Romania’s president appeals to entrepreneurs to bring ideas to the table in response to the coronavirus crisis

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President Klaus Iohannis on Monday launched an appeal to the country’s entrepreneurs to bring their ideas and initiatives to the government to tackle the coronavirus epidemic.

In a live address, Iohannis publicly reached out to Romanian businesses.

“I am using this occasion to address our entrepreneurs. Come  to the government with your ideas because we’re particularly interested in promoting Romanian products in this period,” he said.

Iohannis, who used to head the business-friendly Liberal Party, spoke after a meeting with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, who is also the current Liberal Party chairman, the economy, defense, transport and European funds ministers at the Cotroceni presidential palace on how to move forward tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

„Unfortunately, we have almost 2,000 confirmed cases,” he said after the talks. “Dear Romanians, it is already a lot, and we have to try better to stop the spread of the virus. We need to respect,” the new rules.

“Don’t meet up with other people! Avoid any physical contact, stay away from one another, we have to stop this virus spreading,” he said.

Iohannis decreed a state of emergency on March 16 to help authorities fight the spread of the coronavirus. Schools, restaurants and clubs were initially closed, and mass gatherings banned.

Authorities then introduced military measures, restricting people’s movements. Parks and malls have been closed, while supermarkets, small shops, and pharmacies are still operating.


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