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October 5, 2022

Orban pleads for private management of European funds

The minister hopes that payments to the Regional Operational Programme will resume by year-end.

The private sector must be involved in the management of European funds, while in the area where problems are encountered there is a need for private intermediary bodies, the minister of European Affairs, Leonard Orban said yesterday during a specialised conference. “We clearly saw the limits of the capacity of the central public administration in Romania. From my point of view, such a structure used until now will bring us no improvement. It seems very clear to me that the private sector should become involved in the management of European funds,” the minister stated. He added that the eligibility of projects or the way they are chosen must be made in a very clear manner, as it is necessary to finance only the needed projects. “Otherwise, we will improve our absorption rate, but nothing more than that,” Orban warned, Money.ro informs.According to the MAEur official, a very serious thing related to the absorption of European funds is the beneficiaries’ reluctance to access European money.Also, Leonard Orban added that he hopes the payments to the Regional Operational Programme (POR) will resume by the end of this year, while as regards the situation of the Sectorial Operational Programme Increase of Economic Competitiveness, authorities expect a decision of the Management Authority. “Today we will have a discussion about the three programme pre-suspensions, to see what should be done, from a legal point of view, especially in terms of public acquisitions and of the conflict of interests in this area. We plan to make legal changes as soon as possible,” Orban mentioned.The Ministry of European Affairs (MAEur) organised yesterday in Bucharest a conference dedicated to presenting the document referring to ‘The position of the European Commission on drafting the Partnership Accord and the programmes in Romania for 2014-2020.’ The conference was attended by officials from the ministries that belong to the Interministerial Committee for the Partnership Accord (CIAP), management authorities and intermediary bodies, the Auditing Authority, the Certification and Payment Authority (ACP) and representatives of the social and economic environment, of the academic life and of the civil society involved in the process of planning the European funds allocated to Romania for 2014-2020.

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