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September 29, 2020

EC warns Gov’t the plan for European money is incoherent, no clear priorities

The European Commission warned on the money to be used during 2014-2020, demanding that the document is redrawn “during summer”, until September.
The warning was noted by the permanent representative office of Romania to the European Union, which warned the Bucharest government that an eventual rejection of this project by the European Commission, following inter-service consultations that will take place, risk leading to delays in the adoption of future operational programmes and in their implementation as early as the beginning of next year, which would create problems in the absorption of European funds.
According to an official document obtained by Mediafax, during an informal reunion held in Brussels by the representatives of the Ministry of European Funds, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture with the members of several services of the European Commission, respectively the General Directorate for Regional Policy (DG REGIO), the General Directorate for Employment (DG EMPL), the General Directorate for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the General Directorate for Fishing and Maritime Affairs (DG MARE).
The deputy chief of the Unit for Romania of DG REGIO explained that Brussels officials already sent observations to which the Ministry of European Funds answered at the end of June, but the members of the Commission maintain their disapproval on several topics included in the respective answer, the observations already sent in writing to the Romanian side being valid, and insisted on the need for “a real and efficient collaboration” between this ministry, as coordinating institution, and the line ministries.
“As horizontal observations on the draft document, the Commission officials emphasised the following issues: the absence of a clear identification of financing needs and priorities for the next planning period; the incoherence of the document and the absence of a strategic orientation in approaching thematic objectives, respectively their non-correlation with priorities; the need to take over the strategic objectives and approach from the position document of the Commission, a document agreed by Romanian authorities, as well as the correlation with the Europa 2020 Strategy, with the specific country recommendations, respectively with the National Reform Plan,” reveals the document.
In a different move, the European Commission yesterday was to present the intermediary report of the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification. The document is important because it could influence the accession to the Schengen Zone. However, the latest news inform that there is no paper in the issue. Spokesperson for the President of the European Commission Mark Gray said “I will not be giving any details of the factual updates. Nothing exists on paper and the oral update is not a mini report.”

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