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First meeting this year: Gov’t approves publishing of book on 2018 achievements

The first Government meeting this year had on its order of business the adoption of a memorandum that stipulates the publishing – with public funds – of a book regarding the implementation of the measures included in the Governance Programme in 2018. The Government’s report will be coordinated by Darius Valcov.

“The Governance Programme 2018-2020, approved by Parliament’s Decision no.1/29 January 2018, includes the measures that the Government has assumed in order to attain the objective of ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth, liable to furnish the premises of the consolidation of a strong, pro-active state and of a balanced society with an extended middle class,’” reads the memorandum sent by Government Secretary General Toni Grebla and National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis Chairman Ion Ghizdeanu.

Likewise, the document also proposes that Darius Valcov, adviser on economic issues to Premier Viorica Dancila, should handle the analysis and coordination of the report.

At the same time, the Executive wants the representatives of the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis to send each ministry, by February 1st, the partial assessments of each field of activity included in the governance programme, based on the status reports they presented in October 2018.

By February 15, each institution that has responsibilities in or contributes to the fulfilment of the commitments included in the governance programme will send the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis, by email, their proposal for the final form of the chapters, by including in it all the achievements registered last year.

Subsequently, the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis will present the report before the Government, accompanied by a memorandum that would outline, in synthesis, the achievements registered in 2018.

“Considering the special achievements in priority domains, we propose the drafting of the following chapters of synthesis: The main economic-social results; The way the 115 priority actions were carried out; Public investments and public-private partnership investments; Government programmes and state aid schemes; Fiscal-budgetary policy; Absorption of European grants – actions and achievements. For the drafting of these chapters of synthesis, we propose that each institution that has prerogatives in carrying out the Governance Programme should send to the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis the detailed status of the investment objectives finalised in 2018 and the stage of the pending ones. The investment expenditures on each objective will be pointed out,” according to the mentioned source.

The source points out that after the Government approves the report the latter will be published in 500 copies that will be distributed to central and local public administration institutions, the expenditures set to be covered from the budget of the National Commission for Strategy and Prognosis.

Likewise, the order of business of Wednesday’s Government meeting also included a draft decision establishing the date starting on which electronic passports are to be issued.

“Electronic passports are issued to their holders after the payment of a fee. The fee for electronic passports issued within the country is collected in line with the stipulations of Article 15.1 of Law no.248/2005 on the free movement of Romanian citizens abroad, with subsequent amendments and supplementations,” reads the amendment to Article 5, included in the Government decision on establishing the date starting on which electronic passports are to be issued.

According to the Government’s press release, on Wednesday the Government was also set to discuss a draft decision on the dismissal or appointment of prefects/deputy prefects.

Likewise, the order of business of Wednesday’s Government meeting also included the following legislative acts:

“1. Draft decision amending Government Decision no.557/2006 establishing the date starting on which electronic passports are to be issued, as well as their form and contents.

  1. Draft decision amending Government Decision no.556/2006 on establishing the date starting on which temporary simple passports are to be issued, as well as their form and contents.
  2. Draft decision on the updating of the identification data and inventory values of buildings that are part of the state’s public domain and are managed by the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture – Satu Mare County Centre.
  3. Draft decision on the approval of the Protocol of the 10th Session of the Mandatories, signed in Ismail, Ukraine, on 4 October 2018, enforcing the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the Government of Ukraine on cooperation in the management of trans-boundary waters, signed in Galati on 30 September 1997.
  4. Draft decision on updating the identification data and inventory value of an asset that is part of the state’s public domain, managed by the Vrancea Environment Protection Agency, a public institution subordinated to the National Agency for Environment Protection, which is in turn subordinated to the Environment Ministry, as a result of land registration and re-appraisal operations.
  5. Draft decision on the establishing and functioning of the ‘Ambassadors’ Musical Theatre, amending and supplementing Annex no.2 to Government Decision no.90/2010 on the structure and functioning of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity.
  6. Draft decision on the dismissal/appointment of prefects and/or deputy prefects.”

 

The order of business of the Government meeting also included the adoption of the following memoranda:

“1. Memorandum titled: ‘The negotiation of the Agreement between the Romanian Government and the Malaysian Government on cooperation in preventing and combating terrorism, organised crime and other grave offences”.

  1. Memorandum titled: Adoption of the Final Report of the Inter-ministerial Committee set up in line with Prime Minister’s Decision no.268/01.10.2018.”

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