Orban: I shall not hesitate to withdraw EU funds

European Affairs Minister Leonard Orban said he will not hesitate to ask for the withdrawal of pre-financing or financing should the law not be observed or should projects fail to be completed on time. The minister told an event held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania yesterday that very clear and objective criteria that cannot be challenged will be set in that respect, Mediafax reports. During its weekly meeting, yesterday, the Government was set to discuss a list of priority projects to be supported with EU funds. At the same event, Minister Orban also said that approximately 15 people would be seconded to the Ministry for European Affairs from other institutions, as the ministry has been appointed to manage the second part of the grant programmes offered by EEA countries. He made those clarifications after a question on whether or not the setting up of his ministry was not going to increase bureaucracy and generate additional costs. On the other hand, he said the re-distribution of funding will be proposed by the end of November and that he will ask for money for the thermal insulation of homes.

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