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PM Ciuca:OECD Council's decision to open accession negotiations with Romania - chance to align with consolidated democracies

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Nicolae Ciucă

The decision of the OECD Council to open accession negotiations with Romania represents the chance for a new stage of reforms in favor of the citizen and for getting our society in line with the model of consolidated democracies, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca told today the meeting of the OECD Inter-ministerial Council tasked with coordinating the negotiations for Romania's admission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

"Today's meeting is the signal we send about the seriousness with which we treat the preparation of our accession to the OECD, for joining the developed countries that account for more than 70 percent of the global production and trade, and for 90 percent of global foreign direct investments. After joining NATO and the EU, opening up the prospects of joining the OECD is the chance for a new stage of reforms in favor of the citizen and for getting our society in line with the model of consolidated democracies," Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is cited as saying in a government statement.

"Whereas the decision to start negotiations for Romania's OECD accession was political, technical preparations are central to our country's path towards accession. The Inter-ministerial Council has affirmed Romania's commitment to the organization's principles, values and standards, as reinforced and developed in the two documents recently adopted at the OECD Ministerial Council meeting (Paris, October 2021) - the "OECD Vision Statement" and the "2021 Ministerial Council Statement," the release goes on to note.

The cited source points out that the values and principles set out in the latest two OECD documents refer to the importance of OECD member states coordinating their international efforts in the areas considered essential:

- Post-pandemic recovery by aggregating all policies to reaffirm the commitment to democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality, the principles of an open market economy;

- Promoting effective courses of action as regards climate change, digital transformation, a multilateral trading system based on clear rules, the global labor market, taxation of the digital economy;

- Devising better policies and standards to ensure a resilient, green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

Romania is already adhering to 6 of the 8 essential standards for accession:

* Investment Statement;

* The Principles of Corporate Governance;

* The Principles for Internet Policy Making;

* The Recommendation on Good Statistical Practice;

* The Inclusive Framework on BEPS - Base Erosion and Profit Shifting;

* The Global Forum for Transparency and Information Exchange;

"In the coming months, Romania will begin work to join the Liberalization Codes. Romania has also already expressed its intention to accede to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. All these commitments are being translated into relevant reforms to modernize our country's economy," the release concludes.

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