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January 28, 2022

RON 480 M paid in February-March to the beneficiaries of European projects

While payments to the Sectorial Operational Programme for Human Resources Development (POSDRU) were interrupted, beneficiaries did not suffer, because over RON 480 M have been disbursed from the state budget in February-March. According to an announcement made yesterday by Labour Minister Claudia Boghicevici, the sum will be integrally recovered from the EC, Mediafax reports. Right after payments got discontinued, the Management Authority received a new top management team which made sure that beneficiaries do not suffer during the 44 days it took to deal with management issues, Boghicevici explained. In his turn, the Minister of European Affairs, Leonard Orban said Wednesday that the financial correction for the POSDRU programme might be canceled at the end of June. According to Leonard Orban, the rate of absorption of structural and cohesion funds stood to 7.4 pc in March, the 6.56 pc amount published on MAEur website, is the appropriate one paid actually by EC. The Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Protection explained that the European Commission announced Monday the decision to resume POSDRU payments, due to the progress achieved in implementing the programme, which has been reflected by the report of the Romanian Audit Authority sent to the EC on March 5. According to the source, resuming the payments will be made by enforcing a 10 pc preventive financial correction in effect until 30 June 2012, when the two audit missions due to be sent in April-May will announce their results. Claudia Boghicevici added that the eligibility rules and conditions of POSDRU will be modified, so that the programme will no longer be the ‘Cinderella’ of European funds, and money will reach the target group, rather than serving to pay the salaries of management teams.

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