National Recovery Forum: How to recover Romania
Romania needs to change the paradigm of economic and social development. We cannot have a developed Romania without an educated Romania and we can no longer rely exclusively on accelerating consumption in order to recover from the crisis. This time the paradigm must be changed, and one of the key words must be: investment.
Romania has a major opportunity ahead, but also a huge challenge at the same time: the funds of almost 30 billion euros that must be absorbed in a very short time, until 2026, in the most efficient way, so that we have a model of sustainable economic growth, coupled with European and global trends.
Education, remodeling the workforce, digitalisation, the green transition – these are just some of the priorities that all actors in the public and private spheres, NGOs, MEPs, etc. must put on the same table. These were some of the main conclusions of the National Recovery Forum, an event organized by Sustainable Romania and EM360 Group, which brought into debate the opportunity that Romania has through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.
Cosmin Marinescu, Presidential Counselor, Presidential Administration: Most EU economies will return to pre-pandemic GDP by the end of the year, and Romania is among the countries with the fastest economic recovery. However, it is very important how we grow, what development model we choose, Cosmin Marinescu, Presidential Adviser, Presidential Administration pointed out.
Dragoș Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament: A key ingredient for the successful spending of huge European funds that we will have in the next period is the political will to understand that we must mobilize in an unprecedented way. “We are discussing a historic opportunity for Romania to redefine its economic and social model,” said Dragoș Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament, at the National Recovery Forum, an event organized by Sustainable Romania and EM360 Group.
Cristina Chiriac, President of CONAF: What more important resource could we develop in the next 20 years besides man? The central core should be education, because that is where all our problems start, and technical and dual education must gain real relevance in the vocational spectrum, points out Cristina Chiriac, President of CONAF.
Elisabeta Moraru, CEO of Google Romania: Digital has made a difference for many European companies during the pandemic. Some of those who did not use digital tools had to close their doors, compared to the digitized ones, which significantly increased their sales. Therefore, education towards digital skills is paramount for local companies, especially for SMEs, recommends Elisabeta Moraru, CEO of Google Romania.