Romania to use 80 pc of European funds by 2015 end


The Romanian Minister of EU funds Eugen Teodorovici declared that his goal is to see Romania using 80 percent of the European Union funds allocated over the 2007-2013 schedule, which is a 80 percent usage rate; he was speaking during an exchange of opinions at the Committee on Regional Development (REGI) of the European Parliament, Agerpres informs. ‘As a minister, I am compelled to fight for the use of all the EU funds. Given the last years’ experience, I know, however, that there is a risk of failing to use all the money. That’s why we must find solutions to avoid the risk of losing money through decommitment,’ Teodorovici said. He mentioned that the risk of losing money by decommitment will be higher in 2015.
‘For this year, the sum is EUR 2.8 billion, and we will use it, since we had EUR 3.5 billion last year, and there is no risk of decommitment of funds. The greatest risk is next year,’ the minister asserted. As regards the 80 percent usage rate mentioned to the members of the European Parliament, Teodorovici said that ‘it won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.’ ‘If we last year we achieved 19 percent in one year, we can do the same next year, and reach 80 percent,’ Teodorovici added.
Two solutions to start absorbing funds allotted for 2014-2020
Romania will implement at least two solutions to be able to absorb EU funds as early as the first year of the programming period 2014-2020, namely the funding of some already approved projects of the future financial framework and the reimbursement of self funding to the beneficiaries already provided in the budgets for this year, after the European Commission approves the new operational programmes, European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici said.
‘Both with DG Regio (Directorate General for Regional Policy) and with DG Employment (Directorate General for Employment) these things are perfectly accepted, because they are conform with the regulation provisions. It is the member state’s decision to do this. There are at least two solutions to start the implementing on projects this year, be them projects funded from the European Social Fund, or from the Regional Development Fund,’ Teodorovici said in a press briefing.
He pointed out that the first solution would be that the filed and approved projects, but without funding in the current programming period, ‘should begin and be funded from the following financial framework.’ In the opinion exchange session he attended, Teodorovici said there were ‘thousands approved projects, but without funding.’
He also said that Romania will send the official draft of the Partnership Agreement (PA) for 2014-2020 to the European Commission (EC) next week, after discussing it first in the government, Minister of European Funds. ‘In the past two days I had meetings with officials from the DG Employment (Directorate-General for Employment) and also from the DG Region (Directorate-General for Regional Policy) to discuss the Partnership Agreement. I also held talks with the representatives of the European Commission (EC) related to the comments they made on the final version of the document, so that we may be able to officially send it next week,’ the Minister told. He also specified that the next interval will be one of ‘formal dialogue’ with the EC officials, after which the PA will be signed.
‘There are still other issues that remain to be clarified by Sunday, so that next week we may be able to discuss at the government on this document and next Friday maybe even officially send it. The operational programmes have already been submitted, so that we can launch the informal political dialogue in Romania,’ the Minister said.
Teodorovici also mentioned that, from the precise moment when the PA is signed, according to the enforced regulations, there will be just one month left for sending the new operational programmes as well.
Not the least, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Laszlo Andor asked Romanian Minister of European Funds Eugen Teodorovici to strengthen, in the PA, certain provisions confirming Romania’s commitment to increase Roma people’s inclusion.

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