Gov’t and ministries reorganization moves

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The government decided at its Wednesday meeting to set up under Emergency Ordinance the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and the Ministry of European Funds, with the two resulting from the reorganization of the Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds (MDRAPFE).

“With a view to ensuring a consistent approach and practice in the management of European funds and seeking to substantially increase the use of these funds, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration and the Ministry of European Funds are being set up under an Emergency Ordinance adopted today, through the reorganization of the Ministry of Development Regional Policy, Public Administration and European Funds. This move responds to the European Commission’s concerns over maintaining the expertise acquired during the programming period and ensures the implementation of the 2014 – 2020 programs,” the government said in a release.

The cited source mentions that the Ministry of European Funds was established by taking over from MDRAPFE the dedicated structures and activities pertaining to EU funds, except for the activities, structures and staff related to the Regional Operational Program 2007 – 2013 and 2014 – 2020, respectively, the Operational Program ‘Development of Administrative Capacity’ 2007 – 2013 and the Operational Program ‘Administrative Capacity’ 2014 – 2020, the managing authorities / joint managing authorities, national authorities, joint technical secretariats, contact points / national contact points / national contact persons for programs funded from ERDF-CTE, ENPI-CBC, ENI-CBC, IPA-CBC funding and national funds, as well as control contact points for ENI-CBC funded programs.

The Ministry of European Funds shall also take over the activity and staff of the Intermediate Body for the Human Capital Operational Program from the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice.

Another decision this Wednesday is for the government’s Secretariat general to take over the structures and activities of the Ministry for Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, except for those related to social dialogue, which will be moved to the Ministry of Labor and Social Justice.

Other changes approved on Wednesday include: the transfer of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration from under the authority of the government’s Secretariat general to the Ministry of Environment, switching the National Prognosis Commission from the authority of the Ministry of Public Finance to that of the government’s Secretariat general and transferring the Agency for the Digital Agenda of Romania under the authority of the Ministry of Communications and Information Society.

“The newly set up ministries and the institutions that take over activities and structures from other ministries are doing so complete with their personnel, in accordance with the law. The transferred personnel retain their salary benefits upon the coming in force of the present emergency ordinance,” the government’s release says.

The reorganization measures of the central public administration taken on Wednesday by the Executive are in line with the Parliament’s resolution to give the new Cabinet the vote of confidence.