Romania is the first EU member state to adopt the National Plan of Action for the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy and must transform consensus on issues in a consensus on solutions, European Commissioner for Multilingualism Leonard Orban told the roundtable meeting on the subject 'Social-economic developments in Romania: taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU Lisbon Strategy for development and jobs.'
Leonard Orban underscored the need that this plan of action should be independent of the political cycle because the problems Romania must solve in the medium and long run are the problems any ruling line-up will have.
Orban added that it is important for this plan to focus on a narrower set of issues, mainly those included in the European Council's March 2008 country-specific recommendations and offer concrete solutions.
The European Commissioner for Multilingualism added that the community lawmaking body backs the efforts of the Bucharest authorities for reform, but warned that Brussels 'cannot do our work instead of us.'
Four priority fields of action were identified for Romania: strengthening administrative capacity, improving fiscal predictability and tax management, simplifying procedures and cutting administrative delays in the release of licenses, as part of a consistent policy for the better enactment into law of the drafts aimed at improving the business environment and the job offer.
In his speech, president of the National Trade Union Bloc Dumitru Costin mentioned the areas where Romania is lagging far behind the other EU members and where prompt measures are needed, insisting on the low rate of workforce employment and the high extent of undocumented work.
Paul Hofheinz, president of the think-tank 'Lisbon Council – Success conditions, other states' models: strategic vision, will and political support,' recommended Romania to make efforts to create and attract human capital (through education, attractive wages and jobs, economy liberalization respectively) and also keep human capital (return of Romanian migrants who sought work abroad).