President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that an administrative-territorial reform can no longer be postponed, indicating that this is the only solution for narrowing development gaps between regions and for economic and social harmonization between them.
“Now, after ten years of belonging to the European Union, I think we are all aware that an administrative-territorial reform can no longer be postponed. Undoubtedly, this is the only solution for narrowing the development gaps between regions and the only one that can ensure economic and social harmony between them. At the same time, transport infrastructure, which has become almost an everyday concern for everyone, often remains unfinished, performing only on paper, in feasibility studies or in beautifully coloured maps. That is why, serious efforts have to be made in this direction because the quality of people’s lives ultimately depends on these works,” said Iohannis at the Gala of the Association of Municipalities in Romania, organized at the Romanian Athenaeum.
He said that the problems in the administration have existed for years and that there is a need for a paradigm shift in this field.
“Real changes do not happen on their own, but only after a number of problems in the central and local public administration are solved. Problems that are not of yesterday or today, some have lasted for decades. I am directly telling you that public administration needs a significant paradigm shift, based on a long-term vision that will no longer suffer interruptions caused by the frequent change of government,” Iohannis said.
The president argued that one of the emergencies is decentralization.
“This process has long become over time a topic that has long been debated and mentioned, but it has not been put into practice, perhaps because of the shallowness with which it has been treated. And these days we are living again one of those moments when one tries to change the whole base of the Fiscal Code without discussing these things in detail, for example, with you. I hope you can convince the government that things can be solved better,” the head of state added.
“I think the time has come when we do not have to look for people responsible for the failure of many projects in our country. It is time for us to take on projects that we can complete and bring real changes. And precisely because there is the need for another way to manage our communities in the long run, we started the ‘Country Project’ last year, a plan to guide us and make us more responsible and more efficient. I am convinced that such an approach will provide the guidelines which Romania has to follow in the decades to come. I strongly believe in the essence of this project, namely the achievement of a national consensus around some goals that will unite us. We all want a strong and dignified country, a European, modern and prosperous Romania,” he said.
“Opportuneness musn’t be criminally censored”
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Monday that “opportuneness mustn’t be criminally censored”, but also added that he is not “very convinced” that a modification of the legislation related to bills issued by the Government is necessary.
“It is very true that opportuneness mustn’t be criminally censored and this matter is rather well known. I am not very convinced that the legislation in the matter must be changed,” Iohannis said when asked about information according to which parliamentarians would like the modification of the administrative Code so that the opportuneness of the Government decisions can no longer be investigated by prosecutors.”