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September 25, 2021

Commissioner Cretu says need of authorities’ better coordination to draw EU funds

Romania has 6.7 billion euros available in the next seven years via the European Regional Development Fund, but in order to draw the funds there is need of a better coordination and cooperation between the national and local authorities, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said at RuralFest event on Sunday.
‘At the event today there was very much talk about the National Rural Development Programme, but I want to tell you that there are many possibilities too via the Regional Operational Programme [ROP], which I manage as a European commissioner for regional policy: there is 6.7 billion euros for the next seven years via the ROP, from the Regional Development Fund and there are a lot of possibilities for the economic diversification in the village world’, the Romanian-born commissioner said.
Cretu stressed ‘possibilities are unlimited’ as regards drawing the funds, ranging from tourism and the promotion of agri-tourism to the Internet, social services, public services or infrastructure for schools.
‘The important thing is that next day mature projects be filed, projects that should really make a difference in the people’s everyday life. I would like to call for a better coordination and cooperation between the national authorities and the county and local authorities, from the level of the country towns to the higher level, to work together’, said the commissioner, who assured ‘everybody that we are by their side when it comes to the implementation of successful projects in order to change the people’s everyday life’.
Cretu stressed Romania is the EU country with the largest proportion of rural population.
‘Over seven million people live in the rural area, 45 percent of Romania’s surface means rural environment. Actually, there isn’t a single Romanian who should not have people in the rural area in their family. For me it is always a pleasure to go to the countryside, to see to what extent the Romanian village is developing and we must be quite honest and say the Romanian village does not compare to what we currently see in Germany or France. I think we must make a collective effort’, she said.

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