RSS - Guvernul Românieihttp://www.gov.roRSS Guvernul Românieiro-ROÎntâlnirea prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții comunității franceze de afaceri din România Știri din 13.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-13 18:38:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-6623.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu liderii grupurilor parlamentareȘtiri din 13.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-13 18:04:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-6386.jpgDeclarațiile premierului Ludovic Orban după participarea la Adunarea Generală a membrilor Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 13.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-13 13:23:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-13-01-23-31big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclaraţii ale premierului Ludovic Orban în cadrul Adunării Generale a membrilor Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 13.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-13 12:38:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-5932.jpgMesajul adresat de premierul Ludovic Orban membrilor etniei tătare din RomâniaȘtiri din 13.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-13 12:35:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-13-12-36-28big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarațiile premierului Ludovic Orban după participarea la ședința comună a Camerei Deputaților și Senatului convocată pentru angajarea răspunderii GuvernuluiȘtiri din 12.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-12 14:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-12-06-40-42big_sigla_guvern.pngAlocuțiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea în Parlament a proiectului de lege pentru aprobarea plafoanelor unor indicatori specificați în cadrul fiscal-bugetar pe anul 2020Știri din 12.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-at-the-presentation-in-parliament-of-the-draft-law-approving-the-ceilings-of-some-indicators-specified-in-the-2020-fiscal-budget-framework [Check against delivery] Mr. President, Dear lawmakers, The Government took the decision to assume responsibility for the draft law on approving caps of some indicators specified within the fiscal - budgetary framework for 2020, for a reason I would like to repeat although I stated it many times before the media: our objective is that the draft state budget law and the draft state social security budget be passed until December 31. We need to eliminate this practice which infringes laws; I remind you - Public Finance Law, Law 500, under which the Government is obliged to submit the draft state budget law and the draft social security budget law to Parliament until November 15. It is vital for the good functioning of the Romanian economy, public institutions, local authorities and in the end, it is vital for every Romanian citizen to very clearly know what is happening next year so that companies can draw up a business plan, local authorities can pass their budgets. Public institutions should very well know how to plan their activities, public spending so that the new investment projects are not blocked, as it is very clearly known that until the adoption of the state budget law and the local budgets, no new investment objective can kick-off, and the investments that started last year or in previous years can only be continued. Also, every citizen should know regardless if he is a businessman, public sector employee, person close to retirement, his incomes for 2020. It is a very important objective that we are very keen on. To foster the achievement of this objective, knowing very well that the state budget law and the social security budget law cannot be adopted in the Government and sent for debate and passing in the Parliament, without passing the law on approving caps of some indicators specified within the fiscal - budgetary framework for 2020, we decided to appeal to this procedure that could guarantee us that this law is passed within a time frame that would allow us to complete the procedure of adoption in the Government of the draft state budget law and the draft social security budget law so that we have time for these draft laws to be passed until December 31. I think you noticed from public statements and the reality which is presented by the Finance Ministry, the other authorities, during this year, the budget deficit will exceed 4 percent of the GDP. It is clear that following this budget deficit for 2019, we should take steps towards reducing the budget deficit within the provisions of the EU Treaty, namely below the three percent of the GDP. This is our objective, surely it cannot be attained throughout 2020. I remind you that, in addition to the spending made during this year, next year, the pensions law should be enforced, as well as the public sector salary law, and other laws generating additional spending. Unfortunately, I see that in Parliament, there is a very high fever and laws continue to be passed, generating spending for which there are no budgetary resources, despite the fact that as I tell you very clearly, we are in an extremely difficult situation. Consider that we have built this law and implicitly, all the budgetary construction, given that the enforcement of the pension law means an additional 16 billion expenditure; this without mentioning all the other categories of expenses, considering that we maintained 2% of GDP allocation, according to the commitments we made at NATO level, defence expenses; in the context in which we tried to increase a bit the education expenditure. You should also consider that we built the budget without affecting the investment expenses, we even try to increase the investment expenses a bit, to the extent this is possible. Let me tell you clearly, you know, Romanias 2020 budget no longer incurs any additional expenses. Any additional expenditure resulting from the adoption of some laws will lead to the increase of the deficit or the impossibility to make vital expenses for the economic development of Romania, financing of the infrastructure objectives, vital expenses for the development of the localities; expenses financed under the National Programme for Local Development, will also create big problems, including for the absorption of European funds, due to the reduced co-financing capacity existing at the level of public institutions, especially at the level of local public authorities. I told you these things to reflect, maybe, when other draft laws are submitted, no matter who initiated them, to think that it is almost impossible to continue with this system in which we come up with draft laws without identifying funding sources, to generate incentives and rights. We have seen, for example, that the Labor Commission approved a return to the system of calculating military pensions based on the gross salary, and not the net salary. Given that the PSD government was the one that, realizing that it is not normal to calculate these pensions based on the gross salary, took the pensions to the net salary level, I was quite amazed to see that it was a great joy and that everyone endorsed the return to the pension calculation based on the gross salary. I only read a few important elements of the draft law. We seek, for 2020, a deficit of 3.6 of the gross domestic product, and for the year 2021 a deficit of 3.34, obviously, the objective being that in 2022, at the latest, we can reduce the deficit below 3%, so as to comply with the provisions of the treaty. It is not possible at this moment to suddenly reduce the deficit, without implementing austerity measures to entail an economic compression. Others have tried. Basically, the deficit should be gradually reduced, without affecting the economic policies that allow maintaining the economic growth, obviously, even strengthening the sustainability of the economic growth, based more on the growth of investments, of competitiveness, on the applicability of innovation and research, than on artificial incentives to increase consumption, as policies were enforced, unfortunately, in the last three years and led us to the current situation. Regarding the staff costs ceiling for 2020, it is set at 9.7, and for 2021, we want to reduce it from 9.7 to 9.4 of GDP. The public debt ceiling, according to the EU methodology, stands at maximum 40% of the gross domestic product for the end of 2020. I can tell you that it is very difficult to observe this commitment, but we took this commitment, provided that, lets be honest, let's look at the cost of financing the budget deficit and the increase of the cost of financing the budget deficit over the last two years, a constant growth, which can be seen, however, also in the increase of expenses in the structure of the state budget, regarding the public debt service. Think about the fact that any loan we take under burdensome conditions, with interest rates to be paid, especially if it is about long-term loans, by our children /.../, it basically generates a financing cost that we all have to pay. As regards the cap on reimbursable financing contracted by the units or the administrative-territorial subdivision, it was set at 1.2 billion, and the cap on withdrawals from reimbursable financings that were contracted or to be contracted was set at 1.3 billion. Also, the cap on the issuance of the guarantees by the Government through the Public Finance Ministry and by the units, respectively the administrative-territorial subdivisions for 2020, is set at 8 billion. I will not go into the presentation of other details of the addendum, I will move to amendments. Four amendments have been tabled, an amendment tabled by the USR parliamentary group, stipulating that the cap on the general consolidated budget balance, expressed as a percentage of GDP, will be 3% in 2020 and 3% in 2021. I rejected this amendment. The second amendment was tabled by the ALDE lawmakers- Andrei Dominic Gerea, Varujan Vosganian, members of the Chamber of Deputies, and Senator Ion Popa - which stipulates that the ceiling of the general consolidated budget balance, expressed as a percentage of GDP, is, in the year 2020, of minus 3 , 95%, and in 2021, of 3.6%. I also did not accept the introduction of this amendment. We accepted two amendments, which were tabled by PNL lawmaker Mr. Bogdan Huțucă. At the art. 3, paragraph 5 by derogation from the provisions of art. 6 and 7 of Law no. 69/2010 republished, with the subsequent amendments, in 2020, the nominal ceilings of the total expenses and of the personnel expenses established according to the provisions of art. 29, paragraph 1, letter C of the same law are those set out in Addendum 1 and, obviously, Addendum 1 stipulates an increase from 78,338,000,1 to 78,792,000,8 general centralized budget of the administrative-territorial units. It is an amendment that I accepted as a result of having accepted the proposal of the Association of Municipalities and other local authorities, to strengthen local autonomy and the direct sources of income to the local budget, to increase from 60 to 64%, a percentage from income tax that is allocated directly to local budgets. Thank you. 2019-12-12 14:08:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-5400.jpgAlocuțiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea în Parlament a proiectului de lege pentru modificarea și completarea unor acte normative în domeniul transportului de persoaneȘtiri din 12.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-at-the-presentation-in-parliament-of-the-draft-law-on-the-amendment-and-supplementation-of-some-normative-acts-in-the-passenger-transport-field[Check against delivery] Mr. President, Dear lawmakers, The second draft law for which the Government assumes responsibility is the draft law on the amendment and supplementation of some normative acts in the passenger transport field. I will try to make a brief presentation. The reason for which we decided to assume responsibility for this draft law is that the Government Ordinance No. 51, which was basically adopted to ensure the implementation of Regulation No. 1370, actually generated negative situations in the inter-county transportation system, turning it from a public transport service into a commercial service, and also prolonging the validity of licenses and implicitly the obligation to hold competitive procedures for granting licenses on the intra-county transport routes until 2023. This, in brief. You should know that currently, there are children who do not attend school because their transportation is no longer subsidized, school commute is not defrayed anymore. Other vulnerable categories of the population are also affected, due to the enforcement of the Emergency Ordinance 51. We decided to reject six of the eight amendments tabled by lawmakers, we accepted only two. The first amendment, after Article 3, point 1 adds with the following content - Article 10, paragraph 1 is amended as follows: the validity of the current county transport programs and, as the case may be, of the route licences for the road passenger transport through regular services at county level, is extended until June 30, 2021. The initial text provided for an extension of the validity of licenses until December 31, 2020. We took note of this amendment and, especially, of the rigours regarding the organization of the steps to prepare the competitive procedures for the award of these routes and we agreed to increase the validity of the operators licences by six months. As a consequence, I also accepted the amendment from art. 6, the County Councils have the obligation to carry out until July 1, 2021, the procedures for concluding the public service contracts according to the regulation no. 1.370/ 2007 of the European Parliament and the Council, of October 23, 2007, on the public services of rail and road passenger transport and on repealing the regulations no 1.191 / 69 and no 1.107 / 70 of the Council, with subsequent amendments. I mention that these amendments were tabled by Marius Bodea. There were six amendments tabled by PSD Senator Vasilica Toma and other amendments tabled by the PSD parliamentary group which the Government did not accept. We rejected these amendments. These amendments will be accepted and introduced in the law contents. I also mention that with respect to the normative act, we took over the observations of the Legislative Council, which are strict of legislative nature. Thank you. 2019-12-12 14:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-5329.jpgAlocuțiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la prezentarea în Parlament a proiectului de lege privind unele măsuri pentru asigurarea bunei funcționări a instanțelor judecătorești și a parchetelor de pe lângă acestea în anul 2020Știri din 12.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-at-the-presentation-in-parliament-of-the-draft-law-on-some-measures-ensuring-a-good-functioning-of-courts-and-prosecutor-s-offices-attached-to-them-in-2020Dear President of the Senate, Dear Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Dear members of Parliament, The first draft law for which the Government assumes responsibility is the law on some measures enforceable in 2020, regarding the admission contest to the INM(National Institute of Magistracy). Therefore, we basically had to change the title following some amendments which were allowed. The initial draft law provided for the postponement of the entry into force of the Justice Laws articles on the early retirement of magistrates, on shifting from two-judge panels to three-judge panels and on the seniority for magistrates accession to the National Institute of Magistracy (INM). I have taken note of the fact that the Romanian Parliament passed a draft law on postponing deadlines for the early retirement of magistrates and also on shifting from two-judge panels. Following the passing of these amendments by the Romanian Parliament, amendments were filed by MP Ioan Cupsa, and Senator Robert Cazanciuc. Senator Robert Cazanciuc filed another amendment too, I accepted the amendment filed by MP Ioan Cupsa and the part of the amendment filed by Mr. Cazanciuc whereby I withdrew from the law body, the two articles on the postponement of the entry into force of the early retirement of magistrates and shifting from two-judge panels to three-judge panels. We maintained in the law body the article pertaining to the necessary seniority for magistrates accession to the National Institute of Magistracy (INM), therefore, we rejected the amendment filed by Senator Robert Cazanciuc and the final form of the law is: Law on some measures enforceable in 2020 regarding the admission contest to the National Institute of Magistracy, initial professional training of judges and prosecutors, graduation exam at the National Institute of Magistracy, internship and capacity exam for trainee judges and prosecutors. The unique article has the following content: The admission to the National Institute of Magistracy in 2020, as well as the initial professional training, the graduation exam at the National Institute of Magistracy, the internship and the capacity exam for the justice auditors admitted to the National Institute of Magistracy in 2020, are held in accordance with the provisions of articles 1-12 and 16 of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 7/2019 regarding some temporary measures regarding the admission contest to the National Institute of Magistracy, the initial professional training of judges and prosecutors, the graduation examination at the National Institute of Magistracy, the traineeship and the capacity exam for trainee judges and prosecutors, as well as for amending and completing the Law no 303/2004 on the status of judges and prosecutors, Law 304/2004 on judicial organization and Law no. 317 / 2004 regarding the Superior Council of Magistracy with subsequent amendments. Surely you could understand why we decided to assume responsibility for such a draft law, because, if we did not have this initiative, surely the judicial system would have been seriously affected, and the citizens' access to the act of justice would have been dramatically restricted, and the dysfunctions generated in the justice system would have seriously affected the justice system. We are glad that the Parliament has passed the normative act by which the deadlines are extended, and we remain with this article in the contents of the law. Thank you. 2019-12-12 13:54:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-5439.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții OMV PetromȘtiri din 12.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-met-with-omv-petrom-representatives2019-12-12 11:52:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_omv-4984.jpgIntervenția premierului Ludovic Orban în cadrul videoconferinței cu prefecții și subprefecțiiȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-11 17:18:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_videoconferinta-4951.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Exxon MobilȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-meeting-with-exxon-mobil-representatives2019-12-11 17:08:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_amr-4783.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanți ai institutelor de cercetareȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-11 17:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-11-06-49-42big_12.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Ludovic Orban susținute după întâlnirea cu liderii grupurilor parlamentareȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-11 16:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-11-05-30-49big_0[7].jpgPrimirea de către premierul Ludovic Orban a ambasadorului SUA în România, Hans Klemm, în vizită de rămas bunȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-received-a-farewell-call-from-the-u-s-ambassador-to-romania-hans-klemm2019-12-11 14:13:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-11-02-15-38big_01_resize.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu președintele Autorității de Audit din Curtea de Conturi, Dan Vlădescu, vicepremierul Raluca Turcan și ministrul fondurilor europene, Ioan Marcel BoloșȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-working-meeting-with-the-vice-prime-minister-raluca-turcan-minister-for-the-public-works-development-and-administration-ion-stefan-and-the-minister-of-european-funds-ioan-marcel-bolo2019-12-11 10:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1ee2d855-acc6-4c49-bdc4-c86be2a0a8e9.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu o delegație a Băncii MondialeȘtiri din 11.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-met-with-a-world-bank-delegation2019-12-11 10:03:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-11-10-05-17big_04_resize.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Ludovic Orban susținute după participarea la dezbaterea ”Dialog pentru dezvoltare”, organizată de Confederația Patronală ConcordiaȘtiri din 10.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-10 21:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-10-09-47-26big_04_resize.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban a participat la dezbaterea organizată de Confederația patronală Concordia ”Dialog pentru dezvoltare”Știri din 10.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-participated-in-the-debate-dialogue-for-development-organized-by-the-employers-confederation-quot-concordia-quotSpeech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the debate Dialogue for Development organized by the Employers Confederation - Concordia [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I will be very brief, as I am sure that you want to ask questions. As far as I am concerned, we are a pro-business government, a government leaving from the premise that if businesses are running well in the country, everybody has the chance of a better life. We are a government that encourages economic initiative, that tries to achieve a partnership with the investors, to turn the administration into a partner of the business sector and the investors. We have relatively clearly defined lines of action. First of all, we want to restore the administrative capacity, to achieve digitalization, to simplify procedures, increase the decision-making speed, and the speed of unfolding all approval procedures, of issuing different types of permits. We also know very clearly that the business sector needs an honest competition. The state should be an arbiter that treats equally all companies, that does not create discriminations or distortions on different markets. The state should have regulations as clear as possible. I am personally in favour of an exhaustive law-making, i.e for the introduction in the law body of clear regulation so that there are no more normative acts of the second rank, of the Ministerial order type, or categories of normative acts inventing additional procedures many times, deflecting the sense of laws or even changing them. Regarding the relationship with the business sector, I asked each Minister and I will also give an example - I announced that my intention is to have, in addition to the Tripartite Council, the Economic and Social Council, an advisory council with the business sector, in which we will address, in turn, the existing issues at a general level, but also for each sector. Of course, this dialogue is very important, because you, as businesspeople, know very well what you are facing and to what extent the Government could do things that would help your business, enable business development, boost competitiveness and the possibility to make profits, every investor wants to get their investment back and make profit. Of course, we will ensure much better management of transport infrastructure projects - Romania cannot develop in the absence of infrastructure. We must capitalize on the advantages that have not been turned to good account so far. We are a gateway to and from Europe, we have the potential to make the most of this advantage and it is clear that major infrastructure projects must be carried out at the highest possible speed and, of course, we need to remove all barriers that have delayed or blocked large transport infrastructure projects. Regarding the labour market, we are aware of the current labour crisis - we must not hide that there is a workforce crisis, especially the crisis of skilled, specialized workforce. We are thinking of several solutions in this respect: besides the labour market access liberalization for non - EU citizens, capitalization on the advantage we currently have, and which was not seen so far, there are 2 million Romanians around Romania, who could come to work in Romania in the conditions of labour market access liberalization. We are trying to give clear signals to Romanians working currently abroad, very many of them would want to return home if they feel that things are running in the right direction, if they have the possibility of finding a job and if the quality of education, healthcare services and especially the quality of services provided by administration increases. I conclude by presenting you what the political reality is - I am telling you what we want, only that not everything you want, is achievable. The Government has quite fragile parliamentary support, very heterogeneous and made up of very many political parties. Because of this, a real championship started for some time in Parliament, because we are entering an election year and now it is a true championship between political parties. Today I learned that they resumed calculating pensions in the military sector considering the gross pension, not the net pension, only such issues are appearing every day. There are some twenty legislative projects that generate budgetary effects and are likely to put a lot of pressure on the government. Of course, Romania needs a stable government, based on a strong, homogeneous parliamentary support, reinvested through the citizens vote. Our wish would be, as far as it is possible in Constitutional terms, to organize early elections as soon as possible, because a government that came to power towards the end of tenure, with a quite heterogeneous parliamentary structure and without a very consistent and strong support is acting in a certain way, in another way a government based on the vote of citizens which gives a strong parliamentary majority and, above all, the prospect of a four - year government. As for us, during this period, we will try to make our contribution to a healthy construction of Romania, one that will be based on the reward of the worthy, the support of those who have initiative and assume responsibilities, on discouraging any behaviour outside of law or behaviour that is not in accordance with what a democratic society means. Thank you. 2019-12-10 21:12:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-10-09-45-54big_04_resize.jpgDeclaraţii ale premierului Ludovic Orban la vizitarea proiectului Extreme-Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP)Știri din 10.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-10 13:40:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-10-01-42-15big_18_resize.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban a vizitat proiectul Extreme-Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP)Știri din 10.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-visited-the-extreme-light-infrastructure-nuclear-physics-eli-np-project-site2019-12-10 13:32:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-10-01-43-08big_07_resize.jpgGuvernul se alătură inițiativei „We stand up for women!”Știri din 10.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-government-joins-the-quot-we-stand-up-for-women-quot-initiativeThe Government of Romania joins the We stand up for women! Initiative, launched by the Soroptimist International of Europe federation within the United Nations global campaign Orange the world to stop violence against women. As a sign of solidarity with this civic campaign, the Victoria Palace will be lit up orange today, on the occasion of the Human Rights Day. I welcome this civic campaign, established as a common and firm call to combat violence against women. There is absolutely no justification for violence of any kind, it leaves deep wounds and is not forgotten. Combating this scourge is a priority of the Government and legitimately concerns institutions, non-governmental organizations, the society. The Romanian state has the duty and responsibility to ensure the safety of its citizens, a universal right, closely related to the right to freedom. A truly free person is one who feels safe, who lives in a community of values, trust and respect for any individual, regardless of gender, considers Prime Minister Ludovic Orban. The We stand up for women initiative is running from November 25 to December 10, 2019. 2019-12-10 13:09:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_80c61184-c7fa-427c-899c-bd085dea120d.jpgÎntâlnire a premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Alianței Naționale a Organizațiilor Studențești din România (ANOSR)Știri din 09.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-met-with-the-representatives-of-the-national-alliance-of-student-organisations-in-romania-anosr2019-12-09 23:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_amr-4719.jpgDeclaraţii ale premierului Ludovic Orban după participarea la Adunarea generală a Asociației Municipiilor din România (AMR)Știri din 09.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-following-his-participation-in-the-general-assembly-of-the-romanian-municipalities-association-amr[Check against delivery] Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, the Senate passed the simple motion against Florin Citu. Will he leave the Cabinet? Ludovic Orban: The motion passed, you said it very well. It would be the last straw that the PNL Finance Minister be judged by those who ruined the budget over the past three years. The last party entitled to voice an opinion on Romania's public finance is the PSD that made a mockery of the public finance and ruined the budget. This is a cheap politicking move. Normally, Mr. Teodorovici, who is the initiator of this motion, should account elsewhere for the budgetary disaster he left behind. Reporter: The minister said he has ... Ludovic Orban: And here I will mention again the budgetary disaster: not to provide money for the full pension payment - PSD did it, although they insisted they are taking care of the retirees, and they also shamelessly lied that PNL cuts the pensions, that president Iohannis cut pensions, but they did not earmark in the budget the money necessary for the full payment of pensions. They did not earmark money for the heating aid, for defraying the medical leaves of the employees, the maternity leaves, for the payment of the works on PNDL(Local Development National Programme), now, they dare to table a motion against Minister Citu? Their votes do nothing but strengthen the image of the Finance Minister and as far as I am concerned, I am very content with the collaboration with the Finance Minister and I do not intend to take any decision regarding Mr. Minister. Reporter: If /.../ files a document regarding the fact that PSD did not intend to increase pensions as of 2020, when does it make it public? He said that it will eventually be a political decision. Ludovic Orban: I will probably make it public. I saw that document too. It very clearly shows that they knew very well that through their reckless spending, they will create a huge budgetary deficit which cannot be supported, which shows premeditation in this crime against the economy that they generated through the policy of increasing spending, and the policy of lies in connection with incomes. I told you once again: the rectification made it clear that over 18 billion lei that had been earmarked at incomes, did not exist, were invented. Therefore, Dăncilă and Teodorovici, through the Emergency Ordinance, practically relieved themselves of the responsibility to give statements on their own responsibility regarding the veracity of the information that is at the basis of the state budget and the state social security budget drafting. Reporter: As regards the special pensions, you mentioned the pensions, why this exception for magistrates first of all, and the military. We understand the exception for the military who were war participants, but for those who stayed in offices, there are such cases as well, therefore... Ludovic Orban: As far as we are concerned, the National Liberal Party, our decision is very clear, we support... Reporter: What is the current state of the economy now, Mr. Prime Minister? Ludovic Orban: ... we endorse the calculation of pensions on the principle of contributiveness, this is the political decision of the National Liberal Party, with the only exception, of the special pensions, which are granted to military personnel. I dont know what ... Of course, we also have a bill, USR also has a bill. We ask the MPs to endorse, to amend it but to endorse the draft law in which we put an end to the practice of special pensions, I repeat, except for special pensions of the military. To me, it seems an act of justice, a fair act and I ask the MPs to vote the PNL bill on the elimination of special pensions. Reporter: Do you take into account assuming the responsibility in Parliament for the two-round election of mayors? The President voiced his opinion earlier /.../ Ludovic Orban: The National Liberal Party submitted a draft law in Parliament, which is in the debate of the Chamber of Deputies, whereby the mayors are to be elected with half plus one of the citizens' votes, therefore, what we call an election in two rounds. We endorse this draft law, and we will try to obtain the support of politicians for this draft law. Reporter: Mr. President said that if there is no consensus in Parliament, then, assuming responsibility would be justified. Will you do this? Ludovic Orban: If I do this, I will let you know. Reporter: Mr. Orban, how do you answer to Ms. Firea who said you have not changed compared to when you were vice-mayor, and she also considers that you are not able to solve certain problems. Ludovic Orban: Bucharest is facing serious problems and elections will prove the fact that Bucharest inhabitants are tired of a mayor who does nothing for them. I am sure that finally, after the local elections in Bucharest, the inhabitants will elect a serious mayor, a mayor to resolve the big problems of the inhabitants. Reporter: Do you agree with the idea of a single candidate of the Opposition? A candidate of PNL, USR, PLUS. Ludovic Orban: You asked me this question before. I cant give you an answer at this time. We are after the presidential elections, we are at the end of the year, in which, at the government level, we have to solve extremely many problems left unresolved or caused by the catastrophic decisions of the previous government and our objective is to solve these problems, to give Romania a budget until at the end of the year, to succeed in repealing the criminal Ordinance 114, most of the provisions that destroyed, caused major disturbances in the Romanian economy and the Romanian society, we managed to extend the deadlines which could blow up the judicial system in Romania, namely the provisions linked to the early retirement of magistrates, provisions linked to the increase in the necessary length of service for the entry into magistracy, from two to four years, the provisions linked to the increase in the number of judges making up the panels, from two to three judges. Practically, we have a multitude of problems to solve and we focus on solving these problems. Reporter: Regarding Ordinance 114, it also contains the increase of the minimum allowance, I mean that minimum pension that should be increased starting next year. Will you keep it, this growth, or will you repeal it? Ludovic Orban: Therefore, the draft law for which we will assume responsibility is about to be completed, it goes through the presentation and Government adoption stages. When we have the final form, we will present it publicly. On Tuesday's meeting, it will be the first reading of the draft law. Obviously, we will consult the social partners on this draft law, the political partners, to contribute to the final form of this draft law. It is clearly known that we decided to assume responsibility and in the process of responsibility assuming, there is the likelihood for every parliamentary party to submit amendments to the draft law that is to be adopted through responsibility assumption on the part of the Government. We are waiting, we are ready to take over these amendments that we consider beneficial and for which we will assume responsibility. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, Raluca Turcan spoke today about the fact that Romania is annually paying special pensions of nine billion euros. Is it a correct figure, according to your estimates? Ludovic Orban: I prefer to give answers to the topics which I know very well. Reporter: As regards the proposal/.../ of the liberal members of the Chamber of Deputies, Florin Roman, to reduce the VAT general quota from 19 percent to 16 percent for other products as well, of animal origin this time, this draft law was passed by the Senate, it is now in the Chamber of Deputies. Do you endorse it as leader of PNL and in the capacity /.../? Ludovic Orban: There are two types of draft laws which are submitted by the PNL lawmakers. The draft laws that are submitted individually by MPs, and that do not benefit from the political support of the party, as they have not been approved in the specialized committees, and have not been approved in the parliamentary groups and the Executive Bureau. This draft law you referred to, is in this situation. The National Liberal Party endorses these draft laws which went through this procedure, and are voted in the parliamentary groups and in the Executive Bureau of PNL, such as the draft laws that passed anyhow: the draft law on repealing the compensatory appeal, draft law on renouncing the super-duty on fuel, the draft law on the repeal of the super-taxation of part-time contracts - draft laws that were recently passed. As regards this draft law, it is obviously an individual draft law which did not receive the approval of the PNL leadership, and it is not endorsed by PNL. Reporter: /.../ you reached a meeting with students this evening. Do you keep the free transport incentive, with no limitation, for students, which is in force at present? At a certain moment, the former Government intended to limit it to a number of trips that are state-subsidized. Ludovic Orban: The former Government introduced that incentive. We will conduct an evaluation in this respect, the budgetary impact, and according to this, when we make a decision, we will make it public. Thank you. 2019-12-09 19:57:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_amr-4479.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale împotriva corupțieiȘtiri din 09.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-message-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-anti-corruption-dayFighting against corruption is the desideratum which united Romanians of all ages, irrespective of their background and concerns. They voiced their unequivocal support for this desideratum, whether through the democratic means of voting, through public campaigns and even through street protests, the citizens have taken a stand every time the fight against corruption has been weakened or jeopardized. The firm civic attitude and the clear message expressed by Romanians prove the high degree of awareness of the effects of this scourge: maintaining poverty, poor quality social services, divisive society. For me, as Prime Minister, the courageous and committed attitude of the society represents important support for the Governments actions in fighting against corruption and strengthening judiciary independence, an essential component of this effort. Today, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, I would like to reiterate the Government's commitment and determination to tirelessly support this endeavour. It is our desideratum to build a strong Romania, where the economy develops without the barrier of corruption, through public policies designed to boost the investors' confidence and fair competition. We set ourselves the objective of increasing Romanias credibility abroad, based on democratic values and the rule of law. It is an objective of our Government to increase performance in education and healthcare and to prosper through work, creativity, honesty and common sense. All these objectives we can achieve together, by staying united in this fight against corruption! Ludovic Orban Prime Minister of Romania 2019-12-09 09:32:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-09-09-33-08big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclaraţiile premierului Ludovic Orban după ceremonia de învestire a prefectului județului IlfovȘtiri din 08.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-08 12:04:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-08-12-09-58big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia de învestire a prefectului județului IlfovȘtiri din 08.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-08 10:59:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-08-11-17-42big_0[1].jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Constituției României 8 Decembrie 2019Știri din 08.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-08 07:08:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-08-07-12-22big_stema.pngÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu o delegație a Fondului Monetar InternaționalȘtiri din 06.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-met-with-an-imf-delegation2019-12-06 14:16:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_9999999.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației “Jilava ‘89”Știri din 06.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-06 10:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-06-10-48-01big_1.jpgÎntâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociațiilor Companiilor de Utilități din EnergieȘtiri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-05 18:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-05-06-09-00big_02_resize.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei Universal Alloy CorporationȘtiri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-05 16:24:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-05-04-24-59big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia de decernare a Trofeului Calității ARACO (Asociației Române a Antreprenorilor de Construcții) – ediția XXIVȘtiri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-attended-the-award-ceremony-of-the-quality-trophy-of-the-romanian-association-of-construction-companies-contractors-araco-24th-editionSpeech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the award ceremony of the Quality Trophy of the Romanian Association of Construction Companies Contractors (ARACO), 24th edition [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I will be very brief, to save time to answer your questions afterwards. As for us, the Government, we will try to achieve some things. I told my colleagues about it last evening. First of all, the Government and governmental institutions should observe law and contracts. By this, I understand the observance of the legal procurement procedures, the payment deadlines for works, the attempt to streamline all bureaucratic procedures from the urban planning documentation to the release of permits, archaeological discharge certificates, all the operations that are within the framework of a construction project, a large investment project. Secondly, I can honestly say that I am not a fan of differentiated tax regimes. From my point of view, sectoral policies must use other incentives than differentiated tax regimes. I did not quite agree, and you probably noticed it in my public positions, in connection with the provisions of Ordinance 114 - namely tax facilities for the constructions area. On the other hand, I am a realist and I know that once introduced, these provisions have generated effects and cannot be repealed. Because, if anyone is thinking of repealing them, this can generate negative effects in the construction market and put the companies in the field, in a state close to collapse, therefore, we will not change these incentives. As regards the minimum salary, in exchange, in case of increasing the annual minimum salary during our tenure, we will not change the minimum salary in constructions, we will not rise it either until the minimum salary will not gradually rise. This may happen in five-six years, in accordance with the productivity index, i.e. you have an incentives period. As regards the other categories of incentives, we will never take sudden measures, we will not take them without dialogue, and without making a transition, in order that all companies and the market, in general, can adjust to new fiscal regulation. Therefore, we will not change these incentives and the companies will benefit from them. I also told my colleagues that, on the other hand, lately I have seen many started suddenly operating in the constructions field. Some who were dealing with the trade or other activities, suddenly, began to have the constructions as their field of activity, in an attempt to benefit from tax incentives. Here, of course, we must be very careful because, unfortunately, around any measure that confers a right or an incentive, many beneficiaries appear, most of the time, they are not authorized, these benefits must be strictly allocated to this field of activity. Thirdly, we are facing very big budgetary constraints - I have to tell you this. Next year, we need to implement the pay law, the pension law. That will put a very large pressure on the budget. Despite this, we are trying to have the highest allocation for investments. Furthermore, we are trying to speed up the absorption of European funds, it is a financial resource too. We also have to try to develop additional forms of funding, including public-private partnerships, but they should be done in a serious way, so that we increase the work capacity and have indeed the capacity to put a stable pillar to economic growth, as the reality is that, without investment - public investment, private investment - it is very hard to maintain economic growth. You can already see a slowdown in the economic growth as you cannot sustain economic growth only through incentives that are mostly artificial. The policy of artificial growth of demand has been used too much, through the exaggerated increase of the public sector salaries, the minimum salary, I refer to the minimum salary in general, through the increase of pensions. All these artificial increases eventually generated inflation and a consumption-based economic growth which did not have a correspondent in the increase in the volume of domestic production, services. Look at the consequences! Inflation, trade deficit of nearly 18 billion which put huge pressure on the national currency, and again generated economic imbalances which ultimately affect business people, especially in Romania. A Romanian company can hardly take a loan from a bank abroad. But a multinational company can anytime take a loan at a 1. 2 percent interest and generate competitiveness that does not create advantages but on the contrary, disadvantages for Romanian companies, because according to how cheap is the access to capital, you have larger or smaller competitiveness. Finally, I want to tell you that I support exemplary fairness on the part of both heads of public institutions and employees of public institutions. You can find any time heads of institutions in the governmental area, it is pretty hard to locally elected officials in this regard, who do not do their duty, and request things they are not entitled to, do not hesitate to report these, because, as far as I am concerned, I guarantee you that law, contracts, judicial decisions - whenever the case - these should dictate the conduct of the Government and state institutions. 2019-12-05 16:11:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_grup-2506.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Ludovic Orban înainte de ceremonia de decernare a Trofeului Calității ARACO (Asociației Române a Antreprenorilor de Construcții ) – ediția a XXIV-aȘtiri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-05 14:47:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-05-02-49-41big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarații de presă ale premierului Ludovic Orban după Gala Premiilor Capital ”Eroii anului 2019”Știri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/press-statements-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-following-his-participation-in-the-capital-awards-gala-heroes-of-2019Ludovic Orban: I submitted it for debate. We await the opinion of the Economic and Social Council. When we have the opinion of the CES and of the Legislative Council, it will enter the Government`s debate, if possible, on Friday, on the Cabinet meeting, if not on next week's Cabinet meeting. Reporter: Prime Minister, will the Government assume responsibility for the budget law? Have you made a decision? Ludovic Orban: I have not discussed this topic. The only objective I have established and announced publicly is that the state budget law be adopted until the end of the year, so that all Romanians, all companies, all public institutions know very clearly what to expect in 2020, what to rely on, in the state budget law and the state social security budget law, to allow local authorities to adopt the local budgets, to kick off investments scheduled for the quick development of local communities. All companies that are linked in a way to the state budget and all structures that are dependent on the state budget and the social security budget should very clearly know what the budgetary allocations for 2020 will be. Reporter: Are you taking into account this scenario? Ludovic Orban: Our objective is to succeed in adopting the state budget by the end of the year. Reporter: With whom will you discuss the Ministries' budgets for 2020, at the meeting at Cotroceni Palace with President Iohannis and the Cabinet colleagues? Ludovic Orban: I have been asked about this before. Our Cabinet is in a loyal collaboration, partnership and permanent dialogue with the President of Romania. This model of discussions is a model in which we discuss with the Romanian President, with me as Prime Minister and a Minister, the updated situation, the biggest problems, dysfunctions, major challenges, the outlook on the field, therefore, the medium and long term objectives and also the immediate measures which need to be taken. Broadcaster: Therefore, will you not discuss this topic too? Ludovic Orban: Mr President does not draw up the state budget. Reporter: You may decide on a direction. Ludovic Orban: I told you that we are discussing this... Reporter: Tell us. Ludovic Orban: ...broadly about the situation in the field, the outlook, and objectives. Reporter: Tell us for instance what will happen with the fine point starting next year, because once with the increase in the minimum wage, we do not know yet if ... Ludovic Orban: I did not include any provision related to this topic in the draft government decision. We will see in the public debate if we / ... / ... Reporter: Will it be frozen or ...? Ludovic Orban: The draft government decision is subject to public debate, we expect to see peoples views and we will see, depending on what proposals we will receive, if we change the context. Reporter: I know you were asked this question, but I repeat it now too: how did you manage, given your wealth declaration, with 3000 lei, a little over 3000 lei? Ludovic Orban: I think my wealth declaration shows my situation after 30 years of public affairs career. Reporter: And how did you handle it? Ludovic Orban: And I think thats the most important thing that people need to understand. To me, such questions seem to be irrelevant to people. You know very well that a person does not live only on the money he/she has at one moment, the income he/she has at one point or another, but on the general income. I am a modest man, a person who does not live high, who has always been content with little and especially, you can see that after 30 years of public affairs career, I am not the poorest Prime Minister, but I think that it can be easily seen that I am the most honest Prime Minister. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister /.../, in a field very dear to you - the transports, /.../, Bucharest - Giurgiu railway, if you know by any chance what is happening there. CFR Infrastructure recently cancelled the auction for the modernization of this strategic railway section, based on European funds. I understood that they did not agree with any of the nine companies that submitted tenders. What do you think is going on there? We havent had this line for 14 years. Ludovic Orban: Obviously, one of our goals is to modernize this railway section, which is the first railway section that was built in Romania, the Giurgiu - Bucharest section. Obviously /.../ The bridge from Grădiștea, which since the 2006 floods, practically ... you know, its 13 years since the rehabilitation of a bridge, and this practically made this section Giurgiu - Bucharest inoperative. I cant tell you the details of the auction. What I can tell you is that I will talk to the Minister of Transport and the management of CFR S.A., so that we can establish the quickest possible timetable for the achievement of these projects. 2019-12-05 11:34:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-05-11-37-32big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la Gala Premiilor Capital ”Eroii anului 2019”Știri din 05.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-05 11:23:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_en5a0520_resize.jpgDeclarații susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban înaintea participării la Gala ”Star Construct” 2019, eveniment organizat de Federația Patronatelor Societăților din ConstrucțiiȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 20:21:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-04-08-23-37big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu senatorul Vlad Alexandrescu și cu președintele Autorităţii Naţionale pentru Drepturile Persoanelor cu Dizabilităţi, Copii şi Adopţii, Mădălina TurzaȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 16:09:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_fp-2337.jpgConferință de presă a VPM Raluca Turcan, a min. Victor Costache, și a min. Marcel Boloș, privind lansarea ghidurilor solicitantului, care cuprind condițiile specifice pentru accesarea fondurilor necesare impl. Progr. de screening pentru cancer și hepatităȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 15:15:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_telekom-0291.jpgÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Fondului ProprietateaȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 15:14:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/Întrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții companiei TelekomȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 15:11:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_telekom-1993.jpgParticiparea vicepremierului Raluca Turcan la Conferința Națională „Creatori de Educație”Știri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-04 14:56:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-04-02-56-47big_10_resize.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban: Dorim o colaborare cât mai strânsă cu BERD, concretizată în proiecte de investiții și asistență tehnicăȘtiri din 04.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-we-want-the-closest-possible-collaboration-with-the-european-bank-for-reconstruction-and-development-that-would-materialize-in-investment-and-technical-assistance-projectsPrime Minister Ludovic Orban met an EBRD delegation at the Victoria Palace, led by Charlotte Ruhe, Managing Director for Central and South-Eastern Europe. The meeting sought to present the new country strategy of the bank for 2020 - 2025 that initiated a process of public consultation with public administration authorities, the business sector and the civil society. Discussed at the meeting were issues relevant to EBRD activity in Romania, in direct connection with the priorities set out in the new country strategy: promoting investment in sustainable infrastructure and regional development, supporting productivity through corporate expansion, innovation and abilities, expanding the financial intermediation process and developing capital markets. Prime Minister appreciated the EBRD activity in Romania, both in terms of the programmes and projects carried out, and the perspective for the next five years. In this respect, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban stated he wants the closest possible collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that would materialize in investment and technical assistance projects in areas such as transport infrastructure, energy, healthcare, as well as constructions. The two sides agreed on a number of priority areas to contribute to the development of the Romanian economy, such as promoting good governance and stock exchange listing of some state-owned enterprises, public-private partnership projects in the field of transport and municipal infrastructure - including urban transport and mobility, gas and electricity transmission networks, water supply, energy efficiency, green buildings, hospitals - as well as support of the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises, technical assistance and co-financing for a better absorption of the European funds. The EBRD delegation had a meeting at the Victoria Palace with Transport Minister Lucian Bode, Health Minister Victor Costache, and with other officials from the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, the Ministry of Public Finance, the Ministry of European Funds and the Ministry for Public Works, Development and Administration, to discuss a list of priority projects in each field. 2019-12-04 12:40:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-04-12-45-04big_3.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul de lansare a bancnotei aniversare cu tema Desăvârșirea Marii Uniri - Ion I. C. BrătianuȘtiri din 03.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-03 18:16:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_10101010.jpgDeclarații ale premierului Ludovic Orban după evenimentul de lansare a bancnotei aniversare cu tema Desăvârșirea Marii Uniri - Ion I. C. BrătianuȘtiri din 03.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-after-the-launch-event-of-the-commemorative-collector-banknote-with-the-theme-completion-of-the-great-union-ion-i-c-bratianu[Check against delivery] Reporter: In connection with the evolution of the euro-leu exchange rate, we found yesterday that the foreign exchange reserves decreased by one billion lei to support the national currency. What is your opinion? Did you talk to the governor? Ludovic Orban: I was invited to a launch event of the commemorative banknote, dedicated to the great Ionel Brătianu, the one who made a decisive contribution to the achievement of the Great Union. I congratulated the National Bank, I said that it is perhaps the most suitable institution to celebrate in this way because we know the very important contribution the one who led the National Bank, Eugeniu Carada had in guiding and supporting Ionel Brătianus career, especially at the beginning. Regarding the exchange rate, it is obviously determined by many factors. December is known to be a month in which consumption increases. We have a very large trade deficit. The need for imported products in December is increasing great and, because of this, there is a very strong demand for euro which creates pressure on the leu-euro exchange rate. Reporter: From your discussions with the governor, are there any concerns about the rate? Ludovic Orban: No. I am sure that you would get the same answer from him at this question. Reporter: I would like to ask you if any impact study has been conducted so far regarding the repeal of some measures from Ordinance 114? Ludovic Orban: We are working on this now. I asked the agreement of the National Political Bureau of PNL to work, practically, on the repeal of most of Ordinance 114, which is a criminal ordinance that generated extremely negative effects in vital areas for Romania's evolution, such as: energy, the financial - banking system, communications, the functioning of the pension pillar II, and in an array of other fields of activity. Of course, these amendments will be based on studies. We will also discuss with social partners, employers and trade unions to carry out a consultation, we already held consultations in the past, we know very well the position of the social partners, which is mainly in support of this initiative. Of course, we would have wished that in the debate in Parliament- the ordinance is under debate in the Chamber of Deputies - we could correct the provisions of this ordinance, repeal all those provisions. Unfortunately, things do not run as we expected, on the contrary, we found that, in different commissions, amendments are made that further aggravate the consequences of this ordinance. Let me give you just one example: the ceiling for the fund has been raised ... the ghostly Development and Investment Fund. Our intention is to put an end to this lie whereby, in the absence of the necessary funds, some contracts were signed only from the wish of the former Prime Minister, who was a presidential candidate and wanted to win the goodwill of some PSD mayors. Reporter: As regards Pillar II, do you intend to increase that percentage of the contribution that goes from state to private administration? Ludovic Orban: This is certainly our objective, but it will not be the subject of this regulation. What we will repeal - we will repeal the absurd provisions that have been imposed on the companies that manage the funds of the of private pensions Pillar II. Reporter: What decision was made /.../ regarding the minimum wage, after todays discussion with employers and unions? Ludovic Orban: Of course, the employers associations endorse our proposal to the largest extent. As for the trade unions, they came up with some proposals that we are analyzing, but they will be the basis of subsequent discussions that we will have during next year to define the legal mechanism by which the minimum wage increase will be established. We noted the desire of some to rely on forecasts for the coming year. Of course, many times, the forecasts ... I give you just one example: the 2019 budget was built on a 5.5% growth forecast and, in fact, the 2019 economic growth will probably be around 4 %. Reporter: Is it possible to approve next years budget by taking responsibility in Parliament? Ludovic Orban: I didnt discuss this, I only discussed with my colleagues in the Government and the party colleagues and with the coalition partners that it is very important to approve the budget until the end of the year. This story with delaying the budget approval until March only not to make new investment expenditure for ...Therefore: all local authorities, all companies, all citizens should know the provisions of the state budget law and the state social security budget until the end of the year so that they adjust their action. Local authorities should adopt their budgets in the shortest time possible in order to kick off all investment projects they scheduled for 2020. The companies should know very clearly the provisions of the state budget law in order to be able to adjust the company policy. Each citizen especially the public sector employees, pensioners or those who receive other aid forms should know very clearly what to expect during 2020. Reporter: To be approved until the end of the year, it should be ready at least until December 15, at the Finance. Ludovic Orban: It will be ready. Reporter: Will it be ready? Ludovic Orban: Surely. The Finance Minister started ...and worked in parallel the draft budget, we needed to swiftly approve the emergency ordinance on budget rectification and we also explained the absolute need for adopting this emergency ordinance on budget rectification. Surely, we started to build next year's budget in parallel and it will be ready on the established deadline. Reporter: But you do not leave out the possibility of responsibility taking, in the event things are lingering in Parliament... Ludovic Orban: We will see. We will have talks with all our partners and we will also have talks with the other parties that did not back the Cabinet investiture, in order to try to persuade them to finalize debates on budget and adopt the state budget law and the social security budget law until the end of the year. Reporter: What do we know at present about the legislative procedure for Romania's gold repatriation? Ludovic Orban: Please ask the Finance Minister Florin Cițu about it. Reporter: Reporter: Will you invest in Treasury securities? Ludovic Orban: Who, me? Reporter: Yes. Ludovic Orban: I have no money to invest, just the remuneration of prime minister. Reporter: The result of last years PISA tests was published today, stating that over 44% of students are functionally illiterate. What do you say about this? Ludovic Orban: It is clear that there is a need to increase the quality of education in Romania, which should be achieved not by cosmetic measures, but by substance measures. Here, you know very well that the President of Romania, together with almost all the actors in the field of education, in the business environment, adopted a very important document underpinning the governmental action in the education reform - it is abouteducated Romania , which practically lays the foundation of our action to significantly increase the quality of education in Romania. Reporter: Prime Minister, does the minimum wage increase from 1 January? Ludovic Orban: It will definitely increase. Reporter: With 150 lei per gross, or ...? Ludovic Orban: We conduct analysis and our model will take into account the proposals that have been put forward especially by the trade union confederations and hopefully, we will make a decision as soon possible in this respect. Ludovic Orban: Thank you! 2019-12-03 17:11:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_maia_sandu-0201.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la reuniunea Consiliului Naţional Tripartit pentru Dialog Social, alături de ministrul muncii și protecției sociale, Violeta Alexandru, și șeful Cancelariei prim-ministrului, Ionel DancăȘtiri din 03.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-03 15:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_88889999.jpgDeclaraţiile premierului Ludovic Orban după prezentarea proiectului ”Ability HUB” și întâlnirea de lucru cu reprezentanții Consiliului Național al Dizabilității din RomâniaȘtiri din 03.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-03 13:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_99999999.jpgMesajul adresat de premierul Ludovic Orban cu ocazia Zilei Internaționale a Persoanelor cu DizabilitățiȘtiri din 03.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-message-addressed-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-on-the-occasion-of-the-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilitiesInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities is a good opportunity to strongly reaffirm the message Equal people - Equal rights, which, 27 years ago, gave the international community a strong alarm signal regarding the awareness of the problems people with disabilities are facing. Preventing discrimination, respecting their rights and dignity are objectives for which Romania has taken important steps, but we still have much work to do to ensure everyone access to a normal life. It requires real integration, consistency, continuity and an unitary approach to support measures for people with disabilities, in order for them to find their rightful place in society. As Prime Minister, I will support measures to provide people with disabilities unrestricted access to education, to showcase their talent and skills, opportunities on labor market, to have their own contribution to the good of the community, good quality public services, tailored to their needs, to have equal chances as all citizens. We need to continue to focus our efforts on a deep understanding of the needs our peers with special needs have, and to eliminate the barriers that are still in their path in terms of involvement and social integration. We must coagulate our energies so that the chances of people with disabilities to be similar to any other citizen, to enjoy equality, respect and the right to set their own priorities and how they can implement them. I convey my good thoughts to all people with disabilities! Ludovic Orban Prime Minister of Romania 2019-12-03 09:54:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-03-09-56-02big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarații susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după ședința solemnă a Camerei Deputaţilor și Senatului, consacrată celebrării Zilei Naționale a RomânieiȘtiri din 02.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-02 18:09:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1dec2019-9755.jpgDiscursul susținut de premierul Ludovic Orban în cadrul ședinței solemne a Camerei Deputaţilor și Senatului, consacrată celebrării Zilei Naționale a RomânieiȘtiri din 02.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-at-the-plenary-solemn-session-of-parliament-dedicated-to-the-national-day-of-romania[Check against delivery] Dear President of Romania, Dear Speakers of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, Dear President Emil Constantinescu, Your Beatitude, Your Holiness, Your Majesty, Custodian of the Crown, Dear members of the Romanian Parliament, Your Excellency, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps, Dear President of the Constitutional Court, Dear President of the Court of Accounts, Dear Ombudsman, Dear President of the National Association of War Veterans, Dear guests, It is a real honour for me as the representative of the Government of Romania, invested on November 4, to address you and our fellow citizens about the historical and also present importance of December 1, the National Day of Romania. This day is undoubtedly for any Romanian, the day when we want to put aside the ordinary rush of daily life - especially of the political life - and to dedicate a thought of gratitude and piety to those who, 101 years ago, put aside any political or personal difference and they chose Unity as Romanias destiny. This is the day when we celebrate the courage of those who fought and sacrificed themselves in the Great War for the reunification of Romania, but also in the difficult years that followed, to defend this union. We also celebrate the civic courage of those who gathered in organizations and political assemblies, asserted without hesitation their will to make a single, unitary and democratic Romanian state. December 1, the day of the Alba Iulia Proclamation, is a symbol of all these efforts, of the struggle taking place before and afterwards in the Old Kingdom and in all the Romanian provinces, for an ideal that had long been present in the minds of the Romanian patriots as a right and the only possible way to assert our modern nation. As politicians, we must see in the National Day other meanings too, which bring us valuable lessons from the past for the present and future. The union proclaimed by the nation in 1918 needed in the following years another kind of struggle, a political and diplomatic one, in order to gain international recognition and to make the Romanians will be respected by the peace treaties. This fight was carried out, with the support of the royal institution, by politicians whom we must always remember with reverence: Ionel Brătianu, Take Ionescu, Alexandru Vaida-Voevod, Iuliu Maniu, Nicolae Iorga and so many others, who far from being perfect, had remarkable qualities and succeeded in achieving this fundamental desideratum for Romania. They were responsible politicians, dedicated to Romania's interests, made the necessary decisions, sometimes sacrificing their own political ambitions, to carry out the great mission that the popular will entrusted them with. This is also a great lesson about unity, viewed from a different perspective: unity among people, citizens and its elites, the union of will and action that led to victory and its worldwide recognition. We must honestly ask ourselves if we have this form of unity today and also about the responsibility of politicians called to place first, above any other objectives, the public good, the common interest of the society they represent. Today's Romania, like Romania of those times, expresses in full clarity, its willingness to progress, its desire of democracy, freedom, and an unequivocal attachment to Romania's Euro-Atlantic values and destiny. A few days ago, we celebrated 100 years since the session in November 1919, of the first Parliament of Greater Romania, anniversary which enriches this year the significance of December 1. The Parliament of those times, where the political competition was not lacking, was at the same time an embodiment of a new Romania that wanted not only to be unified, but also to be modern, democratic, and to have institutions that represent the interest of the citizens. Although it had only worked for several months, its significance is great, both as the first Parliament of unified Romania and as the first Parliament elected by universal vote, a cornerstone of the democratic reforms that followed, including the adoption of the new Constitution in 1923. Thus, Romania entered a new stage of its modernization, that gave more opportunities to economic and socio-cultural development, extended the citizens rights, configured for the first time the relations between state and national minorities, allowed accession to international organizations and alliances from new positions. We are now at a time when the Romanian society has given us a clear signal that it wants a new modernization action following which the state institutions can better serve the citizens, in line with our historical times. It is the duty of todays MPs, the government, political leaders in general, to meet these expectations and work to make the necessary decisions, including by re-examining the constitutional and legislative system, in order to strengthen democracy. During 1919-1920, like in 1918, the unity of will and action between society and political elites proved to be key to the countrys progress. And Romania needs progress, we all know it, the entire society knows it, only the political and an administrative decision is late to recognize these expectations so far. Whether it is about infrastructure, transparency in managing public funds, economic freedom, tax predictability, investment in education, healthcare, culture, defending judicial independence, the political class is obliged to act in compliance with the clearly expressed will of the society. As we committed to you, through our programme, the Government on behalf of which I am addressing you today, will work - in our limited tenure - to give a determined impetus to Romania in the direction of this progress, and will cooperate with all political and social forces that are genuinely devoted to public interest. The unity and bravery that December 1 brings to our memory, every year, had also other significance in the exceptional history of 1917 - 1919, which in its turn finds an echo in Romania's present: solidarity between Romanians home and Romanians abroad. One century ago, Romanians in the United States, France and the other European states organized themselves in committees of action, volunteered for Entente's armies, published and sought the support of Great Powers for the national cause. Today, Romanian diaspora is very strong, living abroad in large number, and its desire to participate in building Romania's future is equally great. We cannot overlook the will and contribution of our citizens living abroad, as we are all part of the same nation. The fact that the fifth part of the citizens who exercise their right to vote, is currently living abroad, should not become a tragedy of Romania and it will not become, on one condition only: if we know to keep in touch with them, to take into account what they expect from us, if we know to bring home those who desire to return and to persuade to remain home the citizens who would rather build their future elsewhere provided they want and care for the future of their country of origin. First of all, it is important to comprehend the cause of this unprecedented migration, it is not only about incomes, it is also about the respect of state and institutions for the citizen, which Romanians did not feel many times in the last 30 years, it is about the educational opportunities provided by the educational system in Romania, the quality of healthcare services, career opportunities in the economy and in other areas of activity in society. The Diaspora's involvement in the Romanian political life is a clear signal of their willingness to contribute to the country's progress, and this desire obliges us to respond to it properly. Romanians abroad are an asset, no matter where they are, a part of our society towards whom the Romanian state must be responsible, just as it should be responsible to all Romanians living in the country. A responsible state in the relationship with citizens is the foundation of the new unity we need, a unity that corresponds to the state and aspirations of todays Romanian society. December, the first month of winter turned out to be a hot month in our history. It was so 101 years ago, how could we forget? - it was so 30 years ago when the Romanian society demonstrated again its courage, solidarity in breaking free from a criminal regime that separated us from our past and traditions, from the ideal of democracy and the European civilization to which we actually belong. If by popular action, culminating with the Great Assembly in Alba Iulia, December 1918 marked the beginning of Greater Romania, through a popular uprising, in December 1989, the Romanian state got to be rebuilt, based on the people's will, who wants it to be democratic and European. However, we have not fulfilled all the hopes of that month of December 30 years ago. We are part of the European Union now, we are part of the most important military alliance of the democratic states, our democracy has made significant progress, but our economy and society did not progress as much as we would have liked. In those 30 years, a new generation matured, a generation that has new expectations from us and new exigencies to which we need to find the right answers, or we risk to lose it. For this generation was born in freedom, in democracy, it is a European generation, more free and more mobile than all the other ones we had in the past century The tensions between generations are a reality, not only in Romania but in contemporary Europe, and in our case the problem is aggravated by the phenomenon of migration and especially by the lack of confidence of the young people in the capacity of the institutions and political leaders to bring Romania where each of them expects it to be. The modernization of the state, building trust in the management of public affairs is the path we need to follow in order for the country that we inherited from those who achieved the Great Union, to be able to cope with the new challenges. A legislative and institutional framework, public policies that guarantee people's rights, which will encourage investments and development and stimulate and support the creative, talented, hard-working ones, while offering at the same time to the more vulnerable the support they need, can only lead not just to the rebirth of trust in the future that each citizen can have in Romania, but also in strengthening our country's position in Europe and in the world. We cannot accept any backsteps in our European commitment, and the Romanian society showed an exemplary capacity of mobilization in the European and presidential elections when it comes to defending our belonging to the EU One hundred years ago, in August 1919, Ionel Brătianu, accompanied by Ion Inculeț, met in Sibiu the leaders of the Transylvanian Romanians, among them Iuliu Maniu, and spoke to them about their common responsibilities in the construction of the new country, but also about the justified pride they need to feel for the achievements already accomplished: Ionel Brătianu said: - Modesty is good, but a people must have a clear conscience about what they represent in order to have a clear conscience about what they have to represent . We can say the same words to those who show their scepticism about Romania. We must not forget that this society gave after 1989, as the forefathers had done a century ago, repeatedly proofs of courage, maturity and every time we were in difficult situations, it rallied to put Romania back on the right track. After it officially became a member of the European Union in 2007, Romania did not depart from this commitment, and when some political forces tried to weaken it, the society defended it in the street and at the vote. Let us also not forget to be proud of the fact that the Romanian electorate did not give place to the political extremism, xenophobia and intolerance that have progressed in other countries. It is a reality that gives us the full right to assert that Romanias presence in Europe makes us stronger, but it also makes Europe stronger. We are dutybound to defend this reality, because it coagulates the unity of today's Romania: between society and its elites, between Romanians home and Romanians living abroad, between the present and future generations, between Romanians and the other Europeans. Happy birthday, Romania! Happy birthday, dear Romanians home and abroad! 2019-12-02 15:34:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_2dec2019-9446.jpgDelegație din zona Bucovinei la Palatul Victoria, de Ziua Națională a RomânieiȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 18:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1dec2019-0828.jpgDeclarații susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după participarea la manifestările organizate la Alba Iulia cu prilejul Zilei Naționale a RomânieiȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 16:33:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-05-17-19big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonia militară – defilarea trupelor și tehnicii militareȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 16:28:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-04-31-28big_01_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la ceremonialul religios ”Te Deum”Știri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 16:19:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-04-19-29big_02_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la marea Adunare Națională și Primirea Soliilor din Cetățile de Scaun – reconstituire istoricăȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 16:17:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-04-17-54big_3_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la manifestările organizate la Alba Iulia cu prilejul Zilei Naționale a României - Ceremonie militară de depunere de coroane și jerbe de floriȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 16:15:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-04-16-49big_04_resize.jpgRomânia continuă acordarea asistenței umanitare AlbanieiȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-12-01 13:13:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-01-13-44big_sigla_guvern.pngMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Naționale a României, 1 DecembrieȘtiri din 01.12.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/the-message-of-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-on-the-occasion-of-the-national-day-of-romania-december-1st- This year we celebrate the National Day of Romania with the accomplishment of the fact that we managed to leave behind, by vote, what slowed down the progress we wanted after the fall of communism. The Great Union from December 1, 1918, when the Great National Assembly from Alba-Iulia voted to unite all Romanians from Transylvania and Banat with Romania, meant for its makers the fulfillment of the - Dream of the Ages, of the Golden Dream of Romania, as beautifully Queen Mary described this historical moment. Today, at a distance of 101 years - while the fate of Romania was not painless, during the war years, the years of communism and even in the very recent history - we celebrate the National Day having the feeling of true liberation and of fulfiling a new dream of Romanians. We now have a real chance to change things for the better, to live in a democratic country, where the state institutions serve the citizen, and the law is applied to all equally. It is time to truly consolidate European Romania, which will guarantee to its citizens the fundamental rights and freedoms, and where all Romanians will find themselves, regardless where they chose to live. Let us build together an irreversible road of Romania to social and economic stability, to prosperity, where those who work honestly enjoy the benefits of their work, and the entrepreneurs feel properly treated. To develop the Romanian society on the solid principles of truth and meritocracy, where the competence is recognized and appreciated. My belief, as Prime Minister, is to not waste this chance and, - by ourselves, Romanians living in the country or abroad, to build a normal Romania for all citizens. Happy Birthday, Romania! Happy Birthday, dear Romanians from the country and beyond the borders! Ludovic Orban, Prim-ministru al Romaniei 2019-12-01 08:21:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-12-01-11-44-24big_04_resize.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Coaliției pentru Dezvoltarea RomânieiȘtiri din 29.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-29 15:37:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-29-03-52-18big_11111.jpgMesajul de felicitare adresat de premierul Ludovic Orban după votul de învestire a noii echipe a Comisiei Europene, condusă de doamna Ursula von der LeyenȘtiri din 28.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/congratulatory-message-conveyed-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-after-the-investiture-vote-of-the-new-team-of-the-european-commission-led-by-mrs-ursula-von-der-leyenThe vast majority with which the new European Commission has been invested, led by Mrs Ursula von der Leyen, confirms the consistency of the programme presented to the European Parliament and gives us confidence in its future collaboration with the European citizens elected officials. I welcome the approach of the new Commission, which focuses on changes at the level of the European society, but also at the economic level, a necessary response, awaited by the European citizens. The Government of Romania, strongly attached to European values, supports the objectives of the Von der Leyen Commission term and reiterates its full willingness to work together with members of the Commission and with all the European institutions. We also have full confidence in the capacity of Romania's European Commissioner Adina Vălean, to fulfil in a responsible and equidistant manner the responsibilities incumbent on her in managing transport at European level. This year, when Eastern Europe marks three decades since the fall of communism, Romania has once again proved its strong pro-European orientation, through the vote expressed in the elections for the European Parliament and the recent presidential elections. The fundamental values of the European Union - the rule of law, democracy, freedom, equality, human rights and human dignity - are still wholeheartedly supported by the Romanians. We wish Mrs Ursula von der Leyen and her team success! We also appreciate the activity of Jean-Claude Juncker and we thank him for the support shown towards Romania during his term. Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2019-11-28 14:45:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20191128-shutterstock_530404291.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei BucovineiȘtiri din 28.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-28 09:46:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-28-09-47-31big_sigla_guvern.pngDeclarațiile premierului Ludovic Orban după participarea la conferința „Buget și fiscalitate 2020: dinspre politica oficială spre mediul de afaceri”, organizată de CursDeGuvernare.ro, cu sprijinul ASE și AMCHAMȘtiri din 27.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-27 13:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-27-01-44-26big_17_resize.jpg Participarea premierului Ludovic Orban la conferința „Buget și fiscalitate 2020: dinspre politica oficială spre mediul de afaceri”, organizată de CursDeGuvernare.ro, cu sprijinul ASE și AMCHAMȘtiri din 27.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-attended-the-conference-budget-and-taxation-2020-from-public-policy-to-business-organized-by-the-cursdeguvernare-ro-with-the-support-of-american-chamber-of-commerce-in-romania-amcham-and-bucharest-university-of-economic-studies-aseStatements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the conference: Budget and Taxation 2020: From Public Policy to Business, organized by the CursDeGuvernare.ro, with the support of American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham) and Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I will try to be brief, I do not know if I succeed, as the topic is vast. The topic being the fiscal - budgetary policy, I am telling you from the very beginning that at least in this transitional government, we cannot do too much in terms of the fiscal policy. However, I think that the big fault of governments which was accentuated by the last three years' governments, was legislative instability in the fiscal area, the repeated, overnight amendments, to the Tax Code, Tax Procedure Code, which brought the entire society into a state of bafflement, continual adaptation to new and new regulations. From the outset, I said that we want to make some corrections to Ordinance 114, which is a criminal normative act generating some serious issues in all fields of activity, and we are trying to repair what can be repaired, to cancel all stupid taxes introduced in the financial banking system, the energy system. I will give you just one example. So, we are buying gas and electrical power at almost double the price - I refer to companies, not the citizens, domestic consumer, a price almost double the price in Germany. How to be competitive, especially in industries that are...that have very big costs with electrical power and natural gas? The regulations and policies of the monopolistic state in the energy field brought us here, in the situation in which we literally destroy our industry, as a result of the fact that we imposed some absolutely aberrant gas and electrical power prices which have no connection with costs and European market, obviously, in the field of communications and in the other areas, we cannot touch the building regulations, which I tell you frankly, they should not have normally been introduced, but once introduced, they generated consequences. Increasing the minimum salary, the salary grid increased automatically, obviously, the companies signed contracts with employees at the new salaries. The costs of each work grew. Addenda corresponding to growing labour force cost at building companies could be made very few times, in exchange, because they cannot be made but for 10 percent of the value of the contract, and practically, many building companies are operating now at a loss or with a much-diminished profit. We also want to change certain issues which to me seem totally unfair, such as the over-taxation of a part-time job, let us eliminate it once, even if it is optional, split VAT, but it should disappear from any regulation. I tell you frankly that even if many recommend us not to do this, the super excise on fuel should be removed, it was a very stupid measure, and even if it seemingly produces money today, in my view, giving up the super-excise duty can represent a very good change. We are conducting analyzes, impact studies, but these are our thoughts in terms of fiscal policy. Surely, we want better receipts to the state budget. We should analyze the fiscal system in Romania, the income tax and profit tax are below the European average. Labour taxation is higher than the European average, which easily creates pressure especially in the context of the tax chaos generated through Ordinance 79, which was fictitiously transferred at the expense of the employer, that in fact, all employers are paying through stoppage - at - the - source, measures ...I would not want to name them...lying and treacherous measures that were introduced in the tax system. And also, compared to the other European countries, the European average, there is a property tax lower than the property tax level. This is data regarding the taxation situation. We collect very little, I do not know, I think that only Ireland has the budget revenues at a lower percentage of GDP than us, but they anyway had a tendency of fiscal paradise, which is why they attracted many companies, heavily relying in their development on attracting large companies, which opened their headquarters in Ireland. They also have a great advantage, with very strong diaspora in the United States, and a more special relationship with Great Britain. As far as budget policy is concerned, I have seen that everyone says that if the Pension Law is enforced, it will be the budget apocalypse. I tell you, there will be no budget apocalypse. The pension law is in force. In order to be able to change the pension law, you need a parliamentary majority, because I tell you from the beginning, I do not want to issue an emergency ordinance in such extremely vital and sensitive areas. Of course, we will make a very serious evaluation, analysis, with what measures we must take and especially what the real capacity is, to support the payment of pensions. I wanted to tell you a few things about what I found so that you have a complete picture of the situation. Obviously, the budget deficit was much larger than the one that was presented in the execution at 9 months and at 10 months. That is masked, as the budget deficit has been masked in recent years. Simple. How was the budget deficit masked? Delaying expenses and putting them on the shoulders of the business environment. VAT refunds. The delay, that is ... I think the average rate of VAT reimbursements were around three months. Think about it, by not reimbursing VAT, you deprive the companies of capital to which they are legally entitled, which capital can be used in turnover, in investments. The state kept this money. So, it created a brake on economic growth or, anyway, a huge disadvantage for companies. The second issue I found, was at the Health House. Believe me, there are delays there in defraying medical leave, maternity leave even for one year. All these at the expense of companies, employers. Non-defrayed works; I dont think we can allocate all the money, but, well, of PNDL, the last defray on PNDL was made on September 16 and since then, no defray has been made. What happens? There are some construction companies that have contracts, have done the works, submitted the work situations, which have been approved and to which invoices have been issued and have not been paid since September. And when we took office on November 4, there was no money in the budget on PNDL. Laws and contracts, thats about it. The first actor in a society that must observe law is the state, the government. Because if the government does not obey the law, in the end, no one shall. This is a fundamental rule. And it is important to enforce this rule, even if there is apparently a budget deficit. That existed anyway, it was a lie what was in the budget enforcement. Laws. Law 85. Law 85 is a law pertaining to teaching staff. You remember that in 2008, out of electoral populism, the salaries of the teaching staff increased by 50 percent, by law, after an additional increase by 24 percent that year. The PNL government of that time extended its entry into force, they won in court, and the salary rights which should have been paid retroactively were recognized for 2008 -2011. A law was issued whereby the payment of these sums to teaching staff was phased for five years, and 25 percent of it should be paid this year. Finally, the last payment will be made next year, 35 percent. This money was not in the budget. It should have been paid. I cannot mention other issues as well. I do not know if I managed to identify them all, it is a real art to conceal these expenses, that although have a legal basis or /.../ I do not mention a pile of judicial decisions. If a citizen wins a lawsuit with the state and afterwards, the court obliges the state to pay, the state must pay, because it is an enforceable title that must be granted to the citizen if the court granted it, it means that the state prejudiced a citizen or a number of citizens. And now we have a lot of court decisions, which obliges the state to pay some due rights, which have not been granted, also because of some legal regulations or bad interpretations of some legal regulations, those must be paid. This is the situation. Of course, the ministers or the presidents of agencies or those who caused this situation must pay, in case the legal rights of some citizens are not observed, and the citizens have to go to court to and earn the respective legal rights. As regards the budget, I have heard what Mr. Daianu said, frankness is needed, the truth must be told. We know very clearly and he told me that, we see now that we were right. The budget was a lie. The estimate of the revenues was an April 1 trick. It was not adopted on April 1, but in March. Therefore, 18 billion of the estimated revenues have not been collected and there is no collection capacity. 10.8 billion from internal tax and non-tax revenues and 7 and something billion, revenues estimate - you know that defrayments coming from EU on the multiannual financial exercise are considered revenues, on projects that have been carried out, works situations that are being conveyed but not defrayed. Therefore, additional revenues of 1.5 billion euros were considered, in the context in which they knew very well that large projects that can bring revenues have not reached maturity so that we can send invoices and defrayment requests from EU budget. Why did they use this trick, which started a long time ago in Romania? There is a period when the budget, however, was made on some rational basis, based on a moderate estimate, not the most optimistic estimate, because, higher your incomes, the more you give the feeling that you can spend more. This inflation of revenues through the Budget Law was done specifically to allow some expenses for which there were no revenues. Now, you found out my opinion. Surely, it is very hard to draw up the draft state budget for 2020. We are facing very big constraints. The Unitary pay law, which is not unitary, the pensions law, a set of normative acts generating very big constraints. We will obviously try building the budget for 2020, reducing as much as we can the deficit - I agree too with what Mr. Daianu said - setting the objective to have it under 3 percent for 2020 is very ambitious, it is very hard to achieve. It would mean to generate cuts in expenditure on the one hand, an improvement in receipts, and on the other hand, to create a dynamics of economic development which cannot be immediately achieved. You very well know that, as a rule, you cannot generate immediately effects in the economy. Of course, the current Cabinet will kick off all projects on European funds, on investments. They will grow, reach maturity, and we will grow revenues resulting from defrayments, but you cannot do them overnight, they will be felt in 2021, 2022 when all procedures unfold, so that... As well as the fair treatment of the business environment, treating the investors seriously and respecting the word given, creating projects to attract investment, streamline the stock market by listing the state-owned companies on the stock exchange. In general, all the signals we give to the banking financial environment, to the business environment, to investors will not generate immediate effects on economic growth. They will surely generate favourable effects on economic development. I make once again a parenthesis here, what past governments did, it is very simply known and can be seen from the economic growth structure. Demand grew artificially. How? Increasing very much the minimum salary per economy without any basis in the economic reality, increasing salaries in the public sector, and let us be honest, a 40 percent higher salary in the public sector compared to the private sector is a situation nowhere to be seen in the European Union. Pensions grew too, according to a system, ...therefore, the pension law as it was, established a mechanism, each retiree knew that at the beginning of the year, pension grew by a percent which depended on the inflation rate, to compensate 100 percent the hike in prices and a part of the economic growth, through the increase by 50 percent of the average gross salary. They blew out this mechanism, to which they want to return after 2023, but until then, they made the increases, I wonder they did not establish the pension increase through laws, for 100 years. I have not heard of such laws existing in other countries, that would phase the pension increases in the public sector. How can one anticipate the economic circumstances, the budget revenues that would allow you to do such things. Surely, there will be favourable consequences. I want to clearly offer some guarantees regarding at least my way of thinking and vision. The tendency is one of balance, budgetary balance. Look at local authorities, by law, they are allowed to borrow, but they do it, they are compelled, to use this money for investment, investment projects. Who not to do the same with the Government and the state budget! Surely, you have to plug the holes, a certain budget deficit, you need to borrow money, but if I accept to have a 1 percent deficit to a 2 percent deficit, let us use that deficit in things that entail development, in things, for instance, in investment, a part of them, of at least up to 40 percent, return next year, under the form of budgetary revenues. We should tend towards balance, as all this policy generated huge problems for us. The artificial increase of demand, not being doubled by incentives for the increase in the volume of products and services had two consequences in Romania: an increase in imports and increase in prices. The holiday vouchers increased demand, and any service supplier naturally, in case of higher purchasing power on the part of the consumer, rises price as the consumer has more money to spend. These are the market rules. We should tend towards balance in all areas and actions, starting from a budgetary balance and balances on all the other economic parameters. These are the tendency and direction that we should follow. If you do not have money to buy a house, you take a loan to buy it, you cannot pay it from salary, or a take a loan to buy a fridge, a tv. You do not take a loan to go to the pub for a month, to eat, drink, have fun because you starve afterwards, you have to give the money back, and you produced nothing from the loan you took. I conclude by saying that people need to be more informed. I agree that communication is fundamental, Mr. Lazar, but here, nevertheless, we are in a situation generated by the fact that in the 90s, while in Czech Republic and Hungary, economic education was being done on public television, it was not an objective in Romania. People have not been informed on a large scale about economic laws, fundamental elements of the economy, this has represented an objective, neither for the public television nor for several political leaders, as they were accustomed to give. The verb - to give is the one winning votes in Romania. PSD gives, increases pensions, gives social aid. We need to change a bit this paradigm, and people should start voting politicians for the fact that they do something, they are building, developing something. I conclude by saying that the big problems in the Romanian society are not linked only to this, but also to the deficit of entrepreneurial spirit, the fact that education is much more theoretical, has little to do with reality, that the schooling figures do not take into account the development prospects of the labour market, that there is no permanent adaptation of education to generate graduates capable of coping with labour market competition, capable of permanent development, able to adapt, search, be competitive in an increasingly dynamic evolution that would be in the respective period. Thank you. *** Reporter: /.../ You can integrate an operational platform (at ANAF ), you can come up with equipment and increase revenues by 50 percent. Ludovic Orban: By 50 percent? If revenues increase by 50 percent, it means we are well off. /.../ 25. 3 percent from GDP collected at present, 25. 3 percent tax receipts. I will answer you. Your question refers to a clear field: digitalization. Digitalization is vital for administration. It should be introduced in the administration and is among our objectives. I do not have to say a lot about this. Digitalization would be in all state institutions, and only a concept of digitalization to target including the connection with beneficiaries, a system of management of leaders of public institutions, to allow them to sack those who do not do their job, to reduce at maximum the individual interactions between client, beneficiary and civil servant, to increase the processing speed of any requests for rights granting. These are the objectives. Therefore, we set up an authority for digitalization in the ordinance/.../. I will appoint its president probably next week. I do not expect the digitalization to be necessarily implemented by some employees in the public sector. We will have to find very serious partners to define the digitalization concept for us, and to implement it in a unitary way, in all administrative units under the Government's authority, including in ANAF. As regards ANAF, the German tax authority is not private. I think our tax authority can be public too, one that observes and enforces the law at the same time. I give you two examples. You know that there was a World Bank-funded programme, devoted to ANAF computerization. It has not been achieved. People were compelled to buy cash registers, tax registers, with data transmission /.../ but the servers were not purchased. Am I wrong? Im not wrong. Therefore, we compelled the businesspeople to make some expenses, and it was useless, as the gentlemen from ANAF do not have the servers to be able to process all data. It is about that, until today. The solution is to have some serious partners to define a concept as clear as possible, through digitalization. We already have models, they should be transposed in some specifications, submitted to auctions, the suppliers of such services be selected, they should later implement them. This digitalization cannot be done in one year, but in one year and a half, maximum two, it can be done on a large scale. /.../ Therefore, the stamps were removed in Romania, didn't you know? /.../ With one exception, at the Treasury. And at the State Treasury, it is useless to send online, if you do not submit papers too if they do not process your request. This is nowadays' Romania. The files of the 60s, the 70s are still being used at the Pension House. The Romanian administration was held back, but things are changing. 2019-11-27 12:40:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-27-01-29-05big_03_resize.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de ministrul muncii și protecției sociale, Violeta Alexandru, și șeful Cancelariei prim-ministrului, Ionel DancăȘtiri din 26.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-26 15:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-26-03-07-16big_09_resize.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la reuniunea Consiliului Naţional Tripartit pentru Dialog Social, alături de vicepremierul Raluca Turcan, ministrul finanțelor publice, Florin Cîțu, ministrul muncii și protecției sociale, Violeta Alexandru, și șeful Cancelariei prim-ministruluiȘtiri din 26.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-attended-the-meeting-of-the-national-tripartite-council-for-social-dialogue-alongside-vice-prime-minister-raluca-turcan-public-finance-minister-florin-citu-labour-and-social-protection-minister-violeta-alexandru-and-the-head-of-pm-chancellerySpeech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the meeting of the National Tripartite Council for Social Dialogue [Check Against Delivery] Good afternoon. I am opening the meeting of the Tripartite Council. The purpose of this meeting is to have a first talk on the decision that we need to make through government decision regarding the increase in the minimum gross salary per economy. Of course, we have a whole variety of opinions related to this topic of the minimum salary per economy, not always converging, obviously. On our part, we have been trying to find a solution to increase the minimum salary based on some clear economic data, which means that, in more precise terms, we are trying to increase the minimum salary based on certain economic indicators and clear data that, on the one hand, will reflect the realities in the economy and, on the other hand, will still allow us to meet the objective of increasing the minimum salary per economy. Surely, analysing the increases in the minimum salary per economy lately, we could notice that there has not been a very precise and clear rule in the last five years. This increase of the minimum salary was based on Government's willingness, and not on some economic rationale which would take into account all important elements that we need to consider when making the decision to raise the minimum salary per economy. I will tell you that from my point of view, the increase of the minimum salary should seek that those working on minimum salary, nearly 1. 370.000 according to our data, benefit from a rise in the minimum wage based on some elements that we need to consider, namely the profitability of companies. In this respect, I can tell you that, based on our analysis regarding the areas with most employees on minimum salary, we conducted an analysis of profitability; the largest number of employees with the minimum salary today, nearly 220,000 employees, which stand for 15.63 percent, are in retail, where there is a rate of profitability of 4.3 percent. Second, come those from land transport, third, employees of investigation and protection activities area, in the fourth place - wholesale, except trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles. The profitability rate in these areas is 4.3 - 3.7 - 5.7 - 4.6. By raising the minimum wage, we tried not to affect the rate of profitability very much in these areas of activity, because, lets be honest, if companies operate at a loss, we only do harm to the respective employees. We must also take into account another factor: we know very well that, in recent years, the economic policy has been based on stimulating the economic growth on consumption, through the artificial growth of demand, without having a real basis in the increase in the volume of products and services on the internal market. Any extra incentive that is too high, leading to an increase in demand that does not have coverage in increasing the volume of products and services that are produced domestically, can have a negative impact. To further accentuate the trade balance disequilibrium, as it is the case today, you must know that this year, it is possible to reach a trade balance deficit of almost 18 billion euros. On the other hand, raising the minimum wage could lead to an inflationary stimulus. Companies, in order to maintain their profitability, could try to increase the prices of the products or the tariffs of the services that they provide, so, it is also very important to consider this factor. Also, I think that the impact on the budget which should not be neglected, must be analyzed, of course, especially that the increase of the gross minimum salary affects, in particular, the local authorities, the employees of the local authorities, who have the salary established on the grid in relation to the gross minimum salary. And now I have to tell you that, at present, local budgets have been blown up by the 2018 and 2019 policies, where local authorities, on the one hand, lost at least seven billion each year, and, on the other hand, they had additional costs. For instance, the share of costs with salaries in local budgets rose very much, especially in the case of those local authorities that enforced the grid on maximum. Social spending of local authorities increased very much, as share, at almost 23 -24 percent, and they seriously impacted the local authorities' capacity to make investment and co-finance the investment projects with European funding, or the investment projects that are financed from the state budget, through PNDL. Surely, our proposal that the Head of the PM Chancellery will detail is one trying to apply a formula that would take into account compensation of the inflation, the consumer price index would consider the increase in the productivity index, which, in my opinion, reflects indeed the real potential of increasing salary. We are discussing several possibilities to apply some correction indexes, we have not made a decision yet in this respect, surely, we will discuss, we will debate, correction indexes, that would either include economic growth, or labour market elements that can provide some additional corrections so that the labour market be positively impacted by the increase in the gross minimum salary per economy. Last but not least, we need to consider another factor. We know very well that when we conduct the impact study, we should not only calculate the increase in salary costs, which are caused to employers strictly by the increase in the minimum salary per economy, because, in reality, many companies, once with the increase in the minimum salary per economy , this increase of the minimum salary also leads to the increase of the other salaries, because the hierarchy within companies, in order to be maintained, especially when it was about too sudden increases of the minimum salary per economy, was severely affected and labour costs affected the profitability of companies. Thats what I wanted to tell you in the introduction. I thank the mass media for their presence. We will make statements obviously later. 2019-11-26 11:35:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_016_resize.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban: Rectificarea bugetului va avea criterii obiective de alocare a resurselor către comunitățile localeȘtiri din 25.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-the-budget-rectification-will-have-objective-criteria-for-resource-allocation-to-local-communitiesPrime Minister Ludovic Orban had today at Victoria Palace, consultations with representatives of the Association of Communes of Romania on several topics regarding the activity of local public administration. In view of completing the draft budget rectification for 2019, Prime Minister stated that three objective criteria for additional financial resource allocation to local communities are being considered: Ensuring the necessary co-funding for the implementation of the projects financed from European funds; Resource allocation for the payment of the rights of the persons with disabilities and of the rights of the accompanying persons; Covering the costs with the operation of the current services provided to citizens by the local administration; Another topic brought up by the mayors referred to the dense bureaucratic procedures that the representatives of the administration must go through in the preparation and implementation of the local development projects. In this context, the Head of the Executive stated that an objective of the Government is to simplify administrative procedures and to computerize the administrations activity so that the implementation of investments be supported including through the cut in the number of opinions and the digitization of activities. At the same time, Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to consult with associative structures of the local administration on the regulations pertaining to their activity. Attending the meeting, on the part of the Government, were Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan, Minister for the Public Works, Development and Administration Ion Stefan, and Head of the PM Chancellery Ionel Danca. 2019-11-25 14:44:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20191125-dscf6459.jpgDeclaraţii susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban după participarea la dezbaterea dedicată marcării a 100 de ani de la prima sesiune a Parlamentului României întregiteȘtiri din 25.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-25 14:05:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-25-02-27-06big_20191125-dscf6320.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la dezbaterea dedicată marcării a 100 de ani de la prima sesiune a Parlamentului României întregiteȘtiri din 25.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-attended-the-debate-marking-100-years-since-the-first-session-of-the-parliament-of-greater-romaniaSpeech by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the debate marking 100 years since the first session of the Parliament of Greater Romania [Check Against Delivery] Ludovic Orban: Mr Vice President of the Academy, dear...I would have been glad to say Speakers of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies - esteemed Vice Speakers who represent the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, distinguished members of the Romanian Academy, esteemed guests, I want to congratulate the Romanian Academy for this initiative to mark a fundamental moment in the history of Romania, namely the session of the first Parliament of Greater Romania. I am very glad that the Romanian Academy took this initiative to mark this important moment and to remind Romanians this moment of overwhelming importance for Romania's later development. At 100 years since the session of the first Parliament of Greater Romania, I am honoured to address you, under the aegis of this institution symbol of our modern state, the Romanian Academy, founded in the 19th century, in order to bring together the most enlightened minds of Romanians everywhere, both from the Romanian Old Kingdom, and the provinces inhabited by Romanians who, in 1866, were not part of this country, the Academic Society, and afterwards, the Romanian Academy was from the very beginning, designed to bring us together, unite us, guide us towards the great plan, that was the achievement of the national unity. This is why we can say that there is no place more suitable than the one we are here today to pay homage to the exceptional moment in which the elected representatives of all the united country provinces finally reunited in November 1919, in the United Parliament of Romania. That first Parliament of Greater Romania was not only the expression of political unity, which was soon to be recognised by international treaties; it was not only an accomplishment of the unity ideal but also an illustration of the democratic wishes of our nation, which emerged victorious from the Great War. We must never forget that this was the first Romanian legislative forum elected by universal suffrage, a first expression of the great democratic reforms that would continue into the 1920s, a new Parliament, with new principles, for a new Romania, in which the ideal of unity had been accomplished and which had ahead a new fight for democracy and strengthening Romania's place in the world. As a politician, I dare with modesty and piety to show my admiration and gratitude to the two exceptional political generations who succeeded in accomplishing these ideals and in bringing together in the fall of 1919, the 560 representatives of all Romanians, in the same parliamentary assembly. That was a victory of the great Transylvanian representatives of the National Party, from amongst whom the first Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies was selected, in the person of Alexandru Vaida - Voevod. A victory of great Moldovans, from amongst whom the first president of the United Senate, Paul Bujor was selected. It was a victory of political generations who from 1848 up to 1866, 1877, and the First World War, built Romania of the Old Kingdom, having always as target the accomplishment of Greater Romania. This project was one of unity, modernity, democracy that continued, especially in the ensuing years, under the impetus of the Ionel Bratianu generation, with the constitutional reform, electoral reform, agrarian reform, administrative-territorial reform, with all the great reforms that were achieved in the interwar period. This perseverance, this loyalty to a political project designed to determine the progress of the entire society, is a lesson for us all, and it should especially be a fundamental lesson for the politicians of our times. Anyone who gives in, to scepticism and gives voice to doubts about Romanias ability to design and achieve a better future must look only at the exemplary struggle of those generations of founders and learn from their strength. The core of these teachings is loyalty to those we represent as politicians, towards citizens, towards the Romanian society, whose resources of intelligence, skills, character, creativity only wait to be respected and valued. As politicians of a Romania that, after half a century of communism, has become democratic again, has regained its deserved place in Europe and in the world, we have to work on a new project that the Romanian society wants. This is the time for new modernity that is in tune with all the trends of the 21st century. It is up to us to restore the confidence of citizens, especially of the younger generations - in the potential of Romania. Today, as we honour a great moment in history, we must comprehend that there is only one way we can respect this past: through what we do for todays people, and especially for the future and for future generations. We are at a crucial moment when we stand the chance of providing a new course to the history of our country, but same as a century ago, this chance cannot be realised unless trust and unity of opinions on national objectives are restored between the citizens and the political class. Thank you. 2019-11-25 13:04:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190306-dscf7654.jpgDeclarații susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la Ministerul Afacerilor Externe, în contextul organizării și desfășurării celui de al doilea tur al alegerilor prezidențialeȘtiri din 24.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-24 13:29:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190305-dscf7024.jpgDeclarații susținute de premierul Ludovic Orban la Ministerul de Interne, în contextul organizării și desfășurării celui de al doilea tur al alegerilor prezidențialeȘtiri din 24.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-24 12:38:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190305-dscf6708.jpgDeclarațiile premierului Ludovic Orban la vizitarea Uzinei Dacia de la Mioveni și întâlnirea de lucru cu reprezentanți ai managementului companiei și cu CEO Groupe Renault România, Christophe DridiȘtiri din 22.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/statements-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-on-the-occasion-of-the-visit-to-dacia-plant-in-mioveni-and-the-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-the-company-s-management-and-the-renault-group-romania-ceo-christophe-dridi[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: /.../ Mr president for having invited me here and allowed this very important discussion, in my opinion. In Romania, the automotive industry is a vital one for Romania's economic development, ensuring 14 percent of GDP, and 26 percent of Romania's exports. It is an industry creating hundreds of thousands of jobs - only Dacia Renault Plant, besides its own employees, through horizontal industry - suppliers, companies providing goods - employs more than 150,000 people and in the automotive industry, in general, the employees' incomes are above average, allowing a decent life for all the automotive industry's employees. For this reason, I made my first official visit to a company in Romania, and this visit here to Dacia - Renault which I consider as one of the most important companies in Romania, - the crown's jewel, a company the activity of which should be supported by the Government, a reason why I approached this very varied issue. First of all, the need for the development of infrastructure that we feel to an equal extent as those in the automotive industry, the infrastructure development should foresee both the development of road infrastructure, and rail infrastructure, harbor infrastructure, in order that all sales in the automotive industry are put in advantage, not disadvantage by the way all products are being transported. Obviously, I presented the current status of the five road sections from Sibiu - Pitesti, I also discussed and presented to those from Dacia - Renault, the advance, the progress in connection to the expressway Craiova - Pitesti, also our intentions regarding the development of the transport infrastructure on all axes. I received from the company representatives a set of 12 priorities which are considered by the CAROM think - tank, as fundamental priorities to ensure the support in infrastructure for rapid economic development. Obviously, I discussed a set of governmental decisions, such as the continuation of the - Car scrap Program and even a possible increase in the number of units which can be purchased through the - Car scrap Programme, up to 70,000 units. Also, as the analysis which was presented to me, revealed, it is clear that for a car manufactured in Romania, it is a very beneficial result including for the state budget, the state budget winning nearly 3,700 euros whereas for old cars, second or third-hand cars, there is practically no real gain and it is much more beneficial and useful to encourage the purchase of new cars, preferably the purchase of new cars manufactured in Romania. I surely approached other aspects as well, even the Transport Minister gave them good news regarding an issue they had in the Constanta port, and hopefully, the Minister's order is observed, in order that all operations in Constanta Port be carried out without affecting the interests of the company. I also discussed the development prospects of the car industry. The automotive industry will undergo rapid amendments, a very close cooperation is needed between the car industry representatives and the governmental factors to find common adaptation solutions, in order for us to be one step ahead of others, and in this respect, clearly, as Prime Minister, I declared my full availability to discuss any kind of adaptation project, any project that could be beneficial for modernization, and for allowing the car industry development. We also agreed on a way of working: setting up a working group to keep in touch with the car industry representatives in an operative way and to periodically assess all developments and measures which are necessary for a fast adaptation to the existing global trend. I stop here. If you have questions, please go ahead. Reporter: I would like to ask you, Mr. Prime Minister, if you spoke with the relevant Minister, and told you how many km of highway he wants to inaugurate.. Lucian Bode: Please ask me. Ludovic Orban: Our objective is to unlock, speed up, kick off fast all infrastructure projects that Romania needs. In this respect, already in two weeks, Minister pushed a set of things ahead - evidence in this respect was my starting order which basically allows full work for the second road section of the expressway Craiova - Pitesti, a very important road section including the Bals beltway and the Slatina beltway, it is very clear that crossing Bals at a rush hour was a real test of mental strength for all those who were driving on that road; also, crossing Slatina was very difficult. As such, things have begun. There is full work on Sibiu - Pitesti - obviously, we have presented the current status of works and especially the steps we want to take to accelerate the procedures to reach the construction phase as quickly as possible on all five sections of Sibiu - Pitesti. I remind you that in April 2007, I visited the Pitesti beltway, and I announced that the works at the beltway, of which 52 percent was in progress at that time, will be ready in six months, in October. You all laughed at my statements, I remember there were mocking articles on this, and despite all these, the work was completed in October. Not only was it completed, but no maintenance work was needed for ten years, the works had a very good quality and we will watch together in a similar way that all scheduled works be completed. Reporter: That is very well, Mr Prime Minister. Then, do you advance the date for those discussed today too? Ludovic Orban: You can advance a date when you know very well that you have some certainties - linked to funding, and the technical solution. I will give you one example: you know very well that the road sections 2 and 3 of the five road sections of the Sibiu - Pitesti highway, which are the most complex, requiring - tunnels, viaducts -, were subjected to two revisions and eventually they returned to the feasibility study that was completed in my tenure in 2008. Thats to give you an example. Therefore, nothing has been done in this respect for 11 years. Here, for instance, we are waiting for the experts' agreement /.../ for the tender documentation which will be launched as soon as possible. Therefore, you cannot advance very precise deadlines. Obviously, together with the Minister of Transport, when we have data on each project, we will advance a graph that we will follow to put into practice. Reporter: In 2008, when you were the Minister of Transport, you expected the highway to be ready in 2020 ... Ludovic Orban: If I had remained the Minister of Transport, you could have been sure it was ready - we were already driving on Sibiu - Pitesti, on the Bucharest ring road and many other projects; and on the expressway Craiova - Pitesti. Because when I left the office, the technical-economic documentation for the expressway Craiova - Pitesti had already been adopted - the same technical-economic documentation that /.../ after the stories with the Southern Highway, after all the non-achievements, in the end, they returned to the technical-economic documentation of the respective period. The expressway Craiova - Pitesti would have been ready. Surely, we will move as fast as possible. I repeat you: we kick off, unblock, accelerate, move things forward, we ensure the funding plan for each project, so that there are no obstacles for builders in achieving projects and obviously, we ensure all necessary procedural steps so that builders have no hindrances of all kind, especially from state institutions in attaining objectives. Ludovic Orban: Obviously, obviously. I repeat, now we cannot turn back time. We can do nothing but take the projects from where they are, and carry them out as fast as possible. Reporter: Mr. Prime Minister, did you ask them, did you talk to the people from Dacia and what is the cost of their production in Romania? Because there were rumours related to a very high cost of the labour force and that a part of activities could be transferred to other countries in which there are lower manufacturing costs, smaller taxes.. Ludovic Orban: I have not approached this topic. From our point of view, we are confident that the Dacia Renault managing team knows to very well manage businesses, so that there is the highest profit. Furthermore, in view of this Cabinet that I am leading, the plant team should be reassured that we are serious partners that once we commit to certain agreements, we keep our word. Reporter: Surely, plenty of people are working here, it is important for the labour force. And they say that taxes are higher /.../ Ludovic Orban: I have answered this question. Reporter: Thank you! Ludovic Orban: You said very well at the beginning that rail infrastructure is needed as well. I know that there were certain problems, with the two stations/.../Golesti, if the Minister can tell us what has been solved with... Ludovic Orban: Do you refer to stations? To which? Reporter: Yes, it was about /.../ Ludovic Orban: Our issue here is to modernize rail infrastructure at European standards - that is our basic issue, especially on certain axes, priority axes and on transport corridors, and we will do it. Thank you. 2019-11-22 20:32:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190303-dscf6385.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban a fost prezent, alături de ministrul Transporturilor, Infrastructurii şi Comunicaţiilor, Lucian Bode, la Balş, la înmânarea ordinelor de începere a lucrărilor drumului expres Craiova - Piteşti, tronson 2, km 17+700 - km 57+550Știri din 22.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-22 20:26:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190303-dscf6194.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban a verificat stadiul lucrărilor de realizare a Magistralei 5 de metrou, Secțiunea Râul Doamnei-EroilorȘtiri din 22.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-22 13:42:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20190303-dscf6007.jpgDeclarații ale vicepremierului Raluca Turcan și ministrului muncii și protecției sociale, Violeta AlexandruȘtiri din 20.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-20 19:10:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_20191120-dscf5470.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Internaționale a Drepturilor CopiluluiȘtiri din 20.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-20 16:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-20-04-09-54big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntrevederea premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții Asociației Municipiilor din RomâniaȘtiri din 19.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-meeting-with-representatives-of-the-romanian-municipalities-association[Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: Good afternoon, president, mayors! Thank you for coming here in large number. In fact, immediately after the investiture, I contacted the AMR management and we established a meeting. Obviously, it is a first meeting in which we will conduct an evaluation of the relations between Government and mayors of municipalities also to discuss details about the draft budget for next year, as well as other topics you consider important for improving the relationship between Government and the municipalities townhalls and for us to support you in the development projects of the local communities you are running. As you see, I am accompanied by Mrs Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan, Mr Minister of Development, who is a bit... quiet, the Finance Minister. I invite you to start the discussion! Robert Negoita: Mr Prime Minister, first of all, I want to thank you very much for having invited us here at this discussion, especially that, as on the last two or three occasions when I came here, I did it without invitation. We did not manage to establish any meeting, our messages remained unanswered. You gave a sign of normality. I came here with hopes that the errors that happened, made by former governments, can be remedied, and that local administration will not be so seriously affected, as it was in the last years, especially, but not only from the perspective of the budget, as I repeat local budgets were drastically reduced over the last three years. Local administration is in great difficulty. Mr Prime Minister, together with your colleagues, I thank you very much for being together today here! It is a big step towards normality. Ludovic Orban: I have seen here a score than you propose: establishing a calendar for the passing of the state budget law for 2020, assessing the real needs of municipalities at state budget rectification, repealing paragraph 7 of the Ordinance 12 on surplus: we have already had a discussion with the Minister on this topic: ensuring the funding of the child protection system, public centers for adults with disabilities, funding the rights of the personal assistants of persons with serious disabilities, and monthly allowances for persons with serious disabilities at the level of communes, towns, municipalities, establishing quotas from income tax falling to administrative-territorial units through the Public Finance Law, render the ANAF activity more transparent, establishing as of 2020, a nonrefundable lending fund for administrative-territorial units with a view to ensuring their own contribution to projects financed from nonrefundable external funds. We have this element in the programme for government, we said that we can establish such a fund, but especially for those local communities without financial resources in order to ensure co-financing, exactly because communities deprived of resources, have the greatest need of development, having limited access to European funds due to their inability to ensure their financial resources. At point 8, identifying the modalities to redistribute amounts of the 2014 financial exercise within POR(Regional Operational Programme). The European Funds Minister is here, we had this discussion, we are conducting a very serious evaluation of the effective absorption capacity on each programme. For instance, on POIM(Large Infrastructure Operational Programme) where you very well know that we encountered problems relative to kicking off the large infrastructure projects with a very big delay. We have big problems, hardly do I hope that we solved through a government decision, last week, the issue of the lump sum that the water companies carrying out projects to extend water and sewerage networks on the second phase, have to pay. There is a very big delay in unfolding projects. We will make an assessment of other programs as well. Obviously, on POR including, there is a disengagement risk, this year, of over 300 million euros, which I hope we will overcome. Afterwards, POR can absorb faster funds than other programs- we are available for a discussion on this topic, the only issue is to conduct a realist assessment of the amounts that cannot be spent obviously, and which can be transferred to POR and especially, we will have to obtain the agreement of the European Commission, to finance certain types of unfolding projects. If we begin new projects, it will be very complicated that the respective projects follow all procedures, including procurement, and to fund them in this financial exercise as well as to maintain to 9 the ceiling available for nonrefundable financing which can be contracted by subordinate administrative-territorial units, to 1.7 billion. Therefore, the ceiling was amended from 1.7 to 1.2 billion, through Government Decision? Robert Negoita: 1.2 billion... Ludovic Orban: The ceiling is 1.2 billion. Ok. The calendar for passing the state budget. I tell you frankly that at present, the priority is the budget rectification ordinance. Surely, we are working in parallel on preparing the draft state budget law, in exchange, it is obvious that the legal deadline for presenting the budget, November 15, cannot be observed from objective conditions. We intend to adopt the budget until the end of the year nevertheless.I know your situation. On the first three months until the budget passing, you were not allowed to use the current formula of earmarking the tax income quotas, whereas the expenditure for persons with disabilities was transferred to you for the entire year. That is an issue showing the Government's attitude. We also made the calculations and we know that from state budget transfers, from local budgets receipts, over 7 billion were earmarked in 2018, and about the same amount in 2019, following the transfer of social costs. I am telling from the very start that the budget reality today is a worrisome one, it could be seen in the budgetary execution presented by the Finance Ministry, but the reality is bleaker. We cannot agree on all grievances regarding local budgets, but we will try to redress what was damaged by the previous government - this with respect to the state budget law approval calendar. What do you mean by taking into account the real needs at budget rectification, Mr. president? Robert Negoita: Mr Prime Minister, I told you with much regret the fact that money, especially from the reserve fund at the Prime Minister's disposal, if I am not wrong, was granted on a discretionary basis. There was no principle, or set of principles to show at least a simulation of principled sharing of the amounts. Certain amounts were allocated, without any criteria, on a discretionary basis. Certain amounts were allocated, without any underlying criteria, on a discretionary basis, which generated certain imbalances. Ludovic Orban: /.../ they found the Government's reserve fund at the Prime Minister's disposal, completely exhausted. When I took office, I found no money left there. But it is true that about two-thirds of the Government decisions, the last part of the former Government's tenure, were allocations from the reserve fund and I agree with what you said, I found no reason in these allocations. That is true and I confess that including sharing the amount additionally allocated, of one billion four hundred million, after the august rectification. I have seen no logic in the allocation of the respective amounts. Robert Negoita: But, Mr. Prime Minister, several administrative units were disadvantaged, they received nothing, which we deem unacceptable. There are big needs, especially that winter is coming, and several units could suffer, and we risk blockages even in big cities which apparently should not have problems, as there are cities with potential, but because of drastic reduction of local budgets, localities that were running very well, started having serious problems, not only as regards investment, but operation also. I understood that the budget is empty in terms of the reserve fund, but hopefully, you redress the bad things that happened, and there, where no money was received and there were needs, a solution is required. More than this, I think we need to have a principled approach. If money is shared, we should know the underlying criteria. Ludovic Orban: The first principled approach is this one: when there is an allocation of financial resources from Government to local authorities, this should be done transparently, following consultation with associative structures of local authorities and obviously, based on some criteria. If there are no criteria, any allocation will be suspected of being subjective. The amounts should be allocated not necessarily to certain types of townhalls, the political colour should not be taken into account in this respect. As regards the allocations, I am telling you very clearly, whoever received money, got what they needed, is it right, Minister? Florin Cițu: Yes, we have a situation now, we look at it, I do not know exactly how was before, I know that 4 million lei is now in the reserve fund, so it was the money distributed before we took office. I looked at the situation, I had a meeting with the Association of Municipalities, I found out about the situation there, I know it also from what I received from the county, from many town halls. It is the discussion about costs with the operation, outstanding bills, and expenditure for persons with disabilities, there are the biggest problems. We look how to include them at the rectification and afterwards, for distribution, from our point of view, I do not think there is a criterion, we will pay for there not to be ...it is not the fault of some townhalls that did not have that money, /.../, we will look at townhalls. The reserve fund is empty, we should find a way.. Ludovic Orban: It should be found through the budget, not from the reserve fund, I tell you very clearly. Florin Cițu: It is very hard. Ludovic Orban: You cannot let the reserve fund, because it would mean...the needs of localities are bigger than the capacity to fill the reserve fund, plus the allocations from the reserve fund, are granted on the basis of legal provisions, which do not allow arbitrary allocations that ...They should be oriented to certain categories of expenditure. I want to thank the mass-media representatives, we will be available to mass media for statements later. 2019-11-19 17:07:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_en5a4392_resize.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban a verificat stadiul lucrărilor la trei stadioane din București, în perspectiva găzduirii meciurilor din cadrul EURO 2020Știri din 18.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-18 13:40:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_stadionul_steaua_(8).jpgVizita premierului Ludovic Orban la BrașovȘtiri din 15.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-visit-to-brasovPrime Minister Ludovic Orban's message on the 32nd anniversary of the anti-communist rebellion of November 15, 1987 in Brasov - Today it is 32 years since the moment of Brasov 1987, when workers on the industrial platform of Brasov had the courage to unite spontaneously in the streets to say no to communism. In a bleak time of our recent history, in which any form of expression was stifled and harshly punished by the totalitarian regime, it was for the first time that peoples grievances became louder and louder, as other city inhabitants joined the protest. Those who on November 15, 1987 yelled their revolt out, on the streets of Brasov, against a regime that humiliated and kneeled the Romanians, were investigated, sentenced, beaten, sent to forced labor, separated from their loved ones, and the ordeal followed for their families. The communist authorities' attempt to conceal the truth about this explosion of dissatisfaction of an entire nation was in vain. The downfall of the communist dictatorship, that very few was expecting, would come in December 1989, after two more years of cold, darkness, fear and hunger for Romanians. The sufferings of all these heroes, known and unknown, of the anti-communist fight in Romania, must not be forgotten. Freedom, democracy, the rule of law, the return to the European family and the free world, the right of people to a dignified life, the right to vote, are values that we have regained thanks to them as well. All of us, society, institutions, political class, have a duty and a responsibility to treasure and defend them. We thank them, with all due respect! Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania Statements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the participants in the anti-communist rebellion of the workers of Brasov on November 15, 1987. [Check against delivery] Good afternoon. I would like to thank you for inviting me to be with you here today, as a reminder of the respect to those who, during an extremely difficult time, at the end of a dictatorship that did not let people even breathe, had the altogether remarkable courage to shout out their dissatisfaction and protested against abuses, against trampled dignity, against extremely bad living conditions. We should keep alive the memory of those people, especially as the younger generations find it difficult to understand how the regime of that time worked, they find it difficult to comprehend how much courage it takes to protest, and especially to take to the streets to shout out your dissatisfaction against an oppressive regime, and how much courage and spirit of sacrifice those who came out to protest in the streets against an oppressive regime, on November 15, 1987 had. Basically, the workers revolt and those who joined the Steagul Rosu workers was a first blow to the communist regime, showing that no matter how much oppression was, how perverse the methods of the law enforcement forces were to maintain in power a regime that was acting against people, in the end, the regime would collapse. After two years, the December Revolution put an end to this oppressive communist regime that prevented people from truly having a chance to a better life. Eternal gratitude to the heroes, the brave people who on November 15, 1987 gave an extremely powerful blow to the communist regime, and remember those who are no more, and for all those who remained alive; keep your memories alive! Especially the generations to come should understand that democracy, freedom are not a perpetual fact, they must be defended every day by our attitude, by sanctioning any tendency to use power other than to the benefit of the people. Thank you, Mr. president! Press conference by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban following his participation in the signing ceremony of the financing agreement of the project for the modernization of Brasov County Emergency Clinical Hospital [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I am available to answer your questions, in case you have any. Reporter: We should have seen on the Health Ministry's site the draft law, the order on assigning Covasna and Harghita counties to Brasov Regional Hospital. It seems it was withdrawn, although it should have been there until 16. Ludovic Orban: The decision I have taken at the level of the Government, is that all draft orders, all Government Decisions, the draft legislative documents complying with transparency provisions, be reanalysed by Ministers. I also asked the presidents of the two Chambers of Parliament to postpone for a while the draft legislative documents under debate, both those initiated by former government, and those initiated by MPs, individually, so that the government can express its opinion, as this happens procedurally, each time, when there is a new Cabinet, as the new Cabinet should express its opinion on the draft legislative documents under Parliament's debate. That is practically the motivation which prompted the withdrawal of some draft laws which have already been posted, under Law 52, for public consultation and their amendment by citizens. Obviously, on all draft laws that we will deem beneficial and useful, we will re-transmit them, observing the transparency criterion. Reporter: What is your opinion about the fact that the Finance Minister announced a 4 percent deficit until the end of the year, considering that what he saw there is a hole, given that the former Finance Minister Teodorovici said that it is just a deficit, not a hole, but a deficit. Ludovic Orban: He can call it as he desires, we were right in everything we said, at the state budget law debate and all along 2019, before coming to power, and the data is very simple, and very clear: the deficit is much bigger than projected - I recall that the nine - months deficit on budgetary execution published by the Finance Ministry was 2.6 percent, I remind you that last year, on 2018, the deficit at nine months was 1.6 percent, and last year finished with a 3 percent deficit, which in fact was bigger, as they used the trickery of placing some spending from 2018 on 2019. As regards simple and concrete data compared the receipts plan from taxes, the revenues plan as they had it in the state budget law, the state budget receipts are by 11 billion smaller, spending is higher than expected, and in this respect, I presented in a TV broadcast, that there is a lot of expenditure which should have been made in accordance with legal provisions, and they were not made so, putting on the shoulders of the private sector, the fictitious maintenance of a deficit below 3 percent, when, in fact, from the ninth and the tenth month, the real deficit is above 3 percent. I gave a few examples of such legal expenditure that should have been made: 1. VAT reimbursements. It is very clearly that there are legal provisions and maximum deadline of VAT reimbursement. Currently, the remaining VAT reimbursements, therefore, those which were not done in time, exceed the amount of five billions, according to today's estimate, therefore, these expenditures should have been made. Also, at the Ministry of Development, within the National Local Development Programme, PNDL 2, there are works done, approved, outstanding payments, nearly five billions. As regards defraying spending for medical leaves and other forms of payments which should have been made by the Health House, there are very big delays in this respect. There are situations in which leaves of 6, 7, 8 months ago have not been paid. And here, the estimate is around 2.5 - 3 billion. In these conditions, and especially taking into account that in the first ten months of the year, the former Government enforced the budget, we consider that we have absolutely no responsibility for this deficit. This deficit was provoked by a faulty budgetary planning, by the fact that large outbreaks of tax evasion were not countered. Let me give you just one example, to understand: budget receipts in European countries - but in all European countries - are over 30% of the Gross Domestic Product, the state budget revenues. In Romania, in 2019, the budget revenues represent less than 26% of the Gross Domestic Product, which shows very clearly that the old government tolerated the tax evasion and did not have the capacity to collect the state receipts, according to the legal provisions. Finally, another very important aspect is linked to generating some expenses for feeding the political clientele or some expenses that obviously have more of an electoral base, than being a necessity for the society. We will prepare the budget rectification, because here you have to know that another reason for the increase of expenses is the fact that there are ministries, agencies, authorities, local authorities that have no money to finish their budget year, have no money for operating expenses, for the absolutely necessary costs with salaries, with the payment of allowances to persons with disabilities and the salaries of the personal assistants of the persons with disabilities, at the expense of the local authorities, as the necessary financial resources have not been allocated. Also, the absolutely necessary expenses with public lighting, heating of schools are jeopardized. And here we will have to rectify the budget and allocate the financial resources to these chief accounting authorities who have no funds left. I gave you a very serious example: in the field of health, the Health House spent its budget to an 98% extent and does not have resources, until the end of the year, if the budget rectification is not carried out, until the end November. As such, no matter how it is called, deficit, hole, the reality is that PSD mocked on public money, brought Romania in a situation in which exceeding the deficit target that was an obligation from the EU treaty, namely 3 percent of GDP, could not be avoided, and which compels us to establish a set of measures to reduce this deficit at maximum, in a relatively short time. Reporter: What do you think will happen with wages and pensions (...;)? Ludovic Orban: As far as we are concerned, we honour all expenses necessary to budget. Surely that what we consider as unnecessary expenses, we will eliminate them from the budget. Salaries and pensions will be timely paid, but we will not further pay salaries to those who entered the public institutions by the back door, based on party membership or connections or relatives of PSD political clients and those who do not do their job. You very clearly know that we initiated a process of restoring the administrative capacity of governmental institutions, a process of reducing the size of the bureaucratic apparatus, we started reducing the number of Ministries, we will continue reducing the number of public entities subordinate to Government, and Ministry, so that we ensure an increasingly effective administration, lacking useless procedures, an administration designed to ensure the fluency of all administrative processes necessary to provide quality and prompt services for citizens, a normal and natural relationship with the business sector, likely to encourage any investor wanting to establish a business, develop the current one, which obviously prevents the Romanian citizen from doing unnecessary trips, paying useless costs, etc. There will surely be steps that we will take to build more effective institutions, likely to really have the capacity to generate and implement all public policies that Romania needs for development. Reporter: We are in electoral campaign. What do you think about the headphones scandal? Ludovic Orban: A fake news, PSD brand. PSD is no longer able to do anything but to shamelessly lie to Romanians, as it has done over the last 30 years. To be so insensitive as to lie in the conditions in which all Romanians saw President Iohannis in the press conference answering questions - all the questions asked by journalists -, to come up with such fake news, with such a lie shows that they are completely detached from reality and are capable of any lie and meanness. Moreover, and you see that while the RADET was declared bankrupt by the court, Mrs. Firea instead of contributing together with us to the solutions designed to ensure the continuity of the supply of the thermal agent in Bucharest, posts fake news on her facebook page, she later deleted it, because she realized that the lie is too loud to be spread publicly. Reporter: Mr Prime Minister, have you announced in general the removal of the PSD from Ministries, national agencies, and to give you one example: removal of PSD from CNAIR. To give you one concrete example: Horia Stancu was appointed director under emergency regime this August. He, as Vice-President of PSD Braşov, godson of President Marius Dunca, was appointed head of regional structure, in emergency procedure, without having specialized studies, without having previously occupied relevant positions and leadership experience. Because you laid wreaths today, on November 15th in memory of those who participated in the 1987 anti-communist rebellion and, as far as I know, you were a student in the last year, if I am not mistaken, in November 1987, in Brasov. Mr. Stancu is also the direct grandson of Mrs Maria Cebuc, /.../ Ceauşescu, the hardest communist leader at that time. She also urgently demanded that the Bucharest investigators take over those arrested in November for investigation, here was a sufficiently harsh, sufficiently applied investigation, and together we know what happened there, torture, deportation, convictions for workers leaders on November 15. How do you see this situation and if it fits the policy of removal PSD at national level /.../ in ministries, national agencies. Ludovic Orban: There is obviously at the Government's level, at the level of central administration, public offices, therefore, the offices of Minister, Secretary of State, Undersecretary of State, President, vice chair of agency. My objective was to decide until the end of next week, to relieve all PSD affiliated persons from their duties associated with public dignity offices they held at the moment when the new Cabinet took office. This objective is to a large extent met. As regards the civil servants apparatus, I managed to halt in almost all institutions- except perhaps one or two, the fake competitions that Ministers, chairs of agencies, and the other chairs of public institutions initiated, when we announced that we will table a censure motion. Each Minister has the obligation to come up with a draft Executive Decision on organizing and functioning of the Ministry, and with the organizational chart, and we will use this instrument to prevent those who should not be in these Ministries, from finding their place there. Restructuring is the simplest form to remove those who should not be in a public institution. Competitions will be held for all vacancies, execution or management positions, with a procedure that will be modified in order to allow an extended advertising of competition, to allow any citizen who wants to run for a position, to participate in a competition, to submit one's file, the competitions will be organized in a transparent way, based on criteria known by all candidates, and the evaluation committees will include not only representatives of the political milieu, but we will try to bring specialists in human resource recruitment, as well as representatives of the academic milieu. All interviews for oral examination will be filmed, and posted on the site, so that it can be evidence, and if somebody considers an injustice was done to him/her, based on the respective capture, they can show they answered the questions in their contestation. As for the companies, state companies are in two different situations: either they have executives who have already been appointed by the procedures provided in Law 111 approving the Ordinance 109 on corporate management, or they are in the situation of having leaders who are not appointed in compliance with this procedure. I start by telling you that we have stopped all the vicious procedures, carried out fast, which were triggered by former ministers in different companies. One of the companies is the National Road Infrastructure Management Company, where Mr Cuc started in emergency procedure the selection process of administrators and managers. So, I stopped this competition, during the next week, we will change the board of directors, then we will change the management of the company, and after changing the management of the company, according to my estimate, in two weeks at maximum, we will change all the regional companies directors. Obviously, with regard to the heads of sections, we will have to check their contract status, to see if they have undergone any competition procedure in employment, but I tell you that even here, wherever we feel incompetence or political clientelism, none of those who were appointed based on political recommendation and who do not have management ability, will remain. In many other companies ... You know the story from Transelectrica where I was forced, in two hours, to make a decision to change the Supervisory Board for the same reason, because the mandate of the Supervisory Board, appointed by Badalau, expired. You know Badalau, the former Minister of Economy, who, at the hearing of Mr. Virgil Popescu, current Economy Minister, stated: - you better leech off companies, than privatize them, Mr Badalau said this, he appointed a supervisory board and kicked off the selection procedure fast, to select the administrators and the company management, and basically, if we did not change the Supervisory Board, I was in the situation that the Supervisory Board appointed by Badalau, validates all selection procedures, which had been obviously unfolded, although profoundly vitiated. The mission of the Supervisory Board is to cancel the procedure. You know very well that the Supervisory Board at Transelectrica, that I changed, accepted a person without higher education as manager, CEO. We will follow the procedure, obviously strictly observing law, having a partner with the necessary specialization, and the capacity to select the best quality administrator and manager as Transelectrica and Transgaz as you well know, passed under the direct authority of Prime Minister and the Secretariat General of the Government. Obviously, this process will also be enforced for the decentralized units of Ministries, or other authorities of the public administration. We will do a professional testing and everywhere where people will not fit the requirements in terms of professional training, managerial skills, and ability to meet objectives, we will replace them all. Surely, we will organize competitions for all these positions, irrespective of them being civil servants or contractual personnel. Reporter: Was he/ she designated? Ludovic Orban: In order not to affect elections, I made the decision of not starting the evaluation of prefects, but immediately after the second tour of elections, we will conduct this evaluation, and surely, some already started resigning, others called in sick. We wait for their return to office to file their resignations. Reporter: As regards the first question, /...;/ de-centralized units, national agencies, will make an audit, especially regarding the latest period in which contracts were unfolded...; Ludovic Orban: We will certainly carry out an audit, the audit has already started in each ministry - it is in fact, an internal audit. We will obviously hire specialized audit firms for the audit of entities subordinate to ministries and, implicitly, in companies where things are not running well- and here I must tell you that the situation of the Romanian state-owned companies is an extremely difficult situation - the political catastrophic management of the PSD has led many companies to critical situations in which extremely drastic measures are needed to make companies operational again. I give you only the example of CFR Marfa. CFR Marfă is in a situation where there is a risk of initiating the infringement procedure on the state aid that was granted, of almost 400 million euros, and if the European Commission makes this decision, the company is put in an extremely difficult situation. And so, the company we left on operational profit, has come to have losses almost every year since the PSD is in power. Reporter: Is it likely to allocate more money in the budget for 2020 for the Brasov airport? Ludovic Orban: I guarantee that we will allocate money from state budget to support the construction of Brasov airport. I do not know how you could imagine that given my ties to Brasov and my support for the project ever since the start, from 2007, 2008, if you remember, the chairman of the County Council of that time invited me to participate...;We clearly support the construction of the airport, and we want to clarify the situation related to Comarnic - Brasov highway section. I remind you that in my not so long tenure as Transport Minister, I approved the technical - economic indicators of the investment objective, and I launched the procedure of achieving a contract of public works concession, of public - private partnership, which I let in the stage following the pre-selection, when four consortiums entered the competition. Since 2008, when I left the Transport Ministry, nothing happened. The same consortium was selected twice, once Aktor with Vinci, afterwards Vinci with Aktor, and each time, the consortium that had been selected, did not get funding. As for Comarnic-Brașov project, former PM Dancila after the first phase, without announcing the World Bank, which had been persuaded by the former PSD prime minister Tudose, to come to manage this project, gave up the services of the World Bank, after announcing through the Forecast Commission, there is still another Ministry of Transport, CNAIR, that is to say, in the PSDs mind, the Forecast Commission, which the Forecast Commission brings out different procedures for winning contracts in public - private partnership on large infrastructure investments. Therefore, they brought out a winning consortium, which in fact proved to be not a winner, no procedure was established, that no contract was signed, and after that the same Vasilica Viorica Dăncilă announced that she wanted to include it in the list of strategic investments, for it to be funded from the state budget. We need to see the exact situation of this Comarnic - Brasov motorway section, which is a priority in our opinion. Anyhow, I am sure that we will reach Brasov from Bucharest, faster by plane, on the airport achieved by the County Council, than by the highway section but we set for ourselves the objective of building this highway section, but obviously, we cannot do it in a transitional government, of one-year time at the maximum, and this objective cannot be assumed but for a four - year tenure. 2019-11-15 11:34:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ac3ef6bb-7a92-48c9-96ad-36d3ecd039b9.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu ministrul apărării naționale, Ionel Nicolae Ciucă, si cu ministrul economiei, energiei și mediului de afaceri, Virgil Daniel PopescuȘtiri din 14.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-working-meeting-with-the-national-defence-minister-ionel-nicolae-ciuca-and-the-economy-energy-and-business-environment-minister-virgil-daniel-popescuPress statements following the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban's working meeting with the National Defence Minister Ionel Nicolae Ciucă, and the Economy, Energy and Business Environment Minister Virgil Daniel Popescu [Check against delivery] Ludovic Orban: I had a discussion with General Nicolae Ciucă, and the Economy Minister on the current status of the multi-annual Army endowment programme and the state of our defence industry. We also discussed concrete issues, related to inequities in the military service pensions system which were generated by Ordinance 57. We discussed the very small daily allowances of the Romanian military participating in missions, and about the reorganization, streamlining of the Defence Ministry's activity. Some brief conclusions - first of all, I need to inform you about unlocking the amount of 2 billion to make the payments related to the contract for Patriot missiles, which was decided together with the Finance Minister. I was informed about the conduct of corvettes purchase procedure and I understood that this procedure was challenged in the court, being currently under appeal. We await the decision of the court of appeal to know very clearly what to do next. We discussed a lot of details about the endowment programme, the possible cooperation between foreign and Romanian companies. As regards the relationship between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Economy, we agreed to annually earmark the amount that the Ministry of Defence will use, from the budget for that year, for orders and contracts with the Romanian companies in the defence industry. We discussed about PESCO too, and Romania's participation in the programmes, of research - development for the time being, within the European defence initiative, and we should try to be more present, to be part of the research - development projects, and obviously, later, of the design and manufacturing projects of different weapons. As for the daily allowances for Romanian military from the theaters of operations, they will surely grow. We have to establish together with the Finance Ministry, the amount of these daily allowances. We have the smallest daily allowances from all countries participants in missions. Even the Bulgarians have bigger daily allowances for military. Such situation is unacceptable. I learnt that there is a working group operating at the level of the Defence Ministry, to attempt to initiate a draft law to repair the injustices and inequities emerging following the calculation of the military's service pensions, as a result of Ordinance 57. If we omitted something, Minister, please come up with information anytime. I confess that I tried to sum up for you our discussions. We will reach 2% of GDP this year through payments of 2 billion, which are in fact as unlocked. As for next years budget, we keep, of course, our commitment, in accordance with the consensual decision that was taken, following the Presidents initiative, to honour our commitment to NATO partners. 2019-11-14 18:02:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_govlo-10.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban transmis cu prilejul zilei Dobrogei și al sărbătoririi a 141 de ani de la unirea Dobrogei cu RomâniaȘtiri din 14.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-message-on-the-occasion-of-the-day-of-dobrogea-and-the-celebration-of-141-years-since-its-union-with-romania- The union of Dobrogea with Romania represented an act of moral and historical repair, due to the courage and sacrifice of the Romanians in the Independence War. The process of transformation, modernization and unification of Dobrogea with the other historic provinces contributed in a defining way to the construction of the Romanian nation, founded on citizens cohesion and solidarity around common values ​​and projects, but also on acceptance and tolerance. In the context of an European Union where nationalism tends to gain followers, and leave behind in oblivion the ideals of the community, Dobrogea is a model of ethnic coexistence, a path to follow for multi-culturality and tolerance, a lesson in accepting your neighbour. The ethnic and cultural mosaic gives power to this historic region and distinguishes it through diversity. Dobrogea and Dobrogea inhabitants, alongside all the other Romanians, should carry on the beliefs and values which made the Union possible 141 years ago: a powerful state, democratic, able to defend its citizens and ensure the observance of fundamental rights. Together, with common ideals and projects, assumed with responsibility by public institutions, citizens, civil society and political class, we can develop as a nation and as a country. The true union lies in the way citizens, alongside state institutions, manage to harmonize and live together in peace and understanding, a fact proven by Dobrogea over the years. Happy anniversary, Dobrogea inhabitants! Happy anniversary, Dobrogea! LUDOVIC ORBAN Prime Minister of Romania 2019-11-14 12:23:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-14-12-34-13big_sigla_guvern.pngParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al tineretului și sportului de către Marian Ionuț StroeȘtiri din 12.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-12 11:46:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-12-11-50-54big_15_resize.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban cu prilejul Zilei Veteranilor din Teatrele de OperațiiȘtiri din 11.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-message-on-the-day-of-the-veterans-of-the-theaters-of-operationsToday, we mark the Day of the Veterans of the Theaters of Operations with the feeling that the sacrifice of the Romanian heroes who have fallen in the line of duty, the professionalism, courage and dedication of those who have represented us with honour in overseas missions and theaters of operations, teach us what respect and love of country mean. Romania dedicated this day to them, the same in which Europe marks the 101st anniversary of the signing of an armistice to end World War I. That moment of history gained even more value for Romania, through the Great Union that followed on December 1, 1918, due to the sacrifices made by the military, and also by all Romanians. The courage and determination of those who fought for Romanias independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the appreciation that todays Romanian military enjoys from our external partners and allies, give us confidence that our historical heritage and the interests of the country are defended with professionalism and responsibility. We pay tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty. I assure those present in the theaters of operations of my respect, and I thank them for the way they represent us and we are waiting for their safe return home at the end of their missions . Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania 2019-11-11 18:16:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-11-06-17-18big_sigla_guvern.pngÎntâlnire de lucru pentru analizarea modului în care s-au desfășurat alegerile pentru Președintele României în turul 1 și evaluarea măsurilor necesare pentru turul 2Știri din 11.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-11 17:10:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-4310.jpgMesajul premierului Ludovic Orban la 24 de ani de la plecarea dintre noi a lui Corneliu CoposuȘtiri din 11.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-11 14:44:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-4257.jpgDeclarații de presă susținute de Ionel Dancă, șeful Cancelariei prim-ministruluiȘtiri din 11.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-11 14:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_1573472490big_5.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru, la sediul Ministerului Afacerilor Interne, pentru organizarea procesului de votareȘtiri din 09.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-09 17:43:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-3944.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru, la sediul Ministerului Afacerilor Externe, pentru organizarea procesului de votare în străinătateȘtiri din 09.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-09 15:38:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-09-03-40-17big_1.jpeg Întâlnirea premierului Ludovic Orban cu guvernatorul Băncii Naționale a României, Mugur IsărescuȘtiri din 08.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-meeting-with-the-governor-of-the-national-bank-of-romania-mugur-isarescuPrime Minister Ludovic Orban met with the Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mugur Isarescu Ludovic Orban: We conducted an analysis of the economic situation, regarding deficits - trade deficit, budget deficit - an analysis of inflation, and developments in the field of inflation, with all consequences related to interest rates, loans. Obviously, our interest and common objective are to correlate the governmental policies with BNR policies, to ensure macroeconomic balances, and create a solid foundation for economic development. The main result of this discussion is the decision of permanent communication, of coordination of measures at Government level, and as regards the policies implemented by the National Bank, to create this solid development pillar. Reporter: The Governor said that he expects you to have a collaboration so that this Government does not have a discretionary fiscal policy. Did he ask for assurances in this respect? Ludovic Orban: Here, it is not about asking for assurances, and I explained this to you, but about a permanent dialogue, a reciprocal briefing on any kind of intent in the field of tax policies area, budgetary policies, public investment policy. We reached very many aspects related to what has happened, and especially the consequences and we also discussed possible solutions to put right the damage generated. Reporter: What solutions ..? Ludovic Orban: From tax solutions to solutions related to... Reporter: Do you think that wealth confiscation will take place sooner? Ludovic Orban: /.../. We are talking right away. Reporter: You mentioned tax statements for politicians, at a certain moment, in addition to statements of interest. Ludovic Orban: Not only for politicians, but I also referred to the whole, to any citizen. Watching how tax authority is acting in other countries, it seems normal for me to enforce the same thing here. If you have assets that you cannot justify based on your income, you either pay the taxes for the respective assets, or the state recoups its money from the assets you acquired without having the legal revenues corresponding to the taxes you paid. Reporter: As regards tax solutions, currently, the Governor said that he wants to.. Ludovic Orban: As regards the tax solutions mentioned in the programme for government, the Governor knows about these tax solutions, namely: Ordinance 114, regulations in the field of energy, communications, financial - banking system, regulations affecting the functioning of Pension Pillar II, and other regulations. Reporter: With respect to wages, the Governor said, after he was asked about a statement of one of the BNR Members, Lucian Croitoru, who said that currently, we can speak about the possibility of freezing salaries...The Governor said that it may be a good idea, but how do you see this idea? Ludovic Orban: The discussion we had, pertains to keeping the budget deficit within as reasonable limits as possible. Reporter: You have not answered my question on the possibility to freeze salaries. Ludovic Orban: I have just answered it. Reporter: The Governor spoke about adjustments which should be made for the deficit not to explode next year, once with increasing the state employees' salaries, once with increasing pensions.... Ludovic Orban: We have some simple objectives. First of all, improving tax recouping - it is inadmissible to collect 27 percent and something from GDP in Romania. Look at the other European countries in which the budget, the budget receipts stand at a minimum 31- 32 percent of GDP. We have the largest tax evasion, especially on VAT, that is clear, tax evasion on VAT is obvious for anyone. Improving tax collection is an achievable objective. Control of expenses - from personnel costs to expenses with materials and services. Obviously, we rule out that salary rights be affected, and we discussed very many times about this. We made it very clear: as we reduced the number of Ministries, this process of optimizing the functioning of the administration, of restoring the administrative capacity, of institutional simplification is a process which will surely maintain in the public system those people who are competent, who do their job, who provide quality services to citizens. There will follow probably cuts in the personnel costs. In 2019, over the first nine months, the largest increase in expenses is with the personnel-related costs, which exceed more than 26 -27 percent. Reporter: Does the reduction of personnel costs mean layoffs or freezing of wages or cuts in wages? Ludovic Orban: It means restructuring, I told you. It means restructuring the administrative apparatus in line with the vision of how each government institution should function optimally. In fact, I also announced that during the last three years, a lot of employees have entered the institution by the back door - consequently, a joke has appeared: more secretaries of state we dismiss, more repopulated is Teleorman, if you recall this. A lot of people were employed by the back door, passing no employment testing. I repeat that we managed to halt competitions and procedures on Law 115, almost in all public institutions, therefore, the PSD political clients cannot be reinstated in jobs following fake competitions. We clearly want to reduce spending, as any administrative simplification entails curtailed spending, including with the number of Ministers, Secretaries of State, their Cabinets, with all employees in the respective institutions, and surely, we will have some spending curtailment. We will surely be careful about an increase in the absorption of European funds, as defrays of all costs at the EU level are in fact revenues, and better absorption of European funds means higher revenues. Therefore, we have solutions we thought of and we are sure that we can balance the situation. Reporter: Is it time this year to close the budget? Its a short time, less than two months. Ludovic Orban: The Minister of Finance, after completing the analysis, next week, probably on Tuesday or Wednesday, will present you the situation in detail. It is true that the picture, just as we anticipated, is a much worse one than the ones who led the previous government, declared. Reporter: The Governor said he was optimistic. Mugur Isarescu contradicted you; he said that the economy is not on the brink of collapse, but it can be ... Ludovic Orban: But who said that ?! Did I say the economy is on the brink of collapse? I told you that the situation is much worse /..../. Last year, the budget deficit in the same period was 1.6%, now it reached 2.8%, at 10 months. Look at the data. Reporter: Do you already have the data for 10 months? Ludovic Orban: We have estimates. Surely, they will be completed, but they are estimated and so will be the deficit - meaning you have a deficit increase of 1.2. This is a dramatic worsening of the budgetary situation and this shows very clearly that there is a risk for the budget deficit to approach 4%, which would be extremely serious. Reporter: Will you introduce new taxes or increase the existing ones? Ludovic Orban: You have all our fiscal policy included in the government program and the fiscal policy obviously does not provide for the introduction of new taxes. I want to make clarification again. At the press conference at the Environment Ministry, that is how fake news appeared, I was asked about the environmental tax and I said: surely, we will analyze, we see the extent to which ...But I said that we will consult with the European Commission, and instead of introducing a tax that is not in line with European legislation, and afterwards oblige Romanians to pay the respective tax, and eventually being compelled to give them the money back, better we give up introducing any tax. My statement was not taken into account. Anyhow, next year, there will be no new tax obviously. I repeat that the Government's tax policy is stipulated in the programme for government, and I detailed you the tax measures we envisage. Reporter: What did you discuss with Ambassador Klemm? Ludovic Orban: I had a meeting with a U.S. delegation by a congressman who is in the Congress Committee on security issues. H.E., Ambassador Hand Klemm attended this meeting too. We discussed collaboration in the areas of defence, security, cybersecurity and other topics related to strengthening the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. Reporter: Mr. Orban, you said that you are going to conduct an analysis of the way the latest consuls were appointed before Viorica Dancila left the Victoria Palace. Ludovic Orban: Surely, Mr. Bogdan Aurescu- who is now very busy, will try to remedy any dysfunction in presidential election preparedness and there are a set of other issues to solve- he will come up with the measures. I already know following analyses that some proposals were put forward but they will be announced publicly by Minister Bogdan Aurescu. Reporter: Returning to budget, is there the likelihood that if Romania exceeds 3 percent deficit this year, you negotiate with the European Commission? Ludovic Orban: Is there anybody in Romania who thinks that the deficit will not exceed 3 percent? It will surely do it. Surely, we should not panic. This could be seen at the budget execution, only comparing the three-month, six - month, nine-month execution in 2019 with the budget execution in 2018. Other information was the lending pace, which reflects the need to cover a growing deficit. We will surely discuss at the level of the European Commission, we will present what we found and what we intend to do, to redress the situation. I hold the belief that our partners at EU level will comprehend the situation and our good intentions. Reporter: Will they not trigger an infringement procedure, will they, is it possible? Ludovic Orban: We will see. Reporter: Is this an objective, to negotiate with...? Ludovic Orban: You immediately advance things about which we need to speak at the right moment. Surely, a new European Commission will be invested, we have a mutual trust relationship with the European Commission President and a good part of the European Commission, we will cooperate so that Romania enjoys a fair treatment and a better relationship with the new European Commission. Reporter: You said about a new Cabinet meeting until the elections. Do you take it into account, considering the sudden illness of prefects? Ludovic Orban: It is not necessary, we solved the problem in Arad and in the other counties, a problem appeared in Teleorman too. Reporter: How did you resolve it? Ludovic Orban: Some of them recovered. Reporter: Where will you vote? Ludovic Orban: At the polling station where I am assigned, in Dobroesti commune, the school in that commune. Reporter: Are you still sending specialists in medicine from MAI to Arad, taking into account that they recovered...? Ludovic Orban: A subprefect recovered. /.../ Reporter: /.../ a deficit of 6.1 percent of GDP in 2021. The Governor said that the situation would not be so bad. Ludovic Orban: We are in office now, under no way is this an evaluation that we agree with and which does not reflect the real situation. Reporter: If speaking about the state budget law for next year, can we expect a deficit target below 3 percent? Ludovic Orban: We cannot present this to public opinion before the completion of the draft state budget law. The deficit in the draft state budget law will be smaller than the deficit for this year. Reporter: Mr. Orban, I would return to a topic of maximum interest to citizens /.../. The extended confiscation you know is blocked, the Criminal Code was amended so that the confiscation of illicit assets be more difficult, when can we see some concrete steps for that tax declaration that you talked about, to really become ...? Ludovic Orban: Thats what I told you: look for new topics. You have enough topics on government policy. As regards the recovery of damages, there is at present an authority that has been established, which must be operationalized and which should begin to recover the damages that result from conviction rulings. Obviously, any improvement of the legislation in this area will be initiated by our government, only after a very serious analysis, which will be conducted by the Minister of Justice, obviously, together with the Minister of Finance and those from ANAF, who are specialized in debt recovery. Reporter: As for ANAF, given that the Minister of Finance is here, did you propose any change in the management of ANAF? - you said you evaluate it and you want to increase tax collection. Ludovic Orban: As soon as we finish, and probably today I will finish the first part of relieving of duty, that is, to relieve secretaries, undersecretaries of state of their duties... Reporter: How many are there so far? Ludovic Orban: Their number is to be analyzed. I signed today, I dont know if the decisions to relieve of duties were published in the Official Gazette, there were about 35-40. Reporter: 35, besides those yesterday? Reporter: Besides the 40? Ludovic Orban: Ive signed some more. Reporter: Are there around 80, 100? Ludovic Orban: I dont know and decisions to relieve of duties are still being prepared. I admit that regarding the Ministry of Internal Affairs that is involved in organizing the elections, I postponed the decision for next week, but the Finance Minister remained with only one secretary of state. Reporter: And as for the Head of ANAF, how do you do it, how do you handle it? - that you already have to think about collaboration. Florin Ciţu: We have separate discussions every day, we have a plan for a VAT refund. I will tell you more details next week, but I meet with them every day. Ludovic Orban: You will have it next week, thank you! 2019-11-08 17:23:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-3819.jpgPremierul Ludovic Orban: Guvernul României susține întărirea și dezvoltarea Parteneriatului Strategic cu SUAȘtiri din 08.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-the-romanian-government-supports-the-strengthening-and-development-of-the-strategic-partnership-with-the-united-states-of-americaPrime Minister Ludovic Orban had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with Terri Sewell, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Hans Klemm, U.S. Ambassador to Romania The two sides agreed on deepening and developing the Strategic Partnership between Romania and the United States of America in all its dimensions, with a focus on military and security cooperation. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban also emphasized the Romanian Government's openness to dialogue in order to secure a stable and attractive environment for investors. 2019-11-08 16:50:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_ef821a62-d1cb-46a0-a2b3-17c082c7f10c.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la evenimentul ”Topul Național al Firmelor Private din România”Știri din 08.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-attended-the-romanian-best-performant-companies-2019-ranking-tnf-gala-the-26th-editionAddress by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban at the Romanian Best Performant Companies 2019 ranking - (TNF) Gala, the 26th edition Ludovic Orban: Good evening! Thank you for the invitation, Mr.Chairman! I am glad to be today here, at the awards Gala for business excellence, a very nicely organized gala, attended by very many representatives of the business sector. I want to convey a simple message: the period of regulations adopted at night, unexpectedly, without any consultation of the business sector, making substantial changes and affecting the business plans of the companies, is over. I can guarantee that currently, Romania has a Government that is a friend and a partner of the business environment, comprehending that Romania's development depends on individual economic initiative, on investment, on assuming risk and responsibility, a Government that has a very clear objective: to encourage investment, and that maintains that any kind of business regulation be adopted only following a large and ample consultation with the business sector. Any regulation should be approved in time in order to allow each company to adjust to the eventual changes of legislation. It is clear that the business environment needs stability, predictability, a curb on bureaucracy, equal competition conditions with the state and its institutions. The business sector needs genuine enforcement of the Prevention Law, it needs to put in motion all the mechanisms that, in fact, support investments and the development of each company. I congratulate you on your performance. I congratulate those who will get awards and I also congratulate the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From the first day of my appointment as Prime Minister, I went to the Chamber of Commerce and assured the Chairman of the partnership between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Government of Romania, for the benefit of the business in Romania and in the interest of every citizen. Mr Chairman, thank you! 2019-11-08 12:35:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-3392.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la Comandamentul de iarnăȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 22:00:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-3468.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la Topul Național al Firmelor – Ediția a XXVI-aȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 19:55:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-08-09-07-07big_1.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al muncii și protecției sociale de către Victoria Violeta AlexandruȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 16:58:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-2956.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al mediului, apelor și pădurilor de către Costel AlexeȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 16:12:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-2681.jpgAlocuțiunea premierului Ludovic Orban la Simpozionul "Căderea Zidului Berlinului şi Revoluţia română din decembrie 1989"Știri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/speech-by-prime-minister-ludovic-orban-at-the-symposium-entitled-quot-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall-and-the-romanian-revolution-of-december-1989-quot [Check Against Delivery] Ludovic Orban: Chairman of the Academy, dear members of the Romanian Academy, Your Excellencies, Ambassadors, dear guests, I begin by congratulating the Academy for this symbolic initiative which clearly shows that we must keep in mind this symbol which practically separated the free world from the world of handcuffed, crushed people deprived of freedom, with the dignity trampled on by communist-type regimes. It is, for me, an honour and a privilege to deliver this speech on behalf of the Government, in this distinguished hall, founding institution of modern Romania and meeting place of the most enlightened minds of our nation in the last century and a half. Coming to share these thoughts with you, as the Prime Minister of a government made up of the National Liberal Party, I feel even more the historical and symbolic significance of the event that is gathering us here today. The Berlin Wall has represented for 28 years of our history and of our lives, for most of those present here, the material expression of an oppressive reality that many thought we could never escape from. It is a great lesson that time teaches us, making us look at the relics of one of the most sinister attempts to confine human aspirations, bearing in mind the fact that we live in a Europe whose history without the Iron Curtain is already longer than the one when the Wall divided us. When it was built in 1961, the Wall seemed to be the mark of a definitive reality in front of which nothing remained to be done. Few were those who made things differently on one or the other side of the Wall, those who understood that a regime keeping his people prisoners for reason of failing to win their confidence and loyalty, is a regime that can and should be fought against. The Fall of the Wall, in 1989, under the enormous weight of the failure of the communist regimes, was also the result of the moral and political action of those who maintained hope, of those who believed that something could be done even in the face of the most brutal reality. It is true that, unfortunately, political memory is short. That is why I am grateful to the Romanian Academy, that today calls us to remember that trust, faith in people, in their strength, should be at the core of any political vision. As a member of a generation that lived its youth in the shadow of this symbol of tyranny, I also remember the outburst of hope of that day when communism fell, in a real but also symbolic way, into ruin. I also have the bitter memory of the transition, but also the acute awareness of the fact that the moment at the end of 1989 was the one in which Romania regained its destiny of a democratic country, member of the European Union. But political and historical destiny is never a given, it is not a path laying in front of us, and that we only have to walk on, in a triumphal way; it is a duty and a lesson we must carry in life. Artificial divisions, devastating political errors are still a part of our world, Europe itself being tested today by attempts to build new walls, perhaps not of concrete, but of the still more dangerous matter of prejudice, distrust, manipulation and bad interests. 2019-11-07 12:21:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-2434.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al educației și cercetării de către Cristina Monica AnisieȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 12:18:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_image3.jpgParticiparea premierului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al sănătății de către Victor Sebastian CostacheȘtiri din 07.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-07 12:15:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/19-11-07-12-18-19big_image2.jpgÎntâlnire de lucru a premierului Ludovic Orban cu reprezentanții instituțiilor publice cu responsabilități în organizarea și desfășurarea alegerilor pentru președintele României (MAI, MAE, STS și AEP)Știri din 06.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/prime-minister-ludovic-orban-s-working-meeting-with-representatives-of-the-public-institutions-in-charge-of-the-organization-and-conduct-of-the-presidential-election-ministry-of-internal-affairs-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-special-telecommunications-service-and-the-permanent-electoral-authorityStatements by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on the occasion of the working meeting with representatives of the public institutions in charge of the organization and conduct of the presidential election (Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Telecommunications Service and the Permanent Electoral Authority) (Check Against Delivery) Ludovic Orban: I convened this meeting to make a very serious analysis of the current state of election preparedness, under all aspects, both in Romania and especially abroad. There are a few things that I want from you - the current state of preparedness and I want to know especially what measures we can take in case such incidents that need remedy occur. I also know that this meeting takes place when we only have a couple of days left until the election, but I called it as soon as I could after the investiture of the new Cabinet and the adoption of the Ordinance regarding the functioning of the Government. I want to know how we stand with the organization of the polling stations, and also with the appointment of presidents and their substitutes, both in the country and abroad. I greet you, Mr Deputy Director of the Special Telecommunications Service. I want to know also what measures were taken to promote the election abroad so that the Romanian citizens be well informed that they can vote on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to avoid polling stations getting crowded on Sunday. People tend to go to vote on Sunday and thats why we need to make a strong campaign to inform them that they can vote on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Obviously, I am interested to know from the Ministry of Interior about the security preparedness around the polling stations too, if there is enough personnel to ensure the guard of the polling stations, if the activities to secure the transport of minutes from the polling stations to the County Electoral Bureaus and the Central Electoral Bureau afterwards, after centralization, are prepared. I noticed that prefects are getting ill, Minister. Is it a virus, did an epidemic occur? Marcel Ion Vela: There are two prefects and a deputy prefect in this situation. Ludovic Orban: I understand. Search solutions, substitutes to exercise the prefect's duties in such situations. I will ask the media to allow us to conduct this analysis, we will be available for questions once the meeting finishes. 2019-11-06 21:14:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-2057.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al agriculturii și dezvoltării rurale de către Nechita-Adrian OrosȘtiri din 06.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-06 21:11:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-7378.jpgParticiparea prim-ministrului Ludovic Orban la preluarea mandatului de ministru al transporturilor, infrastructurii și comunicațiilor de către Lucian Nicolae BodeȘtiri din 06.11.2019https://gov.ro/en/stiri/2019-11-06 20:17:00https://gov.ro/fisiere/stiri/big_gov-8182.jpg