Commenting on the implementation in Romania of the principles of the European Charter of Local Self-government, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration Liviu Dragnea said that local autonomy was recognized in Romanian law, but there are still some legal and administrative constraints on the local authorities' capacity to address on their own an important part of public services for the citizens.
Liviu Dragnea participated on Wednesday in Strasbourg in the works of the 25th session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRA) of the Council of Europe, addressing the Congress plenary session and meeting with CLRA President Herwig van Staa, and President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon, informs a release issued on Thursday to AGERPRES by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.
"The government that I represent here today has all the political determination for carrying out this reform. The year 2013 may go down in the country's history as a landmark for the administration's move to getting closer to the citizens," Dragnea said.
The Minister of Regional Development and Public Administration also spoke about cutting red tape, optimization and informatisation as key directions to reduce public spending in the context of the global economic crisis.
Dragnea's meetings with Herwig van Staa and Jean-Claude Mignon were an occasion for the sides to discuss the stage of Romania's decentralization and administrative reform project, and the principles underlying these initiatives that include the principle of consultation with various groups beginning with public administration associative structures and ending with political groups and civil society.
"Another topic approached was that regarding the steps taken by Romanian authorities to protect the rights of national minorities and combat discrimination. In this respect, MDRAP supports the proposal to organize in Bucharest this November the meeting of a technical working group with CoE experts, in the context of Romania working at ministerial level to modify and update the National Strategy for the inclusion of Romanian citizens belonging to the Roma minority," reads the release.AGERPRES