PM Tudose meets EIB delegation, reiterates Government’s interest is to boost investment, simplify public procurement legislation

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The Government’s interest is to stimulate investment and therefore it wants to simplify public procurement legislation and make it suppler, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said at a meeting with European Investment Bank (EIB) officials at the Government House on Thursday.

During the meeting, Tudose reviewed the priority areas in terms of expertise and financing that the EIB can still grant to Romania.

At the same time, he and the attending ministers mentioned the main projects at various stages of preparedness at governmental level that could qualify for EIB technical expertise: modification of public procurement and public-private partnership legislation; preparing the necessary technical documentation for the construction of regional hospitals, the Ploiesti-Brasov highway and other infrastructure projects, as well as agriculture, energy efficiency and institutional reform.

“Our interest is to boost investment. We want to have a simpler and more flexible legislation in the field of public procurement in Romania, and we have all the opportunity to highlight the expertise that the European Investment Bank can provide,” Tudose is quoted as saying in a press statement released by the Government.

The highlight at the meeting was on the development of major infrastructure projects, encouraging investment in both the public and private sectors, as well as on optimising financial resources, capitalising on the potential of attracting European funds, securing a transparent and consistent legislative framework in related areas and multiplying examples of good practice.

The two delegations appreciated the good cooperation for over 25 years between Romania and the EIB, and this year is the 10th years since the European financial institution opened office in Bucharest.