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PM Ciolos: We’ve devised staged schedule for 2016 Budget completion around December 10

Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said Saturday that he devised a staged calendar for the 2016 Budget in order to complete the Budget and pass it around December 10.

“We have devised a staged schedule for the Budget and set an objective to completes the Budget and pass it around December 10. At this first stage, we consider the allocations, caps for various ministries and then we will discuss figures and calculations related to income and the already passed legislation to see what we can cover of it,” Ciolos told a news conference.

He added that a new informal meeting of the Government is set for Monday afternoon at the Government headquarters where the finance minister is expected to come up with an analysis.

“So, we took a draft budget left behind by the former government at the Finance Ministry. At the first Government meeting, the ministers asked for time to analyse their priorities for the year to come, including priorities that might have a budgetary impact. I gave them until Sunday evening to clarify their projects for the 2016 Budget. On Monday after-noon, we will meet for another informal meeting here at Victoria Palace, where the Mrs finance minister will come up with a first analysis of such demands and of what has already been provided for in the Budget in terms of allocations by ministries, the so called caps on spending (…),” Ciolos explained about the 2016 Budget.

Ciolos: Gov’t to submit sectoral action plan together with 2016 national budget

A sectoral action plan will be completed and submitted to Parliament at the same time with the 2016 national budget, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told a news conference on Saturday at the Government House.

“In the first part of the meeting today we discussed a sectoral Acton plan with the actions we promised to draw up in our conversations in Parliament for the hearings and then at the plenary vote session. The sectoral action plan for each separate field would be partially completed and submitted to Parliament at the same time with the budget. It will certainly not be submitted as a piece of legislation, but it will accompany the budget because the sectoral plan will relate to the budget as well to a great extent. I asked each minister to identify what must be done in the period immediately ahead, because we are bound by certain commitments, certain legislative obligations to implement and certain conditions to meet in several sectors related to European funds as well,” said Ciolos.

He added that a second category of decisions discussed at the informal meeting on Saturday concerned already started projects.

“Then the second category of decisions – what to continue of the started projects where there is adopted legislation or where projects are completed and expecting implementation, to see what we can undertake and thirdly what new projects to apply arising from the government programme we suggested for the next year,”said Ciolos.

He added that the second part of the informal meeting focused on priority themes for 2016 – economic development, administrative reform and Romania in the European Union.

“Then, in the second part of the meeting, we discussed three priority working themes that we suggest for the year to come. There are three orientation theme, so to say, that cover several sectors encompassing three big areas, and here I suggested to the members of the Government that we should work on economic development, administrative reform by increased performance, transparency and consequently depoliticising and professionalising, depoliticising that ensues this reform and professionalisation. A third theme – Romania inside the EU: what we expect from EU membership and what we bring to the EU, especially in the current context, when there are increasingly more debates on the developments in the organisation of the EU, all the more so as Romania will be holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2019,” Ciolos explained.

He mentioned that for the three themes working groups will be established to be chaired by members of the government to discuss with various players that have something to say in these fields. He said responsible for the economic development working groups will be Deputy Prime Minister Costin Borc.

Ciolos added that he agreed with the relevant ministers on drawing up a detailed action plan for national security and citizen’s security affairs.

“I want to add that given the current situation, I agreed with the relevant ministers on a detailed action plan being drawn up on matters related to national security and citizen’s security and I want to tell you clearly: there are no signs that problems or risks exist in Romania right now, but we better be prepared; after the discussions of the past days at the Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting and amidst the current tensioned context it would be better for us to be prepared,” said Ciolos.

Deputy PM Borc: We discussed establishing inter-ministerial working group on economic development

At an informal meeting on Saturday of the Government, there was talk of the establishment of an inter-ministerial working group on economic development which aim should be to draw up a rapid reaction plan, Deputy Prime Minister Costin Borc told a news conference on Saturday.

“The fundamental objective of the plan is increasing convergence, as I already told you at the parliamentary hearings, unceasing convergence not just with the other European Union member states, but also among the regions of Romania. For that we will first of all identify ten existing resources – soil, subsoil – and last but not least the existing human resources. At the same time, we will consider the conditions in the partnership agreement with the EU because we are interested in a clean, smart, inclusive economic growth,” Borc explained.

He added that he will continue his consultations with the business community, the existing labour associations, employers’ associations, trade unions and will include them in the working group on economic development.

“Besides the fundamental objective of convergence in the medium term, we want to consolidate trust in the Romanian economy as soon as possible. That entails identifying opportunities for reindustrialisation taking into account the reinterpretation of the concept in the overall European context. What interests us is first off al to support capital, Romanian capital, and consolidating an identity for Romanian products is a strategic objective for us. The Romanian human capital is a fundamental resource to us and we want to develop human resources in terms of qualified staff development all the way to creative industries, IT &C, etc. In the short run, we will adjust the plan to the 2016 budgetary lines,” added the deputy PM.

He said he knows there are some constraints related to market reactions as well as bureaucratic ones. “(…) We will try to come up with administrative simplifications and also there are constrains related to the gap we are facing today in the research area, a sector that is still contributing too little to Romania’s economic development.’

Journalist Dan Suciu to be spokesman for Ciolos Cabinet

On Monday, Dan Suciu will become the spokesman for the Romanian Government, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told a news conference on Saturday.

“As of Monday, the spokesman for the Government will be Dan Suciu. He has experience in organisational communication, including governmental communication,”said Ciolos.

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