Development Minister Elena Udrea yesterday said of all the funding available via the EUR 4.3 bln Regional Operational Programme (POR), EUR 3 bln will be contracted this year, and the sum paid actually will come up to EUR 500 M, according to Mediafax. ‘Romanians know how to make projects entitled to European funding,’ Udrea told a press conference, where she labeled the statement saying Romanians are unable to make such projects as a ‘myth’ to be proved wrong. According to ministerial data, by May 31, 2010, there had been tendered 4,538 projects with an overall value of EUR 11 bln on the five priority directions of the programme (urban, transport, social, business environment and tourism), of which 810 projects worth EUR 2.1 bln had been approved, and 611, EUR 1.87 bln, have been contracted. On the other hand, government set out to build 10,000 kilometers of county roads, of which 500 kms this year, Udrea also announced. The proposal will be discussed at today’s government session. She also said this would be a EUR 2 bln-plus investment slated for completion in 2012, with funding provided from the state budget. According to Elena Udrea, the ministry aims to only build 500 kilometers of roads this year given the scarce funding available.