated if we managed to adopt the emergency ordinance a little faster. Anyway, we practically adopted it almost after the re-investiture. Remember that the declaration of the state of emergency, the re-investiture of the Cabinet after the motion of censure, we adopted them on the second or third day. My strong belief is very clear and simple: in a country where businesses are running well, everybody is well, and enjoy opportunities for a better living. The employees have opportunities to choose, to find jobs, including the public sector, can be better paid, the public sector employee in an economically developed country, the level of pensions, despite populism, and allegations of left-wing parties that pensions can rise all of a sudden, that there are but two real solutions to increase pension as purchasing power, the increase in the number of employees, and in the average salary, both are based only on development policies, investment, boost in the competitiveness of companies, increase in exports, increase in production capacities, capitalization on all opportunities arising from various economic circumstances, or from what Romania is like country. This was and is my strong belief. Because of this, you can further count on a full openness to dialogue, receptiveness. You cannot rely only on views presented by collaborators in the government, based on the experience and knowledge of the administrative teams in Ministries or the political teams, which could be many times further from reality, given that you are facing the problems on a daily basis, and you know very well what bothers you, and what can support you in running the businesses. As regards taxes, ANAF does not have an IT digitalization department. In charge of digitalizing ANAF is a department in the Finance Ministry, which must probably digitalize the Finance Ministry first. We will not wait for the establishment of a department. Here we have some very clear objectives regarding the ANAF digitalization. We have taken steps in this regard, small steps. On the other hand, you cant take big steps in six months, of which four months of crisis. In this respect, there was funding from the World Bank for the ANAF digitalization. The money has not been spent. All business people were obliged to buy cash registers with online information transmission and ANAF has not bought for three years the servers on which the respective information could be centralized. They took their scanners from customs but no scanner has ever worked, and they were bought as furniture because those who operated these scanners never had any interest in making them work. Our fundamental objective is the digitalization of ANAF. I pursued models from other countries, there are already models we can follow, in both Central Europe and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe. For instance, digitalization regarding invoices which was introduced in Italy, had an absolutely spectacular result, and we, as a country, we resemble Italy, we have dozens and something companies which are from Italy. Therefore, such things can be done, we see models. On the other hand, you cannot do it overnight. We do not have in the nomenclature a job that is very sought after in the West, namely the architect, the application designer. We dont even have it in the nomenclature of jobs. You are looking for people in public administration, well-intentioned and willing to introduce digitalization, and you find it very difficult. It is very difficult to form teams, and these teams face great resistance, because the first thing you need to do is to persuade the employee that it is in his best interest to digitalize all unfolding operations, and we need to think that it is very complicated very many times. I heard about the environment, visit us every year. The same situation with ANRM, the license is not granted by government decisions, but you are welcome to visit us every year. This is the policy of a large part of those who are at the helm, and some of the administration employees are feeling very well when they are being sought for doing one thing or another. Clearly, it is an assumed goal, it will unfold as quickly as possible. We have already taken a few steps and these steps will continue. As for European funds, first of all, I give you a figure, by November 4, 5.3 billion euros were defrayed, in seven months, more than two billion euros were defrayed. Surely, we have an uneven pace, but there are unforeseen situations. For example, on POIM, a large part of the money is money for the extension of water and sewerage networks, the rest is money for transport infrastructure. I tell you, on the POS 2 environmental program, for the extension of the water and sewerage networks, almost nothing had been done until we took office. We have solved the issue of 6% co-financing for water companies. We have solved the issue of including as eligible the ineligible costs resulting from the increase of labour costs because of Ordinance 114 regarding the construction sector, we have solved other procedures, only we cannot achieve the respective projects alone as long as the ADIs that are coordinated by PSD barons do not move in this direction and have no interest in signing financing contracts and starting projects, we cannot do them in their place. With regard to transport infrastructure, we adopted an emergency ordinance before the motion of censure, if you remember, when we were criticized for adopting a lot of emergency ordinances, and we adopted an emergency ordinance to clarify, in terms of deadlines for each procedure. Ex-ante, yes? Verification of ex-ante documentation in a maximum of 15 days. If in 15 days, you are not granted the agreement on the ex -ante verification from ANAF, the one dealing with the respective situation is sanctioned, and if you do not get it, the documentation is considered as approved. Regarding the evaluation of tenders in tender procedures. For less complex tender procedures, we set a short deadline of 15 days; for more complex tenders, we set a 60-day evaluation period. We also tried to set deadlines for the trial in the CNSC and in the courts, so that specialized panels at the Court of Appeal rule regarding a time limit ... I tell you, there are auctions that lasted five years. You cant imagine. How to build infrastructure ... Last year we lost 300 million euros from the Connecting Europe Facility because two tenders that had started four years earlier on Braşov-Apaţa and Caţa-Sighișoara, on railway sections, were not concluded. We have introduced these regulations precisely to simplify and shorten deadlines and to hold everyone involved accountable. Of course, they declared it unconstitutional, it was attacked by the HCCJ. Of course, we will return to it, we will adopt everything that has not been declared unconstitutional, just to push things forward in terms of absorbing European funds. I witnessed the first contract signed by Minister Boloș, with electronic signature - and its not a joke, it was simply introduced and the electronic signature and all procedures for projects will be established, both in the adoption phase and in the development phase. They will take place online. This is our decision and implementation. Every day, I try to push projects forward and to unlock different projects that have been left in an absolutely outrageous and embarrassing state; billions and billions of euros that we would normally have had to absorb two, three, four years ago, we are now on the last hundred meters trying to find solutions so that we can use this money either for infrastructure or for companies. As for the environment, it is clear that legislation needs to be adopted. But, with what Parliament? But with what Parliament, I ask you? With this parliament, believe me, it is not possible to adopt very clear, very precise legislation on the integrated waste management system. You know very well that it was a passing shot with the OTRs, with the local authorities, with the fact that the rules at European level regarding waste management are not observed. You know very well that a lot of projects on waste management are blocked, projects with European funding, which are also dragging in all sorts of litigations, they have not obtained agreements, environmental permits have been attacked - it is total madness, I tell you frankly. Furthermore, many of them have been set up in an unrealistic way and many of them are almost unachievable and forget what problems have been caused by this. Galaţi, for example, transports the waste to the landfill in Vaslui, a landfill in Vaslui County, increasing 2.3 times the costs of waste processing resulting from activities in that system. With regard to energy, it is very difficult for me to give you an answer to this question, about the negotiations between the political parties, the absolutely necessary improvement of the legislation in the field, ie with regard to the Law on Electricity, as well as natural gas, as well as the Offshore Law. We have entered the election year and, unfortunately, at present, almost all parliamentary parties have a conduct that is strictly dictated by electoral interests and not by important objectives for Romania. As for us, we have the same openness and we will support any upgrade of the legislation in the field, which will favour investments. By the way, I dont know if you noticed, but we adopted that emergency ordinance, which went unnoticed, because the media was preoccupied with other issues, fake news released by some and others, but we adopted an emergency ordinance cancelling the obligation to trade the energy generated in new production capacities, obligatorily through the Stock Exchange, through /.../, giving the possibility to sign direct contracts on medium-term, because many of the potential investors did not trust the current and very difficult system, especially regarding investments in green energy, because investments in green energy are special investments, but also in other types of energy. Regarding IT and C, its too much to talk about. Of course, we support teleworking, of course, the emergency ordinance that made it mandatory for all public authorities and institutions to communicate online with citizens, with people, was not devoted to the state of emergency or the state of alert, it is an ordinance that, if not amended by Parliament, generates this permanent obligation, a related obligation concerns purchasing systems, either intranet or applications that allow the authorities, depending on the type of service they provide, to be able to do this online. I remember and I do not miss any opportunity to tell you, all the services and products generated by the government during the crisis took place online - SME INVEST, furlough, support allowance, emergency certificate. Have you ever imagined that you could get your emergency certificate in less than 24 hours since applying? I dont think anyone fancied this. And all the products that we have generated have been digital products, we have eliminated the need to travel - the obligation for each one to personally come with the documents - the newly created situation obviously has to continue, it will not be easy to continue, because here a great will is needed, which cannot come only from the political level, but from society as well, the business environment, civil society, from every citizen. Because, in fact, digitalization is not an end in itself, digitalization is a way to increase the quality of services provided to citizens, companies, individuals or legal entities. That is, in fact, the goal. Not to mention that it is much easier even for us to evaluate subordinate public sector employees if we have a very clear digital system, in which we receive a report at the end of each month, to know how many of the tasks have been fulfilled. This way, you have an evaluation system, not the paper load which is drafted yearly now, in which the employees are mostly evaluated according to how much the heads of their departments appreciated them. As for healthcare, healthcare is a priority in funding at European level. I have seen a lot of information related to European funds. Surely, Romania can benefit from important European funds, these European funds, in exchange, very few will come throughout this year. The EU budget for 2021- 2027 can be accessed after January 1, 2021. In all our discussions with all the European leaders, this is, in fact, the moment we considered. Of course, we will have to prepare by then, of course, we have to adopt our own resilience and recovery plan and to prepare to absorb as soon as possible, because those funds will be absorbed in a shorter period of time than during 2021-2027, most likely during 2021-2022. And then we will have to have all the funding applications, to be prepared in accordance with the resilience and recovery plan, on which we have already started working, and we will consult you soon when we reach some semi-finished form that will be subject to consultation. As for the SURE program, and here I am saying, a SURE Program is a form of a loan, not a grant. Of course, it is useful, of course, Romania can benefit from up to 5 billion. This money is used for active measures, for Kurzarbeit, but it is also used for health expenses, including expenses for the health protection of employees, so that, we have seen, here, defrayments for all employee protection expenses, may be eligible, for all expenses with employees' protection, which have been made by the companies. We will also have a funding possibility, within REACT - EU, where Romania can benefit from an amount between 1,500,000 and 1,600,000, but this year, 120 million at maximum will be available, the largest share of the money will be available in 2021, and for this, we need to prepare very well to absorb these funds. In 2020, all should understand that we are on our own, and the money we can use in the 2014 -2020 exercise. This is the reality, because of this, you can see, the deficit increased. Well, the deficit increases when the revenues decrease, and at the same time, you need to allocate significant resources to support companies, to support employees and to ensure a goal that I pursued like a red thread, the goal to provide liquidities to companies during this difficult period. Look and compare with other governments. From the most generous measure we have taken, in terms of suspending the payment of loans for individuals and legal entities, they have been able to benefit from this measure, certainly under the terms of an agreement with the bank. VAT refunds, compare the figures in 2020 with the figures in 2019 and think that in 2019 we were, for a year, with an alleged economic growth of over 5%, and in 2020, we faced a crisis, which generated a lot of problems, including related to liquidities. As regards sick leaves, the average defrayment for 2019 was less than 100 million lei per month. In May, we defrayed sick leave worth over 600 million. Of course, you cant recover in such a short time (...;). 2020-06-29 15:09:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la compania Michelin România S.A – fabrica de anvelope ZalăuȘtiri din 26.06.2020 20:23:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la compania Tenaris Silcotub Zalău Știri din 26.06.2020 18:43:00[1].jpgAlocuțiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul Zilei Drapelului Național al României, la ZalăuȘtiri din 26.06.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon! I am glad to be today in Zalău, Salaj, and to attend for the first time the National Flag Day celebrations here. I am glad to have joined the Salaj inhabitants in this fundamental celebration for our country. The flag represents a fundamental symbol of the Romanian nation, one that we must honour as we honour the country we are living in and as we honour each of our fellow citizens. On the National Flag Day, let us remember all those who fought for freedom, for unity along with the history of Romania under this flag, all those who gave their lives for this flag and for Romania; let us remember to show our respect to all those who honourably represent the flag, to all those who raised the flag of Romania on the highest masts, to all those who do their job for their country in the public offices they held or each in their place. On the Flag Day, I want to launch a call for harmony, understanding, and unity, a call to love our country and a call for concerted action for Romania to earn well-deserved respect and appreciation worldwide. Happy National Flag Day! Happy anniversary, Romania! Happy anniversary, National Flag! 2020-06-26 13:22:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea Contractului de proiectare și execuție lucrări pentru Subsecțiunea 3B2, cuprinsă între Zimbor și Poarta Sălajului, parte a Autostrăzii Brașov-Cluj-BorșȘtiri din 26.06.2020 13:00:00 României salută aniversarea a 75 de ani de la semnarea Cartei ONUȘtiri din 26.06.2020 Romanian Government hails the 75th anniversary of the signing, on June 26, 1945, in San Francisco, of the Charter of the United Nations (UN), a milestone document in the political organization of international relations, after the tragic experience of the Second World War. The value of the founding document has been demonstrated throughout these 75 years by its major contribution to international peace and stability, economic development, the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, strengthening the national heritage of the 193 UN member states. Romanias accession to the UN in 1955 was the result of the national aspiration to the universal values ​​of the Organization, in line with Romanias interests to strengthen its political profile bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally, contributing, based on expertise and experience, to strengthening peace and security worldwide and to the socio-economic development. The double anniversary, the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter and the 65th anniversary of Romania's UN membership, offers the Romanian Government the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to the organizations goals and values, the determination to constantly contribute to the international efforts to promote them. Additional information The successor to the League of Nations, whose 100th anniversary of its founding, we marked this year, the United Nations was created with the signing of the UN Charter by delegates from 50 states on June 26, 1945, at the San Francisco Conference. The UN Charter came into force on October 24, 1945, officially considered the United Nations Day, when it was ratified by the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, and most of the other signatories. On 14 December 1955, the United Nations General Assembly decided, by Resolution A/RES/995(X) to admit Romania for membership in the UN, alongside with 15 other states. 2020-06-26 11:46:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Drapelului NaționalȘtiri din 26.06.2020 10:43:00ții susținute de prim-ministrul Ludovic Orban și ministrul Mediului, Apelor și Pădurilor, Costel Alexe, după participarea la ședința de lucru pentru evaluarea pagubelor produse de inundații și pentru stabilirea măsurilor de limitare a efectelor calamităților naturaleȘtiri din 24.06.2020 19:17:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Complexului Energetic OlteniaȘtiri din 24.06.2020 18:32:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Camerei de Comerț Italiene pentru RomâniaȘtiri din 24.06.2020 13:28:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu ambasadorul Spaniei în România, Manuel Larrotcha ParadaȘtiri din 23.06.2020 11:37:00ă de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban la șantierul Magistralei M5 de metrou, împreună cu ministrul Transporturilor, Lucian BodeȘtiri din 22.06.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. The development of the subway has been and is a priority for me. As Minister of Transport, during my tenure - one year and eight months, I resumed investments to the 1 Mai-Laromet subway section; although we did not manage to complete it, the infrastructure, the stations were almost ready in my short term. We also completed the works at four metro stations and the section Nicolae Grigorescu -Anghel Saligny, towards the Autostrada Soarelui (Suns Motorway). This project of the section on Subway Line 5- Drumul Taberei started in that period. We didnt have time to sign the contract, to launch the construction tender. It took quite a long time until the contract was signed in 2011, after which the implementation phase was reached. Today, this line is taking shape and will be put to use as fast as possible. The investments made here are investments that have utility. The work is extremely complex, it contains many elements of novelty. Of course, we see the stations, we see the different systems ... What I can tell you is that, for example, there are by almost 50% more escalators on ten stations compared to the number of escalators in the remaining 53 stations. The automated systems, the communications, the command systems are ultramodern. There are technical details that represent a novelty on this line and which reduce maintenance, increase safety in use and ensure superior comfort and travel speed over the other lines. Our intention is to continue investing heavily in the subway. Subway line 5 must be extended from Eroilor to Pantelimon, a feasibility study exists, it must be re-analyzed and, based on the feasibility study, the implementation procedure must be launched. Also, the connection between 1 Mai and Otopeni stations, on the two sections - EU - funded section, and the section which is financed in partnership with the Japanese through JBIC - must enter in a straight line and find, following tender procedures, designers and builders. The metro network development is fundamental for improving the traffic conditions in Bucharest, ensuring non-polluting urban mobility that allows much faster travel by subway than on the surface, between the various points where Bucharest citizens are travelling. Thank you. Reporter: About the subway in Drumul Taberei, please tell us: is it built by the end of the year /.../? Ludovic Orban: When it is technically possible to put it into circulation, it will be put into circulation. This term will be the fastest possible term. Reporter: With all due respect, from what I understand, is there a risk that the subway in Drumul Taberei will not be ready at /.../? Ludovic Orban: I say that there is no such risk. Surely. There is no such risk and it will be ready...; once again, from a technical point of view, we have evaluated, we have analyzed what the problems are. In fact, they are not. There are two technical problems that can be solved. Unfortunately, no mechanical digging technology can be applied to the ventilation shaft, but it is a manual digging that is due to a specificity of the terrain and some systems that need to be developed. But by no means, it lasts... In my opinion, technically, it can be done within a month and a half, maximum two. Reporter: And who pays for the fact that the subway is not ready /.../ and in what way? Ludovic Orban: It is important that the subway is put into operation for the citizens of Bucharest, especially for the inhabitants of Drumul Taberei, as soon as possible, when it is technically completed, without any risk to travel. This is the most important thing. Passenger safety is paramount; the fact that it has been invested in this metro line and that it will be available to the citizens as soon as possible, when, from a technical point of view, there will be no risk. Reporter: Regarding /.../ a decrease /.../ How realist is this number, considering that the president of the Fiscal Council says that /.../ Ludovic Orban: The Fiscal Council, from my point of view, must ensure the observance of the fiscal discipline, it must observe stability space to which Romania belongs. As such, estimates, forecasts in terms of GDP growth are the prerogative of other institutions. Reporter: /.../ regarding the increase of pensions? Ludovic Orban: We are here on the subway and if you have any more questions about the subway, thank you, if not, I wish you a beautiful evening. 2020-06-22 18:56:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la dezbaterea “Smart cities days” în sistem videoconferințăȘtiri din 22.06.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban's remarks at the Smart cities days debate [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. Thank you for the invitation. I will try to be as concise as possible. It is clear that we should use human intelligence to boost the quality of life in the local communities in which we are living. It is clear that the idea of ​​a smart city, as a brand - smart cities, so to speak, or cities with smart administration and smart citizens - is a desideratum and we will have to move toward that direction. These are very important things which need to be put in place and in which all smart solutions, either invented by us or already implemented in other countries, will have to be used and applied in such a way as to boost the quality of public services provided to citizens, ultimately, the quality of life, to reduce the travel time through smart policy. Ill just give you an example. You know, we have a traffic management system in which about 27 or 28 million euros were invested, initially, after which other money was also invested in it, and which does not work in Bucharest, for example. Furthermore, if we look at many municipalities, we will see that, if you explain them about the urban database, you have to ask them additional helpful questions so that they understand what the urban database is. We also face other major issues in Bucharest, in terms of, for instance, we do not have the map of underground networks, the places where hot water and gas networks are passing /../. There is no such map. Not to mention the planning of underground interventions in the modernization of underground networks. In Bucharest, we do not have a cadastral survey. Not to mention systems, online applications, through which you can identify the legal situation of each land, urban planning regulations; we are talking about urban regulation in the conditions in which we no longer have a General Urban Plan and the solution used by the Capital City Hall is to adopt Zone Urban Plans per district, as if the districts could think globally urban development guidelines for the entire Bucharest. Unfortunately, Bucharest and many other cities that, unfortunately, were managed by those from PSD, are grossly underdeveloped and have nothing to do with what the concept of Smart City, and in this respect, we will have to take accelerated steps. September 27 will be a date when citizens, in every local community, will be able to vote for smart administrators, for administrators who have the vision and the ability to introduce all possible smart solutions to increase the quality of life. Unfortunately, the apps available to us for the big systems: the health system, the pension system, labour and social protection, those for public order or finance are very outdated, old, malfunction, are not interoperable, and cannot be accessed by local administration representatives, for example. Therefore, it is clear that the central administration too needs a fast change in this direction, in the sense of digitalization and introducing smart solutions, management systems that make it really easy to access any authorisation, any facility, any service that is provided by the central administration. Next years will be crucial: if we get digital, we will develop; if not, or the process will be slower than currently required, we will create obstacles and even a developmental handicap. As for me and my colleagues, we believe in smart solutions for both the local and the central administration. 2020-06-22 15:27:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la dezbaterea publică ”România muncește! Flexicuritate și digitalizare în contextul noilor tendințe din piața muncii din România!”, organizată de Ministerul Muncii și Protecției SocialeȘtiri din 22.06.2020[Check against delivery] Violeta Alexandru: (...) The discussion we wanted to have together is, on the one hand, an assessment of the impact of the measures of the Orban Cabinet on your life, professional activity, in your capacity as employers, respectively we see it as an event that allows us to further validate with your help the work directions, the way we have seen in all our discussions the measures already taken by the Government and that I will briefly review. It is time for both the legal framework and the whole approach to the labour market to be adjusted to the situation and the current state of affairs in the economy today. I am referring to the real need that we perceived to make labour relations more flexible, to adapt the legal framework, the primary norm, but maybe also the secondary norm, ie the attitude of public institutions through organizational measures in such a way that the resuming activity is done in relation to your possibility to engage in new contracts, to attract new resources, whereby to carry out your activity. I have had the opportunity to speak with you in recent months, and I want you to know that all the messages you have sent to me and to my colleagues have been received. You will see that we have structured the meeting agenda in such a way that, on the one hand, we present you what we intend to do, both the team of the Ministry of Labor, and the governmental team, and you will find in the presentations made by my two colleagues, Secretary of State Alin Ignat and Secretary of State Tudor Polac, many of the issues we have discussed. I am referring to certain rigid regulations, which you have raised regarding the current legal framework, which relate to the employer-employee relationship, certain regulations that seem to favour rather procedures - why not? - I would like to say without hesitation that it encourages bureaucracy rather than efficiency in business. We have received them, and they will form the basis of our dialogue further on, in order to find the best formula, in such a way that it is possible to work efficiently and the activity is results-oriented, while observing, of course, a package of protection measures for employees, because the decisions we have to make are halfway between the vision of employers and the vision of unions, of those representing employees in Romania, and of course based on the feedback we receive from anyone who wants to participate in this decision-making process, which we see as participatory. I will review very briefly, the measures I initiated at the Ministry of Labor, together with my colleagues, for a brief review, after which, please allow me, first of all, to thank the Prime Minister, and kindly ask him to address us for a few minutes along with the Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan. Thank you both for being here! What you see today and what you will hear next is obviously a team effort. It is true that many of todays topics are among the responsibilities of the Ministry of Labor, but it is teamwork, it is a coordination work and I see here many of my colleagues, the Head of the PM Chancellery, Ionel Dancă, whom I thank. I see colleagues who have actively helped me throughout this period, a very peculiar period. Regardless of how much you would like to know, anticipate and have a clear picture of the regulations, certainly the exceptional nature of this period forces you to come up with solutions somewhat not based on past experience and, therefore, I thank all colleagues who helped us. As such, we are in the moment when we feel the society's willingness to return to work. Honestly, this is strongly felt at the Ministry of Labor. Besides the fact that I would like not to miss the opportunity to thank all those who worked during this pandemic, employees of hypermarkets, gas stations, all those who worked facing the danger of getting sick, providing us with the necessary services during this period, obviously many of you were forced to suspend your activity or even close it, so together with the other colleagues I thought, at the request of the Prime Minister, to initiate the furlough measure supported through government funds. Why did I do this? Because we simply wanted the connection between the employee and the employer not to be lost. We had the alternative of supplementing the funds for the usual unemployment, but our desire was to find a formula by which the connection between the employee and the employer would not be lost. There are employees in which employers have invested prior to the pandemic period and who, as data shows, resumed their activity. The furlough measure, which met the needs of over 1,300,000 people, has now reached an amount of 4 billion lei. It is the most interesting example of the way the administration mobilized - I mean ANOFM - and the president of ANOFM is in the room, will take the floor, Mr Victor Picu - and ANPIS will make payments quickly process a support mechanism for employees and employers very quickly. We may not have been perfect, but obviously it was an exercise that was demanding for the administration, and I say that it largely fulfilled its duty. We continued to have support measures for people who needed to stay at home, taking care of their children, we were also quite prompt here in providing the necessary support and, obviously, we are moving towards a package of measures following those already implemented so that we can somehow make the transition from the state of staying at home to protect the health, ie temporarily suspension of the employment contract, to return to work and know that recently firm and immediate decisions have been taken, such as the measure to cover 41.5 percent of the salary cost, the measure of supporting employees and employers, by covering half of the salary cost, up to 2,500 lei, for those with terminated employment contracts and who belong to the age group 16 -29 or over 50 years, respectively for Romanians with terminated employment contracts abroad, for reasons not attributable to them and who are returning home. Of course, all these things show you that obviously, being a liberal government, we are very receptive to the signals of the private sectors, of the employees. We know that many sectors of activity are affected, if not until the closure, they were certainly affected during this period and you will see that what we discuss together can be found in subsequent decisions, as my colleagues will present it. Therefore, we propose an agenda that goes until 14:00, so that we can interact with you. We want the following decisions to be based on this format or any other consultation format you will appreciate in due course in the next period. Please do not hesitate to take the floor, after the first statements of the Prime Minister, Madam Vice Prime Minister, please do not hesitate to intervene during these hours, because I want a dialogue with you, so as we have tried to do so far. Thank you, Prime Minister, you have the floor. Ludovic Orban: Thank you, madam Minister! I understand that the main aim of this debate is to foreshadow the active measures to back companies and employees, with focus on what is called the Kurzarbeit, or as we call it a flexible working schedule. This method to support employees and companies [the Kurzarbeit model] has a somewhat novelty nature in Romania and it was implemented in European countries, especially in Germany and it paid off. We, too, are trying to implement this flexible working schedule. We must establish the framework. At the European Union level, the SURE programme has been approved, designed to reimburse expenditures made by states for certain categories of active measures, but, especially, for Kurzarbeit-type measures. The idea itself is not very complicated. If a companys sales have reduced by a certain percentage, so as not to fire employees - with the appropriate percentage - it basically establishes a flexible working schedule for employees and the state pays the period of time not worked by the employees, corresponding to the reduction. Certainly, the measure is enforced on a limited period, when a major disruption occurs on the market, such as the economic crisis generated by the COVID epidemic. Thus, we will have to establish an implementation period and we will have to think very carefully how to make this mechanism operational, so that, on the one hand, it can be as easy as possible, without complicated bureaucratic procedures. On the other hand, to provide very clear, very precise criteria for granting the aid to companies and employees, so there are no major issues in interpreting the manner in which it is implemented and to reduce, as much as possible, the possibility for some employers using this protection form without needing it or as an additional revenue resource, considering that they, theoretically, wouldnt need this measure. This measure should be thought in the context of the other active measures and other possible measures. For instance, I spoke with the Minister to find solutions for day labourers. I also spoke with the Agriculture Minister to find solutions for seasonal workers so that we stimulate the hospitality industry as there are many seasonal workers. The hospitality industry was deeply affected, and here, I can find some active forms. In this respect, we have to think about the whole set of active measures, so that they are the most suitable for certain areas of activity and, really, during this period, as the epidemic crisis continues to affect economies, for jobs to be affected as little as possible, and to allow companies to have an increasing number of employees. This is helpful for another objective, let us be honest, Romania's economy largely depends on the European economy. Almost 80 percent of the trade volume is with EU countries. If we add the United States and other few countries, this is basically Romania's economic relationship with various countries. We largely depend on the recovery of these economies, and the demand returns to a level closer to normal. On the other hand, we should take great care and maintain the demand at a reasonable level, so that at least internal demand allows preserving the activity of very many companies currently affected by the fall in the demand in the exporting countries, with which they have partnerships. This is the general framework, this measure will surely be part of a package of measures which we will very soon launch publicly, namely the economic relaunch plan which will include a set of other measures too to back companies and investment, both public investment and private investment. Raluca Turcan: Thank you! Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister, Your Excellency, dear guests, participants! I welcome the decision of Minister Violeta Alexandru to have the first discussion today about resuming work in Romania, after a crisis that affected us all. And I was thinking, in preparation for this meeting, how much this crisis has changed everyones lives, employees, employers, or public institutions. From the employees perspective, how many of them, before the crisis, thought that they could quickly turn to work from home or telework? How many of them imagined that they could stay at home with children learning online, that they could receive an allowance to stay with their children during the crisis, that they could interact with state institutions online? From an employer's perspective, the change has also been huge. Very few employers thought that they might send their employees in furlough leave, receive incentives from the state, be reimbursed by the state if they comply with their obligations to support the state, and here a strong form of solidarity emerges, that they can improve their work relationship with their employees through telework or work at home and also that in relation to state institutions they can perpetuate their online communication. From the perspective of state institutions, things have changed even more radically, because the state has been somewhat more reluctant in its approach to modernity than its employees or employers. And I am of the opinion that this Government has done more in six months than others in 30 years, in terms of digitalization, work flexibility, fast relations with beneficiaries. Just think that after only three months of crisis, the state has been obliged to receive documents online, to have connections with citizens, individuals or legal entities, also in the online system, to receive online unemployment applications, online applications from companies. All these institutions in the field of labour and social protection will be connected to Revisal, which had not happened so far. In fact, many things have been done in terms of speeding up the Governments decision making. Obviously, we need to turn this crisis into an opportunity, and if we dont, we dont understand anything. From the perspective of state expectations, following this crisis, I believe that flexibility in the approach to work, digitalization in the relationship with citizens must be priorities for us and we also have the impetus given for European funding through the SURE Program, which comes to support this approach to labour flexibility. Whether we are talking about a shorter time to keep jobs or about de-bureaucratization of telework, so that it is profitable for both parties to resort to telework, we need to make some rapid progress and in fact, in the coming days, once the balance sheet is presented after the state of emergency of the governments actions, we will summarize the answers from you and we will come up with that plan that will put Romania on a path in the coming years. A modern approach for Romania also comes from our concept of liberal government, but also from the opportunities generated by this crisis. As for companies, there is a set of measures which we hope to boost companies in parallel with this work that you will discuss very thoroughly today in this debate and for the companies facing restrictions, some grants will be further considered so that these companies can resume their activity. Also, on the productive fields capable of generating added value in Romania, we will come up with grants so as to increase the production capacity with high added value in Romania and, why not, to support for restarting a rather segment, ie very severely affected, the LLCs without employees, with one or two shareholders interacting exactly in areas deeply affected by the crisis and who will also benefit from a grant for economic recovery. This is our approach and the efforts that Prime Minister Ludovic Orban is making together with the government team is a huge one precisely because, in some conditions of government marked by crisis, we can place some modern concepts at the foundation of Romanias development, which in the absence of a crisis I do not know if we could implement them so quickly and with broad support from the beneficiaries, individuals or legal entities. Thank you very much! Violeta Alexandru: Thank you, Vice Prime Minister. Indeed, obviously, we addressed the needs of those whose activity was closed overnight, by the decision of the authorities, to protect the health of employees, employers. Obviously, we first addressed them, people whose lives were turned upside down overnight. In the pandemic conditions, we found these support solutions, for which the administration, I repeat, mobilized the best it could. We still have to work with you for the other areas that have been affected and need support, such as the flexibility of the working schedule, as their activity gradually recovers as the other areas of the economy on which these entities depend, are also recovering. 2020-06-22 13:21:00Ședință de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții structurilor din subordinea GuvernuluiȘtiri din 22.06.2020 12:59:00 premierului Ludovic Orban în județul Suceava, împreună cu ministrul Agriculturii, Adrian Oros, ministrul Transporturilor, Lucian Bode și ministrul Culturii, Bogdan GheorghiuȘtiri din 20.06.2020 11:46:00ță de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban și ministrul transporturilor, Lucian Bode, după vizita la amplasamentul Aeroportului Internațional Brașov-GhimbavȘtiri din 19.06.2020 13:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban pe șantierul Autostrăzii Comarnic – Brașov, Lot 2: Sector Predeal – CristianȘtiri din 19.06.2020 statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban after the visit to the construction site of the Comarnic - Brașov Motorway, Lot 2: Predeal - Cristian section [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. Im glad to come home, especially to see that, soon, a section of motorway will be ready, surely, only 6.3 km, but it is a good starting point. I want in six years - you know the saying all roads lead to Rome - in six years time when I come to Brasov I want to be able to say All roads lead to Brasov. Our goal is to achieve all the connections that Brasov needs and not only Brasov, which Romania needs. The connections between Brasov and the European Corridor IV, through the Brasov-Sibiu Motorway, we should connect Brasov and Bucharest through the Comarnic-Brasov motorway section and, last but not least, connect Bacau and Brasov, to connect Moldova to the European transport corridors, which is a fundamental objective with a view to ensuring the development of Moldova. We will ensure a better connection between Moldova and Brasov, through the Bacau-Brasov motorway section. Last but not least, I am sure that the president of the County Council, Adrian Veştea, will cut the ribbon and receive the first plane next year, so Brasov will be connected, through the international airport to all air routes. And in terms of rail transport, which is a priority transport at European level, Brasov must be connected to the western border, by the modernization up to Curtici and also to be connected to the Port of Constanta. The investment objectives we have set for ourselves are fundamental. Brasov, if you look at the map of Romania, Brasov is the heart of Romania. In fact, many thought that Brasov could have been a capital for our country - of course, dont tell now that I said we would move the capital, we do not have such a plan. But Brasov is an extremely important area for Romania and, normally, all these connections by road, rail and air transport infrastructure should have been achieved earlier. We intend to allocate unprecedented amounts for investment objectives, for Brașov and I cant help but remind you that I also went to the Ministry of Transport, and this helps me understand more easily the issues existing at the Ministry of Transport, and because of this, Minister Lucian Bode has in me, a strong supporter to rely on at any time. Comarnic - Brașov motorway had to be built a long time ago. When I left the Ministry of Transport, in 2008, the tender for the realization of the contract in the public-private partnership had the first pre-selection phase completed, and the selection was to be made from the consortia that had qualified for the final phase. From 2008 until today, the only section of the Comarnic - Brasov motorway you could see built is the one we are now on, 6.3 km long, which will soon be ready. A lot of time has been wasted. Romania very much needs to modernize its infrastructure and because of this, our priority objective is investments, investments in transport infrastructure, in energy infrastructure, health infrastructure where there are very many projects that are carried out by both Brasov City Hall and the County Council. The County Council, for example, had a record allocation for health expenditure of over 50 million. No county council has allocated so many resources for modernization projects, some of which, it is true, are also supported at the governmental level through the National Investment Company. In the next period, if we want to modernize, to increase the living standards for every Romanian, if we want to ensure the connection of all the historical provinces, to ensure development prospects for all regions in Romania, the top priority must be investments in infrastructure, and as far as we are concerned, we will allocate impressive resources, unprecedented in 30 years, to the modernization of infrastructure. You also come to the airport. I am ready to answer your questions at the airport. 2020-06-19 12:30:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea, în format digital, a contractului de finanțare pentru sistemul integrat al deșeurilor din județul GalațiȘtiri din 18.06.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the digital signing of the financing agreement for the integrated waste system in the Galati County [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Digitalization is a fundamental objective for the Government that I am leading. We have taken very quick steps during the epidemic. Almost all services and products that were delivered during the epidemic, from the certificate for emergency situations to the furlough or support allowances, the IMM Invest programme, the programme designed to inform the citizens through the mass media, they all took place online through applications that involved sending requests through Internet, without the need for people to travel, which sped up the procedures. Our objective is very clear, namely to boost the quality of the services provided to the citizens, to the companies, to the NGOs. We should simplify all the existing relations between the central and local administrations in order to streamline all the procedures related to the various rights and services granted by the state to the citizens or legal entities. As regards the European funds, our objective is to increase the absorption of European funds. In a very short period of time, in about six months, we managed to absorb European funds worth 2 billion euros. These six months should be compared to the six years when we were not in the office, and only 6 billion were absorbed. Our objective is to use as efficiently as possible the European money made available to Romania so that we can finance investment projects, programmes for companies, programmes for the employees, social protection programmes, local and regional development programmes, fundamental programmes for Romania's development. I am glad to be here and I was keen to be present here, alongside Minister Bolos and Senator Stanga at the first financing agreement with European funds which was signed online. I am glad that the emergency ordinance Minister proposed, became reality (Emergency Ordinance 65/2020) and I hope that from now on, the various categories of beneficiaries will not be forced anymore to come to Bucharest, and things will be accelerated. I dare to hope that all signatories will sign in a very short time, as the signing moment will be obvious from the moment they receive the document for signing. Digitalization from our point of view means boosting the quality of services provided to society, streamlining all administrative procedures, reducing costs. Digitalization means an absolutely necessary modernization, which would allow the administration to become a supporter of entrepreneurial spirit, of all development projects, and to prevent it from further being what was until not long ago, a hindrance to all investment projects, to the absorption of European funds and the provision of quality services to citizens. 2020-06-18 16:49:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Unitățile Mobile ATIȘtiri din 18.06.2020 16:40:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Industriei Lemnului – ProlemnȘtiri din 18.06.2020 15:09:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației producătorilor de carne de porcȘtiri din 18.06.2020 15:08:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Consiliului de Afaceri Americano-RomânȘtiri din 17.06.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban held consultations with members of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had consultations in videoconference system with members of the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO) which brings together an important part of the American companies present in the Romanian economy. The meeting occasioned an open dialogue about the economic and social policies of the Executive in the new context generated by the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the prospects for strengthening the US investment presence, and regarding the development of some new projects in Romania. Prime Minister emphasized the special importance attached by Romania to the Strategic Partnership with the United States and reiterated the long term commitment of our country to the development of the bilateral relations and the strategic projects with US partners in multiple areas. Prime Minister thanked for the proven solidarity of the US companies, through donations, supporting thus the Romanian authorities efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. On this occasion, they reviewed the significant business development opportunities in Romania, offered by the measures included in the Government's economic relaunch programme, including in the context of the allocations from EU - funded programmes. In this context, the Prime Minister highlighted that the Executive will continue to promote economic development measures to stimulate activities generating value-added and jobs and will back the digitalization and research-innovation initiatives with priority. We will capitalize on the opportunity that the EU - funded programmes provide for the implementation of the digitalization strategy that Romania needs to boost its competitiveness. Moreover, we will benefit from the opportunities provided by the European Green Deal to stimulate renewable energy production and the green economy, stated the Head of the Executive. The AMRO President, Eric Stewart, and the senior representatives of the member companies' management thanked Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the other members of the Executive for their constant openness and readiness for dialogue and for the measures adopted with a view to ensuring a friendly business climate for investors. In the same context, they reaffirmed the firm support of the US business milieu for Romanias candidacy to the OECD membership. 2020-06-17 17:34:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții structurilor asociative ale crescătorilor de ovineȘtiri din 17.06.2020 12:57:00 Ludovic Orban s-a întâlnit cu E.S Vladimir Války, Ambasador extraordinar și plenipotențiar al Republicii Cehe în RomâniaȘtiri din 17.06.2020 12:50:00 Ludovic Orban a coordonat ședința Comitetului Național pentru Situații de UrgențăȘtiri din 16.06.2020 12:00:23ță de presă susținută de vicepremierul, Raluca Turcan, ministrul Apărării Naționale, Nicolae Ciucă, ministrul Fondurilor Europene, Marcel Boloș și consilierul de stat pentru ordine publică și siguranța cetățeanului, în cadrul Cancelariei Prim-Ministrului, Virgil GuranȘtiri din 16.06.2020 09:58:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul împlinirii a 140 de ani de relații diplomatice între România și Statele Unite ale AmericiiȘtiri din 14.06.2020, we celebrate 140 years of diplomatic relations with the United States of America, which throughout our history have contributed at key moments to fulfilling the Romanians aspirations for an independent nation, for democratic development and for guaranteeing national security. Romania and the United States of America are engaged in a consolidated bilateral relationship, reflected by the dynamics of bilateral political dialogue, the level of political-military and security cooperation and the intensification of economic and trade exchanges. The Strategic Partnership with the USA is an essential pillar of our foreign policy, it offers a lasting guarantee for national security and prosperity, along with NATO and EU membership. In the context of global COVID-19 pandemic, the Strategic Partnership has again proved its relevance, Romania and the United States enjoying enhanced cooperation to mitigate the risks posed by novel coronavirus to citizens' health. Our countrys commitment to democratic values, the significant contribution of our Partnership to Euro-Atlantic security and regional stability is a solid basis for strengthening and further deepening relations between Romania and the United States. On the occasion of the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations, I reaffirm my determination and that of the Government I am leading to constantly developing relations with the United States of America in a concrete manner, in accordance with our common interests and shared values. I express my conviction that the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States will continue to expand, capitalizing on all the opportunities, as well as the potential of a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship. 2020-06-14 21:56:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la Universitatea BucureștiȘtiri din 13.06.2020 Orban: Good afternoon! On the occasion of marking 30 years since the brutal repression of young people who demonstrated for democracy, freedom, by the miners led by those in power, I wanted to be present at University Square and at the University, to pay my modest tribute, recollect and keep alive this dramatic moment in Romania's post-revolutionary history, in the memory of young generations. On June 13, the Communist regime led by Ion Iliescu, after having won the elections in the Blind Sunday, decided after a painful frame - up to appeal first to law enforcement authorities and afterwards, call on miners to trespass on the dignity of young people, intellectuals, people with strong anti-Communist beliefs, and in favour of freedom. After June 13, crimes, unimaginable brutality acts happened, investigations carried out by prosecutors, innocent young people were beaten by miners, law enforcement authorities. The - Mineriada legal case intended to do justice is not finalized even today, and the perpetrators have not been punished. I call on magistrates to seriously treat this case at least after 30 years, to shed light, reveal the truth, and punish the perpetrators! Abominable things happened on the days of June 13, 14, 15 that left deep traces in Romanians' consciousness, represented a stain on Romania's image for several decades, and this stain should be removed, and this can only be done by punishing the perpetrators. The University Square demonstration was a demonstration for freedom, democracy, and dignity, which was attended by beautiful people, people who dreamed of a democratic Romania and people who eventually managed to bring Romania where it belongs. A demonstration attended by beautiful people, people who dreamed of a democratic Romania and people who eventually managed to bring Romania where it belongs, in the great Euro-Atlantic family of democratic countries, which respect the individuals, with their fundamental rights and freedoms. I also honoured the invitation of the Rector of the University, Mr. Preda, I watched the photo exhibition organized by the University management inside the University, I recalled the wonderful moments which are immortalized by this exhibition and, last but not least, we discussed a project that I am keen on, namely, the refurbishment of the University Palace, an emblematic building not only for Bucharest, but for Romania, a building and an institution deserving the respect of those in power, and which deserves to look as when it was inaugurated. And, as such, we discussed the renovation project of the University, for which the Government approved two weeks ago the technical-economic indicators, and we will accelerate the process, so that we reach the construction phase as soon as possible, which will renovate the facade of the University Palace. If you have questions. Reporter: How do you comment on Ciolacu's statement regarding the state of alert? Ludovic Orban: I do not have any comment to make in this regard. There is no connection between statements and the spread of the epidemic. My message is simple, the decision to extend the state of alert is not political, it is a scientifically grounded decision, based on public health arguments, and which is the only solution, an indispensable solution to allow authorities and specialists to defend the life and health of Romanians. Reporter: Today's is the president's birthday. Did you wish him - Happy birthday! did you talk to him? Ludovic Orban: I will definitely wish him Happy Birthday! Reporter: Mr. Orban, a list of countries from which citizens may return without the need to stay in isolation after arriving in Romania has appeared on social media. Is it complete? Ludovic Orban: The procedure established by the government decision we adopted to amend the Government Decision on establishing the alert state, the INSP makes the assessment based on the methodology and the decision is taken within the National Committee for Emergency Situations. Reporter: And since when? Ludovic Orban: When the decision is made, we will make it public. Reporter: Is the list published by Mr Sigartău official or not? Ludovic Orban: The CNSSU decisions must be published in the Official Gazette. Reporter: Could we expect a 15-day state of alert, as requested by PSD? Have you talked to them? For what period will you request the alert state? Ludovic Orban: We will ask for 30 days. Reporter: If it is not voted in Parliament, is there a risk to cease immediately. What other measures are you considering? Ludovic Orban: I am confident that there will be a majority in Parliament that understands the need to extend the state of alert and that they cannot endanger the lives and health of Romanians just to get cheap gains, of a political-electoral nature. Reporter: Does this mean that you had a discussion with PSD and decided when the extension of the state of alert is voted, and its form, because the PSD members said that they would change the form sent by the government? Ludovic Orban: I had no discussion with PSD representatives. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you discuss with specialists regarding hospitals, as there are a lot of patients waiting to be admitted /../ Ludovic Orban: The most suitable to answer your question is the Health Minister. I had talks not only with the Health Minister but also with the management of the Health Ministry, with health specialists. There is no restriction currently in admitting persons who want to be hospitalized. The hospitals have the obligation to receive patients who need treatment. Regarding the COVID hospitals, the COVID- support hospitals, they have been selected in such a way so as to affect less the big hospitals. I will give the example of two counties dear to PSD, in the Olt, it was not the Slatina hospital, but the Caracal hospital, in Teleorman, it was the Rosiori hospital, not the Alexandria hospital. The county hospitals became COVID - support hospitals, such as the case of Suceava hospital when there was a very large number of infections, a very big spread of infections, and this was the only solution. All in all, we sought to preserve the hospitals' capacity to treat patients, and there is currently the issue of hospitals management. I remind you that the large part of those more than 360 hospitals, are not subordinate to the Health Ministry, but to local authorities, and the management of these hospitals, and the local authorities, need to ensure the treatment of any patient who needs hospital services. Thank you. Reporter: The exams start on Monday, have you also talked to the minister because the Romanian Ombudsman made some comments regarding the students who have a fever, a body temperature higher than 37.3 degrees ... Ludovic Orban: Lately, the Institution of the Romanian Ombudsman has some attitudes and actions that turn it not into the People's lawyer institution, but the Enemy of the People. I only remind you of what the deputy of the Romanian Ombudsman did, sending a notification to oblige the directors of the hospital where COVID patients were treated, calling these hospitals institutions under investigation for torture, trying to make the doctors, nurses, all the staff who fought in the front line for the treatment of infected people, who even endangered their health, their lives and that of their families, appear like so-called torturers. Its a shame what happens. In terms of temperature measurement, if you look, there are many countries that introduced this measure which is beneficial for the individual, because if he finds out that he has a fever, he can undergo further clinical investigations, and make a decision regarding his health. As for attending the exam, this has been regulated, I dont think the Romanian Ombudsman has any reason to take these public stands, other than political ones, because lately, he seems to be behaving more like the PSD lawyer than the Romanians' lawyer. As for the people who cannot take the exam, and it is about both exams, a subsequent examination session will be organized, in two weeks, they will have the right to take the exam. That is the decision that has been announced. No child will be deprived of the right to take the exam and, on the basis of the exam, to be able to either enrol in a high school and later to pursue a university career if he wants so. Reporter: Mr Orban, would I go back a little bit to the list of countries that need isolation, when is it made public and how long will it be reanalyzed? Ludovic Orban: Thank you. I told you, the CNSU Decision is published in the Official Gazette. Upon publication in the Official Gazette, it will become ..., and the evaluation discussed with colleagues from CNSSU will be done weekly, based on data provided by the National Institute of Public Health, which will propose to the National Committee for Emergency Situations, weekly, and we make the decision regarding the countries below that 5 coefficient. Reporter: Will we have this list weekly? Ludovic Orban: Surely. Thank you very much. 2020-06-13 11:23:00 susținut de premierul Ludovic Orban cu prilejul marcării a 30 de ani de la „Fenomenul Piața Universității” și Mineriada din 13-15 iunie 1990Știri din 13.06.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Dear Rector, deans, professors, /.../ I wanted to be present today, June 13, at the University, to commemorate what happened 30 years ago. Thirty years ago, hordes of miners led by intelligence officers from the former Securitate brutally repressed a demonstration that posed no danger to those who had won the election on Blind Sunday. This brutal repression is all the more serious, because - I repeat - elections had taken place, there was an installed power, the demonstration was far from creating any risk to those who had won the elections and, from my point of view, what happened showed the visceral hatred which the communists who confiscated the Revolution had toward the people who had light, who received light in their minds, either through knowledge or faith. The plundering of this fundamental institution of Romania, i.e. the University of Bucharest, was practically an operation whereby the newly installed power was instantly delegitimized and showed that it did not respect in any way freedom, democracy, individual rights and, especially, that it hated those who were thinking with their minds. Im glad Im here. Some time ago, not very long ago, I had a discussion with Mr. Rector Preda, shortly after the elections, and he told me about the University renovation project. I did not make a very firm pledge, in the absence of some minimum guarantees, I do not like to make baseless promises, but I intervened to accelerate the drawing up of the technical-economic documentation. I approved the technical-economic indicators for the investment objective - the renovation of the University Palace. I was invited to write in the guest book, in the Book of Honor. I said I would write about investment; I will come and write when the works contract is signed. That is, indeed, the moment when there is funding, there is a team that can get to work and it is a clear signal that the project will be completed. It is a modest act on my part and on the part of the Government. This should have happened sooner, not necessarily for the fact that this building is in the heart of Bucharest, but for the respect owed to this fundamental institution - I repeat - which is the Romanian University, which has created, throughout our history, especially the modern history, the elites who led Romania - as much time as they could without external intervention, - on an ascending path, which could offer Romanians a true dignified and prosperous life perspective. Thank you, may God forgive those who committed unimaginable brutalities and crimes, and let us lovingly remember all those who took to the streets to defend democracy, and who were brutalized, some of them killed. I conclude by saying that may God forgive the perpetrators, but the lawsuit by which the guilty are punished, should be completed, because we cannot accept that those who commit crimes, those who violently attack a person's physical integrity as well as those who attack the fundamental values ​​of a democracy, can go unpunished. I strongly believe that when prosecutors investigating innocent students, the protestors in the University Square, will be removed from the Prosecutors Office - and this is not far off - there will be prosecutors and magistrates to complete this lawsuit, which is an act of justice toward Romanians and toward all those who were the victims of an aggression, an unconstitutional, illegal action, which was of an unprecedented gravity. Thank you! 2020-06-13 11:19:00 de către premierul Ludovic Orban a unor coroane de flori cu prilejul marcării a 30 de ani de la „Fenomenul Piața Universității” și Mineriada din 13-15 iunie 1990Știri din 13.06.2020 11:05:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Centrul de Excelență NATO din OradeaȘtiri din 12.06.2020 18:07:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea Contractului de proiectare și execuție pentru finalizarea Autostrăzii Brașov - Tg. Mureș - Cluj - Oradea, Secțiunea 3C: Suplacu de Barcău – Borș, aferentă: Lot 2 - Subsecțiunea 3C2: Chiribiș - Biharia, km 30+550 – km 59+100Știri din 12.06.2020 13:33:00 de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban la Sala Polivalentă OradeaȘtiri din 12.06.2020 11:50:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei ÎntreprinzătorilorȘtiri din 11.06.2020 17:41:00 adresată de Guvern Avocatului PoporuluiȘtiri din 11.06.2020 16:48:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la recepția a 100 de ventilatoare medicale produse în SUAȘtiri din 11.06.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the reception of 100 medical ventilators produced in the United States Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. Your Excellency, Mr Ambassador, Ministers, Secretary of State Arafat, thank you for the invitation to participate in this important moment. There are the first 100 ventilators that reached Romania and I could say that it is no coincidence that these ventilators are produced and delivered to Romania by our strategic partner, the United States of America. You know very well that the US is hard hit by this epidemic and yet this delivery comes from the United States. It is also the result of a discussion that took place between President Donald Trump and the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. You should know that there was a restriction regarding the export of materials and equipment from the United States to other countries, but the restriction did not apply to Romania. These are the first 100 ventilators from a batch of 200 ventilators. You should also know that we have tried to purchase ventilators from several countries, almost all contracts, in Asia - we had framework agreements too that were signed - were terminated. We could not get the ventilators that we negotiated and that normally would have had to reach the country, neither from China nor from other countries. Also, the procurement was made through the National Office for Centralised Procurement(ONAC), together with the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations. These ventilators will enter the strategic stockpile and will be used as needed by the hospitals that might need them. Also, Secretary of State Arafat, who is engaged in the procurement program /.../, both in this procurement program at EU level and the internal procurement procedures for the additional stockpile of ventilators, participates in extensive negotiations with several countries that are suppliers and we expect these negotiations to materialize over the next period in framework agreements and later in the delivery of ventilators. This purchase of ventilators is very important, these 200 ventilators that we get from our strategic partner are extremely important, as it is known that we have a limited treatment capacity in ICU beds equipped with ventilators; there is a capacity limited to approximately 1,700 beds with ventilators and it is very important that, in the near future, we significantly increase the number of beds with ventilators in intensive therapy units (...) so that we are prepared for any situation. Fortunately, due also to the firm measures which have been taken by the authorities, by all stakeholders, during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, Romania did not face the risk of ICU treatment capacity being exceeded, on the contrary, the number of cases was relatively low, around 250-260, they consistently decreased at present, but nevertheless, we should be ready from all points of views to face any situation. We thank the American partners. Thank you very much, Excellency /.../ and I am sure that the collaboration between the United States and Romania in all fields will continue to be equally good, if not even better than so far. Thank you! 2020-06-11 13:39:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la videoconferința organizată de Consiliul Național al Întreprinderilor Private Mici și Mijlocii Știri din 11.06.2020 13:04:00 Ludovic Orban a avut consultări cu reprezentanți ai Federației Române de Fotbal și ai Ligii Profesioniste de FotbalȘtiri din 11.06.2020 11:38:00 Ludovic Orban a participat la Inaugurarea Sucursalei Galați a Băncii Române de Credite și InvestițiiȘtiri din 11.06.2020 09:01:00ţă de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban, la finalul vizitei la Combinatul Siderurgic Liberty Galați Știri din 10.06.2020 17:56:00ţă de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban, după vizita la șantierul podului de peste Dunăre, la BrăilaȘtiri din 10.06.2020 15:10:00 de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban la Șantierul Naval BrăilaȘtiri din 10.06.2020 Statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and the managing director of the Vard Brăila Shipyard, Simona-Alina Puia after visiting Brăila Naval Shipyard [Check against delivery] Simona-Alina Puia, managing director of the Vard Brăila Shipyard: We are proud that the Prime Minister and the ministers are visiting us today. This is a shipyard with history. This year, on May 8, was its 80th anniversary and we are making history, including building the bridge in Brăila, and the bridge is a project dear to us and it will remain so because until now we were used to our products sailing the seas of the world and we will no longer see them. We will cross this bridge from now on, and we will be proud that a part of us is there, more precisely here, in what is seen behind us. Ludovic Orban: I thank the director for inviting us to the Brăila Vard Shipyard. We wanted to be present here because the Brăila Shipyard took over the production of the modules making up the bridge - it is about 86 modules of the size you see in the back, 25 by 30 meters, the modules that will ensure ... They don't have to float. Have you ever had constructions that dont float? Alina Puia: No. Ludovic Orban: These are probably the first constructions that should not float, but they are extremely important for achieving this investment objective, very important for this area, the bridge from Brăila. Also, the Romanian shipbuilding industry, naval shipyards represent an extremely important component of the Romanian economy. Of all the naval shipyards that existed before 89, only one shipyard has ceased its activity - the shipyard in Oltenița, otherwise all the other shipyards, regardless of whether it is Tulcea, Brăila, Galați, Mangalia, Turnu Severin, Orșova shipyard, continue their activity and represent a very important component of the Romanian economy. The director told me that the idea of ​​switching from ships to modules in the bridge structure was also applied in Italy to the Verona bridge. Alina Puia: Genoa. Ludovic Orban: Genoa, the bridge from Genoa. Fincantieri has experience in making such structures for the composition of the bridge. In terms of the pace of production, delivery of these modules, the yard is very well organized and has the ability to deliver on time these very important components for the construction of the bridge. As far as we are concerned, we take a very close look at what is happening in the field of shipbuilding and repair, because, I repeat, it is a very important component for the Romanian economy, there are many jobs here and there is accumulated experience that makes all economic actors, whether they are domestic economic actors or foreign investors, such as Fincantieri, Damen, to be able to ensure competitiveness for this economic sector and to allow the further economic development of Romania and the areas with construction sites. 2020-06-10 10:51:00 viceprim-ministrului Raluca Turcan la Reuniunea Grupului de lucru interinstituțional dedicat Inițiativei celor Trei Mări (I3M)Știri din 09.06.2020 Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan chaired the meeting of the Inter-institutional Working Group on the Three Seas Initiative(3SI) held at Victoria Palace. Attending the meeting were Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu, Finance Minister Florin Citu, Minister of Economy, Energy and the Business Environment Virgil Popescu, representatives at the level of Secretary of State with the Ministries of Transport, European Funds, National Defense, the Presidential Administration, as well as representatives of the EximBank management. The meeting was held in the context of preparations for Romanias participation in the Fifth Summit of the Initiative, scheduled for October 19 - 20 in Tallinn, Estonia. In the opening remarks, Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan highlighted the strategic importance the Three Seas Initiative has for Romania and emphasized the importance of implementing interconnection projects that are a priority for Romania in achieving national objectives in the transport, energy or digital sectors. Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan also underlined that the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) projects could provide important support for the economic recovery, with positive effects on the labour market in the current context marked by the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her address, Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan mentioned that transport, energy and digital connectivity continue to be key areas of the 3SI, and the interconnectivity of the Initiatives 12 member states will also contribute to increasing economic convergence and cohesion among EU members. In this context, she stated that Romania remains a strong supporter of the European project, which at the same time has built a strong and diversified strategic partnership with the United States. The Three Seas Initiative is an expression of Romanias strategic approach and represents a regional contribution not only to increasing cohesion at EU level but also to strengthening the transatlantic partnership. Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan also highlighted that the priority projects on the list endorsed at the Three Seas Initiative Summit that was successfully hosted by President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest in 2018, could have a real regional impact, as they are relevant for the objective of boosting interconnectivity in the three priority areas and are fully compatible with the European Unions priorities and policies in this area. The projects indicate not only the potential for regional cooperation, but also the possibility of establishing a common space for action, involving other EU member states, but also Western Balkans and Eastern Neighborhood countries. During the talks, the responsible ministries reviewed the status of the implementation of the 3SI projects advanced by Romania, the future stages considered, the identified funding sources, the possible obstacles regarding the implementation, respectively proposals for other projects that could be financed by the Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund (3SIIF). Additional information: In the context of the preparations for the organization of the fifth Summit of the Initiative, due to be held in Tallinn, Estonia (October 19-20, 2020), Prime Minister Ludovic Orban approved on November 14, 2019, the reorganization and reactivation of the Working Group at the level of the Government, designed to support Romanias participation in 3SI, under the coordination of Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan. The working group aims to monitor and coordinate, at the governmental level, the projects in which Romania takes part within the Three Seas Initiative and the actions taken by Executive to implement the Three Seas Initiative(3SI) objectives, as well as analyzing and supporting the proper functioning of its instruments, such as the 3SI Investment Fund, and ensuring a coordinated promotion of Romanias interests abroad, within the Initiative, including in connection with Three Seas Initiative Business Forum, the third edition of which will be held within the Tallinn Summit. 2020-06-09 17:36:00 prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban la videoconferința cu ambasadorii statelor membre UE, organizată de președinția croată a Consiliului UEȘtiri din 09.06.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban participated in the meeting with Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States accredited to Bucharest Prime Minister Ludovic Orban participated today, June 9, in a meeting, in videoconference format, with Heads of diplomatic missions of EU Member States accredited to Bucharest, organized by the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU The Head of Government made at the start of talks, a brief presentation of the current situation in Romania and the measures adopted nationwide, in the context of COVID -19 pandemic, highlighting that the Executive will pay close attention over the next period, mainly to the economic relaunch measures, including in relation to the ongoing discussions at EU level on the adoption of the new European budget and the set of new instruments devoted to supporting the relaunch goal. In his remarks, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also referred to the importance of conducting an in-depth exercise at the EU level, to reveal the lessons learnt during the pandemic management efforts, outlining, in this context, the need to improve the EUs crisis management capacity. Thus, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban emphasized the importance of strengthening mechanisms at EU level, including by supplementing the financial resources dedicated to this goal, as well as improving the coordination mechanisms in the healthcare sector. Moreover, in this context, the Head of Government also highlighted the negative impact of the border closure between the Member States on the movement of goods and persons within the Community, emphasizing the importance of an enlarged Schengen area for the efficient functioning of the Single Market. In this respect, Prime Minister reaffirmed the urgent need for a decision on Romanias accession to the Schengen area. Answering the EU ambassadors' questions, during the interactive segment of the meeting, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban provided details on the set of economic relaunch measures envisaged by the Romanian Government, as well as on other topics of priority interest for our country, on the current agenda of the Union. 2020-06-09 17:20:00 se alătură campaniei de conștientizare a Bolii BattenȘtiri din 09.06.2020 Palace will be illuminated in turquoise this evening, between 9- 12 pm, in solidarity with patients suffering from Battens disease. The Government is thus joining the public institutions supporting this rare disease awareness campaign, initiated by the Rebeca Faith Hope Love Association. An evolved society offers every citizen equal opportunities for treatment. The decision we made in April to defray the cost of life-saving treatment for children with Batten disease is natural and obeys this principle. I know that it was a decision long -awaited by all those suffering from this disease, by their parents, and it is inexplicable how this issue was ignored , said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. The Awareness Day for Batten Disease, a rare neurodegenerative disease affecting children, is marked every year on June 9. The data of the Romanian National Alliance for Rare Diseases reveal that one million people are suffering from rare diseases, of which 75% are children, and 9 out of 10 are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. 2020-06-09 14:45:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Alianței Sindicatelor din Industria de Apărare și AeronauticăȘtiri din 09.06.2020 14:25:00Ț DE PRESĂȘtiri din 09.06.2020 11:59:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 09.06.2020 11:35:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Societăților Financiare din RomâniaȘtiri din 09.06.2020 10:09:00ții de presă susținute de ministrul Finanţelor Publice, Florin Cîțu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 06.06.2020 15:23:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea României pe tema Programelor de creditare cu garanții de statȘtiri din 05.06.2020 18:53:00 Ludovic Orban și ministrul Mediului, Costel Alexe, au participat la lansarea proiectului ”Produs în Arie Naturală Protejată”, cu ocazia Zilei MediuluiȘtiri din 05.06.2020 14:00:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei ÎnvățătoruluiȘtiri din 05.06.2020 10:57:00Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu membrii Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea României (CDR)Știri din 03.06.2020 21:06:00 de presă privind convorbirea telefonică a premierului Ludovic Orban cu Prințul moștenitor al Emiratului Abu Dhabi, Șeicul Mohammed bin Zayed Al-NahyanȘtiri din 03.06.2020 Minister Ludovic Orban had today a telephone conversation with the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, at His Royal Highness initiative. The two senior officials voiced their appreciation for the excellent level of the bilateral relations between Romania and the United Arab Emirates, especially regarding the strategic economic partnership existing between the two countries. They agreed to continue the joint efforts to strengthen and further expand the bilateral economic cooperation, including through encouraging direct interactions between the authorities and business communities from Romania and the United Arab Emirates. In this context, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also highlighted the very good dialogue existing between the Bucharest authorities and the Emirati companies already operating in our country and mentioned the numerous opportunities for investments, in various areas. The Head of the Executive also thanked Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan for the generous support the United Arab Emirates granted to Romania in its efforts to battle the COVID-19 epidemic. 2020-06-03 17:31:00 de 122 de milioane de euro pentru infrastructura de apă și apă uzată din județul SibiuȘtiri din 03.06.2020 16:33:00 Raluca Turcan, la redeschiderea Muzeului Peleș: Această piesă de patrimoniu de excepțională valoare poate fi un magnet pentru tot ceea ce înseamnă revenirea la viața culturală obișnuită a RomânieiȘtiri din 02.06.2020 16:47:00ția premierului Ludovic Orban la dezbaterea „Resetarea sistemului de sănătate: de la experiența din criza Covid, la reformă și modernizare”, organizată de CursDeGuvernare.roȘtiri din 02.06.2020 Orban: /.../ a set of system drawbacks, and the fact that the system was treated for a long time as a Cinderella. I would review some elements: hospital infrastructure, an old one, in which very few new investments have been really promoted, and which has largely generated very many problems. Secondly, chronic underfunding of the healthcare system. The healthcare system is based on the contributions paid by a limited number of citizens in Romania. There are very many categories of people who, although beneficiaries of healthcare services, do not partake in healthcare system funding. Thirdly, when I refer to infrastructure, I mean everything related to communication infrastructure. Even the applications that were put into operation, do not work: the health card, it is well known, is close to collapse, the digital system for the health card, the digitalization in healthcare is extremely backward. We have faced the digitalization need given all the databases that we had to manage in a very short time, on the need to convey information in a very fast system. And here, of course, things need to change quickly. Concerning the medicines policy, we will have to intervene very seriously in the next period, because the maintenance of this clawback system, without rethinking it, practically leads to the disappearance from the Romanian market of hundreds maybe even thousands of medicines, because the clawback tax is borne by the private sector, a fact largely due, on the one hand, to the maintenance of a ceiling for reimbursed and free medicines which is not consistent with consumption, and, on the other hand, to an imbalance in the relationship between innovative and generic medicines, and also other factors that have prompted the situation today. I also think that we need to consider measures in terms of hospital management. The procedures, although they, theoretically, exist, are not known, there was no forum for their implementation, the hospital management, is mostly management without the necessary training, which does not have the authority to impose observance of all rules in hospitals and which allows, practically, a polycentric system of authority at the level of hospitals. Last but not least, regarding the functioning of the support structures, the Minister of Health, obviously, will consider, in the next period, together with specialists, upgrading the system, from INSP, even starting from the Ministry of Health, INSP, the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices, the Public Health Directorates - a change of mentality and a fast modernization are required to meet the needs of the medical system and especially that the fundamental goal is to increase the quality of services which are provided to citizens. I emphasize that over the next period, investments in health are a priority for us, along with investments in transport infrastructure, energy infrastructure, education and investments in communications and research and development. Therefore, they are practically among our priorities. By the way, it turned out that we have been moving pretty fast. The previous move in this respect took place at a snail pace until we came to power and we managed in six months to sign the financing contracts for the three regional hospitals based in Iași, Cluj-Napoca and Craiova. These financing contracts clearly show our willingness to build these hospital infrastructures at European standards, at a level of modernity and quality placing us amid the high-performance European health systems. In addition, we have a number of other projects that we support and that will be carried out either from EBRD funding or with the aid of other institutional funders, or together with local partners to boost the quality of health infrastructure. Thank you for the invitation! 2020-06-02 16:15:00Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu membri ai Asociației Investitorilor de Real Estate din RomâniaȘtiri din 02.06.2020 12:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a CopiilorȘtiri din 01.06.2020 10:09:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Românilor de PretutindeniȘtiri din 31.05.2020 10:59:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea proiectului pentru realizarea unei noi fabrici a Grupului TaparoȘtiri din 30.05.2020 00:00:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la fabrica TechtexȘtiri din 29.05.2020 18:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la Comandamentul Forțelor pentru Operații Speciale Târgu MureșȘtiri din 29.05.2020 14:45:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la semnarea contractului de execuție pentru Lotul 1 Târgu Mureș-Ungheni și Drumul de legătură din Secțiunea 1C a Autostrăzii TransilvaniaȘtiri din 29.05.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and other members of the Cabinet, after participating in the signing of the contract for Lot 1 Targu Mureș-Ungheni and the connection road of Section 1C of the Transylvania Highway Ludovic Orban: I will be very brief. I wanted to attend an important moment - the signing of the construction contract for a road section of the Transilvania Motorway. I showed ever since previous visits, that our fundamental objective is to change Romania's development outlook: from an artificial economic growth, based on encouraging consumption, without support in the economic reality, to economic growth based on investments, both public and private, based on innovation, research, development, increase in competitiveness, internationalization of Romanian companies, technologic transfer. Today, the building contract for a motorway section will be signed. I came here with the Defence Minister to pay a visit to the Special Forces Command. I had a discussion with the prefect regarding the development of the other investment projects - investment from Iernut. I discussed the state of the other road sections that are in progress and we will come again soon in Targu - Mures, to inaugurate works on the motorway section that is closest to completion. I hope that during this year, Iernut investment is completed too, this is why the Economy Minister joined our team coming to Targu Mures. Thanks. Mara Toganel, prefect of Mures county: Thank you, Mr Prime Minister! We intend to put on the Government's table very many projects and to recover the time wasted from the infrastructure point of view and from the point of view of other development projects at the level of Mures County. As I said, Minister Bode came again in our county, we thank again and ask him to tell his opinion regarding today's visit. Thank you, Minister! Lucian Bode: Thank you, Mrs Prefect. Minister, Ministers, president, dear MPs, guests, as you well know, Ludovic Orban Cabinet aimed to keep open all development sites of the transport infrastructure and he was successful. No building yard was closed in these six months of the mandate. With extraordinary efforts, in this period of crisis we have been crossing, we managed to keep all building yards open, through a permanent dialogue, transparent with the entrepreneur, in general, and of course, with the beneficiaries, the Roads Company. We aim at opening new yards for the transport infrastructure development, road and rail one in Romania, and I am glad to tell you that this year, we started works to 70 - km of highway and express road in Romania, I outline: we started works, woks are on Sibiu - Pitesti, Timisoara beltway, DN2- A2, or on the expressway, Craiova - Pitesti, road section 1. We aimed and over the next weeks, the Government will come up with a development plan of transport infrastructure in Romania for the next ten years, with everything that means this plan - general objectives, connectivity objectives, funding sources, enforcement periods. I said a few weeks ago in Pitesti, at the time of contract signing for lot 5 of the Sibiu - Pitesti Motorway, road section Curtea de Arges - Pitesti, that year 2020 will be the year of Sibiu - Pitesti Motorway, because, after years of expectations, works have started at this major objective of road transport infrastructure in Romania. I can say today here, in Targu - Mures, that year 2020 will be the year of Transilvania Motorway, as I have the joy of providing you information exclusively, here, in two weeks, we will sign the design and building contract for other 30 km of motorway from Transilvania Motorway, on Biharia - Chiribis section. Today works at Transilvania Motorway are on: Iernut - Chetani, Chetani - Cmpia Turzii, Biharia - Bors. We are very likely to complete the 17 km from Iernut - Chetani. Today, we are signing a contract to carry out works for the 9.2 kilometres of the Targu - Mures - Ungheni road section, 4.5 kilometres of highway, and 4. 7 kilometres of the connection road. I would like you to know that this objective was signed, the construction contract, in 2004 with Bechtel. In 2013, it was terminated, and in 2016, it was again subject to tender, on the construction, what we sign today. Between 2017 -2020, we had ten challenges at CNSC, three delays in one month at the Court of Appeals, and dozens of deadlines at Bucharest Tribunal. The development of this project is the live proof of the way the implementation of a project can be delayed through long deadlines and intricate procedures. Therefore, today, funding is ensured. Initially, it was on the state budget, we are on title 58 European funds, funding is secured, this objective cost amounts to 192 million lei, and the enforcement deadline is 18 months. I request the builder, taking into account Romanians' expectations regarding this objective, to finalize it as soon as possible, not to extend it until 2022 with its commissioning, I ask you today here, to finalize this objective until 2021, as you can complete it next year! Thank you and good luck! Lucian Bode: I ask you to complete this objective in 2021, as you can do it. I will answer your questions at the end of this activity. Thank you, prefect for your invitation. Mara Toganel: Thank you, Minister. Allow me to ask the Defence Minister to greet us and the Mures inhabitants. Thank you, Minister. Nicolae Ciuca: Mr. Prime Minister, Ministers, prefect, thank you very much. Dear guests, I chose to be part of the team that came today in Targu - Mures, to present the Prime Minister, the activities that are carried out at the Defence Ministry level on a very important component, a capability that developed in Targu - Mures. We are speaking of Special Forces whose development made us proud of everything that has been achieved. Two years ago, they made the decision that this structure, the Special Forces Brigade at that time, change and get new valences and become the Command for the Forces for Special Operations. As such, today, we will pay a visit to this structure, having the possibility to see on the spot what has been achieved, and what are the future projects, so that capability reaches a level of relevance, and the objectives are undertaken at the helm of the Government, for the Romanian Army to be able to carry out its incumbent missions. Thank you. Mara Togănel: Thank you too, Minister. We are also glad that you are present in Targu Mureș, especially since we have these objectives of national interest. And I will continue to ask, before we move on to the actual signing and presentation of the project, the Minister of Economy, stating that I got the Minister of Economy's promise he will return to Targu Mureș to discuss in a more applied circle the problems at the level of our county, therefore, Minister, we ask you some thoughts for the people of Mureș. Virgil Popescu: Thank you, prefect. Yes, I am glad to come today to Targu Mureș, in Mureș County, a county that is very suitable for the name of the ministry, you have a great tradition of energy. Here was started the first gas well in Sărmaș, well 2 Sărmășel, if Im not mistaken, in 1909. You have two gas deposits, one Depogaz and other Depomureş, both together signed European financing contracts very recently, around 20 million euros. Basically, we will completely modernize these warehouses, so that the extraction and injection in the system will be at much higher levels. You also have the Iernut Power Station, and not coincidentally today, May 29, it would have been necessary, if it were not for a massive involvement of the Romanian Government, of the Prime Minister, of mine, to be able to get back on track, in two stages - the contract would have expired, and you know its not ready and, with the involvement of EximBank, we put it back on track. We have extended the national investment program, so that, at the moment, I can tell you that we will come to check the stage of the works on site, the Iernut Power Plant will be able to be put into operation this year, by the end of the year. It is very important for the national energy system. You also have petrochemistry, through Azomureş, a plant that Ordinance 114 had brought it almost to bankruptcy, the price of gas had reached alarming levels and it could no longer produce chemical fertilizers, we were importing chemical fertilizers and there was a risk of relocating and closing the plant. Today, it is no longer so, today, through legislative changes and the involvement of the Government, the Azomureș plant has a competitive price for gas and can continue to operate and also has a competitive price for gas and can continue to operate. You also have a Romanian industry, and the Romanian Government is involved in promoting the Romanian industry. I think it takes a lot more promotion for your factory to be known all over the country and to be a regional player. I will continue to come to Targu Mureș to visit these objectives and try, together with businesspeople, to further promote Mureș County. Thank you! Mara Togănel: We also thank you for your interest and I propose that we continue to give the floor to the two /.../, to call them, in this case, the National Road Company and the winner, Strabag, so that, Madam Director, if you want a brief address, together with the Director of Strabag Company, before proceeding to a brief presentation of the project and also of the implementation contract. Please. Thank you. Mariana Ion (Strabag): Thank you, Madam Prefect, for hosting us today and giving us / a great pride / to be with you and among the citizens, who can be the first to benefit from this highway sector, so I would say, a new piece in the puzzle called the Transylvania Highway. And we hope, as Minister mentioned earlier, that this year will be the year in which the Transylvania Highway will have all the lots, in one form or another, in an auction or in enforcement. We thank you a lot. And may God help us to come to the West as well! Mara Togănel: It will definitely help you! /.../ Reporter: How do you see the relationship with Hungary, after the meeting of the two Foreign Ministers? Ludovic Orban: I think that clear points of view have been expressed at the meeting of the two Foreign Ministers. The position expressed by Minister Bogdan Aurescu is the Government's position. There were favourable effects too. Following the discussion, Hungary took the decision to allow transit through its territory, via roads, during the day. There were prior discussions at the level of Interior Ministers, following which several border crossing points were opened, and I think any blockages, regarding the passenger transport transiting Hungary, have been thus removed. Also, in other respects, we expressed the point of view we have constantly expressed along the time. Reporter:/...;/ Ludovic Orban: I have already given an answer to this topic. We made a purchase of valid equipment. In the case of equipment drawbacks, they should be remedied in the shortest time possible. The Economy Minister will make rapid decisions following control, to establish the quickest way to start production. Virgil Popescu: Mr. Prime Minister, we already decided to conduct checks there, I am waiting for the results, perhaps at the end of next week. The situation at Dragomiresti plant will be solved, this cannot happen in a plant belonging to the defence industry. And what can be publicly presented, will be publicly presented in the control report. Reporter: Renault Group announced the dismissal of 15,000 employees (...;) Ludovic Orban: This is the decision of the company's management. As far as we are concerned, as Government, we have a very close collaboration with the management of Dacia - Renault based in Romania. The Renault group in Romania has more than 2.000 engineers working on design, testing, controlling which is unique, and operating in Romania, at Titu. We also have the manufacturing side, operating in Mioveni. In all the talks with the company's management in Romania, we have not reached any conclusion regarding any decision at the level of company management in Romania, concerning restraining some activities or the intention to lay off employees. Everything depends on the market, the current orders, but in Romania, the Renault group has a very profitable activity, a beneficial activity. In our point of view, it is an activity which should continue. It is known that the decisions which have been taken, or what is decided at the level of the group is following a period in which there were certain problems, but my belief is that these problems, of the Renault Group, have not been caused by the activity in Romania, as the activity in Romania is very profitable, a well - organized activity and one that posed an advantage to the Renault group, in general. Reporter: /...;/ We know those problems existing with the group /...;/. Why a decision to terminate this contract has not been taken? Lucian Bode: I said that I visited in January, here, the road sections (...;) Campia Turzii. I think that 19, 18 kilometres will be completed, as the entrepreneur pledged, and in order not to have 18 kilometres of open-air museum, we decided to transfer...;The good news is that we will have 18 kilometres of the motorway. Concerning the second highway section, we have to make a decision. We either continue the works with this company, as it still has other ongoing contracts with us, such as the passage from Domnesti, very important objective for Bucharest traffic, or we terminate the contract. We have no other option. Secondly, it is mandatory to pass to expertise, re-evaluation of the entire objective, submission again to auction /...;/, enforcement on the 60 kilometres which remained not completed. The National State Company for Road Infrastructure will make a decision over the next period, in Romanians' interest, as our interest is to achieve this highway objective as soon as possible, not to be obliged to terminate again this contract as you could see this objective has been subject to challenges for years, as it was with the Targu - Mures Museum. We are in Targu - Mures, this objective entered a straight line, after 35 percent progress in its achievement, the contract was terminated, we estimate that after tenders are submitted on June 22, the tenders submission deadline, we can sign the contract in September for the Targu - Mures Museum. We will make the best decision in Romanians' interest, namely to achieve this motorway section through the Roads Company for the next period. 2020-05-29 14:30:00 Raluca Turcan și ministrul fondurilor europene Marcel Boloș, au prezentat proiectul ”Innotech Student”, prin care se încurajează antreprenoriatul tinerilor româniȘtiri din 29.05.2020 12:40:00 Conferinţă de presă susținută de premierul Ludovic Orban, după vizita la Centrul Tehnic Titu, județul DâmbovițaȘtiri din 28.05.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon. I would like to thank the president of the Dacia Renault Group and the team for the special occasion to visit the Technical Testing Center of Renault Group, a center unique in the world where all cars manufactured by the Renault Group in all the plants across the world are being tested. It is not my first visit here. I had the joy that in 2008, as Transport Minister, together with the Liberal Prime Minister of that time, to see how this spectacular technical center was established, an investment that was made here, in Romania and which creates a very big competitive advantage for Romania and Dacia Renault based in Romania, which obviously competes not only with other brands but with other plants of the Renault Group too. I have seen spectacular things here. I think that here, in Romania, the Militari Design Center with over 2000 engineers, validates all projects achieved in Titu Technical Center and later, the products are manufactured in Mioveni. I saw things that I would have never imagined, such as a special camera called CAVE, which is, in fact, a camera in which virtual reality is constructed, practically, you can see any car prototype which is designed in the center in Militari, see the prototype to the finest detail before manufacturing, see all the details in virtual reality, is an extremely spectacular instrument. Such centers generating virtual cars are in Europe, only in Central and Eastern Europe. It is the only testing track of more than 32 kilometres. I tested with my colleague ministers several products. The electric car, piloted by the Minister of Economy, the LNG car, its not an accident that the Health Minister drove the car that works of LNG fuel and the sales of which grew spectacularly and, obviously, the Minister of Internal Affairs drove the most powerful car, the Duster and, clearly, outran all of us in the testing track. We also discussed a project very dear to the Renault team and which we support, that of building a museum of cars manufactured in Romania. We took stock of the Dacia and Renault models, from Dacia 1100, the first engine manufactured in 1969, up to all Dacia models manufactured in Romania before 1989 and after 1989, also models manufactured by Dacia Renault. It is a very good start and I think the idea of a museum of cars manufactured in Romania is a very valuable idea we will support and we will achieve in partnership with ACAROM. We also discussed the partnership with the Dacia-Renault Group and in general, with the auto industry, a vital industry for economic development and we evaluated possible measures to support car production. You must know that the Dacia-Renault group ensures 7 pct of the exports in Romania, generates over 3 pct of the GDP and has an extremely high number of employees, not only the 18,000 employees of the Dacia-Renault Group, there are approximately 150,000 in the horizontal industry who depend on Dacia-Renault and the good functioning of the group. In what regards us, we are extremely careful and sensitive to all the developments on the car market and we are in an extremely serious partnership with the auto industry and obviously with the Dacia-Renault Group. I can tell you that I have a duty which I consider a personal duty. When we discussed achieving this investment, one of the conditions of the memorandum I signed with Renault, was expanding to four lanes of the of DN7, from Baldana to Titu. I can announce you that today, 12 years after I left from the Transport Ministry, the notice of invitation to tender was for signing the design and building contract for the project to expand DN7, from Baldana to Titu, expanding to four lanes on each direction, a project which is important and necessary as there is an intense traffic between Bucharest and Titu and we need to secure this rapidity and comfort to those who work in Titu and stay in Bucharest and those who stay in the respective area and are working in Bucharest. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, regarding the announcement of President Klaus Iohannis earlier about the fact that some can go to the seaside. It means that we can make reservations as of Monday, we can go to the country, to the seaside, mountain areas? Ludovic Orban: Together with Mr President, with the governmental team and the specialists, we made decisions regarding the relaxation measures which can be implemented from June 1. One of the most important measures is the elimination of the self - declaration, this will allow visits outside the locality, without the obligation for people to fill in this declaration. There are other measures as well, which have been presented by the president; opening pubs, organizing open - space performances, the possibility to organize competitions in open space. You can see very well that we lift restrictions in areas with low epidemiologic risk, and the infection risk is relatively small. Beaches will be open, but some rules need to be observed, as well as the distance between sunbeds, the common spaces related to beaches will need to be organized, so that by June 1, the Ministry of Environment through the Romanian Waters, the Internal Affairs Ministry will need to ensure the implementation of measures and the Health Ministry will issue a joint order on healthcare protection rules. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, you said that pensions will increase as much as the economy allows, and today, the Minister of Finance, Florin Cițu, told Realitatea Plus that one of the scenarios he has is for the pension point to increase only by 10%. I wanted to ask you if this percentage seems to you ... Ludovic Orban: Any statement on this subject is premature. When we have the six-month report on the state of the economy and the state of the budget, which must be made in accordance with the Law on Fiscal-Budgetary Responsibility, also when we have the economic forecast for the next period, both the forecast made by the Prognosis Commission, which acts within the government, as well as the forecasts to be made by the European Commission, the World Bank, we will make this decision. As such, when we decide something, we will announce it publicly. Reporter: So you dont find 10% feasible? Ludovic Orban: What I can tell you is that pensions will increase. Reporter: Concerning pensions, I would like to ask you if the Government is considering amending the Pension Law by emergency ordinance because the Social Democratic Party has even announced that they are considering a motion of censure for this reason. Thanks. Ludovic Orban: Did you ask a question? Reporter: Yes. Ludovic Orban: Do you think that any draft law submitted by the Government has any chance to pass in a PSD-dominated Parliament, which torpedoes any economic development initiative, which legislates in parallel with the government, systematically generating new and new costs for us for which there are no financial resources and which seems to live in a parallel world to the reality in which we find ourselves today, in which, due to the epidemic, not only in Romania, in Europe too, in a large part of the world, the epidemic has generated an economic crisis that has obviously led to a reduction in state budget revenues and a significant economic decline. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, will that money, that record loan that the finance minister was talking about yesterday, will the funds from that record loan be used for these measures to increase pensions, allowances? Ludovic Orban: I dont know what record loan ... Reporter: Mr. Ciţu spoke yesterday about the 3.3 billion euros that Romania attracted. Ludovic Orban: As you well know, in the budgetary rectification, based on the forecast that was achieved at the respective moment, the spring forecast, our estimate regarding the economic development was that of an economic decline by 1.9 percent, and a 6. 7 percent budget deficit. What does the budget deficit mean? It means we will have higher spending than revenues. This expenditure should be covered by certain sources. One of the funding sources for budget expenditure for which we have enough revenues is the loans we are taking. I thought you asked me about decisions that are made at the European level. Thanks to the lobby made by the President of Romania, by us, as a Government, together with our MEPs and all our partners, until today, the SURE Program was adopted, which offers Romania the possibility to access up to 5 billion EUR for active employment measures, including flexible working. It also offers the possibility of reimbursing expenses for the health protection of employees at work. Yesterday, the European Commission announced a very serious project, extremely important for the whole of Europe and, even more so, for us, for Romania - it is about building what is called at European level, the Recovery Fund, i.e. making available to the Member States, following a loan at European level, of an amount in addition to 1.100 billion from the European Union budget for 2021-2027, an amount of EUR 750 billion which, at the Commissions proposal, EUR 500 billion is to be granted to member countries as grants, and 250 billion in the form of loans. This decision, which was taken at European level, after extremely serious debate, in which there were two points of view that few hoped could be reconciled, is that, in the first phase, through the proposal made by Germany and France, and yesterday, through the proposal of the European Commission, we are close to a program of economic support, of the economic recovery at fundamental European level, which will have extremely beneficial effects for the economies of European countries, for the living standards, for the level of employment, decisions that we welcome and, of course, we support for adoption in decision-making structures at European level. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, the President announced that, from June 1, the international road and rail transport will open; tell me if, for those who leave for tourist purposes, for example, is it still valid to enter isolation for 14 days upon their return to the country? Ludovic Orban: Until June 15, yes. All those who return to countries that are, according to INSP assessments, countries with a high level of virus spread, when they return, must enter isolation for 14 days, isolation at home. The quarantine will be only on request. Reporter: It will depend on the destination ... Ludovic Orban: This rule remains until June 15. Of course, if they go to countries where there is no level of spread that requires isolation upon return, then they do not have to isolate themselves; and today, for example, out of 16 thousand citizens entering Romania, of which Romanian citizens are perhaps 11-12 thousand, only about half of them or a little over half enter isolation at home, because the others come from destinations for which it is not necessary to isolate at home. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, just a question, I want you to tell me what you have been doing since June 1, given that these restrictions are lifted if you go to a pub outside Bucharest. Ludovic Orban: I will let you know. I will certainly spend a lot of my time at my Government office, preparing all the economic measures of the economic recovery plan. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, please tell me where is manufactured the mask you are wearing? Is it made in Romania or not? Ludovic Orban: I dont know. It is a mask that was made available to me by the Secretariat General of the Government. I have a box of masks, I didnt look at it. But surgical masks are made in Romania. Three companies got approval to manufacture FFP-2 masks. Reporter: But do you know about the situation at Romarm, that is, they are currently producing ...? Ludovic Orban: I asked the Minister to carry out an investigation to see why the production was temporarily stopped and, obviously, I am convinced that the Minister will take all the necessary decisions to resume production and to ensure, on the Romanian market, from the domestic production, a quantity also manufactured at the company from Dragomirești, Dambovița county. Thank you and see you later. 2020-05-28 19:47:00ări ale premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Școlilor ParticulareȘtiri din 28.05.2020 13:39:00ări ale premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții industriei jocurilor de norocȘtiri din 28.05.2020 12:44:00 premierului Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Eroilor și a sărbătorii Înălțării DomnuluiȘtiri din 28.05.2020 dedicate today, such an important day in the Christian - Orthodox calendar, when we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, to the heroes, military and all those who wrote the history of Romania through their own sacrifice, on the battlefield, in the Communist camps or prisons, defending the liberty, the ancestral faith, the land and the Romanians' ideal of unity. We are paying homage to their inspiring sacrifice, and we keep their memory alive through the ceremonies that became a tradition on this occasion. A prayer, a thought, a candle lighted to their memory, our taking care of their tombs and commemorative monuments built in their honour are how we express our gratitude today for what the heroes of our nation did for the next generations. I think that the greatest proof of respect for these heroes is if we, in our turn, succeed to attract the young people to learn history and appreciate the example of devotion and courage of those who sacrificed for the ideals of Romanians. Fighting with their weapons in their hands on the battlefield or in the dark and cold of detention centers where they were imprisoned for having militated for freedom and democracy, the heroes of the past centuries and decades took care of our country's future. History is being written now and the heroes who fell on duty in the theatres of operations, in various parts of the world, hit by conflicts, where they represented Romania with honour within their missions under the NATO, UN or EU aegis, the same as those who lost their lives while trying to save their fellows. We dedicate this great Christian feast day to all of them, according to the ancestral tradition of our nation and of the Romanian Orthodox Church, with all due respect for their sacrifice. May all heroes of our nation forever rest in peace! Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2020-05-28 09:03:00 de presă privind convorbirea telefonică a premierului Ludovic Orban cu cancelarul federal Angela MerkelȘtiri din 27.05.2020, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on the senior German official's initiative. The two Heads of Government evoked, on this occasion, the special relations, of a strategic nature, between Romania and Germany, and agreed to continue the joint efforts for their additional consolidation, mainly on the economic dimension. They also agreed on the importance of resuming and strengthening the high-level bilateral political dialogue, as soon as conditions allow. In this context, Chancellor Angela Merkel referred to the situation of the Romanian seasonal workers in Germany and voiced the constant concern of the Executive in Berlin and, her personal concern, for the observance and protection of the rights of Romanian citizens who work in Germany. The Federal Government promptly initiated the amendment of the internal legislative framework in order to provide them with an enhanced degree of protection and to guarantee the rights of the Romanian employees. Chancellor Merkel also emphasized, to the same purpose, the entire openness and availability for maintaining close contact, on all levels, between the authorities of the two states, following Labour Minister Violeta Alexandrus recent visit to Germany. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban congratulated his German counterpart on the efficient manner in which the Government led by Angela Merkel managed the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister also welcomed the proposals put forward by the European Commission, on May 27, to create the Recovery Instrument - Next Generation EU, worth 750 billion euro, in order to back the economic recovery efforts at European level, as well as to revise the Multiannual Financial Framework for the 2021-2027 period. Moreover, the senior Romanian official wished success to his German counterpart given the forthcoming German Presidency of the Council of the EU which begins on July 1, 2020, at a difficult moment, extremely important for strengthening the European project. In this context, the Prime Minister expressed Romanias support to advance the EU agenda and find common solutions to the current challenges of healthcare, economic and social nature. 2020-05-27 21:28:00ări ale premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții industriei cinematograficeȘtiri din 27.05.2020 17:04:00ță) RO-HYDROHUB. László Borbély: obiectivul UE până în 2030 este depășirea numărului de 2,6 milioane de autoturisme care să folosească hidrogenulȘtiri din 26.05.2020 Department for Sustainable Development held today the videoconference ROHYDROHUB, hydrogen as an alternative energy vector. The event took place both physically, at Victoria Palace, and online, on a videoconference platform, with over 70 participants. The event was the first organized in Romania on this topic and enjoyed participation from all decision levels. We managed to bring together all stakeholders, in the first debate at the national level on our country's involvement in this process, identifying real opportunities and chances for success. The Department for Sustainable Development is determined to be a catalyst in this innovative field as well, which has the potential to create added value, stated Laszlo Borbely. This videoconference aimed to explore the possibilities offered by hydrogen for the development of an environmentally friendly energy sector. Specifically, this initiative aims to accelerate research in the field and develop the institutional framework to stimulate investments and applications on the widespread use of hydrogen. The debates brought together industry, research specialists, and decision-makers of the highest level. Among those who took the floor were: * Monica Anisie, Minister of Education and Research; * Marcel Boloș, Minister of European Funds; * Antonel Tănase, Secretary-General of the Government; * Iulian Iancu, chairman of the Committee for Industries and Services of the Chamber of Deputies; * Outstanding representatives from academia, industry, research and national regulatory agencies thus covering the full range of capabilities throughout the value chain. The discussions focused on the development of the Romanian Hydrogen and New Energy Technologies Hub, a pole of competitiveness for research-development-innovation in hydrogen recovery, recently established by a Government Memorandum. This is the premise for establishing a working group composed of representatives of all interested segments that can contribute to the development of this segment. Europe sets off on the transition path to climate neutrality in a constantly changing world. The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped European ambitions to reduce pollutant emissions. Concerning hydrogen applications, I give you some interesting information: the EUs goal by 2030 is to exceed 2.6 million cars using this technology. The socio-economic reconstruction will most likely be a green one taking into account the environmental impact. Romania must become an important actor and capitalize on its potential in this field, the state advisor concluded. The conference was organized in partnership with the Ministry of European Funds; the National Research-Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Ramnicu Valcea; POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest and the Romanian Association for Hydrogen Energy. 2020-05-26 18:20:00ări ale premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Comitetului Olimpic și Sportiv Român (COSR)Știri din 26.05.2020 17:56:00 Ludovic Orban a avut consultări cu reprezentanți ai domeniului muzicalȘtiri din 26.05.2020 13:38:00 Ludovic Orban a avut consultări cu reprezentanții Liberty Steel (SIDEX Galați)Știri din 26.05.2020 13:03:00țiunea de control la CFR S.A finalizată de Corpul de Control al prim-ministruluiȘtiri din 25.05.2020 11:35:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la plecarea în SUA a echipei formată din 15 specialiști din Ministerul Apărării Naționale, pentru a oferi sprijin autorităților statului AlabamaȘtiri din 25.05.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban upon the departure for the U.S., of the Defence Ministrys team of 15 specialists, on a mission to provide support to the Alabama state's authorities, in the context of the measures to fight the COVID -19 pandemic [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good morning! I wanted to attend the Romanian missions departure for the United States, to give my respects to the team of 15 doctors, nurses, and CBRN specialists who carry out a 14-day mission in the state of Alabama, obviously, in the spirit of solidarity and co-operation between the United States and Romania. A mission whose goal, on the one hand, is to be with doctors in the United States, and on the other hand, also to see very clearly how the medical teams in the United States are working in the fight against COVID. I wish our mission success and I take this opportunity again to convey a firm message: there is a solid strategic partnership between the United States and Romania that generates joint actions in all fields of activity. Thank you! 2020-05-25 08:55:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la inaugurarea Muzeului Brătianu (Vila Florica), cu ocazia aniversării a 145 de ani de la înființarea Partidului Național LiberalȘtiri din 24.05.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the Brătianu National Museum (Villa Florica) Ludovic Orban: Thank you very much for this album. I think that this album belongs here, to the Bratianu National Museum, and since I received it as a gift, I will let it here as a first donation. I have a satisfied heart to be present here today, at a very important moment. It is the place in which Bratianu family made fundamental decisions for the country, planned the advancement of the Romanian nation, place where, especially on the eve of the First World War, the representatives of great powers used to come to Ionel Bratianu, trying to obtain Romania's entry into the war, and who left each time disappointed that, after believing that they got Ionel Bratianu's agreement, Ionel Bratianu put additional terms on behalf of Romania. The place that made history for Romania, becomes again a place in which people coming here, re-discover history, moments of the public and private life of our great forefathers who laid the foundations of modern Romania, greater Romania, democratic Romania. I want this moment to be one of continuity in building a strong Romania, which at present times as well as in the past, can be achieved by Romanians, and it can be achieved by the National Liberal Party. 145 years ago, the National Liberal Party was founded in the Mazar Pasha's house, by reuniting the liberal branches existing at that time, in order to build a modern, pro-European, pro-civilization party, a party that was associated with all important moments of Romania's modern history. Today, it is 145 years since great statesmen laid the foundation of a political construction which ensured the development of Romania as few would have ever hoped and that would have brought Romania much earlier amid great developed nations provided the events brought by 1947 did not exist, since a regime was imposed against people's will, a regime that blocked the natural development of Romania, confining it to a place of darkness, lack of respect for people's lives and rights. For 30 years, we, the liberals, have come here at Villa Florica, to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the National Liberal Party. Last year, we faced a situation we would have never expected to face: the PSD barons in the county banned us from coming to Villa Florica to celebrate the party anniversary. If you remember, I said something of this kind back then, it is as if God gave us this opportunity that the Villa Florica, so long administered by Arges County Council, where the organizational chart showed that the staff in charge of the administration of Villa Florica contained more waiters than museologists, to organize the parties of the new ruling system that tarnished the memory of this extraordinary building of the Bratians, one year later, upon the anniversary of 145 years, we can manage that through a bill, and following certain circumstances that brought back Villa Florica in the state property and in the administration of the Ministry of Culture, but also due to a laborious activity of some enthusiastic people, who, from May 4 to May 22, managed to do everything that can be seen today in the Museum of the Bratians - Villa Florica. Here we can give Romanians a place to meet history, where they can learn about the lives of our forerunners who laid brick after brick for the development of Romania and the transformation of Romania into a modern state. I would say a few words about my colleagues too. I heartedly wished, and I am convinced that today, in ordinary times, the garden for this opening event of the Brătianu National Museum would have been full of people. I apologize to my colleagues for reducing the presence of PNL representatives in order to comply with the rules. As you can see, the delegation that participated in the opening of the museum consists of eight people, because this is the rule regarding closed spaces, not more than eight people, and because of that, we basically decided that only those people who were directly involved in this process of bringing Villa Florica back to the pantheon of cultural institutions in Romania, through the opening of the Brătianu National Museum, could be present today here. I am convinced that all those who recognize the fundamental role played in the history of Romania by the Brătianu family and the National Liberal Party stand by us and will come here to find history and see where they came from and how lived those who made fundamental decisions for Romania. Happy anniversary, the National Liberal Party! 2020-05-24 12:57:00ții de presă susținute de ministrul Finanțelor Publice, Florin Cîțu, și președintele Consiliului Director al ARB, Sergiu OprescuȘtiri din 22.05.2020 14:13:00 premierului Ludovic Orban la întâlnirea cu reprezentanții Asociației Române a BăncilorȘtiri din 22.05.2020 by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at a meeting with the representatives of the Romanian Association of Banks (ARB) [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good morning! Thank you for having honoured the invitation to carry out this dialogue between Government and bank representatives in Romania. We can say that we are after a very difficult economic period, which was generated by the COVID - 19 pandemic, but we need to seriously think of the economic relaunch plan, to attain the objective of a rapid return to normality. The Government in cooperation with the President and all institutions in the economic area, held very many consultations with employers in various sectors to establish a plan of the economic relaunch that will include a wide array of measures. Before briefly presenting you some of the things we considered implementing, I want to tell you that the success of the economic rebuilding plan lies in the partnership with you, the financial and banking system, because it is clear that economic re-opening, the process of economic development, the stimulation of the investment process, the stimulation of Romanians purchasing power to maintain demand to help companies increase their production, to return to a certain level of activity, depends very much on the support and collaboration between the Government, the business community, the financial and banking system and all the other organisations involved. We are thinking, in addition to the measures we have taken, which I am sure, generated difficulties to you regarding the business plans, such as the measure to suspend the payment of loan is a measure that other states resorted to, and it was necessary as very many companies and citizens had their income diminished, and they could not pay their loan rates. By this measure, we allow companies that were affected by restrictions to be able to resume activity, and the citizens need to be able to return to work, find a job, or resume work such as the liberal professions and other professionals. Among the topics I want to discuss is how to implement the SME Invest programme. I would also like to talk a little about mortgage loans, about the First Home programme, which has undergone certain changes. I am telling you from the outset that from my point of view, we have to strongly support the people who want to buy properties. Someone who buys a property buys furniture, buys electronic equipment, needs electrical installations, heating and cooling, etc. Any house is a very solid base for a lot of spending, which generates demand that is absolutely necessary for companies to support a high level of production. Perhaps you want to provide us with information on how the requests of companies and individuals for the suspension of the payment of loan instalments are being solved. Last but not least, after I tell you briefly what plan of measures we envisaged, we will discuss a little about this relaunch plan. In addition to SME Invest, our intention is that in a short period of time - depending upon the European Commissions approval of state-aid schemes at the level of the European Union - to introduce more state-aid schemes; there will be a scheme close to SME Invest for large companies, guaranteeing loans for investment and working capital, with a guarantee of up to 80% and interest subsidy of up to 50%. We notified the European Commission, I have already had the first reading in Government of the memorandum whereby we want to implement this instrument. We are also considering the guarantee and reinsurance instruments, intra-company loans, commercial loans, supplier credit, also guarantee instruments for payment instruments such as promissory notes, letters of credit for export and so on that we also think are necessary. We are trying to mobilize European resources, European funds for various programs. We already have more than two billion euros, that will be from European funds, either through over contracting mechanism or following the reallocation of funds following the increase in the funds flexibility which was decided by the European Commission. We will have nearly two billion euros that we will grant on various programs, especially to SMEs, for investment or restart capital especially in areas of activity hit by restrictions such as HoReCa, transport, show business, or other areas which have been affected. We are trying to establish the mechanisms of an investment fund, even yesterday, I had a video conference with the Polish Prime Minister and the President of the Polish Development Fund, as we feel the need to establish such an instrument to stimulate investments, that will be such a direct funding instrument, an instrument to finance the investment funds. Now, we establish the entire functioning scheme of the investment fund. We also have a set of other measures to stimulate employment, active measures that will be funded through SURE Programme. We changed yesterday the Ceiling Law, through the emergency ordinance. Concerning the public debt, we amended the Public debt law, in order to comply with a SURE instrument made available by the European Commission, that will finance various categories of spending of the - kurzarbeit type, the partial work programme, the furlough is eligible, obviously, also the expenditure to ensure health protection of employees, and we are looking forward to next week's talks regarding the - Recovery fund which may provide us very useful financial instruments to support the relaunch programme. I will invite the Finance Minister Florin Cițu to tell you few words, afterwards, I will invite you to dialogue, not before telling you that regarding SME Invest, my request to you is to support this program, to treat with celerity all requests, the purpose of this program, starting from the premise that because of economic crisis, very many SMEs have been in difficulty, and normally, their access to loans would have been more difficult, for this reason, I introduced this program to make more SMEs bankable. You should think that we ensure state guarantees, we subsidy the interest rate, and I think that the loans approval can be much easier, as the state is a trustworthy partner, which, in case an SME or other face difficulties, you will not encounter big issues regarding the credit agreements. It is necessary. Companies in Romania need financing. We do not have a very developed stock exchange, to allow the financing of companies, also the level of financial intermediation in Romania, of 27 percent is the smallest in the European Union and therefore, such instruments are needed to stimulate loans for companies. I do not mention that the lending conditions are not very competitive compared to other countries, as such, it is vital for us that the financial - banking system supports the economy, the investment, the companies with the working capital to allow us a very rapid recovery and a development in those fields with a development opportunity. 2020-05-22 13:40:00 Ludovic Orban a avut consultări cu reprezentanții Federației Operatorilor Români de TransportȘtiri din 21.05.2020 15:26:00ța prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban cu prim-ministrul Poloniei, Mateusz MorawieckiȘtiri din 21.05.2020 13:34:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 20.05.2020[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good evening! The Council of the European Union has approved a regulation on the implementation of the so-called SURE programme. This is a programme by which the European Union helps the member states to finance the active employment measures. Basically, we can say today that Romania has the guarantee that it will benefit from EU funds to be able to implement the employment measures conceived by the Romanian Government, measures designed to help both the employers and the employees. This program will help member states access important amounts of money on condition of providing certain guarantees. Concerning Romania, Romania will have to offer a guarantee of up to 400 million euros and it will benefit, according to our calculations, of course, depending on the mechanism of distribution of the respective funds, of an amount between 3 billion and 5 billion euros, the total amount to be used in this program is a hundred billion. As I announced one week ago, Romania's economic recovery plan includes an extremely important set of measures to support the employees and employers over the next period. First of all, we will continue to pay the furloughed staff in those fields where restrictions are being maintained after June 1, but we will replace this measure in the case of the other fields that will resume their activity following the relaxation of restrictions, with another active support measure, namely, we will allocate a certain percentage of up to 41.5 per cent of the gross salary of each employee who resumes his/her activity at the company he/she worked at. It is well - known that because of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, very many Romanians have lost their job, or have been furloughed. Very many Romanians returned to Romania from the countries where they performed their activity because of the termination of their employment contracts. Our evaluation shows that there are nearly 600,000 Romanians who have been furloughed and up to 700,000 Romanians who will be looking for jobs in the coming period. Thus, almost 350,000 people have had their employment contract terminated, and between 300,000 and 350,000 Romanians have returned to the country and will be in search of a job. For this reason, in addition to the active measure for resuming the activity of employees from the companies that have been affected by the restrictive measures or indirectly affected by the economic crisis, we will use several active measures to help various categories of employees. We will allocate up to 30 percent of the gross salary to companies that will hire job seekers, provide jobs to Romanian citizens who are looking for a job, for a period of at least three months. There is also a number of citizens, categories of employees for whom employment is more difficult, such as young graduates, people close to retirement age and who find it harder to get jobs. For these categories, we will develop much more generous hiring support tools, supporting a significant percentage of gross salary for a longer period of time. Of course, these measures will be taken under certain conditions, which we obviously consider natural, namely, after the end of the period of payment of the amount under the active measures, for a period of time, the company should keep the employees who benefited from these active measures, also for day labourers. We very clearly know that there is a real need for the Romanian farmers of the workforce employed under day labourers contracts, and for this category of citizens, we will adopt a legislative document in which we will enforce an active measure to support day labourers. The second topic is linked to the state of alert. Today, once the Parliament passed the decision approving the state of alert, the procedure established by Law 55 has been completed, and we can say that we fully entered the state of maximum alert as we called it within the Cabinet meeting. I have very many observations to make concerning the way Parliament tackled our draft law and through the amendments made, it restricted as much as it could our effective action possibilities. I consider that the Parliament did not have the Constitutional and legal power to make changes to the Government Decision and the plan of measures related to the Government Decision, through which the Romanian Government declared the state of alert. It is a gross intrusion of the legislative body into the Executive's activity, and it is a flagrant violation of the principle of separation of powers in the state. We cannot agree with such an attitude, but we will not have a reaction at present, because the most important thing is for Romanians to understand that we have not yet escaped the epidemic, to understand the need for this state of alert, even more, the need to comply with all the rules to be established within the plan of measures, which are part of the addenda to the Government decision on instituting the state of alert. Tomorrow, all ministries will adopt joint ministerial orders, Minister of Health's order with the Minister of Transport's order on the rules of health protection and occupational safety in the means of transport. The Minister of Economy together with the Minister of Health will adopt all the rules related to commercial activities and other measures related to the economic field. The Minister of Labor together with the Minister of Health will adopt the joint order on rules of health protection at work and occupational safety. Also, in the field of education, the joint order has already been issued and published in the Official Gazette - and I specify this because it is necessary: mask-wearing will be mandatory in all enclosed spaces. Of course, mask-wearing creates some discomfort, of course, it can bother some of us, but this decision we made - and here we have the Parliament's agreement for this decision - and here I make a parenthesis: as of this moment, including the leaders of PSD and other parties will have to observe this measure. Mask - wearing protects us from the risk of transmitting the virus to our fellows or from being infected with the virus. All the other physical distancing rules - we have seen that many people are bothered by the fact that their temperature is being taken. This is a necessary measure to reduce the risk of virus transmission from a person who has a temperature above 37.3 degrees. Upon entering enclosed spaces, this triage is necessary, I repeat, to protect all those who go to work, enter commercial spaces, who are in a situation where if infected, they can transmit the virus. Let me also refer to a political subject. I was stunned by todays decision of the so-called National Council for Combating Discrimination. A PSD-UDMR majority made a decision that had nothing to do with the law and the sanctioning regime for discrimination. The President of Romania is the victim of a purely political decision which clearly shows that all institutions that have been taken over by PSD, make decisions contrary to the Constitution and the law. The President of Romania was sanctioned not because he discriminated, but because he acted in the spirit of the Constitution, defending a constitutional principle, the principle of integrity, and because it exposed a constant policy of complicity of PSD, which, in order to attract the support of UDMR, made a series of unacceptable compromises, voting normative acts repeatedly, such as normative acts which practically established the obligation to use the languages of minorities everywhere, allowing the draft law on the declaration of autonomy of the so-called Szeklerland, to pass under the tacit adoption procedure(TN - in the Chamber of Deputies, it was later rejected by the Senate). All these actions of PSD have shown, in the last three years, that PSD does not defend Romanias interest, that PSD, in order to stay in power, has been able to make any compromise against Romanias interest. How else could it be qualified to give in to a pressure put in the OECD accession procedure, in which they accepted conditions set by a state, that have nothing to do with diplomacy and violate the sovereignty of Romania, invoking this pretext of seeking to remove a possible exercise of the veto right during the process of Romanias accession to the OECD. I am not talking about other and other deals made far from the public eye, that could be seen in the statements of some Hungarian officials, such as the statement that all the gas to be extracted from the Black Sea will be purchased by a neighbouring state as if that gas had been a resource available to another state than Romania. I strongly condemn this unconstitutional, illegal behaviour, against the national interest, of some PSD representatives who hold the majority and trampled on law, and turned an institution of the Romanian state that must defend the rights of citizens into an institution at the mercy of PSD, making decisions based on the political colour of those at the helm of the institution. Thank you! 2020-05-20 21:21:00