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May 12, 2021
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Victor Ponta met ‘Friends of Cohesion’ group in Brussels

PM Ponta said after a meeting with the leader of the Socialist group in the EP, Hannes Swoboda, that the European Parliament and the group of Socialists support the position of the European Commission and of the ‘Friends of Cohesion’ group – which includes Romania among its members – on approving higher allowances for the Common Agricultural Policy and structural and cohesion funds. The premier talked with Swoboda about the EU budget for 2014-2020.Victor Ponta attended in Brussels a meeting of the prime ministers of ‘Friends of Cohesion’ member states, which took place in the afternoon. His agenda also included talks with Greek PM Antonis Samaras, and Polish Premier Donald Tusk.Premier Victor Ponta presented by phone from Brussels, yesterday evening, the conclusions of the summit of the ‘Friends of Cohesion’ group, which includes states that receive European funds meant to close the development gaps which separate them from the rest of EU countries. According to Ponta, Romania maintains its initial position about receiving, in the next budgetary exercise 2014-2012, supplementary funds for the Common Agricultural Policy and for structural and cohesion funds. He added that the end result will be given by the negotiations conducted within the European Union, as well as by “how we organise ourselves in Romania.” Ponta added that, so far, no sum has been proposed for individual countries, as the only formal proposal made initially belongs to the European Commission. “There is more money for countries like Romania, which need financing for infrastructure, agriculture (…). I must admit that talks are difficult; it is important for Romania to keep a position consistent with itself,” the premier mentioned.

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