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Gov’t to provide emergency aid to flood-affected communities

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Tuesday that emergency aid will be provided to the flood-affected communities, calling on the local administrations to pay utmost attention in the coming days so as to be able to step in when needed.

“Over the past few days, there have been heavy rain showers that generated flooding in several communities and we have seen that the forecast for the coming days shows the same weather phenomena. Interior Ministry officials are at the scene, intervening promptly and taking all the necessary measures to help the communities overcome these difficult moments caused by rainfall. In all the affected parts, damage assessment will be carried out; we will centralise the damage in order to know precisely what interventions are needed at the government level and we will continue to provide emergency aids. We have urged the Ministry of the Interior and the local administrations to pay utmost attention so that in the next hours and days we can prevent as much as possible and intervene urgently where it is necessary,” Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting on Tuesday.

Dancila said the government provides funds to restore the infrastructure of local communities in 28 counties that have been affected by floods in recent months.

“We continue to follow the situation caused by the floods in recent months. Many communities have been severely damaged; houses were destroyed as well as local infrastructure, bridges and other facilities. For starters, we offered immediate aids to the citizens and intervened for the restoration of regional and county infrastructure. We are now providing local communities in 28 counties with the funds needed to rebuild infrastructure in the flooded parts. The sums needed for each area were requested by the local public administration and they will be secured from the intervention fund at the disposal of the government provided for in the 2018 national budget,” said Dancila.

 

“Economy Ministry taking over majority package of Mangalia Shipyard, important success”

 

The Economy Ministry taking over majority package of Mangalia Shipyard represents an important success of the Romanian state, PM Viorica Dancila said on Tuesday.

“I would like to underscore the takeover by the Economy Ministry of the majority share package of the Mangalia Shipyard. It is an important success of the Romanian state because it allows the control on a strategically important objective at the Black Sea. For the first time over the past 28 years, the Romanian state has taken over control on an industrial strategic facility. The partnership between the Economy Ministry, through the 2 Mai Shipyard, and the Damen Dutch Group will revitalise the activity of the yard and will allow important products to be produced in Mangalia, ships with high added value which also generate a plus for the local and for the national economy and which allow the horizontal integration of other economic operators of Romania as well,” the PM said in the beginning of the Government meeting.

The Economy Ministry announced on Monday it concluded the transaction for taking over the 51pct majority package of DMHI Mangalia Shipyard, while Damen Shipyards Group will hold 49pct.

 

Gov’t to substantially increase prize money for sports competitions

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Tuesday that the government will approve new criteria for awarding prize money and rewards to professional athletes and their coaches.

“We will approve today criteria for awarding prize money and other financial rewards to professional athletes, their coaches and other participants in the sporting activities. Romanian athletes represent the country in the world and deserve our recognition and appreciation. We will substantially increase the awards for competitions such as those organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and by the Romanian Olympic Committee, as well as by other ministries such as the Ministry of Internal Affairs or the Ministry of National Defence. These changes have been made following consultations with numerous institutions such as the Romanian Olympic Committee, sports federations, sports clubs, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of National Defence,” Dancila said at the beginning of the government meeting.

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