Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan together with the Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu, specialists from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Public Finance met, today, with representatives of the cultural sectors that suffered as a result of the COVID crisis. The discussions aimed at finding the best options for economic support, in order to protect cultural operators during this period of new restrictions, and identifying technical solutions to grant a new state aid scheme.
Regarding today's meeting, Raluca Turcan, Deputy Prime Minister, said: "We have had such meetings before, which have become a practice in these difficult times to make decisions quickly and efficiently. We also analyze other models of good practice, as Germany has done, and we take into account the recommendations of the European Commission, in order to adapt them to our situation. In the coming weeks we want to have a working document that can be put in public consultation. We need to think of real support for the whole industry, from the organizers of big events to the technical staff, to the related industry or even the artists who are involved in smaller cultural events”.
"The health situation is serious, and the restrictions have a major impact on cultural activities. As you can see, we immediately organized a working group, because we need to ensure the continuity of activities and financially secure cultural workers from all creative sectors. We realize how important the Government's involvement in providing them with financial support is and how important the cultural-creative field is. That is why we, as the Ministry of Culture, offer to administer the future state aid scheme. Next week we will have another meeting with this working group", said Bogdan Gheorghiu, Minister of Culture.
"Today's discussions were constructive. There was an applied discussion, and Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan and Minister of Culture Bogdan Gheorghiu, together with representatives of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance, were open to find quick and efficient solutions. In the coming weeks we will continue this type of meetings until we have a final form of this state aid scheme. We want this financing solution, in its final form, to help the entire cultural events industry. ” said Codruta Vulcu, Vice President of AROC.