Premier Mihai Tudose stated on Thursday, at the start of the Government meeting, referring to the ordinance on the suspension of employment, that nobody will be fired from the central administration but the positions will be blocked “in order to render the administrative act efficient.” The Head of Government warned that the central administration has employment requests for the positions of “stamp bearer, signature bearer, door sign bearer.”
“Today we will discuss, for approval, that famous act concerning measures pertaining to the central administration. We’re not firing anyone. Hiring is simply blocked and we’re trying, and we’ll succeed, to render the administrative act efficient. If we’re talking about reorganisation we’re talking about decentralisation. The bureaucratic apparatus has become increasingly larger and hiring is being done very day. There are hundreds and hundreds of requests, thousands of people: stamp bearer, signature bearer, door sign bearer so on and so forth. (…) There will be a very clear tallying of those who are working today for and in the public sector and we’ll render efficient their administrative act and the administrative act of the structures they represent,” the Premier stated.
The draft ordinance that suspends, until 31 December 2017, the filling-in of vacant positions within public central authorities and institutions, with the exception of some personnel categories, and which requests the auditing of these institutions’ management, was on the agenda of the Government meeting on Thursday. The draft ordinance was authored by the Development Ministry.
The Development Ministry put the draft ordinance up for public consultations in early July.
Its provisions refer to the Government, ministries, other central bodies subordinated to the Government and ministries, including their decentralised public services, to autonomous administrative authorities and prefectures.
Gov’t discusses employers’ social, health insurance payments for part-time contracts
The Government will discuss a draft law implementing the payment of social security and healthcare insurance contributions by the employer at the level of the minimum wage for part-time employment contracts, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose announced at the beginning of a government meeting on Thursday, pointing out that an exception from this rule will be made for students, pupils and pensioners.
“Also today [Thursday] we’ll debate a very controversial bill of late, implementing the payment of social security and healthcare insurance contributions by the employer at the level of the minimum wage for part-time employees. In fact, it had become a practice and it is a practice today for the employee to be kept on a part-time contract, on four-hour, five-hour or two-hour work schedules, with the difference to the net minimum wage being paid in cash, illegally (…) The exception from the rule established today will be that students, pupils and retirees will be exempted from this rule. They will be able to continue to be part-time employees without the employer having to pay full-time working hours,” Tudose explained.
Minister for Romanians Everywhere: I propose amendment of non-refundable funding law for diaspora to provide grants
The Ministry for Romanians Everywhere proposes a new bill on non-refundable funds to the diaspora that provides for the possibility to offer funding grants, Minister Andreea Pastirnac said at the beginning of a government meeting on Thursday.
“Eleven years after the adoption of Law 321 on non-refundable funds to the diaspora, the Ministry for Romanian Expats proposes a new bill, more modern and better adjusted to the European legislation. The major novelty is given by the possibility of offering funding grants. This way, the allotted funds will be able to be justified less bureaucratically, based on meeting strategic objectives,” Pastirnac said.
She added that the draft will also include the possibility of establishing some annual geographic and thematic priorities for fund granting.
“Another novelty is the possibility of establishing multiannual geographic and thematic priorities for fund granting and we hope that this way the Romanian communities that are making huge efforts to preserve and consolidate their identity will be able to become a priority receiver of the strategy and funding the Romanian Government provides,” Pastirnac said.
Gov’t approves bill introducing funding leverages for overseas Romanians
The Government has approved a bill proposing the modification of the legislative framework for granting non-refundable funds from the budget of the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere for programmes, projects and actions supporting the activity of Romanians overseas and their representative organisations.
According to a Government statement , Law 321/2006 will be updated to the current realities facing Romanians abroad, in order to improve and make more flexible the funding system for actions, projects and programmes devoted in support of the Romanians abroad.
Among the modifications, there is the possibility of funding these projects aimed at keeping the connection of the Romanians abroad with the motherland, in addition to the themes so far funded regarding cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious identity, and the freedom of assembly and association.
At the same time, the bill provides an amendment to the definition of beneficiaries of non-refundable money to include the needs resulting from practice so far.
“Thus, qualifying for non-refundable amounts can be associations, foundations, religious organisations, other NGOs of Romanians abroad and international organisations and other authorised individuals as well as legal entities of public or private law from Romania and abroad,” the statement shows.
The bill also mentions the possibility of establishing multiannual geographical and thematic priorities for granting non-refundable money to the support of the Romanians everywhere, under a national strategy for Romanians abroad.
The statement shows that the bill establishes three types of fund granting, namely: for projects entailing direct implementation regarding actions carried out by the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere; for projects with indirect implementation carried out by funding beneficiaries, as well as through grants.
Ministry for Romanians Everywhere to conduct gov’t campaign ‘Information at home! Safety in the world!’
The Ministry for Romanians Everywhere, in partnership with other public institutions, will begin in August an information campaign called “Information at home! Safety in the world!” for Romanians wanting to work, study or live abroad.
According to a Government statement, the campaign is set to inform about the rights the persons who want to settle abroad have in the EU member states, as well as the risks they are exposed to when deciding to work abroad.
“Moreover, they will be informed about workplace safety, the risks of occupational diseases, protection from abuse and exploitation of labour or any other type, support for non-discriminatory access of Romanian workers to the labour market, as well as the emergency numbers in case of contingency.”
According to the statement, the information campaign will start with a pilot project in the Counties of Botosani (9 August), Suceava (10 August) and Neamt (11 August) and will continue in other regions of the country.
The campaign will be conducted by the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, the Interior Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and local administrations.
Representatives of the diplomatic corps in Bucharest will be invited, mainly ambassadors coming from the countries where there are sizeable communities of Romanians, such as Italy, Spain, the UK, Germany and France.
Four-day mini-holiday on Day of Assumption, approved by Government
Public sector employees will have a four-day holiday from August 12 to August 15. The Government decided, on Thursday, that Monday, August 14, will be a public holiday for public sector employees, in order to thus bridge the weekend and the Day of Assumption (August 15), which is a public holiday.
“The Government established today that Monday, 14 August 2017, will be a public holiday for public sector employees, thus bridging the weekend and August 15, which is a public holiday. The free day will be recovered in full on 19 August 2017 or via daily extra hours until 25 August 2017,” reads a press release.
According to the Government, this will not be the case for activities that cannot be interrupted given the character of the production process or the specificity of the activity.
“Likewise, in order for justice to function as a public service, the provisions of this decision are not applied to magistrates and other categories of court employees involved in solving lawsuits whose deadline is 14 August 2017, nor to the participants in these lawsuits. Bank transfers made on 14 August 2017 will be registered in the accounting books of the state treasury’s territorial units as such,” the Government communique reads.