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European Commissioner Andriukaitis visits Romania, voices support for improvement of healthcare infrastructure

Topics such as the purchase of medicines, vaccination, as well as the draft law on doctors’ wages were discussed on Thursday by the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis (photo R) and Minister of Health Nicolae Bănicioiu. The EC official is currently visiting Romania.

“The meeting went very well. We have addressed topics of interest for Romania, in particular the purchase of medicines, the vaccination, the draft law for doctors currently under debate in the Parliament and several other topics, questions we asked. Beyond appreciation for the efforts and measures taken so far, the commissioner expressed his support for everything that we are planning to in order to improve the quality of the medical services, to improve the healthcare infrastructure, support for everything that falls under the legislative field. I believe the commissioner’s term will be an auspicious one,” Banicioiu stated, according to Agerpres.

When asked about the budget draft, Banicioiu answered that he is prepared to ask more for Health than the healthcare system has already received.

Parliamentary committee head tells European commissioner Andriukaitis it’s time to accept Romania in Schengen

Ana Birchall, chairwoman of the European Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, told European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (Health & Food Safety) it’s time to accept Romania in the Schengen Area, as the country is a security contributor.

“I reminded him that Romania acts like a de facto member of the Schengen Area since 2010; this means we defend a 2,070-kilometre border, and there are no problems on the border defended by Romania. This means Romania provides security to every European citizen every day, and it’s time to accept Romania in the Schengen Area, too,” Birchall declared after a meeting of the joint Parliament committees for health and European affairs with Commissioner Andriukaitis on Thursday.

She also declared she mentioned the current issue of refugees in Europe; she sees it as an international problem, not a merely European one.

“I personally called, from Romania’s point of view, for taking into consideration, when it comes to [refugee] quotas or the duties of each member state, the capability and actual experience in integrating these migrants, including in the healthcare services. He promised me he has understood our message. We’re solidary, we behave in a European spirit, while supporting volunteering, based firstly on Romania’s actual capacity of integrating these migrants and their families, so that we can provide them the final goal of correct integration,” Birchall said.

Florin Buicu, chairman of the Healthcare and Family Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, asserted that another topic of the meeting with the European commissioner was the way Romania should act to close the gap between its healthcare system and the European level in this field.

According to Buicu, Andriutakikis sees the life expectancy below the European average and the high infant mortality as Romania’s main problems in terms of health

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