Minister Intotero: We must convince 10M Romanians living abroad that Romania did not forget them


Minister for Romanian Abroad Natalia Elena-Intotero on Thursday stated that the millions of Romanians living abroad must be convinced that Romania did not forget them.

“Goods things are happening in the country that must be communicated. As I said, we must convince 10 million Romanians now living abroad that Romania did not forget about them and help them not to forget about Romania too, and we need to find the ways to keep them connected to our realities and, especially, to keep them involved in the development of the Romanian society,” said Intotero, according to a release of the Ministry for Romanians Abroad (MpRD).

She also mentioned that decisions were made at ministerial level and projects are being prepared meant to support the Romanians abroad.

“The Labour Minister has announced today, March 1, that the physicians’ salaries will increase by 70 per cent up to 172 per cent. A senior physician who has a net salaries of 3,900 lei now will have 15,000 lei, a senior forensic physician will gain 16,250 lei, compared with 9,841 lei in the present. Salaries will also increase in the education system. Our country has lost valuable people for years, but we are making important steps now to keep them home. Also, Romanians now living abroad who come back will be able to obtain European funds of maximum 38,000 lei, after participating in a competition of business plans, which will be held in the summer of 2018, as part of a project developed by the financing line Diaspora Start-Up,” Intotero said.

According to her, in late February, the Minister of European Funds, Rovana Plumb, and ANOFM head Cristiana Barbu signed three projects with European financing worth 9.7 million euro in total for the integration of young unemployed into the labour market of Romania.

She underscored that the Ministry for Romanians Abroad must undertake certain bold objectives.

“The Ministry, the same as every member of the government – will be well performing, involved, connected, visible, recognized. A better communication between institutions and promotion of projects to help Romanians are only a few of the lines that the institution will pursue, as shown by the launch of the action calendar on February 27, with the support of the Romanian Academy, a long time partner of the MpRP,” shows the release.