DIPLOMACY

UK, Romania sign Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of public administration

Deputy Prime Minister Vasile Dincu and UK Cabinet Office Minister Matthew Hancock signed on Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of public administration, with the Romanian side being mainly interested in the means to restore the dignity of Romanian public servants.

It is a great pleasure to be here, to start a long-term work and collaboration programme with a view to improve public administration in the United Kingdom as well as in Romania, via common agreements, exchanging lessons learnt, practically by learning about each other’s countries and about reforms that we made and are making, Matthew Hancock stated upon signing the memorandum.

The British official stressed he was very impressed with the Romanian Government’s decision to make progress in this regard.

It is something all countries must continuously improve on and I am waiting with great pleasure to collaborate with the Romanian Government, Hancock added.

Deputy PM Vasile Dincu, who is also serving as Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration, stressed that the memorandum makes reference to exchanges of experts and common training programmes for Romanian public servants.

“We had a first talk with the delegation representing the David Cameron Cabinet, we had a brief analysis of our situation and our priorities, we signed a memorandum of understanding for a future collaboration. It refers to exchanges of experts, to gain from joint training programmes for Romanian public servants. We want to learn from the experience of continuous reforming that all countries must be involved in, but the case of the United Kingdom is a relevant one for us,” Dincu stated.

The Romanian official stressed that, in his opinion, UK’s public administration is among the most advanced, and Romania is interested in learning the means to improve the status of its public administration workers.

“We want to learn from the decentralisation system, the means to continuously train public servants. We are interested, first and foremost, in means to restore the dignity of public servants and for this I thank the UK Government. An experience that will be rich in exchanges has been launched. I am certain that we will learn a lot from this experience, but we hope that it will become an interesting one also for our UK friends,” Deputy PM Dincu added.

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