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September 24, 2020

Liberal Party heads: EU funds’ absorption should become zero priority of each government

“The absorption of the European funds should become a zero priority of each and every government since it is an easy instrument to close the gaps with the European Union’s countries and implicitly to reach the wealth Romania aspires to,” the National Liberal Party (PNL)’s co-chairpersons, Alina Gorghiu and Vasile Blaga declared on Tuesday at a working meeting with representatives of the National Coalition for Structural Funds’ Absorption (CNAFS) in order to agree on the measures necessary to stimulate the European funds’ absorption.

According to a release sent on Wednesday to Agerpres, the PNL leaders have observed on the occasion that most of the propositions forwarded by the CNAFS are part of the party’s ruling programme, whilst other solutions by the said Coalition are good and welcome, and the Liberals are going to support them.

PNL says that, in order to accomplish that, real approaches are necessary to simplify legislation and administrative procedures.

Among the measures agreed by the PNL with the CNAFS are to guarantee a maximum 2pct co-funding for the non-profit sector; to ensure a repayment period of 20 days plus 10 days, in terms of providing all the necessary documents; to guarantee the continual pre-funding for the non-profit sector the long of the projects’ implementation period, for the expenditure with the staff, through quarterly instalments / 3pct pre-funding at the beginning of the project; the setting up of a project officer at all management authorities’ level.

The PNL heads agreed that the party’s representatives and the CNAFS members continue the topical meetings quarterly or whenever needed they are, with the joint purpose to increase the absorption level of the structural funds.

Attending the talks were representatives of the Association for Democracy’s Implementation (AID), the Meridian National Unions Confederation, the Education Free Unions Federation (FSLI), the ‘Spiru Haret’ Education Unions Federation, the ‘Alma Mater’ National Unions Federation, the ‘SED LEX’ National Police Unions Federation, the ‘SINDALIMENTA-FSIA’ National Food Industry Unions Federation, the European Path, the Association for Public Integrity, the Good Governance Association, the Municipalities of Romania Association (AMR), the National Institute for Conflicts Management (INMC) and the Leaders4Romania Academy.

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