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Traian Basescu, new attack on Victor Ponta: “He failed to sign any contract to use funds allocated to Romania”

Former President Traian Basescu wrote on his personal Facebook page on Tuesday about the European funds allocated to Romania for the construction of highways, the modernization of railways, river engineering works, professional retraining, job creation and the construction of building envelopes, stating that the funds will be lost because Premier Victor Ponta failed to sign any contract that would use the funds earmarked for Romania.

“EUR 7.5 bln from European funds allocated by the European Union for Romania will be lost on December 31. They were earmarked for the construction of highways, the modernization of railways, river engineering works, professional retraining, job creation, the construction of building envelopes etc. While he boasted with improving the absorption rate and he cut inauguration ribbons for contracts signed during the Emil Boc Government, Ponta failed to sign any significant contract through which to use the funds earmarked for Romania. If the projects started during the more than three years of Ponta Government had been as numerous as those started during the Emil Boc Government then most likely we would not have lost these EUR 7.5 bln,” the former president wrote in a posting titled “Responsibility.”

Nevertheless, Traian Basescu believes something can still be salvaged through a concerted multi-institutional administrative effort.

“I believe something can still be salvaged provided we know what we have to do and argue in our relation with the European Commission and we make a concerted multi-institutional administrative effort in Bucharest.

The current European Commission President is a consistent backer of Romania and he will surely help us to the utmost limit in order to make the most of European regulations,” the former president added.

Basescu considers that Victor Ponta as Premier and Klaus Iohannis as Romania’s representative within the European Council should assume this effort.

“Ponta as PM and Iohannis as Romania’s representative within the European Council should assume this effort, but starting today not tomorrow. I am convinced it is worth a try,” Traian Basescu concluded.

 

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