Romania will have all its programmes under the EU 2014-2020 exercises approved in July, so that we won’t have any excuse if, at the end of the period, we fail to score an absorption rate of hundred per cent, Minister of European Funds Marius Nica said on Monday.
‘There aren’t any countries that have spent any money under the 2014-2020 exercise. There are, however, countries that did receive the first amounts for the programme corresponding to this period, Romania including (and I’m referring to the Ministry of Finances), following the approval of the programmes, and we will also expect the funds for the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme that was already approved,’ explained Nica.
He specified that the single programme that won’t be approved this summer will be the one related to fishing, in which case funds are rather low and approval is expected in September.
The Minister brought to mind that this week the European Commission should also approve the Regional Operational Programme.
‘We have officially sent the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme; sometime around July 1-15, we expect the approval for this programme to come,’ Nica added.
According to him for the next financial exercise, upon the request of the European Commission, Romania will have to simplify procedures, especially with respect to costs.
On the other hand, the head of European Funds reminded about the development of an electronic instrument designed for the implementation stage of the projects, as a means to simplify procedures. According to the Minister, the instrument is about to be tested this week at the level of the Ministry and later by the public.
‘We will begin with the Human Resources Development Programme and the Competitiveness one. In the case of the latter, as of June 27, we are going to submit the first projects for the 2014-2020 period. We are talking about some 580 million euros we are asking for the innovation-research sector. We also intend to apply for another 50 million euros for the information technology axis as well. We already have more than a third of the entire amount for the Competitiveness Operational Programme launched this year,’ underscored Marius Nica.