Invited in the show “InSecurity”, the MEP Corina Cretu talks about the lessons of the pandemic, health being one of the areas, as underestimated, as important. And the last year and a half has shown us, more than ever, this.
Bogdan Nicolae’s guest talks about the importance of communication in the field of Public Health, but also about the power and efficiency of education, which should become one of Romania’s priorities.
Corina Cretu: “This is the EU’s motto: health in all policies!”
“First of all, in terms of health, the last year and a half has shown us how important this field is, which has been underestimated for a long time, and how important investments are in the field of health. Basically, and at European level, health has become a priority. As of March 2020, all restrictions have been lifted in the field of European funds. In my opinion, Romania did not take enough advantage of lifting those conditionalities. Funds could be moved, money from one fund to another in the field of health. In addition to this program, the European Parliament has adopted the EU4Health program. Basically, the EU’s motto is this: health in all policies! And now it is possible, in the field of health, in addition to dedicated programs to make investments. Practically, funds from all European Union programs can be used. (…) As I said, Romania has parked money for 3 new hospitals since 2015 – Iaşi, Cluj and Craiova. As far as I understand, they are not nominated in PNRR, but I understand that the Romanian Government intends to propose smaller hospitals because the regional ones have a capacity of 1,000 beds. Smaller hospitals in Sibiu, Brasov and Focsani. ”
C. Cretu: “Romania must take this opportunity very seriously, especially since we have, for example, the antibiotic factory in Iasi”
Corina Cretu pointed out, during the discussion, an extremely important thing, namely that, in the first part of the pandemic, the problem of Europe was the dependence on medicines from other states. Thus, the MEP claims that Romania should learn this lesson and take into account, more than ever, the production of its own medicines.
“On the other hand, the EU encourages all Member States to produce their own medicines. Because, if you remember, in the first part of the pandemic, Europe’s problem was that it was dependent on medicines from other states, such as vaccines from other states. China, the USA … I think that Romania must take this opportunity very seriously, especially since we have, for example, the antibiotic factory in Iaşi. ”
Corina Cretu, about Health programs: “Communication in the field of Public Health will become essential!”
“In this program, EU4Health, each state is invited to make an assessment of the needs of the health system, which in my opinion had to be done for a very long time. Since 2015, we have had discussions with all health ministers. The idea of sticking to that health development strategy of health needs. And I think that communication in the field of public health will become essential. A practical portal will also be set up, through which Member States will be able to monitor and assess needs so that no one is left in the shadows. And I hope that this program, EU4Health, the EU’s health action program for 2021-2027, will be implemented. ”
Corina Cretu: “One of the news of this period is the fact that we no longer have a university in the first 1,000”
Corina Cretu talks about the opportunities offered by the EU in terms of education. Bogdan Nicolae’s guest comes with good news regarding the efficiency of the Erasmus program.
“I think it’s everyone’s choice where to go to college, the idea is that the EU offers opportunities. I am very sorry, for example, to see that one of the news of this period is the fact that we no longer have a university in the top 1,000. Before, it was also the Polytechnic of Bucharest and the Babeş-Bolyai University. And I really saw this news and I was really surprised. I believe that education is a vital field and in theory it would be one of Romania’s priorities, not only of the EU. ”
Corina Cretu: “Students can also apply for the Erasmus program, but also adults who want to improve”
“In any case, I was very happy that our desire to double the amounts granted to the Erasmus program was doubled and not only doubled, but also the field is no longer just an exchange between students. From now on, students can also apply for the Erasmus program, including adults who want to improve. In the coming years, Erasmus Plus will be more supportive of inclusion, including for rural pupils and students. ”
Corina Cretu, on the accession to Schengen: “Romania also deserves this lifting of the restrictions regarding the border controls”
Regarding the strategy for reforming the Schengen Area – we recall the European Commission’s request for the admission of Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia to fully benefit from the free movement system – Corina Cretu claims that Romanians fully deserve entry into the Schengen area.
It testifies to the fact that, at this moment, the “battle” is one that is being waged at the political level and not at the technical level.
“Romanians fully deserve this, to enter the Schengen Area. The reports of the European Commission and the Parliament show for almost a decade that Romania meets all the technical criteria for joining Schengen. The decision is in the European Council where Romania is represented by the heads of state and government and I believe that a bilateral dialogue with the states that, classically, opposed Romania’s accession to Schengen, this dialogue is vital. (…)
However, I believe that Romania also deserves this lifting of restrictions on border controls. Trucks, for example, waiting for businesses, for tourism, the benefits would be huge. It is worthwhile for both the president and the government to fight because, at the political level, it is clear that there is the problem and not at the technical level “, concludes the MEP Corina Cretu, Bogdan Nicolae’s guest, in the show” InSecurity “, from Aleph News.
Author: Mara Răducanu
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