Thursday, 07 September

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has discussed with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu about accelerating the European funds absorption over the next period

Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has had today, at Victoria Palace, a meeting with the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu. The meeting was also attended by Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds Sevil Shhaideh, Minister –delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb, Minister –delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, and State Advisors Marius Nica and Felix Rache. Discussion have focused on the important steps taken by Romania with respect to accessing European funds, and also the measures the Government initiated for attaining the EUR 1.2 billion absorption target by the end of the year through the funding programmes for regional development and cohesion.

The European Commissioner Corina Cretu has outlined the fact that we are not talking anymore about zero absorption at present given that only in the past two weeks, payments worth EUR 95 million were made especially for SMEs and for technical assistance.

„ It is good that we are heading in the right direction. It rests to accelerate and recover delays over the next period. The Government’s efforts will continue in this direction, including through a more important presence in Brussels” stated Prime Minister Mihai Tudose. The Head of the Executive has also announced that the Ministers whose responsibilities also include managing European funds will continue the series of technical consultations with Brussels experts in the ensuing period.

In her turn, the European Commissioner Corina Cretu has congratulated Romania for the progress achieved in this respect, mentioning inter alia, the accreditation of all management and control authorities, the financial exercise 2007 – 2013 concluded with a 90 percent absorption, and nearly 51,000 newly created jobs in Romania, over the past years, through the SMEs funding programmes.

„We hope that your target becomes a reality. The Commission estimates a EUR 1 billion absorption but if it is EUR 1.2 billion as intended by the Government, so much the better” argued the European official.

At the end of the meeting, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose has also announced the support extended by the European Commission in the field of the judiciary reform, on the prisons matter, and for the Cantacuzino Institute. The members of the Romanian delegation and the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu have also discussed about Romania’s development opportunities and prospects of attracting funds including by mechanisms made available by the Danube Strategy.

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