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June 24, 2021
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Udrea criticized for absence in EP committee

Regional Development and Tourism Minister Ele­na Udrea was criticized yesterday for not attending a meeting of the European Parliament’s Commi­ttee on Regional Development (REGI) despite being present in Brussels. The criticism came from Social-Democrat MEP Victor Bostinaru. Udrea had been invited to present a report on the achie­vements of the Ministry she leads. “The colleagues from the REGI Committee interpreted the Minis­ter’s absence as an affront to the European Parliament, as the refusal of a dialogue that could have put her into an uncomfortable position when queried about the alarming situation concerning Romania’s absorption of European funds,” the Social-Democrat MEP argued in a communiqué. Liberal MEP Ramona Manescu, coordinator of the European Liberals within the EP’s REGI Com­mittee, asked Elena Udrea to resign, arguing that she defied the EP. In reply, the Regional Develop­ment and Tourism Ministry explained that Udrea was in Brussels on her own initiative and it was decided at Ministerial level that secretary of state Razvan Murgeanu should hold a presentation within REGI while Udrea was meeting EC Vice President Antonio Tajani.

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