Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastarnac stated on Thursday in Suceava that more than half of the Romanians working abroad are considering the possibility of returning to the country and that is why the social and labour market reinsertion policy is important.
“More than half of our citizens are seriously thinking of coming back home,” Pastarnac said, stressing that their social and labour market reinsertion represents an important chapter of the campaign titled “Information at home! Safety in the World!’, launched and developed in partnership with the Interior Ministry (MAI), the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice (MMJS).
Andreea Pastarnac showed that the mixed team consisting of representatives of the three ministries is looking for solutions to the problems faced by Romanians abroad, especially with regard to human trafficking and illegal work.
“We are a team that every day tries to find solutions to the problems Romanian citizens living abroad face, especially those related to illegal labour and trafficking in human beings and labour force,” said Pastarnac, adding that campaigns and actions are already being carried out attempting to support Romanian citizens abroad, especially from the EU.
At the same time, the Minister underscored the importance of information activities in the proximity of this campaign’s target groups.
“One of the major conclusions of these actions was the need to start information and prevention campaigns as close as possible to citizens who choose to go, for a shorter or longer period, to work in the EU,” the minister said.
According to Pastarnac, at present, our country has three large Romanian communities abroad, namely Italy – 1.3 million people, Spain – 1.17 million, and in the UK, without putting forth a figure, some hundreds of thousands being however estimated, who are ”in a fluctuating labour market” and usually it is these people who get into “risky situations”, as they often resort to middlemen who do not always observe the legislation in force.
Grants for media, blogs or NGOs to safeguard linguistic identity of Romanians
Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastarnac stated on Thursday in Suceava that one of the objectives of the ministry she is coordinating concerns the preservation of the national identity, and to this end it considers the financing of projects which aim at the extension, professionalisation and streamlining of media in Romanian.
“One of the Ministry’s major objectives is to preserve the spiritual and linguistic identity of the Romanians living abroad today. We have very large communities that have already settled abroad for 15-20 years. (…) We are trying to approach on two levels, the Romanian language at the educational level and the Romanian language promoted through the media in the Diaspora. There are a large number of publications, newspapers, television and radio stations and on-line publications in the Romanian language of Romanians living outside the country borders and, through our ministry’s financing programme, we have tried this year, to pay special attention to publications and provide direct support through the grants we give. We have a project to support journalists in Serbia where we have important communities and there are struggles to maintain media in the Romanian language,” Andreea Pastarnac said.
The minister also announced that in the second semester of this year a training programme will be carried out for Diaspora journalists, in Bucharest and also in areas in Romania where there are important territorial studios producing programmes for the historical communities, but also for a new Diaspora.
According to Pastarnac, the ministry’s budget is 8 million lei, and according to the current legislation in force, the financing is made on four pillars, without any budget separation between them.
“The way the Ministry works, according to Law 321 in force, is based on their requests. So, if you had a daily paper or a blog in the Diaspora, you would write a project and request the ministry’s support for your activity. The draft is submitted to a committee which, in the light of the recently adopted national strategy, would be taken into consideration, would be approved or not. So how a grant is given is based on the direct requests of journalists in the Diaspora,” Andreea Pastarnac further said, stating that any authorized person, blog or NGO meeting the conditions of the financing guide can apply, and the ministry representatives strive to approve as many requests as possible.