Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Thursday that it is time for the "Educated Romania" project to be implemented, underscoring that it will have funds from multiple sources, and Romania's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) includes opportunities to fund projects of utmost importance to the national education system.
Citu participated in the first meeting of an inter-ministerial board monitoring the implementation of the "Educated Romania" project, also announcing that on September 2 a new meeting will take place in order to prepare the first related pieces of legislation.
"It is the largest education reform project, 'Educated Romania', developed by the Presidential Administration, a project that represents the vision and strategy of the country in the field of education ahead of 2030, supported, of course, by the government agenda 2020-2024. At the same time getting the 'Educated Romania' project started was included as a commitment in the National Defence Strategy for 2020-2024," said Citu.
He added that the reforms envisaged by the "Educated Romania" project, combined with the measures provided for in the government agenda, are harmonised with the specific country recommendations of the European Commission and with the national reform programme.
"'Educated Romania' is in PNRR - I would like to announce this way that PNRR will be approved at the end of September, so we are on schedule with PNRR - and operational programmes, central budget, local budgets, public-private partnerships, non-reimbursable funds, funding, contributions of privately-owned companies. So we have sources of funding; we now have a platform, 'Educated Romania,' we know very clearly where we want to go with the system, it is time to implement this programme," said Citu.
The prime minister added that the premises for a new legislative package are being created.
"And that, in fact, we are doing under this inter-ministerial board in order to secure the necessary legal support for the reform and coherence with other legal regulations, as well as with the requirements of a constantly changing socio-economic environment. In order to implement the 'Educated Romania' project, a PNRR draft submitted to the European Commission in June 2021, includes opportunities to finance projects of the utmost importance to the national education system designed for training and reaching the pledged reform targets. On July 14, 2021, the Government took up by memorandum the implementation of the 'Educated Romania' project and the approval of priorities in the reform of the national education system (...) This is the first meeting today, and I would like to announce that next week, on September 2, we will already have another meeting to prepare the first pieces of legislation that will enter into force. I believe on September 9 we will have the first pieces," said Citu. AGERPRES (RO - author: Daniel Florea, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)