The European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici discussed on Tuesday with the European Union states’ ambassadors and the ambassadors of Switzerland and Norway, which give Romania grants, about the measures taken for the 2014-2020 programming period, the ministry said in a release to Agerpres.
Teodorovici gave details of the phase in the EU funds absorption, the achievements and challenges of the past two years and the measures taken by Bucharest for the 2014-2020 programming period. The ambassadors spoke of the experience of their states and the manner they perceive and inter-act with the Romanian system.
‘I am convinced we will keep the working pace recorded up until now and we will reach 80 percent absorption rate by the end of 2015’, Teodorovici said after the meeting.
‘We no longer repeat the mistakes of the past, when Romania drew unacceptably low amounts in the first five years. We will use most of the amount assigned by the EU in the first part of the 2014-2020 period, so that the absorption rate should hit 100 percent by the end of the multi-annual financial exercise. I reiterate the principle I have guided myself by through this period: all those who made mistakes in implementing the European funds, be they civil servants or private beneficiaries must pay for their deeds. Zero tolerance to all mistakes’, the minister underscored.