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President Iohannis, PM Ciolos discuss urgent amendments to public procurement in healthcare sector

President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Friday agreed that the public procurement legislation for the healthcare sector needs to be urgently amended, and that a new set of control and test rules is necessary for disinfectants and conditions at hospitals.

“So that incoherence and the absence of clear procedures no longer lead to the instances such as the current ones, the two officials agreed that a new set of rules for controlling and testing disinfectants and sanitation at hospitals needs to be passed. Mo, President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos agreed that the public procurement legislation for the healthcare sector needs to be urgently amended to secure better control of products procured by the public hospitals of Romania. Procurement standardisation will lead to the healthcare units being equipped with compliant materials that will not endanger human life,” the Presidential Administration says in a press statement.

The statement says Iohannis is in permanent contact with the prime minister to analyse the latest developments in the healthcare crisis, decisions to solve emergencies as well as a plan of measures to be taken for the management of healthcare issues in the medium and long run.


President Iohannis, PM Ciolos discuss Romania’s mandate to NATO Summit


President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Friday discussed the main objectives Romania should pursue in preparation for the NATO Summit of Warsaw, which will take place in July, as well as the necessary measures to attain them.

“Talks today take include consistent meetings of late with US and NATO high-ranking officials. The mandate Romania will endorse in Warsaw will be submitted for validation to the future meeting of the Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT),” reads a press statement by the Presidential Administration.

President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos had a working meeting on Friday on the situation in the healthcare system and the preparation for the July NATO Summit in Warsaw. Also attending the meeting were Defence Minister Mihnea Motoc, Foreign Minister Lazar Comanescu and presidential advisers Ion Oprisor and Bogdan Aurescu.

Iohannis on Wednesday met US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work and on Thursday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

“Without losing sight of the need for a proper response to the developments in the southern neighbourhood, we particularly highlighted the expectations of Romania from the NATO Summit. A credible and predictable presence of allied forces on the eastern flank is important, while providing a balance between the northern and southern dimension of the eastern flank. In the same context, we want to set up the framework for a permanent naval allied presence at the Black Sea – certainly with the observance of the provisions of the Montreux Convention. Moreover, I find opportune an agreement on a solution to conduct joint training of the allied forces in the region. (…) Romania will continue to grant a special importance to including the Black Sea in all allied process of evaluation, so that the security challenges in the region be assessed of a correct and comprehensive manner,” Iohannis said, after the meeting with the NATO official.

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