RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROÎntrevederea dintre premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și reprezentanții Romanian Business LeadersȘtiri din 28.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-28 18:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_3028.jpgMăsuri urgente în București și Ilfov pentru creșterea accesibilității la testarea COVID-19 și pentru reducerea timpului de așteptare pentru pacienții care solicită testarea la domiciliuȘtiri din 28.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-28 13:19:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-28-01-21-09big_sigla_guvern.pngConferință de presă a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă şi a secretarului general al OCDE, Mathias CormannȘtiri din 28.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-28 12:57:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_12_resize.jpgEvenimentul de lansare a studiului “Economic Survey of Romania”Știri din 28.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/launch-of-the-economic-survey-of-romania [check against delivery] Speech by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the launch of the 2022 edition of OECDs Economic Survey of Romania Dear OECD Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, Ministers, Ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to begin by welcoming the presence here of Mr Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary-General, two days after the OECD Council's vote of January 25-26, that decided to open accession discussions with Romania. Also, I would like to thank you, Mr Secretary - General for all your efforts to unblock the expansion of the organization. We are aware of your essential role in the decision of the OECD Council and we thank you on behalf of Romania and of myself, personally. I also thank you for your letter in this respect and the attached OECD Council Resolution on opening accession discussions. Romania called the Inter-ministerial Committee for OECD Accession, which approved at its meeting on January 26 Romanias adhering to the organizations principles, values and standards, as reinforced and developed in the two recently adopted OECD documents at the OECD Ministerial Council meeting (Paris, October 2021) - - OECD VISION STATEMENT and - 2021 MINISTERIAL COUNCIL STATEMENT. At this time, Romania is already adhering to 6 of the 8 essential standards for accession: ● Declaration on Investment; ● Principles of Corporate Governance; ● Principles for Internet Policies Making; ● Recommendation on Good Statistical Practice; ● BEPS Inclusive Framework - base erosion and profit shifting; ● Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information; In the coming months, Romania will start activities related to the accession to the OECD Codes of Liberalization. Moreover, Romania has already expressed its intention to join the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. All these commitments are being translated into relevant reforms for the modernization of our countrys economy. The current Economic Survey for Romania is among the projects Romania is already developing together with the OECD, which shows our country's firm commitment in terms of joining the organization. The survey represents a multidimensional X-ray picture of Romanias social and economic realities, providing decision-makers with a set of extremely useful recommendations for those measures aimed at generating development and well-being on an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive basis. The first part is dedicated to key political prospects and includes a presentation of the macroeconomic situation and medium-term developments, with a special focus on the pandemic and its implications for the economy. The survey includes several references to Romanias National Recovery and Resilience Plan(PNRR) approved by the European Commission in September, specifying that it properly focuses on areas where urgent investment is needed. The reforms and investments included in the plan will contribute to the development and modernization of the Romanian economy in areas such as public finance sustainability, consolidation of public administration and resilience of the health system, ensuring social and territorial cohesion, public administration digitalization and many others. A series of recommendations in the survey find their response in the measures envisaged by the Romanian state in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The thematic chapter on business environment analysis also includes sections on the need to adapt financing access to the needs of companies, the state-owned enterprises governance or the need to improve judicial efficiency and insolvency arrangements in order to boost business dynamism. Transport infrastructure and the green transition are key areas, their importance being reflected in the PNRR, through the largest financial allocation. The survey underscores the need to reduce transport infrastructure gaps in order to increase productivity and reduce regional disparities. In the present survey, analyses were carried out on the lack of proper correlation between the needs of the labor market and skills, aspects related to informal work, prevention of school dropout, improvement of the quality of education and of vocational training, promotion of digital skills in primary education. The Romanian authorities are aware of the need to improve labour market conditions. Further efforts are needed to increase the participation of young people, to protect vulnerable groups, especially in marginalized communities, to support training programs. In the current pandemic context, the Romanian Government has adopted a series of innovative measures, in line with the evolution of the situation at the national level and the needs of the labour market, in order to maintain jobs in the affected economic sectors and prevent the rise in unemployment. Regarding the pension system, Romania is undergoing a full reform process, with the legislation under evaluation and legislative measures to be adopted to ensure the sustainability and predictability of the public pension system in the medium and long run, to correct the dysfunctions and inequalities between different categories of beneficiaries, to strengthen the principles of contributiveness, social solidarity and equality. The survey considers that improving access to education and training is one of the most important areas that can contribute to economic recovery and raising the living standards. We appreciate the recommendation to speed up measures to support students who are at risk of dropping out of school and to reduce educational gaps, especially in disadvantaged areas This survey is a useful instrument, which brings a high added value to political decision-makers, emphasizing in a balanced way the efforts made so far by our country, but at the same time offering useful recommendations in the fields of special importance for Romania. Among the main conclusions of the OECD Economic Survey on the Romanian economy, the following should be noted: Economic growth is robust, but the risks are still high; Macroeconomic policies have supported the economy, and monetary policies must remain vigilant and respond to inflationary pressures. In terms of fiscal policy, it needs to adapt to economic developments in a rapid and targeted manner; Romania must capitalize on the opportunity provided by the European funds, especially on the Next Generation component; The public pension system needs to be reformed to ensure public finance sustainability; Reforms can improve efficiency and fairness in the tax system; Improving access to better education and high - performance health care system is the key to the progress in living standards. Economic policies must aim to reduce high rates of inactivity and the informal economy. European funds must be used to respond to social and environmental challenges, including reducing pollution; There are high regional disparities in living standards and economic opportunities, Like in OECD countries, labour market integration of people with low levels of education (especially young people, women and the Roma population) is difficult. In order to improve performance in the labour market, it is necessary for all citizens to acquire adequate skills; Productivity increase was significant in 2010 but it slowed down. Business-friendly reforms, an efficient allocation of resources and the reduction of infrastructure disparities are key to productivity gains; Improving the regulatory and competitive framework can boost productivity growth; Although access to finance has improved, SMEs need increased support for access to financial and banking instruments; Increase in the predictability of regulations to support the business environment in terms of the investment process; Continuing the fight against corruption will lead to increased confidence in state institutions. We have assimilated all these elements and we are preparing to absorb them in the current public policies in Romania in the next period. Thank you! *** Speech by the OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann at the launch of the 2022 edition of OECDs Economic Survey of Romania Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister. Ministers, Colleagues, It is a real privilege to be here with you, just a few days after OECD Council has decided to open accession discussions with Romania. I have appreciated Romania's longstanding commitment to a strong and engaged relationship between Romania and the OECD, indeed your long-standing commitment to becoming a member of the OECD. You have done amazingly well over the last few decades in growing the economy, lifting living standards for your people, lifting incomes, and indeed thriving the future of Romania through the European Union, NATO, and other partnerships and engagements. You are very much in the context, of the system of values and principles promoting individual liberty, democracy, human rights, rule of law, macro-economic principles. And I think it has worked exceptionally well for Romania so far, but as you know, there are still some opportunities for improvement, there are still some areas that require further work and I would like to think, and I have noted that you also believe that working together, we can help work the next leap forward. Today, I think it is a step in the journey as I have the opportunity to present to you, the economy survey of Romania for 2021. This is the first OECD Economic Survey of Romania since 2002. This really demonstrates the impressive progress that has been achieved by Romania since then. In the last two decades, there has been a rapid catch-up with OECD economies, despite the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 and the COVID-19 pandemic. By 2019, just prior to the pandemic, per capita GDP had reached USD 27,000 - or 63% -- of the OECD average, up massively from around just 30% of the OECD average in the early 2000s. Like most countries around the world, you can see the pandemic hit Romania hard in terms of the economic impact. In 2020, its GDP fell by 3.7%, less than the OECD average of 4.7% across the OECD. Romania also managed to deal comprehensively with the consequences of COVID-19. You responded with a range of social and economic measures that amounted to 3.6% of GDP in 2020 and 1.4% in 2021. As a result, Romania's GDP surpassed its pre-crisis level in the second quarter of 2021. Today, the unemployment rate is also nearly back down to its pre-crisis rate. Economic activity has rebounded since last year, and the recovery is continuing. We project that, after 6.3% GDP growth in 2021, Romania's economy will grow by 4.5% in both 2022 and 2023. Romania will be one of the recipients of the European Union's Recovery and Resilience Facility, one of the main recipients, I should say, with EUR 14.2 billion in grants representing 6.5% of GDP which is really massive. One of the key challenges here is to make sure that these funds are invested wisely and you are able to actually absorb them through the economy in an effective and wise way. Effective implementation of the EU-funded Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the associated structural reforms, including to support the green and digital transitions, will help sustain Romania's recovery and will also help to really continue on the path of lifting living standards. However, downside risks remain. In Romania and around the world, the biggest risk to a sustained economic recovery continues to be future waves of infection and in this context, the number one economic priority policy is lifting the vaccination rate, to get as many people as possible vaccinated, boosted. Romania sadly has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union, with only around 41% of the population fully vaccinated. As the Omicron variant spreads, efforts to accelerate vaccination, especially in rural areas, must remain the immediate top policy priority. We understand the challenges, we understand the impact of misinformation that is being spread by anti-vaccinists. The efforts of enhancing trust in vaccinations by providing reliable information, engaging with underserved communities, and tackling misinformation are crucial. We also suggest that Romania might want to consider extending the COVID-19 vaccine certificate to access a broader range of activities and perhaps, for some professions. Another downside risk is inflation. Inflation in Romania reached 8.2% in December last year, exceeding the upper 3.5% limit of the central bank's target of 2.5% +/- 1%, mainly driven by global increases in energy and food prices. As you know, since October 2021, the National Bank of Romania has increased policy rates by 75 basis points to 2.0% in January. This is, we believe, appropriate, no doubt, it will require continuous monitoring and measures. Romania also faces important long-term challenges, such as large and widening regional disparities in living standards and economic opportunities. Bucharest and many secondary cities have become hubs of prosperity and innovation, but social pressures remain quite significant in marginalised communities and in rural areas. These pressures have also been compounded by the effects of the pandemic. And some of these segments of the population also are the least likely to have higher vaccination rates. Another challenge is the relative slowdown in productivity from a very low base. Productivity growth has slowed, and productivity is already, if you look at the OECD average, there are opportunities to do better. Productivity gains are particularly important to pursue economic convergence and to continue to lift living standards particularly in the context of ageing population. The pandemic has also worsened macro-economic imbalances, with a deterioration of the fiscal position and the current account. The budget deficit increased to around 9% of GDP in 2020. For obvious reasons, we understand why, and to a large degree, that was unavoidable. The current account deficit reached 5% of GDP in 2020 and deteriorated further to nearly 7% of GDP in the third quarter of 2021. In terms of productivity, certain it makes it easy to do business easing some regulatory requirements and burdens Let me now turn to the Survey's findings and some policy measures that we are suggesting. First, we need an agile fiscal policy to foster macroeconomic stability. A credible fiscal consolidation strategy should be implemented once the recovery is firmly underway. Reforming the pension system is relatively urgent, as ageing-related costs will put the public debt-to-GDP ratio on a rising trend. You can see the red line there which essentially is a trajectory without any policy adjustments, then, you can see the continuous green line which is with policy adjustment. Growing pension costs would limit resources available for education, healthcare, social assistance, and infrastructure - all important for sustaining future growth. We welcome the inclusion of the reform of the pension system in the Recovery and Resilience Plan and encourage Romania to strengthen incentives to expand working lives and policies to improve the employability of old-age workers. Accelerating the on-going modernisation of the tax system and administration is also crucial to improving tax collection. As you can see tax revenues in Romania are relatively low, not necessarily just an issue of tax policy setting, it is to a large degree, as we see it, also a matter of effective administration of existing tax policies. This is an opportunity to invest in your future growth and success and to invest in some of your social programs that you need. Reforms to remove inefficient tax expenditures, such as exemptions from energy-related taxes, and to increase less distortive taxes, such as taxes on immovable property, could boost sustainable growth. Second, policies will need to address labour market challenges. While the labour market has remained resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic, the working-age population is decreasing rapidly, due to ageing and emigration. Skill shortages have hampered growth in the past and will likely continue to do so in the future. You really have to look at ways to boost workforce participation to make sure that your workforce has the skills to meet the needs of your economy. The integration in the formal labour market of people with low educational attainment levels, especially among young people, women and Roma populations, is a challenge. As you can see, participation is quite low for some groups if you compare it with the OECD average. This is partially explained by the persistent inequality in education. Prime Minister has referenced to some of the Government's efforts and we encourage you to continue. Romania is among the countries, where socioeconomic background has the largest impact on reading performance. Too many young people in Romania leave school before getting the skills needed to thrive in the labour market. School closures due to COVID-19 have further deepened learning gaps and accentuated inequality in access to education. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more acutely impacted. Accelerating support to vulnerable students is urgent. Measures planned under the - Educated Romania project and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan are steps in the right direction. We will encourage you to think about ways to do better. Much needed financial and human resources should be allocated to schools in disadvantaged areas, to remedial courses to support students in need, and to on-going initiatives to prevent school drop-outs. Similarly, too few adults have access to training, including among the unemployed. If you look at Romania in red, compared to the OECD average, and then, compared to the best performances, you can see there are a lot of opportunities there, to do better. Public employment services need to be reinforced to better adapt to the changing needs of the labour market, provide individualised support, and expand training programmes. More importantly, providing affordable and good-quality childcare and long-term care will help boost labour market participation further, especially for women. Third, strengthening the business environment, making it easier to do business in Romania, you will have to achieve stronger productivity growth, this is the special focus of this year's Survey - this is also a very important area to focus for Romania. Raising productivity is key to continue economic convergence and to continue to improve Romania's path to align with the highest standards of the OECD and it is also an important path to improve Romania's competitiveness. According to the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators, Romania has more restrictive regulations than the OECD average, particularly for licensing and permits. With the support of the OECD and the European Union, Romania is currently simplifying the business licences for manufacturing activities. This is a welcome step. It will be important to continue on this path by simplifying and digitalising procedures, including for the services sector. Inefficiencies in the insolvency regime and court congestion are also hindering the reallocation of economic resources towards more productive sectors and firms. To get maximum benefits of a market - based economy, you really need to facilitate the efficient reallocation of capital from unsuccessful firms to the firms with the best chance to be viable, successful and growing in the future and if that reallocation is blocked through an inefficient judicial system, you are left short in terms of what you are achieving. Introducing out-of-court proceedings, for example, would facilitate the exit of non-viable firms and the reorganisation of viable firms, while strengthening market discipline. The rule of law is fundamental for a market economy to function properly. The administration needs to be as efficient as possible. Recent efforts to fight corruption are welcome and should be extended and intensified as trust in institutions and integrity remain a major issue. I commend the comments Prime Minster made in relation to that issue and the intention to join the Anti-bribery Convention. Further infrastructure investments, particularly in the transport and the energy sectors, are also important to raise Romania's economic potential. Again, you can see how you compare to the OECD, but also to peers in your immediate neighbourhood. Last but not least, Romania needs to continue improving its environmental outcomes. Romania has done very, very well. Romania has made impressive progress in recent times. But you can see you are tracking under lower levels of emissions than the EU's equivalent, in terms of per capita emissions, the emissions intensity of your economy is lower than that of the EU, but in terms of reaching the net zero emissions objective by 2050, you can see the trajectory that is still lying ahead. Greenhouse gas emissions have more than halved since the early 1990s, for obvious reasons, you have significantly modernized your manufacturing operations, and it had a massive impact, but it is more work to be done. Reducing air pollution is important too. It is a major environmental and health hazard in Romania, associated with a high number of premature deaths. Policy action should combine green investments, which account for 41% of the Recovery and Resilience Plan, with incentives to reduce environmental damages, and if needed, accompanied by compensation measures for low-income households. Prime Minister Ciucă, Colleagues, I hope you find our findings and recommendations useful and help you to chart the future path of reforms. OECD looks forward to continuing to engage with you, we appreciate the fact that there is broad political support from across the political spectrum for Romania's engagements with the OECD, and we will do everything we can to engage positively and constructively with you and help you be the best you can be. Thank you. 2022-01-28 11:06:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-28-03-13-22big_image_1.jpgÎntrevedere oficială a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu secretarul general al Organizației pentru Cooperare și Dezvoltare Economică (OCDE), Mathias CormannȘtiri din 28.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-28 11:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-28-11-06-12big_image_10.jpgBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 27 ianuarieȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 18:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_10.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și ale ministrului Sănătății, Alexandru Rafila, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 27 ianuarieȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 15:45:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-05-10-42big_image_1_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Comitetului Interministerial de Coordonare a Planului Național de Redresare și ReziliențăȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-attended-the-meeting-of-the-interministerial-committee-for-the-coordination-of-the-national-recovery-and-resilience-planPRESS RELEASE Measures for the implementation of reforms, analyzed by the Interministerial Committee for the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă chaired at Victoria Palace the first meeting of the Interministerial Committee for the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The Government officials discussed the status of measures initiated by the Romanian state regarding the reforms under the PNRR and decided on the continuation of efforts to ensure a good implementation of this comprehensive programme. The Regulation of the organization and operation of the Interministerial Committee for the Coordination of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan was approved in this meeting. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă underlined the need to accelerate the demarches and asked the members of the committee to show involvement and determination for Romania to fully benefit from these funds. Prime Minister presented the priorities of this year concerning the fulfilment of the milestones and targets undertaken according to the CUE Decision for the implementation of the PNRR. Actions will focus on several directions, with a deadline in the first quarter: completion of the legislative framework governing the management and control system of funds allocated to Romania through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, completion and conclusion of financing agreements with coordinators of reforms and/or investments and the completion of the procedural framework at the level of the entire management and control system, the completion of the operationalization of the PNRR IT system and the audit of the entire management and control system for the implementation of the Plan. In more concrete terms, in 2022, the coordinators of reforms and investments should focus their efforts to complete 130 milestones and targets associated with 48 reforms and 26 investments, respectively. All procedural steps must also be completed for the 21 milestones for 2021 so that they will be considered fulfilled by the Commission. Given that, under the provisions of the CUE Decision for the implementation of the PNRR, failure to meet a milestone or target within the established deadline leads to payment tranches being blocked for the whole plan, I firmly ask the coordinators of reforms and investment to show utmost responsibility for their priority implementation, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. The meeting at Victoria Palace was also attended by the Minister of Investments and European Projects Dan Vilceanu, the Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila, the Minister of Finance Adrian Caciu, the Minister of Justice Cătălin Predoiu, the Minister of Culture Lucian Romașcanu, the Secretary-General of the Government, Marian Neacsu, the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Mircea Abrudean, the State Advisor at the PM Chancellery Florina-Alina Pădeanu, representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration , the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity, the Ministry of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, the Ministry of Education, National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications, the National Agency of Civil Servants, the National Agency for Public Procurement and the National Integrity Agency. More information: The PNRR Interministerial Coordination Committee is designed to initiate any necessary measures in case of major delays or in case of noticing the need to re-evaluate objectives, analyzing including the situations of modification/replacement/elimination of milestones or targets previously met. The delimitation of funding between the PNRR and the European Structural and Investment Funds (EFSI) may also be discussed at the committee level, without prejudice to the principle of the irreversibility of reforms and investments. 2022-01-27 15:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-03-08-27big_image_2_resize.jpgConferință de presă privind evoluția pandemiei de Covid-19 și a procesului de vaccinareȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 14:34:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-02-29-57big_image_9.jpgÎntâlnirea de lucru a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții producătorilor agricoli și retailerilorȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-had-a-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-agricultural-producers-and-retailersPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had a working meeting today at the Victoria Palace with a delegation of Romanian agricultural producers and retailers. The meeting is part of the social dialogue that the Government has opened in fields of activity with representatives of trade unions and employers. Discussions pertained to the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the effects of rising energy prices, as well as the need to ensure a predictable environment for the operation of companies, support for agri-food producers and the food industry. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă stated that the Executive constantly considers the need to correlate the measures to protect the population against the COVID-19 pandemic with supporting a competitive economic environment that allows businesses to unfold and jobs to be secured. Prime Minister also mentioned measures taken by the Government in order to contain the effects of the increase in energy prices. We aimed to act on two levels: to take over, as much as possible, the impact that the citizens feel as a result of the energy crisis and to ensure the necessary levers for the economy to continue in terms of competitiveness and efficiency, stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. Also attending the meeting were Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Adrian Chesnoiu, Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila, and Head of the Emergency Management Department (DSU) Raed Arafat. The agricultural producers and retailers were represented by: Gabriela Mihăilescu, Tiberiu Dănețiu, Cristian Stoicescu, members of the Board of Association of Large Romanian Commercial Networks (AMRCR), George Bădescu, Executive Director of AMRCR, Mario Creţu, member of the Board of Directors of the Employers Federation of Trade Networks, Julien Munch, Alina Gamauf, Adela Smeu, Monica Constantin, AMRCR members, Sorin Minea, Vice-Chair of the Romanian Food Industry Federation Romalimenta, Dana Tanase, Executive Director of the Romanian Meat Processors Association (ARC), Vlad Macovei, Farmers Force Association, Florian Ciolacu, Executive Director of the Romanian Farmers Club. 2022-01-27 13:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_14_resize.jpgMăsuri urgente în București și Ilfov pentru creșterea accesibilității la testarea COVID-19 și pentru reducerea timpului de așteptare pentru pacienții care solicită testarea la domiciliuȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 13:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-01-06-21big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Guvernul României respinge cu fermitate orice încercare de intimidare a jurnaliștilorȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-the-romanian-government-firmly-condemns-any-attempt-to-intimidate-journalistsFreedom of speech and free access to information are guarantees of a consolidated democracy and functional rule of law. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă deems unacceptable the public dissemination of so-called lists of toxic newsrooms and firmly condemns the expression of differences of opinions through any type of violence. The Romanian Prime Minister upholds the fundamental rights and protection of journalists, any incitement to hatred against the press may contribute to creating a vision that would take Romania away from the democratic values it undertook as a NATO and EU Member State. 2022-01-27 11:46:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-11-47-36big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ministrului Apărării din Republica Franceză, doamna Florence Parly, de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel CiucăȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-the-french-armed-forces-minister-florence-parly PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă's meeting with the French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today discussions with the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly. Security on the Eastern flank, French - Romanian security and defence cooperation, development of NATO and EU's new strategic approaches, respectively developments in Mali and Sahel region have been analyzed on this occasion. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă voiced appreciation over the French president's decision to increase French military presence in Romania, showing that this French enhanced contribution to the NATO's deterrence and defence posture on the Eastern flank, and in the Black Sea region, confers even more substance to Romania - France Bilateral Strategic Partnership. The Romanian Prime Minister highlighted the importance of NATO and UE's unity in upholding principles underpinning the current European architecture of security, whereas the deterrence of the violation of the principles of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of states is necessary in this regard. In this context, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă has condemned the Russian Federation's pressures and threats against Ukraine, and he emphasized the importance of supporting enhanced resilience and special attention extended to cooperation with Eastern partners. The French Minister for the Armed Forces addressed the issues of technical-military cooperation and the prospects of Romanias corvette program. Mrs Florence Parly mentioned the French expert mission arrived to assess the fulfilment of the French Presidents option to reinforce the Eastern flank with troops, which could take place as soon as NATOs decision is made in this respect. Starting January 1, France is leading NATOs Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) - NATOs spearhead force. Regarding the situation in Mali, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă recalled that Romania is ready to participate in the Takuba Task Force, the multinational task force for combating terrorism in the border region between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. The deployment of Romanian military personnel will be coordinated with France and other European partners participating in the Task Force as soon as local authorizations have been obtained. 2022-01-27 10:51:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_16..jpgMesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Sveti Sava, sărbătoarea minorității sârbe din RomâniaȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 10:29:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-10-29-19big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale de Comemorare a Victimelor HolocaustuluiȘtiri din 27.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-27 10:27:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-27-10-27-44big_sigla_guvern.pngMăsuri urgente în București și Ilfov pentru creșterea accesibilității la testarea COVID-19 și pentru reducerea timpului de așteptare pentru pacienții care solicită testarea la domiciliuȘtiri din 26.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-26 13:15:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-26-01-17-08big_sigla_guvern.pngANUNȚ PENTRU PRESĂȘtiri din 26.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-announcement1643272844The launch event of the - Economic Survey of Romania, conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will take place on Friday, January 28, 2022, starting at 10:30 am, at Victoria Palace. The Survey examines Romania's strong economic performance in recent years, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the current structural challenges. The report contains chapters that take an in-depth look at Romania's business environment and labour market and suggest areas where further reforms could foster productivity and reinvigorate economic growth. The survey is launched in the context in which OECD decided on January 25, 2022, to open accession negotiations with Romania, an important step whereby our country is significantly close to attaining one of its strategic foreign policy objectives, unanimously shared and constantly assumed at the highest level of the state: obtaining OECD membership. We recall the fact that the 38 OECD members (23 of which are European) are developed countries that account for more than 70 percent of the global production and trade and 90 percent of the global foreign direct investment. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann alongside the Chairman of the Fiscal Council Daniel Dăianu and the Chairman of the National Commission for Strategy and Forecast Cristian Stănică will present the Survey's conclusions starting 10:30 am. The presentation will be live-streamed on the Government's Facebook page, Official Youtube channel, and the Victoria Palace live streaming channel. A physical press conference will follow at 11:10 at the Hall of Honour of the Victoria Palace in Bucharest and will also be live-streamed on the same official channels. Both events will take place in English and Romanian with simultaneous interpretation. To register to attend the press conference, journalists are invited to send an email to presa@gov.ro with their name and media credentials until Thursday, January 27, 9:00 am. Accredited journalists can access the Victoria Palace premises, for the press conference, by presenting a green pass to prove the completion of the full vaccination scheme or recovery from COVID-19 and an identity document. The Economy Survey of Romania will be published at 11:00 local time (10:00 CET) at the following link, which can be included in news articles: www.oecd.org/economy/romania-economic-snapshot/. Journalists can request a copy of the Survey under embargo, thereby undertaking to respect the OECD's embargo procedures, by emailing embargo@oecd.org. Embargoed copies will be sent out to journalists interested, the day before the launch. 2022-01-26 13:14:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-26-01-14-36big_sigla_guvern.pngPremierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Reuniunea de astăzi este semnalul pe care îl dăm privind seriozitatea cu care tratăm pregătirea aderării noastre la OCDEȘtiri din 26.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-today-s-meeting-is-the-signal-we-are-conveying-regarding-our-seriousness-in-preparing-our-country-s-accession-to-oecdPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă has chaired the meeting of the OECD Interministerial Committee whose role is to coordinate negotiations and the necessary changes for Romania's OECD membership. Yesterday's decision of the OECD Council regarding the opening of accession negotiations with Romania represents for us an opportunity that we are duty-bound to capitalize on. Today's meeting is the signal we convey about the seriousness with which we treat the preparation of our country's accession to the OECD, for joining the developed countries which account for more than 70 percent of the global production and trade, and 90 percent of the global foreign direct investment. After EU and NATO accession, opening OECD accession prospects is the chance for a new stage of citizen-oriented reforms and the alignment of our society to the consolidated democracies model, stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Todays meeting at the ministerial level, of the Interministerial Committee for the coordination of Romanias relations with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is designed to convey the necessary message to boost Romanias efforts regarding the OECD accession dossier. Whereas the decision to open negotiations for Romanias OECD membership was a political one, technical preparations are central to our country's path towards accession. The Interministerial Council validated Romanias adherence to the principles, values ​​and standards of the Organization, as reinforced and developed in the two recently adopted OECD documents at the OECD Ministerial Council meeting (Paris, October 2021) - - OECD VISION STATEMENT and - 2021 MINISTERIAL COUNCIL STATEMENT. The values ​​and principles set out in the latest two relevant documents refer to the importance of internationally coordinated efforts by all OECD Member States in the areas which are deemed essential: - Post-pandemic recovery by addressing all policies through a reaffirmed commitment to democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality, open market economy principles; - Promotion of effective courses of action in the areas of climate change, digital transformation, a multilateral trading system based on clear rules, the global labour market, digital economy taxation; - Devising better policies and standards to ensure a resilient, green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic. So far, Romania has adhered to 6 of the 8 essential standards for accession: ● Declaration on Investment; ● Principles of Corporate Governance; ● Principles for Internet Policies Making; ● Recommendation on Good Statistical Practice; ● BEPS Inclusive Framework - base erosion and profit shifting; ● Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information; In the coming months, Romania will start activities related to the accession to the OECD Codes of Liberalization. Moreover, Romania has already expressed its intention to join the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. All these commitments are being translated into relevant reforms for the modernization of our countrys economy. 2022-01-26 11:16:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-26-12-45-39big_image_24_resize.jpgGuvernul României salută decizia Consiliului Organizației pentru Cooperare și Dezvoltare Economică (OCDE) privind lansarea negocierilor de aderare cu RomâniaȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-of-romania-welcomes-the-decision-of-the-council-of-the-organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development-oecd-to-open-accession-negotiations-with-romaniaThe Government of Romania welcomes today the decision of the Council of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to open accession negotiations with Romania. The launch of the OECD accession talks represents a special political-diplomatic success of our country, which also confirms Romanias high level of technical training. Through this decision, Romania is significantly close to attaining one of its strategic foreign policy objectives, unanimously shared and constantly assumed at the highest level of the state: obtaining OECD membership. Romania particularly appreciates the efforts of the OECD Secretary-General, Mathias Cormann, and of the 38 member states to identify the consensus on enlargement and especially for the support given to Romanias candidacy. OECD membership will strengthen Romanias international profile and provide access to the expertise of an international body valued for the quality of economic studies and public policy evaluations. It will also provide the opportunity to participate directly, along with other members, in establishing international regulations in the field of good economic governance. The opening of the accession talks represents the culmination of the consistent efforts of the Romanian diplomacy and the entire institutional spectrum of the last decades, to bring Romania closer to the OECD standards and practices, globally recognized as a standard of good governance in developed economies. This success is the result of a close inter-institutional collaboration in which the relevant ministries and institutions have been involved over time, under the auspices, since 2016, of an Interministerial Committee, currently coordinated directly by the Prime Minister of Romania. Today's decision of the OECD Council is a recognition of the fact that Romania shares the values and principles of the Organization. At the same time, it is a testament to Romanias continued involvement in strengthening cooperation with the OECD and the added value that our country brings to the Organization. The announcement marks the beginning of a period of deepening the partnership with the OECD. The negotiations stage will involve a rigorous evaluation of our country's alignment to the instruments and good practices of the Organization, achieved by over 20 technical OECD committees based on a roadmap that will be drawn up over the next period. This complex and intense stage will involve measures to be taken in a wide range of areas, in the spirit of OECD values and for the benefit of the well-being of its citizens. The accession process will boost the continuation of internal reforms and the improvement of policies in all fields of economic and social activity, with a focus on public governance, investment and taxation, sustainable development, environmental protection and climate action, public integrity and anti-corruption policies, education, digital transition. The Romanian Government also takes this opportunity to reconfirm that its institutions are ready to cooperate actively with the working structures of the OECD to complete the stage of negotiations as soon as possible, on the road to the OECD accession. Along with our country, the decision to open negotiations adopted today also referred to Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia and Peru. Additional information: Established in 1961, the OECD is an intergovernmental forum dedicated to identifying, disseminating and evaluating the implementation of appropriate public policies to ensure sustainable economic growth and social stability. The 38 OECD members (most of them Europeans - 23) are developed countries, accounting for more than 70% of global production and trade and 90% of global foreign direct investment. Romanias accession to the OECD is a strategic foreign policy goal, which has got cross-party support from Romanias post-December governments. Our country officially submitted its candidacy for OECD membership in April 2004, which has been reiterated several times. 2022-01-25 20:21:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-25-08-22-34big_sigla_guvern.pngBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 25 ianuarieȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-25 19:08:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_1638.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la începutul ședinței de guvern din 25 ianuarieȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-25 19:01:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_1596.jpgÎnființarea Comitetului interministerial în domeniul energieiȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/establishment-of-an-interministerial-committee-on-energyPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă has decided to set up the Interministerial Committee on Energy, a structure aimed at identifying solutions to limit the increase in energy prices. The main responsibilities of the Interministerial Committee are to determine the causes of the increase in energy prices and to highlight possible solutions enforceable in the short, medium, and long-run to limit the increase in energy prices. The Committee will include representatives of the PM Chancellery, the Secretariat - General of the Government, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, and the National Agency for Mineral Resources. Attending the meetings of the Committee, as permanent guests are: representatives of the Competition Council, the National Energy Regulatory Authority, the Electricity, and Natural Gas Market Operator - OPCOM S.A., the Romanian Commodities Exchange S.A., as well as representatives of energy producers, transporters and suppliers, employers' and trade union confederations, associations and academic milieu. 2022-01-25 17:48:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-25-05-41-52big_sigla_guvern.pngMăsuri urgente în București și Ilfov pentru creșterea accesibilității la testarea COVID-19 și pentru reducerea timpului de așteptare pentru pacienții care solicită testarea la domiciliuȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-25 13:29:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-25-01-31-20big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Consiliului Național al Întreprinderilor Mici și MijlociiȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-representatives-of-the-national-council-for-smesPRESS RELEASE As a continuation of the dialogue initiated on taking office, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă discussed today, at Victoria Palace, with a delegation of the National Council for SMEs, about a set of topics of interest for both the Government and the business sector. The situation generated by rising energy and gas prices was among the topics addressed. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă showed that the Government has already taken a series of measures to make sure that both domestic consumers and economic sectors, notably the SMEs, will be protected from the increase in energy and gas prices. Also, the Government will adopt on today's meeting an emergency designed to complete the support measures for citizens and the business sector so that jobs are protected and companies can effectively perform their activities. Another topic addressed pertained to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Prime Minister Ciucă underscoring that the business sector will be a partner for the Executive in the implementation of the measures set out in the PNRR to make sustainable investment and achieve a higher absorption of European funds benefiting Romania. Referring to the social dialogue component, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă stated that the Executive opened a dialogue both with representatives of trade union associations, and a part of the business sector, and all these meetings will continue both at the central and local level, to reach the best and most effective solutions for the optimal unfolding of businesses and job stability. Fiscal policy was another topic addressed during the meeting, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă emphasized that the Executive representatives are aware of the need to ensure a predictable tax system for those who have businesses and make investments in the economy. The measures adopted so far by the Government to cut through the red tape and the steps that need to be followed, have also been addressed so that this process leads to an accelerated digitalization of public institutions. Attending the meeting were: Florin Jianu, president of CNIPMMR, Ovidiu Niculescu, honorary president of CNIPMMR, and other representatives of SMEs, and on the part of the Executive, Constantin - Daniel Cadariu, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, representatives of Energy and Finance Ministries and members of the PM Chancellery. 2022-01-25 12:50:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-25-01-11-48big_image_8.jpgParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremonia dedicată Zilei Internaționale de comemorare a victimelor Holocaustului și comemorării victimelor Pogromului legionar antievreiesc din BucureștiȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-attended-the-ceremony-dedicated-to-the-international-holocaust-remembrance-day-and-the-commemoration-of-the-victims-of-bucharest-anti-jewish-legionary-pogrom Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: President of Romania, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania - Mosaic Cult, Vice Prime Minister, Dear Ministers, lawmakers, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, Distinguished audience, I have come back to the Bucharest Choral Temple, the most representative and emblematic Synagogue in our country, to commemorate together the victims of the Holocaust in Romania and the anti-Jewish legionary pogrom in Bucharest. I want to pay a pious tribute to all those who suffered from the discrimination, anti-Semitic and racist policies promoted by the Romanian state at a turbulent time in our national history. This dark chapter of our past, when the Jews of Romania became victims of the Holocaust tragedy, must not be forgotten or minimized. By paying homage to the dead or deported, to those forced to leave their country, to those deprived of their property, of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and treated as inferior human beings, we examine our conscience and try to understand the causes and the consequences of the abdication of the values ​​and traditions of our people, the obligations we assumed after the Great Union of 1918. Ladies and gentlemen, For centuries, the fate of the Jews in Romania has been closely linked to the fate of the Romanian people. We have high esteem and we encourage the research of the past, to bring new arguments to this historical fact, namely: the remarkable contribution of our Jewish compatriots to the development of Romania, its transformation into a modern and united state. We honour the memory of the over 23,000 Jews, most of them without Romanian citizenship who fought alongside the Romanian military in the battles of the terrible First World War, at the end of which Unified Romania emerged. The Romanian nation will never forget your remarkable historical loyalty in one of the fundamental moments of our modern history. A peak of this remarkable contribution of the Jewish ethnic group to the development of Romania was reached in the period between the Two World Wars, when the number of Jews in Romania rose to almost 900,000, Romania being the third-largest country in Europe in terms of the Jewish community. Romanias performances in that period also encompassed the contribution of your community. This contribution is significant and easy to find in the economic, cultural and, at the same time, political field. Unfortunately, the year 1938, the most illustrative from the perspective of the development of interwar Romania, also meant the beginning of a slippage in the democratic composition of the Romanian state. It culminated in the dark era of the Holocaust during World War II, when the Antonescu regime resorted to fascist legislation targeting the Jewish population in Romania, the mass deportation of the Jewish population from Bessarabia and Bukovina in the fall of 1941, together with other members of the community from the rest of the country. The establishment of the Commission for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania was a necessary and timely act. Finding out the truth about the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of Romanian citizens during the Second World War was an imperative act. Especially young generations must know the tragedy that innocent people were forced to go through just for the simple fact that they were Jews or Roma, a tragedy for which the Romanian state and its institutions at the time bear the main responsibility. For such painful moments to no longer be possible, such deeds to never happen, a vast work of civic, historical and political education of the whole society, especially of young people, is necessary. Given the declining number of the Jewish community in recent decades, the revitalization of the rich Jewish heritage in our country has been and remains an urgency, both for the community itself and for the Romanian Government, which provides consistent support through the State Secretariat for Cults. All the governments of post-December Romania understood the need to be involved in the preservation of the Jewish heritage and the development of Jewish life in our country. At the same time, aware of the importance of providing social and medical assistance for Holocaust survivors and their descendants, but also people in a precarious financial situation, the Romanian Government provided the necessary financial support for the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania - Mosaic Cult, to carry out in the best possible conditions, these particularly important activities. We congratulate the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania - the Mosaic Cult, lawmaker Silviu Vexler, on his involvement in providing approximately 240,000 hours/quarterly of social and medical care at home for Holocaust survivors or their descendants. I am convinced, like my Cabinet colleagues, that only by cultivating tolerance and respect for those around us, can we enjoy peace and prosperity together. 2022-01-25 11:21:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_1348.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Comitetului Olimpic și Sportiv RomânȘtiri din 25.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-officials-of-the-romanian-olympic-and-sports-committee-cosrPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had today at Victoria Palace a meeting with officials of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee(COSR). The meeting was attended by the Chairman of COSR Mihai Covaliu, and the Secretary-General of COSR George Boroi, together with Gheorghe Popescu, Honorary Advisor to the Prime Minister. The participants analyzed the state of preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and the state of the high-performance sports infrastructure. Prime Minister expressed his support for the consolidation of the sports bases, underlining the need to treat with utmost seriousness the issue of athletes' training. During the dialogue, COSR officials presented the initiative to include Romania on the list of countries that could organize the 2028 Winter Olympics. 2022-01-25 09:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-25-10-02-55big_image_9_resize.jpgParticiparea secretarului general al Guvernului, Marian Neacșu, la ceremonia depunerii de coroane la Monumentul Domnitorului Alexandru Ioan CuzaȘtiri din 24.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-secretary-general-of-the-government-marian-neac-u-participated-in-a-wreath-laying-ceremony-at-the-monument-of-prince-alexandru-ioan-cuza2022-01-24 20:56:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_0743.jpgParticiparea șefului Cancelariei Prim-ministrului, Mircea Abrudean, la semnarea contractului de lucrări încheiat în baza Acordului dintre România și Republica Moldova Știri din 24.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-head-of-the-chancellery-of-the-prime-minister-mircea-abrudean-participated-in-the-signing-of-the-works-contract-concluded-on-the-basis-of-the-agreement-between-romania-and-the-republic-of-moldovaThe Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Mircea Abrudean, participated today, in Iasi, in the event occasioned by the signing of the contract regarding the regulation of the construction of aqueducts, in the Republic of Moldova. It is the first contract aimed at carrying out the works of extending the drinking water supply pipes in the Republic of Moldova, worth approximately 1.5 million lei. I congratulate all those who made this event possible. We are sure that such projects will continue, we very much rely on the very good collaboration we have with partners in the Republic of Moldova and we foster such partnerships between local authorities, said the Head of the PM Chancellery, Mircea Abrudean. The event took place at the Palace of Culture in Iasi, in the presence of Andrei Spinu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova, Ana Mardare, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova, and the Chairman of Iasi County Council Costel Alexe. 2022-01-24 20:49:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2022-01-24_at_20.41.05.jpegParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la ceremoniile prilejuite de Ziua Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-participation-in-the-ceremonies-occasioned-by-the-day-of-the-unification-of-the-romanian-principalities2022-01-24 14:01:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-24-03-31-27big_image_10_resize.jpgMăsuri pentru creșterea capacității de testare, în scopul acordării rapide a tratamentului pentru persoanele infectate cu SARS-CoV-2 - 24 ianuarieȘtiri din 24.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-24 13:24:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-24-01-30-03big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul sărbătoririi Zilei Unirii Principatelor RomâneȘtiri din 24.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-on-the-celebration-of-the-day-of-the-unification-of-the-romanian-principalitiesWe are celebrating today the first important step taken for the establishment of the Romanian national unitary state, the Union of the Principalities, 163 years ago. The historic act of January 24, 1859, was the fruit of the tireless efforts of the political elite of the time, who enjoyed the understanding that the Romanians from Moldavia and Wallachia showed for the need for modernization. The reforming vision of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza bequeathed us an example of unity, of personal sacrifice for the achievement of a national goal, that of bringing Romanians together. The legend of Prince Cuzas ocaua [oka, Turkish term was, until the second half of the 19th century, the only unit of mass and weight for both liquids and solids used in Moldavia and Wallachia. It was equivalent to approximately one and a quarter litre (around 43 oz) / one and a half kilogram (around 3.5 lb] is still a symbol of equality and justice, reminding us of the role of the state in protecting the weak from abuse. Through the Little Union, the Romanians expressed the need for unity, but also the desire to move forward on the administrative, economic and social levels, equally. The desideratum remained the same for all future generations, regardless of the nature of the challenges they faced and generated major changes in our society. Through tenacity and unity, Romanians were able to prepare, then, the Greater Union, modernizing, building institutions and democratic, cultural, economic, and financial mechanisms, strengthening the army that would fight for independence and maintaining statehood. Our progress, achieved through the understanding of the historical chance to be part of a modern world in which prosperity, peace, and democratic values are assumed and guaranteed, need, today as they did back then, recognition and protection. Today, we remain on the same line of unity of all Romanians, but also of progress and well-being. The current situation requires responsibility both at the level of those who lead the country and at the level of our entire society. Romanias major challenges are now to overcome the health crisis, to support the economy through substantial investments, the debureaucratization of public institutions, and digitalization, through the correct, transparent, and efficient management of the state budget and funds that our country has received or will receive through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and through the European financing programmes. All of these involve reforms that we have undertaken through the programme for government, and which, I, as Prime Minister, back with full responsibility. The past two years have been a test of endurance for all of us in a constant battle with a ruthless enemy: the pandemic. As in all the turning points of national history, this period also underscored the unity of Romanians and the power to act for a better future of our society. Health, along with solving the energy crisis remain at the forefront of our concerns, as we do not want the current situation to endanger peoples lives, social development, and economic stability. Today is a day with profound historical significance for us Romanians, is a good opportunity to bow our heads in memory of the sacrifice of our forefathers, but also to mobilize, to change things for the better and to turn Romania into a democratic and prosperous country in which the state is at the service of the citizen and the law applies to all equally. This year, the institution of the Government celebrates its 160th anniversary. Initiator of laws, with an essential role in the implementation of public policies, the Executive consolidates Romanias path as a strong state attached to European and Euro-Atlantic values. Like the Government established 160 years ago, my mission as Prime Minister and that of the government team I am leading is to provide Romania with the path to modernization and development. Dear Romanians, Together we have gone through the most difficult moments in history, we have fought in countless wars, we have defeated the ruthless diseases and we have overthrown totalitarian systems. Each time, we have done it together and together we will also succeed now! Unity, solidarity, care, and respect for our fellow human beings are the landmarks that will guide us further. Let us join hands and, hopefully, overcome all problems and be united for the future of Romanians and Romania! Happy birthday, Romania! Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-01-24 09:59:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-24-03-30-10big_image_10_resize.jpgANUNȚ PENTRU PRESĂȘtiri din 23.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-23 14:01:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-23-02-02-17big_sigla_guvern.pngMăsuri pentru creșterea capacității de testare, în scopul acordării rapide a tratamentului pentru persoanele infectate cu SARS-CoV-2Știri din 23.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-23 13:37:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-23-01-39-56big_sigla_guvern.png160 de ani de la formarea primului Guvern al României după recunoașterea unirii depline a Principatelor Unite ale Moldovei și Țării Românești, condus de prim-ministrul Barbu CatargiuȘtiri din 22.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-22 10:23:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_0587.jpgÎntâlnirea de lucru a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Federației Sindicatelor din Educație Spiru Haret, ai Federației Naționale Sindicale Alma Mater și ai Federației Sindicatelor Libere din ÎnvățământȘtiri din 21.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-had-a-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-the-federation-of-unions-in-education-spiru-haret-national-trade-union-federation-alma-mater-and-the-free-trade-union-federation-in-education2022-01-21 12:37:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_0125.jpgÎntâlnirea de lucru a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Federației Sanitas din România și ai Federației Solidaritatea Sanitară din RomâniaȘtiri din 21.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-romanian-trade-union-federation-sanitas-and-solidaritatea-sanitara-health-solidarity-federationPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă met with representatives of the Health Trade Union Federations Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today a working meeting with representatives of the Health Trade Union Federations, as part of the social dialogue that the Government started with the social sector representatives. Discussions focused on the legislation regarding the salaries of the health sector personnel, the method of calculation and the granting of salary increases and salary rights for some categories in this sector, as well as funding the continuing training programs for the healthcare personnel. An important item of discussion was also the package of government measures for managing the energy crisis. Prime Minister stated that these measures are intended to support citizens, regardless of the social field in which they are working, as well as the economic sectors from the effects of rising gas and electricity prices. In addition to the measures currently in place, as of February 1, the Government will come up with new measures to mitigate the effects of the energy crisis, the impact of which will be significant for February and March. The Government is open to social dialogue and we are here to find solutions together. We have two common starting points: the interest to find the most appropriate answers to the problems you signalled and the gratitude for the efforts made by the medical system in the context of the health crisis , the Prime Minister said. The Head of the Executive mentioned that, in this perspective, the decision was made to provide for the current year budget the necessary funds to increase the health employees salaries by ¼ of the difference between the basic salary provided by the Framework Law no. 153/2017, with subsequent amendments and completions for the year 2022 and pay of December 2021. The Prime Minister also pointed out that the proposals of the two trade union federations regarding the amendment of the salary law - Framework Law no. 153/2017, will be soon analyzed at the level of the Health, Labor and Finance Ministries, to eliminate inequities. In this context, there will be analyzed the problems reported by the health unions regarding the application of the salary increase of ¼ from the difference between the basic salary provided by the Framework Law no. 153/2017 for 2022 and pay of December 2021 also for the TESA (technical, economic, scientific, administrative) staff in the system. Also, the calculation method for some salary increases of the healthcare staff will be analyzed, to ensure the correct enforcement of the law, in the conditions of the current budgetary resources. The Government has pledged through the programme for government, to present, within 120 days from the taking over, a calendar for the amendment of the Framework Law no. 153/2017. In the medium and long term, the Prime Minister and the representatives of the Government have shown that the pay law reform is being considered, a commitment assumed through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The representatives of the health trade union federations appreciated the Governments openness to dialogue and the interest in finding solutions to the reported social problems. Consultations will continue at the level of line ministries both to address pay related aspects and identify opportunities to finance through PNRR the continuing professional training courses for healthcare personnel. Attending the meeting on the part of the Government were: Minister of Finance Adrian Caciu, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity Cristian Vasilcoiu, and the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health Andrei Baciu. Attending the meeting on behalf of the Sanitas Federation of Romania were: Chairman Leonard-Sorin Bărăscu and Vice-Chair Iulian Pope. Also, co-chair Celmare Lidia and manager Rotilă Viorel attended the meeting on behalf of the Romanian Health Solidarity Federation. 2022-01-21 12:24:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_9770.jpg Discuție telefonică între prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și prim-ministrul Republicii Moldova, Natalia GavrilițaȘtiri din 20.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/telephone-conversation-between-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-and-prime-minister-of-the-republic-of-moldova-natalia-gavrilitaPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today a telephone conversation with Natalia Gavrilița, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, in the context in which Moldova's Parliament approved today the introduction of the state of emergency in the energy sector, in the Republic of Moldova, due to the risk of gas delivery suspension by Russian corporation Gazprom. The two Prime Ministers discussed the possibility of providing the necessary quantities of crude oil to the Republic of Moldova. In this respect, Romania will receive a request to be analyzed in a short time. The two officials also discussed preparing the next joint Government meeting set to be held in the near future. Moreover, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă reiterated Romania's openness and availability to support the Republic of Moldova. 2022-01-20 16:31:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-20-04-32-05big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Alianței pentru TurismȘtiri din 20.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-representatives-of-the-alliance-for-tourism-aptPrime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă's meeting with representatives of the Alliance for Tourism(APT) Prime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă had today, a working meeting with the representatives of the Alliance for Tourism(APT) as part of the Government's dialogue with the economic sector. Discussions focused on the government measures to support the hospitality (HoReCa) industry, to solve the difficulties related to providing the labour force in this sector, the predictability of the public health norms, the promotion of Romania as a tourist destination and the support of the spa tourism. Prime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă highlighted, as a program to support the economic sectors affected by the protection measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, the reintroduction of the furlough, a decision made in the Wednesday meeting of the Cabinet, to support employees and employers, to an equal extent. - The Government's objective is to support citizens and maintain the economic sectors open, against the backdrop of the healthcare crisis that we are facing. We consider you the Government's partners in this demarche. We are available to you for dialogue and I invite you to find together solutions to support the HORECA sector, promote Romanian tourism, and spa tourism which has a huge potential, stated Prime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă. The Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism Constantin-Daniel Cadariu informed that on January 20, 2022, payments to the Agencies for Small and Medium Enterprises, Investment Attraction and Export Promotion (AIMMAIPE) started for the second pro-quota, in the amount of over 1.1 billion RON, in the enforcement of the HoReCa state aid scheme, which will benefit 8,294 companies in the sector. These payments complete those made until December 31, 2021, for all contracted beneficiaries, at a first pro quota of 46. 87 percent, amounting to almost 1 billion lei. The HoReCa aid scheme was launched in 2021, to compensate enterprises in the field of tourism, public catering and events organization, whose activity was affected in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic, through aid under the form of grants in the amount of 20 percent from the difference between the turnover obtained from eligible related to 2019 activity and the one related to 2020, but no more than the lei equivalent of the amount of 800,000 euros/ sole enterprise. The discussion regarding the implementation of the measure HoReCa 2 based on the same state aid instrument, was resumed. Another topic addressed referred to the implementation of the Measure 2 - Grants for the working capital, a session in the phase of payments. 22,226 files were submitted for this program. The Government representatives and those of the Alliance for Tourism will continue consultations to find the solutions that would allow payments for all eligible dossiers for this measure. Another topic of interest addressed during the meeting pertained to the opportunities represented by the financing from European funds. Discussions focused on the - Investment in productive activities Action funded through the Operational Programme Competitiveness 2014-2020, which aims at supporting the SMEs capacity to grow on regional, national and international markets, and to get involved in innovation processes. The difficulties related to the provision of the necessary labour force for this sector, the provision of support for seasonal employees, the compensation of the taxes owed with those recovered from the state were also addressed at the proposal of the Alliance for Tourism representatives. The consultations will continue at the level of the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, and the Prime Minister will be soon presented with solutions to the difficulties signalled by the HORECA industry and a timetable for their implementation. Attending the discussions on behalf of the Government were: Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism Constantin-Daniel Cadariu, Minister of Finance Adrian Caciu, Minister of Investments and European Projects, Dan Vilceanu. On the part of the Alliance for Tourism, the participants were: Dragoș Anastasiu, chairman of the Alliance for Tourism, Călin Ile, member of the APT Board and chair of the Romanian Hotel Industry Federation, Daniel Mischie, member of the APT Board and vice-chair of HORA, Dumitru Luca, member of the APT Board and chair of the National Association of Travel Agencies in Romania, Cătălin Țibuleac, coordinator of the OMD -APT Promotion Working Group and chairman of the Danube Delta Tourist Destination Management Association. 2022-01-20 15:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-20-03-08-13big_image_10_resize.jpgConferință de presă privind evoluția pandemiei de Covid-19 și a procesului de vaccinareȘtiri din 20.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-20 14:28:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-20-03-35-14big_image_9_resize.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, a ambasadorului Regatului Unit al Mari Britanii și Irlandei de Nord în România, Andrew NobleȘtiri din 20.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-h-e-mr-andrew-noble-the-ambassador-of-the-united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland-to-romania PRESS RELEASE Today, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received H.E. Mr Andrew Noble, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Bucharest. The meeting mainly aimed at the demarches for the reconfiguration of the Bilateral Strategic Partnership Romania - Great Britain as a partnership between a Member State(Romania) and a third state (UK) which however seeks to maintain close ties with EU. The Strategic Partnership Reconfiguration represents also an opportunity to expand and deepen bilateral cooperation by raising the level of ambition and coordination. Ambassador Andrew Noble congratulated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă on taking office and welcomed his appointment in this office. The discussion encompassed a large array of topics of mutual interest, from trade exchanges and investments to defence and security cooperation, combatting organized crime, knowledge transfer on the strategic communication dimension, and cybersecurity cooperation. The two officials appreciated the relations between the two states as being excellent. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă expressed interest in the situation of Romanians in Great Britain and their status, in the context in which over a million Romanians are studying, living and working in the United Kingdom. Security development aspects at the Eastern border of Europe were also addressed during discussions. Ambassador Andrew Noble presented the British approach and hailed the concern and preparation of the Romanian side in the perspective of any scenario which might unfold in the near future, arguing that Great Britain and Romania have important contributions in the institutional evaluations on this dimension, at the level of NATO. 2022-01-20 11:30:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_1.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă privind rezultatele României în prevenirea și combaterea traficului de persoaneȘtiri din 20.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-working-meeting-for-the-analysis-of-the-results-achieved-by-romania-in-preventing-and-combating-trafficking-in-human-beingsPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had a working meeting with the Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode, the Secretary of State for Public Order and Security at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Bogdan Despescu, the General Inspector of the Romanian Police, Chief Quaestor of Police Benone-Marian Matei, Director of the National Agency against Trafficking in Persons, Chief Commissioner of Police Maximilian Nicolae, Prosecutor General of Romania Gabriela Scutea, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice Bogdan Ilea, as well as representatives of the main institutions involved in preventing and combating trafficking in human beings in Romania: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Authority for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Adoption (ANPDCA), the National Agency for Employment (ANOFM) and the State Advisor who coordinates the Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the National Strategy against Trafficking in Persons, within the PM Chancellery. The goal of the working meeting initiated by the Prime Minister was to analyze the results obtained by Romania in preventing and combating human trafficking during 2021. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă emphasized that the fight against human trafficking is a priority for this Cabinet and spoke about the strategic importance of addressing this phenomenon on the three levels of intervention: prevention, combating, protection. I want to make sure that we have solid coordination at the level of the Government in this field so that the intersectoral measures involved in addressing this complex phenomenon be implemented effectively. Preventive actions in the community are fundamental, we must have rapid - intervention capability in detecting, apprehending and investigating traffickers, but it is equally important to consider an integrated approach to the phenomenon, starting from the structural measures of combating poverty , Prime Minister pointed out. The Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode presented the current situation of the main activities carried out by the MAI structures with responsibilities in the field. In the context of the National Action Plan 2021-2022 for the implementation of the National Strategy against human trafficking 2018-2022, numerous activities were carried out to prevent and combat human trafficking, as well as to monitor and evaluate the human trafficking phenomenon. It has been noticed increased cooperation with civil society and renowned international partners, in particular the United States, the United Kingdom and France, as well as intensified training activities by the staff of the responsible national institutions through various partnerships and projects. State Advisor Mădălina Turza spoke about the new measure of coordinating the Monitoring Committee for the implementation of the National Strategy against Trafficking in Persons, at the level of the Chancellery, about the unprecedented collaborative effort to draw up the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) for the US State Department, but also the initiative, carried out for the first time, at the level of the Chancellery, to draw up an Action Plan regarding the proactive identification of human trafficking victims, with the support of public and private medical personnel, and civil society representatives. From the perspective of the General Prosecutors Office, there is a decrease in the number of cases, balanced by the higher number of arraignments in 2021 and the number of persons remanded in custody. Two-thirds of the sentences were custodial sentences. The remaining suspended sentences were challenged by prosecutors and the rate of non-confirmation by acquittal is low. As far as DIICOT cases are concerned, there are only a few issues with the administration of evidence or the validity of evidence. At the level of the leadership of the Public Ministry, the effectiveness of the investigations is important, for the reconstitution of the route of the persons outside the national territory and to stop the re-victimization of the human trafficking victims. International cooperation is an important component of the work of the Public Prosecutors Office and involves both sustained coordination at the European level and European investigation orders. Many of the results in the Romanian sides activity are accounted for in other states, as part of cross-border investigations. European cooperation is carried out through Eurojust, with European support granted to joint investigation teams. European law recommends that the Member States maintain direct contacts. The Director of the National Agency against Trafficking in Human Beings (ANITP) detailed aspects related to European analyzes of the number of victims of human trafficking, the investigations and convictions. The response of the criminal justice system must be doubled by social and economic measures, which should protect vulnerable Romanian citizens from the risks of exploitation. Romania, through ANITP, fervently supported the need to incriminate the request, which led to an analysis process of this issue at the European level, while taking into account the amendment of EU legislation in this field. Moreover, ANITP underscored the effort of data coordination and collection to draw up the TIP Report for the US State Department, conducted under the PM Chancellery's coordination. The Justice Ministry showed the fact that it permanently supported the dialogue with Prosecutor's Offices, carried out a thorough process of anonymizing victim data on the ECRIS platform and backed the establishment of the Special Section of Prosecutors dedicated to the investigation of human trafficking cases by DIICOT. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice is conducting a comprehensive analysis regarding the financial assistance granted to human trafficking victims. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the obvious qualitative leap made by Romania in drawing up The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report for the US State Department, the importance of working with civil society and continuing the coordinated efforts of supporting and assisting victims of human trafficking. ANOFM pointed out that the interoperability of databases between different institutions and the case management provided to human trafficking victims in search of a job, that benefit from the information and professional counselling measure, represent a strategic priority. 2022-01-20 11:04:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-20-11-03-49big_image_1_resize.jpgBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 19 ianuarieȘtiri din 19.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-19 17:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-19-05-05-15big_image_3_resize.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și ale ministrului Sănătății, Alexandru Rafila, la începutul ședinței de guvern din 19 ianuarieȘtiri din 19.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-and-health-minister-alexandru-rafila-at-the-beginning-of-the-cabinet-meeting-of-january-19[check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon! We carried out a series of activities as of Monday, related to the set of government measures designed to manage the effects of rising energy and gas prices. Yesterday, we had a meeting with energy producers, suppliers and distributors. I talked to the Energy Minister and we are working on the contents of the emergency ordinance that we want to complete by Friday morning. And, in that regard, I am asking the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Entrepreneurship, the Justice Minister and the Transport Minister to finalise the contents, so that at the Ministry of Energy and of course with the support of the Secretary-General, we can finalise this ordinance so that we can make it public by Friday morning, so that next week, before the weekly meeting, we can pass this emergency ordinance. Minister Rafila, we realized yesterday that the number of persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 doubled, in the context of increased testing capacity and I want to thank you for your involvement. If you can give us details about the daily situation. Alexandru Rafila: Thank you, Prime Minister. The situation is as follows. Speaking of the various legislative documents that we have drawn up either at the level of the Government or at the Ministry of Health, which enabled a change of strategy regarding the pandemic containment, we do not wait for people to get sick and be admitted to hospitals given that hospitals are getting overcrowded. On the contrary, we have adopted this strategy to facilitate testing closer to domicile, on the one hand, the organization of outpatient evaluation centres and the referral to hospital care only of patients who need it. Currently, more than 3,200 family doctors offices have signed contracts with the County Health Insurance Houses and have begun testing. You may have noticed that yesterday, we had the highest number of tests carried out from the beginning of this pandemic, we reached 90,000 tests carried out in one day. We estimate that this increase will continue in the next period, I think we will reach next week 100,000 tests carried out and implicitly, the number of detected persons will also increase too. This number of infected persons will increase for two reasons. First of all, because it is a much more transmissible strain, and this can be seen in all countries that have been affected by the Omicron strain, the figures for this period are incomparably higher than the figures recorded in previous waves, and this is valid for all countries. The second reason why the number of people who test positive will increase is the increased testing capacity so that anyone who suspects that they may be infected can get tested. We have operationalized the outpatient centres for the evaluation of infected patients, to which only people with a positive test have access and are directed to these centres. Contracts have already been signed nationwide with 123 centres by the County Health Insurance Houses, we still have about 100, and some centres that need to be operationalized, because this is the legal procedure; they must first be approved by the Public Health Directorates and then contracts with the County Health Insurance Houses, are concluded, but the vast majority of these 230 centres will become operational by the end of this week. Regarding the epidemiological situation, despite the high number of new positive cases, the cases of hospital admissions in one day, is lower further on, a 2-3 percent daily increase can be covered by the healthcare system. We have seen various public statements related to the geometric increase in the number of infected children. This information is untrue. Minister Cimpeanu, I have provided you with all the official figures, which also show the trend, not only the figures from a certain day. Yesterday, 11 children were hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit, 10 less than the previous day, representing about 2% of the total number of children hospitalized, and the number of children infected and hospitalized was 338. We are concerned about the functioning of the health system, the provision of medical care. I think that this approach linked to facilitating testing will contain the pandemic, because a diagnosed and isolated case will not automatically transmit the disease and I think that is a big gain, on the one hand. On the other hand, early detection of the disease can benefit from early health care and the patient avoids the late phases of the disease, which are difficult to contain and which have led, you have seen, to very high mortality. In terms of the mortality rate, at this moment, compared to the similar situation in October, when it was the same number of cases, mortality is 8 to 10 times smaller than in October. As regards the innovative antiviral medication, hopefully, we can sign the first contract with MSD even these days and towards the end of the month, as I pledged, the first amounts of innovative antivirals can be found both in hospitals and in outpatient evaluation centres, where patients can receive free of charge treatment. Furthermore, all these centres and hospitals have Remdesivir, that injectable antiviral, they have Favipiravir, about which I informed the population, the Favipiravir will be found in a shorter time and in open-circuit pharmacies, but will be released strictly on prescription, because of its toxicity, we should avoid unnecessary administration. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Thank you, Minister. In today's Cabinet meeting, we will adopt an emergency ordinance whereby we will reintroduce technical unemployment and establish new measures of social protection for employees so that we help keep jobs and support the economic sectors. This measure is introduced in the context of ban, suspension or limitation of economic activities because of COVID- 19 epidemic. We are talking about granting an allowance in the amount of 75 percent of the basic salary but no more than 75 percent of the gross average salary stipulated by the state social securities budget for 2022. This type of aid will be granted from the unemployment insurance budget until March 31, 2022, in case of temporary suspension of the individual employment contract at the initiative of the employer during the state of alert. We will also approve a government decision on the technical-economic indicators of the investment objective Electrification and rehabilitation of the railway line Cluj Napoca - Oradea - Bihor Bishopric, a public utility work of national interest worth almost 9 billion lei. The objective is included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and is a very important one in terms of achieving a fast connection between Cluj, Oradea and the Bishopric of Bihor. We will also adopt the memorandum approving the negotiation and signing of the agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on the implementation of the technical and financial assistance program based on the non-reimbursable financial assistance of 100 million euros granted by Romania to the Republic of Moldova. This memorandum, at the level of the Government, ensures the functioning of the mechanisms for a new agreement based on which Romania will continue to provide technical and financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova, to support its European path. Thank you! 2022-01-19 11:20:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_6.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Franceze în România, doamna Laurence Auer, de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel CiucăȘtiri din 18.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-the-ambassador-of-the-french-republic-to-bucharest-h-e-mrs-laurence-auerPrime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă met with the Ambassador of the French Republic to Bucharest, H.E. Mrs Laurence Auer Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă received at Victoria Palace, the Ambassador of the French Republic to Bucharest, H.E. Mrs Laurence Auer. The meeting took place in the context of France holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union this semester. The topics of the meeting focused on the close and dynamic cooperation between the two parties in the context of advancing the European agenda and on the solid partnership and priorities at the level of the bilateral relationship. The security situation in the Eastern Neighborhood was also assessed on this occasion. Prime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă reiterated Romanias commitment to advancing, in a consensual spirit, the European agenda and gave assurances regarding the active support of our country in fulfilling the ambitious objectives included in the work programme and the priorities of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prime Minister recalled Romanias interest in a pragmatic outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe, oriented toward action and concrete recommendations. Moreover, the Head of the Executive highlighted the substantial character and the amplified potential of the bilateral cooperation on multiple levels, in line with the Romania-France Strategic Partnership and the Roadmap. He also noted the rising and particularly encouraging level of Romanian-French trade relations. The Prime Minister underscored the importance of a favourable decision for starting talks on Romanias accession to the OECD and called for Frances support in this regard. 2022-01-18 17:44:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-18-05-44-45big_image_5_resize.jpgTrei din patru cetățeni consideră semnificative schimbările climatice din România din ultimii 30 de ani. Cum este percepția privind fenomenele meteo extremeȘtiri din 18.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/three-in-four-citizens-consider-climate-change-in-romania-to-have-been-significant-in-the-last-30-years-perception-of-extreme-weather-events Climate change seems to be one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the coming decades. The main goal of European policies, and not only, in this segment, is to keep the increase in the average annual temperature under control. Major investments from public and private funds seem to be moving in these directions, which will have an impact on overall society. In coping with this challenge, the perception of the citizens whose involvement in this approach is particularly important is of paramount importance. From an objective point of view, according to Eurostat data, globally, after 2000, we have a significant increase in the near-surface temperature deviation, the values ​​recorded varying annually between 0.8 - 1.2 degrees Celsius [1] compared to the post-industrial period. (The average temperature deviation is an indicator that is calculated by relating the average annual temperature to the levels of the pre-industrial period (1850-1899). The situation is very similar for Europe, noting that here the variation is even more significant: between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius post-2000. An increase in the near-surface temperature deviation means more unpredictability and several extreme weather events, with major negative effects on people. Eurostat also provides data on climate-related economic losses. If in 1980, total losses amounted to 3.47 billion euros at the European level, in 2019 they were 13.01 billion euros, therefore, in almost four decades, these losses have increased 3.75 times. Another aspect to consider is the average annual temperatures, depending on the weather station. The data are provided by the INS and, for 18 weather stations, allow us to compare the year 2018 with the average temperature of the period 1901 - 2000. There is an average increase of 1.8 degrees Celsius between the two dates. Temperatures are not only rising globally but also in Romania. As can be seen in Figure 1, 86 percent of Romanians believe that, globally, significant climate changes occurred, which corresponds to the reality of objective data. We note, however, that the number of Romanians who believe we experienced significant climate change in the last 30 years is substantially lower (74 percent). This means that one in four Romanians believes that, in the last 30 years, we either experienced minor changes in climate or that they have not existed at all. Despite the increase in average temperature (as we discussed above), there is not a small number of Romanians who must be persuaded of the climate urgency. We also note that 82 percent of Romanians believe that climate change has a significant economic impact, which is consistent with data provided by Eurostat on the consequences of climate-related economic losses. What is worrying is that only 64 percent of Romanians say that climate change is man-made, caused by economic activity, which makes it more difficult to convince more than a third of Romanians who see the cause of environmental degradation beyond human activity. Just over half of Romanians believe that climate change has negative effects, which highlights the need for climate change education. Regarding the evaluation of state action, only 23 percent of Romanians are satisfied with the activity of public institutions to combat the effects of climate change. What is encouraging, in this context, is that only 3 percent of Romanians say that the state spends too much on the effort to reduce the impact of climate change. As for the most affected areas by climate change, 35 percent of Romanians identify agriculture, which is indeed one of the most vulnerable sectors whereas 22 percent identify health, 12 percent identify forests, 8 percent education and only 3 percent identify the industry. These general assessments may, however, be too abstract for ordinary Romanians, so it is relevant to see what Romanians think about climate change-related events that they are constantly experiencing. As can be seen in Figure 2, 72 percent of Romanians believe that temperatures have increased in the last 30 years in Romania, which is validated by INS data. Likewise, 72 percent say that today, there is more drought than 30 years ago. In addition, 52 percent state we experience more floods than three decades ago, and 46 percent think that there are more fires. Only 22 percent of citizens are of the opinion it has been raining more than in the last 30 years and only 1 percent say it is snowing more. In addition, when asked which extreme weather event currently produces the most negative effects in Romania, 30 percent of respondents indicate drought, 18 percent - the floods, 16 percent of citizens indicate storms and 13 percent, the heatwave. Data on Romanians' perception of climate change were collected as part of the project Sustainable Romania, co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Operational Programme Administrative Capacity 2014-2020, implemented by the Department for Sustainable Development. Barometer results are available here. 2022-01-18 16:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-18-04-59-04big_sigla_guvern.pngPrim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, întâlnire de lucru cu reprezentanții producătorilor și furnizorilor din domeniul energieiȘtiri din 18.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-energy-producers-and-suppliersPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today a working meeting with representatives of energy producers and suppliers. The dialogue is part of a series of consultations initiated by the Government regarding the package of measures that the Executive is preparing to protect the citizens, support the business sector and maintain jobs in the context of the energy crisis. Prime Minister presented the solutions currently under consideration by the Government: capping energy prices for final domestic and industrial consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises, while raising the consumption ceiling to which that incentive applies, facilitating the application of an energy bill reduction system for universities and other educational institutions, hospitals, cultural and religious organisations, social service providers, public institutions, and NGOs. These measures will be included in a legislative document that will be soon submitted to the Government for consideration and approval. - We have seen low-income families, institutions, representatives of religious denominations, social centres being issued very high bills. The state has a responsibility to protect the people and to intervene in this respect. I am asking you to remedy the problems and those who got to suffer in November, December and January, should have the bills recalculated and the mistakes fixed. Recalculate the bills and make sure people do not pay more for billing errors. The Governments measures will avoid people getting cut off from energy supply for miscalculated bills or having to pay undue penalties, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă has stated. At the meeting, ways in which offsetting and capping schemes currently in place for energy bills are applied along with solutions for correcting incorrect bills for household users were also presented in detail. According to an analysis presented by the chairman of the National Consumer Protection Authority, over two million electricity supply bills have already been recalculated, over 450 incorrect billing notifications have been taken over and fines of more than 600,000 lei have been imposed following verifications. Another 101 checks are still in progress, and checks will be carried out of all business operators supplying electricity and gas. The electricity and natural gas suppliers have agreed on the new measures announced by the Government to offset and cap prices, while also committing themselves to sustained efforts to avoid the recurrence of future incorrect billing problems. At the same time, the suppliers pledged to cancel and reissue the incorrect bills issued so far, saying that the ones already paid for will be deducted from the next bills. Attending on the part of the Government were: Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, Secretary-General of the Government Marian Neacsu, Head of the PM Chancellery Mircea Abrudean, Secretary of State at the Finance Ministry Daniela Pescaru, representatives of the PM Chancellery. Discussions were also attended by members of the Federation of Associations of Energy Utility Companies (ACUE which represents the most important groups in the field of electricity and natural gas) Eric Stab, chairman of ACUE, Chairman and CEO ENGIE Romania and CEO ENGIE for Eastern Europe Carlo Pignoloni, CEO and Country Manager Enel Romania Volker Raffel, CEO E.ON Romania, member of ACUE Board Corina Popescu, CEO Electrica S.A., Vice - Chairman of Euroelectric, member of ACUE Board Federation Ondřej Šafař, CEO of CEZ Romania, Vice-Chairman of ACUE Federation Daniela Dărăban, Executive Director of ACUE Federation. Attending were also: Zoltan Nagy-Bege, vice- chairman of ANRE, Mihai Culeafă, chairman of ANPC, Bogdan Nicolae Badea, chairman of Hidroelectrica, Aristotel Marius Jude, executive member of Romgaz, Cosmin Ghiță, general manager of Nuclearelectrica, Daniel Burlan, chairman of Oltenia Energy Complex, Gabriel Andronache, chairman of Transelectrica, Ion Sterian, Director General of Transgaz, Niculae Havrileț, Director General of Electricity Distribution Romania, representatives of the Competition Council. 2022-01-18 11:09:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-18-11-18-56big_image_9.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă pe tema situației din energieȘtiri din 18.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-statements-on-the-current-energy-situationNicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good evening! We have managed to reach an agreement so that the energy cap will be reduced from 1 lei to 0.8 lei per KW. Also, the consumption limit will increase from 300 KW to 500 KW for which this price is calculated, In practice, there is a compensation of 0.291 lei per KW, which will mean that 0.68 bani per KW will be charged to the consumer. For SMEs, for large non-household consumers, the price will be capped at one leu per KW. For gas, the cap will be reduced from 0.37 to 0.31 lei per KW, and the five-month consumption limit will be increased from 1,000 to 1,500 KW. Also, a 40% discount will be applied, from 33 to 40%, thus ensuring a price of 0.221 lei per KW. For SMEs, schools, hospitals, churches, the food industry, a price of 0.37 lei per KW will be ensured. At the same time, we decided that all bills that were miscalculated will be recalculated, without people being disconnected or paying penalties. Reporter: When does it apply to electricity and for how long? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It applies as of February 1, until March 31, and in this period, we will also come up with an analysis and make further decisions. Reporter: Is it possible from February? Constitutionally speaking, is there any problem? Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca: There is no problem. We considered and that is why we are so late, to take enforceable measures, with no changes in the software, and it can be applied as of February 1. Reporter: To understand, it will be a cap, practically not regulation, as Mr Cițu had originally said. That is, we do not give up market liberalization for a determined period, but it is a price cap. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: It is a price cap. Liberalization is not given up. Reporter: What is the impact on the budget? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: According to the calculation I made this evening, the impact for the two months, amounts to about 3 billion lei. Reporter: And you mentioned wrongly calculated bills; if you can tell us how many were in the past two months? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: As our discussions revealed, the number exceeded one million wrongly calculated bills. Reporter: What is ANREs position, because they were against it, they did not agree with these measures ... They said that these measures would not have been accepted at the EU level. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We do not make an impact on the free energy market as such, therefore, it had no reason to agree or not on these measures. Reporter: Are you saying that a million bills need to be recalculated,? Will it happen ex officio ...? What happens... Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: All the wrongly calculated bills. You have seen that several actions have been locally taken, they will continue. I want to assure people that we will take all measures so that such mistakes that, hopefully, are not deliberately made, do not repeat so that people do not have to pay for the mistakes of others. And thus, we consider that the Government's door is open as much as possible and we are available to citizens... Any instruments we have ... Reporter: When are you going to take this measure, this week? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: The emergency ordinance will not be late more than next week so that it can be soon enforced. Reporter: Will this cap be borne only by the state or will the supplier have, for example, a cap on the price they can surcharge when selling energy? Because there is this discussion that the supplier should be limited enough to make a profit on the price. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Currently, it rests for us to have a discussion with the suppliers and distributors tomorrow morning and depending on this meeting we will establish the other technical details that will be included in the Government ordinance. Reporter: Did you somehow discuss what happens to those who have already managed to pay their bills that were miscalculated? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed this detail, but the decision is as clear as possible at the level of the Government so that those bills are cancelled and recalculated. Reporter: Did you say that these measures may continue after March 31? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: If the price evolution produces the effects that we all feel, we will have a continuous analysis process so that we can take measures in time. Reporter: Could companies once be forced to stop laying off employees, as has been the case, if they receive state aid? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: All these measures were discussed and debated so that companies do not close, jobs are kept and, of course, to avoid such situations in the future. Reporter: But will you expressly ask them not to lay off people during this period? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: This is a condition that we will discuss with the business sector, because, here, the state comes and provides all the support it can, so that the companies do not close. Reporter: Have you talked about zero VAT on basic foodstuff? Are you going to take this step? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed it this evening. Reporter: Did you discuss the Green Certificate? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: We have not discussed it this evening. There have been talks on energy and gas prices regulation. Thank you. Reporter: Is there a new coalition meeting tomorrow? Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: No, no. Thank you, good evening! 2022-01-18 08:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-18-08-49-09big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Zilei Culturii NaționaleȘtiri din 15.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-15 09:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-15-09-07-00big_stema.pngÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Asociației Române a BăncilorȘtiri din 14.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-representatives-of-the-romanian-association-of-banks-arbPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today consultations with representatives of the Romanian Association of Banks (ARB), in the context of the Government's open dialogue with the economic sector and the associative structures. Operationalization of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, unfolding government funding programs in support of economic sectors and development of de-bureacratization and digitalization projects at the level of public administration were the main discussion topics addressed along with the need for capitalization of the Romanian companies. - We need a real partnership that will capitalize on Romanias economic development potential, access to capital for the business sector and support in addition to the tens of billions of euros that will enter the country in the coming years under PNRR and Operational programmes. In addition to the 30 billion euros - investment to support the PNRR reforms - we have 12 billion to draw from the funds for the years 2014-2020, to which are added funds for the years 2021-2027, for which we must receive approvals for operational programmes. European money will support Romanias economy, along with banking and finance instruments. The business sector, SMEs, Romanian farmers need access to capital. We will create an inter-ministerial department for dialogue with the banks, at the government level, operating under the authority of the prime minister. We want to start together with the banking system a programme of entrepreneurial education, doing business, working with banks, under which Romanian business people can understand and access the development opportunities offered by access to capital stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. A complementary topic aimed at developing government funding programmes and state-aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises, and the agri-food industry, with an emphasis on increasing competitiveness and economic performance. The future funding generated for the support of major energy projects were presented as important opportunities for the banking sector to be involved, with special attention being extended to projects for the domestic production of the necessary capacities. The participants highlighted the need to expand digitalization projects at the level of public administration, both in the relationship between state and the citizen, and in the relationship between state and the business sector. The fact that electronic signature can play an important role in optimizing access to information streams, was also mentioned during the meeting. As a matter of fact, the digitalization of the administration is an important plank in PNRR for which substantial funding sources are earmarked. At the same time, the support extended especially to small or medium-sized enterprises will be essential both in the area of banking and finance education, as well as for their digitalization. Attending the meeting, on the part of the Government, were: Finance Minister Adrian Caciu, Minister of Investment and European Projects Dan Vilceanu, Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, and the Head of the PM Chancellery Mircea Abrudean. On the part of the Romanian Association of Banks, the participants were: Bogdan Neacșu, president of CEC Bank and Chairman of ARB Board, Traian Halalai, President of EximBank, Mihaela Bitu, CEO of ING Bank, Member of ARB Board, Dana Dima, Vice President at the Romanian Commercial Bank, Umer Tetik, CEO of Transilvania Bank, Ion Stan, First Vice President at Alpha Bank Romania, member of ARB Board, Francois Bloch, CEO of BRD - Groupe Societe Generale, Roxana Hidan, Deputy General Manager of OTP Bank Romania, Răsvan Radu, CEO of UniCredit Bank Romania, Steven van Groningen, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Romania, Gabriela Folcuț, Executive Director of ARB. 2022-01-14 17:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-14-05-06-59big_1.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții Consiliului Național al ElevilorȘtiri din 14.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-representatives-of-the-national-council-of-studentsGranting scholarships and implementing measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic in schools, topics discussed at Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă's meeting with representatives of the National Council of Students. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă and Minister of Education Sorin Cimpeanu met today with a delegation of the National Council of Students, to discuss the granting of scholarships and the implementation of measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic in schools. On this occasion, the role of scholarships in stimulating educational performance was analyzed and the need to provide support to students facing social problems. The representatives of the Government and those of the National Council of Students emphasized the importance of merit scholarships for motivating students, to acknowledge the results of the learning activity. The Government is backing the continuation of the policy of significantly increasing the number of student scholarships, the number of beneficiaries, and their level of adjustment to the objectives undertaken for each type of scholarship: stimulating learning, encouraging performance and excellence, supporting competition and, on the other hand, granting support for students in difficulty, for social or medical reasons. The scholarship fund, which has increased fourfold since 2020, will be used in full for the payment of student scholarships, whether Olympic scholarships, merit, study, equity scholarships, or high school money. We want to encourage the performance and secure non-discriminatory education opportunities for all children. The future success of the adult depends on access to education. We support high-performing students to continue and deepen their studies. At the same time, by providing social scholarships, in a guaranteed minimum amount twice the previous year, we support children from disadvantaged backgrounds, who need support to not drop out of school and to integrate into the labour market and society. To ensure transparency and predictability, we are analyzing the amendment of the law, in the sense of including in the law, the criteria for awarding scholarships on a coherent and motivating basis , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. At the Government level, a set of measures has recently been approved to encourage educational performance, to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds and combat early school dropout. Mention was made of the continuation of the program for the provision, at the national level, of dairy and pastry products, as well as the extension of the project through which students from 150 educational units benefit from a hot meal or food packages. In addition, the National School Dropout Reduction Program (PNRAS) will provide 2,500 grants to schools with students at medium and high risk of dropping out of school, worth up to 200,000 euros/school. These schools will have the opportunity to organize integrated educational and extracurricular activities, specific to their needs, including a new category of economic support tools (hot meals, subsidies, etc.), to help children in these vulnerable schools from the perspective of dropout rate. Another important point of discussion referred to the unfolding of the educational process in the conditions of health safety and the observance, in the educational units, of the measures of protection and prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. During the discussions on the new measures contained in Decision no. 3 of CNSU, from January 13, 2022, enforced at the level of educational units, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the representatives of the National Council of Students proposed the drawing up of complex and flexible mechanisms regarding the organization of courses in educational units, adapted to the specifics of each locality. Unblocking the supply of saliva tests kits to schools was discussed, which would allow extensive testing of students, a way to combat the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă mentioned that the effective implementation of protection measures requires the involvement of all parties engaged in the education process and called on the representatives of the National Council of Students to be an active part of this joint effort. The dialogue between the representatives of the Government and those of the National Council of Students will continue, and such meetings will be organized periodically. 2022-01-14 16:10:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_original_-Întâlnire_cu_reprezentanții_consiliului_național_al_elevilor6522.jpgPrimirea ambasadorului Emiratelor Arabe Unite în România, domnul Dr. Ahmed Abdulla Saeed Bin Saeed Almatrooshi, în vizită de rămas bun, de către premierul Nicolae-Ionel CiucăȘtiri din 14.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-received-the-farewell-visit-of-the-united-arab-emirates-ambassador-to-romania-dr-ahmed-abdulla-saeed-bin-saeed-almatrooshi2022-01-14 11:46:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-14-11-48-34big_sigla_guvern.pngPrimirea ambasadorului Republicii Turcia în România, doamna Füsun Aramaz, de către premierul Nicolae Ionel-CiucăȘtiri din 14.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-received-the-ambassador-of-the-republic-of-turkey-to-romania-mrs-fusun-aramaz2022-01-14 11:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-14-11-44-37big_sigla_guvern.pngVizita premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Institutul Național pentru Fizică și Inginerie Nucleară "Horia Hulubei"Știri din 13.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-visited-quot-horia-hulubei-quot-national-institute-of-physics-and-nuclear-engineering-ifin-hhPrime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă paid a working visit to the Horia Hulubei National Institute for R and D in Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH). On this visit, Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Investment and European Projects Dan Vilceanu, Minister of Economy Florin Spătaru, and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization Iulian Popescu. Prime Minister visited the institutes logistical facilities, experiment rooms and laboratories under the Extreme Light Infrastructure Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) project. Discussions were held with representatives of the institute management and the ELI-NP project, representatives of the Presidential Administration, MPs, local administration and academic officials. The current state of the project implementation was presented and necessary solutions for meeting the ELI-NP project deadline were discussed. A meeting of the Interinstitutional Committee on the ELI-NP project will be held for this purpose. At the same time, the discussions focused on closer collaboration between the research community, academic milieu and the private sector. The common goal is to capitalize on research projects in the commercial sector as well, an approach that will bring economic and social benefits. 2022-01-13 18:26:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-13-07-54-02big_1.jpgParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la reuniunea Consiliului Național Tripartit pentru Dialog SocialȘtiri din 13.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-participation-in-the-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialoguePrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă attended today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue. Rising energy and natural gas prices, public sector pay and managing measures to protect the population and the economy against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were the main topics addressed. Participants underscored the need for social dialogue, to find the best and most effective solutions designed to support the economy and maintain jobs. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă presented the new set of measures under consideration to assist both the citizens and the business sector affected by the latest increases in energy and natural gas prices, which, after being agreed at the coalition level, will be the subject of an emergency ordinance with quick effects. The Prime Minister also mentioned the need to extend the protection measures after April 1, based on a package drawn up for that purpose. On the other hand, controls initiated at the national level for the verification of the bills issued by energy and natural gas suppliers will be intensified to verify compliance with the compensation and capping formulas established by law. In their turn, the representatives of employers and trade unions presented a set of proposals aimed at the implementation of concrete measures for managing the situation generated by rising energy prices and the consolidation of social dialogue mechanisms which are to be analyzed at the Government level. To back a coherent plan in the energy sector, there have been highlighted the opportunities generated by European funding and other types of investment, which will sustainably support green energy production. The social dialogue partners requested involvement in optimizing the use of European funds under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Operational Programmes. Regarding the measures to prevent and combat the effects generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting emphasized the need to keep the economy going by observing the measures to protect the population. For a uniform and efficient approach to the public pay system, a schedule will be drawn up including a series of meetings between the Government and trade union leaders, with the first dialogues to be with those in the healthcare and education sectors and to progress with other sectors. At the same time, at the level of employers, meetings will be held, starting next week, by sectors. Regular dialogues have been agreed to be held in the next period both in the format of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue and by sectors, with union and employers representatives. Attending the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue were Finance Minister Adrian Caciu, Justice Minister Cătălin Predoiu, Labour and Social Solidarity Minister Marius Budăi, Minister of Investment and European Projects Dan Vilceanu, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Constantin - Daniel Cadariu, Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities Minister Gabriela Firea, Head of the PM Chancellery Mircea Abrudean, alongside Chairman of the Concordia Employers Confederation Dan Șucu, and Concordia Executive Director Radu Burnete, Chairman of the National Council of Privately-owned Romanian SMEs (CNIPMMR) Florin Jianu, Vice- Chairman of General Union of Romanian Industrialists UGIR, Radu Godeanu, PNR(National Employers Confederation) Chairman Florian Costache, CONPIROM(The Romanian Employers' Confederation of Industry, Agriculture, Constructions and Services) Chairman Gheorghe Cazan, Chairman of the ALFA national trade union confederation Bogdan Hossu, Deputy Chairman of the CNSLR Fratia national free trade union confederation Marius Nistor, and Chairman of the BNS national trade union bloc Dumitru Costin, Vice - Chairman of CNS Meridian, Maxim Rogrigo Gabriel, Chairman of CSDR(Democratic Trade Union Confederation of Romania) Iacob Baciu, Chairman of CES(Economic and Social Council) Bogdan Simion, CSM Meridian(National Trade Union Confederation Meridian) Costel Ichim. 2022-01-13 17:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-tripartit5323.jpgConferință de presă privind evoluția pandemiei de Covid-19 și a procesului de vaccinareȘtiri din 13.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-13 16:22:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-cncav5905.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu specialiști în medicină la Centre de infarct și Centre de StrokeȘtiri din 13.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-healthcare-specialists-at-myocardial-infarction-centres-and-stroke-centres[check against delivery] Nicolae Ciucă: Good afternoon! Minister, presidential advisor, doctors, thank you very much for having honoured our invitation to hold a discussion over a project discussed together with Minister Rafila, his team, with the Prime Minister's team of advisors, and I consider it is time to move on from analysis and planning to concrete action. In today's Cabinet meeting, we approved a Government Decision establishing diagnosis and treatment centres at the level of hospitals, throughout the country. We have some figures, Mr Minister has estimated them to be over 230 centres. All these centres will become operational, and hopefully, this happens as soon as possible, depending also on the involvement of relevant decision-makers, these centres will be as effective as possible. Basically, it is about the raft of measures designed at the level of the Health Ministry that will allow us to increase our COVID-19 treatment capacity and, at the same time, carry out this activity of focusing our attention on the treatment of patients suffering, unfortunately, from other illnesses. What we designed today refers to two specific issues: treatment of myocardial infarction and stroke. Unfortunately, the statistics, you know very well the matter, thus, I will not address it, is not at all encouraging. Romania ranks last in terms of the ability to treat myocardial infarction and stroke and through the programme, we propose at the level of the Health Ministry, and of course, through the support, that the Government will extend for this programme to be carried out, we intend - and I am sure that through all your knowledge and dedication, we will implement these programmes as soon as possible. Surely, this myocardial infarction programme exists at present but it is under-represented locally. As far as I know from Health Minister Rafila, the technical support is in place and also the necessary human resources, which, with a few elements of specific training, may be able to take over these cases and lets start a matching programme for treating strokes. I very much believe in the Ministry of Healths team power to mobilise and find the necessary solutions to cover the entire country evenly, finding initially regional solutions, and afterwards, we will proceed with their extension to as many locations as possible. Thank you for your attendance. 2022-01-13 13:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-medici5654.jpgPremierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, întâlnire cu reprezentanții Azomureș S.AȘtiri din 13.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-azomure-sa-representativesPrime Minister Nicolae -Ionel Ciucă met on Thursday, January 13, with Azomures SA CEO Harri Kiiski. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Adrian Chesnoiu, and the representative of the AMEROPA Group, Mihai Aniței. The discussions focused on identifying solutions to maintain competitive the production of fertilizers in Romania, in the context of the current energy crisis which led to higher natural gas prices. Prime Minister voiced his appreciation for the efforts of the companys management and pointed out that maintaining a stable and predictable business climate for companies is a priority for the Government he is leading. The support extended to important producers in Romania will have significant effects on the development of the economy and will contribute to job stability. 2022-01-13 12:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-13-12-04-42big_image_2_resize.jpgBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 12 ianuarieȘtiri din 12.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-12 15:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-12-06-18-44big_1.jpgȘedința de guvern din 12 ianuarieȘtiri din 12.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-12 15:08:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-12-06-10-01big_1.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă a secretarului general al Federației Internaționale de Baschet, Andreas ZagklisȘtiri din 11.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-welcomed-the-secretary-general-of-the-international-basketball-federation-andreas-zagklis PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă welcomed at the Victoria Palace, on Tuesday, January 11, Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation(FIBA) Andreas Zagklis, who is paying an official visit at the invitation of the President of the Romanian Basketball Federation, Carmen Tocală. The main topics on the agenda of the meeting referred to the organization by Romania, in October, of the World Youth 3x3 Basketball Championship, as well as the preparation and organization of the 2027 Mens Basketball World Cup. During the discussions, the Prime Minister conveyed Romanias intention to join the list of states that want to host, in Bucharest, a group of the 2027 FIBA Basketball World Cup. We especially appreciate Romanias designation as the host country for the World Youth 3x3 Basketball Championship in October this year. I understand that this 3x3 basketball game was introduced last year at the Tokyo Olympics and I congratulate the Romanian Basketball Federation for its presence at this Olympic first. Romania wants to become an active partner in the projects that FIBA will kick off in the field of research, sports medicine, communication, marketing or planning. It is very important for us to benefit from your expertise in the development of this sport, both within the programs and at the institutional level, stated Prime Minister Ciucă. In the same context, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă thanked the FIBA Secretary General for the support extended to the Romanian Basketball Federation. I would like to thank you for the support extended to the Romanian Basketball Federation and sports in general. I, personally, together with the team I am leading, are supporters of the sport, we encourage and support its development and practice. *** This year marks 90 years since Romania became a founding member of the International Basketball Federation, along with seven other states: Greece, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, Portugal and Czechoslovakia. At the basketball level, Romania hosted the European Junior Championships organized every year, but also the European Championship in 2015 (womens, Timisoara and Oradea) and 2017 (mens, Cluj-Napoca). The World Basketball Championship is held every 4 years, with the 2023 edition to be held in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia. At present, the application process for hosting the FIBA World Cup 2027 has opened. 2022-01-11 18:12:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-fiba3175.jpgAccesul autorităților publice locale la finanțare, tema discuțiilor la întâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții USRȘtiri din 11.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/local-public-authorities-access-to-funding-the-topic-of-discussion-at-the-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-usr-representatives PRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today a meeting with the President of USR (The Save Romania Union) Dacian Cioloș on the issue of local public authorities' access to financing from national and European public funds. Attending the meeting were Minister for Development, Public Works and the Administration, Attila Cseke, and representatives of USR locally elected officials. On this occasion, funding opportunities that can be accessed in a transparent, balanced and equal way, have been presented. - We need to make sure that the Anghel Saligny National Investment Programme will be a financial instrumental complementary to PNRR so that the two local development resources can be optimally capitalized stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. Regarding funds allocated through the Anghel Saligny National Investment Programme, the Government is committed to guaranteeing, based on the legal framework, the minimum allocation amounts for each territorial - administrative unit, to ensure balanced territorial development, regardless of the political colour of the locally elected officials. In the case of PNRR, each commune, town, municipality across the country will have pre-allocated amounts, according to the type of investment, irrespective of political colour. Projects will be electronically submitted, each territorial - administrative unit opting for any of the eligible investment categories. Participants have underlined the need for coherence in funding, objective criteria for earmarking, and guarantee mechanisms to make sure that money has been correctly spent on each project. Furthermore, consultations with locally elected representatives regarding procedures and funding schemes with European money will take place with the inclusive assurance of their involvement in the working groups established at the Ministerial level, in charge of preparing the funds allocations. 2022-01-11 16:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing2850.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Palatul Victoria privind măsurile de protejare a populației și a întreprinderilor de efectele creșterii prețurilor la energieȘtiri din 11.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-at-victoria-palace-regarding-measures-to-protect-the-population-and-enterprises-from-the-effects-of-rising-energy-prices [check against delivery] Today, I convened a meeting with the Finance, Energy, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Environment Ministers and the President of ANRE(National Energy Regulatory Authority) to establish new measures to protect the population and enterprises from the effects of rising energy prices. Romanians need guarantees regarding the accurate billing of electricity and natural gas consumption. At the same time, support measures are needed for companies, in this difficult period generated by rising energy prices. These measures will contribute to increasing economic resilience and maintaining jobs for Romanians. To ensure the effectiveness of measures to protect citizens - household consumers - bills that do not comply with the regulated caps are to be recalculated. Until the calculations are redone by the suppliers, these categories of bills will not be subject to penalties. As of April 1, household consumers with monthly consumption of up to 300 Kwh will benefit from a new protection scheme, which will include a 5% reduced rate of VAT as well as compensation of the green certificate and the cogeneration bonus for consumption. We will reduce the cost of electricity for the consumer by compensating the cogeneration bonus and the value of green certificates. We will also draw up a support scheme for natural gas. In the field of agriculture and the food industry, we will launch support measures on February 1 and we will keep them active until July 1. We are also considering, at the government level, the introduction of a new SME support scheme, starting April 1. Protecting the citizen is the main concern of the Government I am leading and we will take action accordingly. However, it is very important to understand that all these measures require coherence and coordination, using all the decision-making levers we have. We will present all these measures at the next coalition meeting. Thank you! 2022-01-11 15:40:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-11-03-36-47big_sigla_guvern.pngAlocuțiunea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la evenimentul de lansare în dezbatere publică a Raportului ”Educația privind schimbările climatice și mediul în școli sustenabile”Știri din 11.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-at-the-event-of-launching-for-public-debate-the-quot-education-on-climate-change-and-the-environment-in-sustainable-schools-quot-report- check against delivery - Your Excellency, Mr President, Dear Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, Distinguished members of the Working Group, Launching the Education on Climate Change and the Environment in Sustainable Schools report is the outcome of the Presidential Administration's assiduous work, in cooperation with the Working Group, being a demarche that responds to the European priorities, the commitments undertaken by Romania and to the citizens' concerns. Europeans, especially young people, are very concerned about climate change: 93 percent of Europeans see climate change as a serious problem, and 96 percent have taken at least one action to tackle climate change. We, too, in Romania can feel the effects of climate change. Draught, heavy rain, flooding, extreme weather conditions and code red heatwaves have become more and more frequent in the last years. The reports of the National Meteorological Administration (ANM) clearly show: climate change has generated the warmest period in the last 10 years of weather measurements. Two-thirds of Romanians see climate change as a very serious problem, and we must find solutions. The European Climate Pact is an important mechanism for promoting education in the field of climate changes as well as for increasing awareness on this topic, and for Romania, it represents a basis for the measures we will take and a model to follow, which needs to take into consideration deep changes on a social and economic scale. The Romanian Government took responsibility for implementing such instruments that are included in the programme for government. Measures are aimed at energy efficiency regarding both generation and energy consumption, energy generation from renewable sources, reducing transport emissions, using performing technologies, effective management of cultivated agricultural land and waste recycling. Ensuring the CO2 absorption can be regulated through sustainable management of forests and new areas forestation. For all these projects, Romania has approximately 12 billion euros available, namely 41% of the financing which Romania will benefit from, through this Plan. The goals will be attained through projects that ensure transition to green energy, energy transition and decarbonization. In concrete terms, it means a cleaner environment and a healthier life for citizens. As our present actions are vital for the future of the young generations already very keen on protecting the environment and combating the effects of climate change, one of the pillars upon which solutions in this area are being built is represented by education in the spirit of protecting nature and natural resources. Component of educational policies, the report launched in the debate today, promotes respect for the environment within the values that are at the basis of the education system. An important gain of this document is the correlation of learning goals with public policies and the major goals of the educational system including among others, environmental education, sustainability and climate. Young people's interest in climate change education is instrumental in attaining our objective. The study conducted last year by SNSPA confirms that young Romanians support the introduction of such courses at all education levels. As the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) represents not just the most important national post-pandemic recovery project, but also regarding environment protection, I would like to highlight some concrete measures: supporting and developing a network of Green Schools, purchase of electric minibuses, and renovation of existing school buildings in a significant way by increasing their energy efficiency. I hold the belief that a national strategy based on education should primarily address vulnerable communities with less access to technology, smaller negotiation power, fewer funds to adjust economic and social structures to climate change effects. I am glad that the report launched today in the debate also comes with concrete measures, achievable and quantifiable, either changes in terms of curricula, improvement of school infrastructure and creation of new instruments or training and stimulation of human resources, all measures proposed have a solid justification and a well-defined purpose. Government is firmly committed to mobilizing resources so that the measures be implemented within the established deadlines, for the benefit of citizens. The contribution to this document of the Presidential Administration, Education Ministry, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, educational units, students, teachers, parents, governmental organizations with rich experience, represent the guarantee of a successful implementation of educational projects about environment and climate change. Even if we still have to go through a very important phase, the public consultation process, which will surely generate new ideas, the form of the Report presented today allows us to kick off preparations now. We are all aware that what we aim at - change of behaviour and mentalities at an entire generation - is a lengthy process. And given the current global climate emergency, it becomes obvious that time is not our best ally, therefore, we need to take quick and effective action. On behalf of the Romanian Government, I want to convey congratulations to the Working Group and the Presidential Administration on this project, and to reaffirm that the Government is committed to being actively involved in implementing projects that will contribute to a cleaner environment and a healthier life for the citizens. Thank you! 2022-01-11 11:33:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing2616.jpgPremierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, întrevedere cu reprezentanții OMV PetromȘtiri din 10.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-omv-petrom-representativesPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had a meeting today with Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom. Attending the meeting were Minister of Energy, Virgil Popescu, Minister of Environment, Barna Tanczos, and the Vice-President of OMV Petrom, Alexandru Maximescu. In this context, the OMV Petrom representatives presented the development plan for investments in Romania for the 2030 horizon, in compliance with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, discussions also focused on the Governments priorities in terms of boosting investments in the energy sector, with a focus on fostering the transition to green energy, efficient and produced while observing the conditions for a cleaner environment. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Governments priority is to maintain a stable and predictable business climate to foster investments with a multiplier effect in the economy and to contribute to the creation of new jobs. 2022-01-10 16:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing2255.jpgInvestiții de peste 16 miliarde de euro pentru dezvoltarea sectorului energetic al RomânieiȘtiri din 10.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/more-than-eur-16-bln-investments-for-romania-s-energy-sector-developmentIn an informal meeting today, the Romanian Government analyzed the funding opportunities worth more than 16 billion euros that Romania will be able to benefit from by 2030 to develop its power sector in the transition to an environmentally friendly economy and combat the effects of climate change. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă asked that in this process, Romania prioritizes the generation of its production capacities for the components necessary to power generation projects from renewable sources. This approach will generate both economic benefits, through sustainable development, horizontally, of generation capacities in the energy sector as well as the creation of new jobs in the technological fields of the future. - Romania must sustainably develop its energy system, to provide the necessary resources to the citizens, and also to the private sector. Clean energy sources represent the future, but also the guarantee of increasing the degree of energy independence. The investments programmed through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the Modernization Fund are able cany transform Romania's energy infrastructure, as well as the energy mix stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. The Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu presented the National Energy Strategy, the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan, as well as the financing instruments in the field of energy until 2030. Romania fully supports the European Union's efforts in the field of climate change and is committed to helping reduce EU emissions by 2030. Romania has already a high share of renewable energy in the energy mix - 40% of electricity produced in the country from renewable sources. Romania's National Energy Strategy (SENR), drawn up in the European context, includes concrete goals, measures and funding lines that are to be found in the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan. http://energie.gov.ro/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Anexa-HG-PNIESC.pdf The investments that Romania will be able to make using European funds through PNRR and the Modernization Fund exceed 16 billion euros in areas such as renewable energy, coal replacement, nuclear energy, cogeneration, biofuel, modernization of energy infrastructure. Beneficiaries of these major investments include local communities, that will be able to access funds to upgrade and expand heat networks. The strategy has eight fundamental strategic objectives, planned for 2021- 2030 and the 2050 time horizon. The strategy's goals underpin the fulfilment of national targets assumed for 2030: 43.9 percent reduction in the ETS sectors emissions compared to 2005, namely by 2 percent of the non-ETS sectors emissions compared to 2005, 30.7 percent share of renewable energy in the gross final energy consumption and 40 percent reduction in the final energy consumption compared to PRIMES 2007 projection. SER(National Energy Strategy) goals: 1. Ensuring access to electricity and heat for all consumers; 2. Clean energy and energy efficiency; 3. Modernization of the corporate governance system and the institutional regulatory capacity; 4. Protecting the vulnerable consumer and reducing energy poverty; 5. Competitive energy markets, the basis of a competitive economy; 6. Increasing the quality of education in the field of energy and continuous training of qualified human resources; 7. Romania, regional energy security provider; 8. Increasing Romanias energy contribution on regional and European markets by capitalizing on national primary energy resources. Integrated Climate Change Plan (PNIESC) To meet the EUs 2030 energy and climate goals, Member States need to establish a 10-year Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIESC) that would include how they intend to address 5 areas: a) Energy efficiency; b) Renewable sources; c) Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; d) Interconnections; e) Research and innovation. The Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIESC) was approved in the Cabinet meeting on October 4, 2021. Romania aims, through PNIESC, to increase the share of energy from renewable sources in total energy consumption by 2030 by increasing the installed capacity of wind and photovoltaic power plants, as well as by increasing the number of prosumers. Through investments, by 2030, our country must have net installed capacities of 5.1 GWh of solar and 5.3 GWh of wind. In total, Romania thus should install additional capacities of 6.9 GW from renewable sources in the period 2021-2030. At the same time, SER is intended to help develop a medium and long term Nuclear Program, modernize the CEO(Oltenia Energy Complex) and CEH(Hunedoara Energy Complex), aims at Hidroelectrica and Romgaz investments. The financing of the energy projects to attain the SER and PNIESC goals will be made from the PNRR funds and the Fund for Modernization. 2022-01-10 16:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing1973.jpgPrimirea de către prim-ministrul României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, a domnului Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, ministrul Afacerilor Externe al Republicii Islamice PakistanȘtiri din 10.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-the-foreign-minister-of-the-islamic-republic-of-pakistan-makhdoom-shah-mahmood-hussain-qureshiPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă received today, at Victoria Palace, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi who is paying a visit to Bucharest, at the invitation of his counterpart Bogdan Aurescu, Foreign Minister of Romania. It is the first visit of a Pakistani Foreign Minister to Romania after a break of more than two decades. On this occasion, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă thanked the Foreign Minister Qureshi for his role, along with the Pakistani state, in repatriating Romanian citizens, with the Taliban regimes seizure of power in Kabul. 49 Romanian citizens, another 7 European citizens and 156 vulnerable Afghans were brought to Romania. The Prime Minister of Romania underlined the good bilateral relations as well as the prospects for expanding and strengthening these relations in the future and welcomed the Head of Pakistani Diplomacy's visit to Romania. In turn, the guest noted the very good relations existing between the two states and the prospects for their development in the economic field, defence industry, in the field of investment and trade, education and labour. Pakistan could be, according to Foreign Minister Qureshi, an important hub for Romanias exports to the South Asian region. The Pakistani Foreign Minister thanked Romania for the donation of 500,000 vaccines that are due to arrive in Islamabad, in the next period. 2022-01-10 12:50:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing1774.jpgSinteza măsurilor de prevenire a răspândirii virusului, în funcție de domeniile de activitateȘtiri din 09.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/synthesis-of-measures-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19-according-to-the-field-of-activity ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AREA Courses, workshops, conferences Restaurants, terrace restaurants, hotels Commercial centres TRANSPORTATION SPORTS CULTURE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AREA Courses, workshops, conferences Training courses, including those for vocational training that require practical activities, workshops, conferences, as well as those organized for the implementation of EU-funded projects, are allowed with no more than 50% of occupancy limit, indoors or outside, but not more than 150 attendees, between 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, keeping a distance of 2 meters between people and an area of ​​at least 4 sqm for each person, with mask-wearing and observing the healthcare protection norms, in the counties/localities in which the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test, carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th day and the 180 th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection; In localities/counties where the cumulative incidence is higher than 1/1000 inhabitants, these activities can be organized with no more than 30 percent of the occupancy limit, indoors or outdoors, but not more than 100 attendees, in the time interval 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, keeping a distance of 2 meters between persons and an area of ​​at least 4 sqm for each person, with mask-wearing and observing the healthcare protection norms, in the counties/localities in which the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is higher than 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Restaurants, terrace restaurants, hotels The activity with the public of the economic operators that carry out activities of food preparation, sale and consumption such as indoor or outdoor restaurants and cafes, is allowed with no more than 50% of the occupancy limit, between 5 am -10 pm, in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 3 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The activity with the public of the economic operators that carry out activities of food preparation, sale and consumption such as indoor or outdoor restaurants and cafes, is allowed up to 30% of the maximum space capacity between 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 3 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The activity of restaurants and cafes inside hotels, boarding houses or other accommodation units, as well as on their terraces is allowed with no more than 50 percent of the occupancy limit, in the time interval, 5.00 am-10.00 pm in the counties/localities where the rate of cumulative incidence at 14 days is less than or equal to 3 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for people who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The activity of restaurants and cafes inside hotels, boarding houses or other accommodation units, as well as on their terraces is allowed with no more than 30 percent of the occupancy limit, in the time interval, 5.00 am-10.00 pm in the counties/localities where the rate of cumulative incidence at 14 days is less than or equal to 3 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for people who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Accommodation in tourist structures is allowed only for the persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Activity in bars, clubs, and discos is banned. Commercial centres Activity with the public in commercial centres and parks is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The measure does not apply to persons arriving in vaccination centres to take the vaccine dose, if entry, exit corridors from/ to commercial centres and parks are established for this purpose and checked accordingly. Activity with the public of economic operators trading non-food products is allowed only for the persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The measure does not apply to pharmaceutical units outside commercial parks and centres as well as to gas stations. Exception. In non-food areas of commercial centres, smaller or equal to 200 square meters, access is allowed to persons who show proof of vaccination, testing or recovery from SARS-COV-2, keeping a 2 m distance between persons and an area of a minimum of 4 square meters for each person and with the display, at the entry in the respective commercial centre, of the limit number of persons who can be inside at the same time. Transportation Air transportation is carried out by observing measures and restrictions regarding cleaning and disinfection of public spaces, equipment, means of transport and aircraft, procedures and protocols inside airports and aircraft, rules of conduct for airport operators and passengers as well as regarding informing personnel and passengers with a view to preventing the transmission of disease to passengers and personnel working in the air transport field. Rail transportation shall be carried out in compliance with the measures and restrictions relating to the cleaning and disinfection of public spaces in stations, stops, train equipment and fittings, procedures and protocols inside stations, stops, stations or stopping points, inside wagons and train sets, the degree and mode of occupancy of rolling stock, the rules of conduct for operators and passengers, as well as for informing staff and passengers, in order to prevent contamination of passengers and staff working in the field of rail transport. Road transportation is carried out in compliance with the measures and restrictions relating to the cleaning and disinfection of means of passenger transport, the procedures and protocols within the means of transport, degree and occupancy of means of transport, the rules of conduct for operators and passengers, and regarding the information of the personnel and the passengers, in order to prevent the contamination of the passengers and the personnel working in the field of road transport. Naval transportation is carried out in compliance with the measures and restrictions regarding the cleaning and disinfection of passenger transport ships, procedures and protocols regarding public areas in ports, passenger terminals/berths or passenger embarkation/disembarkation places, inside passenger transport ships, grade and mode occupancy of passenger transport vessels, rules of conduct for operators and passengers personnel, as well as for the information of personnel and passengers, in order to prevent contamination of passengers and personnel operating in the field of naval transport. SPORTS Sports competitions can be held in Romania, in closed or open spaces, with no more than 50 percent of the occupancy limit, in the time interval, 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, keeping a minimum distance of 2 meters between people and mask-wearing in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. The distribution of spectators is made on the entire surface of the space. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Sports competitions can be held in Romania, in closed or open spaces, with the attendance up to 30% of the maximum capacity of the space in the time interval 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, keeping a minimum distance of 2 meters between people and mask-wearing in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. The distribution of spectators is made on the entire surface of the space. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. CULTURE The activities of museums, libraries, bookstores, cinemas, film and audiovisual production studios, performance and/or concert institutions, folk art and craft schools, as well as cultural events in closed or open spaces, may take place only under the conditions established by joint order of the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Health. The organization and unfolding of activities in cinemas, performance institutions and/or concerts in closed or open spaces are allowed with no more than 50 percent of the occupancy limit, between 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, and with mask-wearing in counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is less than or equal to 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons who have a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The organization and unfolding of activities in cinemas, performance institutions and/or concerts, in closed or open spaces, are allowed with no more than 30 percent of the occupancy limit, but not more than 1,000 people, in the time interval 5.00 am- 10.00 pm, keeping a distance of 2 meters between persons and an area of ​​at least 4 sqm for each person, as well as the wearing of a protective mask, in the counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is lower or equal to 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is only allowed for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The organization and outdoor performance of shows, concerts, public and private festivals or other cultural events are allowed with no more than 50 percent of the occupancy limit, but not more than 1000 people, in the time interval 5.00 am - 10.00 pm, keeping a distance of 2 meters between persons and an area of ​​at least 4 sqm for each person, as well as mask-wearing, in the counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is higher than 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The organization and outdoor performance of shows, concerts, public and private festivals or other cultural events are allowed with no more than 30 percent of the occupancy limit, but not more than 500 people, in the time interval 5.00 am - 10.00 pm, keeping a distance of 2 meters between persons and an area of at least 4 sqm for each person, as well as mask-wearing, in the counties/localities where the cumulative incidence rate at 14 days is higher than 1 / 1,000 inhabitants. Attendance is allowed only for persons who are vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for whom 10 days have elapsed since the completion of the full vaccination schedule, persons with a negative RT-PCR test carried out no later than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out no later than 48 hours, or persons between the 15th to the 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. 2022-01-09 11:51:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-09-11-55-28big_sigla_guvern.pngUPDATE - Sinteza măsurilor de prevenire a răspândirii virusuluiȘtiri din 08.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-08 10:22:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-08-10-26-43big_sigla_guvern.pngSinteza măsurilor de prevenire a răspândirii virusuluiȘtiri din 07.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-07 18:48:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-07-06-50-01big_sigla_guvern.pngConferință de presă susținută de secretarul de stat în Ministerul Sănătății, Adriana Pistol, șeful Departamentului pentru Situații de Urgență, Raed Arafat, și purtătorul de cuvânt al Guvernului, Dan CărbunaruȘtiri din 07.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-07 16:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_9061.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu autorităţile de management și ministerele de resort pe tema gestionării absorbției fondurilor europeneȘtiri din 06.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-managing-authorities-and-line-ministries-on-the-topic-of-european-funds-absorption-managementPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă convened, at the Government headquarters, a working meeting with managing authorities and line ministries. Attending discussions were: Dan Vilceanu, Minister of Investment and European Projects, Cseke Attila, Minister for Development, Public Works and Administration, Adrian Chesnoiu, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Secretaries of State, and Directors General/ representatives of managing authorities. The main topics addressed were linked to the progress in the implementation of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020, state of the preparations of the programming period 2021- 2027, and the National Recovery and Resilience Programme. The Prime Minister underlined the need to take the necessary measures for the absorption of the amount of more than 80 billion euros that Romania has available from the three European resources. Rendering managing authorities operational and the growing involvement of those responsible for reforms in governmental structures, as well as activating the working mechanisms are priorities in this respect. During the meeting, Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă requested a set of proposals to support the beneficiaries and recover the pace of absorption from the funds that remained from the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 -2020 as well as procedures simplification and cutting through the red tape, along with taking over successful models from other European states. Moreover, the importance of projects with European funds for developing the Romanian economy was highlighted along with the need for consulting the beneficiaries to find the most appropriate operating procedures. Skilled personnel will play an essential role in optimizing absorption mechanisms, therefore, Prime Minister requested that training courses be organized for employees in charge of managing European funds. I will not accept us to fail in absorbing this money. We will analyze developments weekly, in the Cabinet meeting. Each Minister will present the progress achieved in meeting the absorption objectives and will participate in all meetings with European officials , stated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă. 2022-01-06 14:56:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_8389.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții sindicatelorȘtiri din 06.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-trade-unions-representativesPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had a dialogue with leaders of the trade union federations in Romania, attended by Minister of Education, Sorin Cimpeanu, Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila, Minister of Finance Adrian Caciu, and Minister of Labour Marius Budăi. The discussions in a hybrid format focused on the measures to prevent and contain the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, working conditions and salaries. During the meeting, participants analyzed the effectiveness of the measures aimed at protecting the population, designed to ensure the continuity of public services, business unfolding, operation of the educational system. The topics covered included the prevention measures, population testing, facial mask-wearing, vaccination, outpatient care, access to treatment, the economic context, the safety of medical personnel, and recovery of those affected by COVID-19. The need for a coherent, systemic and predictable approach, dialogue with social partners included, has been highlighted. To protect the population against serious forms of disease and the risk of losing life, vaccination was cited as the most effective solution recommended by experts, containing the disease evolution to serious forms and hospitalization. Regular meetings will be organized to continue the dialogue on identifying the most appropriate measures to manage the situation generated by the pandemic, but also to solve the requests of the social partners. The salary demands and working conditions will be discussed and analysed within the framework of the social dialogue with the representatives of the employees in Health, Education, Public Order and other categories of employees from the public system. 2022-01-06 14:41:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-06-02-42-18big_luk_8032.jpgȘedința de guvern din 6 ianuarieȘtiri din 06.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-06 13:25:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_8327.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanți ai sindicatelor cu privire la măsurile de gestionare a pandemieiȘtiri din 06.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-06 11:19:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_8032.jpgDiscuție telefonică între prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă și prim-ministrul Greciei, Kyriakos MitsotakisȘtiri din 05.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/telephone-conversation-between-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-and-prime-minister-of-greece-kyriakos-mitsotakisPrime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today, at 10.00 am, a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The Greek Prime Minister conveyed season greetings and congratulated Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă on taking office at the helm of the Government. Also, the Greek senior official welcomed the stability achieved by the new grand coalition government. The telephone conversation between the two Prime Ministers focused on the bilateral agenda and interest in extending relations at the level of economic exchanges, energy and tourism. The recent reciprocal high - level visits were recalled, both parties insisting on the need to resume dialogue on topics of interest, the European stances of the two states being similar in most dossiers. Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă invited his Greek counterpart to pay an official visit to Romania. In turn, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis extended the invitation to a trilateral meeting Romania - Bulgaria - Greece to be held in Athens. 2022-01-05 17:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-05-05-01-46big_sigla_guvern.pngBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 5 ianuarieȘtiri din 05.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2022-01-05 16:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-briefing7301.jpgÎntâlnirea de lucru a prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu responsabilii în domeniul energieiȘtiri din 04.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ciuca-had-a-working-meeting-with-the-energy-sector-officialsPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă had a working meeting with Vice Prime Minister and Transport Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Energy Minister Virgil Popescu, Economy Minister Florin Spătaru, Minister of Internal Affairs Lucian Bode, Chairman of the National Energy Regulatory Authority Dumitru Chiriță, representatives of Transelectrica, Transgaz, Romgaz companies and of the Environment Ministry. The discussions focused on the state of preparedness for the winter season, in terms of energy sector developments in Romania. The analysis showed that the electricity supply is ensured both for essential services and for household consumers, as well as other consumer categories. Concerning the gas supply, sufficient gas quantities are ensured for supply to operate under normal conditions. 2022-01-04 11:30:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_7004.jpgȘedință de lucru a premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu responsabilii în gestionarea pandemiei COVID-19Știri din 03.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-working-meeting-with-the-officials-in-charge-of-managing-the-covid-19-pandemicPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă convened today, at Government headquarters, a meeting to assess the measures to contain and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was attended by ministers and representatives of the Ministries of Health, Finance, Justice, Education, Labor and Social Solidarity, as well as the Head of the Emergency Situations Department. The evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 infection cases nationwide and at the level of the European Union was presented, and measures to protect the health of the population and for the continued operation of schools and economic sectors have been emphasized. The continuation of vaccination has been outlined as the safest solution to protect the lives and health of Romanians against the serious forms of illness generated by SARS-CoV-2. On the other hand, one of the most effective prevention measures, which could be generalized throughout the country, remains the correct wearing of surgical masks or other types of masks that comply with FFP2 standards. Regarding the situation in schools, the effectiveness of student testing programs and the possibility of including in the package of measures the provision of free masks to children in need, along with the ability to administer tests in school, have been assessed, for the protection of students and teaching staff's health. To continue in good conditions both the operation of the public services and the economic activities that would maintain jobs, the solutions presented were the rotating schedule and furlough. In this respect, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Finance will make sure that the necessary financial resources are prepared. For the highest possible level of correct information of the population, communication and information activities will be carried out, alongside measures to combat disinformation. 2022-01-03 17:25:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_luk_6835.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, privind aniversarea a 15 ani de la aderarea României la Uniunea EuropeanăȘtiri din 01.01.2022https://gov.ro/en/stiri/message-from-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-on-the-15th-anniversary-of-romania-s-accession-to-the-european-unionToday marks 15 years since Romania's accession to the European Union. On January 1, 2007, our country became part of this unique European project, which has ensured and continues to ensure the stability and prosperity of our continent. The accession to the European Union took place through the joint effort of the Romanian political class and diplomats, under the auspices of the security guarantees offered by membership in NATO, the strongest politico-military alliance in the world, through the trust gained in theatres of operations by the Romanian military who proved to be loyal and well-prepared partners of the Western allies. The measure of the success of our EU accession is confirmed both by the maintenance of broad support of the Romanian citizens for the Union and by the welfare brought in the 15 years of EU membership. Romania's Gross Domestic Product tripled after EU accession (2006 - 342.7 billion lei, 2021 - 1.190 billion lei), and GDP per capita became almost four times higher (2006 - 16.170 lei, 2021 - 61,368 lei). European expertise and funding have left their mark on almost all economic fields, whether we are talking about rehabilitation and infrastructure projects at the local or regional level, backing the development and modernization of Romanian agriculture, or participating in research projects. European funds worth tens of billions of euros have entered the country, and they continue to enter, contributing to investments that raise the quality of life and bring us closer to Western standards. Over 90 billion euros will be made available to us by the European Union in the ensuing years through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the multi-annual financial framework. But perhaps the most important gain was that of free movement of people, goods and services. Millions of Romanians work, study or spend their holidays in other EU countries. Most Romanian exports are to EU member states. The European Single Market is open to Romanian entrepreneurs, who benefit from free access and support provided by European funding. Romanian young people participate intensely in university exchanges funded by Erasmus programs. All these allowed Romania's integration into the European Union in a lasting and profound manner. Projects financed with European funds, the absorption of which must be rendered more and more efficient, undisputably contribute to our economic and social development, supporting reforms that are difficult to carry out only on our own. The Union's ambitious goals in various fields act as an important stimulus in guiding and advancing measures at the national level. European Romania is more connected, more innovative and more prosperous than ever in its history, constantly being at the top of the fastest-growing economies in the EU. European solidarity, also marked by the historic decision to adopt, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Recovery and Resilience Plan, will support the necessary reforms for an inclusive development course, which will benefit all Romanians, regardless of whether they live in urban or rural areas, in any part of Romania, if they want an education adapted to the innovative demands of the economy of the future or access to better health services. As solidarity and unity are a two-way street, Romania remains firmly committed to backing the goal of consolidating the European Union. For Romania, EU membership represents the solid framework for democratic, economic and social development for Romanian citizens and for Romanian society. Romania's action at the European level will also continue to be guided by full respect for the rule of law, the Treaties of the Union and the principles and values ​​enshrined in the Treaties, as basic pillars of the Union, and for European law in general. Romania's full integration must include the major objectives of meeting the commitments of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, joining the Schengen Area and joining the Eurozone, well-paid jobs, a clean energy economy and digitalisation. We are also, as a state, capitalizing on the experience of joining the Union 15 years ago, ready to take further action to pass on European values ​​and principles, in our neighbourhood, to our partners that have made a solid strategic choice on the path of reforms and European modernization processes. Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, Prime Minister of Romania 2022-01-01 11:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/22-01-01-11-08-28big_pm_nicolae-ionel_ciuca.jpegMesajul premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prilejul Anului NouȘtiri din 31.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-31 12:28:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_pm_nicolae-ionel_ciuca.jpegBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 30 decembrieȘtiri din 30.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-30 19:04:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-30-07-06-18big_image_3_resize.jpgDeclaraţii susţinute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la începutul şedinţei de guvern din 30 decembrieȘtiri din 30.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-at-the-beginning-of-the-cabinet-meeting-of-december-30[Check against delivery] Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă: Good afternoon. We will start this Cabinet meeting with a few details regarding the continuation of the activities necessary for preparations for the COVID-19 pandemics fifth wave and surely, those regarding the continuation of the vaccination campaign. Today, together with Minister Rafila, I had a meeting with the representatives of the associations of family doctors, that we consider as being the closest to citizens and also those who know best their local communities. I called on them to continue the efforts made so far so that we can overcome the pandemic in the shortest time possible. A very important aspect was what I learnt, that 90 percent of the family doctors are vaccinated which is a rejoicing aspect and I consider it the best example of trust in science that doctors show to their patients. We are building on this pillar the key role that family doctors will play in managing the pandemic, and we intend to boost their role in the new plan of our colleagues from the Health Ministry and we consider that through their involvement in increasing testing capacity, applying treatment and monitoring patients with mild forms, as well as informing citizens regarding vaccination against COVID-19, all these represent measures required to cope with COVID-19 pandemics fifth wave. Together with the measures presented by Health Minister yesterday, these actions are designed to prepare as effectively as possible our response capacity to the COVID-19 pandemics fifth wave. At the Government level, we will ensure the necessary resources to assist the healthcare system with coping with the pandemic, and consultations with specialists should remain a constant in managing the healthcare crisis. In today's meeting, we will continue to approve all elements representing the fulfilment of PNRR targets and milestones. It is the most important objective we have had by the end of this year and basically, the Government's work, in addition to the current problems we had to solve, focused on identifying solutions so that these objectives, these targets and milestones, can be met. It is the most important post-pandemic national recovery and resilience plan as I presented it each time, and I consider it is worth emphasizing once again and anytime I have the occasion, to mention that it is about a very important amount of money, 30 billion euros, which we need to access and manage properly so that we achieve the reforms and investments required to implement this plan. I had applied discussions with the members of the Cabinet, and I thank you once again for your efforts. We need to accelerate the work pace, to draw near the completion of this desideratum. We are talking about undertaken projects and reforms so that their benefits be felt by citizens and overall society. I will give you some examples: in the field of education, an important objective put in accord with the national reform project - Educated Romania, is reducing the dropout rate through a programme we will approve on today's meeting, and which represents a PNRR target. 2500 educational establishments in Romania will benefit from funding to prevent early school dropout, especially by children in vulnerable families. It is a measure that will radically change the future of many children and will assure them a better life. As regards railway infrastructure, we will adopt an action plan aimed at increasing rail traffic by at least 25 percent, until 2026, and improving travel conditions. Railway transport should become a fast, comfortable and nonpolluting travel alternative, and we have funds available for this objective. Extensive water supply and sanitation services, indispensable for civilized living. Through an ordinance that we will approve today, we will make it possible to connect citizens from several communities across Romania to the public water supply services. Romania has available in the coming years through this program 968,000,000 euros for sustainable management of the water and wastewater sector. Basically, the first tranche of the old grant that Romania will benefit from, worth 1,800,000,000 euros, entered the country in early December. At the beginning of 2022, another 1.9 billion euros will enter the accounts of the Romanian state, representing the pre-financing from the loan granted to Romania, given that the Romanian side has fulfilled its commitments in this regard. The funds that Romania will benefit from, next year, will finance reforms expected by citizens, but also investments in infrastructure and I will give the example of two sections of the Transylvania highway, respectively Nădășelu - Zimbor and Zimbor - Poarta Sălajului, energy renovation projects, development of electricity generation capacities. We also have an integrated development vision, and here I must emphasize that we need to further develop these mechanisms to ensure the inter-ministerial platform, which in turn must be an integrated one, correlated with the European Union's mechanisms. All reforms and investments from PNRR are included in the programme for the government. And from this perspective, but also considering the importance of this project for Romania, we will take over the monitoring of the PNRR operationalization, at the level of the Prime Minister. The relaunch of the Romanian economy after the pandemic and the infusion of almost 30 billion euros would not have been possible without Romanias EU membership. I would like to emphasize this because soon, on 1 January next year, we will celebrate 15 years since we joined the European Union. The economic and social benefits are the outcome of the united efforts of the European Community, in addition to those derived from our status as members of the family that guarantees the democratic values ​​and fundamental freedoms of the citizens. Thank you! 2021-12-30 15:34:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-30-06-44-02big_image_8_resize.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții asociațiilor medicilor de familieȘtiri din 30.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-30 12:01:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image_23.jpgDeclaraţii susţinute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la începutul şedinţei de guvern din 29 decembrieȘtiri din 29.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-29 18:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-sedinta_de_guvern9798.jpgBriefing de presă la finalul ședinței de guvern din 28 decembrieȘtiri din 28.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-28 16:53:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-mada-outside9355.jpgDeclaraţii susţinute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la începutul şedinţei de guvern din 28 decembrieȘtiri din 28.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-28 13:48:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-28-04-49-07big_1.jpgParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la Comitetul Interdepartamental pentru Dezvoltare Durabilă Știri din 28.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-participated-in-the-meeting-of-the-interdepartmental-committee-for-sustainable-developmentPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă chaired the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for Sustainable Development, which took place today, at Victoria Palace, and was attended by all Cabinet members. - The Romanian Government has the responsibility to implement all the measures that will ensure the well-being of todays and tomorrows generations and to ensure the architecture necessary for sustainable development. We need a paradigm shift, a new mentality in society. We cannot talk about recovery and resilience without sustainable development projects in mind, therefore, it is very important that the strategy be translated into real elements and concrete facts stated Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă. The Prime Minister also pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we can cope with challenges only through solidarity and care for those around us and hailed the Department's efforts to create a viable interinstitutional network, our country being acknowledged as a regional hub for promoting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, State Counselor Laszlo Borbely submitted today to the members' vote, key documents such as: The Romanian Government's Report regarding the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Objectives in 2021, Information on the current state of the National Action Plan for the SNDDR 2030 implementation, Information on the progress in the drawing up of the National Strategy for the circular economy, and the Action Plan for the implementation of the National Strategy on long - term renovation to support the renovation of the national stock of residential and non-residential buildings. - The second meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for Sustainable Development has taken place. We all know that we need to do more for the people of this country and I am glad that, based on Romanias Sustainable Development Strategy, we have created the premises to ensure a better life for future generations. The report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, presented today, reflects Departments work since its creation: we have managed to develop a strong legislative and inter-agency framework for coordinating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, we have finalized the Action Plan, but also the occupational standard that underpins the training of experts in sustainable development. Internationally, our vision has recently been awarded by the United Nations for Innovation and Excellence in Public Service. I assure you that the steps we are taking are aimed at concrete actions that will lead to the achievement of all the long-term goals we have set ourselves, stated the Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, State Counselor Laszlo Borbely. The Interdepartmental Committee for Sustainable Development is an interinstitutional body established in 2019, that comprises all Cabinet members. The Report of the Romanian Government on the implementation of Sustainable Development Objectives, adopted in today's meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee, will be presented to Parliament. 2021-12-28 13:27:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-28-02-29-18big_image_8_resize.jpgÎntrevederea prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții AmCham RomâniaȘtiri din 27.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-with-the-representatives-of-amcham-romaniaPrime Minister Nicolae Ciucă had at Victoria Palace a first meeting with the members of the Board of Directors of AmCham Romania. The discussions focused on the presentation of the Romanian Governments priorities, with emphasis on the opportunities offered by the largest investment budget allocated in the last 30 years, the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), as well as the enforcement of a predictable and effective regulatory framework. On this occasion, the participants addressed the need for transparency and legislative predictability, the strengthening of the rule of law, corporate governance in state-owned enterprises, Romanias accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the strengthening of economic ties with the United States of America, the development of the capital market, the digital transformation and the functioning of the public healthcare system. To stimulate the Romanian business environment, the need for a consistent public-private dialogue was emphasized, in the context generated by the need for assistance in implementing efficient public policies, which would generate the increase of economic competitiveness and trade relations between Romania and the United States. To consolidate the economic dimension of the Strategic Partnership, the potential represented by the American investments in Romania was addressed, at the same time having noted the importance of the presence of Romanian companies in the United States, which confirms the openness that can benefit Romanian entrepreneurs. Stimulating foreign investment and improving collection have been highlighted, along with attracting European money through PNRR and the Multiannual Financial Framework, as effective solutions to generate prosperity and welfare and a public administration with well-trained personnel. Backing the research and development sector, through a package of appropriate fiscal policies, is an opportunity that both the government and the private sector recognize as essential in boosting the capacity of the industry to provide added value. 2021-12-27 17:49:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-27-05-51-03big_prima.jpgMesajul prim-ministrului României, Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, cu prilejul CrăciunuluiȘtiri din 24.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-24 14:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2021-11-30_at_20.06.31.jpegSărbătoarea Crăciunului, la Palatul Victoria, pentru copiii personalului medical din spitalele aflate în linia I în tratarea și combaterea COVID-19Știri din 23.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-23 18:45:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2021-12-23_at_18.28.20.jpegConsultări ale premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu reprezentanții structurilor asociative pe tema măsurilor necesare pentru gestionarea pandemiei COVID-19Știri din 23.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-had-consultations-today-with-representatives-of-associative-structures-regarding-covid-19-pandemic-managementPrime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had consultations today with the public and private associative structures regarding prevention measures and combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila also took part in the dialogue, as well as other specialists involved in identifying and implementing solutions for protecting the population. Regarding the COVID-19 certificate, the participants emphasized the need for an adequate legal framework for managing an eventual new pandemic wave, as well as the importance of observing measures for preventing and combating the pandemic, for both the health of the Romanians, as well for maintaining economic activities, which can offer continuity in carrying out activities, public services, as well as maintaining jobs, in line with the legal and constitutional provisions. During the discussions, the vaccine efficiency was highlighted and the experts opinion was reiterated regarding the capacity of authorized vaccines by the European Medicines Agency, to offer the highest level of defence in front of the severe forms of the SARS-CoV-2 illness, namely that although the vaccine does not protect from infection, it protects us from the serious forms of the illness and the loss of life. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă underscored that the Government will continue to support the most appropriate measures to protect the citizens, continue the economic activities in good conditions, as well as ensure public services. Moreover, the Prime Minister asked the Minister of Health and the Head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU) to take all necessary steps for preparing the health system to offer medical care in pandemic conditions, as well as have appropriate treatment scheme available. 2021-12-23 17:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_whatsapp_image_2021-12-23_at_17.56.47.jpegÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu David Muniz, însărcinatul cu afaceri al S.U.A. la BucureștiȘtiri din 23.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-met-the-united-states-charge-d-affaires-in-bucharest-david-munizPrime Minister Nicolae- Ionel Ciucă met the United States Charge d'Affaires in Bucharest, David Muniz at Victoria Palace. The discussion focused on the bilateral agenda between Romania and the United States, the developments of the Strategic Partnership and the regional security agenda. The Prime Minister addressed the current state of bilateral relations in the field of security and defence cooperation, with a special emphasis on strengthening the defence of NATO's Eastern Flank. The discussions also focused on the ongoing programs of energy cooperation and the nuclear technology transfer agreement from the United States to Romania. The agenda also included other topics of interest for the two states. 2021-12-23 15:30:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-sua7848.jpgConvorbirea telefonică a prim-ministrului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu prim-ministrul Republicii Polone, Mateusz MorawieckiȘtiri din 23.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-had-a-telephone-conversation-with-the-prime-minister-of-the-republic-of-poland-mateusz-morawieskiPRESS RELEASE Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă had a telephone conversation with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawieski. The Polish Prime Minister congratulated his Romanian counterpart on taking over the office of prime minister and noted the stability offered by the grand coalition in Romania. The two voiced satisfaction over the good relations that Romania and Poland have. Moreover, Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă thanked for the congratulations and noted the special development of Romanian-Polish relations based on the Strategic Partnership linking the two states and on joint projects within the Three Seas Initiative and the Bucharest 9 format, on cooperation within NATO and the EU. Prime Minister Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă also thanked Poland for its support during the difficult period of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two Prime Ministers have agreed that the next joint meeting of the governments of the two states will take place on March 3, 2022, in Warsaw. Moreover, an important part of the conversation focused on security matters, hybrid actions in Eastern Europe and the military pressures of Russia on Ukraine. The Romanian and Polish Prime Ministers have agreed to maintain close personal contact and bilateral consultations on any topic of direct interest. 2021-12-23 12:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-23-12-47-15big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la videoconferința cu prefecțiiȘtiri din 23.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-23 11:39:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-23-11-33-13big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la dezbaterea, în Parlament, a proiectelor legilor bugetului de stat şi bugetului asigurărilor sociale de stat pe anul 2022Știri din 22.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-attended-the-debate-in-parliament-on-the-draft-versions-of-the-2022-national-and-social-security-budgets Speech by Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă at the debate in Parliament on the draft versions of the 2022 national and social security budgets [Check against delivery] Dear lawmakers, Dear Ministers, We will discuss today the state budget and the state social security budget for the next year, the most important annual legislation of budgetary programming. We have in front of us a balanced, responsible and realistic budget, designed to respond to the imperative financing needs and strengthen the economy in the medium and long run, capitalizing on the financial resources offered by the European Union. Romania has a responsible vision of fiscal and budgetary policies, a strategy of gradual fiscal consolidation, capable to increase and maintain the economic growth at a level of over 4-5 percent on the reference horizon, being aware that it needs to use all levers to prepare the economy for any possible future shocks. The 2022 budget is based on the following principles: transparency, effectiveness, realism, avoiding waste of public money, reconsidering funding priorities in line with the European agenda, capitalizing on the opportunity to use European funds for 2021 -2027 and those allocated to reforms funded through the Recovery and Resilience Facility to increase the resilience of the Romanian economy. At the same time, building the budget for 2022 was a responsible process taking into account the need to reconcile the management of difficult situations Romania is facing(health crisis, shock of high energy bills, effects of tensions on international markets) which entail allocation of adequate resources, with the urgent need of a consolidated budget. Our common goal is to gradually reduce the budget deficit over the next years, as the effects of the pandemic are still being felt nationally and globally. We are very responsible while honouring our commitments to our external partners. In my meetings in Brussels with the senior officials of the European Union over the past days, I mentioned the adoption of the draft budget for 2022, highlighting our concern for maintaining fiscal-budgetary stability in line with Romanias commitments regarding the return within the limits of the Stability and Growth Pact. Ladies and gentlemen, Next years budget is based on stability and predictability, coordinates designed to foster investment and increase Romanias attractiveness as a business destination. It is the budget with the largest allocation for investments in the last 32 years. The funds amount to approximately 88.8 billion lei, representing practically double the amount for investments in Romania in 2019. As we have committed, we will not increase taxes, we will not put pressure on the business environment. We will maintain the current tax regime for SMEs, state aid schemes to encourage investment and all measures in force, to support entrepreneurs. We will support access to finance for SMEs, by continuing the SME INVEST Programme, which is essential to support companies severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Ever since I took over as Prime Minister, I have worked for the operationalization of the most important post-pandemic country project, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). Today, the Government has approved by Emergency Ordinance, the Loan Agreement between the European Commission and Romania, under which our country will receive 14.94 billion euros, out of the approximately 29 billion euros available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility. We will invest this money in the economy, in extremely advantageous conditions. The ordinance completes the institutional framework for the implementation of PNRR and the establishment of financial flows, for monitoring, verifying and controlling the use of allocated funds. Following the entry into force of the Loan Agreement that we have approved today through Emergency Ordinance, the European Commission will also make available the 13-percent pre-financing of this loan, approximately 1.94 billion euros. Social measures. If the development of the country depends on investment and the support of the private sector, the Government has to be actively involved in the implementation of social policies. As we assumed through the Programme for Government, at the heart of the Government's concerns is the citizen, a commitment that is reflected in the way the budget has been structured. To protect the income of the population, especially the low-income or vulnerable groups, we have established a package of social measures, namely increasing child benefits and pensions, providing social assistance for pensioners and the annual allowance for people with disabilities. The approval of the budget for 2022 is the guarantee that these measures can be enforced and that they will take effect from January next year. the pension point will increase by 10 percent from January 1, 2022; the minimum social allowance rises to 1,000 lei; increase in the state allowances for children to 600 lei for those up to 2 years old, respectively 3 years for children with disabilities and to 243 lei for children aged 2 -18 years; implementation of social protection measures for the vulnerable energy consumer, by granting the incentive for energy throughout the year and aid for home heating in the cold season, differentiated by energy source and the family income; provision of aid to low-income retirees in January to help pay higher utility bills; aid scheme for the payment of electricity and natural gas bills for non-household consumers, namely small and medium-sized enterprises, micro-enterprises, authorized individuals, individual enterprises, family enterprises, through the budget of the Ministry of Energy; The budget for 2022 meets the justified expectations of the society, but it also corresponds to Romania's development projections. Public money is allocated responsibly, timely and transparently. Dear lawmakers, I would like to thank you for your support in passing the 2022 budget before the end of this year. Beyond political options, the vote on the budget for 2022 represents a responsible gesture that confers predictability to the business environment, a vision for future development and better living standards for Romanian citizens. Thank you! 2021-12-22 17:18:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_-parlament_buget_dezbatere7543.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de premierul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la începutul ședinței de guvern din 22 decembrieȘtiri din 22.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-22 15:18:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-22-06-55-39big_-consiliu7199.jpgÎn memoria eroilor Revoluției din decembrie 1989, astăzi au fost depuse coroane de flori în numele Guvernului RomânieiȘtiri din 22.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2021-12-22 10:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/21-12-22-10-51-47big_image_8_resize.jpgConferință de presă susținută de prim-ministrul Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă la finalul vizitei la BruxellesȘtiri din 21.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-conference-by-prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-at-the-end-of-the-visit-to-brussels[Check against delivery] Dan Cărbunaru: Good afternoon! Thank you for attending the press conference organized following Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă's visit to Brussels yesterday and today. After this brief introduction, allow me to give the floor to Mr Prime Minister. Nicolae - Ionel Ciucă: Thank you. Good afternoon. I have concluded earlier my visit to Brussels at European institutions and NATO. I have had a series of important and substantial meetings during these two days. Yesterday, I had a working dinner with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, today was dedicated to discussions at the European Commission, where I had meetings with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, with the European Commission Executive Vice - Presidents Valdis Dombrovskis, Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager, as well as with Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport. Today, I had a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. I particularly appreciated our substantial discussions, as well as the openness of all interlocutors for maintaining an active dialogue with the Romanian Government. I am confident that these meetings I had from taking over as Prime Minister, lay the bases of open and constant dialogue in perspective, the Romanian Government being firmly committed to enhancing this dialogue, and I wanted to clearly send this message, on the occasion of this visit. One of the main messages I sent to all interlocutors during these meetings, referred to the firm support that Romania extends to the efforts of advancing European policies and strengthening the Union's resilience and for the Member States to have available effective instruments and solutions to enable them to be better prepared to cope with any future challenges and crises. Romania is ready to actively contribute to defining these instruments and mechanisms of cooperation at the European level. I consider that these messages of commitment are furthermore important as, on January 1, next year, Romania will mark the 15th anniversary of its EU accession, and our accession to the Union brought and continues to bring important benefits to Romanians and Romanian society. 15 years after accession, Romania is a committed actor, engaged in developing the European project, supporting its advancement on cohesive, inclusive bases, in solidarity, and in full compliance with the values of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights, to the benefit of European citizens, and of course, Romanian citizens. I reminded European interlocutors of the fact that Romania will further remain a reliable partner, profoundly dedicated to the European project, deepening the integration and strengthening the Union. I also presented the interlocutors the Government's priorities for the next period, from the efforts of managing the pandemic and continuing the vaccination campaign to the objectives aimed at implementing the reforms necessary to the recovery of the Romanian economy, by stimulating investments and achieving basic infrastructure in multiple areas. I also mentioned the adoption by the Government of the draft budget for 2022, outlining our concern for maintaining the fiscal - budgetary stability within the agreed frame and with commitments undertaken by Romania regarding recovery within the limits set by the Stability and Growth Pact. We exchanged opinions on the implementation of PNRR as well as on the efforts to prepare at the national level the implementation framework for European funds that Romania benefits from, through the new EU budget for 2021 -2027. In the dialogue with the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and the European Commission Executive Vice - President Dombrovskis, I approached at length aspects aimed at Romania's priorities in terms of economic recovery and ensuring fiscal - budgetary stability in the medium run. During talks with the president of the European Council Charles Michel and the EC President Ursula von der Leyen, I insisted on the need for a decision to be made as soon as possible regarding Romania's accession to the Schengen area. I thanked the European Commission for their clear and constant support for our goal, which should be achieved as soon as possible as Romania met all conditions required by European Acquis. During the meetings I had, I mentioned a very important objective for Romania, the finalization of the MCV, and I reiterated the commitment set in the programme for the government, to achieve the reforms for this purpose. I discussed the two percent- transition undertaken at the EU level, in the field of climate change and digital area. I conveyed that Romania supports the EU objectives regarding these processes as they create special development opportunities and opportunities aimed at shifting to an economy of the future. I voiced the Romanian Government's expectation that these goals are set to be implemented in a balanced manner, considering the fact that not all Member States had the same starting point and the reforms envisaged imply consistent economic, social and financial efforts. In the context of the discussion on the green transition, we reiterated that for Romania, natural gas and nuclear energy continue to represent two basic components of the national energy mix, being imperative to maintain their role during the transition to a climate-neutral economy. With respect to digital transition, in the meeting with EC Vice-President Vestager, I underscored our expectation regarding a real digital convergence within the EU, both through investments in digital infrastructure and competencies developed in this area for the citizens of all Member States. At the same time, in the discussions we had with Presidents Michel and Von der Leyen, we presented our assessments of the situation in the eastern neighbourhood of the European Union, calling for a united and firm message from the Union in relation to Russias military action in Ukraine and the Black Sea area. We also emphasized the strategic importance of the transatlantic relationship in promoting shared goals and managing common challenges. We also welcomed the important outcomes of the Eastern Partnership Summit of November 15 this year and briefed on the projects implemented and the prospects envisaged by Romania in supporting the European course of the Republic of Moldova, as well as in supporting the comprehensive democratic reforms envisaged by Chisinau Executive for strengthening the energy security of the Republic of Moldova. Last but not least, during the meeting with Commissioner Vălean, I recalled the attention extended at the national level to the infrastructure projects, considering their contribution to the economic development of Romania. As you can see, we have addressed many topics of interest in relation to Romanias priorities and the European agenda. That is why I repeat what I mentioned at the beginning of these statements, I believe that this exchange of views provided us with elements of substance on which we will be able to further build in our ongoing dialogue with the European Commission in the coming period. Also, as stated at the beginning, the schedule of the visit included a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Predictably, we discussed in detail the security situation on the eastern flank and the development of the new strategic concept of the Alliance, which is to be adopted at the Madrid Summit next summer. Tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border and the security situation at the Black Sea justify a strengthening of the Allied deterrence and defence posture on the entire eastern flank, from north to south, in a coherent, balanced and united manner. I also reiterated Romanias high level of ambition for a new strategic concept, which would ensure the consolidation of the Alliances role and profile in the next 10 years, from the perspective of the Alliances political dimension, securing a solid military posture and advancing NATOs partnership relations. I argued that the key goal of the future concept is to make sure that NATO remains strong, efficient and united in order to deliver security and stability to the Member States and their citizens, emphasizing the priority to be extended to collective defence as the primary task of the Alliance. Thank you. Dan Cărbunaru: Thank you, Mr Prime Minister! If you have any questions in relation to the Prime Ministers visit to Brussels, you are invited to ask them. Reporter: You mentioned the Schengen dossier and I would like to know if you are planning to launch a political-diplomatic campaign at government level, perhaps even during the French presidency of the Council of the European Union in this regard, because it is 10 years since we observe the Schengen acquis and we are kept at the door of this space. We appreciate what the Commission says, we appreciate what the European Commissioner is saying, only that thousands of Romanians queueing at the border with Hungary are waiting for something more. Nicolae Ciucă: These are the arguments for which I addressed this issue, starting from the fact that, until now, the technical benchmarks that we undertook to join the Schengen Area, have been met and I considered it appropriate to mention that this issue is a priority for the Romanian Government and I asked that we continue to be able to coordinate the efforts we make at the national level, at the level of the European institutions and we also discussed the need for our country to be able to discuss with each Member State to make clear that we have now met the criteria and we continue to strengthen ourselves so that we can join the Schengen Area. Reporter: What message did you receive from European officials regarding further monitoring of Romania on justice? When will the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism be lifted and what else should Romania do to attain this goal? Thanks. Nicolae Ciucă: The Minister of Justice, Cătălin Predoiu, visited Brussels earlier. He had a meeting with the European Commissioner for Justice, Ms Jourova, and the meeting revealed that a number of the measures that are included in the PNRR - and here we must say very clearly that the measures are aimed at a set of reforms and investments, and the reforms are at the governmental level, and they include those that refer to justice, implicitly the Control and Verification Mechanism. In this regard, I made clear that one of the first important decisions made by the Government pertained to the approval of the National Anticorruption Strategy for 2021-2025. Of course, there is a set of other measures I discussed with the Minister as well as with European officials regarding reforms aimed at justice laws and the other adjustment and regulatory measures, in compliance with the European institutions in the justice field. As such, when all these are fulfiled, we have the guarantee that lifting the CVM will be analyzed. Reporter: My first question refers to your meeting with EC President Ursula von der Leyen. It was your first meeting with the EC President. What was her main message, her main expectation from your Cabinet? Earlier, you emphasized the importance that Romania wants the gas and nuclear power to have during the green transition, what is the likelihood that they are part of the delegated Act on taxonomy? Will Romania initiate at bilateral level contact with countries that would allow the inclusion of these two types of energy in the delegated Act on taxonomy? Nicolae Ciucă: The message and the essence of my talks with the EC President pertained to elements related to the COVID crisis. It is indeed a major concern regarding the way each Member State and the EU as a whole, effectively manage the COVID -19 pandemic. We also addressed the impact of the new wave of Omicron strain in a series of European countries, and we received the signal that we must indeed get prepared for its impact on our country. There is talk of a time interval of no more than three weeks before it is present in the area of our country as well. Therefore, the main topic of our discussion pertained to the way we are prepared to face the fifth wave. Discussions also focused on progress in the vaccination campaign in Romania, and the need for government institutions and specialized institutions in the Health Ministry to have better communication and persuade in a professional way the population to get vaccinated. This is practically the only instrument that as revealed lately, does not necessarily prevent us from becoming infected, but instead allows us to get through the disease more easily and not have as many cases as during the fourth wave when tens of thousands of Romanians lost their lives. The second topic pertained to NRRP (PNRR) and the way we are prepared to harmonize instruments at the national level with those made available by the EU. We received guarantees that if necessary, we will receive technical assistance from the European Union in order to operationalize management mechanisms and authorities, for them to be able to absorb EU funds and we also discussed that the NRRP (PNRR) represents a component, but there are other funds under the multiannual funding at EU level, that are available to us, which also should represent a priority for the Romanian Government. They too must represent a priority. We are very close to making a decision so that we can identify at the governmental level the structure that can manage everything that the monitoring, coordination and verification of the way these mechanisms become operational mean. We cannot afford to miss this chance. We already have 12 billion euros in cohesion funds to be spent in a very short period of time. These are the funds that come on this NRRP axis, plus the European funds from the multiannual financial framework. It is a set of offers that involves an even greater set of measures of involvement and responsibility of each of us to be able to achieve this goal. I answer your second question as I have explained that the measures to be taken in Brussels should not impact European citizens and that not all countries start at the same level when it comes to implementing measures. Regarding taxonomy and ensuring this transitional period in which we still need the use of gas resources and the provision of electricity through the nuclear component, we have received guarantees that - not having been taken a decision so far, but being very close to making a decision in this regard - we will benefit from this transitional period in which we can use gas and nuclear energy in parallel. Thank you. Dan Cărbunaru: Thank you. The press conference has come to an end. 2021-12-21 18:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_21.12.2021,_15_21_30.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Valdis Dombrovskis, vicepreședinte executiv al Comisiei EuropeneȘtiri din 21.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-valdis-dombrovskis-executive-vice-president-of-the-european-commission2021-12-21 17:15:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_21.12.2021,_15_11_02.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă cu Margrethe Vestager, vicepreședinte executiv al Comisiei EuropeneȘtiri din 21.12.2021https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-nicolae-ionel-ciuca-s-meeting-with-margrethe-vestager-executive-vice-president-of-the-european-commission2021-12-21 16:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_photo_21.12.2021,_14_32_57.jpg