Labour Minister: Over 287,000 Romanians contribute to value added of Germany’s economy

There are 287,000 Romanian citizens who are living and working in Germany, thus contributing to the value added of Germany’s economy, and in this context, Romania and Germany will sign a memorandum of understanding on supporting the youth, the vulnerable groups and the elderly, Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly, Rovana Plumb said on Thursday after meeting her German counterpart Andrea Nahles.

„I congratulate Ms. Nahles for having adopted together with the federal Government and the Merkel Cabinet a host of measures as regards employment and social assistance, but mainly on her official stance concerning the freedom of movement for workers in the European Union. There are 287,000 Romanian nationals who are living and working in Germany, thus contributing to the value added of Germany’s economy, and I want to thank both Ms. Minister and the entire Merkel Cabinet for the way they treat and respect the Romanian workers,” Rovana Plumb stated.

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She also said the memorandum of understanding will be focused on three important components, namely the youth, the vulnerable groups and the elderly.

Rovana Plumb mentioned that 50,000 Romanian young people have already found a job in Germany, following career orientation programmes.

In her turn, Andrea Nahles, Germany’s Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, said both ministries seek to speed up cooperation through a memorandum of understanding.

„As for the elderly, we face demographic changes in Germany that made us purchase a certain expertise in the field of employment for the elderly. I appreciated the position of the Romanian Government, both in terms of public administration, as well as improving career orientation and qualification of young people in your country. We know you’re pursuing ambitious objectives. The Federal Government aims to come to the aid of these objectives, both as regards the administrative side, as well as the transfer of experience within cross-border projects. Germany hosts a large number of Romanian workers, who are very well integrated in the labor market and in society. We enjoy the presence of Romanian workforce, which helps us stabilize the labor market in Germany. Partnerships between Romanian and German cities will be soon forged, in order to lay the foundations of experience exchanges,”Andrea Nahles said.

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