The Romanian government has approved lifting from August 1 some COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Wednesday.
“We have approved lifting restrictions from August 1. Relaxation is a strong word today, because these measures are not much ease, as many of them are kept in place. I would mention the outdoors cultural, artistic and entertainment events with at most 75,000 people in attendance in areas where 14-day cumulative rate is less than or equal to 2 cases per 1,000 population. Very important condition – the participants must be vaccinated, or recovered from the disease or tested,” Citu said after a government meeting.
He said that indoor and outdoor sports competitions will be allowed for spectators covering up to 75% of the maximum capacity of the space, keeping a minimum of one metre between people and the rate should be less than or equal to 2 cases per 1,000 population.
“Activities in bars, clubs, discos and game rooms up to the maximum capacity of the space will be allowed between 05:00hrs and 02:00 hours if the rate is less than or equal to 2 per 1,000 population. The 02:00hrs has not changed if the rate is less than or equal to 2 cases per 1,000 population,” the prime minister explained.
Financial aid of 1.5 million lei restore 12 flood-stricken schools approved by the Executive
In a decision on Wednesday, the government approved financial aid of 1.5 million lei for the restoration of the infrastructure of 12 schools in the counties of Alba and Cluj counties affected by this month’s floods, Prime Minister Florin Citu informed on Wednesday.
“Last week, we announced that we will provide financial aid for the educational facilities affected by the floods. Today we adopted a government decision. It is about 12 schools in the counties of Alba and Cluj affected by the floods this month. It is 1.5 million lei from the national budget that will go to the local budgets for the investment works necessary for the restoration and safety of school infrastructure,” Citu told a news conference at the Government House.
Gov’t approves ordinance allowing TAUs to borrow from State Treasury
The Government has approved an emergency ordinance that allows the territorial administrative units (TAU) to borrow from the State Treasury, Prime Ministru Florin Citu announced on Wednesday.
“At the government meeting today we have approved an emergency ordinance that we had announced for quite some time and that block while pending approval, and we unblocked it, giving thus the possibility to the territorial administrative units to get loans from the State Treasury. (…) The ordinance regulates the possibility of accessing funds with interests between 1 and 5 per cent, depending on the agreed repayment period of up to 3 years and up to 5 years, respectively. This ordinances was wanted by many TAUs in Romania,” the head of the Executive said at the Victoria Palace.
PM Citu: I’ve signed decision on setting up inter-ministerial committee to monitor “Educated Romania” programme
PM Florin Citu on Wednesday also announced that he signed the decision to set up the Inter-ministerial Committee that will monitor and implement the “Educated Romania” project, with 3.6 billion euros having been earmarked for this project through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).
“Two weeks ago, when President Klaus Iohannis chaired the Government meeting, we announced a timetable for the implementation of the “Educated Romania” project, which was taken over by the Romanian Government too. Today, I signed the decision to set up the Interministerial Committee to monitor and implement the “Educated Romania” programme. (…) It is a very important project for us. We provide more than 3.6 billion euros for this project through the PNRR,” Citu told a press conference at the Victoria Palace.
He specified that the committee includes the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“The deputy PMs of the Government are also participating in the works, as members, to be led by the Prime Minister, as President, and the Minister of Education, as Vice-President. The Presidential Administration has a permanent guest status, but, and this is also very important, experts, education experts and civil society representatives can also participate in the committee’s work. I count very much on their contribution to the successful implementation of this programme,” added Florin Citu, according to Agerpres.