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February 3, 2023

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu’s first visit to Romania

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu has paid an official visit to Romania on November 7-8. Referring to this event before arriving in Romania’s capital, Corina Cretu pointed out: “This is my first week on the job and after the first meeting of the College of Commissioners on Wednesday I chose to visit two countries that are important for the region. Yesterday (November 6 – editor’s note) I was in Poland, today I am in Romania.”
The schedule of the visit in Bucharest included official meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Regional Development Minister Liviu Dragnea, Transport Minister Ioan Rus and European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici. On Saturday, November 8, Commissioner Cretu visited the Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) project at the ‘Horia Hulubei’ National Institute in Magurele. The most important moment of the visit to Romania was the launch, alongside European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici, of the “Partnership Agreement” with Romania for the 2014-2020 period, an agreement through which Romania can access EUR 33 bln.
“European funds are the instrument with the help of which the European Union teaches member states the lesson of solidarity. We, Romanians, have to learn to develop together, otherwise we will never develop on the long term. I am convinced that Romania will make a good start in accessing the EUR 33 bln that can contribute to the lowering of development disparities and to the relaunch of the Romanian economy,” Corina Cretu stated at a press conference organized by the European Funds Ministry.
As part of her meeting with Romanian officials, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy reiterated the European funds’ importance for the balanced development of all member states and encouraged the representatives of the Romanian Government to act more efficiently in using them. In this sense, she pointed out that as a result of the deficiencies registered in the Regional Development Operational Program, DG Regio experts will be in Bucharest this week in order to support Romanian specialists in the correct drafting of all documents that are transmitted to the European Commission.

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