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February 1, 2023

PM Ciuca: Romania was and will remain a space of safety and peace for the waves of Ukrainian refugees

Romania was and will remain a “space of safety and peace” for the waves of Ukrainian refugees, prime minister Nicolae Ciuca declared on Friday, stressing that our country assumed from the first moment the role of a reliable European and international partner in management of this crisis.

The head of the Executive participated, on Friday, at the Victoria Palace, in the presentation of the Report on Romania’s efforts and achievements in the field of humanitarian assistance to refugees, children’s rights and other vulnerable categories for the year 2022, carried out by the Department for Community Social Responsibility and Vulnerable Groups, in collaboration with institutional partners.

“Over 3 million Ukrainian citizens crossed our borders in the last 12 months, of which over 2.5 million benefited from direct support from the Romanian Government or from our partners, whether we’re talking about free transport, food, clothing, shelter, long-term accommodation, emergency financial aid, tens of thousands of free interventions and medical and social services, access to the labour market and Romanian schools or the guarantee of safety offered by the temporary protection status offered by our country,” Ciuca assessed.

He added that the Government of Romania generated a clear response strategy to the refugee crisis, based on two phases: emergency intervention and medium and long-term responses for the integration of refugees, which assumed an extensive collaboration with all social partners of the type “all society response”.

“We saw and tested the limits of our assistance system and, sometimes, of the logistical or human resources capacity. And here we saw the value of the extended partnership with United Nations agencies, civil society and the private environment, because together we could be complementary and were able to deliver a coherent and efficient response,” the prime minister said.

“We are at the stage where we must have an approach oriented on temporary or medium and long-term integration measures, in which Ukrainian refugees can live an independent life in our country, integrated in the labour field and children benefiting from education and social life,” added the premier.

“For the first time, we have an integrated action plan to respond to all international recommendations in this field and a special working group dedicated to preventing and combating human trafficking among refugees from Ukraine,” Ciuca added.

He also mentioned the government’s efforts regarding the rights of children and people with disabilities.

“Here, we have the effective and useful support tools for children, such as the unique number 119 for neglected, exploited, abused children, RO-ALERT, Missing Child and, of course, we provide over 70,000 hours of free therapy for children and a system by which adults with intellectual disabilities will no longer be deprived of legal capacity. That is, they can work, get married, vote and decide on their lives, with more or less support,” the prime minister concluded.


State councillor Turza: Romania allocated a total of 565 M euros to manage Ukrainian refugees crisis


Councilor Madalina Turza on Friday state that Romanian has allocated a total of 565 million euros for the management of the humanitarian crisis of Ukrainian refugees, 200 million euros coming from international partners.

The Department for social responsibility in the community and vulnerable groups, in collaboration with the institutional partners, in the presence of Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, presented at the Victoria Palace the Report on Romania’s efforts and achievements in the field of humanitarian assistance to refugees, children’s rights and assistance to other vulnerable categories for the year 2022.

“All this humanitarian and coordination and response effort is backed by a figure that comes both from the state budget and from UN agencies and international partners. It is an estimated figure based on reports that are still in progress and we are talking about 565 million euros allocated to the response to the humanitarian crisis of refugees in Romania alone, of which approximately 200 million euros come from our international partners, namely the United Nations agencies,” said Turza.

She underscored that Romania was and continues to be, together with all its partners, in the front line when it comes to the humanitarian assistance provided to the Ukrainian refugees and not only in terms of the coordination of the refugees waves.

“We have more than 3 million Ukrainian citizens who crossed our borders. We currently have a little more than 100,000 Ukrainian citizens who, let’s say, temporarily settled in our country, of whom more than 47,000 are children, 103,000 registered with a form of temporary protection in Romania and 4,000 applied for asylum in our country,” stated Madalina Turza.

The state councillor recalled that, from the first moments, at the level of the Government, six working groups were established in the fields of education, health, work, housing, children and young people and vulnerable groups to deal with the Ukrainian refugee crisis.

According to her, more than 300 non-governmental organizations became involved in the humanitarian effort in 2022, both at the border crossing points, but also in various locations on the territory of Romania, where they help refugees.

She added that, in preventing possible illegalities, the Department established an action plan together with the Ministry of Interior, an action plan was drawn up, with more than 3,600 police officers being deployed and are still in the area of the border crossing points, joined by 31 FRONTEX experts.

The representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Pablo Zapata, thanked Romania for everything it has done so far and emphasized the need for the authorities in Bucharest to continue to support the inclusion and protection of the refugees, especially the vulnerable ones.


Compiled from Agerpres

Photo: www.gov.ro

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