Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos in Tulcea on Monday said Parliament could vote on public procurement legislation this week, mentioning that afterwards it must be implemented under a package of government resolutions.
“The legislation is with Parliament and I believe that this week it will be voted on at a plenary session and therefore, the benchmark in question has been met, of course, formally, because I told the chairman of the [public procurement] authority to prepare right away the package of government resolutions which must lead to implementation and then to inform the business operators on this new legislation,” Ciolos said in reply to a question on the public procurement law package.
The law package on public procurement, transposing the European directive in the area into the national legislation, must come into force on April 18. At the same time, the National Agency for Public Procurement (ANAP) is making demarches in Brussels to establish, in a written document, that the projects on European funds initiated on the national legislation, be audited in the future on the national legislation, ANAP Chairman Bogdan Puscas said last Tuesday.
Danube Delta, its related area have budget of 1.114 bn euros by 2020
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos said that the Danube Delta and its related area have a budget of 1.114 billion euros by 2020 to fund eligible projects on various operational programs.
Dacian Ciolos participated Monday in Tulcea, in the debate dubbed Danube Delta Sustainable Development Strategy together with several ministers and representatives of central and local administration with responsibilities in implementing this strategy.
According to Ciolos, this was the last public debate in the drafting of the Danube Delta Sustainable Development Strategy.
The prime minister said that the amount of 1.114 billion euros would be invested in four major areas: environment, investments in local resources, services and infrastructure.
Technical design project of Macin Danube bridge could start by year-end
Dacian Ciolos underlined that the technical design project of the Danube bridge at Macin (in the eastern region of Dobrogea) could start by year-end; the Prime Minister also said there is a budgetary allocation of about 200 million euro for this project.
“We also discussed the timeliness of the technical design project of the Macin bridge being started as soon as possible; the bridge should facilitate the connection of Dobrogea, and implicitly the Delta, to the rest of the world, boosting both the economy and tourism,” the Premier said Monday in Tulcea, after a debate on the Danube Delta strategy.
He added that the technical design project of the bridge could start by the end of the year.
“If we succeed in observing the calendar as it is now set forth at the Ministry of Transport, we can kick off the technical design project by the end of the year. Budget allocations exist, the feasibility study is in progress, we know the budgetary allocations in detail, at least for the effective bridge section, because there are other types of investments planned around the bridge to connect it to various transport networks. But for the bridge itself there is the budgetary allocation of about 200 million euro, which is included in that amount of 1.1 billion euro (allocated as part of the Danube Delta strategy till 2020). So, to the extent that we respect this calendar – and there is little reason that we don’t respect it – I think we can kick off the technical design project by the end of the year and from there on the investment can unfold, because the budget exists,” said Dacian Ciolos.
Development Minister Dincu: We are taking stock of all hindrances to local administration of Danube Delta
The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration is taking stock of all the hindrances to local administration of the Danube Delta so that the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Danube Delta mechanism may apply, Development Minister Vasile Dincu said Monday in Tulcea.
“There is a series of laws that need amendments. We are taking stock of all things that are hindering now the local administration. (…) There will be 30 more days of transparency before the strategy goes up for approval at a government meeting, so there is enough time for amendments, for reaching a fair balance between those who want the area to stay isolated, because they say so in order to preserve nature, and the needs of local people and communities for infrastructure and better living conditions,” Dincu told a news conference on Monday in Tulcea.
After the debate, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Development Minister Dincu, Minister for European Funds Aura Raducu and Tulcea County Council Chairman Horia Teodorescu inaugurated the headquarters of a European and national financing information centre. The inauguration was followed by a trip to the paleo-Christian church of Niculitel (photo), a unique religious establishment in Europe that was rehabilitated over the past years on European Funds by the Tulcea County Council.
The integrated development strategy for the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve is expected to pass most likely toward the end of the current quarter of the year at a meeting of the Government, according to Prime Minister Ciolos, so that the funds earmarked for the new financial mechanism may be accessed by the local communities in the period immediately ahead.
ITI-Danube Delta is provided for in a partnership agreement concluded in August 2014 by the Romanian Government and the European Commission. According to the Romanian Government, the total amount exclusively for the local communities inside the biosphere reserve will exceed 1.1 billion euros in funds from operational programmes and the national budget.