Raed Arafat

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Raed Arafat said : “attacking any person, including officials who publicly wrote any information to warn the population about what to do,” External link

politico-eu Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat : "Indemnizaţia de detaşare consider că este un lucru foarte important. Cum o să o numim, o să fie discutat când dezbatem, dar este clar că acela care se detaşează trebuie să aibă o indemnizaţie într-o anumită limită care să spună că acoperă pentru el acest efort pe care l-a făcut, că el e voluntar sau că este, la ordin, nevoluntar, această indemnizaţie trebuie să fie dată pentru persoana respectivă, plus asigurarea cazării, mesei, transportul pentru el, pentru că persoana respectivă nu trebuie să piardă nimic, de fapt, ci doar să fie sprijinită să facă misiunea ei" External link

hotnews-en Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "This law refers to many different aspects. In what COVID is concerned, the Ministry of Health can issue an order anytime to establish that asymptomatic patients can stay at home. However, there are other diseases in the case of which, if the ill persons are not being mandatorily hospitalized, then a biologic bomb could be created. And if the patients are allowed to refuse hospitalization, this means that we created a problem that could generate a risk to public health," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat warned : "The problem is quite complex. (...) The fact that the patient is asymptomatic doesn't mean that he/she cannot communicate the disease," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "We've seen an increase in the number of campaigns denying that the virus is real," External link

afp-en Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The draft law that has been worked on until this morning, so the Ministry of Justice, the Health Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior, we desired through it to approach the problem more generally, it's not a problem only for COVID, it's a draft law that can be applied also in other biological or epidemiological risk situations and we tried for the actions and terms introduced in that law to be as clear as possible. Thus, it starts with several definitions and here, a definition we must explain, namely the quarantine of persons, now has a definition that is similar to the International Health Regulations, it represents a measure to prevent the spread of infectious-contagious diseases, consisting of the physical separation of healthy persons suspected of being infected or carriers of a pathogen agent and other persons, in spaces specifically designated by the authorities, at home or in the location declared by the quarantined persons. Thus, the quarantine, from now on, will refer to persons who are healthy but could be exposed, could be in the incubation period and so forth," External link

roumanie-en Monday, July 6, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "The European Civil Protection, which we met by videoconference today - says we are clearly preparing for a second wave. Whether it will be stronger than this or weaker than this, no one can say at the moment (...) Whoever expects us to come and say 'stay calm, there will be no problem' means that they expect a totally unprofessional statement. Those assailing us for saying a second wave will come do not understand what we are facing, but they should understand that we, the people managing emergencies, public health, cannot say 'stay calm, there will be nothing.' We now have an obligation, moreover, to prepare, to prepare our stockpiles so that you will not ask us in September or October, why we are not ready. Because that's exactly what needs to be done, what we did not do in years now is the time to do it. Because Romania is involved with the European stockpiles, we are working in that direction (...) In Romania, our stockpiles are starting to fill up. We need to see strategic stockpiles reach a level where, if we get into a situation we entered about three months ago, we will be much better prepared," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "I believe that continuity on a more settled form is more advisable than having no form to work on. It must be a form at least for the period we still have measures. When we decide that we have entered the no measures phase, have no measures, we have eased up, then it can disappear and come back maybe if we see that we start to grow again or if the second wave appears. Because if a second wave occurs, it is clear that certain measures will have to be taken and adapted. Perhaps, if we are better prepared, we must not take such harsh measures as we have taken; we will see, but a form of alertness, in order to move on, will have to be in place. We will see its content, things that can be taken out, like I said direct procurement that can be taken out and not needed at this stage; it can be discussed at a political level to reach an agreement," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "All persons coming to Romania from abroad from May 15 will be ordered home isolation, together with family or relatives they live with, and those who do not have the possibility to meet the conditions for home isolation or request not to expose family can opt for institutional quarantine in specially designed settings; in other words, from tonight, from the moment of publication, those who arrive in the country, no matter wherefrom will go into isolation at home," External link

roumanie-en Friday, May 15, 2020 5:54:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There have been several European projects that have started to modernise and I can tell you, at least, talking about half of the emergency departments around the country, we are talking here about a few dozen already, which must be modernisatised or even have extensions. These projects started some time ago with European funds, through the Ministry of Development, there are also projects, as you can see here, where local authorities get involved, there are projects that are funded by European funds, but co-financed by local authorities and, of course, by the Health Ministry. So, steps are being taken, (...) at least half of the units need certain measures," External link

agerpres-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There have been several European projects that have started to modernise and I can tell you, at least, talking about half of the emergency departments around the country, we are talking here about a few dozen already, which must be modernisatised or even have extensions. These projects started some time ago with European funds, through the Ministry of Development, there are also projects, as you can see here, where local authorities get involved, there are projects that are funded by European funds, but co-financed by local authorities and, of course, by the Health Ministry. So, steps are being taken, (...) at least half of the units need certain measures," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat explained : "I don't know how long it will last, now we are at about 50% of the total number that usually comes to us in the country, but in the future, an emergency unit has to be readjusted, it has to be resized every ten years, and now our challenge will be preparing the emergency ward units to receive more patients, however under the conditions in which we must prevent the spread of a virus and that means one needs to have clear routes inside the emergency unit, just as we have routes inside hospitals and that might require certain changes, including structural changes at some emergency wards," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "First of all, it shows that civil protection works in Romania, and also at European level. It is an important gesture that we have found people to leave on such a short notice. This sign is very important at European level, and to us, Romania, it is a gesture that shows that we can and is a gesture of solidarity with Italy, which is an area now very much afflicted. It is a display of extraordinary cooperation between the Ministry of Defence, the medical side, and the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "It's very possible that we prolong the state of emergency by another month. We will make the decision next week, before the last day of the state of emergency," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat mentioned : "It depends because you saw that in some countries the curve continued to climb and then it started to go down very fast, while in other countries the curve maintained at a high level. It's very hard to make predictions. But my opinion is that we will not be able to come out of this situation before the end of May. Because even if it slows down, we will still have to fight it, we cannot just stop and relax all measures that we are taking right now," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The situation at 20,00hrs, which was also sent to the Interior Ministry by the colleagues from the National Centre for the Intervention Management and Coordination. At 20,00hrs, we had 794 persons confirmed, 79 healed and 11 dead, unfortunately. At this moment, there are 431 hospitalised persons in regular wards and 18 persons in ICU. Quarantined persons, until 20,00, there were 5,556 and persons isolated at home - 87,506," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat wrote : "Following the announcement of the President about declaring the state of emergency, speculations have come up, panic messages and mostly messages that can determine a certain behaviour of the population. Assertions in the media have emerged according to which food will be rationalised or circulation banned... etc. Videos staged by persons mocking the situation have come up depicting an individual dressed in white running behind another individual, insinuating that the situation is out of control. Mass media, those who post on social media networks and each one of us, as responsible citizens, will have to adopt a civic, responsible attitude," External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 16, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Regarding the Gerota Hospital, it has entered quarantine today, as the inpatients and hospital staff will stay in quarantine for 14 days, during which time the inpatients will be cared for further and investigation and testing will be performed to make sure the outbreak stops there as much as possible," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "This is why we take this measure at the level of the MAI, because the hospital operates under the authority of MAI. The Medical Department is monitoring the situation and is continuing the epidemiological investigation with the epidemiologists of MAI and other bodies to identify all the people with whom that person came into contact," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There are currently 752 cases under quarantine - 429 arrived via Hungary, 23 via Serbia, 70 via Bulgaria, 2 via Iasi, 94 came from Ukraine and 54 landed in Otopeni. I want to make this clear, the Border Police monitors all stopover flights so that the people who arrive in Romania cannot hide their departure points, no matter how they attempt to do it. There have been attempts by both road and air travelers to mislead us into believing they were coming from elsewhere. We've had people coming from Italy via Ukraine, or trying to enter the country through Giurgiu, changing planes and refusing certain flights and boarding others just in order to conceal what area they were coming from. We are calling on their sense of responsibility, because they put their own parents and grandparents at risk," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat replied : "Yes. (...) We consider that at this moment there are measures that are necessary for the prevention. (...) If there is a meeting that exceeds 1,000 people it means it does not happen" External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 9, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat explained : "The procedure and criteria for suspending school courses in educational establishments were approved in the context of confirming one or more cases of coronavirus infection. This procedure was drafted by the Institute of Public Health and does not take into account only medical aspects," External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 9, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, after which if you want to put on an alcohol solution it is very good. (...) If they are alcohol-based and use them, yes, they kill the coronavirus, because it is killed by alcohol-based solutions and chlorine-based solutions. The solutions in the market for hand disinfection are usually alcohol-based" External link

mediafax-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat mentioned : "When the number of cases gets bigger, the approach is adapted to the situation. We do not want to give information that would lead to the patient. The direct message is that the virus is airborne, but you must be in close proximity for 15 minutes," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat stated : "All seven, according to information we have at this moment, have tested negative, yet given that the person who tested positive lived there and there was direct contact, all seven persons will remain at home, in isolation, under guard, and all necessities will be ensured, but they won't be able to leave the house. They will remain in quarantine in the house for at least 14 days, after which they will be tested to establish if any of them is positive. If one of them shows symptoms in the 14 days, then that person is tested, if they are positive, then they are transported to hospital (...) They are quarantined, which means they are to have no form of contact, only with protected persons. When the Health Directorate comes to see them, they enter with complete protection gear," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat spune : "Astfel de situații există în toate instituțiile, civile, militare, publice, private... oamenii se cunosc, se împrietenesc, se căsătoresc, unii devin nași alții devin fini, totul în interiorul instituției sau al firmei, după ce aceștia au fost deja parte din respectivă instituție. Oare ce soluții există care să ducă la mulțumirea criticilor din media și a celor care comentează lucrurile fără să cunoască povestea din spate sau realitatea situației? Să emitem o lege care să interzică relațiile de prietenie, căsătoriile și orice altă interacțiune, cu excepția relațiilor strict profesionale, între angajații unei instituții și să punem după aceea pe unii care să urmărească angajații și să raporteze superiorilor, că să putem lua măsurile la timp înainte de a se sesiza vreun jurnalist și să înceapă să atace instituția și angajații ei? Va dați seama cred că astfel de demersuri nu ar fi constituționale și nici corecte din oricare punct de vedere și ar crea o vânătoare de vrăjitoare fără sfârșit. Ce am face atunci cu cei care au relații apropriate, dar nu sunt căsătoriți?" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The rescue mission wasn't a simple one, or a risk-free one," External link

startribune Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “The rescue mission wasn’t a simple one, or a risk-free one,” External link

nytimes Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:59:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “The rescue mission wasn’t a simple one, or a risk-free one,” External link

nytimes Friday, November 29, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "After the earthquake, we were informed by the European Civil Protection that the mechanism was activated, including by the Albanian Embassy. With the approval of Minister Vela, our team is already in preparation. We spoke to the Defence Ministry, who will help us with transportation; the agreement of Defence Minister Ciuca was secured. Fifty people of the the search and rescue team of Special Emergency Unit with the Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU), which is our United Nations-authorised team for such a mission, is about to leave for Albania this after-noon with the equipment they need," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The response time is very important, because the earthquake is considered a major emergency. If you go after a day, two, it is too late. So, fortunately, we will be able to leave in a few hours and with the support of our colleagues from the Air Force, the mission will be carried out until tonight. (...) The team will act in the area until the search-and-rescue operations are stopped," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "The main changes to the legislation in force envisage the implementation of the location tracking technology based on information collected from the mobile terminal, including through Advanced Mobile Location (AML) technology, which will provide to rescuers much more precise location information, significantly cutting the emergency management time and implicitly the emergency response time; the identification of pre-paid card users, whenever a call is placed with the 112 emergency hotline; the faster processing of the emergency and facilitating the tracing of the callers’ location, while at the same time discouraging abusive 112 calls and false alerts," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The Government’s Emergency Ordinance No. 62/2019 provides for the free of charge transmission of standardized, short technical messages associated with the emergency calls, containing information obtained on the basis of the terminal equipment, including AML type information, and for the increase of the penalties for false calls," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The measure envisages the reconfiguring, through software changes, of the infrastructure of mobile operators to ensure the transmission of location data to the 112 national emergency call system. The STS has worked out the interconnection specifications, as well as the technical requirements for the implementation of AML, and sent them to the operators on August 30. At the same time, mobile operators have been asked to open the 114 short number for the interconnection interfaces configured according to the primary specifications received from Google and Apple to be tested and validated," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "I’ve had the opportunity to present to Mrs Prime Minister the report and the final conclusions; the report will be made public in full. It looked into the current situation of the 112 service, the dispatching and the location problem. The implementation of the AML, the advanced mobile location system, was also analysed, and our conclusion is that after implementing this system we should not stop, because other complementary systems need to be implemented in the future. Fourteen measures were established at the end of the report, divided by terms: short term -within 12 months, medium term - between 12 months and 36 months and long term, up to 60 months. (...) Short-term measures include improving the legislative framework to speed up the location system, for which a draft emergency ordinance is already in place amending and supplementing emergency ordinance 34/2008 regarding the organisation and operation of the single national system for emergency calls and emergency ordinance 111/2011 regarding electronic communications (...). Tomorrow they will be up for public debate and may be modified," External link

roumanie-en Friday, August 9, 2019 6:43:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Among the medium-term measures we have the continuation of the implementation of the concept of integrated dispatchers and continuous training of dispatchers; the establishment of two training centres, in Bucharest and Mures, for the training of trainers and dispatchers. It is a measure already started, as the centres exist, they have trained the first trainers, and we are going to continue the preparation under a program on European funds. Moving forward, 650 dispatches are planned to be trained for emergencies; Police and 112 dispatchers will also have to take the training. (...) Our goal is to get professional dispatchers who can deal with emergency calls entirely without transferring them, without having to ask other agencies to intervene, with experts at dispatching offices who can provide support when needed. Another measure is the completion of the implementation of a 112 system upgrade project. There was talk of an auction that is in progress; it is the responsibility of STS and what we want is for the auction to be finalised as soon as possible and for the implementation, which will last up to 36 months, to start," External link

roumanie-en Friday, August 9, 2019 6:43:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said ( about Regulatory Authority ) : "It is a report on the measures to be taken to improve the localisation issues - we are working with ANCOM [National Communications Administration and Regulatory Authority], STS [Special Telecommunications Service], the Ministry of Communications, IGSU [General Emergency Inspectorate]. All parties are working. There are also people from the General Secretariat of the Government. We have met daily; the board has done the same to regulate the legal texts to be put forth, and today I hope to finalise. They are working on the report as we speak. Today we see it in the big commission and, if all is ok, I will present it to the prime minister tomorrow, and then we will go out with the conclusions of the report," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 5:44:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “Anyone can understand to whom such an ad is addressed,” External link

politico-eu Monday, July 1, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat spune : "mereu plătesc aparţinătorii. Dar nu cred că sunt sume importante" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:37:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Statistical data and information on drug use and drug-related crime outlines an ever-growing illicit national drug market, with all drug types - synthetic ones included - having been identified on the national territory, along with the rising prevalence of drug use, which requires a prompt approach both in terms of public health and of street safety. In this context, the integrated and proactive approach to the phenomenon becomes essential for its effective management. Thus, the establishment and development of a coordination mechanism responds to the need for consistency and unity, strategic action according to the European requirements in the field," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "In what concerns the dispatch issue, a project is being developed right now financed by the Swiss Government via the Health Ministry and in cooperation with the DSU, under which all the dispatchers of the ambulance, firefighting services and including our colleagues from the emergency service -112 - will be trained so that we will have a fully integrated dispatch in the end. This means that, in the future, it won’t be necessary for a firefighter to take the call that refers to fire or medical staff to take the call that refers to a medical emergency, but they can all take calls for each other. This training will start in one year and of course that we will need some time to cover the entire country. It will have a major impact on reducing the amount of time for picking up the call and improving reactions to the various emergency situations," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:49:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat déclaré : "Au total 38 personnes ont été transportées à l'hôpital, une dizaine seulement ont été hospitalisées" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:36:00 AM EAT



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head of emergency situations department1.69%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
head5.08%EN09/30/201730/09/2017
emergency situations head1.69%EN09/30/201730/09/2017
secretar de stat5.08%RO04/24/201724/04/2017
şeful5.08%RO03/06/201706/03/2017
secretary of state8.47%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
secrétaire d'etat15.25%FR02/02/201702/02/2017
ministro do interior romeno1.69%PT01/21/201721/01/2017
minister11.86%EN11/18/201618/11/2016
health minister1.69%EN11/18/201618/11/2016
secretarul de stat16.95%RO11/01/201601/11/2016
şef1.69%RO11/01/201601/11/2016
state secretary6.78%EN08/30/201630/08/2016
secretary3.39%EN08/30/201630/08/2016
interior minister8.47%EN08/23/201623/08/2016
secretarul de stat al mai3.39%RO06/02/201602/06/2016
ministru1.69%RO11/07/201207/11/2012
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Raed ArafatRO28.99%
Raed ArafatFR18.49%
Raed ArafatPT1.68%
Раед АрафатBG1.26%
Raed ArafatHR1.26%
Raed ArafatES0.42%


 
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Marcel Ciolacu wrote ( about Raed Arafat ) : "With the aid of specialists and civil society, we have built a quarantine law that would even protect Romanians from the pandemic and not cover up abuses! In the morning, I had a meeting in Parliament with Mr Raed Arafat and several fellow lawyers to find the best wording for the new law on quarantine and isolation," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Carmen Dan afirmă ( about Raed Arafat ) : "Ca și momentul 10 August, acum văd că e momentul “Arafat”. Nu sunt eu avocatul lui Raed Arafat; am convingerea că poate răspunde singur și cu argumente, însă nu pot să nu condamn punerea sa la zid în aceste zile" External link

hotnews-en Sunday, October 27, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Viorica Dăncilă stated ( about Raed Arafat ) : "Today, we are also witnessing an overzealous show out - equally late and full of amateurism - from Mr Barna’s part, whom I shall say to just that: the necessary decisions will be made by the Executive based on the analysis and reports issued by the working group led by Mr Raed Arafat. Moreover, I will request the emergency gathering of Parliament in an extraordinary session and we will implement the decisions through OUG [Gov’t Emergency Ordinance]. The Government won’t waste any time. I receive conclusions daily from the working group, which we analyse together and which we will transpose into legislative measures, taking into account the existing legislation and the CCR [the Constitutional Court of Romania] decisions. I am making this clarification regarding the pieces of information emerging in the public space regarding the prepay phone cards. We know well the CCR decisions in the area and we will constantly take them into account. There will be no legislative measure to counter these decisions that are mandatory for every Romanian citizen," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:31:00 AM EAT

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Raed Arafat

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Raed Arafat said : “attacking any person, including officials who publicly wrote any information to warn the population about what to do,” External link

politico-eu Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:21:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat : "Indemnizaţia de detaşare consider că este un lucru foarte important. Cum o să o numim, o să fie discutat când dezbatem, dar este clar că acela care se detaşează trebuie să aibă o indemnizaţie într-o anumită limită care să spună că acoperă pentru el acest efort pe care l-a făcut, că el e voluntar sau că este, la ordin, nevoluntar, această indemnizaţie trebuie să fie dată pentru persoana respectivă, plus asigurarea cazării, mesei, transportul pentru el, pentru că persoana respectivă nu trebuie să piardă nimic, de fapt, ci doar să fie sprijinită să facă misiunea ei" External link

hotnews-en Wednesday, July 15, 2020 11:22:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "This law refers to many different aspects. In what COVID is concerned, the Ministry of Health can issue an order anytime to establish that asymptomatic patients can stay at home. However, there are other diseases in the case of which, if the ill persons are not being mandatorily hospitalized, then a biologic bomb could be created. And if the patients are allowed to refuse hospitalization, this means that we created a problem that could generate a risk to public health," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat warned : "The problem is quite complex. (...) The fact that the patient is asymptomatic doesn't mean that he/she cannot communicate the disease," External link

roumanie-en Tuesday, July 14, 2020 6:32:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "We've seen an increase in the number of campaigns denying that the virus is real," External link

afp-en Wednesday, July 8, 2020 4:07:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The draft law that has been worked on until this morning, so the Ministry of Justice, the Health Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior, we desired through it to approach the problem more generally, it's not a problem only for COVID, it's a draft law that can be applied also in other biological or epidemiological risk situations and we tried for the actions and terms introduced in that law to be as clear as possible. Thus, it starts with several definitions and here, a definition we must explain, namely the quarantine of persons, now has a definition that is similar to the International Health Regulations, it represents a measure to prevent the spread of infectious-contagious diseases, consisting of the physical separation of healthy persons suspected of being infected or carriers of a pathogen agent and other persons, in spaces specifically designated by the authorities, at home or in the location declared by the quarantined persons. Thus, the quarantine, from now on, will refer to persons who are healthy but could be exposed, could be in the incubation period and so forth," External link

roumanie-en Monday, July 6, 2020 6:37:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "The European Civil Protection, which we met by videoconference today - says we are clearly preparing for a second wave. Whether it will be stronger than this or weaker than this, no one can say at the moment (...) Whoever expects us to come and say 'stay calm, there will be no problem' means that they expect a totally unprofessional statement. Those assailing us for saying a second wave will come do not understand what we are facing, but they should understand that we, the people managing emergencies, public health, cannot say 'stay calm, there will be nothing.' We now have an obligation, moreover, to prepare, to prepare our stockpiles so that you will not ask us in September or October, why we are not ready. Because that's exactly what needs to be done, what we did not do in years now is the time to do it. Because Romania is involved with the European stockpiles, we are working in that direction (...) In Romania, our stockpiles are starting to fill up. We need to see strategic stockpiles reach a level where, if we get into a situation we entered about three months ago, we will be much better prepared," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "I believe that continuity on a more settled form is more advisable than having no form to work on. It must be a form at least for the period we still have measures. When we decide that we have entered the no measures phase, have no measures, we have eased up, then it can disappear and come back maybe if we see that we start to grow again or if the second wave appears. Because if a second wave occurs, it is clear that certain measures will have to be taken and adapted. Perhaps, if we are better prepared, we must not take such harsh measures as we have taken; we will see, but a form of alertness, in order to move on, will have to be in place. We will see its content, things that can be taken out, like I said direct procurement that can be taken out and not needed at this stage; it can be discussed at a political level to reach an agreement," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:30:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "All persons coming to Romania from abroad from May 15 will be ordered home isolation, together with family or relatives they live with, and those who do not have the possibility to meet the conditions for home isolation or request not to expose family can opt for institutional quarantine in specially designed settings; in other words, from tonight, from the moment of publication, those who arrive in the country, no matter wherefrom will go into isolation at home," External link

roumanie-en Friday, May 15, 2020 5:54:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There have been several European projects that have started to modernise and I can tell you, at least, talking about half of the emergency departments around the country, we are talking here about a few dozen already, which must be modernisatised or even have extensions. These projects started some time ago with European funds, through the Ministry of Development, there are also projects, as you can see here, where local authorities get involved, there are projects that are funded by European funds, but co-financed by local authorities and, of course, by the Health Ministry. So, steps are being taken, (...) at least half of the units need certain measures," External link

agerpres-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:52:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There have been several European projects that have started to modernise and I can tell you, at least, talking about half of the emergency departments around the country, we are talking here about a few dozen already, which must be modernisatised or even have extensions. These projects started some time ago with European funds, through the Ministry of Development, there are also projects, as you can see here, where local authorities get involved, there are projects that are funded by European funds, but co-financed by local authorities and, of course, by the Health Ministry. So, steps are being taken, (...) at least half of the units need certain measures," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat explained : "I don't know how long it will last, now we are at about 50% of the total number that usually comes to us in the country, but in the future, an emergency unit has to be readjusted, it has to be resized every ten years, and now our challenge will be preparing the emergency ward units to receive more patients, however under the conditions in which we must prevent the spread of a virus and that means one needs to have clear routes inside the emergency unit, just as we have routes inside hospitals and that might require certain changes, including structural changes at some emergency wards," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:42:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "First of all, it shows that civil protection works in Romania, and also at European level. It is an important gesture that we have found people to leave on such a short notice. This sign is very important at European level, and to us, Romania, it is a gesture that shows that we can and is a gesture of solidarity with Italy, which is an area now very much afflicted. It is a display of extraordinary cooperation between the Ministry of Defence, the medical side, and the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, April 8, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "It's very possible that we prolong the state of emergency by another month. We will make the decision next week, before the last day of the state of emergency," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat mentioned : "It depends because you saw that in some countries the curve continued to climb and then it started to go down very fast, while in other countries the curve maintained at a high level. It's very hard to make predictions. But my opinion is that we will not be able to come out of this situation before the end of May. Because even if it slows down, we will still have to fight it, we cannot just stop and relax all measures that we are taking right now," External link

roumanie-en Sunday, April 5, 2020 1:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The situation at 20,00hrs, which was also sent to the Interior Ministry by the colleagues from the National Centre for the Intervention Management and Coordination. At 20,00hrs, we had 794 persons confirmed, 79 healed and 11 dead, unfortunately. At this moment, there are 431 hospitalised persons in regular wards and 18 persons in ICU. Quarantined persons, until 20,00, there were 5,556 and persons isolated at home - 87,506," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 26, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat wrote : "Following the announcement of the President about declaring the state of emergency, speculations have come up, panic messages and mostly messages that can determine a certain behaviour of the population. Assertions in the media have emerged according to which food will be rationalised or circulation banned... etc. Videos staged by persons mocking the situation have come up depicting an individual dressed in white running behind another individual, insinuating that the situation is out of control. Mass media, those who post on social media networks and each one of us, as responsible citizens, will have to adopt a civic, responsible attitude," External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 16, 2020 1:10:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Regarding the Gerota Hospital, it has entered quarantine today, as the inpatients and hospital staff will stay in quarantine for 14 days, during which time the inpatients will be cared for further and investigation and testing will be performed to make sure the outbreak stops there as much as possible," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "This is why we take this measure at the level of the MAI, because the hospital operates under the authority of MAI. The Medical Department is monitoring the situation and is continuing the epidemiological investigation with the epidemiologists of MAI and other bodies to identify all the people with whom that person came into contact," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "There are currently 752 cases under quarantine - 429 arrived via Hungary, 23 via Serbia, 70 via Bulgaria, 2 via Iasi, 94 came from Ukraine and 54 landed in Otopeni. I want to make this clear, the Border Police monitors all stopover flights so that the people who arrive in Romania cannot hide their departure points, no matter how they attempt to do it. There have been attempts by both road and air travelers to mislead us into believing they were coming from elsewhere. We've had people coming from Italy via Ukraine, or trying to enter the country through Giurgiu, changing planes and refusing certain flights and boarding others just in order to conceal what area they were coming from. We are calling on their sense of responsibility, because they put their own parents and grandparents at risk," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, March 12, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat replied : "Yes. (...) We consider that at this moment there are measures that are necessary for the prevention. (...) If there is a meeting that exceeds 1,000 people it means it does not happen" External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 9, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat explained : "The procedure and criteria for suspending school courses in educational establishments were approved in the context of confirming one or more cases of coronavirus infection. This procedure was drafted by the Institute of Public Health and does not take into account only medical aspects," External link

roumanie-en Monday, March 9, 2020 12:29:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, after which if you want to put on an alcohol solution it is very good. (...) If they are alcohol-based and use them, yes, they kill the coronavirus, because it is killed by alcohol-based solutions and chlorine-based solutions. The solutions in the market for hand disinfection are usually alcohol-based" External link

mediafax-en Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:14:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat mentioned : "When the number of cases gets bigger, the approach is adapted to the situation. We do not want to give information that would lead to the patient. The direct message is that the virus is airborne, but you must be in close proximity for 15 minutes," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat stated : "All seven, according to information we have at this moment, have tested negative, yet given that the person who tested positive lived there and there was direct contact, all seven persons will remain at home, in isolation, under guard, and all necessities will be ensured, but they won't be able to leave the house. They will remain in quarantine in the house for at least 14 days, after which they will be tested to establish if any of them is positive. If one of them shows symptoms in the 14 days, then that person is tested, if they are positive, then they are transported to hospital (...) They are quarantined, which means they are to have no form of contact, only with protected persons. When the Health Directorate comes to see them, they enter with complete protection gear," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, February 27, 2020 10:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat spune : "Astfel de situații există în toate instituțiile, civile, militare, publice, private... oamenii se cunosc, se împrietenesc, se căsătoresc, unii devin nași alții devin fini, totul în interiorul instituției sau al firmei, după ce aceștia au fost deja parte din respectivă instituție. Oare ce soluții există care să ducă la mulțumirea criticilor din media și a celor care comentează lucrurile fără să cunoască povestea din spate sau realitatea situației? Să emitem o lege care să interzică relațiile de prietenie, căsătoriile și orice altă interacțiune, cu excepția relațiilor strict profesionale, între angajații unei instituții și să punem după aceea pe unii care să urmărească angajații și să raporteze superiorilor, că să putem lua măsurile la timp înainte de a se sesiza vreun jurnalist și să înceapă să atace instituția și angajații ei? Va dați seama cred că astfel de demersuri nu ar fi constituționale și nici corecte din oricare punct de vedere și ar crea o vânătoare de vrăjitoare fără sfârșit. Ce am face atunci cu cei care au relații apropriate, dar nu sunt căsătoriți?" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:59:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The rescue mission wasn't a simple one, or a risk-free one," External link

startribune Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:14:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “The rescue mission wasn’t a simple one, or a risk-free one,” External link

nytimes Saturday, November 30, 2019 12:59:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “The rescue mission wasn’t a simple one, or a risk-free one,” External link

nytimes Friday, November 29, 2019 11:43:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "After the earthquake, we were informed by the European Civil Protection that the mechanism was activated, including by the Albanian Embassy. With the approval of Minister Vela, our team is already in preparation. We spoke to the Defence Ministry, who will help us with transportation; the agreement of Defence Minister Ciuca was secured. Fifty people of the the search and rescue team of Special Emergency Unit with the Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU), which is our United Nations-authorised team for such a mission, is about to leave for Albania this after-noon with the equipment they need," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The response time is very important, because the earthquake is considered a major emergency. If you go after a day, two, it is too late. So, fortunately, we will be able to leave in a few hours and with the support of our colleagues from the Air Force, the mission will be carried out until tonight. (...) The team will act in the area until the search-and-rescue operations are stopped," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, November 27, 2019 8:20:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat told : "The main changes to the legislation in force envisage the implementation of the location tracking technology based on information collected from the mobile terminal, including through Advanced Mobile Location (AML) technology, which will provide to rescuers much more precise location information, significantly cutting the emergency management time and implicitly the emergency response time; the identification of pre-paid card users, whenever a call is placed with the 112 emergency hotline; the faster processing of the emergency and facilitating the tracing of the callers’ location, while at the same time discouraging abusive 112 calls and false alerts," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The Government’s Emergency Ordinance No. 62/2019 provides for the free of charge transmission of standardized, short technical messages associated with the emergency calls, containing information obtained on the basis of the terminal equipment, including AML type information, and for the increase of the penalties for false calls," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "The measure envisages the reconfiguring, through software changes, of the infrastructure of mobile operators to ensure the transmission of location data to the 112 national emergency call system. The STS has worked out the interconnection specifications, as well as the technical requirements for the implementation of AML, and sent them to the operators on August 30. At the same time, mobile operators have been asked to open the 114 short number for the interconnection interfaces configured according to the primary specifications received from Google and Apple to be tested and validated," External link

roumanie-en Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "I’ve had the opportunity to present to Mrs Prime Minister the report and the final conclusions; the report will be made public in full. It looked into the current situation of the 112 service, the dispatching and the location problem. The implementation of the AML, the advanced mobile location system, was also analysed, and our conclusion is that after implementing this system we should not stop, because other complementary systems need to be implemented in the future. Fourteen measures were established at the end of the report, divided by terms: short term -within 12 months, medium term - between 12 months and 36 months and long term, up to 60 months. (...) Short-term measures include improving the legislative framework to speed up the location system, for which a draft emergency ordinance is already in place amending and supplementing emergency ordinance 34/2008 regarding the organisation and operation of the single national system for emergency calls and emergency ordinance 111/2011 regarding electronic communications (...). Tomorrow they will be up for public debate and may be modified," External link

roumanie-en Friday, August 9, 2019 6:43:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Among the medium-term measures we have the continuation of the implementation of the concept of integrated dispatchers and continuous training of dispatchers; the establishment of two training centres, in Bucharest and Mures, for the training of trainers and dispatchers. It is a measure already started, as the centres exist, they have trained the first trainers, and we are going to continue the preparation under a program on European funds. Moving forward, 650 dispatches are planned to be trained for emergencies; Police and 112 dispatchers will also have to take the training. (...) Our goal is to get professional dispatchers who can deal with emergency calls entirely without transferring them, without having to ask other agencies to intervene, with experts at dispatching offices who can provide support when needed. Another measure is the completion of the implementation of a 112 system upgrade project. There was talk of an auction that is in progress; it is the responsibility of STS and what we want is for the auction to be finalised as soon as possible and for the implementation, which will last up to 36 months, to start," External link

roumanie-en Friday, August 9, 2019 6:43:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said ( about Regulatory Authority ) : "It is a report on the measures to be taken to improve the localisation issues - we are working with ANCOM [National Communications Administration and Regulatory Authority], STS [Special Telecommunications Service], the Ministry of Communications, IGSU [General Emergency Inspectorate]. All parties are working. There are also people from the General Secretariat of the Government. We have met daily; the board has done the same to regulate the legal texts to be put forth, and today I hope to finalise. They are working on the report as we speak. Today we see it in the big commission and, if all is ok, I will present it to the prime minister tomorrow, and then we will go out with the conclusions of the report," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, August 7, 2019 5:44:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : “Anyone can understand to whom such an ad is addressed,” External link

politico-eu Monday, July 1, 2019 10:59:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat spune : "mereu plătesc aparţinătorii. Dar nu cred că sunt sume importante" External link

hotnews-en Tuesday, June 11, 2019 6:37:00 PM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "Statistical data and information on drug use and drug-related crime outlines an ever-growing illicit national drug market, with all drug types - synthetic ones included - having been identified on the national territory, along with the rising prevalence of drug use, which requires a prompt approach both in terms of public health and of street safety. In this context, the integrated and proactive approach to the phenomenon becomes essential for its effective management. Thus, the establishment and development of a coordination mechanism responds to the need for consistency and unity, strategic action according to the European requirements in the field," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4:17:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat said : "In what concerns the dispatch issue, a project is being developed right now financed by the Swiss Government via the Health Ministry and in cooperation with the DSU, under which all the dispatchers of the ambulance, firefighting services and including our colleagues from the emergency service -112 - will be trained so that we will have a fully integrated dispatch in the end. This means that, in the future, it won’t be necessary for a firefighter to take the call that refers to fire or medical staff to take the call that refers to a medical emergency, but they can all take calls for each other. This training will start in one year and of course that we will need some time to cover the entire country. It will have a major impact on reducing the amount of time for picking up the call and improving reactions to the various emergency situations," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, January 30, 2019 1:49:00 AM EAT

Raed Arafat déclaré : "Au total 38 personnes ont été transportées à l'hôpital, une dizaine seulement ont été hospitalisées" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 21, 2017 9:36:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
head of emergency situations department1.69%EN10/07/201707/10/2017
head5.08%EN09/30/201730/09/2017
emergency situations head1.69%EN09/30/201730/09/2017
secretar de stat5.08%RO04/24/201724/04/2017
şeful5.08%RO03/06/201706/03/2017
secretary of state8.47%EN03/05/201705/03/2017
secrétaire d'etat15.25%FR02/02/201702/02/2017
ministro do interior romeno1.69%PT01/21/201721/01/2017
minister11.86%EN11/18/201618/11/2016
health minister1.69%EN11/18/201618/11/2016
secretarul de stat16.95%RO11/01/201601/11/2016
şef1.69%RO11/01/201601/11/2016
state secretary6.78%EN08/30/201630/08/2016
secretary3.39%EN08/30/201630/08/2016
interior minister8.47%EN08/23/201623/08/2016
secretarul de stat al mai3.39%RO06/02/201602/06/2016
ministru1.69%RO11/07/201207/11/2012
Names Lang Count
Raed ArafatEN47.90%
Raed ArafatRO28.99%
Raed ArafatFR18.49%
Raed ArafatPT1.68%
Раед АрафатBG1.26%
Raed ArafatHR1.26%
Raed ArafatES0.42%


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Marcel Ciolacu wrote ( about Raed Arafat ) : "With the aid of specialists and civil society, we have built a quarantine law that would even protect Romanians from the pandemic and not cover up abuses! In the morning, I had a meeting in Parliament with Mr Raed Arafat and several fellow lawyers to find the best wording for the new law on quarantine and isolation," External link

roumanie-en Thursday, July 9, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Carmen Dan afirmă ( about Raed Arafat ) : "Ca și momentul 10 August, acum văd că e momentul “Arafat”. Nu sunt eu avocatul lui Raed Arafat; am convingerea că poate răspunde singur și cu argumente, însă nu pot să nu condamn punerea sa la zid în aceste zile" External link

hotnews-en Sunday, October 27, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Viorica Dăncilă stated ( about Raed Arafat ) : "Today, we are also witnessing an overzealous show out - equally late and full of amateurism - from Mr Barna’s part, whom I shall say to just that: the necessary decisions will be made by the Executive based on the analysis and reports issued by the working group led by Mr Raed Arafat. Moreover, I will request the emergency gathering of Parliament in an extraordinary session and we will implement the decisions through OUG [Gov’t Emergency Ordinance]. The Government won’t waste any time. I receive conclusions daily from the working group, which we analyse together and which we will transpose into legislative measures, taking into account the existing legislation and the CCR [the Constitutional Court of Romania] decisions. I am making this clarification regarding the pieces of information emerging in the public space regarding the prepay phone cards. We know well the CCR decisions in the area and we will constantly take them into account. There will be no legislative measure to counter these decisions that are mandatory for every Romanian citizen," External link

roumanie-en Wednesday, July 31, 2019 5:31:00 AM EAT