On Tuesday, President Klaus Iohannis promulgated two laws on the organisation and conduct of public information campaigns amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency Ordinance 63/2020 regulates the creation of a legal framework regarding the broadcasting for a fee by the government on television and radio programmes, print media, online media service providers and advertising providers, public information campaigns on measures to prevent and contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and on how to resume economic and social activities. Emergency Ordinance 86/2020 amending Emergency Ordinance 63/2020 provides for the extension of the period of these campaigns.
Under Emergency Ordinance 63, from May 15, 2020, the government broadcasts, for a fee, on television and radio programmes, print media, online media service providers and advertising providers located in Romania, public information campaigns on measures to prevent and contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and on how to resume economic and social activities after the cessation of the state of emergency.
The public information campaigns are carried out by the government of Romania and managed by the General Secretariat of the Government and the Authority for the Digitisation of Romania.
The law says the government of Romania will carry out and submit for broadcasting at least three public information campaigns per month until December 31, 2020.
In the case of public information campaigns carried out on television and radio programmes, print media, online media, in a language other than Romanian, they will be provided in that language by the Romanian government.
The information campaigns will contain non-commercial materials for the promotion of the following Romanian industries: tourism, IT, agriculture and animal husbandry, automotive, which will be broadcast in Romanian and online in most widely spoken languages such as English, French and German.
Head of State to hold education meeting with Gov’t members on Wednesday
President Klaus Iohannis will hold a meeting on education on Wednesday at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, which will be attended by several members of the Government.
According to the Presidential Administration, the meeting scheduled for 3 pm will be attended by Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan, Minister of Education and Research Monica Anisie, Minister of Public Finance Florin Citu, Minister of the Interior Marcel Vela, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, Minister of Public Works, Development and Administration Ion Stefan, Minister of European Funds Marcel Bolos, Minister of Health Nelu Tataru, Minister of Labor and Social Protection Violeta Alexandru, and Head of the Department for Emergency Situations Raed Arafat.
Last week, the head of state announced that he would meet with government officials to discuss the scenarios for the opening of the new school and university year.
“This situation of the opening of the new school year, and implicitly of the academic year, is an extremely important one and I am very concerned. I had numerous discussions with the leadership of the Ministry of Education, with specialists, with other members of the Government with duties in this area. We have made significant progress in outlining strategies and scenarios, and we have invited the Prime Minister, the Minister of Education and several ministers for a discussion next week, when I hope we will be able to outline some scenarios that can be communicated to the public,” Iohannis said on July 29.
He also specified that “school will certainly not start under normal conditions, because the pandemic will not disappear until September”.
“It would be very complicated to only have online school. And thus, we are heading towards a mixed scenario, where, probably, depending on local conditions, we will have more of the normal school with students attending at school, or more of online or a mixed system. How these things will go will be determined exactly in a week or two and it will be communicated publicly,” Iohannis explained at the time.