Other discussions touched on topics of interest concerning the conduct of an exchange of experience in the area of European structural fund use, labour inspection and social security for migrant workers, with emphasis on the application of the European regulations concerning the coordination of the social security systems of Romania and Italy.
‘We have resumed contacts that are excellent at the level of our ministries and that will surely continue. We are very much interested in solving as many problems facing Romanians here as possible. We are aware that the official figures – 935,000 Romanians – plus those who are here and are probably unrecorded is huge,’ Mocanu told.
‘The official of the Italian ministry agreed with us that these Romanians are nonetheless contributing a great deal to the development of Italy, to Italy’s economy, even if inevitably there are some problems attached. We agreed to deploy joint efforts to solve these issues,’ said Mocanu.
Mocanu also said that the two ministries are contemplating organising an intergovernmental meeting to tackle labour and social security issues in Bucharest, most likely this May. ‘We have suggested that a protocol be signed between the two ministries and we even came up with a draft protocol that was well received by the Italian party. They are going to analyse it and come up with suggestions to improve it, if necessary,’ said Mocanu.
In relation to the restrictions that are still in force on the Italian labour market, the Romanian official explained that this is a political issue that has but a small impact on Romanian nationals. ‘Both ministries agree that this is a political issue. It is an issue that has caught the attention of the Romanian and the Italian governments.
Yet, I underscored that in technical terms, restrictions are no longer in force in the most important fields of the Italian labour market, such as construction and social services. There are only some relatively narrow fields that are still restricted,’ said Mocanu.