The Ministry of European Funds (MFE) on July 7 officially submitted the revised proposal of the 2014-2020 Partnership Agreement to the European Commission, by using the Structural Funds Communications (SFC) system, reads a release of the Ministry on Tuesday sent to Agerpres.
‘Romania officially submitted the revised proposal of the Agreement, which answers to all the suggestions and comments made by the Commission on the official version dated March 31, 2014. The official submission of the revised document brings Romania closer to the moment of signing the Agreement, as we don’t expect any more comments on it from the Commission.(…)”
Thus, I estimate that Romania will have its Partnership Agreement approved by the end of the summer- the beginning of the autumn,’ Minister of European Funds Eugen Teodorovici stated, according to the abovementioned source. The financial allocation via the Operational Programme Large Infrastructure is worth EUR 9.41 billion, the one via the Regional Operational Programme is worth EUR 6.7 billion, EUR 4.11 billion will be received via the Operational Programme Human Capital, EUR 1.32 billion through the Operational Programme Competitiveness, EUR 0.55 billion through the Operational Programme Administrative Capacity, EUR 0.21 billion via the Technical Assistance Operational Programme and EUR 0.45 billion through the cross-border cooperation programmes.
New priorities with EU funds
The Government changed the proposals of distribution of the European funds allocated to Romania over 2014-2020, reads a new version of the Partnership Agreement. Over the eleven thematic targets for which Romania wants to spend the European money during the period 2014-2020, the allocations were altered from the official version sent by the Government to Brussels on March 31, 2014. Thus, the most money are sent to research consolidation, tech development and innovation, from EUR 858,895,370 to 1,066,927,655; the improvement of competitiveness of SMBs, of the agricultural sector (for FEADR) and the fishing and aquaculture (for EMFF) from EUR 3,027,474,818 to 3,116,885,496; environment protection and preservation and resource efficient usage promotion, from EUR 4,632,611,161 to 4,971,125,541; promotion of sustainable transport meant and elimination of blockages in major infrastructure networks, from EUR 7,089,910,486 to 6,132,463,679, etc. In terms of ministries, the allocation of structural and cohesion funds are, the Operational Programme Large Infrastructure – EUR 9.41 billion, the Operational Programme Human Capital – EUR 4.11 billion, the Operational Programme Economic Competitiveness – EUR 1.32 billion, the Operational Programme Technical Assistance – EUR 0.21 billion, the Operational Regional Programme – EUR 6.7 billion, the Operational Programme Administrative Capacity – EUR 0.55 billion and the Transborder Cooperation Programme – EUR 0.45 billion.