The Government approved on Wednesday the Emergency Ordinance that covers some measures for Romania’s participation in the North Atlantic Alliance Innovation Fund.
“From the perspective of Romania’s participation in the North Atlantic Alliance Innovation Fund, the Emergency Ordinance the Government approved today aims to implement the commitment that Romania has assumed, under the signature of the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis. It is a commitment assumed and signed as such at the NATO Summit in Madrid, in the summer of this year, in June, and aims at measures to stimulate the growth of Romania’s economy, with a major contribution to the development of the national research-development system and the implementation of technological projects, with benefits for the Romanian research and development institutes, but also for companies in the private sector, which have a strong impact on society and the economy. At the same time, participation in this fund will encourage the development of new companies and economic sectors related to emerging technologies,” the gov’t’s spokesperson Dan Carbunaru said.
He specified that the value of Romania’s participation for the establishment of this investment fund is 3.4 million euros, an amount that will be provided for in the annual budget of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitization.
Investments in modernization of Constanta and Galati ports infrastructure, approved by Government
The government has approved the necessary funds for investments in the modernization of the railway infrastructure in Constanta, the Port of Constanta and the Port of Galati, the spokesman of the Executive, Dan Carbunaru, announced on Wednesday in a press conference at the Victoria Palace.
“For the modernization of the railway infrastructure in Constanta, the Port of Constanta and Galati, two government decisions were approved. 5.3 billion RON is the value of the investments that will be made at the Port of Constanta, for a railway that will be modernized over a length of 257 of kilometers, respectively another 13 kilometers of a new railway line, which will enter the construction process, upon completion of this objective being substantial improvements for the running of commercial activities and to strengthen the importance the Port of Constanta, especially in the context of the war in Ukraine, has acquired at the Black Sea,” Carbunaru said.
He also explained the structure of the investments that will be made at Galati Port.
“Also, in Galati, new indicators were approved, with a total value of 780 million RON, which will allow the modernization of some platforms, the enlargement of the port territory, the modernization of the road and railway infrastructure, respectively the creation of a multimodal platform of over 100,000 square meters These things will allow the Port of Galati not only to expand its level of operationalization for the management of flows passing through this area, including from the perspective of naval-railway connections, but also to connect to the Rhine-Danube-Alps central network, an important opportunity Romania will capitalize on in this context,” Carbunaru also said.
Immediate, non-discriminatory access to services related to the medical act for autistic spectrum patients
The Executive approved at its Wednesday meeting an emergency ordinance that provides for immediate and non-discriminatory access to services related to the medical act for all the persons diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and with related mental health disorders, the government’s spokesperson Dan Carbunaru announced.
“Through this regulatory act, immediate and non-discriminatory access to services related to the medical act is provided for all the persons diagnosed [on the autistic spectrum], with or without mental disorders; the settlement mechanism for these services is also established, as well as the malpractice liability for psychologists who will provide these related services,” Carbunaru said.
The Executive’s spokesman pointed out that the freshly approved emergency ordinance temporarily authorizes the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices to distribute an unauthorized drug necessary for the treatment of autistic patients and purchased by the Health Ministry from the Global Drug Facility, with funding from the Global Fund. Carbunaru stated that the use of this medicine will be allowed in the national public health programs, under the terms established by order of the Health Minister.
Gov’t approves national strategy for social inclusion of homeless people
The government approved a public policy proposal regarding the social inclusion of homeless people developed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity following a European project that assessed the needs of this category and of the impact the existing social services have on their life quality.
“The project carried out in county capital cities revealed that the majority of people living on the streets are adult, unmarried males with average education, who have been in a state of vulnerability for more than 3 years. The first time they lost their home was in adulthood and have experienced this situation several times in the past. Research has shown that homeless people face difficulties due to lack of ID papers, problems in covering their basic needs, health issues – mental ones included, because they don’t have a family doctor, because they suffer from certain addictions, because they don’t have a job and implicitly a source of income, or because of their inability to independently carry out certain activities,” the release states.
At the beginning of this year, there were 80 licensed residential care and assistance centers for the homeless in Romania, 18 of which were public, and six licensed day care centers, four of which public.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity has identified two types of solutions to prevent this phenomenon from becoming chronic: the development of new social services to help with the social reintegration of the homeless, or the introduction of a social assistance benefit, specifically covering the cost of rent and utilities (within a certain amount) for a limited period of time, provided that the requirements in the intervention plan devised after the social investigation are met.
Considering the financial impact of the two solutions proposed, the option recommended for implementation provides for setting up and supporting 61 social services for the homeless, with an average assistance capacity of 5,528 people per month.
The 61 social services would be residential centers, night shelters, day centers for information and counseling, but also for social integration/reintegration, dedicated mobile teams; the purchase of social ambulances concomitantly with the coverage of related expenses with the construction, equipment and operation of the centers, including training courses for specialized personnel, are also provided.
The estimated budgetary impact amounts to over 100 million RON.
Compiled from Agerpres