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December 6, 2021

Resumption of EU funding would bring Romania a minimum EUR 600 M

European Affairs Minister Leonard Orban stated yesterday in a press conference that the EC’s decisions concerning the resumption of payments would be announced this week, adding a gradual opening for various programmes was the likeliest case-scenario.  “As of this week we’re waiting for good news as regards the resumption of payments. The decisions would most likely refer to individual programmes, rather than all the programmes which are currently barred from forwarding reimbursement applications. Therefore, a gradual opening will occur. Most likely we’ll see a gradual opening, for various programmes,” Leonard Orban explained, quoted by Mediafax.

The minister further stated that, if the resumption of payments would be approved for all programmes, the total amount would be a minimum EUR 600 M. “(…) It all depends on how many programmes will be accepted. By this I mean the reimbursement applications collected by the Romanian side from the beneficiaries, which are to be forwarded to the European Commission. They (e.n. EC representatives) promised us that, depending on whether these programmes are unblocked and the applications are forwarded right away, they would be able to send us the money as soon as possible, this year even,” the minister added. He further underlined that “the question is not whether [the payments] will be resumed or not, but when they will be resumed.”

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