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Factsheet for measure RO-2021-31/2890 Updated – measures in Romania

Access to basic education for beneficiaries of temporary protection

Continuarea studiilor pentru copiii și studenții ucraineni beneficiari de protecție temporară în România - învățământ preuniversitar

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 July 2021
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Nicoleta Voicu (Association Center for Public Innovation)
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 07 November 2023)

Background information

The emergency ordinance establishes exceptional measures in the fields of health, education, employment, housing for vulnerable persons, children and young people, in order to facilitate the inclusion of displaced persons from Ukraine into Romanian society.

The National Plan of Measures for the Protection and Inclusion of Displaced Persons from Ukraine, Beneficiaries of Temporary Protection in Romania includes:

  • Cross-cutting measures to address the need for information, identification and facilitation of access to services for displaced persons from Ukraine - beneficiaries of temporary protection in Romania,
  • Measures aimed to develop mechanisms to prevent the risks associated with human trafficking, given the context of vulnerability in which these persons find themselves and the fact that approximately 70% of them are women and mothers with minor children.

The Emergency Ordinance also aims to amend Law No 678/2001 9 (on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings), the measure being motivated by the need to improve the National Mechanism for the Identification and Referral of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings, thus making it more effective and legally binding.

Content of measure

The measure includes specific activities as:

  • A Coordination Commission will be operating at the level of County School Inspectorates for the distribution of pre-school/pupils to the institutions where they can carry out educational activities, as well as in institutions in where they will benefit from psycho-pedagogical assistance and counselling.
  • Assessment of students who do not have documents for enrolment in relation to the level of age and schooling.
  • Providing psycho-pedagogical assistance and counselling, with the support of persons who can facilitate communication, where is needed.
  • Organisation of courses for initiation in Romanian language for students and adults.
  • Providing school supplies, clothing, and footwear.
  • Equivalence of studies in cases where students hold school documents.
  • Ensure the conditions for participation in national examinations and certification of professional competencies (translated materials, translators, etc.) if pupils express this option.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

28 February 2023

The Ministry of Education has adopted a simplified enrollment process for Ukrainian children as well as enrollment into Romanian language courses for children and adults.

Use of measure

* By the end of February 2023, a total of 4,483 children have been enrolled in pre-university education. * By the end of March 2023, a total of 4,840 children have been enrolled in pre-university education. * By the end of April 2023, a total of 7,172 children have been enrolled in pre-university education. * By the end of May 2023, a total of 18,000 children have been enrolled in pre-university education. * By the end of June 2023, a total of 19,605 children have been enrolled in pre-university education.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The only public information is that working groups were established at the level of the Ministries but there is no information about the members of the working groups.

Views and reactions

There is no publicly available information about the social partners' views or reaction on the measure.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Access to basic education for beneficiaries of temporary protection, measure RO-2021-31/2890 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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