RSS - Guvernul României Guvernul Românieiro-ROParticiparea premierului Florin Cîțu la dineul oficial de închidere a evenimentelor organizate la București cu prilejul Anului European al Căilor Ferate Știri din 17.09.2021 21:47:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la deschiderea lucrărilor Congresului UDMRȘtiri din 17.09.2021 12:23:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de schimbare a denumirii Sălii Mari a Teatrului Național „I.L.Caragiale” București în Sala Ion CaramitruȘtiri din 16.09.2021 15:24:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții companiei OMV PetromȘtiri din 16.09.2021 12:23:00 de vedere al Guvernui referitor la dosarul de soluționare a conflictului juridic de natură constituțională dintre Parlamentul României, pe de o parte, și Guvernul României, pe de altă parteȘtiri din 15.09.2021 16:03:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul energiei, ministru interimar al economiei, antreprenoriatului și turismului, Virgil Popescu, ministrul muncii și protecției sociale, Raluca Turcan, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 15 septembrieȘtiri din 15.09.2021[CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. We had today on the Cabinet meeting two ordinances in the first lecture, but I am sure we will debate them over the next period. Ministers of Labor, and Energy and Economy will come up with details. First of all, I discussed a draft emergency ordinance that establishes that public welfare institutions employees will have to provide proof of vaccination, or contrary, present a negative Covid test result, or that they went through Covid. This is a draft ordinance in the first reading. We have here more details that the Minister will present. The second topic, the second ordinance in the first lecture, compensating energy and gas prices, we had a very good discussion at today's Cabinet meeting. I mandated the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance to come up with a final form. I would like the form to be completed, as well as the scheme with solutions to compensate non-household clients. Until now, I have spoken about household clients. I would also like to talk about non-household clients, especially SMEs. The Ministry of Labor must be involved because it is about compensating household consumers and we are thinking of how to do this in the simplest possible way. Also in the Government sitting today, we had discussions on capping the gas prices. I introduced this topic into the debate in the Government. Mr Minister, together with the Competition Council, will also discuss with the European Commission. There are several options were considering, but we wanted to have this option as well. We are looking for the best solutions for this period in which gas and energy prices have gone up, for household and non-household consumers, especially until March 31. We also discussed a medium-term draft law which I discussed with Minister, to see how we boost production capacity, connectivity, as there are in fact the solutions to see smaller prices in the medium and long term. We are coming with solutions for winter. These are the two emergency ordinances I wanted to present to you, and which we long debated in the Cabinet meeting. The two Ministers are here, will give details afterwards. If there are questions for me, at this moment. Reporter: Good afternoon! Give us more details about gas prices capping. Is it an option that you further follow? Florin Ciţu: I have started looking at this solution too, we already have solutions for compensation, and we wanted to make sure that non-household clients and household clients, therefore, SMEs and individuals will not pay the whole bill this winter, and we will have to think what is the simplest form, for people not to be compelled to fill in so many forms. As regards capping the gas price, I want us to look at this solution, but to me, it is important not to distort very much the market, because, when we introduce such measure, you distort the market, the motivation to invest, disappears for companies, and I want to see how we can take this measure, to be least invasive in the market, but we need to admit that there is a special situation requiring special measures. I think that the three Ministries will come up with a compensation solution for household and non-household clients by next week. Discussion about gas price capping, together, Ministry of Energy, Competition Council and the European Commission will discuss it. As you know, several EU countries are having talks with the European Commission on this issue. Reporter: At what level will they be capped... Florin Ciţu: We don't have these details yet. Let us take them one by one. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the President of the Senate notified the Constitutional Court, made the announcement today because you did not come with ministers' nominations in 5 days, as provided by the Administrative Code for the vacant portfolios. Under this procedure, please tell us why you did not make these proposals, apart from the fact that, we know, the interim may take 45 days and how you comment on the approach taken by Anca Dragu? Florin Ciţu: I think that the president of the Senate wants to remove USR from the government because that is what she asks for in fact. The constitution is very clear and I understand that the President of the Senate says I have to come up with new nominations of ministers. If the configuration of the Government changes, there can be no ministers from USR PLUS. So the President of the Senate is telling us to remove USR from the government. Its a hilarious approach at least, but - good luck! Reporter: Hello! Today, Nelu Tătaru had some rather sharp statements regarding wave 4. First of all, he said that our country is taken by surprise, as in the case of wave 3, that attention should be redirected to a mandatory test or vaccination, to avoid overcrowding of intensive care beds. Why are we taken by surprise again, given that it was an anticipated wave a few months ago and we already knew that the vaccination campaign did not go well during this period? Florin Ciţu: The interim Minister of Health assured me that there are already an extra 200 beds, from the moment he took over this mandate. You know very well that I said, right at the end of wave 3, that I do not want anything to change in terms of COVID beds and ICU sections. I found out, of course, afterwards that they changed, there are fewer beds than before. Minister Cseke has the same mandate from me, for ICUs to have1600 beds as fast as possible. Of course, all resources, as we have done so far, will be allocated to the Ministry of Health, if needed. The Budget Law states very clearly that the Health Ministry can reallocate resources within the ministry if there are expenses for vaccination. For example, if 400 million lei remain unspent, the amount will be allocated to carry on the vaccination campaign through family doctors; this amount could have been redirected to something else. At the same time, I have made sure that payment will be made this week for vaccination centres, payment will be made on time and we will continue to do so in the next period. Reporter: So you were basically saying that the system is not unprepared, but simply not enough people have been vaccinated? Florin Cițu: No ... I have always said that there should be 1,600 beds, we are not there, and the Minister will make sure that there will be 1,600 beds. But the minister has just taken over this ministry, will correct if there are problems, he will correct them in the shortest possible time. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I wanted to ask you about the certificate ... Government sources said that it will be approved today. Have you changed your mind about ...? Florin Cițu: No. Reporter: Or when is it to be approved and, especially, if it is extended to restaurants, for example, so that they can receive more customers, for cafes or just for private events, such as weddings, baptisms? Florin Cițu: Firstly, the CNSU [National Committee for Emergency Situations] Decision has to be adopted, for then to be a government decision in the government session. The direction we are going towards is the following: I dont want to close economic activities over 3 per thousand anymore and then, for these activities to remain open, we must have a form of monitoring. The green certificate, especially that now it can be checked through that QR code, is very simple, is one of the proposals for these activities to remain open, but on the basis of a green certificate. So, restaurants can remain open on the basis of a green certificate, its a proposal, we see if it will be approved in the CNSU. The idea is, of course, we will speak after of restaurant staff; for example, they must wear a mask at all times, so there are a few conditions, but we are starting from the basic idea that we dont want to shutter economic activity at over 3 per thousand. Now we have a vaccine, we have a way to check if someones been vaccinated, if they were tested or if they went through the disease, so we have this green certificate. Its a way to maintain the economy open, but, at the same time, to maintain certain rules. Reporter: But this proposal - regardless of the incidence rate? Florin Cițu: I said over 3 per thousand incidence rate. Reporter: Only over 3 per thousand. Florin Cițu: Over 3 per thousand, yes. Reporter: And, if you allow me a clarification to my colleagues question: how many places, how many beds are currently available at ICUs across the country and in Bucharest? Florin Cițu: Mr Minister told me that he had increased the number of beds by 200. I know there were 864, so there should be over 1,000 beds available right now. I get the analysis at 3:00 pm every day and Ill see then. Reporter: Do you know the situation in Bucharest? Florin Cițu: Yesterday, I think that there were 20 vacant beds in Bucharest, but you realize that things are changing, as every day, vacant beds add to them, so, there are vacant beds. You should know that we should not speak about ICU beds, we should discuss the vaccination campaign. In order not to need extra ICU beds, people should get vaccinated, it is the only solution. We can further allocate resources to have ICU beds, COVID sections and so on, or use the green certificate. We solve the issue through vaccination, it is the only solution to get rid of the pandemic if we want to do so as soon as possible. Reporter: But speaking of vaccination, will we see in the next period other emergency ordinances by which, for example, doctors, teachers would be required to either get vaccinated or tested periodically? Also by emergency ordinance? Florin Ciţu: Yes, we are going in this direction. Well see what the best measure is. Clearly, we will ask for testing. I understand that 70% of the medical staff is already vaccinated, but we want them to be tested at least. Well see the best option. Now, the discussion is about the normative act that will be taken over. We have this emergency ordinance today, some measures, we will see later. Reporter: So also by emergency ordinance. That was the question. Florin Ciţu: It is an ongoing discussion. Reporter: Tested on their money? Florin Ciţu: At the moment, this is the option. Reporter: I would like to ask you about the separate opinions of the presidents of the two chambers on that notification sent to the Constitutional Court. You have certainly seen what happened in the Parliament, we also have an opinion of Mrs Dragu and the opinion of Mr Orban sent to the Constitutional Court, not those of the Parliament, basically. How was this difference seen from here, from the government and how does PNL see it, I would ask you. Florin Ciţu: From my point of view, the Constitution must be observed and we will see what the Constitutional Court rules. Reporter: So says Mr Orban. Florin Ciţu: We will see, and then we will go to the Constitutional Court, which will decide who observes the Constitution. Reporter: And a little clarification. Mr Nazare said that when there were discussions on PNRR, you did not take him to the negotiations. I mean, he was in Brussels, but he didnt go to negotiations with you. Did that happen, or exactly what happened during those discussions, that he didnt participate in? He made a statement. Florin Ciţu: I have nothing to comment on here, I really have nothing to comment on. I am sorry. You didnt say anything then, it seems strange to me to complain about something after many months when you didnt say anything then. Thanks. Reporter: The only way out of this political crisis at the moment could be resolved by President Klaus Iohannis, with a tete-a-tete discussion. This is the statement made today by the PNL president, Ludovic Orban. Have you had such a discussion with the President or do you consider that such a discussion is necessary in order to get out of this crisis? Florin Ciţu: The president decides if he wants to have a discussion and with who. I said that the solution was a very simple one: a minister of justice, right away, who would do his job and not obstruct the governmental act. It wasnt that solution. Very well. There was another solution - withdrawing the censure motion. This did not happen either. Well see later what the solutions are on the table in the future. Reporter: Would it be a solution for you, to solve the current political crisis, to stand down from the Governments helm? Florin Ciţu: Never. I am not an irresponsible person. To plunge Romania into chaos, to leave Romania without a Government on the eve of winter, when we already have, as you see, so many problems - the fourth wave (of the COVID-19 pandemic), we have the energy price, the discussion on the minimum wage will follow, the budget for next year. To plunge Romania into chaos - I am not irresponsible, I will not do this. I see the Dragnea method being adopted by other colleagues, but it will never be adopted by me. Reporter: A few clarifications on another topic, please. Regarding the green certificate for attending events, if you can tell us at least when it could enter into force, given that there are people who have events scheduled in the next period and we see that more and more localities are quarantined. Florin Ciţu: Next week, at the latest. Reporter: Will it be adopted in the Government? Florin Ciţu: Yes, yes. Reporter: You also mentioned the restaurants, and also that you do not want to close the businesses, but we are going in the direction that other states have gone. In Italy, for example, this certificate is required on public transport means. And, if so, when do we have a decision on this subject? Florin Ciţu: I said, this week, we will have more discussions, especially with INSP, with the Ministry of Health, to see what the best formula is. I tell you my preference: as I said in terms of school, that I want it to have in-person attendance, to find the measures so that we have schools with in-person -attendance, so I tell you that I do not want to close the economy, even before the wave 3, we will keep the economy open. It is one of the options. We need to come up with this decision as soon as possible so that people know exactly what the measures are for when we exceed a certain threshold or 3 per thousand. Reporter: You said that people will pay the cost of testing from their pockets... Florin Ciţu: Regarding this option, in first lecture. Reporter: Many people cannot pay as the tests have to be done weekly. Florin Ciţu: This option is in first lecture, it means we keep on debating, waiting for other solutions from elsewhere. Reporter: Would the solution be that state defrays ...? Florin Ciţu: The state provides free vaccination. It is free and non-mandatory vaccination in Romania. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, in August, you had a meeting with ANRE, Energy Minister, Competition Council /.../, and you gave assurances that you will not cap prices. You said that we will not cap prices, but you will complete a short - term solution, that of compensating bills, that will happen next week, as you said. Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: What has happened so far? Has any connection with PSD that initiated a draft law on capping the prices or it announced that it will initiate? Florin Ciţu: No, it has no connection. PSD has copied it. Many of the measures promoted by PSD are copied after ours. No. It is what I can see at the European level. There are six EU countries that mentioned capping on prices. If prices are capped in all EU countries, it would be odd that we remain the country with the highest price and bear all costs in this market, then, it is not a free market anymore. If there are countries that cap their prices, Romania cannot simply look at them. That is the difference between then and now. (...) 2021-09-15 15:26:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la manifestările prilejuite de aniversarea a 190 de ani de existență a Spitalului Universitar de Urgență Militar Central „Dr. Carol Davila”Știri din 15.09.2021 13:10:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 14.09.2021 15:06:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la evenimentul de prezentare a proiectului de act normativ pentru implementarea Programului Național de Suport pentru Copii “Din grijă pentru copii”, împreună cu consilierul de stat Mădălina TurzaȘtiri din 14.09.2021 PRESS RELEASE - Caring for Children - the largest Program dedicated to the children's emotional health and safety, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic 48 percent of children and parents experienced anxiety, often along with situations of aggressiveness, emotional disorders, depression, eating or sleeping disorders, abuse or neglect, screen addiction, phobias, (cyber) bullying, suicide attempts or substance use during the COVID-19 pandemic [1]. Criminal offences with 8,122 child victims were reported during 2020, whereas, in the first 7 months of 2021, criminal offences with 5,111 child victims [2] were reported. A Europol report (2020) outlined that Eastern Europe has become a source of online child abuse and/or exploitation material produced during the pandemic at the global level, because of travel restrictions and excessive internet use. In order to address these issues, the Romanian Government has initiated, for the first time, the National Child Support Program- CARING FOR CHILDREN, in the context of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The priorities of this program are: Protection of childrens mental and emotional integrity by establishing assessment and intervention mechanisms to ensure their mental health during the COVID-19 and post-pandemic period; Development of multidisciplinary prevention and intervention mechanism in case of physical, sexual and emotional abuse within the family, and institutional, community and online framework. Romania thus becomes one of the first European countries to place on the public agenda of priorities the dimension of childrens psycho-emotional health, but also their safety, in the context of the new types of threats to which they are exposed. The program represents an innovative approach of national legislation, given that its measures address in a cross-cutting way two major issues regarding children, in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic, namely the children psycho-emotional support and safety: 70,000 hours of psychological counselling and psychotherapy for children identified with psycho-emotional disorders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The topics like psycho-emotional education, emotions management, online safety are included by the Ministry of Education in the school curriculum; Training sessions will be provided for at least 7,000 specialists in the field of emotions and relationship management, methods of identification and intervention in disruptive psycho-emotional situations. Skills training module in the psycho-emotional field for teachers, at the level of masters studies in teaching; School inspectors designated for the inclusion and psycho-pedagogical support management, Hearing rooms established in each county for child victims of criminal offences, An integrated computer system developed for the intuitive analysis and sorting of images and videos of potential abusive nature for children, which will substantially streamline the component of combating child pornography and online minors' exploitation and abuse, Implementing a real-time alert mechanism for missing children, Creating a single national emergency number for child-related emergencies, Development of the resource platform dedicated to children, specialists and parents. It will contain specialized materials drawn up by professionals in the field, as well as guidelines and procedures. The program spans 2 years and will have a budget of almost 6 million euros. This was one of the largest participatory construction processes, coordinated at the level of the Government, and I genuinely deem as important the fact that the beneficiaries of the proposed measures, namely the children, were actively involved, stated Prime Minister Florin Cițu. The program has the necessary data to be a starting point and a model of how to develop collaboratively and quantifiably a national public policy that reforms and updates areas that have not been addressed for decades. We started this approach with the strong belief that we can change the paradigm in the complex field of advancing the wellbeing of our children - State Advisor Mădălina TURZA More information The Interministerial Committee for the Development of the National Child Support Program- CARING FOR CHILDREN, in the Context of the COVID 19 Pandemic, completed its technical sessions in late August. For three months, dozens of experts, psychologists, psychiatrists, students and parents have contributed to the development of one of the largest programs dedicated to the wellbeing of children and families. The committee was set up by Prime Minister Florin Cițu's decision and was coordinated by State Advisor Madalina TURZA and is aimed at drawing up the draft Emergency Ordinance for the adoption of the Program. The ordinance is currently under endorsement procedure. Members of the Committee and the technical working groups: Presidential Administration, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Investments and European Projects, Ministry of Finance, Special Telecommunications Service, General Inspectorate of the Romanian National Police, National Agency for Payments and Social Inspection, National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions, National Agency for Equal Opportunities, National Anti-Drug and Mental Health Center, Romanian College of Psychologists, Romanian Social Workers National College, National Federation of Associations of Parents, National Council of Students, National Union of County Councils of Romania, Association of Municipalities in Romania, Association of Communes in Romania, Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, The Romanian Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions , ProActa Edu Association, Transilvania College, General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection Sector 6, eLiberare Association, Save the Children, UNICEF Romania. For further information about the program, please contact State Advisor in the PM Chancellery Mădălina Turza, at the telephone number: 0737545955 [1] Save the Children Romania, The Impact of the Pandemic on the Emotional Well-Being of Children - Data from the Case of the Save the Children Romania Counseling Centers, Bucharest, May 2021, p. 11. [2] Ministry of Internal Affairs, Statistical data on Violence against Children, 2020. *** Remarks by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the presentation event of the draft normative act for the implementation of the National Program Caring for children [Check against delivery] Good afternoon. I am pleased to announce that Romania is one of the first countries in the world to come up with applied solutions to children in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. The works of the committee for the drawing up of the National Child Support Program, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Caring for children have been completed, and the emergency ordinance that will substantiate this program is to be adopted by the Government. I think it will be adopted next week. I congratulate State Advisor Mădălina Turza for having succeeded in keeping things moving and she will provide you with all the details. It is a draft that I care about a lot and I am happy that we managed to have it in such a short time. As I have always said, the best solutions are put forward by specialists. The measures in this program are the result of dozens of meetings of the technical working groups that brought to the same table experts from public institutions and civil society, as well as representatives of parents and children. That is why I am confident that the draft is a very good one and will be a success. It was one of the amplest participatory construction processes, coordinated at the Government level, and what seems genuinely important is the fact that children, the beneficiaries of the measures proposed, have been actively involved in this process. I have said several times that the health of Romanians is a priority, and this program attaches special attention to the psycho-emotional health of children. It is all the more important in the context we are in, the pandemic, the restrictions, the isolation, all these have affected the little ones, and the effects can extend in the medium and long term, which is why the program comes at a more than appropriate time: children will have access to free psychological services where needed. On the other hand, specialists and parents will have access to training and resources to manage the psycho-emotional needs of children. I would like to point out that the program includes not only measures related to increasing the resilience of children, but also to increasing the capacity to intervene in cases of violence against children. We will have the latest solutions to fight online crime against children. Out of care for children, Romania will have a high-performance computer system, with cyber forensics programs for analyzing, sorting, profiling and decrypting abusive online materials. I think this dimension of the draft is very important, given that more and more children are familiar with the online environment, children must always be protected, everywhere. As I have said at the beginning, you can find out more details about this program from my colleague, State Advisor, Mădălina Turza. 2021-09-14 12:25:00Întâlnirea de lucru a premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții ENELȘtiri din 14.09.2021 12:21:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia organizată cu prilejul Zilei PompierilorȘtiri din 13.09.2021 20:52:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia deschiderii noului an școlar la Colegiul Național Gheorghe LazărȘtiri din 13.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the opening ceremony of the new school year at the Gheorghe Lazar National College [Check against delivery] I am glad to see each other here, today, in person. Its up to us to stay that way all year. I trust that you will do everything in your power to continue with in person -attendance this year, for my part you have seen that it is the baseline scenario. Dear students, teachers, ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to mark the opening of the 2021-2022 school year here, at the Gheorghe Lazar National College in Bucharest. You wonder why I chose to be present at this high school, and not other. Beyond the students well-known achievements, and the director mentioned them again, your high school is the first in the Capital to assume, starting today, the start of a profound reform. From my point of view, it is extraordinary that you are choosing to implement a pilot program that means a 21st century curriculum model, a pilot program based on the coordinates defined in the Educated Romania project. Specifically, this programme means a teaching, learning, assessment process closer to the requirements of a modern education, genuinely focused on the student. We need to truly focus on developing relevant skills. Through this step, we define the beginning of a profound reform in the field of education in our country. The implementation of the pilot program will be continuously monitored by the Ministry of Education, and the models that prove to be successful will be proposed at national level. What you are doing as of today at the Gheorghe Lazar National College could, although I am confident they will, help entire generations. Of course, we will not stop here. In the next years, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan provides for the financing of the pilot project in 60 schools. I am very interested in reforming education and I know that we will succeed through the Educated Romania project. Precisely because we should not waste time, this week we will adopt and implement the programme. Educated Romania is the largest education reform project initiated and developed by the Presidential Administration, a project that represents the vision, the country strategy in the field of education in view of 2030. It is well - known that all these educational reforms have multiple funding sources - the PNRR, the state budget and European funds. Our stake in Education is not to do slightly something else, slightly differently or the same as before. Our strategic stake is to do differently, to do something else, namely, 21st century education for the 21st century Romania, that I am sure we all want, as I could see today, now, at the Gheorghe Lazar National College. Congratulations! 2021-09-13 14:04:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la videoconferința cu prefecții și cu reprezentanții Direcțiilor de Sănătate PublicăȘtiri din 12.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu at the videoconference with prefects and representatives of the Public Health Directorates [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! I wanted us to have this discussion, today, as the school year starts tomorrow and I wanted to make sure that you took all measures for tomorrow's festivities to be held in optimum conditions. That means in the simplest way to observe the joint order of the Ministry of Education and Health, which regulates the way these festivities take place, tomorrow: extended over an hour and a half at maximum, with mandatory mask-wearing. That would be the first condition. At the same time, tomorrow is important as we start the school year with in person - attendance and it is very important to place children's safety at the forefront of our preoccupations. This is why we should see today if there is something left to do. We have few exceptions for in-person - attendance in 11 localities, although, Minister, I understand that there is an additional one, there are five localities in Satu Mare, in this situation, two in Arad, one in Salaj, one in Dolj, one in Teleorman. If your information is different, please detail it, as 2,400 pupils will be compelled to start school in the online system. Not only tomorrow matters but children's safety every day. I would like to maintain this in-person - attendance this year and this is why we need to make sure that the rules we have established, are observed on a daily basis. The Public Health Directorates should have the masks in stocks and these masks should reach schools. We have enough masks at this moment, if necessary, we will supplement the stocks. At the same time, another situation should be solved as soon as possible. As far as I know, there are currently 253 schools that fail to observe the hygiene safety measures. Most of them are in Dolj - 36, Arad -33, Bucharest -28, and in Buzau. This situation should be resolved as fast as possible. There are still 53 schools that did not have cleaning, hygiene and disinfection materials provided. They are in Damboviţa, Giurgiu, Timişoara and Bucharest. Same, you should solve this situation as fast as possible. And there are 139 schools that have issues concerning their heating systems in Bacău, Timişoara, Hunedoara and Constanţa. The cold season will come and we cannot keep the children in such conditions. This situation needs to be remedied as soon as possible. As for the epidemiological situation, you know very well, unfortunately, that we are on an upward trend. There are several counties where the situation is already worrying and the incidence rate is higher than 2 per thousand. Bistriţa-Năsăud and Ilfov even reach 3 per thousand. Here, of course, we need to see what solutions we will take in the next period and how we ensure that all measures are observed. A brief mention - there were several discussions related to the departure of some prefects. I want it to be very clear - those who have taken over, have all the responsibility and I do not accept any excuse when it comes to child safety. There are two other things I would like to mention. There are weddings scheduled for the next period in areas where it is already clear that the incidence rate reached 3 per thousand. I would like us to make sure that these weddings are not cancelled and a green certificate should be used, if possible. People can no longer change their date from one week to another and then I would suggest, for weddings that are already scheduled in areas with rising incidence, that the green certificates should be used. And, at the same time, because we are all here today, I would like to talk a little bit about the ICU situation. There are already 600 people there. In the last report, 860 beds were available. I would like us to return as soon as possible to have 1,600 beds available at ICU departments. If my intervention is needed, you tell me, but I know very well that we can reach 1,600 beds. Id like you to tell me how and when to get there so that we are not unprepared. Therefore, two issues: for weddings, I would propose the green certificate and I want to see if, from your point of view, this is a solution; and to see when we can reach 1,600 ICU beds. So much for now. I only wait for statements from prefects or sub-prefects to point out where there are issues. Where there are not, it makes no sense to talk. We discussed it all the time. I want to know where these issues are, in what they consist and how we can find solutions. Thank you. 2021-09-12 13:33:00 de presă susținut de ministrul educației Sorin Cimpeanu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 10 septembrieȘtiri din 10.09.2021 20:43:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 9 septembrie, susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și de șeful Departamentului pentru Situații de Urgență, Raed Arafat, secretar de stat în M.A.I.Știri din 09.09.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. Today's Cabinet meeting was a special meeting, dedicated to the adoption of the Government Decision on extending the state of alert on Romanian territory for another 30 days. We are still in the pandemic, we see that the number of people infected with COVID-19 is growing every day, and therefore, we maintain the state of alert. Further details will be presented by Secretary of State Arafat. There are no changes compared to what we have had so far, except that regarding the antigen tests, we extend their validity from 24 to 48 hours. Mr Arafat will explain the details. I had a discussion in the Cabinet meeting with the interim Minister of Health, and Mr Arafat, we need to be prepared to increase the number of beds in ICU, to return slowly, gradually, to what we had in winter, and to speed up the vaccination campaign. To make sure that the vaccination centres have functional flows and will remain so in the future. Now that we have had the budget revision approved, we need to make sure - and we have talked to the Ministry of Health - that payments will be made to the staff at the vaccination centres as soon as possible because we need everyone in this period. We will further have talks with Mr Arafat and Mr Cseke Attila, interim Minister of Health, in the next days, and I think that on Saturday, we will have a discussion with the prefects on the start of the school year, and with DSU and DSP staff to see how we can best prepare it. In the same Cabinet meeting, we approved decisions on removal from office and appointment of prefects. Here are the details: there are 42 decisions, 14 prefects and 28 subprefects, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs will issue 14 ministerial orders to take over responsibilities. We do not appoint other prefects or sub-prefects, responsibilities will be taken over, the situation remains the same, just like with the secretaries of state, no one is appointed in those offices, vacancies remain and some of the responsibilities will be taken over. If there are questions, one question at a time, please. The Educated Romania Ministerial Committee is underway and I need to get there. Tomorrow, you know, we have the government decision on implementing the Educated Romania program. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, who exactly will take over the duties of these prefects, in the situation where we are in a pandemic and the prefects have played an important role? Florin Ciţu: Subprefects. Reporter: And why dont you make other appointments? Florin Ciţu: At this moment we do not make other appointments, the sub-prefects took over, they were also involved in this campaign every day and know exactly the situation. Reporter: Both you and your party colleagues mentioned the vaccination campaign and said that the culprits for the fact that the vaccination campaign no longer works during this period, are those from USR PLUS. However, at the moment we know that CNCAV deals with the vaccination campaign, and this is under your authority. Florin Ciţu: We should look for solutions, not culprits. I said from the first moment that I would like everyone to get involved in the vaccination campaign. I find it hilarious to be in a government and say that this vaccination campaign because it is coordinated by the prime minister, belongs to the prime minister. No, it is our vaccination campaign, of all of us and we should all be in. What I said is that the vaccination campaign will be difficult in the next period, when a party like USR legitimizes an anti-vaccination party and brings it to the stage of politics in Romania and legitimizes it. It will be very difficult to convince the Romanians that the message of the anti-vaccinists is not a dangerous one when they stand next to those who until yesterday were in the ruling act. I said that the next period will be a difficult one, but this does not stop us. We should further understand: the only solution to overcome the pandemic is vaccination. We have no other solution, therefore, we should get vaccinated. We have all the vaccine doses, we have the flows ready, so that everyone, the staff can be paid on time. We will use all the methods. The programs that we have already agreed with our former colleagues from USR will go on, also the one with the lottery, and the one with the incentive systems. I agreed with them, we will not stop them, because they are all important. (...) 2021-09-09 15:11:00Ședința de guvern din 9 septembrieȘtiri din 09.09.2021 15:00:00 de soluționare a conflictului juridic de natură constituțională dintre Parlamentul României, pe de o parte, și Guvernul României, pe de altă parteȘtiri din 08.09.2021 16:25:00 premierului Florin Cîţu la inaugurarea Palatului de Justiție PrahovaȘtiri din 08.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu following his participation in the inauguration of the Palace of Justice in Ploiesti [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: I have come here to inaugurate this beautiful Palace of Justice. It has an odd story that everybody told it, which should never happen in the term of this government, waiting 20 years or more to build this space. Judiciary deserves such premises everywhere in Romania, and you could see in this budget too, each time, we will ensure the necessary resources to continue the ongoing investment projects and the future ones, in connection with the judiciary. If there are questions, some brief questions. Reporter: In connection with the notification? Florin Cițu: I think it is being submitted in these moments. Reporter: How much are you waiting for an answer? Florin Cițu: From who? Reporter: From CCR? Florin Cițu: CCR decides. We see when the response is coming. We submit today the notification. I think the office is dealing with it. Reporter: Linked to the need to increase the minimum salary. Can you give us more details, a certain percent, and what would be that percent? Florin Cițu: You know very well that I have said each time that it should be a transparent formula to take into account the economic background, and it should be a decision we take and we do not change every year. We had two objectives in yesterday's discussion and both have been attained: first - the minimum salary is no longer a political instrument and both employers and trade unions agreed, secondly - surprisingly, the proposal of increasing the minimum salary came first from employers. Therefore, it was easy to agree on the need to raise the minimum salary. There is a not too big percentage difference between employers and trade unions, and of course, after we agree on the formula to be used every year, we will adopt the decision too. Reporter: Can you tell us the percentage? Florin Cițu: 8 percent- employers, and 10 percent - the others. I say we can get along. Reporter: What is the current situation of the Government? Will there be a problem with PNRR? Florin Cițu: No, no problem. Things are going very well. Romanians need to know that the government is moving forward. Interim ministers will take over the ongoing projects. I have been involved from day one in PNRR, I have had talks with the European Commission through the minister and directly, we are on the home stretch, and I will make sure that this month the PNRR is approved. The other investment projects have been delayed due to animosities inside the coalition and we could not approve the budget revision. Once we have approved the budget revision, all these projects will move forward. All I can tell you is that all the reforms, including PNRR, and it is about the pension reform, the public pay reform, the public administration reform, Educated Romania project - we have already started working on it and on Friday we will have the first relevant decision of the government - everything goes on. Nothing stops. Reporter: Is Mr Orban likely to be excluded from the party as you said that it happens with those who act against the government? Florin Cițu: It is not about Mr Orban here, but about PNL members, PNL lawmakers who are there, and who have been voted because they were on PNL lists. From my point of view, it is not acceptable to take any step to bring down the government. Only PSD can do that, only Dragnea, I see that USR copied that method. Reporter: Is Mr Orban likely to be changed from office? Florin Cițu: We have not discussed this. Reporter: When does the vulnerable consumer law become effective? Florin Cițu: The vulnerable consumer law was approved yesterday and I am glad that, after I insisted for a month, the Parliament finally found the time for it. The law waited in the Romanian Parliament for several months, but there was no time for it. They voted it yesterday, finally. I want to see the exact details because I understood that there are some changes. We do have the resources, but this is not enough. The vulnerable consumer law is not enough for this winter. There are other measures to consider for the next period. Reporter: Is the gigacalory price cut this year or stays the same this year too? Florin Cițu: We will see all decisions, all packages for this winter. This is why I tell you that it is an important situation. Romanians should know that the government is running well. We need to manage a pandemic. I am disappointed that a health minister can leave a ministry without leadership in the midst of a pandemic when we already have 2,000 cases of infection and more than 400 people in ICU, but thats it. Were moving on. I asked Mr Nelu Tataru to be an honorary adviser to take over and manage this situation. We have to manage a pandemic, we have the energy prices, we will work on it too, there are many things to address: minimum salary, etc. The government carries on, we are responsible. Reporter: Can you please tell us if it is suitable for Mr Orban to delegate his responsibilities as Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies? Florin Cițu: It was suitable to do it in the BPR(Reunited Political Bureau) meeting when he voted against it. Thank you. 2021-09-08 16:04:00țiunea premierului Florin Cîţu la şedinţa de lucru pentru implementarea proiectului e-FacturareȘtiri din 08.09.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! I wanted to have this meeting on E-billing to see the progress achieved so far. I said that this month, this project is kicking off, I understand that we have a demo, which we are still working on so that it can be presented publicly. I understand that the next steps are like this: on September 15, the program will go into production, but it should undergo testing and, after that, it must be live starting October 1. I would like to reiterate the message that I have said every time, that it is an important project, it will help largely eliminate tax evasion, I think it should not be said again, but it is part of the digitalization of public administration. I must admit here that things are not advancing as they should. The digitalization of the public administration is ongoing, last year, there were moments when we could have achieved more progress, but as you can see, we have been encountering all kind of obstacles. Regarding this project, I expect you to see where these barriers are, we should identify and remove them in order to conduct the entire digitalization of public administration. We have important resources in PNRR for the ANAF digitalization, and it is important for the team working here, on E-billing, to get ready to implement the systems you proposed in PNRR, resources are coming, there will be money in advance, you know it very well. I think that regarding taxation, digitalization is the first priority. We do not make any changes concerning taxes, we do not want to do anything in this field, all the other things are not as much a priority. Digitalization, if we manage in this term of office, to digitalize 100 percent the way the companies, citizens are working with tax administration, you will see that on one hand, you will enjoy the appreciation of citizens, on the other hand, tax evasion will be reduced. I have repeatedly talked about the benefits of E-billing. From my point of view, these are two: reducing tax evasion and the ease with which the economic agents work with the Romanian state so that we can eliminate that image with files and the relationship to be much simpler. We already have the SAF-T (n.n. Standard Audit File for Tax), which means a preliminary audit system conducted remotely. So, things are moving forward, its all right, but we have to speed things up. Let everyone understand, so on the 15th, the program will undergo testing for B2G (n.n. business to government), and after that, from October 1st, it goes live. And then of course comes the development of the system at the end of the year. All right. Then lets talk about it and you will have to update me to see the current state of the project and what we should do by the 15th if there is anything left to do. Thank you! 2021-09-08 11:32:00 Victoria, iluminat în roșu de Ziua Mondială a Conștientizării DuchenneȘtiri din 07.09.2021 17:57:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la reuniunea Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 07.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu and the Minister of Labour and Social Protection Raluca Turcan at the beginning of the meeting of the Tripartite National Committee for Social Dialogue [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: I am glad to see each other and to start discussions early, this year, on an important topic, the minimum salary in Romania, and we do have time until December, which is the usual deadline for this, to find the ideal formula we can all agree with. You know very well that we need to find a formula to apply in the future too, one to be predictable, I care a lot about this. At the same time, we need to find a dynamic of the minimum salary that takes into account economic growth, the needs of Romanians, and prospects for the future. Therefore, I think we can already hear today everyone's opinions on the matter, the Ministry of Labour and the employers unions, and also the trade unions, after which I would like to have a clear timetable, to know exactly how much time do we have, starting today. I would like us to agree, I dont know, that we will meet again for this at the end of October, to decide the minimum salary, or maybe we can meet earlier, lets decide this together. It is clear that we are changing things. Minister, you have the floor. Raluca Turcan: Thank you very much, Mr Prime Minister. Good afternoon to all! We also have had consultations before this formal meeting of the Tripartite National Committee for Social Dialogue. I think that it is a good thing that we see each other in this format, as there is a general conclusion at the level of the society that the current level of the minimum salary is insufficient and that it needs to be increased, but this increase should be sustainable and lead to a real increase in the quality of life. Therefore, much we anchor the increase in the minimum salary in economic indicators and we take this decision in a more predictable way, more the business sector will focus on supporting the increase in the salary level. Therefore, there are currently two perspectives- one presented by the trade union, the other by the employers. Obviously, the Ministry of Labour has its institutional projections. So far, we have approached, in the past 2 years, you know it very well because you were Minister of Finance, this increase of the minimum salary based on 3 indicators to which a correction coefficient has been added, and these indicators, basically show the current economic situation of the country. We speak of the inflation rate, the productivity rate and the increase in the average gross earnings. Beyond these indicators, a correction coefficient related to the economic growth is also needed to lead us to a calculation formula of the minimum salary to meet the requirements that we all committed to meet. It is important today to listen to the proposals of our social partners and then to prepare a formula to be debated and announced when completed. Florin Cițu: Thank you, Minister. 2021-09-07 16:45:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 7 septembrieȘtiri din 07.09.2021 [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! In todays Cabinet meeting, we approved the budget revision for 2021 - the first budget revision this year. Some important elements: the revision is based on a re-evaluation of the Gross Domestic Product in the light of the information we had even today regarding economic growth; Gross Domestic Product now has a nominal value of 1.17 billion, compared to 1.11 billion at the beginning of the year. In this respect, I would like to remind you, or we should all remember, that in the first part of the year, investments had a major contribution to GDP growth. I dont think there has been such a contribution in another year. I think that in the second quarter, we had a contribution of over 5% of economic growth, five percentage points, in fact, which shows that investments are the engine of economic growth. The real growth estimate we had at the beginning of the year, is changing, now we are going on an estimate of 7% compared to an initial estimate of 4.3%. The consolidated general budget deficit, in absolute terms, increases from 80 billion to 83.8 billion and it represents a budget deficit of 7.13% of GDP, as a percentage. We allow ourselves a small decrease compared to the initial budget deficit, as we have a higher nominal GDP. This is because I saw that the world does not understand the two differences and thus, they need to be explained. The revenues of the general consolidated budget increase on the balance with the amount of 15.5 billion lei, of which 13.4 billion lei are revenues from the domestic economy and 2.1 billion lei revenues from European funds. The general consolidated budget expenditure increased on the balance by 18.77 billion lei. And here lets take a look at where this expenditure comes from. This budget revision includes allocations to support the health sector, in the amount of 4.5 billion lei, taking into account the additional expenditures generated by the COVID pandemic, as well as the continuation of investment projects at the central and local level, an additional 6.6 billion lei, but also ensuring the necessary amounts for the active measures taken by the government during the state of alert. You know very well those active measures that we have taken: furlough, etc. Investment expenditure in this revision increase by 6.6 billion lei, reaching a record amount in the last 30 years, 69.7 billion lei, 5.9% of GDP, by 14 . 7 billion lei more than in 2020. So, the amount we allocate for investments at this revision this year compared to last year is higher by 14.7 billion lei. This amount of 14.7 billion lei, in previous years, representing the entire amount invested throughout the year. Also, the impact of the temporary measures, included in the budget for 2021 regarding this revision determined by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, are in the amount of 7.4 billion lei or 0.63% of GDP. Before I discuss the amounts allocated to ministries, lets talk about this impact of the one-off measures, as we call them, which are 0.63% of GDP - and here, the amounts needed to purchase vaccines against COVID-19 and materials needed for vaccination, as well as measures to stimulate vaccination are 2.1 billion lei. So these amounts can be found in this budget; we do not estimate that they will be in future budgets, that is why we say that they are one-off measures. Active measures to combat the effects created by the COVID-19 pandemic - 2.2 billion lei. The grant we give to the Company Complex Energetic Oltenia SA for the purchase of green certificates - so it produces energy, but it needs green certificates - 1.1 billion lei. State aid scheme for HoReCa - 1 billion lei. And there are smaller amounts: temporary measures for public information campaigns, overdue payments - 95 million lei, the amount that represents expenses necessary to conduct the general census of agriculture and population and housing - 323 million, reimbursement of expenses for election campaigns - 178 million is, I think, the whole amount. The first four ministries to receive the most money at this budget revision: the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Development, the Ministry of Investment, the Ministry of Transport. These are the first four ministries to receive the largest amounts in the budget revision. And now we go into detail: Ministry of Health - 3.7 billion lei. In terms of Health, after revision, the amounts are 3 billion lei more than in 2020. So compared to last year, when we were in the full pandemic, this year, we allocate extra 3 billion lei to healthcare and extra 4.4 billion lei than in 2019 and double compared to 2018. We are in an important year, in which we have allocated significant amounts to the Ministry of Health. Ministry of Finance - General Actions. We have seen that there is a great debate about the amount allocated for the Ministry of Finance - General Actions. I just want to tell you that so far, we have collected requests of one billion lei for the administrative-territorial units following this years floods. There are towns, villages, communes where roads, bridges, etc. are destroyed. and they ask us about one billion lei. And there are many such things there. The Ministry of Development and Public Works has an additional 2.3 billion lei: 2 billion for the National Local Development Program, 200 million lei for the National Program for Constructions of Public or Social Interest, etc .; Ministry of Education - additional 964 million lei; Ministry of Investments - additional 760 million lei; Transports - 660 million lei; Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests - 533 million. You will see the details in the budget revision. And an amount of 1.6 billion lei is allocated for the general centralized budget of the administrative-territorial units, you know very well this is allocated through formula, and the Program for Romania's schools registered savings of 63.7 million lei, calculated as the difference between the amounts allocated for this purpose by Law no. 15/2021 of the state budget for 2021. These are the details of the budget revision. In the Cabinet meeting, the amounts were supplemented for the cinema scheme, the amounts were reduced there; and for tourism, again, they were supplemented with eight million lei. (...) 2021-09-07 16:40:00Ședința de guvern din 7 septembrieȘtiri din 07.09.2021 16:16:00 Anuală a Diplomației RomâneȘtiri din 07.09.2021 Speech by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy (RADR) [Check against delivery] Dear Mr President, Ladies and gentlemen, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Dear representatives of the foreign diplomatic and consular corps accredited in Bucharest, Dear participants, I am glad to attend this meeting of Romanian diplomacy in a traditional format - a first for me. I am sure that the meeting that begins today will provide, as usual, an opportunity for substantial exchanges of ideas that will underlie your future actions. The world is undergoing profound changes, some of them hard to imagine some time ago. More than a year and a half after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still facing largely unpredictable challenges. The 2021 agenda themes respond to current challenges and I am sure they will contribute proactively to the topical debates. Ladies and gentlemen, I will further refer to the major themes within the strategic priorities of Romanias foreign policy, from the perspective of my responsibility as Head of the Romanian Executive. The fundamental landmarks of our foreign policy remain those laid out in the programme for government 2020-2024: increasing the role and influence of our country in the EU, and NATO respectively, along with deepening and developing the Strategic Partnership with the United States. The pandemic has once again shown that the solidarity of the EU Member States is vital in managing crises of broad scope. One thing is clear - no Member State could have dealt with the pandemic on its own, outside the framework provided by the European Union. Today, one of the most complex and important support tools ever outlined at the European level, PNRR, comes with a key message of commitment, unity and solidarity at the EU level. Meanwhile, the optimal functioning of the Schengen Area remain essential and, considering the objective of a more resilient Union, the importance of its reform also became as obvious as possible, which is why we maintain the objective of Romanias accession to this free movement area. As the theme of the Annual Meeting of the Romanian Diplomacy indicates, the effects of the pandemic brought to the fore an in-depth discussion about resilience, or, in other words, about the ability to respond and return to normalcy. In addition, as President Klaus Iohannis pointed out, strengthening the resilience of the European Union requires action both internally and externally, as the EU's resilience depends not only on the resilience of the institutions and the Member States but also on the resilience of its vicinities. We currently need to increase the capacity for anticipation, response and recovery. Resilience involves sustainable economic growth, defence against cyber threats, innovation capacity, sound health systems. It is also essential for us to identify, in the coming period, the vulnerabilities we are facing. After the approval of PNRR by the European Commission, which will happen soon, late this month, we have the responsibility of PNRR implementation, and the Romanian Government does not deviate from this objective. The PNRR and the European multiannual budget will allow us to channel these extraordinarily important resources into post-crisis reconstruction, but also in order to achieve the countrys medium and long-term development goals. Romanias growth and development must be based on robust and sustainable economic growth, jobs, measures to stimulate the business environment, especially the SMEs, as well as foreign investment. We must qualitatively and quantitatively increase the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' contribution, through actions of economic diplomacy, as well as the contribution of the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, through the network of economic attaches of the diplomatic missions. I desire we have an as efficient as possible economic diplomacy and we boost trade exchange with the widest range of foreign partners. Please attach special attention to the objective of increasing direct foreign investments in our country. Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, I am aware of the fact that climate change, digitalization, and new technologies are important topics that are also on the agenda of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, I welcome the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' future-oriented diplomatic activity, through increased prognosis and anticipation capability. I welcome the approach of these topics in this edition of the Annual Meeting of Romanian Diplomacy. One of the topical issues on the European agenda is increasing the ambition regarding reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and the ways to achieve this goal undertaken at the EU level. The proposals that the European Commission put forward earlier this summer, through the Fit for 55 package, are complex and require in-depth discussions. I appreciate the initiative to include the climate change theme in this years agenda of the Romanian Diplomacy Meeting. I also appreciate the step of launching a network of climate diplomacy within our embassies. It is a field that we need to include in every policy we are developing. Romania understands this need and is backing the European Unions efforts to combat the effects of climate change. At the same time, we are preoccupied with making sure that our steps towards green transition protect economic competitiveness and take into account the social consequences of this process which differs from state to state. I invite you, ambassadors, to pay close attention to this transformation and to the way the state in which you carry out our activity, manages the opportunities and challenges of the green transition. Last but not least, I invite Romanian diplomacy in the European space and in other key regions, to focus on technology diplomacy as well. I insist on the importance of attracting investments in Romania, as well as technological know-how. To this end, diplomacy needs to have a comprehensive approach meant to offer decision-makers an overview of both political developments and economic, social and technological trends in the country of residence. We want to know our potential partners, but also the potential competitors on a pool of resources that will be highly sought after in the next period. Therefore, your mission is to identify opportunities, to signal to us in a dynamic and anticipatory way those partners that Romania should attract. Together with our European partners, we must act strategically, including for increased resilience in a transatlantic context. NATO has made a major contribution to managing the effects of the pandemic, on at least two levels: preventing the transformation of the pandemic crisis into a security one and redesigning the geopolitical vision on the future of our strategic community, while maintaining the security guarantees that bind us. The outcomes of the NATO Brussels Summit held in June, confirmed our Allied commitment, primarily in terms of our position on the Eastern Flank and in the Black Sea region. Resilience has also become an increasingly relevant benchmark at the Allies level. From our perspective, the resilience of the EU-US Strategic Partnership and of each partner is also essential, along with the cooperation in complementarity between the EU and the North Atlantic Alliance. I would like to mention here, among our contributions, hosting in Bucharest the Euro-Atlantic Centre For Resilience, inaugurated in late May, a project in which Romanian diplomacy has played and continues to play an essential role. I cannot forget to mention the importance of the progress made in strengthening resilience among EUs Eastern partners. From this point of view, this is a journey that is also essential for the Republic of Moldova, where the new political situation is as favourable as possible. This is why I urge you to prepare the joint government meeting we will have in a short while so that it brings substantial results in what concerns the reform process that the new government in Chisinau committed to carry out. All in all, European vicinities from the Black Sea to Western Balkans and beyond that, must be considered as a priority in achieving our foreign policy objectives. Last but not least, we should focus more and more in this special context we are facing alongside European and Transatlantic partners, on strengthening ties and cooperation with like-minded states in the Asia - Pacific region. The main outcome of Romania's cooperation with states in the Asia - Pacific region was seen both in 2020, and 2021, in the context of the pandemic. We are glad that Romania is among the states with which countries like Australia, South Korea, India or Vietnam cooperated closely. I wish you good luck and the best possible outcome to this meeting and I express my support, as Prime Minister of Romania, for your activity at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the service of Romania's interests and the Romanian citizens. Thank you! 2021-09-07 13:09:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 07.09.2021 10:46:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia prilejuită de Rosh Hashanah, sărbătoarea Anului Nou Iudaic, organizată de Federația Comunităților Evreiești din RomâniaȘtiri din 06.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu at the ceremony occasioned by Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Chairman Vexler, Chairman Vainer, Chairman Orban, Vice Prime Minister Hunor, Chairman Ciolacu, Ladies and gentlemen, I am glad to be here today. It is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish people, and it is an honour for me to attend this celebration. This year's celebration is furthermore important as it marks the return to normality after a difficult period due to the pandemic. Israel has been and is an example in terms of vaccination: the authorities there have managed to carry out the fastest anti-COVID vaccination campaign, and now they are among the first countries to offer the third dose of vaccine to the population. The Romanian state is truly the friend of the Jewish people and of Israel, as I have said on several other occasions, it is important for our partnership to further develop. You know very well that I am interested in the cooperation between Romanian and Jewish companies. It is an important element, there are currently more than 130 joint projects which enjoy the participation of approximately 250 Israeli and Romanian companies. Furthermore, I know that there were more than 8,000 Israeli companies lately, in Romania. Therefore, predictability is the best strategy for a sustainable business environment. For the Government I am leading, ensuring and improving predictability is one of the main coordinates of an effective government. As already said, we will not increase taxes, we do not change rules in the middle of the game. Concerning this evening's celebration: I know that for you there will be a period of 10 days of repentance and reflection. It is a practice that can be helpful anytime and to anyone. Like any holiday, it is a time to reunite the family and to be close to your loved ones and please believe me that it is very important for us to be with our family as much as we can, so whether you like it or not, I will give you a piece of advice: spend time with your loved ones and make their presence a celebration for you and your presence a celebration for them. I wish - Shana Tova to you and to the millions of Jews worldwide! *** Statements by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu before the ceremony occasioned by Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good evening! Im glad to be here. It is a special evening for the Jewish community. Im so glad I was invited. Maybe I have time to taste Jewish food. Lets see how long I can stay. Reporter: What solutions for the government crisis did you find in the talks with the countrys president? Florin Ciţu: The solutions are the same that we presented from the first moment: the dialogue. I am still willing to continue the dialogue. I believe that only a right-wing coalition can lead Romania today, this coalition with which we set off. We just need to sit at the table and talk. Reporter: According to the sources, at 7:00 pm, the USR-PLUS ministers will resign. What do you think about it? Florin Ciţu: I cant comment on it, resignation is a unilateral decision. Reporter: Is there still room for dialogue if USR-PLUS resigns from the government? Florin Ciţu: There is always room for dialogue. Reporter: Can you further work with a minority government in Parliament? Florin Ciţu: We are not there yet. Well see if we get there. I believe that we can still have a right-wing coalition to govern Romania. Reporter: USR PLUS accuses you of a deal with the Social Democrats, who today somehow did not support their approach to the motion of censure, on the contrary, they rather acted in favour of the Liberals. Florin Ciţu: But if they backed it, was it a deal with USR, AUR if they supported the measure? In the end, it was a decision of the PSD group. I dont know what arguments were behind it. I stated it was sad to see coalition partners alongside AUR, an extremist party. Now I see that the coalition partners want to be with the PSD as well. I remember how we were together in the street against the justice laws amended by PSD. I think we need to stop making statements and sit down at the dialogue table because these statements do not do any good. Reporter: Do you think that time benefits you in terms of the motion of censure, regarding the debate of the motion of censure, given the elections inside the PNL? Florin Ciţu: The two have nothing to do with each other. Reporter: Are you ready with the budget revision? Are there any ministries dissatisfied with the budget? Florin Ciţu: Tomorrow, the budget revision will be approved. Reporter: Why did the reserve fund available to the government increase? Florin Ciţu: Because we have 850 million lei only for calamities, which we must earmark urgently, after the law or the emergency ordinance on budgetary rectification is approved, we will approve this GD that will allocate an important amount to the communities for the calamities following this years floods. Reporter: After a possible motion of censure, will you remain the presidents option for the position of prime minister? Florin Ciţu: Lets get there. We will see. Reporter: What did you convey to the president today? Florin Ciţu: We discussed the current situation and the conclusion is the same that the president said this weekend, which I also said, the only solution for Romania is a right-wing coalition, this right-wing coalition. Reporter: What can you offer USR PLUS to drop the motion so you can continue? Florin Ciţu: We have to go to the dialogue table and discuss. Only there, if we talk, can we find a solution. Reporter: A short question: if the ministers resign today, will you continue with the rectification at the Cabinet meeting tomorrow? Will you adopt it, even though they resign, if they resign? Florin Ciţu: Of course! Thank you very much! 2021-09-06 19:11:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu și de ministrul dezvoltării, lucrărilor publice și administrației, Cseke Attila, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 3 septembrie Știri din 03.09.2021 17:08:00ţii susţinute de ministrul educaţiei Sorin Cîmpeanu, la finalul Comitetului interministerial România Educată și a videoconferinţei cu prefecții și cu reprezentanții DSPȘtiri din 02.09.2021 16:10:00ța premierului Florin Cîțu cu prefecții și cu reprezentații Direcțiilor de Sănătate PublicăȘtiri din 02.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu and Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode, at the videoconference with prefects and representatives of Public Health Directorates [Check against delivery] Lucian Bode: Prime Minister, Presidential Adviser, Minister, Secretaries of State, prefects and subprefects, representatives of devolved institutions, dear guests, we meet as established upon our August 24 meeting, in an extended format this time, to address two important topics with major impact in the immediately following period: preparedness for the cold season, and status of the vaccination campaign and vaccination centres. Prime Minister, I inform you that attending the videoconference are representatives of Health Ministry, Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, coordinator of the vaccination campaign Valeriu Gheorghita, Heads of the Internal Affairs Ministry structures, prefects and subprefects. Prime Minister, please, take the floor. Florin Cițu: Thank you, Minister. Good afternoon! In fact, Minister, I would like to add one more topic. We had before the meeting of the Interministerial Committee on Educated Romania project, and I would like to add the start of the school year as a topic, as there is little time left until then and I want to make sure that we do our best for the school year to start in the best possible conditions. Minister and madam presidential advisor are also attending the videoconference. Therefore, we address first the start of the school year. I would like us to start with this and tackle the rest afterwards. In CNSU, you know very well that today, we approved the decision whereby the joint order establishing the unfolding of the school year was adopted. We are taking into account two scenarios here, and I want them to be clear for everyone: in localities in which the cumulative incidence rate over the past 14 days is smaller or equal with 6 per one thousand, in-person attendance is allowed in the case of nurseries, kindergartens and schools. I said from the outset that the basic scenario this year is in-person attendance, in case of up to 6 per one thousand cases incidence. Of course, it is very important to observe safety rules in the pandemic: mask-wearing indoors, using a disinfectant. There are other conditions set out in the aforementioned order. Over 6 to one thousand cases, students and pupils go online, and only those going to nurseries, kindergartens, respectively those from special education institutions attend physically the classes until their locality of residence is declared in quarantine, of course, if this measure is deemed necessary. Therefore, in-person attendance for no more than 6 per thousand cases incidence, above this, grades 1-12 go online, and everyone else goes with a physical presence until a locality is declared in quarantine. My message, both for the prefects and for the representatives of the DSPs: I am asking you to get seriously involved, to work together and make sure that all steps are taken for the educational process to run smoothly and with as little risk as possible. I am keen on having a school year with in-person attendance. It is very important that we do everything for the safety of the children. At the same time, as I have said every time, if you encounter problems, if you have problems in organizing this process, please raise them so that we can solve them as soon as possible; this is the role of these meetings, we will have another one next week, just before the start of the school year. The second topic I want to discuss today is vaccination. It is clear, we have a growing number of infected people and here we must be very careful. The vaccination campaign must carry on. What I want from you is to make sure that we have the vaccination capacity intact, not to close any vaccination centre, to offer this possibility to people to be vaccinated exactly as it has been until now. You need to get directly involved, as I said, both to maintain this vaccination capacity, but at the same time to inform people about the benefits of vaccination. Of course, the effort must be made especially in rural areas. All the information, all the necessary data about vaccination, how to get vaccinated, should be available to people, they should be able to make an informed decision. You know very well that vaccination is not mandatory in Romania. At the same time, of course, we must continue the information campaign on the benefits of vaccinating young people under 18 years of age. I repeat, we need to talk with the parents and inform them, give them all the answers to the questions they have about vaccination. Very important, again, for the representatives of the Police, and here, Mr Minister, you also have a very important role, you must check every case of falsification of the vaccination certificate. There were a few situations and thats why we have to take action. I know very well that you conducted some checks. I know, for example, that today, checks have been conducted in Dambovița County, you have other cases under investigation. Congratulations on todays action. It is very important for people to know that we do not tolerate, we have zero tolerance for those who falsify vaccination certificates; that must be very clear. Because whoever forges a vaccination certificate endangers the life of another person. So we have zero tolerance for those who do this. It is important to stop such situations, and any resources you need, you must ask them, but we must stop these networks immediately. And, of course, another important topic that we will discuss in the next meetings: preparing for the cold season. I do not accept any excuse this year. We know that the cold season is coming, we have to prepare from now on all the stocks for energy, snow removal materials and so on. So all stocks need to be prepared. There is no excuse to say that we did not know, that it took us by surprise. This year, the cold season has no way to take us by surprise, we need to start preparations now. Thats why I want everyone to be prepared, if they need something, they should say now, not in the middle of a snowstorm or other situation. So we need to say now what we need. You need to have discussions now with economic operators, make contracts, make sure you have all the stocks and I would like you to tell me what the situation is today, up to date. Thanks! Minister, I give you the floor. If there is anything else, I will intervene along the way. Thanks! 2021-09-02 15:31:00[1].jpgParticiparea premierului Florin Cîțu, alături de ministrul educației, Sorin Cîmpeanu, la reuniunea Comitetului interministerial pentru monitorizarea implementării Proiectului ”România Educată”Știri din 02.09.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu and Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu at the start of the meeting of the Interministerial Committee monitoring the implementation of the Educated Romania project [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. Welcome. I asked you to have this meeting today as I want to know exactly the progress in the implementation of Mr President's project which has been assumed by the Romanian Government, the Educated Romania project. You know very well that we undertook to start implementing it on September 10. We have a deadline I am very keen on meeting, and Minister, I want to be very clear, it is my firm request that we start implementing this project on September 10. I also want us to make sure that there is a dialogue with partners of social dialogue. I have asked it from the very first moment. I would like us to have the opinions coming from civil society, their views are very important for me. It is important that once this legal framework is created, we start implementing it. I hope it is not too late. We should build now in order to have medium and long term effects, not only short term effects, and of course, like in another field, we need predictability. I know you have prepared the worksheets, we have them here, the draft for each of the 12 areas of the project. They should be analyzed in detail, it is very important. I know it has been a tight deadline, but at the same time, it is very important to take a look at details, if there are issues, we should solve them from the start, and we should look at all details, irrespective of strategic objectives, measures, resources, and so on. There will be yet another meeting in this format on September 9, at the same hour, and very importantly, September 10, on Friday - Cabinet meeting dedicated to the Educated Romania project. Therefore, it is a deadline we are keen on, for the adoption of this Government Decision: September 10- Cabinet meeting, September 9, this Interministerial Committee meeting. (...) 2021-09-02 14:11:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 1 septembrie Știri din 01.09.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good evening. I made a necessary decision. A few minutes ago I sent the President of Romania the request for the removal from the office of Justice Minister Stelian Ion. I will not accept in the Government of Romania ministers who oppose the countrys modernization. As a minister, Stelian Ion has unfortunately failed to assert himself in the coalition, he did not succeed in carrying his projects through. For instance, the abolition of the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes, which eight months into office, has still not been dismantled. Blocking the governments activity just because one doesnt agree to develop communities is a breach of the mandate entrusted by Parliament through the programme for government. I will not allow the blackmailing of the Romanian people. I informed the leaders of the coalition about this sacking. I no longer accept in the Government anyone who resorts to blackmail, who doesnt understand that we are not talking here about mayors, but about communities and the citizens interest. We must develop Romania! Just because our USR PLUS coalition colleagues dont have many mayors doesnt mean that the Romanians have to suffer. I take full responsibility for this decision. The PNL National Political Bureau has undertaken this investment project, which is not PNDL 3. Its a dedicated road paving, water and sewage and gas project. It is the symbol of Romanias modernization after 30 years. I sent the aforementioned dismissal document to the President. I will nominate for interim Justice Minister someone who understands that investments are the number 1 priority in Romania. I want our coalition partners from USR PLUS to have the open-mindedness and responsibility not to choose to pull out of government, as they have been conveying via various channels since this morning. This coalition is duty-bound to deliver reforms for Romanians. I assure you that this government carries on and that we will overcome this moment as well, because the public interest, the interest of the Romanians is above the interest of a politician. Thank you! 2021-09-01 21:40:00Ședința de guvern din 1 septembrieȘtiri din 01.09.2021 19:30:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la reuniunea Comitetului privind proiectul Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP)Știri din 31.08.2021 17:21:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu ministrul Energiei, Virgil Popescu, ministrul Muncii, Raluca Turcan, și cu reprezentanți ai ANRE, Transelectrica, OPCOM și Consiliului ConcurențeiȘtiri din 31.08.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the meeting with the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, the Minister of Labor, Raluca Turcan, and with representatives of the National Energy Regulatory Agency (ANRE), Transelectrica, OPCOM (Electric Energy and Natural Gas Market Operator), the Competition Council and the National Consumer Protection Agency (ANPC) Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. I announced at our previous meeting that we will see ourselves again. You very well know that there is growing public concern over energy prices, especially because the winter season is coming - the payment of energy bills - and so we have to come up with solutions. Of course, the solution to prices cannot come from the prime minister. We have to find the solution together. I can tell you from the outset that the government will not step in to cap prices; that should be very clear. At our previous meeting, I understood that the major problem we are facing now: a price surge everywhere in the European Union. Meanwhile, I understood our issue, that we need to import energy and we do not produce how much we need. I am ready to take up this goal, together with you, because it is clear that we need Romanias energy independence. This is what I understood from what happened during this period. An increase in consumption - we had to increase imports and we are dependent on energy prices elsewhere in the European Union. I have noticed that prices in Spain have tripled, but we have the resources to win Romanias energy independence and then we need to increase production capacity; we have some programmes that we are already working on, this is important for this government, and I take up the goal of achieving Romanias energy independence. This is a long term objective and implies several legislative documents we are working on in the Romanian Parliament. Now, we need to solve a short term issue for the winter. This is why we met today here to reach the final solutions that we have already announced publicly. First of all, a solution I have proposed, and on which we need to review details is to compensate a part of the consumption bill during this winter. We need to find the final formula of this solution as soon as possible. First of all, we need to explain to people why energy bills increased. The paradox in Romania is that the power output is to a full extent achieved by state companies, therefore, by people appointed in political offices and now, we have to explain to people why energy prices rose. I spoke early this year about state companies reform, as this reform aimed at eliminating inefficiencies. When talking about the reform of state-owned companies, I was very clear: I do not want the inefficiencies to be transferred to the consumer. I do not want to discover that part of the increase in the bill - and that is why we called the ANPC here today - part of the increase in the bill to the final consumer is caused by the transfer of inefficiencies of state-owned companies to the final consumer. If that happens, we will take the toughest measures. This is my very clear message. I do not want any of the companies, any company to take advantage of this situation, to inflate their profits in a circumstantial situation. That is why ANPC is here to ensure us of this. But we have to establish the details - we also called the Minister of Labor, the Minister of Energy also came, to see how we finalize the solution for the winter in terms of bills and how we compensate them. We have the law of the vulnerable consumer and here again, we have to call a spade a spade. It is a law from around 2012 that has been held off and no Cabinet until this Cabinet had the courage to assume this law. Today I saw that there are all sorts of brave people who appear in the public space, from all political parties, with solutions. This law has been prepared since 2012 and has not been taken into account so far. We adopted this law in spring. The Ministry of Labor proposed it in the Government and we passed this law - the Ministry of Energy - and it has been in Parliament since spring. We have been talking about energy prices all summer. No one in Parliament, no Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies or President of the Senate, no one, no political leader has come to say that they will hold an extraordinary session to pass this law faster. I was again the one who had to come and say that we will send amendments from the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Energy to complete the law and pass it sooner. There is a lot of discussion in the public space, but nobody wants to and consequently, we are the ones to assume this. Following these talks, Im interested in making sure that no inefficiency or issue is transferred to the final consumer, and whoever will take advantage of this situation, will bear the consequences. I want us to avoid such situations in the future when we have lots of resources, as this may not be the sole episode of this kind, this is what economic history teaches us. We have natural gas resources, we already have a memorandum with the United States in the field of nuclear energy. Therefore, we have the plans, let us see how we can proceed faster in order to avoid a situation of this kind. Thank you! 2021-08-31 13:50:00 de presă susținut de ministrul educației, Sorin Cîmpeanu, la finalul Comitetului interministerial pentru monitorizarea implementării proiectului ”România Educată”Știri din 26.08.2021 16:06:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la prima reuniune a Comitetului interministerial pentru monitorizarea implementării Proiectului ”România Educată”Știri din 26.08.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. Welcome to the first meeting of the Interministerial Committee dedicated to the President of Romania's project, Educated Romania, a project which the Government took up for implementation. You know very well that it is the largest education reform project, Educated Romania, developed by the Presidential Administration, a project that represents the vision and strategy of the country in the field of education ahead of 2030, supported, of course, by the programme for government 2020-2024. At the same time getting the Educated Romania project started was included as a commitment in the National Defence Strategy for 2020-2024. It is clear that we need to step up the efforts for the development of the educational system in Romania, we have a series of recommendations in the field, therefore, - Educated Romania will be implemented at the right moment. Welcome, Vice Prime Minister Hunor! The reforms envisaged by the Educated Romania project, combined with the measures provided for in the programme for government, are harmonised with the specific country recommendations of the European Commission and with the national reform programme and will benefit from proper financing from multiple sources. You know very well that Educated Romania is in PNRR - I would like to announce in this way that PNRR will be approved at the end of September, so we are on schedule with PNRR - and operational programmes, central budget, local budgets, public-private partnerships, non-reimbursable funds, funding, contributions of privately-owned companies. So we have sources of funding; we now have a platform, Educated Romania, we know very clearly where we want to go with the system, it is time to implement this programme. The premises for a new legislative package are being created. And that, in fact, we are doing under this inter-ministerial board in order to secure the necessary legal support for the reform and coherence with other legal regulations, as well as with the requirements of a constantly changing socio-economic environment. In order to implement the Educated Romania project, a PNRR draft submitted to the European Commission in June 2021, includes opportunities to finance projects of the utmost importance to the national education system designed for training and reaching the pledged reform targets. On July 14, 2021, the Government took up by memorandum the implementation of the Educated Romania project and the approval of priorities in the reform of the national education system, strategic objectives and targets in the field of education established through the Educated Romania project which will prompt speeding up the Romanian education reform process and will create the premises for ensuring the stability and credibility of the educational system. This is the first meeting today, and I would like to announce that next week, on September 2, we will already have another meeting to prepare the first pieces of legislation that will enter into force. I believe on September 9 we will have the first pieces of legislation. (...) 2021-08-26 13:16:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința în format online pe tema implementării Proiectului e-facturareȘtiri din 26.08.2021 12:49:00 de presă susținut de ministrul mediului, apelor și pădurilor, Barna Tánczos și de șeful Departamentului pentru Situații de Urgență, Raed Arafat, secretar de stat în M.A.I., la finalul ședinței de guvern din 25 augustȘtiri din 25.08.2021 15:31:00 Florin Cîțu a participat la videoconferința cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 24.08.2021 16:03:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 24.08.2021 14:09:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la consultări, în sistem online, cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 24.08.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. Im glad to see you, because its good to have close relations. Since our last meeting, some information has emerged publicly, especially from the INS, which shows very clearly that the economy is going in the right direction. I would like to refer to the second quarter, this year - an economic growth of 13.6%, which shows that we have recovered and I do not know how many countries in the European Union have succeeded in doing this, to recover from last years losses and exceed the 2019 GDP. This was actually a benchmark for me, the threshold we had to exceed, because 2019 was a good year, in which the economy worked without any disturbances and I wanted to see if we have managed to overcome that period of losses; so that means we have a production capacity in the economy, which has been preserved or we have managed to keep it after 2020 that was a tough year. Here, I would have looked a lot at the information and we are actually waiting for the details of the economic growth, because, from what I could see, the investment part was important to the contribution of the economic growth. Since then, of course, we have some price developments, at the energy, we are talking about prices in construction, building materials and here we have already presented some solutions, especially for this winter, for the vulnerable consumer, but we also think about solutions we were talking about and /.../ companies because many of the contracts that are concluded with the state for certain projects will be amended to take into account this increase in prices. Our proposal, and you could hear it in the public debate, is to take into account both the price increases and decreases, and these contracts will be amended according to what is happening to market prices. If you have proposals, we can discuss them of course, this project has been in public debate. Weve advanced very much, in fact, we are done on the PNRR, we sent, I believe Friday, the last comments. From the discussions that Im having now with Minister Ghinea the PNRR should be approved by the last week in September. I have seen an exaggerate allegation in the public space, an alleged connection between justice reforms and the PNRR money. Its not true, there are some things which are common sense, but they have no relation to the reform in Justice as we want to do it. So, the PNRR will not be tied to the reform in Justice as weve assumed it in the CVM. There are only a few milestones, clarifications. I will give you an example - that in Romania laws, after their amendment, should be published as the entire law including the new amendments, the new form, not only the amendments. So, the final form should be clearer to everyone. This is an example of modification that appears in the PNRR, but we dont have the Justice Laws as they are discussed about in the public space, because I saw this discussion and I wouldnt like for it to be improperly understood. Since our last discussion, we also have a Minister of Finance whom you could have a dialogue with. Today he has a press conference to present some modifications, Id say, very good ones at the Tax Code. Were not talking about taxes and so on, Im going to stay at what I said at the beginning of the year for this government: were not increasing taxes. I confirm what I said early this year: we do not increase taxes. It is what I reconfirmed to the European Commissioner Dombrovskis in Kyiv. So, I am interested in remaining with the same tax system until 2024 at least. Many of the reforms you want to implement, are related to the Ministry of Finance. E-invoicing starts, I have already announced, I understand that it will be in early September. We will have SAF-T, it is announced today. You know very well, I started it when I took over the portfolio and I think it is complete, but I let the Minister of Finance to announce it. And there are a few more things that he will announce. So, I say that in the last month, since we saw each other, things have gone in the right direction, but, of course, seeing your agenda, it is clear that we have more to solve, things that have remained unresolved over time and that we will solve in the next period. These were the first messages I wanted to convey to you, and now were tackling directly your agenda. 2021-08-24 11:47:00 Vizita prim-ministrului României, Florin Cîțu, în Ucraina, pentru a participa la Summitul Platformei Internaționale CrimeeaȘtiri din 23.08.2021 RELEASE Prime Minister Florin Cițu has paid today, August 23, 2021, a visit to Ukraine, in Kyiv, to attend the inaugural summit of the Crimean International Platform, a recent initiative by Ukraine aimed at strengthening the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. The Romanian delegation to the summit also includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu. Addressing the summit, the Romanian Prime Minister has announced that Romania joins the Crimea International Platform, and has reiterated our country's firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as its firm commitment to the implementation of the non-recognition policy of the illegal annexation of Crimean peninsula. Moreover, Prime Minister Cițu voiced Romania's support for Ukraines European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, and showed that the fulfillment of these aspirations should be supported through a reform process whose benefits should be shared across the entire Ukrainian society, including by the Romanian minority living in Ukraine. Prime Minister of Romania has mentioned that external challenges and threats can be better dealt with if states act in a cohesive manner to solve bilateral issues. On the sidelines of the Summit, Prime Minister Florin Cițu had a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Denys Shmyhal, on which occasion he reiterated Romanias readiness to advance bilateral cooperation, including by organizing a new session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on cooperation in the economic, industrial, science and technology areas this year. At the same time, the two prime ministers expressed their desire to boost sectoral cooperation, with priority in the field of transport and infrastructure, and to open common border crossings. In this context, Prime Minister Florin Cițu voiced Romanias wish for ensuring the respect of the rights of the persons belonging to the Romanian minority. Prime Minister Florin Cițu had a meeting with the Secretary of Energy of the United States of America, Jennifer Granholm, on the sidelines of the summit. During the discussions, the two officials have addressed aspects of common interest for boosting the implementation of the Romania - US Intergovernmental Agreement in the field of nuclear energy as well as the bilateral cooperation regarding the use of new technologies in the field of civil nuclear energy. Additional Information: The Crimean International Plaform is a recent initiative of Ukraine, designed to strengthen the policy of non - recognition of the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and, in the last instance, to facilitate the return of Crimea to Ukraine. *** The intervention of the Prime Minister of Romania, Florin Cițu, at the Launch Summit of the Crimean International Platform Dear President Zelenskiy, Dear Heads of Delegations, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be in Kiyv and take part in this important event for Ukraine as well as for the international community. I take this opportunity to announce that, today, Romania joins the Crimean International Platform. As you may know, Romania has been and will continue to be a firm supporter of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. At the same time, Romania remains strongly committed to the implementation of the non-recognition policy of the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. Romania supports Ukraine's aspirations of becoming a member of the European and Euro-Atlantic community. Romania was the first EU member state to ratify the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine. Also, the NATO Summit held in Bucharest recognized the right of Ukraine to become a member of the Alliance, when conditions would be met. We know from our own experience that achieving these goals requires vision, solid public support and political will. As a neighboring country and partner of Ukraine, I strongly encourage the political leadership of Ukraine to speed-up the necessary economic and social reforms, in order to achive the democratic transformation of the society and its long-term prosperity. The dividends will be shared across the whole Ukrainian society, including by the Romanian minority living in Ukraine, and will help foster social harmony, stability and prosperity. Dear President Zelenskiy, We are acutely aware of the current challenges and threats to our values and to the regional stability and security that we face in the Black Sea region: today's Summit is a clear proof. These challenges can only be met by principled and consistent answers, by strengthening our resilience and deepening our cooperation. The most effective answer we can provide is by strengthening our democracies, by fully upholding the basic rights and freedoms for each citizen, irrespective of their background, by ensuring proper functioning of the public institutions and the rule of law. Against common challenges, we need to demonstrate solidarity and encourage dialogue and cooperation. Romania has made consistent efforts to develop a positive, mutually beneficial bilateral agenda with Ukraine. I am confident that differences can be solved if we approach them constructively, with openness, always having in mind that we share aspirations, strategic interests and common values. I trust this spirit will further guide our cooperation in the future. Wishing success to Ukraine in the coordination of the activities of the Crimean International Platform, I thank you for your attention! 2021-08-23 10:58:00 prim-ministrului, Florin Cîțu, în Ucraina, pentru a participa la Summitul Platformei Internaționale CrimeeaȘtiri din 22.08.2021 August 23, 2021, Prime Minister Florin Cițu is paying a visit to Ukraine, in Kyiv to attend the summit for the launch of the Crimean International Platform. The delegation also includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu. During the Summit, the Romanian Prime Minister will deliver the national intervention and will participate in the ceremony of adoption of the Joint Declaration of the Crimean International Platform. Prime Minister Florin Cițu will also have a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Denys Shmyhal, on the sidelines of the summit. Additional information The Crimean International Plaform is a recent initiative of Ukraine, designed to strengthen the policy of non - recognition of the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and, in the last instance, to facilitate the return of Crimea to Ukraine. The event in Kyiv will be attended by heads of state and government, ministers of foreign affairs and defence, as well as high - representatives of the European Union and other international organisations. 2021-08-22 20:36:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința de lucru pe tema vaccinării copiilorȘtiri din 20.08.2021 11:38:00 de presă susținut de ministrul educației Sorin Cîmpeanu, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 19 augustȘtiri din 19.08.2021 16:50:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu ministrul Energiei, Virgil Popescu, și cu reprezentanți ai ANRE, Transelectrica, OPCOM și Consiliului ConcurențeiȘtiri din 19.08.2021 15:10:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de predare-primire a funcției de ministru al Finanțelor și preluarea mandatului de către Dan VîlceanuȘtiri din 19.08.2021 12:00:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de decorare a sportivilor medaliați la Jocurile Olimpice de la TokyoȘtiri din 18.08.2021 20:54:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de depunere a jurământului de învestitură în funcție a ministrului finanțelorȘtiri din 18.08.2021 20:25:00ție de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu la Palatul Victoria Știri din 17.08.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good evening. I would like to inform you first about the situation of Romanian nationals from Kabul. There are currently 27 Romanian citizens at the International Airport in Kabul and they will be evacuated by a Romanian Air Force aircraft that left for Afghanistan today. Efforts are also being made to recover other fellow nationals from a former US military base. I would like to reiterate a very important message to all Romanians who are still in Afghanistan and have not yet contacted the Embassy of Romania in Islamabad, to urgently communicate their contact details to the Embassy of Romania in Islamabad so that they can be contacted in case of need. At the same time, I have another message for you. Dear Romanians, I promised you extraordinary economic news, 13% economic growth. Sounds good, doesnt it? Especially since we have been together through the unfortunate circumstances last year when global economy suffered the biggest blow in the last hundred years. Romanias economy, but the economies of other states as well were shut down in this fight. At that time we didnt have the solution we have today, we did not have the vaccine. In 2020, in order to save the economy we proposed a set of measures such as SME INVEST, debt rescheduling, the postponement of taxes, deferring bank installments and so on. As you very well remember, I was the only optimist. Although nobody was confident, I promised that Romanias economy will see a rapid recovery, a V-shaped recovery. We worked hard and we succeeded. But for that I thank you, dear Romanians, I wouldnt have succeeded without you. You are the real heroes. The figures show that the Romanian economy has overcome the economic crisis in just one year, in what is Romanias fastest economic recovery ever after such a crisis. I think that the last time this happened was 100 years ago, and for the next period I want two things: predictability and stability in the economic life. 13.6 percent is a figure we all need to keep in mind because it represents the economic growth in the second quarter of this year. Irrespective of certain comments in the public space, this figure proves that I did a very good job last year as Finance Minister, and this year as Prime Minister. Ive said it and I repeat it whenever necessary, the Romanian government is not affected by PNLs internal campaign. For me, the Romanians interest always prevails. When others choose to discredit, destroy, and minimize, I choose to build. Why do I insist so much on this topic? Because the Government I am leading changed the paradigm used by previous governments in the past 30 years. It is simple, I have said it and I repeat it now: first we invest, then we have economic growth and then the results are shared among all Romanians through the mechanisms of the market economy and not according to political criteria. Our goal is for Romania to become a destination for high value-added investments. This is only possible with a well-educated and also well-paid workforce. This is what we wanted for our country, and this is what happens now. Dear Romanians, the current Government has taken Romania to a new stage of development where the state is the partner of the private sector, duly pays its bills and public money is no longer wasted but it is effectively invested, private property is sacred, the entrepreneur is a hero and performance is acknowledged in both the private and the public sector. And this is just the beginning, Please remember one thing: a double-digit economic growth is possible this year. Every time I promised, I delivered. I promise you now that by 2024 I will carry out all the reforms I pledged when no one dared to. Making Romania more competitive at regional level will be a challenge, but it is our goal for the future of our country, my goal. In conclusion, I want you to stay optimistic together with me. This is an encouragement to both me and you. When everyone had lost all hope and we were all surrounded by gloomy scenarios, this government has found and implemented real solutions for maintaining jobs, ensuring working capital and investments. I will continue with this approach and I will prove to the Romanians that they can trust me when we speak about responsibility and performance in the government act. Thank you. 2021-08-17 19:09:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 17.08.2021 15:45:00 Participarea premierului Florin Cîțu la festivitatea prilejuită de întoarcerea din misiune a celor 108 pompieri salvatori, solicitați să intervină în sprijinirea omologilor eleniȘtiri din 16.08.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the homecoming ceremony for the 108 rescue firefighters deployed to help their Greek counterparts [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon! First of all, congratulations and welcome home! We are proud of you! The Greeks were rightly impressed by the way our firefighters worked. And, beyond your acts of courage, we now understand how important it is to use European funds. The six fire trucks used by our firefighters are new, being purchased this year, especially for wildfire interventions. All were purchased using European funds. This is proof in fact, of good governance, including if we are referring to the absorption of European funds: if we invest where we should and how we should, then we can save lives. I assure you that you will have a partner in the Romanian Government and you will receive the support needed for the endowment with high -performance intervention equipment particularly purchased using European funds. As you know, we have already taken steps to strengthen the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (IGSU) and its subordinate units. We are about to approve a government decision establishing 8,400 new positions for volunteer contract servicemen and operations NCOs; 1,400 will be hired this year so that by 2025 you can recover a significant part of the jobs lost in recent years. Im sure youre looking forward to getting home to your families. Congratulations again! We are proud of you! 2021-08-16 16:55:00ție de presă susținută de premierul Florin Cîțu Știri din 16.08.2021 16:24:00[1].jpgParticiparea premierului Florin Cîțu, împreună cu președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, la festivitățile prilejuite de Ziua Marinei RomâneȘtiri din 15.08.2021 16:04:00ții de presă susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu, la Palatul VictoriaȘtiri din 14.08.2021 15:58:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și ministrul Mediului, Apelor și Pădurilor, Barna Tánczos, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 11 augustȘtiri din 11.08.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. In today's Cabinet meeting, we had several important legislative documents, some of which are in the first reading. I would first mention in the first reading, the Emergency Ordinance on approving the National Investment Programme - Anghel Saligny, an investment programme for local authorities through which roads will be paved, sewerage and water supply works carried out, a programme with a budget of 50 billion lei for a minimum of six years. In my opinion, I said this when I took this office, it is unacceptable to have localities in 2021, without paved roads, without sewerage or a water supply system. There are basic things we should do or could have done so far. They should have been done ten, twenty years ago. We will do them in this term of office. We had an emergency ordinance in the first reading that will allow the supplementation of the amounts from PNDL, where appropriate, where money is needed to close investments already started. We did for those from PNDL 1 early this year. We had in the first reading the emergency ordinance referring to updating prices for public contracts. A very important thing should be mentioned here: I think it is the first example in the EU where such an ordinance exists. Why is it different and important? I very much wanted that this ordinance has clear criteria for the increase and decrease of prices. If prices increase, contracts should be amended, the same if prices decrease. I said that through Romanias National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) we will build hospitals. Today, during the Cabinet meeting, we have approved a decision through which we will make a hospital in Sinaia through the Ministry of Development, it began some time ago, but the financial resources, as well as the political will, were missing. Today we found both, financial resources and political will, in order to make it. The investment alone is almost 121 million RON, the Sinaia townhall participating with a co-financing of 12.3 million RON. The hospital will have 6 wards with 138 beds, and the execution period of the investment is estimated at 60 months. An important thing in the field of investments: a student dorm at Bucharest Politehnica University. The investments value goes up to approximately 120 million RON, of which 116.2 million RON are financed by the Ministry of Development, the rest being from the Politehnica. The execution period of the investment will span 12 months. A very important thing, two projects we wanted to present as they are important. In today's Cabinet meeting, and that is why Minister Tanczos Barna is today, we had several discussions and projects that the Minister will present regarding waste management and so on. I asked the Minister, together with the Minister of Internal Affairs, to present for next week, a report on a scheme that was presented to me, through which the waste is deposited in Romania under the title temporary. This must disappear. We will have a note next week and we will no longer allow such schemes in Romania. Two ordinances from the legislative package on storage, waste management and ensuring the treatment of waste before disposal were approved in today's Cabinet meeting. We discussed the third draft ordinance, it will be approved next week, and we have not had all the approvals yet. The Minister will go into details. These are very important documents. At the same time, I told the Minister to convey to the Environmental Guard that we have not discussed any tax that we will introduce this year. I dont know where this information comes from. We talked about discouragement schemes, not tax introduction. Another piece of legislation that has been and is very important for the labour market: doubling the number of foreign workers allowed to work in Romania in 2021. What we have doubled is the quota of people who can work in Romania from the non-EU space. Justification - we need, for the implementation of investment projects, a figure, we need 160,000 people, so far as I understand. From the beginning of the year, we have witnessed an increase of 2.77%, including 29,995 openings repeatedly advertised by employers. So the number has doubled, from 25,000 to 50,000. Once again, the demand is for over 160,000 people, workers. I have noticed a public discussion about new employees in the Government Working Structure. I also asked the Control Body to present a report, things are not like that. This year, we established seven new institutions in the Secretariat General of the Government (SGG), because this government has fewer institutions than other governments and that Department for Relations with the Republic of Moldova became part of SGG. There are seven new institutions. At the same time, it is a structure with two vice prime ministers, including their structures. So, there was no employment, just institutions that were included in the Secretariat General of the Government, institutions that were elsewhere, and now are included in SGG. These were the legislative documents I wanted to speak about. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, some public information surfaced according to which you served two days in jail in 2000 for driving under the influence of alcohol. Is this information true? Florin Cițu: Yes, 20 years ago, it was driving under the influence of alcohol. I paid the respective fine, a very high fine. It was a contravention. I made a mistake 20 years ago. It is interesting that this information has not surfaced in the media in four rounds of balloting, with PSD as the main opponent, and it has surfaced now, during the internal competition of PNL. Reporter: Prime Minister, today, the National Institute of Statistics announced that the annual inflation rate in July compared to July 2020 is 5% and, at the same time, it shows that there were more increases in both food and other products prices. The question is, in the context in which yesterday you stated that a percentage of Romanians earn over 3,000 euros net income, in the case of other Romanians with fixed incomes or who had insignificant salary increases, where should they get this money from, to buy all products that have become more expensive? We have seen the price of fuel, for example. Florin Ciţu: There is a broader discussion about prices evolution. I also looked at the BNR report on inflation presented on Monday. Last week's decision of the Central Bank not to raise interest rates, shows in my opinion that this increase in prices is temporary because if the Central Bank had thought this price increase would have a permanent character, it would have taken a decision to raise interest rates, so we would have had a signal there; I read the report presented by the National Bank to see where these increases come from, and I want to review them together. There is another press release that was issued today, which you did not mention. For example, the increase in the prices of raw materials in the construction sector, reflected mainly in the domestic price of fuels, the improvement of domestic and global demand conditions, the disruption of value-added chains - you know very well, we are in a pandemic globally too -, the slight depreciation of the national currency against the euro led to the largest price increases in Romania. The National Bank also tells us: the increase in the price of crude oil is rapidly assimilated in the price of fuels, so it can be seen immediately in Romania, while the natural gas bill adjusts with a certain delay. So what we see at the pump is the result of the global crude oil price. We know very well that in Romania, even after this price increase - we have seen this increase throughout Europe -, it remains the second cheapest fuel in the European Union after the one in Bulgaria. This information is from the National Bank. There is another thing that we must take into account regarding the increase in the price of energy, which is seen, of course, in the increase of other prices, the inflation rate, and which the National Bank tells us, a very credible source, and which we also must take into account, namely the upward trajectory of electricity prices is also fueled by the acceleration of the green transition at EU level. The transition to green energy has a cost, and this can be seen in the price of energy and will be seen in the next period. That is why, in my discussions with the European Commission representatives, I have always said that Romania cannot afford the same pace of transition to green energy because of a much too high social cost, which we need to manage. Romania will make the transition to green energy, but at a slower pace, precisely because we do not want to have these prices surge. The National Bank also informs us about the contribution of vegetables, fruits prices, a negative one, to the dynamics, the annual variation of prices. The National Bank also tells us that the inflation rate is high in almost all of Europe; for example, it is 4.9% in Estonia, Hungary - 5.3%, Poland - 5%, USA - 5.4%. So, it is a global phenomenon, but I repeat, the fact that the Central Bank kept the interest rate steady at the last decision and shows inflation that falls below 3%, in the monetary policy horizon, shows me very clearly that it is only a temporary increase in prices, and the revenues are steadily rising. Here I wanted to get to the following information that INS gave today, under the other press release: the average gross nominal salary increased compared to May, increased compared to last year, but it is interesting that the net nominal average, which increased compared to last year by 7.4% and even the real one increased by 3.3%. Given that this price increase is temporary, but revenues are steadily rising, I believe things will improve. I repeat, regarding the evolution of inflation, and prices, the best source is the National Bank and the reactions of the National Bank. If the National Bank had been worried about a surge in prices, it would have had a reaction in this respect. At the moment, we do not have this. Thank you! Reporter: Briefly, Mr Prime Minister, this economic growth that you mentioned or the salary increases...; Florin Cițu: The economic growth will be presented next week. Reporter: Will these salary increases be felt in Romanians' pockets? Of those not having 3,000 euros net income? Florin Cițu: The average net salary per economy increases by 7. 4 percent. The after tax-income increases by 7.4 percent. Reporter: The Investment programme for local administration is being discussed these days. Cristina Pruna, vice-speaker of the Chamber of Deputies criticized the programme alleging it is a PSD- inspired one to bribe the mayors, and furthermore, it did not lift any county out of poverty, giving the example of Teleorman which is among the first in terms of PNDL. How do you answer your colleague? Florin Cițu: It is not about the same programme. I would have liked anybody who criticizes a programme, to read it first. Objectives that did not bring development were removed from this programme, whereas building sewerage, water systems and road paving remained. This programme is aimed at modernizing Romania, this is why we should all stop being hypocrites. I think we should all agree that it is a single Romania, and all Romanians should have access to the sewerage system, water supply and they should all enjoy decent living standards. Reporter: Some weeks, even months ago, you talked about an investment programme worth 7 billion lei. Is it about the present programme or will there be another one? Florin Cițu: That is the amount that we have, it has already amounted to 8 billion lei, on demands for road paving. This program spans six years, therefore, it is about annual amounts. Reporter: Will there be two separate programmes? Florin Cițu: No, it is the same programme, only it spans for six years, that one was a one - year programme. Reporter: Thank you. Tell us the criteria for the allocation of 50 billion lei to local authorities, as your USR colleagues alleged there will be political criteria, given that a PNL congress ensues. They want transparency and want to know if checks are conducted to see where this money goes to. Therefore, what are the criteria? Florin Cițu: There are very simple criteria, those from the emergency ordinance. A very clear criterion is the one that in localities without sewerage and water supply systems, it is very complicated to justify road paving as the first should be carried out before that. There are no political criteria. Entire Romania needs development. There are no political criteria here, just a programme intended for the development of the entire Romania, not just for one region. I use the same criteria to evaluate all Ministers and the reforms made by Ministers and I would very much have liked a discussion about what we are going to do with reforms in the government and so on. Reporter: One more thing to add, please. During the PSD government, this development program was called PSD theft, and PNL demanded it to stop. Why do you consider now these development programmes so welcomed and so good? Florin Cițu: But, it is not the same programme. We removed all the aforementioned useless projects, as it amazes us to see a gym in the open fields, somewhere in Romania, a gym that could rival any polyvalent hall in a city. Such projects will not be endorsed. We are speaking about building basic facilities: sewerage, water supply systems, paved roads. Nothing else. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, I would like to ask you why did you nominate several state advisors, personal advisors or state secretaries in company boards, despite the fact that a memorandum was needed for secretaries of state, a memorandum which was alleged to be secretly adopted by the government. Why did you need to appoint these people in the government working structure? Florin Cițu: On the one hand, in my opinion, it is about people that you trust, on the other hand, I asked about those competitions on law 109. If you do not have competitions on 109, someone should be appointed there temporarily, as otherwise, the activity of the institution is blocked. These people are temporarily appointed for two or four months. I try this period to be as short as possible, for those competitions to be held on law 109. They are not appointed for a longer period. They will leave when these competitions take place, but I am waiting for these competitions to take place at all Ministries on 109, I could see this has been delayed and until this happens, the activity of these institutions should go on. Furthermore, I agree, and a draft law on reducing allowances has been submitted to the Romanian Parliament as well. I agree with cutting those allowances, but I can see things lagging behind, and we have to be functional somehow. Reporter: Do you mean you unblocked the situation from state companies' boards? Florin Cițu: We go ahead with these companies that need to approve their budgets, to pay wages, which should be operational. They could not operate otherwise. But meanwhile, I requested Ministers to organize those competitions on law 109, to put an end to this provisional situation. Reporter: I would need as the rest of my colleagues, some clarifications regarding the US incident. I would like to ask you if you drove after drinking alcohol. If that was all about, you have not been clear. Florin Cițu: I was the one driving at that time, it was my mistake, I paid very dearly, I was forced to sell my car as well. It happened 20 years ago. It is not an event I am proud of. Reporter: Did President Klaus Iohannis or the party chairman Ludovic Orban know about this incident when you were appointed Minister of Finance? Florin Cițu: It is a traffic contravention. I also paid traffic fines in Romania. (...) 2021-08-11 14:31:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2, Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAV, și dr. Adriana Pistol, directorul Centrului Naţional de Supraveghere şi Control al Bolilor Transmisibile din cadrul INSPȘtiri din 10.08.2021 15:11:00 Forțele Aeriene Române intervin în Macedonia de Nord, în sprijinul forțelor de intervenție la dezastreȘtiri din 07.08.2021 Following a decision issued this morning by the National Committee for Emergency Situations, at around 10:00 a.m., two Romanian Air Force planes, a C-27J Spartan configured for firefighting and a C-130 Hercules for logistic support, took off from 90th Airlift Base, for Skopje, North Macedonia, in support of the authorities of this country affected by the forest fires in the past days. Participating in the mission are 15 servicemen of the Ministry of National Defence - pilots, navigating personnel and auxiliary personnel. Given the serious situation facing several countries in Europe, affected by severe fires, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, through the Department for Emergency Situations, as a National Contact Point, notified the European partners on Romania's availability to provide support, and the need for intervention forces and assistance, offered by our country, has been specified via the CECIS portal (Common Emergency Communication and Information System) of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. It is the second international mission of this type, conducted by the Romanian Air Force aircraft, the first took place in Greece, in July 2018. The C-27 J Spartan aircraft, configured to extinguish the fire, which can carry 6,000 litres of water (six containers) at each transport, has intervened, from 2017 to present, to extinguish two forest fires in our country - one in the area of Șvinița locality, Mehedinți county, and the second one in the Buceș area, Vulcan mountains, at the border between Alba and Hunedoara counties. * * * The European Unions Civil Protection Mechanism coordinates the response to natural and man-made disasters at the EU level, enabling coordinated, effective and swift assistance in support of the affected population. European emergency response capacity is achieved through the voluntary pooling of resources allocated in advance by the Member States for immediate deployment inside or outside the EU. The Emergency Response Coordination Center is the operational core of the civil protection mechanism: it is nonstop active and coordinates the EUs disaster response efforts. 2021-08-07 10:37:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de semnare a Memorandumului de înțelegere încheiat între Ministerul Energiei din România și Departamentul de resurse naturale din Canada privind consolidarea cooperării în domeniul energiei nucleare civileȘtiri din 05.08.2021 17:33:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 5 august, susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și de șeful Departamentului pentru Situații de Urgență, Raed Arafat, secretar de stat în M.A.I.Știri din 05.08.2021 Check against delivery Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. In today's Cabinet meeting, the most important item, of course, is the prolongation of the state of alert. At present, things stay as they have been presented so far. At the same time, there are some things I wanted to tell you. The Greek authorities have asked for help to put out the fires, both air and ground aid. Ground support from Romania was accepted, this is a first, for the first time when we send firefighters there, to help them. We approved also a government decision today to donate vaccines to several countries: Tunisia, Arab Republic of Egypt, Albania and Vietnam. These have been the most important on today's agenda. At the same time, I have seen public discussions lately, about budget revision, and I would like to make some clarifications. As I have said and as the Budget Law approved early this year, the Ministries that do not have good enforcement, may have the initial sums provided in the budget, adjusted, up to this amount which they could not spend. Yesterday, I presented publicly that at this moment, after six months, there are almost 20 billion budget appropriations that have not been spent. Many of them are at investments, for the rest, at European funds. This is why I said I am not satisfied with budget revision, and this will be seen at almost all Ministries. At the same time, I cannot take seriously proposals coming from Ministries, for the reallocation of additional resources of 40 billion lei, when there is 20 billion lei unspent. Therefore, we are starting from here with budget rectification, with discussions on budgetary rectification, as I have seen all sorts of rumours in the public space. This is the reality we are starting from, with the budget rectification analysis. We need to consider that the budget deficit should remain at 7.16 percent of GDP, or smaller and through this rectification because we had a higher GDP, we manage to increase the amount in deficit, to 82 billion from 80 billion, but that does not mean that we can go much further. Therefore, resources will be allocated to this budget rectification. It is true regarding several Ministries, and I have seen without agreeing, this information given only to party presidents, went public, I will present them in the next period. I want to be very clear: we do not mock Romanians' money. Whoever has not spent money so far, should come up with very good explanations, as we cannot allocate resources in the budget, and then keep them unspent. There are ministries - I will present this in the quarterly report, where we have projects with zero enforcements, Ministries with very good enforcement, according to Ministers. You cannot say it is very good enforcement when you have money allocated, and have projects with zero enforcement after six months. Therefore, we are starting with budget rectification. Reporter: There is public information alleging you will allocate 3 billion lei from the Government reserve fund, upon the budget rectification, but only 322 million to Transport Ministry, although Minister Drula asked nearly 3 billion. Why is it this difference? Florin Cițu: I would not speak about these figures before discussing them. At the Transport Ministry, we should take money after budget rectification, not allocate more. At the Finance Ministry, general actions - we have the contribution to the European Union, state aid, interest rates. Last year, I tried to explain what the Ministry of Finance means - general actions. Im sorry to see that today there are colleagues of yours in the media who say that there is only the money from the reserve fund. There are general actions, there are contributions to the European Commission, state aid, interest rates and so on. So lets wait and see what is behind these figures. The figure for the reserve fund is not true. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, which ministries did not spend the money? Where do we have the most money left unspent? Florin Ciţu: The ministers, I told them last week, must present the budget execution. Some of them presented it, released a press release, some presented it to you. We are still waiting for the ministers to come and present the budget execution every six months, if they do not present it, I will present it. Until the end of this week, they have to present the budget execution, if not, I will present it. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, you also said this about the activity of the ministers, however, we do not have a public presentation of their performance. Can you at least tell us about the budget execution, what is happening? What are the ministries... Florin Ciţu: Lets give the ministers a chance to present their own budget execution. I would say its fair so. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, how do you see the intention of the Ministry of Transport to grant a subsidy to CFR of one billion lei? According to the draft budget of CFR Călători, put up for public debate, last week, the ministry wants to grant a subsidy of one billion lei to CFR Călători. Can you tell us if you discussed with Minister Cătălin Drulă about this subsidy to CFR and why such a large subsidy and without a restructuring plan, which you requested at the beginning of the year? Florin Ciţu: So, the subsidies are higher this year, than in 2016, 17, 18, 19 and, as I said at the beginning of the year, the subsidies will be adjusted only if someone comes up with a restructuring plan. They remain as they are at the moment. Reporter: Did you see the restructuring plan of CFR Călători? The draft budget states very clearly that it is suitable to reduce the staff by 1,000 employees, but the employees salaries will increase by approximately 500 lei, gross average increase. Florin Ciţu: No restructuring plan has been presented, so far, for CFR Călători. Thank you! Reporter: A few days ago there was a rather serious accident with two deaths, and four injured, on a building site. The first reaction from the government, we are talking here about the Ministry of Culture, said that it did not know about that building site, and the Ministry of Labor has not yet come with any explanation about what happened there. How do you see this communication of ministers? Florin Ciţu: First of all, I want to offer my condolences to the families. There is an ongoing investigation now. Lets wait for the results of the investigation, and the guilty must be held accountable. I will assure you that we will have the results of the investigation as soon as possible and, of course, those who are guilty will be held accountable. Thank you. Reporter: Prime Minister, the transport companies claim that the measure imposed by the Government, by which unvaccinated lorry drivers, coming from countries with very high epidemiological risk, must be quarantined, would be a unique measure in Europe and that it somehow leaves these companies without employees. Do we have this measure from July 1 in Romania? I would like to ask you if you are thinking one way or another to back it. These are those drivers who are unvaccinated and enter Romania. Florin Ciţu: We have good results in Romania, I say, in the fight against the pandemic, precisely because we have taken good measures. All these measures are part of a system devised to protect the population of Romania. The vaccine is free, and the only solution to get rid of the pandemic is vaccination. Vaccinated people can easily travel in Europe. At this moment we do not have elements to prompt us to change our decision. Thank you. Reporter: In a proposed draft budget rectification, the Ministry of Labor would have a minus of 2.7 billion lei. Can you tell us if you are satisfied with what happened at the Ministry of Labor and whether or not it will lose money, given that you mentioned earlier several ministries that have zero execution on certain projects? Florin Ciţu: This is a good thing and we will have to look differently at it. There is a deficit in pensions, that deficit is financed through a subsidy from the state budget. The fact that we are reducing the amounts allocated from the state budget to the Ministry of Labor means that, in fact, we have received more money from contributions and that deficit has been reduced. So we increased pensions last year, and this year pensions rose, because a pension point is higher on average than last year, and yet, even with a higher pension, we received more money to the budget from contributions and that deficit has decreased and we no longer need to allocate resources from the state budget. This is what the Labour Ministry mentions. I want to tell you that in July we have a premiere again, it is the first month when we have a balanced budget, expenses and revenues were close, it is a difference of a few hundred thousand lei, but it is the first month in which we have a balanced budget, so the revenues covered present expenses. So, this is the explanation, nothing is cut from the Ministry of Labor, we have a very good thing, we have higher budget receipts, and the deficit decreases in the conditions in which we increased the pensions. Its what we all want, to have a balanced budget, to use that money for something else. Reporter: Then it means that you maintain that deficit target of 7.16% ...? Florin Ciţu: Surely. Reporter: ... which is based on the economic growth of 4.3%, as it was at the beginning of the year, or you will ... Florin Ciţu: The economic growth is estimated to be higher. As I told you, the cash deficit at the beginning of the year was 80 billion, it is a deficit of around 82 billion now because we can afford a higher GDP, but at the same time, I want the deficit of 7.16 to be reduced to this budget rectification, to be smaller than 7.16. Reporter: How far could we go below that? Florin Ciţu: It will not go below 7%, but I want to reduce it because it is a commitment we have made to investors, it is a good thing to have a smaller deficit in these conditions. You could see what happens to global interest rates. We have seen that the interest rates for loans fell in Romania, which is an important thing in this period when these rates are rising in other countries. Reporter: Only a few weeks ago, there were problems in the delay for payments for PNDL, several mayors or presidents of county councils said that they also have hospital rehabilitation works that must be completed through PNDL, in the context in which the Ministry of Development asked for 4 billion and receives 1.8, will PNDL 1 and 2 be at risk? Florin Ciţu: By no means and it is not true that there were delays. At the Ministry of Development, the announcement was made in order to comply with the legislation in force. I remind you, when I took over as Minister of Finance, in 2019, there were 7-8 months delays in bills payment; they are now timely paid. Moreover, at the budget execution, the Ministry of Development has about 330 million lei in its accounts. So, there are no problems with payments. Resources will be allocated for the further payment of the bills because I know very well that we can develop Romania through investments. So there is no problem there. The resources to be allocated to the Ministry of Development will reach this sector. Moreover, we will have an ordinance next week through which we will allocate commitment appropriations to the Ministry of Development, which will allow companies additional documents given the recent price increases. We are also thinking about this. Reporter: So, the emergency ordinance on the possibility for mayors to borrow from the Treasury. Florin Ciţu: That has passed. Reporter: ... it was not for PNDL, for ... Florin Ciţu: No, that is for everything else, co-financing expenses ... I think that there are many communities in Romania that would like to develop through European funds, but they do not have co-financing sources. This loan with an interest rate of 1.5% over five years, for example, is a very good solution for these communities to be able to grow. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, yesterday I heard President Iohannis expressing his dissatisfaction with the work of the Minister of Justice. I want to ask you, Mr Prime Minister, if you share the dissatisfaction regarding Mr Stelian Ions performance at the helm of the Ministry of Justice if you had discussions about a possible reshuffle of him and if we can expect a change as far as he is concerned, or do you take into account...; Florin Ciţu: I completely agree with the president. The point is, we have expectations from ministers. We had expectations, goals, and we had expectations from ministers. I have always said in the Coalition: lets sit at the table to talk, to find the best solution. I agree, I also agreed to say that, look, so far maybe we didnt go on the best path, we go back to find the solution . Our objectives remain the same: dismantling the SIIJ, amending the justice laws; all these remain our goals. We must courageously admit sometimes that we may not have found the best solution, but in the end, we must look for this solution and of course, it is the role of the Minister of Justice to push these projects forward. He will still have my support and, as they find a solution, I will go for that solution, but only through dialogue can this be done. Thats why I always told everyone lets sit at the table, talk, find the best solution. Without dialogue, each speaking to the other via media, we will not be able to find these solutions. But the Minister of Justice has an important role to play in this respect. Thank you. Reporter: Do you consider reshuffling Mr Stelian Ion? Florin Ciţu: You know very well that I do not discuss these things publicly. Thank you. Reporter: In connection with the amount of 3 billion lei for the Ministry of Finance, what funds are allocated more exactly for the Reserve Fund, from this amount, by rectification? Florin Ciţu: Much, much, much less than you said publicly, 3 billion. Much less. But this is just a project and you will see the amount when the budget is approved. Reporter: Cant you tell us? Florin Ciţu: No, because it is still under debate. We might take resources from there to allocate them elsewhere, or add them there. So we are still in negotiations. Reporter: Will you also allocate funds to town halls? Florin Ciţu: But there, I told you, there are state aids, its our contribution to the European Union, worth 5 billion euros, so there are many things ... Reporter: And will you also allocate to town halls, for local investments? You promised to allocate money from the budget for local investments. Florin Ciţu: I have not promised such a thing. Local investments are done through PNDR. We have already discussed this. We may talk about re-balancing, but that is done through a formula, therefore, there are totally different things. Through the reserve fund, this year, we allocated 200 million for Remdesivir. It can be allocated for local authorities, for the intervention fund, or another spending. It is a reserve fund, at the Government's disposal. We will see to what it can be used. We are waiting for the budget enforcement, Mr Drula should present the budget enforcement publicly, and afterwards, we can discuss. Reporter: Could new taxes or tax increases appear as of this autumn? Florin Ciţu: I do not see the connection between the two. I have seen public discussions about loans. You know very well that early this month, it was an external loan of 3. 5 billion euros. We should finance a deficit of 80 billion lei. This is why these loans are being taken and they are for the entire year. I do not want us to borrow money and not be able to spend it. We cannot say that we have a deficit of 80 billion lei, and not to spend it at the end of the year. These loans are part of our deficit funding program for this year, worth 80 billion lei. So, the five billion euros borrowed in July is allocated there. I return to July, July is the first month in which expenditure has been covered by incomes and it would not have been necessary to borrow in July. Thank you! Reporter: I could notice a disagreement, at the level of statements, at least, in the Coalition, between members of the Coalition, regarding our preparedness for wave 4. The Government, and the CNCAV, what specific measures do they consider to prepare before wave 4? Florin Ciţu: The same measures we had for the waves one, two, three, furthermore, we have the vaccine. And you could see that although it was publicly alleged that we are not well, we went through these waves better than all the other countries, without closing the economy. I assure you that this time too, we will take the best measures in connection with the epidemiological developments. At the moment, I say we have the best measures for the current situation. As I said in February, I say it now too, as we could be in front of a wave 4 of a certain size. We asked the Ministry of Health to never reduce the capacity we have for the COVID hospital, neither in intensive care units nor at COVID hospitals. They remained intact. Moreover, I said that I want them to prepare for any situation in which, if we need more places for COVID patients, we can transfer them quickly, without any problems. So they had time to prepare during this period. I dont expect it to be a problem in the next period. Reporter: A solution would be to introduce the Green Pass, as is the case in Europe, in several sectors, to prevent the spread? Florin Ciţu: Here again I will agree with the president. No restrictions will solve the pandemic, only vaccination put an end to the pandemic. Thank you! Reporter: Thank you! Reporter: Prime Minister, I would like to know if, after the discussions held in the Coalition on budget rectification and after the actual rectification, the government reshuffle will take place, depending on what happened in the first six months, as you said, on that evaluation of ministers. Thank you! Florin Ciţu: We are doing the budget rectification now, Im not talking about the reshuffle. I repeat the evaluation of the ministers is done ... Reporter: If it remains under discussion. Florin Ciţu: I will always do what is best for the Romanian Government, for Romania and there will never be a decision if I see that things are not going in the right direction for us. Thats what I said every time. But at this moment we are looking at the budget rectification and here, again, we have to think very well when we ask for an additional 40 billion lei, in addition, we have to think that we still have a budget deficit that we have to keep; and if we have always asked the PSD to come up with an income solution when spending increases, it would be good to think about this as well. Reporter: I notice a change in approach, however. In the winter, when you formed the government, you said openly that after six months, you will conduct an evaluation of the ministers and those who do not perform well, will leave. Now I see a change of approach, you say that you will have a discussion and do not bring to the table this change of ministers who did not perform. Florin Ciţu: Yes, we have already done a reshuffle every six months, the ministers are being evaluated on a permanent basis. Thank you. (...) 2021-08-05 14:27:00 de deschidere a etapei a III-a a Programului Oficial de Internship al GuvernuluiȘtiri din 02.08.2021 17:55:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Afacerilor Interne, șeful Departamentului pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă, Raed ArafatȘtiri din 28.07.2021 Cițu: Good afternoon! Two weeks ago, when President Klaus Iohannis chaired the Cabinet meeting, we announced a timetable for the implementation of the Educated Romania project, which was assumed by the Romanian Government too. Today, we signed the decision to set up the Inter-ministerial Committee that will monitor and implement the Educated Romania project, with 3.6 billion euros having been earmarked for this project through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). The committee includes the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports. The Vice Prime Ministers of the Government are also participating in the works, as members, to be led by the Prime Minister, as President, and the Minister of Education, as Vice-President. The Presidential Administration has a permanent guest status, but, and this is also very important, experts, education experts and civil society representatives can also participate in the committees works. I count very much on their contribution to the successful implementation of this programme. In today's Cabinet meeting, we approved an aforementioned emergency ordinance which was blocked in the approval circuit, we unblocked it, allowing the administrative-territorial units to borrow from State Treasury. The amount is 630 million lei. The ordinance regulates the possibility of accessing loans at 1 to 1.5 percent interest rate, according to the contracted reimbursement period, of up to 3 years, 5 years respectively. It is a much-awaited ordinance by very many administrative-territorial units in Romania. Last week, I announced that we will offer financial aid for the flood-hit educational establishments. Today, we adopted the Government Decision, 12 educational units from Alba and Cluj counties that were hit by this month floods. The amount is 1.5 million lei from the state budget, earmarked for local budgets to make the investment works necessary to the repair of school infrastructure for 12 educational establishments. The Education Ministry can provide all the necessary details in this respect. Secretary of State Raed Arafat is here, he will come up with details. We have approved lifting restrictions from August 1. Relaxation is a strong word today, because these measures are not much ease, as many of them are kept in place. I would mention the outdoors cultural, artistic and entertainment events with at most 75,000 people in attendance in areas where the 14-day cumulative rate is less than or equal to 2 cases per 1,000 population. A very important condition - the participants must be vaccinated, or recovered from the disease or tested. Sports competitions, indoors or outdoors, allowed with spectators up to 75% of the maximum capacity of the space, ensuring a distance of at least one meter between people and if the incidence in the locality is less than or equal to 2 per thousand, activities in bars, clubs, discos and game rooms up to a maximum capacity of closed spaces, in the time interval 5: 00-2: 00. It remains 2:00, we have not extended the period, if the incidence is less than or equal to 2 per thousand and here, attention, participation is allowed only for people who are vaccinated. Thats how it was until now, nothing changes. If there are any questions after that, Mr Arafat will go into details about this government decision. Reporter: I saw yesterday, Mr Prime Minister that you were not present at the meeting of the governing coalition, but the coalition leaders and the Minister of Health came up with several proposals for restrictive measures for Romanians who are not vaccinated. For example, doctors will have to be tested every few days, the costs will be borne out of their pocket. We also saw another measure targeting unvaccinated Romanians, who would no longer have access to malls, for example, during the weekend, but also more measures to stimulate the vaccination campaign, such as a lottery with prizes or vouchers. How do you see these measures? Florin Cițu: It is very good that they are trying to come up with beneficial proposals. I hope that they will support the vaccination campaign; with some of them, I agree, with others I disagree. We are waiting for discussions with specialists. I had a conversation today with the Health Minister on the measures needed. I think we will follow the principle we have followed so far - you can see that in the National Committee of Emergency Situations (CNSU)s decisions, I think it is clear that we want to keep the economy open, to avoid problems. At the same time, if specialists themselves tell us that this life-saving vaccination campaign can be helped by bonus measures, granting an award, and so on, we can consider such measures as well. Im waiting for actual solutions. On the other hand, I wouldnt call restrictive measures when we talk about the health workers having to get tested if they havent been vaccinated. I think its about the relationship with the patients and thats where things are a little more sophisticated, but I want to see the proposals in detail first and then well approve them. After we approve them, we discuss them, we will present them to the public. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, what are your explanations for missing the vaccination targets apart from the low incidence rate, and how do you answer the coalition partners saying that you should assume this failure because you let vaccination in the Army's responsibility, which ensures the logistics, but is not good at marketing? Florin Cițu: We did not create these targets just all of a sudden, but following discussions with specialists. What the Government does, and what we did well, was to create the conditions for people to get vaccinated. We purchased the vaccine doses. We created the possibility of having 150,000 persons vaccinated per day. In Romania, vaccination is not mandatory. The Government did its best to create the prerequisites to have this number of vaccinated persons. In the end, all this vaccination campaign is endorsed only by the Government. It is complicated to carry it in a society in which we have very many messages against the government. I would like to see support for vaccination from those criticizing us. I would like to see more from the civil society in terms of supporting the vaccination campaign, not just criticism. I am a convinced liberal, I said each time that the state is not the best administrator of resources, this is why we call for an effective administration. I would like to see much responsibility and more messages encouraging vaccination, from civil society, private sector. It is easy to criticize, but I want to see a positive campaign, as the goal is saving lives in Romania. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, but you also know that in all the forecasts of the rating agencies, the International Monetary Fund, even the BNR, there are reservations about the countries that are not vaccinated. Are you afraid that the IMF will reduce the percentage of economic growth? Florin Ciţu: No. You will see that the IMF will raise the percentage of economic growth. Thank you very much. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, yesterday you announced that Romania has made investments of over 21 billion lei in the first six months ... Florin Ciţu: 21.3 billion. Reporter: At the beginning of the year, through the State Budget Law, you assumed 61.4 billion lei for investments. How do you see this percentage compared to the target you set at the beginning of the year? Are you satisfied with the investments made by the central and local administration? Florin Ciţu: On the one hand, if I check what happened last year with investments and compared to the past 10 years, I confirm that investments are at a record level, they are by 5 billion lei higher than last year. Also, if I look at the budget execution, as I also explained yesterday, we could have done better. I had a discussion today at the end of the meeting with my colleagues on the topic of budget execution, where I said that there are many projects that were in the budget and have almost zero enforcement, which is not acceptable from my point of view. This is why we need to check again the way in which the budget execution was scheduled for several ministries. So, from this point of view, more needs to be done. Reporter: What are the causes for not attaining a better target in the first six months? Florin Ciţu: Today, I told my colleagues to conduct a review, to see what happened in the first six months, why some projects were not carried out. I think there are several causes, we dont know them all now, but we have to look on the bright side, we have a record year of investment, again, 64 billion is a very large amount. We will achieve this result at the end of the year. It only needs to be accelerated in the second half of the year. Compared to last year, they are by 5 billion lei more. Reporter: If you allow me, one last question about European funds. Regarding the European funds, according to the budget execution published yesterday by the Ministry of Finance, approximately 12.5 billion lei were absorbed. Taking into account that through the Budget Law you have assumed that you will absorb over 40 billion lei. Why is a big discrepancy between what you set as objective and what you achieved in the first six months? Florin Ciţu: It is not a big discrepancy. You know very well that budget execution is ... quarterly, maybe there was a discussion. It will surely recover in the second half of the year. Reporter: The people from HoReCa had a conference today in which they also presented a measure, considering that they are still discussing the budget execution: the taxation of the tip. They say that if the tip was taxed by 10%, the Romanian state could receive 5 million lei in a year and, in addition, they could pay higher salaries. Do you take such a measure into account? Florin Ciţu: I would like to discuss this with those who get the tip, to see if they agree. I know this measure, Ive heard it before. I agree with having transparency in this respect, but as for taxation, you know very well that I have reservations every time. When we introduce taxes, the effects are direct and indirect and, in the end, I would like to know what the indirect impact is and no one tells me that yet, and I would like to talk to them about it. Reporter: And related to pensions, we are in mid-year, can you guarantee us at this time, as the budget execution figures show, pensions will increase next year? Florin Ciţu: We have a calendar already presented in the fiscal-budgetary strategy and we will stick to that calendar. Thank you. Reporter: I will return to the questions about the vaccination incentives because many epidemiologists say that such measures to stimulate vaccination should be quickly taken, because when wave 4 will be at its peak, people should be immunized, it takes 30 days to be so. When do you think that these incentives should be approved, implemented? Florin Ciţu: Once they have a final form and a budget and we will see how they will be integrated with the budget rectification, they can be approved. I have looked at other countries and seen that such measures have been used in some countries, but not very much. It is not a practice that has been shown to lead to a significant increase in vaccination. But, I repeat, if specialists claim that it is a measure leading to growth, we will look at it too. After all, I would like to see, every time when it comes to public money, that it has a positive impact on public spending. Reporter: The PNL president said yesterday, at the end of the coalition meeting, that a ceiling agreed for these expenses with the incentives of two hundred million lei, will be included in the budget rectification. Florin Ciţu: I did not hear this figure, two hundred million lei. I heard a figure of two million lei. Reporter: Can you repeat? It wasnt heard. Florin Ciţu: I heard a figure of two million lei, not two hundred million lei. Two hundred million lei is too much. Ill go back to what I said yesterday. At the beginning of the year, the Ministry of Health presented us a strategy whereby we offered incentives to family doctors to enter the vaccination campaign. I agreed, the amounts were very high - we are talking about billions of lei, over a billion lei, and yet the campaign did not give the expected results, so I am sceptical. But every time I listen to the arguments and if the solution is ultimately one that we all agree with the specialists, I will agree with it too. The result is what matters. So far, some of these strategies have not borne fruit, although we have allocated resources. And you see, when you allocate such resources, you have to take them from somewhere and not put them elsewhere. Maybe we could invest that money elsewhere. Reporter: So, you believe two million lei would be the variant.. Florin Ciţu: It was about vouchers, and the amount was two million, not two hundred million. Reporter: You said many times, including at this conference that these proposals should come from specialists. Yesterday, after the meeting of the coalition, the Health Minister put forward proposals after discussions with the Health Ministry. Who should put forward those proposals that you will analyse? Florin Ciţu: These proposals come not only from the Health Ministry, there are several institutions with powers regarding these proposals, I would like to listen to all experts. I had discussions at the Internal Affairs Ministry, before wave 3. I met the INSP and other specialists, each presented his view, and afterwards, we made those decisions. Reporter: How long do you think is there to wait? There are many specialists who say that either at the end of August or at the beginning of September, Romania will most likely be hit quite badly by the fourth wave. Florin Ciţu: We need to focus on vaccination, so people have to get vaccinated and I think that should be the message. Several measures have been tried, but if we dont all come up with the message that we need to get vaccinated and every time we criticize what the government is doing, I dont think we can succeed, whatever those measures are. The idea is that we all have to assume that it is a campaign - and here I also mean the political leaders in Romania - it is a campaign for Romanians, it is a campaign for life - vaccination saves lives. I was looking at statistics about the UK, such as the mortality rate before and after vaccination, for the same number of infected people. Vaccination saves lives, but if we look only at what the Government is doing, and only at these measures, it will not work. We need the involvement of the entire civil society, we all need to promote the message that vaccination saves lives. Thank you! Reporter: Please, if you allow me, also on the budget execution, because we didnt have time these days to talk in great detail about it. We have seen an increase in staff costs. In the spring, you criticized the Ministry of Finance for staff growth, staff costs. How do you explain now, at six months? Its an increase compared to last year, the same period. Florin Ciţu: It is an increase in staff costs compared to last year. It is about the salaries that were given last year and the staff employed at the Ministry of Health and so on, there are some increases. But, very importantly, as a percentage of GDP, staff costs decrease, and our objective is that staff costs decrease until 2024, as percentage of GDP, and this time, we stick to this objective. They are smaller by 0.1 percentage compared to the same period of the previous year and that is a first. Reporter: You said that you discussed with Ministers today. What are the Ministries that did not fulfil their investment plans and you cut from them, upon budgetary rectification? That would be the first question. Florin Ciţu: The discussion starts from the Budget law article where I said very clearly that a budget execution below the programmed one, can lead to budget adjustment. To go further, a very good substantiation of spending is needed in the last part of the year. We will see what the decision will be in the next period. Reporter: What are the low -performing Ministries? Florin Ciţu: You will see when we publish data on budget execution for each Ministry. Reporter: Returning to measures to stimulate vaccination, you said you agree with some and disagree with others. Do you endorse the mandatory testing of doctors or their mandatory vaccination? Florin Ciţu: I said this publicly before, I agree with the testing of the medical staff. Reporter: Do you agree that they bear the cost of testing? Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: Ok. And a decision when could it be made? How fast, in a month or two? Florin Ciţu: When a proposal is submitted in the Cabinet meeting, a decision will be made, but this proposal has not come yet. I think yesterday, it was discussed in the coalition. I understand they agreed. When it comes to the Ministry of Health, we will approve this decision, or it could just be a ministerial order, I dont know exactly if a government decision is needed in this respect. Reporter: Mandatory vaccination, do you agree with it? Of the doctors, of the medical staff? Florin Ciţu: Mandatory vaccination was not presented as a proposal. Reporter: In the coalition. Florin Ciţu: It was not presented. Florin Ciţu: And the last question, related to the electronic identity card. Romania assumed to make it available from August 2, according to European regulation, it is an obligation assumed by Romania at the EU level. What was done, as the National Printing House, the institution that is authorized to produce these ID cards, has just launched the first auction...; There are pretty minimal chances for ... Florin Ciţu: I will ask the Ministry of Internal Affairs for more details, to see what happens there, I really dont know the details. Reporter: There are a few more days, thats why Im asking you. Florin Ciţu: Yes, you are right. Im going to ask to see what happened, at this point I dont know exactly. Thank you! Reporter: Thank you! Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the leader of UDMR, your government partner, announced a meeting with the US Embassys Charge dAffaires, the discussion aimed at, among other things, or in particular, the abolition, or rather the blockage of the abolition of Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes (SIIJ). This blockage concerns not only Romanian magistrates, civil society, but also external partners. What will you do, Prime Minister, if the UDMR continues to oppose the return of magistrates corruption cases to DNA and the blockage continues? Florin Ciţu: I will do what I have done so far, I will bring them to the discussion table until we find a solution. I prefer to have these discussions within the coalition before going public because it is difficult to return to the discussion table after that, but I am sure that we will find a solution. PSD cut the justice laws, we are correcting them now. We will correct them and find the solution. I see that there was no question on this subject, but I want to tell you: my conversation with US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo was excellent in which what Romania has done this year is very much appreciated, where I proposed that part of the companies undergoing reshoring in the United States, part of these production facilities should come to Romania, an idea that was very well received by the Secretary of Commerce. The United States is at a very good level at the moment. The strategic partnership is going very well. Reporter: ...; Florin Ciţu: No. Now I have seen this letter. I will have a discussion, to see if the phenomenon exists and if it exists, or how he sees this. So I would like to have his opinion before I can express myself. Reporter: Will you have a discussion with some of the signatories of the letter or only with Mr Cimpeanu? Florin Ciţu: Anytime, if the signatories of the letter come to me, we will have a discussion with them, of course. Reporter: Thank you. Reporter: Yesterday, Roșia Montană entered the UNESCO Patrimony. What is the Governments plan to develop this area economically? What actions do you envisage taking in the next period and how much will it cost us to preserve the monuments there, in accordance with UNESCO standards? Florin Ciţu: We will have a discussion. We will have to see, first of all, with the local authorities what development plan we will have for this area. At the moment there is no decision. But we must have a discussion with the local authorities because they know best, the communities there, and we will see how we can develop this area. Reporter: Did you request a meeting? How much will we have to allocate to preserve the monuments there? Florin Ciţu: I expect a presentation from the Ministry of Culture on the situation after yesterdays decision and after that, we will come up with a decision. Reporter: The trade unionists propose that the minimum salary be calculated according to the minimum monthly consumption basket. How do you regard this proposal, is it a feasible one? Florin Cițu: I have always said that the minimum salary or the income, any income in Romania should be linked to productivity. I also want the minimum salary to be linked to productivity. Reporter: Why should it not be linked to the minimum consumption basket? At present, the minimum salary is half the minimum consumption basket. Florin Cițu: As salary, work is linked to productivity, that is what happens in the economy, and this is how things are working everywhere in the world. Thank you. Reporter: I wanted to ask you about a press release of the Canadian company Gabriel Resources, they announced that through this decision to register Roșia Montană among the UNESCO sites, Romania does not observe its commitments to them. What will the Government do? What is your second step and how will we be able to pay the compensations that, as you probably know, are very high? If this registration is used as an additional argument, because they will not be able to exploit there? Florin Ciţu: First we will have to make a new assessment and then we can comment, given that it is an ongoing process, I cannot comment on these statements at this time. Reporter: But did the lawyers inform you that once it is admitted among the UNESCO sites, the exploitation works will not be possible? Florin Ciţu: We will have a discussion with the lawyers to see the stage of the process and where we are now. Reporter: And I would have another question, please. You had a post on Monday, on the budget rectification, about how the ministries spent the money. Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: You said that you will make an analysis of the activity of the ministers according to this way, an analysis that is not foreseen in the protocol. I would like you to tell us if this analysis of how the money was spent by the ministries is considered to be your exclusive prerogative and could lead to a change of some ministers in office? Florin Ciţu: I said that I was not talking about ministers there, I was talking about the budget enforcement of ministries, not ministers, but that is why I said, to be very clear, that I can conduct this assessment, which I presented today in the Cabinet meeting to my colleagues. The whole Cabinet was there and we talked about it. Reporter: But will you use it if you want to replace someone in the office? Florin Ciţu: I cant comment on these things here. The decisions I make in terms of reshuffling are publicly presented each time. Reporter: Thank you. Florin Ciţu: Thank you very much. Mr Secretary of State. (...;) 2021-07-28 18:37:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 27.07.2021 15:07:00 PENTRU PRESĂȘtiri din 27.07.2021 13:01:00 Comitetului pentru e-guvernare și reducerea birocrațieiȘtiri din 22.07.2021 15:42:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu reprezentanții Federației AGROSTARȘtiri din 22.07.2021 13:23:00 premierului Florin Cîțu, în sistem online, la evenimentul ”Grand Matinal Digital”, organizat de Camera de Comerț, Industrie și Agricultură Franceză în RomâniaȘtiri din 22.07.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good morning and thank you for the invitation! I will start with a brief message. You said very important things and I would like to say in one phrase what this government is about. This government is about reform and investment, with a medium-term development plan. That sums up everything we want to do while in office, this government started very well, and has a horizon over 2024. Now, we are preparing a development plan for Romania until 2028. Things are very simple from this point of view. You mentioned the amount of 76.2 billion euros. This money is for the interval 2022- 2027. Therefore, any plan we devise, we need to take into account this programming. This is why I see a development plan for this period. I said reform and investment because Romania has to move to the next level. You talked about direct investment in Romania and what we could do to change the paradigm. In my opinion, things are very simple: we are moving to a model of economic development in which jobs, for example, are well-paid, and Romanias attractiveness will no longer be with cheap labour for types of work that had no added value. We change things, we move to well - paid jobs for investment that bring great added value. In order to be globally competitive, the economy must move towards areas with high added value and high-profit margins, which means skilled labour. We are preparing the ground in Romania for that as well. We will qualify the workforce through state resources, of course, we will do it in partnership with private sector investors. Romania has a unique opportunity in the next period. It is the amount of 76.2 million euros, 29.2 billion euros of which are from PNRR and the rest from European funds. At the same time, it is a firm commitment of this Cabinet - and I assure you through PNRR, this will be in the future too, towards investing at least 13 billion euros per year from the budget in the economy, you mentioned 60 billion lei, whereas I mentioned it in euro. If we look at 2028, almost 170 billion euros or more than 150 billion euros will be invested in the economy. I want us to look at this figure through what means GDP in Romania today, a GDP of 200 billion euros. So, we will invest in Romania, in the next period, a value close to Romanias GDP at present. This means, first of all, challenges in terms of the labour force, challenges related to the way in which this money is earmarked in the economy, to avoid periods when we cannot invest the money. Because we are in a discussion with the private sector, I would like to tell you a few things from PNRR that might interest you; you know very well, there are over 2 billion euros, money that addresses directly the private sector, so money that can go to the private sector and that is related to digitalization. At the same time, the message is very simple: the over 150 billion euros is money managed by the Romanian state, it invests this money in the economy, but the Romanian state cannot invest without private sector companies, so the vehicle is the Romanian state, its true, for all the 150 billion euros, but we will make these investments in the economy with companies in the private sector, companies in the field of digitalization, companies in the field of green energy, construction companies. Therefore, not only 2 billion euros from PNRR pertain to the private sector, all the 150 billion euros that come to the economy will go through the private sector. For each project, you need a company on the other side that, of course, will win a contract with a tender that comes from the private sector and will implement these resources in the economy. Thats right, these are things we already know. At the same time, we are fighting internationally for investment. We want more capital, more investments in Romania in addition to these European funds and PNRR and money invested from the budget and, for that, and we are doing certain things. As I said, we look at what has been done wrong so far, why investors did not come to Romania until the present and why investors avoided our country. On the one hand, it is true that the legislation in Romania was not, I would not say friendly, but it was not as clear as necessary and it was easily interpretable and we are working on this legislation, including public procurement legislation. It is part of the reform package we have announced. At the same time, I look at the global competitiveness indicators for Romania. It is the simplest thing, where we can get ideas to reform the economy. There, Romania is worst at authorizing and approving investments. After you have made an investment in Romania, you open a company in three days, four days, but to kick off investment, it can take up to a year, a year and a half. We will reduce all these terms through legislation, in order to make the economic environment much friendlier for foreign investors in Romania. We still maintain the aid schemes and I think the only aid scheme that works is scheme 807 drawn up by the Ministry of Finance, which worked very well for investments of over 1 million euros and there are a few such things, but the direction we are already heading to, produced results. In the first quarter of this year, economic growth was for the first time entirely due to investment. The 2.8 percentage points of economic growth are entirely due to investments. Even public administration consumption fell in the first part of the year, which is all right, allowed the private sector to make investments. We are talking about net investments in the economy, which have grown. The paradigm shift, not to go into details, was clear at the beginning of the mandate, when I said that we will move from a budget that was built on social spending mostly, to a budget that will have more and more investment component, and the two programs, PNRR and European funds, are used to relieve the budget of certain expenditure and to allow the national budget to make investments, to make investment expenditure and other expenditure. This is the direction we are heading to, it is a government that - I said from the first moment - is close to the private sector and that understands that development comes only through a transparent, trusting relationship with the private sector. The things we said at the beginning of our mandate, remain as we said them and we have always maintained them in front of our discussion partners, with the European Commission, regarding taxes, for example. I do not want us to introduce new taxes in Romania, I do not want to increase the existing taxes. The only parenthesis here is that if decisions on pollution taxes come from the European Commission and so on, we can talk about directives there. Otherwise, as far as I am concerned, this government will not try to increase revenues by penalizing investors and citizens in the private sector. On the contrary, we will increase and we have shown that we will increase budget revenues through voluntary compliance. When you are a reliable and transparent partner of the private sector, budget revenues increase following voluntary compliance. Things are simple from my point of view. I stop in order to have a debate. This was the message that I wanted to convey. We very much appreciate the Romanian - French partnership regarding economic development and the support extended for Romania to be invited to join the OECD. Thank you! *** Florin Cițu: Thank you very much for the presentations and comments. You correctly identified our problems, or the challenges for this government, to reach where we said, a competitive economy, with well-paid jobs and great added-value production. This is in fact the objective. We have several goals at the moment. On the one hand, we want to create a competitive economy and, on the other hand, we committed together with our partners in the European Union to move towards a green economy, to be not only competitive but also green. In the short term, the two may not be very easy to implement. The objectives, although common, the one regarding green energy, with the European Union, the strategy to switch to a green economy is different from country to country. Romania will do its best in the next period, in terms of green energy, but we have to be realistic and see exactly where Romania stands today. We are a competitive and clean economy, but the transition has a cost. And this is our point of view: the speed of making this transition will be different for Romania, compared to other countries and, at the same time, of course, we need more support from our European partners, if we want to increase our speed. We are making big efforts regarding the transition from polluting energy for instance, in Valea Jiului to green energy, but here, discussions with partners from the European Commission, are very clear from my point of view. Speed depends on the way we are doing this. We must think there is a social cost that we cannot throw on the citizens at the moment. We must think of measures to help people go further, investment opportunities. I would like to talk a bit about the way we are seeing things. We are talking, on the one hand, more about creating an offer of human capital, and at the same time, about creating opportunities. I would start with the final part, how we see legislative documents to make the connection between labour legislation, education, investment, and so on. All should have a single objective, from my point of view: creating opportunities for Romanians. Opportunities in the Jiu Valley, in Moldavia, or in southern Romania, everywhere we must create the legal framework through which the labour force can move flexibly between sectors and be able to retrain very quickly. Therefore, once again, we will have inter-ministerial committees. Solutions, as happened last year, came every time after we had debates with our private sector partners. Even if we came with an idea, with some solutions, they have been immediately improved after talks with you. Thus, I am open to this. A red thread between these topics is human capital. You cannot have development without human capital to support this development. We are talking about digital transformation; after all, you still need qualified human capital. And there are two problems: one short-term, quantitative problem related to where we take the workforce to support short-term economic growth and the second is a medium to long term problem of quality, and here we have Educated Romania. Educated Romania is a project that will yield results in about 15-20 years of reform, we will not see them today, but it is important to take up these reforms. And I think there is a need for continued pressure from the private sector for these reforms to be backed. There is a need for you to maintain this voice, and ask this reform publicly in the next years, so that any future Cabinet do not move away from these objectives, this is why I included the reforms in PNRR, to make sure that any government would come to power after 2028, should be, we will stay in office until 2026, but we want to make sure that these reforms will be made in the future. This predictability is needed, and we ensure this when we include reforms in the legislative documents. Returning to competencies, as it was mentioned regarding industrial policy, it is true that research, we will see how research develops in the next period, the principle of competitiveness should be introduced for resources in all sectors in the economy, including in research. Those who want to do research should compete for resources if these resources come from the state or the private sector, and only those achieving results, can go further. Funding only for the sake of funding from the budget is not a solution in my opinion, although we call it research. We need to find those centres where development can be done through research and there, I repeat, depending on the results, we can earmark more resources. I am not adept of investing public money anywhere, just because it is called research and we have to invest in research without results. I dont want to invest in education without results either, nor do I want to invest in health without results. We all need to ask the Government that these investments from public money be seen in the results. And this is, again, a paradigm shift. The dual education system is very good and I support it and here we have very good examples from the private sector. The private sector has done a very good job in recent years and in the discussions we had with the Minister of Education we are learning from the private sector and we will extend the good examples to the whole sector. But here too, again, we must do this in collaboration with the private sector. The tendency is that when the state takes over a program to make it much too big and we dont need everything it produces, thats why we have to stay in touch every time, as we did until now. The fact that we managed to get through this crisis together last year was due to the way we worked, starting with SME Invest, the measures of technical unemployment, kurzarbeit and so on, flexible work schedule, all were improved after discussions with you, even if we put forward the solutions. And last but not least, regarding the agriculture part - there is a national strategy for it to follow exactly the same direction as the rest of the economy - high value-added production. After all, after this meeting, I have a meeting with Agrostar, just to talk to those people, with the producers, with the people who create the offer and I have some very important questions for them, for example, to explain the situation that the producers complain that product prices are too low and consumers, on the other hand, complain that prices are too high. Somewhere, something is happening between the two, somewhere a monopoly appears and we have to destroy that monopoly and I will have such discussions. The fact that we look at the medium-term and identify the problems is already an important step. It takes you all the time to tell us that we still havent done what we were supposed to do and that were wasting time. This - you know how it is - a wake-up call, every time you tell us that we promised something and we didnt do it, we have to understand that we do it because we have a common goal: to develop Romania or to lead Romania in 2028 where we set it out to be. And Im proposing something that hasnt happened in the last 30 years. So, in the last 30 years, Romania has been with a GDP per capita at the tail end of Europe. I intend us to stop being at the tail end of Europe by 2028, in terms of GDP per capita, to be there, somewhere, higher in the ranking. These are goals that we must assume, we can only achieve them by coping with all these challenges that you have mentioned in all these sectors, starting from green energy, which is a commitment that we all have, to a competitive industry, and we have seen clearly what the dependence on production in China means and so on, in certain times of crisis and in order to be resilient, we need to change the paradigm. As for agriculture, which is important, you said, almost 5% of GDP in Romania and last year, a year of drought, we lost almost 10% of GDP in the third quarter. Without human resources, I repeat, even in the age of digitalization, without quality human resources, you cannot move forward, you have no way forward. Thats what I wanted to tell you now. But only together you should know that we can make things advance and we need to maintain this dialogue in the next period because only from this dialogue with the private sector, I say that all Romanians have something to gain, not just the private sector. Thank you! 2021-07-22 12:05:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 21 iulie, susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și de membri ai cabinetuluiȘtiri din 21.07.2021 Cițu: Good afternoon. A decision was approved in todays government meeting granting 148.7 million lei from the intervention fund to 17 counties hit by floods and landslides. Minister Cseke Attila will detail the decision. The money is intended for the repair of the county and communal roads, bridges, footbridges and dams. The respective counties are Alba, Arad, Arges, Bacau, Bihor, Bistrita Nasaud, Botosani, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Covasna, Gorj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Maramures, Satu Mare, Valcea, Vrancea, with 1,085 objectives and 243 territorial administrative units as recipients. In today's Cabinet meeting, an emergency ordinance was approved regarding the approval of the immediate intervention methods for the brown bear species. Secretary of State Robert Szep is here today to give you all the details. We conveyed, in the Cabinet meeting, beyond this normative act, the need for a strategy to control the bear population. This ordinance is a measure that comes to solve a short-term problem, but it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment to come up with this long-term bear population control strategy; I understand from the Secretary of State that we already have a project - I want, Mr Secretary of State, to ask you to give more details - and we could have this strategy implemented and with measures in no more than a year. Also in todays Cabinet meeting, we approved the granting of the amount of 2.7 million lei for the financing of the International Theater Festival in Sibiu and 200,000 lei for the financing of the Astra Film Festival. Last but not least, if you remember, I asked for a report from the Ministry of Health regarding the capacity of the Romanian state to take care of the big burn. In todays government meeting, this report was presented by the Ministry of Health and the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health, Mrs Althamer will present the report in full detail. A good sign from the report is that three large burn centres will be built in Bucharest, Timisoara and Targu Mures. Funding will be provided through a program with the World Bank. These were the things I wanted to mention in the Cabinet meeting. If there are questions on these or other topics, related to the activity of the Government, one question from each one, because we have several things to explain. Reporter: Today we got an exclusive document, according to which 19 schools were hit by the recent floods. When these school units are to be rebuilt, given that the school year will begin in a month and a half? Will the Government allocate money for their timely restoration until the start of the new school year? Florin Ciţu: We will definitely allocate money. We also have a preliminary evaluation, but I am waiting for the final evaluation. It is true, it is about 17 schools, nine in Cluj-Napoca, one school in Botosani, three kindergartens in Brasov, a sports group in Satu Mare and three schools in Alba. Its about water infiltrations, damaged roofs, in some cases, there are flooded basements. As we have granted, you have seen, the amount of over 148 million lei - 148.7 million lei - to repair everything that has been destroyed recently due to the floods, we will timely grant the resources to repair these schools. Thank you very much. Reporter: Will they be repaired by the beginning of the school year? That is the question. Florin Ciţu: Of course, we will provide the resources as soon as we receive the evaluation report, so I hope it will be ready by then. Reporter: Prime Minister, public debt has reached 49.7% of GDP. At 50%, wages should be frozen as the law provides. How will you proceed? Florin Ciţu: Lets get to 50% first ... Reporter: Weve probably already reached that. If we take into account the estimates, we could say that we are very close. What can state employees expect? We are talking about millions of employees. Florin Ciţu: These are estimates, for now. Lets see, debt, as a percentage of GDP, has two elements. One is public debt, the other is nominal GDP. Nominal GDP grew much faster than we expected. I dont know if we reach 50%, we will see when we reach 50%. At the same time, it is a recommendation, not a law; well see what happens then, but I remind you that we froze wages in the public sector, at the beginning of the year. So this is not the problem. Thank you. Reporter: I wanted to ask you, Mr. Prime Minister, in view of the scandal that appeared in the press yesterday, related to that document leaked from your Chancellery, if you have clarified it and if the document is real and, if it is real, will measure be taken? Florin Ciţu: I said yesterday, I repeat it today, I can only comment on the basis of official documents. From my point of view, an official document means a registered document, signed document and so on. Reporter: The document had the Government header, and was signed. Florin Ciţu: I repeat what I said earlier: official documents, from my point of view, mean registered documents, documents that have gone through a certain procedure. These are official documents. I cant comment on documents. Reporter: But did you at least check if its real or not? Florin Ciţu: I repeat my answer... Reporter: The latest Avangarde opinion barometer shows that the number of people who do not consider the need for vaccination has increased by 5% in the last month, reaching 36 percent. How does this issue of vaccination evolve, given that certain categories of the population do not listen to the Governments call to get vaccinated and in the conditions in which the Minister of Health announced yesterday that at the peak of a possible wave 4, there will be around 4,000 infected people a day? Florin Ciţu: As we have done so far, we will continue to make every effort to persuade the citizens that the solution to get rid of the pandemic is vaccination. The Minister of Health presented, we had a discussion at the Government and then in the coalition, several solutions, some are on the restriction side, others on the motivation side, we will see which of the solutions will be accepted in the coalition, I have expressed my opinion on some of them, but, I repeat, we are looking for solutions to continue a vaccination campaign. After all, I say that it is also the responsibility of every person in Romania, every citizen, to protect their family, to protect their loved ones and their own health, to get vaccinated. Reporter: If you allow, please, how do you interpret the fact that 73% of the citizens could not mention a trusted minister of your Cabinet, apart from the Prime Minister? Florin Ciţu: I did not see the study, I will look, to see how the study was conducted. Thank you! Reporter: DNA and DIICOT are facing a staffing crisis, and the recent decision of the CCR risks exacerbating this crisis, not only the two prosecutors offices themselves would be affected, but what they represent, the fight against corruption, the fight against organized crime and, respectively, the DIICOT international partnerships, because human trafficking, drug trafficking are cross-border phenomena. I would like to ask you, Mr Prime Minister, if, in these circumstances, we can expect to see an attempt to resolve it quickly, through an emergency ordinance or a normative act, because there would be solutions, Mr Bologa said, for example, that he could reduce the seniority required for prosecutors to join the General Prosecutors Office, which would automatically lead to a reduction of seniority for those who will be employed at DNA and DIICOT. Is it being discussed in the coalition? Will we see a normative act soon? Florin Ciţu: This solution with the emergency ordinance was not presented in the coalition. The other was declared unconstitutional. If other solutions come to solve the staffing crisis, of course, we will look at them and see what normative acts are needed. You only look there, you look at DIICOT and DNA, I look at the economy, there is a staffing crisis in several sectors, and the solutions, you know, that in no sector in the economy are short-term solutions, usually, when we find solutions that try to speed up or cut corners, are not the best solutions. Here, we need to have a strategy for all sectors in the economy in the long run, how to bring qualified staff in all sectors of the economy, and, in the short term, we will have to find solutions in the areas with burning issues. For now, we have no other solutions in the coalition at the moment. What the coalition passed, was rejected, you know very well, by the Constitutional Court. Reporter: But as the chief prosecutor of DNA said, he has already advanced a solution. But do you think that there will be political will, I mean in the context in which the UDMR already shows a great aversion to the return of cases aimed at magistrates' corruption, to DNA? Florin Ciţu: No, we do not enter any speculations now. I can only say, that it is a second question, but I am telling you that this solution has not been adopted in the coalition right now. Reporter: Thanks. Florin Ciţu: Thank you. Reporter: Today, we have seen that the number of infection cases exceeding 100. Do you think the Government should think of protective measures and if you consider the idea advanced by the Health Minister that to restrict unvaccinated persons from attending events indoors, is a good idea? Florin Ciţu: Presently, we have certain thresholds: 0.5 per thousand, 1.5 per thousand, 2, 3 per thousand. So, when we reach those thresholds, certain rules we have never given up, become effective. Therefore, we should not reinvent something new. Last year, we had those thresholds, they worked, and we further use them. Reporter: So to what extent are these measures sufficient? At what infection rate, should we change something, though? Florin Ciţu: Well, I repeat, as they have worked so far, they will continue to work. I used these thresholds and they come with a set of measures in addition to them. Reporter: I understand. So, you consider them sufficient. Florin Ciţu: Yes. Reporter: Thank you. Reporter: The mobile phone of President Emmanuel Macron was allegedly targeted through the Pegasus program of Moroccos intelligence services. In this context, I wanted to ask you, is Pegasus a program that has arrived or will ever arrive in Romania as well? What do you know about such surveillance in our country and if an investigation is carried out to see if we are vulnerable? Florin Ciţu: I dont know anything about this program and I am very careful with phone applications. Thank you. Reporter: Regarding that emergency ordinance, if it was discussed in the coalition or in the government regarding doctors who are not vaccinated and could be tested from ...; Florin Ciţu: It is one of the proposals discussed in the coalition, when we reach a decision, we will see. There are several options, it is one of them. I dont know if the minister is still here, if not ... Reporter: Do you endorse it, could there be changes, and does it remain so? Florin Ciţu: I have already said that I endorse it. I have already said publicly that I endorse such a measure. Reporter: And if you allow me another question regarding Ludovic Orbans statements. He claimed, about the reshuffle you did, of the Minister of Finance, that he was not consulted and everything was done against his will, and that not even the party was consulted. Is that true or not? Thank you. Florin Ciţu: I have said it many times: the decision to reshuffle a minister is the constitutional attribute of the prime minister, a statement that Mr. Orban also made many times, I dont understand why he has changed his statements now. Reporter:/...;/ Florin Ciţu: I, as prime minister, can only comment on official documents. What I understand to be an official document is a document that has been registered, or presented. The aforementioned document has never been registered or presented to me at any time. About documents that appear in the press, I dont know if they are documents... Reporter: But did you talk to your advisors? Florin Ciţu: One second, let me answer: documents that appear in the press, leaflets or editable documents that appear in the press, I cant comment on them. I can only comment on official documents. Thank you. Reporter: Have you talked to your advisors about this? You will take action... Florin Ciţu: Thank you, a question. Thank you. Reporter: I would continue, however, because it is an electronic signature that certifies the veracity of the document. We understand that it was not registered at the Chancellery, we understand that it was not registered at the Government, you explained to us yesterday, but it is drafted by a state councillor from the Government for political purposes. Florin Ciţu: I think we understand the electronic signature differently. We dont have an electronic signature in the Government at the moment, so this is a different thing from what is happening... Reporter: The author of the document, thats what I meant. Florin Ciţu: Thank you very much. (...;) 2021-07-21 16:53:00 premierului Florin Cîțu alături de președintele României, Klaus Iohannis, și de ministrul apărării naționale, Nicolae Ciucă, la ceremonia militară prilejuită de încheierea misiunii NATO Resolute Support din Teatrul de Operații din AfganistanȘtiri din 21.07.2021 12:23:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la videoconferința cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 20.07.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good evening! Thank you for having promptly answered this call. We convened this video conference to make sure we have solutions for flood-hit people. And I would also like to make sure during this conference that we know exactly what we need locally so that no one suffers in the next period. Minister Bode is present at the conference, and so is Mr Arafat, to make sure that decisions are implemented as soon as possible. Weve heard that before when talking about floods, every time, that everything is under control. I would like you to weigh very well when you say this, everything is under control, to make sure that it is so because I have information, on the one hand from the mayors, on the other hand from our people and then I want to clarify it. We should refute immediately any fake news, thus, our information must be accurate and that is why I would like us to clarify these things. The Department for Emergency Situations has already sent me a report. Damage was registered in 34 localities of 14 counties: Alba, Argeș, Botoșani, Brașov, Cluj, Caraș-Severin, Dambovița, Hunedoara, Olt, Prahova, Sibiu and Timiș. Interventions have been made and are still made for the evacuation of water from 11 houses, 7 household annexes, 56 courtyards, 70 cellars and basements, three offices of some economic operators and three offices of some public institutions. We will review the situation in each county and see exactly what the needs are for each ATU, each administrative-territorial unit. At the same time, I would like you to tell us if there are still situations of maximum urgency, if there are still isolated people, in danger, if we still have interrupted road or rail traffic. Minister Bode, that was about the information for the introduction. I will now give the floor to you and to Mr Arafat. Thank you! In tomorrow's Cabinet meeting, we will approve the Government Decision on financial resources from the intervention fund for repairs that have been made so far, following weather events. That means it would be better to evaluate rapidly what is happening now so that we can earmark resources for budgetary revision. Therefore, I would like you to have the evaluation reports as quickly as possible, then, the prefecture knows very well the procedure, send the reports to the Development Ministry, so that upon the budget revision, the resources will be earmarked for what is happening now. (...) 2021-07-20 19:54:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 20.07.2021 15:54:00 pentru persoanele afectate de inundații din județul AlbaȘtiri din 19.07.2021 13:13:00ții susținute de premierul Florin Cîțu în zonele afectate de inundații din județul AlbaȘtiri din 18.07.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon! It is a miracle that we do not have fatalities in this area, seeing what has happened, I understand that there were 250 litres of water fell per square meter. There are no fatalities, this is a positive thing. It means that the RO-Alert system has worked. I understand that people warned each other. Now comes the hard part, in the short term, to restore everything that has broken down. First of all, we start with peoples households, where needed, we have already discussed whether (drinking) water is needed, we will bring containers of 1,000 litres of water as to have drinking water in the area, if there is a need for housing, mattresses, equipment, the Army, I spoke with the general for help to be provided. All resources will be handled to quickly solve the situation. First of all, the citizens households to be able to return to normal as soon as possible, then we will start with the main roads, as well, a road has already been destroyed, a road to a pasture. Farm animals should have access there. I assured the four mayors from the most hit areas that they will receive support from the Government. A month and a half ago, we have created the legal framework whereby we can give help without the need for a Government meeting, which means that after we receive the evaluation report, people will be able to get financial, material support, everything they need. I call on flood-hit people to contact the town halls in the flood-hit areas to tell what they need, and we will allocate these resources in the shortest time possible. Reporter: You refer surely to Cărpiniș - Gura Roșie area. Therefore, not only here, at Paulis. Florin Ciţu: All areas- I have spoken with mayors of several areas, Rosia Montana, with everybody, Abrud, Campeni, all hit areas will receive support. Reporter: Will there be fixed amounts? Florin Ciţu: There is a fixed amount, but if needed, it can be supplemented. At this moment, we have to make sure that people can recover and restore their households as soon as possible. We will do our best for that. Reporter: Did flood-hit people from Moldova receive the money, three weeks ago, a month ago? Florin Ciţu: The people from Moldova received the money, now we will send resources for the territorial administrative units as well; in Wednesdays Cabinet meeting (we will decide) to send not only to Moldova; there have been floods in Moldova, there have been floods in Transylvania, in several areas and these ATUs will now receive the resources to restore or pay, in fact, the bills for what they have to do lately. Reporter: And a question for Mr Bode. People complained about the RO-Alert system, they received the alert after the flood came. An investigation is needed there. Lucian Bode: There were several RO-Alert messages given immediately after these phenomena were noticed. Of course, talking to colleagues from ISU about the phone calls that the citizens here in the area made to 112, we found that we arrived in a very, very short time with dozens of firefighters, gendarmes, police, we managed to get right here in the area, bypassing the flood, because we could not move on the / alignment / of the river and firefighters managed to warn, to remove from their homes some of the citizens who were, as you well know, evacuated. What is very important is that, as the Prime Minister said, there were no fatalities, although there are almost 300 people evacuated, over 120 destroyed houses, two national roads hit, on which people are still working, but the fact that we, today, we are here, Mr Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, I want it to be understood very clearly: our message is for all those affected, we do not leave anyone in trouble, we intervene immediately. Tomorrow, the Government can allocate the necessary resources for the flood-hit families, and citizens and, of course, on account of the reports made by the administrative-territorial units, we can intervene and help them rebuild their roads, water supply systems. What is very important is that, for example, the power supply is 95% solved. About 50 out of more than 10,000 household consumers are not connected. Florin Ciţu: Today, around 8:00 pm, all these problems should be solved. I would like to thank all the structures of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of National Defense that intervened quickly and I also want to thank the volunteers - for coming and responding immediately to the needs of the citizens. It is a dramatic situation and we will all support the people here. Reporter: When do you estimate that the people in the area will receive compensations /.../? Florin Ciţu: Starting tomorrow, after the Governments decision, of course, the money will reach the citizens. Thank you very much! 2021-07-18 16:57:00Întâlnirea premierului Florin Cîțu cu sportivi din echipa care va reprezenta România la Jocurile Olimpice de la TokyoȘtiri din 15.07.2021 11:56:00 DE PRESĂ privind rezultatele selecției candidaților la etapa a III-a a Programului de Internship 2021Știri din 15.07.2021 09:59:00 premierului Florin Cîţu la recepția oferită cu prilejul Zilei Naționale a FranțeiȘtiri din 14.07.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu at the reception held on the occasion of the National Day of the French Republic [Check against delivery] Mr President, Your Excellency, Madam Ambassador, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here today to celebrate the National Day of France and to convey to you, on my behalf and on behalf of the Romanian Government, the warmest congratulations and best wishes for success. Together we celebrate July 14, a day with a special historical significance, a day of celebration for the French nation and, at the same time, an occasion for the celebration of human rights, democracy and freedom. The Strategic Partnership between our countries remains a landmark of our shared prosperity and security in the Euro-Atlantic area, an expression of the values ​​that Romania and France share. I welcome the fact that the partnership roadmap was updated at the end of last year. Our ties of friendship and solidarity were also tested during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Europe and the world. In this context, I appreciate the wish of Madam Ambassador to mark todays celebration as a tribute to the medical and care staff who were at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. I would also like to thank the medical staff in Romania and France, who acted in solidarity to save human lives. I also salute the contribution of Romanian doctors in France to this extraordinary joint effort. Dear guests, This pandemic has put us in front of reality - that no one is safe until we are all safe. The return to normalcy will mean and is closely linked to economic recovery. Overcoming the pandemic through vaccination remains the best way to go for our economies and societies. France is an important economic partner for us, and Romania is a place worth investing in. The Romanian-French economic partnership includes national strategic sectors, from the automotive industry to the aeronautical one or the energy field. We expect the resumption of economic growth, which will confirm the positive trend of recent years. This years signals are optimistic. Ladies and gentlemen, In the first semester of next year, France will take over the presidency of the EU Council. It will be a crucial moment in the recovery and restart of our societies and economies. The pandemic highlighted the importance of coordination at the European level in managing the coronavirus crisis faster and more efficiently. Romania, alongside France, stays deeply committed to this step of enhanced coordination. I am glad that we share the same approach on the strategic importance of strengthening the healthcare systems and boosting healthcare cooperation at the European level. Romania is ready to work in this direction and to support the future French presidency in order to obtain concrete benefits for all European citizens, including through the concretization of the Health Union. I think that on this occasion too, solidarity, a constituent element of European construction, should be at the centre of our efforts. I would add here the unity of nations, as a prerequisite for regaining the citizens' trust in Europe. I am convinced that the special bond between our countries will serve to attaining these objectives and building a stronger Europe. Finally, I want to wish Bonne Fete Nationale to all our French friends! Thank you! 2021-07-14 18:53:00 de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 14 iulie, susținut de premierul Florin Cîţu și de ministrul educației, Sorin CîmpeanuȘtiri din 14.07.2021 15:58:00ţii susținute de președintele Klaus Iohannis și premierul Florin Cîțu, la începutul şedinţei de guvernȘtiri din 14.07.2021 [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good afternoon. Today, President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis honours us with his presence at this Cabinet meeting that he is presiding over. As you know, today, we will approve in this Cabinet meeting, the memorandum on the Educated Romania Project. Mr President, you have the floor. Klaus Iohannis: Thank you, Mr Prime Minister. Ministers, today is an extremely important day for the future of education in our country. We move forward together decisively towards the implementation of the Educated Romania project. I thank you for the collaboration until now and I am convinced that you will make every effort so that we change the Romanian education system for the better. Its reform is mandatory if we want future generations to benefit from quality education and real chances to be competitive in the continually and rapidly changing labour market. Educated Romania project has democratic legitimacy, it is a project based on the amplest national consultation in the field of post-December education. We have all the requisites to prioritize investments in education and to create an adequate framework for the reforms that Romanian education needs so much. Educated Romania project benefits from important financial support through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), worth 3.6 billion euros. A fully developed country, with enhanced democracy, has an educated and well-informed population. We cannot continue with such high school dropout rates, functional and scientific illiteracy rates. Faced with these problems, the Educated Romania project puts forward concrete, objective solutions, ambitious and realistic measures and targets. Among our concrete objectives, I remind reducing the school dropout rate, functional and scientific illiteracy rate, providing teachers and pupils with basic digital competencies, developing vocational education as well as increasing the number of university graduates. Educated Romania project is one very close to my soul, I believe it is at the same time a historical opportunity, and also a great responsibility for the current political class to generate change in the long term, not only solve the specific issues of a single electoral cycle. The Romanian Government proved it is capable of coping with complex situations and crises. I am sure that the Executive's involvement will make the operationalization of the Educated Romania project possible in a predictable and efficient manner. At the same time, consistent participation at the parliamentary level is important to exist in passing the necessary legislation. Dear Members of the Cabinet, Romanians are expecting a coherent implementation plan, with realistic terms and persons responsible, which would place the education system on the necessary track: one of coherence, responsibility, stability and professionalism. The only train towards a better future is education. Only thus can we offer children and youths in Romania the chance to fully capitalize on the opportunities that a modern economy and a democratic society has to offer. Romania is facing a marked demographic decline. We dont have the time to waste the potential of our youth. We cannot afford to prepare them with instruments from the past for the needs of the future. We are not allowed to leave any child behind! We must act now! I am standing with you in the implementation phase of the Educated Romania project. I wish you good luck and thank you for your involvement in this project. Thank you, Prime Minister! Florin Cițu: Thank you, Mr President. I am glad that during the tenure of the government I am leading, we approve this memorandum on the implementation of the comprehensive project Educated Romania, a project initiated by you, Mr President. There is a need for reform, especially in education, because by reforming and modernizing Romanian education we are actually investing in the future! It is a country project and we, the decision-makers, are duty-bound to implement it. It is our duty to society, to the pupils, to the students, including to the employers who need people with solid bases and knowledge, and for that, we need to increase the quality of education. We must be aware of the need for improvements in the education system for every pupil, student or teacher, regardless of their background. We need to reduce the school dropout rate, inequities, adapt to technology innovation, and invest in dual education. I want to welcome the goals of this project and I will mention just a few of them: reducing early school leaving, reducing the functional illiteracy rate by at least 50% so that by 2030 it will not exceed 20%. By 2030, all teachers and at least 85% of students will have basic digital skills. As you all know, the Educated Romania project is included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), and benefits from an important amount of 3.6 billion euros. The Government will make use of other European funds as well to provide 400 million euros for the refurbishment of public pre-university education units. We will build new schools and kindergartens. We need them! Mr President, I guarantee you that, as we are partners in the reforms we have undertaken for the Romanian state, I will also be a reliable partner to turn this project into reality. After the passage of this memorandum, we will move on to the following levels: setting up an inter-ministerial working group, coordinated by the Prime Minister, which will prepare quarterly reports monitoring the implementation of the Educated Romania project, deadline - August 1, 2021; passing a government decision Action Plan with deadlines and responsibilities for implementation, deadline - September 10, 2021; drawing up a legislative package to ensure the implementation of the Educated Romania project, deadline - October 1, 2021; holding consultations with social partners, representatives of parents associations, the business community and NGOs to finalize the legislative package, implementation deadline: October-November 2021. Later on, this project will have to be passed as soon as possible by the Romanian Parliament as the entire political class, regardless of party affiliation, must be aware that Educated Romania has to become law! We need an educated Romania, we need reforms for a strong and liberal Romania! Mr President, thank you! Along with the entire Cabinet, we are your partners in turning Educated Romania into reality. 2021-07-14 13:09:00 premierului Florin Cîţu, în sistem online, la workshop-ul „Smart City: Micromobilitatea, o necesitate pentru dezvoltarea sustenabilă a orașelor”; Dezvoltarea comunităților inteligente, condiție esențială pentru modernizarea RomânieiȘtiri din 14.07.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good morning. Thank you for the invitation! Congratulations on the event! It occurs at the right time given the agenda of this Cabinet, especially the digitalization of the entire public sector and the agenda at the European level, reducing pollution, and at the same time, we are talking about urban congestion, and how we find solutions to solve this. Micromobility is a new concept and complements digitalization, what the central administration has already been trying to do, but somehow we have to connect them because the decision regarding the solutions to solve urban congestion usually come from the local authorities and somehow we have to bring them together. In the past, there was a simple idea, that you can solve the issue by building larger boulevards. We changed somehow the paradigm today, especially (...;) because we noticed that the problem has not been solved, on the contrary, these bigger boulevards or bigger streets were crowded, filled with more cars, buses or private cars and the pollution problem has not been solved. So, we have all tried to find solutions. This Smart City concept emerged, where we worked to digitize the way we organize traffic - and today you have representatives of the police, who, hopefully, will explain more about it, and you also have the mayors - and, of course, private sector solutions have also emerged; we saw that you have already invited two private companies that found mobility solutions, micromobility inside non-polluting cities. For our part, of course, the Ministry of Environment came up with an idea that I embraced, anyway, which I promoted and I still promote Green Friday, where everyone in the administration, central administration employees should use non-polluting means to get to work or less polluting means, depending on existing possibilities. As aforementioned, this debate occurs at the right time, considering also the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Thats where resources are allocated and, mark my words, pretty much all the resources in that Recovery and Resilience Plan have something to do with community development in a new model, this Smart City. We have resources allocated for mobility, for the digitalization of cities, for greening and so on. Everything is linked to this new way of living in a city, non-polluting city, but at the same time, you should have access to information fast and not waste time. Eventually, we have two objectives: one is reducing pollution, the other is gaining time. We have wasted too much time in traffic so far. Reports in recent years showed how much time we waste every day in traffic and how much is lost from the national GDP, because people waste in traffic, two hours in the morning, two hours in the evening, on the way to or from work and through micromobility, digitization, this modern system of living in the city, we manage to gain time that we may use for something else, to improve living standards. In the end, in fact, all this leads to a better way of life. Those would be my introductory words. It will certainly be an interesting debate. Its a subject Im passionate about. The development of cities has been a solution for modernization in the last decades, but now we are at a time when we need to see how cities develop in the next period and I am glad that you have here the first vice-president of the Association of Municipalities. It is good to have their opinion because of the way we will develop the cities in the next period or the development plans of the cities in the next period will define how we develop Romania, this society, how we develop towns, how we attract resources and so on. One more thing: yes, it is true, in the short term, the transfer to a green economy, micromobility, and so on, may not be very cheap, it may imply an initial cost, but on the other hand, if we look at the benefits, I would say its worth it. Thank you very much for the invitation! I will stay a little longer if it is necessary, to answer a few questions, for the debate, but you have very important guests today and I am sure that it will be a very good debate. (...) 2021-07-14 10:10:00[1].jpgParticiparea premierului Florin Cîțu la ceremonia de depunere a jurământului de învestitură în funcție a membrilor Consiliului ConcurențeiȘtiri din 13.07.2021 14:51:00ţii susținute de premierul Florin CîţuȘtiri din 13.07.2021 Cițu: Welcome! Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, you had yesterday a meeting of the coalition, I understand that you spoke about dismantling the Special Section, tell us your point of view about how to unblock this situation? Florin Cițu: In my view, things are very simple, I dismantled the Section for investigating criminal offences within the judiciary, through a draft law approved in the Government, now, it is up to Parliament, under the guidance of the Justice Ministry, to come up with the best solution, if there is a better solution than what we did in the Cabinet meeting, and I am waiting for the solutions of Parliament, along with the Justice Ministry. Reporter: What did you discuss yesterday in the coalition? Florin Cițu: As for me and the Government I am leading, we came up with a solution whereby we dismantled the Special Section. UDMR, USR have different points of view. I think we can find a common element here. This is why I asked yesterday's meeting to be suspended, to delay it and to return after the experts meeting. Reporter: When can we resume talks, and if UDMR takes into account giving up that amendment following yesterday's talks. Florin Ciţu: Next week. I say that now lets go back to the experts, there is a working group, thats where the best opinions should come from, the experts should tell us exactly, and there they are from PNL, from UDMR, and from USR, and then well be back next week, Im sure well find the best solution. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the Minister of Justice stated... Reporter: Was there a coalition meeting this morning without you? Reporter: ... that the coalition could break up. Florin Ciţu: No way. The coalition is not breaking up. The coalition goes further and is strong, it makes no sense. I understand such statements, we are politicians, we try again through statements, but the coalition does not break. Reporter: There was a coalition meeting without you this morning in Mr Orbans office. Mr Kelemen was there, and so was Mr Barna. Florin Ciţu: It was not a meeting of the coalition, maybe they met, they are all MPs, and maybe they met there. Reporter: President Klaus Iohannis will attend the Cabinet meeting tomorrow and, if so, tell us what the topics of discussion are, for which the President is coming. Florin Ciţu: President attends tomorrow the Cabinet meeting at 1:00 pm. The theme is Educated Romania. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, will you have meetings with several mayors during these days for the budget revision? Can you give us the details? Florin Ciţu: I have meetings with locally elected officials, I was yesterday at the Association of Romanian Municipalities, I meet with locally elected officials every time, I meet with my colleagues, this is in contradiction with what is said that I do not meet with party colleagues, that I do not speak with them, do not answer the phone. I always have meetings with my colleagues at the party, to listen to what they need, what is happening and so on. But not only with ours. Reporter: What will you discuss with the mayors at the meeting? Florin Ciţu: Everything. Reporter: Did you call them to the Government? Florin Ciţu: No, they are calling me and they want to meet me. Reporter: Are you going to remain interim minister for 45 days, as the law allows, or will you nominate ... Florin Ciţu: No, I announced 45 days. Reporter: Prime Minister, if you index the contracts to cover the growing costs of materials, will the budget deficit not be affected? What will be the impact of this measure? Florin Ciţu: We have not made a decision in this regard, we are waiting for a solution to come from the Ministry of Development. And this was discussed yesterday in the coalition, when the Ministry of Development will have the solution, we will present it to you. Reporter: What about access to restaurants? Former Finance Minister Alexandru Nazare said that there is a deficit of 13 billion lei, and this money must be found by the end of the year, tell us from which ministries you consider or think that money could be taken and to what ministries could it go to budget revision? Florin Ciţu: Now, I am not commenting on the former ministers statements, because on the one hand, he says that the situation was very good and he should not have been dismissed, and on the other hand he says that it is a big deficit. He has to figure out what the situation is first and then well talk. Reporter: Are restaurants open only for vaccinated people, do you consider such a measure? From which ministries could money be cut at budget revision? Florin Ciţu: Wait a minute, because we have just started programming. At this moment, the programming has just started, we have the calendar for the budget revision. We have a report on every ministry, we see where things are. I told you yesterday that there are 12 billion lei that was not spent, although allocated for the first semester. Thats why we need to start seeing where this money is. I saw where I am and thats where we start; we see the execution. 86 billion lei of unused commitment credits in the first semester, so it is clear that the budget execution is not satisfactory, from my point of view, and I want to look at the details first and then we will discuss. Reporter: Which ministries could get more money? In Greece and France, the authorities said that vaccination among medical staff will be mandatory. Given that vaccination no longer works so well in our country - we have seen the figures - please tell us if you take into account such an obligation in the case of medical staff, of people who are part of institutions that deal with elderly care. Florin Ciţu: First of all, Romania today has the lowest infection rate in Europe, so we start with the positive side. As regards vaccination of medical staff, you know very well that there is a proposal that those who do not want to be vaccinated should get tested and should pay for the tests. This is the proposal we made for the Ministry of Health. Reporter: When does this obligation take effect? Florin Ciţu: We need to check, with the Health Ministry. Reporter: Will Greece enter the green area, Mr Prime Minister? There are very many cases per day. Florin Ciţu: I do not know. It depends on Greece. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, when do you kick off that program for infrastructure? Regarding the budget execution for PNDL, and for the investments of 7 billion you promised, will there be money to the budget? Florin Ciţu: Last year, we found resources for all budget expenditure, in a year of a major crisis, and we managed to finance them and at very low costs. I guarantee you that we will have money for all effective spending, which brings added value to the economy, and which is developing Romania. Reporter: When do you start this program for infrastructure pledged to local authorities? Florin Ciţu: We promised it to Romanians, not to local authorities. The idea is that, we should not have unpaved roads in the 21st century, in Romania, Bucharest has hundreds of kilometres of unpaved roads, and we should make efforts in the next years, and we will make it. Reporter: Yesterday, you discussed with the World Bank delegation, more precisely. Have you presented a reform of public pay and pensions? Have you presented this document in the Coalition too? When do you intend to present it to us, to see how it looks like? Florin Ciţu: I talked about the salaries reform, the pensions' reform, I thanked the World Bank for its support for us to draw up such materials in the past, and I said that any element, or any World Bank experience in other countries, in terms of the pensions reform, salary reform, in the direction we proposed, for instance, the pensions reform, sustainability, salary reform, in which to link salary to performance income, is welcome. I have presented my agenda very clearly, which is the following: we speed up state companies' reform, the pensions' system reform for sustainability, salaries reform, the National Bank for Development, things I have already promised to Romanians, and they have been a little delayed. (...) 2021-07-13 13:40:00[1].jpgPrim-ministrul Florin Cîțu, întrevedere cu Banca MondialăȘtiri din 12.07.2021, Prime Minister Florin Cițu had a meeting at the Victoria Palace with a World Bank delegation led by Anna Bjerde, Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. The World Bank congratulated the Romanian Government for the economic growth expected in 2021, Romania being among the few countries in which the economic contraction from 2020 would be fully recovered in 2021. At the same time, the delegation congratulated Romania on the anti-COVID vaccination process. During the meeting, Prime Minister Florin Cițu presented the reforms undertaken by the Government: the pension reform, ensuring fiscal sustainability and equity in the pension system, as well as the salary reform in the public system, emphasizing the need to strengthen the connection between salary and performance. At the same time, the Head of Executive thanked the World Bank for its cooperation and support in carrying out reforms, especially in the social field: education and health. Prime Minister Florin Cițu announced that, during this period, when he is also the interim Minister of Finance, his most important reforms and objectives are the reform of state companies, the modernization of the fiscal administration, e-Invoicing, and also the National Development Bank. Prime Minister also specified that the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) projects will focus on the digitalization of the public sector, and also on the green economy. At the same time, the Prime Minister appreciated the World Banks support for the two PNRR projects. 2021-07-12 19:55:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la reuniunea Adunării Generale a Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 12.07.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu before the General Assembly of the Association of Romanian Municipalities [Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Good morning. This morning, I had a telephone discussion with Maia Sandu, president of the Republic of Moldova, I congratulated her on the important success she achieved yesterday. I congratulated the citizens of the Republic of Moldova and I assured them that Romania stands with them, in this reform process. The Romanian Government will support this reform process. Thank you /...;/. If you have something else now, briefly. Reporter: What message do you have for mayors, today? Florin Cițu: Today, it is very simple: along with all mayors, we are developing Romania, and I would like to hear from them what their projects are. In the previous meeting, I listened to the mayors' grievances, but I also had a few wishes as well, especially regarding the local administration reform. Therefore, we were about to look at the staff costs, at other costs in order to see how we can improve the situation, but they know it very well, I supported them last year, when it was about allocating from the global income, worth 64%. I will further back the projects, and we will discuss exactly how we can share this money. It will be a topical discussion, afterwards, we will know more. Reporter: Is there the danger that a part of the mayors do not receive money for the ongoing projects as they complained some weeks ago? Florin Cițu: There is no danger. We are here to develop Romania, not certain localities. We are discussing it afterwards, thank you! *** Prime Minister Florin Cițu's participation in the General Assembly of the Association of Romanian Municipalities Florin Cițu: Thank you, Mr President. Thank you for the invitation! I am glad that we are at the very topical meeting. Usually, these are those with the greatest results. I would like at the beginning to ensure everybody that this government is different. This is why I am here, to ensure you that I need everyone, all mayors, and all chairmen of the County Council to develop Romania. Those 76, 2 billion euros from European funds and PNRR should be implemented by everybody, all mayors, and all chairmen of County Councils. We need all resources to attract this money. I would like this message to be very clear. Another very clear message: no budget revision will be done by the party as long as I am Prime Minister of Romania. All these things will be done at the Romanian Government, without any political criteria. You have raised, Mr. President, some very important things which we will debate, regarding social assistance by 90 percent, of course, we will discuss, and we will see upon revision, that we will keep our word. We will approach all these during the debate. Regarding your proposal, so, without seeing it, I can say that I cannot be against anything voluntary, especially if it helps to attract European funds or attracts investment. So, if there is a formula that makes attracting European funds easier, of course, I will not oppose it until we have a different kind of legislation. At the same time, Mr President, dear colleagues, there are a few things that I would like to discuss, that I should put on the agenda. For example, today, in Romania, there are half of the administrative-territorial units where their own revenues or even total revenues are lower than wage costs, for example. This is not a sustainable model and we need to see how we find a solution here. At the same time, the collection rate, in many of the UATs, is not where it should be and here we can discuss why some of the UATs prefer not to be on or other systems that would help the collection. I have two things that I would like to discuss - because we have discussed them before. It is about a spending reform - lets look a little at the expenditure - and of course at the collection degree. Another element: I think we should discuss, and I am very glad that Mr Cseke is here, I do not know if we have a solution, but you know there is a PNRR development fund that has resources for all UATs in Romania. We should discuss the criteria a little. I do not know if we have a solution today, we will find together a solution, but it is clear that 2.1 billion euros will come to you for projects, but together we must find a way to allocate these resources, how we do that: in a competitive manner, depending on the number of inhabitants, everyone should receive the same amount. But we would like us to hold this debate as well and then find a solution. We can discuss many things during this hour, I cannot oppose a voluntary thing. I will stop here to leave room for technical debates. 2021-07-12 11:00:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul Mediului, Apelor și Pădurilor, Barna Tánczos, și secretarul de stat în Ministerul Afacerilor Interne, șeful Departamentului pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă, Raed ArafatȘtiri din 08.07.2021 Ciţu: Good afternoon. Id like to make an announcement. After a discussion with coalition members on Tuesday evening, during which I announced that I had asked for the resignation of the Minister of Public Finance, Minister stated that he does not want to resign and prefers to be removed from office. Today, after another discussion with coalition members, at the first hour, I submitted to President Klaus Iohannis a request to remove Mr Alexandru Nazare from the office of the Minister of Finance. I also submitted the nomination for interim minister - I am the nominee for Interim Minister of Finance. I repeat, Minister Nazare had the occasion to resign; but he preferred to be dismissed. All coalition leaders were briefed on Tuesday afternoon and we had another discussion with them this morning. As for the reasons: an evaluation has been conducted every six months. There are several things, but in short, the most delayed projects are at the Ministry of Health. In today's Cabinet meeting, the Romanian Government has approved a decision to provide free humanitarian aid to the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, to manage the COVID-19 epidemic. The humanitarian aid to the Republic of Moldova consists of 100,620 doses of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, out of the number of doses purchased by the Romanian Ministry of Health. Georgia will receive 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, out of the number of doses purchased by the Ministry of Health. The vaccine doses will be transported by the Ministry of Interior through the Department for Emergency Situations, the specialized structures under its coordination, or the Ministry of National Defence, as the case may be. In todays Cabinet meeting, we also approved the Government decision on extending the state of alert - Mr Arafat is here to provide you with the necessary details - and the decision is in the first reading - and Minister Tanczos Barna is here today too, we discussed the emergency ordinance which puts forward solutions for situations in which peoples lives are endangered in urban areas by the brown bear. Minister will brief you on the details. If there are questions, one question from each journalist, please. Thank you! Reporter: Good afternoon! You said you talked to the coalition leaders about this reshuffle. Mr. Ludovic Orban said, however, that he did not know about this reshuffle. Is it a message of strength that you are conveying? Florin Cițu: On Tuesday, I informed all the leaders of the coalition of my decision to ask Minister Nazare to resign. This morning I had another discussion with all the coalition leaders regarding Mr. Nazares decision not to resign and the fact that he preferred to be removed from office. Reporter: Good afternoon! If you can tell us all the reasons behind the dismissal of Alexandru Nazare and if there is, at the moment, a list of other ministers, because you said that, even at the Ministry of Health, there are delayed projects. Could Ioana Mihăilă be another minister to be dismissed in the next period? Florin Cițu: I made the decision after an evaluation, as I said, at six months. Today we are talking about the Ministry of Finance, there are no other discussions; an evaluation on each ministry every day, but what I said is that there are delayed projects at the Ministry of Finance, projects that are important to attract European funds, as well as to eliminate tax evasion. Unfortunately, the most delayed projects are there. Reporter: You said that you also sent the president a nomination for this portfolio. Can you tell us who the nominee is? Florin Cițu: I am the interim Minister. I apologize, maybe I was not very clear, in the dismissal request submitted to the president, and I proposed to take over as Interim Finance Minister. Reporter: Then do we know who could take over as full Minister? Florin Cițu: No, not at the moment. Reporter: Is Dan Vilceanu a possible nominee for the future Minister of Finance? And I would also like to ask you if the Minister of Agriculture is also to be reshuffled. Florin Cițu: At the moment, we do not have any nomination for the Minister of Finance. During my interim mandate, I will make sure that all projects that are currently delayed, will be restarted and we will correct some of the mistakes immediately. Reporter: Prime Minister, what were the criteria you used in your evaluation so far and what made you dissatisfied with the ministers in your evaluation? Florin Cițu: I have just mentioned them. At the Ministry of Finance - the delay of some projects that, some of them, help to eliminate tax evasion, others are projects that we have been working on, in the past, which help to implement projects through European funds. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, what is the real stake in this dismissal? Could money for mayors be one of these stakes? And in what time, concretely, do you see someone fit to take over as Finance Minister? Florin Cițu: The stake is good governance, in the interest of the citizens, eliminating tax evasion and attracting European funds. I want this government to achieve performance. Reporter: I want to ask you if you had a discussion about the Roșia Montană project with Alexandru Nazare. And, further, if the fact that Iulian Dumitrescu does not support you, impacted your decision to dismiss Mr Nazare. Florin Ciţu: Mr Nazare presented the opinion of the Ministry of Finance in the coalition meeting and I said every time that the decision regarding Roșia Montană must be made there. Regarding the proposal to have or re-submit the file to UNESCO, it was made last year by last years Prime Minister, Ludovic Orban, who is at present the chairman of the National Liberal Party and it is normal for a decision to be taken in the coalition, not in the Government, and I hope so in Parliament. As for the Government, because I saw more fake news, as far as I am concerned, I have never asked for any project to be withdrawn, I have never made an official decision in this regard, discussions are only inside the coalition, the coalition must decide in this respect and, I repeat, the PNL chairman who represents the PNL in the coalition is the prime minister of last year, who proposed the file further on. Therefore, thats where the decision has to be made. The second question? Reporter: It was about the fact that the minister is a close friend of Iulian Dumitrescu. Florin Ciţu: Oh, I understand. Reporter: And, if in this internal struggle, it affects endorsement. Florin Ciţu: No. I was the only one who endorsed the Minister when I nominated him, it was my nomination, it was not even backed by the respective party branch, and it was my nomination that is why today it has nothing to do with this fight. Reporter: Did Mr Nazare also tell you why he did not want to resign or did he give you arguments to back his stand and, if so, what were they? Florin Ciţu: No, but maybe he will finally hold a press conference, after six months, and we will find it out. Thanks. Reporter: Second question. Can you please tell us if you intend to make other changes at the Finance Ministry if your dissatisfaction was strictly related to Mr Nazare or his team? Florin Ciţu: No. I will announce tomorrow, eventually, that there are certain things that need to be corrected. Due to some of these things, the Control Body can go to the Ministry of Finance but I will let you know if these happen in the next period. Reporter: Are budget revenues a cause for dissatisfaction? Florin Cițu: The budget receipts are good. Thats about ANAF. ANAF had a very good performance. We have had budget increases, the investments are going well, the budget has been drawn up well, the enforcement - the same, we will discuss that in the next period; well see the developments there. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, yesterday you did not attend the coalition meeting at 1.30 pm. When you presented to the coalition leaders the objective analysis by which the coalition leaders ask ... When you presented it and if you presented it to each one. Did PNL leadership know about this reshuffle proposed by you today? Florin Cițu: Lets take them one by one. Yesterday, the coalition meeting, as you know, was during the day. It was more complicated for me, given my current position, to change the schedule for attendance, it was easier when these meetings were held at 5:00 pm. Anyway, Minister Tanczos Barna is here, I had a meeting with him after, he came to me, to the Government House, and we discussed the project that was presented there. You know my opinion about SIIJ(Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes) I dismantled the SIIJ through the draft law in government, I go for that option. So, there are two things that I had already discussed, so I didnt consider it necessary to change the schedule yesterday and I would prefer that, in the future, these meetings be held after 5:00 pm, so that I can attend as well. At the same time, regarding my discussions with the opposition leaders, I tell you, everyone was informed that I asked for the respective dismissal, no one, at any time, said that it would not be appropriate. Reporter: But does the PNL leadership know about this dismissal? Did the National Bureau, the leadership, find out? Because, according to the statute, each minister was nominated by the partys National Political Bureau, a vote was given in the partys National Political Bureau for this reshuffle? Florin Cițu: I repeat, it is the decision and the task of the prime minister to make this decision, the leaders of the coalition were informed, none of them opposed it. Thank you. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, former Minister Nazare said that his measures until the approval of the budget were appreciated by all rating agencies and that the economic outlook has been raised from negative to stable and that everything is going in the right direction. You say now that there are delayed projects. Agencies raised this perspective, you say that projects are not solved. Florin Cițu: There are certain projects that are delayed, hence my decision. Lots of them. Reporter: Mr Nazare said that when you came to power, there were three priorities and which of the three priorities - and I mean the reform of the large public service and public spending systems - increase in public revenues and European funds absorption, is more flawed? Florin Cițu: These are projects with future impact. We are talking about this type of project, projects that improve or eliminate tax evasion and improve the attraction of European funds in the coming years. Thats what its about. Projects that have an impact on the future and that need to be accelerated now. Reporter: Does it mean that as Interim Minister for 45 days, you will sign the allocations for town halls through that fund of 7 billion lei devoted to local development? Florin Ciţu: No. I sign all these as Prime Minister. You should know that the budget allocations, Government decisions, all are signed by the Prime Minister. The proposals are submitted by Ministries. Prime Minister is the one who decides how these allocations are being made, therefore, this is how things are working. Regarding the 7 billion we have mentioned, the project is smaller than the one of 40 billion, as mentioned elsewhere, so, you realize it is an important project connected to the Development Ministry, not to Public Finance Ministry. Thank you. (...) 2021-07-08 14:08:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 06.07.2021 16:31:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu prilejul Zilei JustițieiȘtiri din 04.07.2021, we are celebrating Justice Day. Without an independent, effective and accountable judiciary, there can be no consolidated liberal democracy. Since 1994, when Justice Day was established, many things have changed for the better in Romania by the work of those who believed and believe in the values of a free world. Romania is now an EU and NATO member state committed to the values of consolidated European democracies and we are about to witness a massive process of economic, social and political changes. In this context, justice reform is already a process started by the pro-European forces coalition currently governing Romania. It will not be easy; there are still many who want justice to remain ineffective and controllable. Along with our institutional partners at the European level, we are engaged in a process of healing justice from evil brought to it in the past years. Whoever thinks they can stop the inevitable and irreversible process of consolidating the independence and efficiency of the judiciary has understood nothing of the last 30 years. Happy Anniversary to the Romanian Judiciary! Happy Justice Day to all those who carry out their activity in this noble field of justice! Florin Cițu, Prime Minister of Romania 2021-07-04 11:38:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a CooperațieiȘtiri din 03.07.2021, on the first Saturday of July, we also mark in Romania the International Day of Cooperatives (#CoopsDay), devoted to a sector that provides for many Romanians, a large part of the production of goods and services, jobs, incomes and even professional qualification, through the dual education system. The already very long period that the whole world has been facing the pandemic has generated an unwanted setback in the craft sector as well. In such a context, I welcome the initiative of the International Cooperative Alliance for the related events to take place this year under the theme Rebuild better together. I agree to this idea that overcoming the economic and social problems depends on how we will all mobilize and focus on the solutions and opportunities available at this time. The measures we are considering at the Government level to support the economic sector, including the SMEs and cooperative sector, emphasize the need for responsible, transparent and effective management of the financial resources we will have in the coming period. Economic development and post-COVID relaunch mean more than the figures presented to us by rating agencies, statistics and economic analysts: the living standards of every Romanian depend on them. Therefore, we have included projects in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, to support the private initiative and, through it, the cooperative sector. We also have projects through which we will adapt the educational infrastructure to the demand for qualified personnel on the labour market and we want to expand nationally the dual education system, which has already proved to be a successful model in the private sector. Thus, we can ensure the necessary workforce to the cooperative sector including, which has always provided opportunities for the underprivileged people as well. I wish you success to all those who work in the cooperative sector and I am sure that we can successfully continue the long tradition of this sector in Romania. Florin Cițu, Prime Minister of Romania 2021-07-03 13:12:00 Florin Cîţu a participat la recepția oferită de Ambasada Statelor Unite ale Americii cu ocazia celei de-a 245-a aniversări a Zilei IndependențeiȘtiri din 01.07.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the reception hosted by the U.S. Embassy, on the 245th anniversary of the Independence Day [Check against delivery] President, Charge d'Affaires David Muniz, President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure in attending this event, so full of meaning. Primarily it is an occasion to rejoice together with our closest ally and strategic partner on Independence Day, a day so important for the United States. It is also a time to celebrate the values that the Declaration of Independence firmly set as political democratic standards all over the world - equality of rights, including the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I'm just gonna stop now before getting back to my speech. I know my communication team is gasping now for air but I am just going to add a personal note here. I spent more than a decade in the United States, a young man after communism, moving into the United States, and I went to undergraduate there, I went to graduate school, and I got a job, I did it all from washing dishes to working on 42nd Madison Ave, in Manhattan. There are many lessons we all learn from the United States, from its history, but there are few that we should use here in Romania today. My experience there, I hope, will help Romania develop in the future, but there are two things that I want to mention. First of all, I think that the fact that private property is sacrosanct, remains the basis for developing a democracy, it should be a lesson for Romania, we should adopt that. The second, the entrepreneurs, the people that develop their own companies, they try, they fail, and they try again, they are the heroes of those economies, and they are celebrated in the United States and we should do that in Romania also. If we do these two things, I am sure that Romania will have a great future. I get back to my speech now, and my communication team can relax. I will stick to it now. Dear guests, The Romania - U. S. Strategic Partnership occupies a central place in Romanias security and foreign policy architecture. It is one of the three essential pillars of our countrys foreign policy, along with increasing Romanias role and importance in the European Union and NATO. Our partnership is solidly based on a shared commitment to democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, but also the will to respond to common challenges and threats. As President Klaus Iohannis stated, we have much to celebrate bilaterally this year: a decade since the adoption of the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States, also a decade since the signing and entry into force of the Agreement between Romania and the United States on the deployment of the United States ballistic missile defense system in Romania, as well as 5 years since the operationalization of the Deveselu system. We will maintain the strategic cooperation between Romania and the United States at the highest level, by capitalizing on the opportunities arising from our common vision regarding the defense dimension, energy security, sustainable economic recovery. At the same time, strengthening resilience and transatlantic relations. In addition to our excellent security cooperation and the importance of increasing the US military presence in our country, the Romanian Government aims to encourage and stimulate a US economic presence as consistent as possible in Romania, including the development of energy sources, including nuclear. The recent adoption of the Law ratifying the intergovernmental agreement between Romania and the USA on the civilian nuclear field must signal the acceleration of the configuration of large-scale projects, capable of providing an additional strategic anchor to the bilateral relationship. We attach similar importance to the transport infrastructure that articulates the Central and Eastern European region, with a strategic impact on the economic development of the region, as well as on military mobility. Here I would like to mention the two major regional interconnection projects, Rail2Sea ​​and Via Carpathia, promoted by Romania, including as part of the Three Seas Initiative, for the realization of which, the US involvement, including financially, is essential. In this respect, the consistent development of the economic and investment dimension of the Romania - U.S. Strategic Partnership is a major priority for the Government I am leading. We will do this by promoting policies that provide predictability, transparency and cutting through the red tape. Together with my colleagues in the Government, we are engaged in a collective effort to demonstrate that the Romanian Government is a reliable partner of the business environment. Such a relationship is essential for realizing the huge development potential that Romania has. Ladies and gentlemen, I am here today to also confirm that the Romanian Government remains a strong supporter of the development and deepening of the Strategic Partnership with the United States. A secure, stable, and successful Romania represents a strategic objective for me and my Government. We are committed to pursue and enhance cooperation in consolidating security and making better use of our economic and trade potential. We value our close cooperation in law-enforcement, combatting terrorism, cybercrime and cyber threats, and protecting intellectual property rights. We intend to pursue it to our mutual benefit. The Romanian Government will also enhance our dialogue with the US towards achieving the Visa Waiver accession. All these elements will allow Romania to be an even stronger partner of the United States and an important actor working towards strengthening transatlantic relations. Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Thank you! 2021-07-01 18:48:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 01.07.2021 10:16:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința solemnă comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului consacrată comemorării victimelor Pogromului de la Iași din anul 1941Știri din 30.06.2021 by Prime Minister Florin Cițu at the joint plenary solemn session of Parliament devoted to the commemoration of the victims of the 1941 Iasi Pogrom President of Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Your Excellencies Ambassadors, Ministers, Distinguished guests, We are here today, to commemorate as a duty of honour, for the first time in the Romanian Parliament, after 80 years, the victims of Iasi Pogrom, the largest anti-Semitic massacre in Romania, in the modern era. Today we remember what humanity called the darkest era of its existence. At the same time, we, as a nation, must openly take responsibility for the fact that our past has now always been glorious. Like so many other countries in Europe, in Romania too, the decisions of those who held the political and military power at the time transformed the state, making it a machine of barbarism, annihilation of rights, unimaginable persecution and physical elimination of Jewish, Roma and other vulnerable categories. Distinguished audience, I pay tribute today to the hundreds of thousands of Holocaust victims in Romania, and I bow down before the memory of these innocent people. What happened in Iasi eight decades ago reminds us of suffering beyond imagination, reminds us of cruelty, savagery and murder. The death trains, the individual murders, the persecutions, the tortures, the humiliations, the mass graves, were all there! The image of the victims, of the atrocities, of the more than 13,000 male and female victims, of the hundreds of children, the elderly and of the broken destinies eight decades ago in Iasi, must remain an unshakable testimony about the need for truth, justice and memory! The abominable events put in practice by the authorities in the 1940s, under the coordination of the Antonescu regime, represent today a black page in our history. We have the duty to talk about it, to protect the memory of the victims, to condemn the perpetrators and to pass on our struggle to all future generations, to show them that such tragedies should never be repeated. Dear lawmakers, As Liberal Prime Minister, I can state that my party, the National Liberal Party, has always had a vocation for freedom, tolerance and respect for memory. Our elites were victims of extremist anger, and our duty is to remain vigilant, responsible, to make courageous decisions to protect the vulnerable ones and our democracy. Therefore, today, I reaffirm the full support of the current Executive for promoting memory policies, combating anti-Semitism, extremism, xenophobia, homophobia, all forms of intolerance and political or symbolic violence. In the six months since taking office, I promoted and adopted important measures to promote the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, to support education about this tragedy, and to prevent and combat anti-Semitism. I have appointed a special representative of the Government for the Promotion of Memory Policies, Combating Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia, and we recently adopted the first National Strategy to prevent and combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia, radicalization and hate speech, and the associated Action Plan for the next three years. At the same time, we included in the PNRR [National Recovery and Resilience Plan] funding for the future National Museum of Jewish History and the Holocaust, as a duty of honour and as proof that our commitment to keeping alive the memory of the Jewish community and the victims of the Holocaust is a strong form of resilience to the threats of extremism. I conclude by saying that todays solemn meeting is proof that Romania changes when there is will and solidarity for the truth, responsibility, commitment and especially a desire to defend democracy and the society. May the memory of the victims of the Iasi Pogrom and of the Holocaust in Romania be eternal! 2021-06-30 14:34:00 de presă susținut de Secretarul de Stat în Ministerul Afacerilor Interne, Șeful Departamentului pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă, Raed Arafat, Colonel, Adjunct al Inspectorului General, Benone-Gabriel Duduc și președintele Casei Naționale de Asigurări de Sănătate, Adrian Gheorghe, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 30 iunieȘtiri din 30.06.2021 14:00:00 de presă susținut de ministrul sănătății, Ioana Mihăilă, şi Secretarul de Stat în Ministerul Afacerilor Interne, Șeful Departamentului pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 29 iunie Știri din 29.06.2021 20:40:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului privind dezbaterea moțiunii de cenzură inițiate de 156 deputați și senatoriȘtiri din 29.06.2021 Florin Cițu: President of the Senate, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, dear colleagues, dear lawmakers, dear Romanians! 12.12.2019. 13.05.2020. Do you remember what these dates represent? Two simple motions tabled against me by PSD. Not to mention countless interpellations, calls for Prime Ministers Hour, Government Hour and so on. Romanians have already understood the conclusion of these PSD tricks. The social democrats see in me their greatest enemy, a threat. And we see it in this motion today. Why? Because I am the only one who has systematically and vehemently opposed any collaboration, under any form with PSD. All Romanians must know that I will never compromise, but especially when it comes to PSD, you already know what kind of politician I am, and you know that I would never, but never, even joke, to bring down my own Government and then to govern with PSD. I entered politics being a convinced liberal and I will fully respect the liberal principles and values. Gentlemen from PSD, you hope in vain. You lie to yourself. After September 25 it will be even worse for you. I solved the elections in PNL, you will not get rid of the person you fear the most. And this motion, like last years, refers only to my person. You have developed a personal obsession, you are afraid. They have nothing to do with my work or the government I am leading, but I understand you, I know you dont know how to do it; you are more with ploys than with work! But I tell you now, let it be very clear: the government is running very well! The coalition is strong, united and ready to govern for at least eight years from now. Im just telling you this so that you have time to prepare all your motions until 2028. Of course, I think that maybe until then you will find some more credible lies that at least you can believe. Romanians certainly dont believe anything you say anymore, especially after reading the pathetic, embarrassing, baseless text of this motion. Dear Romanians, the economy has successfully gone through the biggest crisis in the last hundred years. But what has PSD done during this period, all this time? It sabotaged Parliament, attacked publicly all government actions. Remember when the PSD trumpets threatened that there would be famine, that the economy would collapse? You provoked panic among the Romanians and thats it. Apologize to the Romanians! You lied to them, you manipulated them! Look, the economy is doing very well. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the largest growth in the European Union. In the first quarter of 2021, among the largest growths in the EU. These are figures given by Eurostat. The inflation rate is the lowest than in any other period when Romania was ruled by socialists. Interest rates, too. Romanians incomes are almost double the inflation rate. Lower interest rates, incomes that grow faster than the inflation rate - a lesson in economics: purchasing power is increasing- as well as jobs. This is an example of a successful government, a centre-right government. I give you another piece of news that you ignored. On June 21, 2021, Eurostat showed that the purchasing power in Romania is higher than in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary - yes, in Romania! Liberal government, thats how its done. Mr Ciolacu, I think it is time for you and your colleagues to apologize to the Romanians who have loans. You lied to them, you manipulated them. Last year, you forced the transition from ROBOR to IRCC, and since then Romanians who have loans have paid more every month. Dont you want to pay the difference? You have where from! I encourage all Romanians who paid higher instalments at the bank to go to the PSD headquarters and ask for the difference. Know that they have from where to give you the money. Dear Romanians, Ill tell you one more thing. In the current tenure, we have completely changed the paradigm in terms of budget spending. Two very, very clear things: we have allocated more resources for investments, record amounts in the last 11 years - 11 years! - and, we will continue like this. We have made another major change, which respects the golden rule in terms of budget expenditure. We pause here and explain to PSD what this means. The government increases loans only for investments that have a positive return in the future. So its not about loans for investment, so in general, its just loans for profitable investments. I hope you notice the difference. If not, after the motion I stay 5-10 minutes with you, with the pen, with the sheet of paper, and I will explain how to do it. Another clarification, gentlemen from PSD. The expenses that go directly into the pockets of the PSD barons and PSD clients are not investments, as it happened in past years. We do not use these loans to pay for social assistance. A bizarre coincidence: in those localities led by PSD we see an exponential increase in social assistance. How does the poverty increase only in those town halls or in those localities run by PSD mayors? A bizarre coincidence of the last 30 years. We will not use the loan to pay for sinecures, as you are used to. You have for years condemned the underprivileged to remain prisoners of social assistance. You did not offer them jobs, you did not encourage the private sector to create jobs, you did not stimulate investments to help Romanians living on social assistance to have a decent salary and, more importantly, to be financially independent and not to depend on the pen of a public sector employee or locally elected official. In recent years, PSD has borrowed expensively, the most expensive on international markets, to pay for the deception of irresponsible fiscal and budgetary policies. Does it compare, dear Romanians, the bankruptcy strategy implemented by PSD at that time with what we do today? Dear PSD members, does it compare? PNRR loans are for investment only - I emphasize this here: for investment only. Any economics textbook tells you this: you borrow for investment. If you ever opened it, you would see something like that. This money cannot have any other purpose, despite any desire from PSD barons. Only through profitable investments, do we let something to future generations, a better infrastructure, modern economy, higher incomes, and sustainable economic growth. Only through investments! And the Government that I am leading, does not speak only about investments. We have allocated to the budget the largest amount in the last 10 years: 61.4 billion lei or 5.5% of GDP, as you want. And so we will continue. There are record amounts, and the clear difference from PSD is that we not only allocate this money in the budget, but we also invest it, and at every budget revision, we do not cut it, as you cut it, for the money to go to the PSD barons. We continue with investments. In 2021 compared to 2020, after five months, the investments in the economy are already by 3.9 billion lei higher, almost one billion euros already. Compared to 2019, when you were in power, by 7.3 billion lei higher, already invested. These are facts, not words. Dear Romanians, we have a unique chance for Romania, more than 76 billion euros from PNRR and other European funds by 2027, to which will be added at least 98 billion euros from the state budget, will go into investments by 2028. As aforementioned, prepare yourself, this strong coalition remains in office, at least, until 2028. In total, we are speaking about nearly 175 billion euros that will enter Romania's economy, only for investments. To understand the importance of the amount, in comparison, Romania's GDP amounts to nearly 213 billion euros. Therefore, 175 billion euros enter the economy, an economy with a GDP of 213 billion euros. I call this great news for Romanians over the next period, with a positive impact on their life. With only one condition, mandatory one: this responsible and competent government administer these resources until 2028. Otherwise, it is obvious where this money reaches, doesn't it? The pockets of PSD barons. Dear Romanians, do you know what is even greater? The Eurostat data confirms the fact that the cheapest food in the EU is in Romania. It is normal for consumption to increase in these conditions. Food is cheap, the purchasing power is increasing, and so does consumption. Romanians are happier. The National Institute of Statistics announced a significant increase in purchasing power. The net average salary increased by 11. 9 percent in April 2021, compared to the same period last year. More importantly, the INS data showed a significant increase in purchasing power by 8. 4 percent. These are the official data, nobody can deny it, it is not words, impressions, just chat, but official data. For PSD to understand, net incomes grew more rapidly than costs, so rises the purchasing power. This means Romanians' incomes are really rising, not just on paper. As aforementioned, I repeat it today, here, we took the best measures for the economy, and the results can be seen. We have the fastest economic recovery in history, as a response to the biggest economic crisis in the last 100 years. The return in V, you remember me mentioning it last year, happened, it is a reality, and Romania has the fastest economic recovery in history, as a response to this economic crisis. Last year, you kept on scaring Romanians. IMF estimates a 7 percent economic growth this year. Is this what you call a crisis, a 7 percent economic growth? You better check your stories. Romanian managers also confirm that things are going well, 60 percent of Romanian managers are optimistic regarding the economic recovery, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Managers' trust in the economic growth prospects reached a record level in the last decade, and this says all. I should repeat this, for things to be very clear. Therefore, the managers' trust in this government reached a record level in the last decade. It is an independent study, conducted not by the government, but by the private sector. PSD lawmakers, I do not know if it is necessary to recall how scared was the private sector during the Socialists' government. Do you remember Ordinance 114 with which you brought all economy to its knees? Do you remember that you wanted to nationalize Pension Pillar II? The initiator of this - solution, the nationalization of Pension Pillar II is currently MEP, Mr. Ciolacu was Vice Prime Minister in that government, and is currently chairman of PSD. Dear Romanians, the wolf can change his coat, but not his character! As for the fiscal framework, we promised predictability and thats what we delivered. I said we dont raise taxes, we dont introduce new ones and thats what we delivered. This is the only way we can develop Romania! And look, we also have higher budget receipts, even if we didnt increase taxes, we didnt introduce new ones. Voluntary compliance has increased exactly as I estimated, when the state pays its bills on time and does not harass entrepreneurs, budget revenues increase. Its that simple! Revenues in 2020 compared to 2019 increased by 1.7 billion lei; in 2020 compared to 2018 - 27.4 billion lei. This year, higher revenues than last year. It is that simple! The recipe is simple, the state does its job, does not harass investors, pays bills on time, and citizens pay taxes and voluntary compliance increases. The PSD has done everything possible to block vaccination. Because I have heard in the motion talk about vaccination, the only solution to return to normalcy and overcome the pandemic is vaccination. But why does the PSD want to block vaccination? Have you ever seen a PSD leader go to a vaccination centre in this country to promote vaccination? Have you seen anything like this somewhere? I want you to show it to me. Where have these leaders been during this period, other than saying that this campaign is not working? No one came out to support the vaccination campaign. PSD even wanted to block PNRR. Do you remember the blackmail in the Romanian Parliament? Investments of 29.2 billion euros, money that reaches all Romanians. This is PSD! Dear Romanians, following todays censure motion, it is clear to everyone that this motion is the official act that enshrines the alliance between PSD and AUR. What unites them? Hatred of everything modern, of private property, hatred of entrepreneurs and investors, of individual freedom, of the rule of law, quite the opposite of us! In conclusion, I have a clear message for all Romanians: as I said before, regardless of the political costs I may have, I assume them. Romanians need to know that we are making the reforms we have undertaken in the programme for government, because they are vital for Romania, not because X or Y tells us so. We are making these reforms because Romania is moving forward. This is the Government that will make reforms regardless of obstacles. We are reforming the pension system, the salary system, the public administration and the justice system. We are reforming the pension system to ensure that increased pensions will be paid also in 2030. We are reforming the judiciary to correct the pro-criminal policy of PSD, to lift CVM. We are reforming state-owned companies to ensure that we no longer throw Romanians money into black holes. The reforms will ensure predictability because only in this way we will be able to develop Romania. We are at the stage that if we do not do something if we do not make these reforms, we will remain at the tail end of Europe, where PSD has kept us for so many years. This is what really bothers you, PSD gentlemen that we are lifting Romanians out of poverty and you will no longer be able to keep them captive in the logic of social benefits. I told you that PSD- AUR motion will fail. We want the country's well-being, PSD and AUR want the bad. We want evolution, PSD and AUR want involution. But it is a saying that fits you perfectly: whoever resembles, gathers together! Thank you! 2021-06-29 15:34:00 premierului Florin Cîțu la împlinirea a 80 de ani de la Pogromul de la Iași Știri din 29.06.2021 last days of June remind us every year of a painful period that Romania went through exactly eight decades ago when hatred and anti-Semitism darkened minds and pushed decision-makers and then law enforcement to acts of violence and crime against the Jews of Iasi. Nothing can justify what happened then, and nothing can erase the suffering of thousands of Iasi Jews then evicted from their own homes, separated from their families, crammed into death trains and trucks, most of them never to survive. Looking back at that large-scale assassination of the Jewish population under the Legionary regime of that time, we cannot but tremble at the thought that ordinary people, innocent people, became victims of ideologies that divided the world, persecuted and killed people on racial grounds. We now remember with compassion, pain and revolt their sufferings and we must not ever let the bloody history repeat itself. Opening of the Iasi Pogrom History Museum today is an appropriate gesture against forgetting the thousands of victims of the events of June 1941. We owe it to them to realise that we are all equal in the face of global dangers and only by solidarity, can we overcome any challenge. For more than a year, the pandemic has affected us regardless of race, religious beliefs or any other criteria. The effects of global pollution, for which we are all responsible, affect us all equally. We can overcome such trials well by joining forces, not by division. Unfortunately, we are still witnessing attempts by certain circles to normalise anti-Semitic, nationalist rhetoric, populism, discrimination on any grounds and, through manipulation, incite hatred and violence. Romanians want something else and they fought for the values of democracy and my conviction is that we must respect their desire, including by combating any attempts to turn people against each other. May the memory of the victims of the Iasi Pogrom and of the Holocaust in Romania be eternal! Florin Cițu, Prime Minister of Romania 2021-06-29 13:47:00 premierului Florin Cîțu, alături de ministrul Educației, Sorin Cîmpeanu, la evenimentul ”Professional Dual Summit”, organizat de Departamentul pentru Dezvoltare DurabilăȘtiri din 29.06.2021 [Check against delivery] Florin Ciţu: Good afternoon. Mr Borbely, thank you very much for the invitation. It is a topic very important and very dear to me, the dual education, vocational school, it depends how we want to call it. It is a topic that was very much promoted by the liberal doctrine, by PNL, in recent years. Unfortunately, the government or the state has not done so much lately, to support this educational system, but the private sector has done it instead. And also the companies. As it usually happens in life when we have these examples of success, where it was necessary, these private companies invested and they created this dual system. A large part of it is copied from the system existing in Germany. Nevertheless, we have a lot of examples in Romania, Mr. Borbely has already mentioned the development of the system, the number of vocational system students. All these companies that we discussed with, large companies, some with private Romanian capital, and others - joint ventures, said very clearly that they had a problem with the workforce at a certain time and they resolved it by investing in certain classes, in certain high schools. So they found this dual system solution. But more must be done and the idea now is to extend nationwide this successful program. This system I believe is the only system that does not produce unemployed persons straight from school, because you have a system where people have the guarantee of a job exactly when they finish school. The offer meets the demand, and these people are employed immediately. I support this initiative, the business sector which has already taken steps in this respect, and we will learn from them, and together we will establish a system, and the Education Minister is present here, as well as Mr Borbely, we will establish a system that can be used nationwide. In fact, we are now at a crossroads in Romania, at least 76 billion euros are to be invested in Romania, through PNRR and European funds, not to mention investments from the budget. This money will be channelled into the economy, which means projects. These projects will be implemented with people, companies, and institutions. There is a need for skilled labour. That is why we need a dual system and we must think from now on to prepare this system because we will need skilled labour in the next period. And that is why this event is welcome. On our part, on the part of the government, in the PNRR, the third pillar, we earmarked 400 million euros for professional and dual education. Its an important, consistent sum which, I am sure, will be used efficiently. Ultimately, with 400 million euros we can work wonders. We can see what private companies have done with their own resources. Therefore, with this 400 million euros, we can develop a system to help the entire Romania. I wish you greater success. Of course, interesting debates will ensue, but I am interested in reaching a conclusion that can be rapidly implemented. I do not know how much I can emphasize the importance of having this money entering Romania, but this should catch us prepared from all points of view, not just from the legislative one, but also with the skilled labour force, extended production capacity, etc. For these companies to trust, to extend their production capacity, we should offer them this framework whereby we make sure that the skilled labour force will be trained and ready in two, three years. Thank you for the invitation. I wish you a successful debate further on and I am looking forward to hearing the conclusions. Thank you. 2021-06-29 12:37:00 premierului Florin Cîțu cu prilejul Zilei Drapelului Național Știri din 26.06.2021 11:38:00 premierului Florin Cîțu în județul NeamțȘtiri din 25.06.2021 conference by Prime Minister Florin Ciţu at Piatra Neamt Florin Ciţu: Thank you, dear colleagues! You know very well that, first of all, I came here today as prime minister. I have paid several visits to the country because, in recent years, several areas of Romania have been left behind by the administration, by past governments and by administrations, some of which are still today. I was also in the south, I also came to Moldova and it seems that these areas with PSD administrations these areas were left behind in terms of investments. The money arrived surprisingly, in these areas, but this money was misused, and this is exactly what we want to fix. We started by paying the bills of the companies that worked in these areas and in fact all over the country, it was the first in the last 30 years. When I took over in 2019, there were unpaid bills for seven or eight months. Today, because again I saw untrue information in the public space, we still paid bills of 220 million lei for PNDL projects. So, no funding stops. All these things go on. We have announced that the projects will continue to be funded. So its no problem. The priority of this government is an investment. We have shown when we changed the paradigm starting with this budget when you allocate more resources to investments, more money returns to the budget, and not the other way around. For too many years, in Moldova, but also in southern Romania, the money went to social assistance. You are not developing a country, you are not modernizing a country by allocating money to social assistance. On the contrary, you make those people prisoners of poverty. The liberal solution to take Romania out of poverty is investments. We have invested, we have economic growth, we will have among the largest economic growths in the European Union and you will see that then we will have money to pay higher pensions and allowances and salaries. But, this is the only way things work: first, you invest, and then you can share because otherwise, you have nothing to share, you only share loans. Also today I wanted to see a centre that actually started funding during the Cioloş government, in 2016, the consolidation, restoration and modernization of the Episcopal Palace building within the Roman Diocesan Center. It is a project that started in 2016, with funding from the Cioloş government. Today, it is almost complete. A centre that will be used by the public space, but I wanted to see how things are running because there are a lot of CNI projects in the area for investments. And at the same time, because unfortunately, dear colleagues, the area is not doing very well in terms of vaccination, I went to see a vaccination centre. I saw a vaccination centre in Horia commune, where the vaccination rate is good, over 50%. But we need to work harder in this respect, we need to get more involved, Mr Prefect, and my colleagues, and Mr Mayor in order to have a higher vaccination rate, because thats the only way we can get rid of the pandemic. There is no other option. But Moldova has a chance now. There are two highways that will pass through here, the Unirii Highway and the Moldova Highway, highways that also have financing from the state budget, they also have financing from PNRR, they will also have financing from European funds. Only by connecting all the big centres in Romania, by highways, by developing the infrastructure can we modernize Romania. Investments are the key in the next period. If there are questions. (...) Florin Ciţu: It is not, because we introduce the reforms by emergency ordinance to be faster. They have submitted anyway to the Romanian Parliament and there that ordinance is passed by the law adopting the ordinances. Therefore, the Romanian Parliament can speed things up, so there is no problem, no one suspends anything. But look at allowances, for example. We had to go back, after we submitted that amendment in Parliament, things were somewhat delayed. I still have a law that I am not very happy about that it did not pass through the Romanian Parliament, in fact, I am very upset that it did not pass. It is the law by which PSD forbade foreign investments in Romania in state companies. Somehow you tell us that also from the budget we should invest money from the taxes of the Romanians in the state companies with losses? I passed the bill that repeals that law, the Senate passed it, and it stayed there in the Chamber of Deputies. There is no way, for a government that is a centre-right government, a government that wants reform, that attracts investment, there is no justification for that law not to pass, but maybe, I hope this is not about internal political struggles and we should not all suffer because someone is trying to hinder the government just on grounds of domestic policy issues. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, dont you consider that 6,000 lei is a small amount for 75% of the lifelong investment of some households, which they lost in the recent floods? Florin Ciţu: First of all, it is a larger amount than it was allocated last year. Its an amount from the budget. I dont know if its modest, it depends on the situation, but there are several sources, we can think in the future if the amount is small or large. It is the first step I took as soon as I found out about these situations. I repeat, it is a larger amount than last year. At the same time, because there have been situations all over Romania since the beginning of the year, next week I think we will have a government decision allocating over 155 million to local authorities to repair everything that has been damaged. And it is not only about Moldova, Bacău, Neamţ, Vrancea, but it is also about Bihor, Arad, we have more areas in Romania and we already have a larger amount that has been collected. We can talk about these compensations. We have now allocated a larger sum than last year. I wanted this signal to be clear. (...;) Reporter: The hospital from Leţcani, worth over 10 million euros that were invested during the full pandemic in this hospital that was more closed than open, Neamț contributed with over three million euros. Theres another chance well reopen it. And if we reopen it, what do we do? That pandemic has almost finished and maybe we get vaccinated and get rid of it completely? Florin Ciţu: First of all, I like your advice for us all to get vaccinated and get rid of the pandemic. Everyone should have done this. Secondly, we had talked about this hospital when we were in the middle of wave three, let us reopen it then. It is a hospital that cannot be operational in winter, you know very well that it has some problems. If we need to make investments so that we can make it work all year round, I will look at such a plan, but so far no one has come up with a plan that will give us a solution. As it is now, you are right, it is not the most functional hospital. Reporter: Tell us, please, are you thinking to run for president of Romania? Florin Ciţu: No, not at the moment, and we have a lot to do in the Government, we have an internal campaign for PNL. The PNL will always choose the best-ranked candidate at that moment, to run for President of Romania. Were not talking now about this. I know others have pre-empted about it. Now is not the right time. (...) Reporter: Today or yesterday, I dont remember, Mr. Orban said that it would take him 24 hours to say why he is better as president of PNL, how long do you need? Florin Ciţu: I can only tell you that when I am president of the PNL I will make sure that I bring back the people who have moved away from the PNL in recent years, the people from the private sector, they are people who work, who pay taxes, people who believe in liberalism, people who look at us and expect the modernization of Romania, but wait for the modernization of Romania through investments, not through social assistance expenditures or electoral alms. Those people I want to bring 2021-06-25 17:14:00ția premierului Florin Cîțu la Conferința economică IN BIZ, organizată de Camera de Comerț și Industrie Româno-GermanăȘtiri din 25.06.2021[Check against delivery] Florin Cițu: Thank you for inviting me to this conference. As I have said we have a good economic relationship which has to be much, much stronger from my point of view and this is what this Government is going to do in the future. We are going to change a lot of things, to make Romania, not just more attractive for investment, but also, we are going to be pro-active in attracting investments in Romania. You have seen our strategy for this year, for the next years, increase gradually the amounts that the Government invest in the economy. We tried to keep by the golden rule, if we borrow, it would be just for investments, not for unproductive expenditure. So, these are two things that were changing from previous governments, and we actually showed that this is working. Investment has helped the Romanian economy get out of last year's shock, with few scars, but at the same time, with production capacity unchanged. Actually, you have seen in the first quarter this year, the net investments in the economy increasing, which shows there is trust from managers of companies in Romania that things will go as planned so far. I said a few things when I took over as Prime Minister, and we'll stick to those, for example, I said that we will not increase taxes, we do not want to introduce new taxes. This is something that we stand by because we think there are other ways to increase revenues and we showed that last year, but this year especially, we can increase revenues without increasing taxes. When Government pays its bills on time, for example, when it is transparent, when it does not harass investors, there is reciprocity, people pay their taxes on time, and we have seen actually voluntary payment of taxes increasing. Going forward, we do have this massive opportunity for Romania, the 76 billion euros coming to Romania, from two sources: the NRRP (PNRR) which is going to be approved by the European Commission, and the European funds. Both of them are sources of big revenues for Romania, along with what can be spent by the Romanian government, a minimum of 15 billion euros a year, which will go to investments. The strategy that we studied at the beginning of the year, will continue, we do not want to change rules during the game. We said that we are going to be predictable, so all the decisions we take, we discuss first with representative associations of the business community every time we want to change something. In terms of taxes, we stand firmly by the decision not to introduce new ones, and you have seen that in the NRRP, in the reform part, that we are going to reduce the deficit by increasing revenues, voluntary payment of taxes and by controlling expenditure. Those are two things that have been approved already by the European Commission. The European Commission, in its recommendation, has approved our fiscal strategy, our path of reducing deficit until 2024. So, I think this adds to the credibility of this government. The same thing, we had the S and P upgrading us on their perspective, I expect the others to do the same in the near future, I think it is going to happen in the next few months. Things are going in the right direction. In terms of moving for the next period, we will stick to investment. That is the solution. We will invest, Romania does need investments, which means opportunities for companies, even from Germany. These investments need to be put into place by companies with experience, companies that have done this in other countries, companies that know how to do that fast, and professional. So, there is that opportunity: 76 billion euros coming to Romania from EU funds, and 15 billion a year from government investments. From my side, things are very clear, and I did that very transparently, through PNRR, we intend few hospitals built by 2024. We have seen that the pandemic has shown that every health system in the world has been under pressure, countries that, we thought, have developed health systems, have also been under pressure. A hospital has not been built in Romania, in the last 30 years, we will build a few of them, modern ones, in the next years, through the NRRP. That is one priority, the other priority is infrastructure. Obviously, Romania lags behind here, in the last thirty years, there have been a lot of promises, but no delivery, and we will deliver. Infrastructure is the backbone of development. Having a good infrastructure for our goods to be shipped into Romania or elsewhere outside Romania, to create better connectivity, is key to development. So, infrastructure, both railways and highways, is a top priority and it will be funded through the NRRP. Those are two key things. The other issue that we have in NRRP is how we develop poor local communities. Throughout the last two exercises in European funds, there have been a lot of communities in Romania that have not been eligible for EU funds. We will do that in the next period, some of them will be developed through NRRP, some through governmental funds. They will have to develop the infrastructure, just modernizing all those areas. In the next years, Romania is going through a big transformation. This money coming to Romania will go directly in those areas that have been avoided by previous governments. Yes, it is a tough challenge, we will make sure that every penny is accounted for, that is another promise I make publicly, but we will also deliver. It is important to deliver because this is once in a lifetime opportunity for the Romanian economy to develop. I think that if added up, we can talk about 150 billion euros funds going into investment until 2028. This is why I keep talking about this government having an objective of two mandates, we want to start those projects and we want to end those projects in 2028. It is a message that I'm taking in the country, in Romania. You mentioned that I am travelling, I am travelling and I'm going a lot in poor areas that have been avoided by investment. Actually, to make that clear: they have not been avoided by investments, money has been directed to those areas, but it has never gone into investments or infrastructure, developing those communities, that money ended up in the wrong hands, and we want to make sure that this does not happen anymore in the future. Education and health are the two priorities for the Government, but on education, we have Educated Romania which is the programme started by the President of Romania, it is 3.6 billion euros dedicated to this program in the NRRP. There is one thing that I believe firmly: we do not have to reinvent the wheel. When it comes to professional education for skills, we already have in Romania, best practices. We have companies, some are German companies, and they have already set up systems, with high - schools close to them, where they prepare people for their own companies. What we need to do is to take this practice and actuality extend it through Romania. We will see how it is going to be funded but I do not want to do something different if that works. I have seen that in Maramures, Satu Mare, Brasov, Timisoara, there are all these places where companies did actually their own thing, which is great because now, we can take that experience and extend it throughout the country. There I am not concerned, we just have to set up the system for everybody, we have the best practices already, it is a system imported from Germany, you are right, it is something that was also in Romania. In terms of research, I think that there is a lot of work to do. Personally, I see research centres around universities, near universities, this is the system that I prefer. Also, what I prefer is that research centres compete for funds. I am a firm believer that only through competition for funds, you can actually develop something in research. The way it is done now, every institute just receives money from the government, without asking anything back, I think, it is a false system. We should make sure that the money that is invested, that goes to research, actually produces something. If you look throughout the world, the systems that work best are those where research centres are connected to universities. We do have good universities in Romania, this is one of the priorities, and the other is to make sure that there is a competition for those funds, competition between research centres. Only competition brings out the best. Otherwise, you just have poured money into research centres, without having any results. It is something that not only Romania is learning but I think that throughout Europe, we will learn that research has to be funded but on the other side, it has to be something tangible, and those research centres have to compete for funds. This is another challenge. Romania fully supports the Green Deal, we are on board for this objective, and this is something that we stand by. However, Romania starts like few other countries from a different starting point. For us, the speed of implementation of Green Deal objectives comes with a social cost. Of course, there is support from EU funds, and we have to make sure that support gets in time but we have to make sure that those areas are developed faster. These areas are priorities for investment in Romania and I'm looking already at such opportunities. We do not want to leave anyone behind, because of this objective, so this is important to us. But it is the only way going forward. We know that there is an issue globally everybody acknowledges. We all have to do our part. It is just that we think that Romania, along with other countries, has a different speed of achieving this goal. We can speed it up if there is support from other countries in Europe, in the short term, for this transition. There is no doubt in my mind that we will stand by this goal. One comment that I made here, and I made also when I was Minister of Finance last year that you have to be careful when you use fiscal policy to achieve this goal, fiscal policy might be too blunt of a tool to use here, I would rather use incentives rather than coercion that is my personal opinion. But I am sure of course that we will discuss it in the future. Then, I have just confirmed to you that kuzarbeit is here to stay, we have improved it in the last month, let's see how this new version goes forward. If it needs to be improved, we will improve it further. But it stays here. Thank you 2021-06-25 13:30:00ță de presă susținută de Valeriu Gheorghiță, președintele Comitetului național de coordonare a activităților privind vaccinarea împotriva SARS-CoV-2 (CNCAV), și Andrei Baciu, secretar de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, vicepreședinte al CNCAVȘtiri din 24.06.2021 16:25:00 de presă susținut de premierul Florin Cîțu, ministrul Educației, Sorin Cîmpeanu, ministrul dezvoltării, lucrărilor publice și administrației, Attila Cseke, ministrul sănătății, Ioana Mihăilă, președintele CNAS, Adrian Gheorghe, și secretarul de stat în MAI, Raed Arafat, la finalul ședinței de guvern din 24 iunieȘtiri din 24.06.2021 Cițu: Good afternoon! Several normative acts were adopted in todays Cabinet meeting. I will present some of them, and the others will be presented by the ministers. First of all, the Government established the increase of the state benefit for children starting 2022 and its annual indexation with the average inflation rate starting 2023. Details - the amount of the state benefit for children starting January 2022 - 486 lei for children up to 2 years old or up to 3 years old, in the case of children with disabilities; 243 lei for children aged between 2 and 18, as well as for young people over 18 who attend high school or vocational courses; 486 lei for children aged between 3 and 18 in the case of children with disabilities. The state child benefit cumulates with the monthly allowance, the monthly incentive or the insertion incentive. Another normative act, approved today - a government decision. You know very well, there have been floods lately; today we approved a government decision regarding an emergency aid for flood-hit families, to be granted in 2021, up to the amount of five million. Emergency aid is granted as follows - we have changed the amounts slightly from what we originally presented, they are higher - 6,000 lei for families and single people whose homes have been damaged up to 75% and above this percentage; 4,000 lei for families and single people with 50 to 75 percent damaged home; 2,500 lei for families and single people with 25 to 50 percent damaged home; 1,500 lei for families and single people with 25 percent damaged home and 1,000 lei for families and single people with a damaged home, regardless of the number or type of property. In addition, 7,500 lei in cases when, as a result of floods, landslides and special meteorological phenomena, there are victims, an amount to be granted to the family regardless of the number of victims. These two normative acts were adopted today. Regarding the effects of the floods, a government decision for amounts from the reserve fund for several localities in Romania is under approval. You know very well that there were floods in March, in Bihor; several localities were affected there. Other areas across the country were hit at the beginning of the year, and then we take into account all these areas that were affected - roads, bridges were destroyed during this period - and we have a government decision on allocating to the local authorities, amounts from the intervention fund. An emergency ordinance amending Ordinance 69/2019 was also adopted today. These are the categories of people made redundant - people from the Jiu Valley, the mining area - who should therefore benefit from social protection measures, people from companies hit by the de-carbonization policy of the European Union, from non-performing uranium mining exploitations within the National Uranium Company SA. It is a program that we have already presented, which runs until 2030, and through this normative act, we start and allocate the respective amounts for the people made redundant. Currently, the estimated number of people made redundant by 2025 is 9,000 people - 2,239 at the Hunedoara Energy Complex and 282 people at the National Uranium Company, 6,484 people at the Oltenia Energy Complex. I repeat, that this is about the EU decarbonization policy that is why we have these layoffs in these areas. I present to you another normative act, but details will be presented by Mr Arafat. Today we amended annexes 2 and 3 of the Government decision as regards the extension of the state of alert on Romanias territory, starting with June 12. This is about new relaxation measures, there are several. I would like to present a few: in open or closed spaces, sports competitions can take place in Romania with the participation of spectators up to 50 percent of the maximum capacity of the space, under certain conditions. A higher number of spectators at shows, concerts, public and private festivals or other cultural events organized outdoors, 2,500 spectators. Of course, over this number, all persons need to be vaccinated. Festivals are allowed to be organized, shows held outdoors, concerts, public and private festivals or other cultural events with the participation of more than 2,500 spectators, by ensuring a surface of one square meter for each person, initially, it was a two square meter space, we curbed it, as well as wearing a protective mask. Participation is only allowed for people who are vaccinated. So, over 2,500 people, space - one square meter ensured for each person, vaccination and mask-wearing. More people are allowed at private events - weddings, baptisms, festive meals: 150 people outdoors and 100 people indoors and a larger number of people are allowed at private events organized indoors - weddings, baptisms, maximum 300 people in salons, dormitories events, with 2 square meter space for each person and with vaccinated participants. Also in this regard - the activity of companies is now extended until 2:00 am, so from 5:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the morning; opening hours in clubs and discos, this is allowed without exceeding 70% of the maximum capacity of the space and the time interval 5:00 - 2:00 am if all customers are vaccinated. The limitation of the degree of occupation of the tourist reception structures with accommodation functions is eliminated, so now there is no limitation in this respect. And also for tourism, today we adopted a new text of a Finance ordinance. This text was not on the agenda. We exempt the HoReCa sector from paying the specific tax until the end of the year, until December 25th. This exemption would expire this month and then we extend it until the end of the year - this was also approved in todays Cabinet meeting. There are several measures, Mr Arafat is here to clarify each of them. These are the normative acts that I wanted to present to you, for the others, there are several ministers here. And Mr Cimpeanu is here to give you good news as regards education. I will answer some questions now so that the ministers will later present the normative acts that are of great interest. (...) 2021-06-24 14:37:00