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February 4, 2023

European funds absorption: Minister Teodorovici warned by PM

While Premier Victor Ponta until recently used to praise European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici at every opportunity, in competition with his praises for Agriculture Minister Daniel Constantin, now (at the end of his term?!) Mr. Teodorovici finds himself reprimanded by the Head of Government. Maybe also because of the fact that the ministry led by Mr. Teodorovici did not have too much to say after his recent visit in Brussels where he met the commissioner for regional policies. Everybody, probably the Prime Minister too, was hoping that after his meetings with the European Commission members Minister Teodorovici will inform us that he foresees an absorption rate of at least 90 per cent for 2007-2013. No, the minister announced that he established in Brussels how he will hike the salaries of the advisors that have European projects on their desks. Did he need Mrs. Corina Cretu (the European commissioner for regional policies) to tell him how to do this?
What is certain is that during yesterday’s government meeting Premier Victor Ponta asked the European Funds minister and the other ministers with prerogatives in the domain to hasten the procedures for the tapping of European funds in order for the absorption rate to surpass 55 per cent by the end of the year.
“There are 10 days in which the attention is focused on the campaign; you have a different main obligation. Namely, Minister Teodorovici, today we have an absorption rate of 44 per cent, but by the end of the year, with everything you send, we have to go well beyond 50 per cent, in order to have the chance to keep up the same rhythm next year. So, I ask you, all of you who have management authorities, Transport, Environment, regional operational program, of course POS-CCE, all the others, hurry up sending payment documents. From 7 per cent to 44 per cent, you’ll tell me it’s not good. It’s not good. I am telling you that more is possible and we can go well beyond 55 per cent by the end of the year, money actually collected by Romania from European funds,” the Premier stated during the government meeting on Tuesday.

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