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Gov’t sitting. PM Dancila: MAI will add to Aviation Inspectorate General acquisitions 22 helicopters, one flight simulator

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced that the government will adopt on Tuesday an emergency ordinance under which the Interior Ministry (MAI) will add to the Aviation Inspectorate General 22 helicopters and at least one flight simulator for emergency management.

“We want to focus on prevention and, at the same time, be prepared to intervene fast in emergencies. At the initiative of the Interior Ministry, during today’s meeting we’ll be adopting an emergency ordinance on the centralised procurement of helicopters and flight simulators for emergency management. The Interior Ministry will add to the Aviation Inspectorate General 22 helicopters and at least one flight simulator. Thus, the capacity of response and preparedness in case of emergencies will be significantly improved,” Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting on Tuesday.

She pointed out that the procurement will be madefrom non-refundable funds, under the Large Infrastructure Operation Programme, out of which the MAI has allotted about 600 million euro.

“The programme is aimed at developing the emergency response area,” said Dancila.

 

Gov’t passes ordinance on packaging waste management

 

The government will approve on Tuesday an emergency ordinance on the management of packaging waste, which main objective is to increase recycling, according to Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said.

“The central objective of the measures introduced by this piece of legislation is to increase waste recycling to put Romania on the European map of recycling and circular economy. Simply put, the measures introduced by this emergency ordinance bring about a change on the waste management approach so that we do not treat waste as something unnecessary, but as a resource that deserves and needs to be capitalised on,” Dancila explained at the beginning of the government meeting.

She mentioned as the main measures envisaged in the ordinance, which will be applicable starting in 2019, are guarantee for reusable packaging and the introduction of performance indicators for both sanitation companies and sorting stations, as well as encouragement of separate waste collection at source, also providing details of how to apply the differentiated fees applicable to individuals.

“The role of each player in the waste management chain is also established, starting with the obligations on citizens, collectors, sanitation operators, and ending with those on producers, recyclers and local public administrations. A detailed schedule for the replacement of disposable packaging in the preparation of the European strategy for disposable plastic products has also been drawn up,”, added Dancila.

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