Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday hailed the fact that Romania got selected to become a member in the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee and congratulated on this occasion the Online and Design Services Department of the Government for its activity thanks to which Romania achieved this goal.
“Good news for our country – Romania got selected to become a member of the Open Government Partnership Steering Committee, which is an international organisation that promotes governmental transparency and the use of new technologies in strengthening dialogue with the citizens. Congratulations to the team of our Online and Design Services Department for their very good results and for their valuable work,” the PM wrote on his Facebook page.
The Online and Design Services Department (DSOD) is the name of the new team created as part of the Executive with its main mission to digitalize the public administration system, shows the government site htttp://online.gov.ro/.
Among other things, the DSOD is in charge with: leading the innovation and transformation process in what concerns the online services provided by the Romanian Government; with the planning, development and implementation of the initiatives designed for a correct and transparent information of the public about the public administration’s work; with the centralization of the data regarding the work process in the public administration system: to centralise the first data regarding the public employees, public expenses, as well as other public data aggregation initiatives; with the monitoring of the implementation of the e-governance projects, the Open Government Partnership, the strategy regarding the Digital Agenda of the European Union, as well as to support the relevant public institutions.
PM salutes Gov’t measure on encouraging IT sector
Premier Victor Ponta saluted on Tuesday the facility offered by the Government to IT companies in order for the latter to hire or hire back employees that are part of the category for whom the income tax of 16 per cent is not paid, with no restriction concerning the diplomas held by them, arguing that this will allow the continued development of the sector at a sustained pace.
“A measure of support for all those who want to work in the IT domain but did not graduate special faculties! From now on companies in this domain will be able to hire or hire back employees from the category for whom the income tax of 16 per cent is not paid, with no restrictions concerning the university diplomas held. The facility will allow the covering of a higher percentage of the labour market’s demand, and Romanian IT will continue to develop at a sustained pace, with people that have a passion for what they do,” the Premier wrote on Facebook.
According to an order issued by the Communications Minister and published in the Official Gazette last week, “companies whose line of work is the creation of computer programmes can hire or hire back some employees that are part of the category of employees for whom the income tax of 16 per cent is not paid.”
The order (published in the Official Gazette, Part I, no.573/30.VII.2015) eliminates Annex 2 of the previous order issued for the cancelling of the income tax owed by IT programmers, an annex that stipulated the diplomas that the beneficiaries of the tax waiver should have had.