The draft law on some protection measures for people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities will be approved in next week’s Government meeting, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said, stressing that starting with this year people with disabilities will benefit from an articulated decision-making mechanism.
The Prime Minister participated in the event “Winner on the home front” dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held at the Steaua Sports Complex.
“Today, December 3, we mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, consecrated by the United Nations in 1992, precisely to draw attention to the rights of these people and their need for inclusion and equality. I am glad to be here today, at a special event, organized by the CONIL and INVICTUS Romania Association, with the support of the STEAUA Bucharest Army Sports Club, an event that brings together two types of winners to demonstrate that solidarity and inclusion can work in Romania. I know we still have a lot of work to do so that adults and children with disabilities can truly benefit from inclusion in all walks of life, but I assure you of my full openness and support to get things moving in this area as well,” said Nicolae Ciuca.
The head of the Executive stressed that from this year onwards, people with disabilities will benefit from an articulated decision-making mechanism.
“Romania, behold, is taking the step towards the most important legal reform in the field of disability. People with disabilities will no longer have their rights annulled or restricted, through the amendments of the Civil Code that we will soon approve in the Government, people with intellectual disabilities will have the opportunity to work, get married, express their will and preferences, with the necessary support. Also, a whole series of services integrated in the community, so necessary for children and adults with disabilities, have been provided for and will be established through the PNRR [National Recovery and Resilience Plan],” said Ciuca.
In this context, the Prime Minister specified that at the level of the Government there is an ongoing legislative demarche regarding the rights of persons with disabilities.
“This morning, before the start of the Government meeting, I discussed with the members of the Cabinet, especially with the Minister of Justice, to find out the stage of this draft law and at the end I received the guarantee that the bill on some measures aimed at protecting people with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities will be approved at the next government meeting and will then be debated and pend approval in parliament, by emergency procedure,” Ciuca declared.
He added that at the same time, through the “Educated Romania” programme, supported by the government, the component of inclusive education and support for children with disabilities who have the right to a quality education together with all other children will be carefully monitored.
“Finally, I want to assure you of my full support for the effective promotion and implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities, and I will ensure, together with government experts, civil society and all social partners, that the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are gradually becoming part of our reality,” Ciuca also declared.
He also conveyed a message of appreciation to the INVICTUS military for their work.
“You are victorious, you are a model for the whole of Romania, you are special through the projects in which you are involved and through the love of the country, the love for your fellow people and the determination with which you pursue your noble goals,” the prime minister said.
The event, organized by the CONIL Association, attended by the Ministers of Defense and Sports, members of INVICTUS Romania and athletes of the Steaua Club, aims to raise funds for the therapy and treatment of children with autism and other disabilities.
DefMin Dincu: We should all stand in solidarity with children and adults with disabilities
Defence Minister Vasile Dincu on Friday called for the entire society to stand in more solidarity with children and adults with disabilities, adding that associations and organisations involved in such activities, such as CONIL and INVICTUS, are an example to follow.
Dincu and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca attended the “Winner on the home front” event at the Steaua Sports compound dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
“This is a special day to our society; it should be a special day to all of us, because the struggle of people with disabilities to wake up every morning to cope with every day is an example and a value that we should all cherish. Many times, those who have been unfortunate enough to have disabilities are stronger than we are; they have much better qualities than the rest of us who have had the good fortune to be born with the most important senses intact. We are living in a period when people are discouraged, when people do not feel a common sense of the community, when young people are demotivated,” said Dincu.
He called for solidarity, citing those involved in supporting children with disabilities as examples.
“I want to mention the example that these people set, I mean not only the CONIL Center, but also to the soldiers from INVICTUS and our fighters from the Steaua Club. The example that these people give can be a source of inspiration, we should all stand more in solidarity, and I am glad that the Romanian Army proves once again that it is not only the armed arm of the homeland, but also part of the soul of the Romanians. The example set by the INVICTUS soldiers who have managed to adopt these children and by these associations is a very special one,” said Dincu.
He pointed out that “resilience is a fashionable word, but one that has several meanings.”
“One of the meanings is that of resistance, which we all understand, but the meaning that comes from the Anglo-Saxon culture comes from a Latin verb that means to take a step forward. It’s not just about resisting crises and social problems that is important, but also to be able to rebuild yourself and move forward, take a step forward. That is the example of resilience that these children, the people who care for them, and our soldiers at INVICTUS are giving us,” said Dincu.
The minister said he was pleased that the name of the government he was part of would be linked to “the completion of humanitarian legislation that is normal for the 21st century.”
“And, I hope we can carry it out not only by promoting a law, but also by convincing the public, the authorities to fully respect this law, because this is already something else,” Dincu said.
At the end of his speech to the children with disabilities in attendance, Dincu recited the poem “Invictus” by William Henley.
“As rulers, we will have to do more and we promise you that,” Dincu concluded.
SportsMin Novak: I am glad that people with disabilities start to receive an important role in the daily life of Romanians
The Minister of Sports, Paralympic cycling champion Eduard Novak declared on Friday that he is glad that people with disabilities start to receive an important role in the daily life of Romanians.
Present at the “Winner on the Home Front” event, dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held at the Steaua Sports Complex, Novak mentioned that since his first term as minister he has given children and young people with disabilities the opportunity to use sports facilities.
“I think I am the most appropriate person to really feel the value of this event because I am also a sportsman, I am a minister and I am a person with a disability. In addition, my father was in the military. Today are we celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities all over the country, but it has not been like that all the time. Now I am very happy to see that things have changed, they are very different and I feel proud and happy that people with disabilities start to receive an important role in Romanians’ daily lives. As a minister of sports, since I took over the first term, I have given people with disabilities, especially children, the opportunity to access our sports facilities,” Novak said.
“People with disabilities, in my opinion, are a force, an example for all of us who fail to realize how fragile our lives are. We are thinking about how fragile our health can be and what tragic events can happen,” he added.
The minister mentioned that caring for people with disabilities Romania is becoming a stronger country: “I believe that the more we take care of people with disabilities, the stronger a country and a stronger community we will become. Not in vain big countries such as United States, China or Australia have the same results also in the Paralympic Games and the Olympic Games. In fact, for the first time since Paris 2024, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games will have the same logo.”
Compiled from Agerpres