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September 29, 2022

Gov’t sitting. The Executive considers one-billion-euro funds for multiannual culture investment programme

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila says the government is due on Thursday to discuss a multiannual culture investment programme, under which one billion euros will be allocated to showcase historical monuments, libraries, museums, cultural centres and concert halls.

“We are also discussing at today’s meeting the investment programme in the field of culture. It is an area that urgently needs multiannual funding for the acquisition of historical monuments and cultural assets, the building of cultural assets and carrying out of interventions, rehabilitation or modernisation works. With the approval of a clear investment programme, we can value historical monuments, libraries, museums, cultural centres, and concert halls. In order to implement this ample investment program, we will provide an amount of one billion euros for multiannual funding contracts can be concluded, and this objective was enshrined in the government programme, while being in line with the major strategic objectives of the National Convention on Culture, voted at the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Congress convention in March,” Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting on Thursday.

She mentioned that the financing contracts for the initiation of two cultural projects, worth approximately 12 million euros in all, were already signed: the E-Culture Programmme: The Romanian Digital Library and the Historical Monuments Programme – strategic planning and optimised public policies.

“In the centennial year, we are concerned both with the events dedicated to the celebration of the [December 1, 1918] Greater Union and important projects for the next generations. I am pleased to announce the signing of the financing contracts for the launch of two major cultural projects worth approximately 12 million euros in all – the E-Culture Program: Digital Library of Romania and the Historical Monuments Programme – strategic planning and optimised public policies. Under the e-culture programme, 550,000 cultural resources will be displayed in the digital library of Romania, a library-type digital information platform and catalogue shared with culturalia.ro; last but not least, about 200,000 cultural resources will be digitised and posted on the europeana.eu portal,” she said.

Dancila said the Historical Monuments – strategic planning and optimised public policies programme is designed to draw up the Cultural Heritage Code, and a national strategy for the protection of historical monuments.

“We are thus supporting the central public administrations for better preservation and protection of historical monuments. The projects will be made from non-reimbursable European funds and I trust that their implementation will follow the plan and that they will contribute to the promotion of our cultural and national identity,” she said.


PM Dancila says CNI signed contract to execute works on ‘Steaua’ Stadium


Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Thursday, in the beginning of the Government sitting that within the preparations which Romania carries out in order to host the matches of the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, the National Investments Company (CNI) has signed two major contracts – one regarding the design and execution of the works on the new “Steaua” Stadium and another one that is aimed at the feasibility studies for the new sports complex of the Dinamo Club.

“I have good news in view of the preparations that Romania is carrying out in order to host the matches of the 2020 European Football Championship. Yesterday [Wednesday], the National Investments Company signed two important contracts. The first contract refers to the design and execution of investment works at the ‘Steaua’ Stadium. The new arena will have a capacity of 30,500 seats and will meet the criteria enforced by the UEFA for running sports competitions for the UEFA classification level,” the Prime Minister said.

According to her, a second contract signed by the National Investments Company refers to “drawing-up the pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of the new stadium for the Dinamo Bucharest sports club.”

“The new sports complex will have a capacity of approximately 18,000 seats and will meet the criteria imposed by the UEFA for carrying out sports competition for the UEFA 4 classification level,” the PM stated.

Dancila also mentioned that both projects will be funded by the Regional Development and Public Administration Ministry through the National Investments Company.


 Spokesman Barbu says Gov’t simplified general requirements for releasing foreigners’ employment permit


The Government passed on Thursday an emergency ordinance that simplifies the general requirements for releasing the employment permit of foreigners, spokesman of the Gov’t Nelu Barbu stated on Thursday.

“In respect to the amendments that came from the Interior Affairs Ministry in the legislation regarding the regime of foreigners, it is actually a simplification of the general requirements for releasing the foreigners’ employment permit.

When an employer wanted to hire a person who did not have a Romanian citizenship, the employer needed and still needs to fulfill several requirements. Among them, one requirements was that over the past three years since lodging the application, the employer shouldn’t have been sanctioned for breaching the legislation in this matter of the employment of foreigners. This three-year term was reduced to six months, because it was believed to be more reasonable, three years was a too long period,” Barbu explained at the Victoria Palace.



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