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After issuing yesterday an emergency ordinance that delayed the enforcement of the new Civil Procedure Code until July 1st, the government backtracked and announced that the new Code will come into effect on February 15, instead of July 1st. The government had decided to postpone the enforcement of the new Civil Procedure Code until July 1st, in order to allow the finalisation of the procedure of re-examining the proposal regarding the relief of judicial courts, and for preparing judges and the entire judiciary system.The ordinance would have also delayed until July 1st the enactment of Law 115/2012 on mediation and the organising of the profession of mediator, in order to correlate it with the enforcement of the new Civil Procedure Code.Tuesday, PM Ponta announced that the government will adopt an emergency ordinance which will stipulate that the enforcement of the new Civil Procedure Code will be made immediately after the enactment of the Law on the relief of judicial courts, so that to eliminate the issue related to waiting intervals.Ponta said that he discussed with the minister of Justice, Mona Pivniceru about this solution and he will also talk on the phone with President Traian Basescu.
Loan for cancer medicines
The government authorised the Unifarm company, controlled by the Ministry of Health, to take a loan worth the equivalent of EUR 800,000 for cancer medicines, the decision being made through emergency ordinance. Unifarm deals with the import and trading of medicines for special situations.The minister of Health, Eugen Nicolaescu explained that the suppliers of medicines want the payment for such drugs, contracted in small quantities, to be made when the contract ends, so Unifarm must have funds in order to pay in advance. The loan will be contracted in the coming days. “A list of immediate, absolutely necessary imports was completed and, if everything goes as planned, the company will be able to bring the missing medicines to the country within approximately a month,” Nicolaescu said.The list includes 18 medicines demanded by the hospitals included in the oncology programme, in which case the request for offer, for small quantities, can be obtained within few days.Through this operation, the ministry intends to secure stocks of medicines for a 3-month interval, with the resupply due to be made periodically, in due time.With this regard, also yesterday the government authorised the Health Ministry, by emergency ordinance, to increase the social capital of Unifarm and Antibiotice Iasi, in order to secure a superior financing to these companies. The pertinent commission of the Ministry of Health announced last week that it identified between 18 and 24 cancer medicines that suffer from supply discontinuities, of which 13 are in the stock of Unifarm, three others will enter, four cannot be purchased because of the price, and negotiations are conducted for the rest.
The preparatory grade remains within the mandatory education
The preparatory grade remains within the mandatory education at the age of six and may be organised either in schools or in kindergartens, the decision about where children will learn being made depending on the available areas, after consulting parents, Education minister Remus Pricopie announced yesterday.“After talks with trade union federations and the associations of parents in the pre-university education system on how to organise the preparatory grade in the school year 2013-2014, we signed an accord that provides keeping the preparatory grade as part of the mandatory education starting with the age of six. Organising the preparatory grade will be more flexible in terms of the place where courses will be held. In other words, the school manager informs the parent about the offer for the preparatory grade, depending on the available areas, respectively in school or kindergarten,” Remus Pricopie explained.The minister of Education added that, regardless where the preparatory grade is organised, in school or kindergarten, the activity will be based on the same curriculum, with qualified personnel for primary education.Pricopie mentioned that, if a child turned 6 but the parent does not want to have him admitted to the preparatory grade, he must prove that the respective child is not fit for this form of education.An emergency ordinance on this topic was due to be approved yesterday, in the cabinet meeting.Also yesterday, the government decided by emergency ordinance to increase the raw salary of the inspectors of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) by sums between RON 2,000 and RON 4,000.The emergency ordinance approved by the government thus exclusively provides the modification of the legal framework on the salaries paid for speciality jobs with ANI (general director, chief of department, integrity inspector, for all 4 degrees: superior, principal, assistant and debutant), by establishing a base raw salary assimilated with the salaries of competition inspectors and the top management jobs of the Competition Council.