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President Iohannis: Building post-pandemic Romania does not mean returning to the previous state, but significant progress towards a new stage

President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that building post-pandemic Romania does not mean returning to the previous state, but significant progress towards a new stage, an objective that can be achieved under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

He mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic meant an unprecedented health crisis, and also a massively affected economy.

“Together, we have overcome a difficult period, which has shown us once again how deep the flaws of a state are without sound reforms and consistent funding in key areas. We are at a time when we know that vaccination and immunisation of the majority of citizens can stop this pandemic. From now on, therefore, we have a very precise objective, the construction of post-pandemic Romania. That does not mean a return to the previous state, but a significant progress towards a new stage,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He mentioned that post-pandemic Romania is the country with heavy investment in infrastructure, where the network of hospitals is being developed and integrated medical centers are being created in vulnerable rural and urban areas.

“Post-pandemic Romania is the country with safe and modern schools, with functional laboratories. We will invest in green, energy-efficient school networks, as well as in the development of early education systems and dual education. Post-pandemic Romania is the country with a digitalised administration, with reformed state-owned companies, with a strong and well-developed private sector, with new business opportunities, a country that protects the environment, allocates significant funds for reforestation and combating climate change. To achieve all these goals we need a coherent plan, and money. Fortunately, we have both, in the form of PNRR,” said Iohannis, according to Agerpres.

 

PNRR has no political colour; political forces to should shun party logic to support it

 

On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis called on the political parties to get out of the “narrow party logic” and to support the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), showing that it represents the “project of a generation” and it has no political colour.

“The success of PNRR largely depends on what the future of our society will look like. From that perspective, this approach has no political colour even if it was drawn up with great efforts and negotiated intensively at European level by the current governing coalition, a coalition that understands very well what the development needs of Romania are and what needs to be done to achieve the objectives. This plan belongs to Romania, and its implementation will extend beyond the mandate of the current government,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He also called for solidarity and responsibility.

“Political approaches or criticisms in an election key do nothing but weaken its chances of success. Now is the time for all responsible political forces to come out of the narrow logic of the party to show solidarity, responsibility, and support this effort with all their might,” added Iohannis.

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