The Executive has approved the allocation of 5 million lei from the Government’s reserve fund to supplement the budget of the Ministry of Transport in order to bring Romanians stranded at foreign airports as a result of the cancellation of flights by the Blue Air company, the Government’s spokesperson, Dan Carbunaru, informs on Wednesday, according to Agerpres.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca stated that 2,098 Romanian citizens contacted the consular services to ask to be brought to the country.
Dan Carbunaru specified that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be the authority that will take the necessary steps to keep informed the Romanian citizens abroad and those who request consular assistance regarding the repatriation measures.
Also, the Ministry of Transport and the Tarom company are responsible for the way these funds are used.
„The Prime Minister convened the National Committee for Emergency Situations, which decided to provide support to the Romanian citizens outside the country who were affected by the decision to suspend flights by the Blue Air company. The Prime Minister ordered that all authorities, all relevant ministries carry out the measures and take all legal measures to recover the amounts owed by this company to the Romanian state, which means that the expenses that the Romanian state is now making will be recovered. As such, the state budget should not suffer because of this situation, but the Romanian citizens, who in turn were put in this borderline situation, must not suffer either,” added Dan Carbunaru.
He recalled that there is a call-centre belonging to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a unique telephone number available to Romanians abroad, where they can signal their need for support.