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Aura Raducu resigns from helm of European Funds Ministry at PM’s request

Aura Raducu filed her resignation as European Funds Minister, at the request of Premier Dacian Ciolos, reads a ministry press release sent to Agerpres on Monday.

“At Mr Prime Minister’s request, I am filing my resignation from the office of European Funds Minister. I accepted to be part of this government team thinking that I will succeed to introduce a new approach and a new type of management in this important area of European funds,” Raducu said.

She pointed out that the priorities she had as a minister are currently in an advanced stage of implementation and have been materialized through the European Funds Ministry launching project calls totalling over 40 percent of the allotments for the programmes managed in the period 2014-2020 – five programmes worth about 20 billion euros from EU funds and national co-funding (the Human Capital Operational Programme, the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, the Competitiveness Operational Programme, the Technical Assistance Operational Programme, the Disadvantaged Persons Aid Operational Programme).

“The actions that will be conducted in the coming period were minutely planned so that contracts worth over 800 million euro are estimated to be signed in May. The call for projects will continue, to reach 80 percent launches and the use of approximately 1.4 billion euros from the funds received as advance from the EU. I wanted, based on the experience gathered in over 20 years of managing European projects and programmes, and taking into account the changes sought by the society, to help strengthen the administrative capacity of the ministry and the development of a European institution, capable to provide the programmes’ coordination and implementation, their correlation with the European policies, with the national needs and programmes, at the same time contributing to Romania’s preparation for the EU Council presidency in 2019,” the resigning minister said.

Aura Raducu pointed out she further supports the efficient and professional use of European funds for Romania’s economic development.

“I regret that I didn’t have the chance to carry through the actions I proposed, but I remain a supporter of the cohesion policy, of the European principles and of the efficient and professional use of European funds for the country’s economic and social development. Only a sustained and joint action, in a real partnership, can lead to the achievement of the changes requested by the Romanian society. I thank the team I was part of, who made efforts to build a new approach, as well as those who stood by my side in the ministry or in the civil society,” Raducu pointed out.

Aura Carmen Raducu took over the European Funds Minister office in November 2015, after she had been EU Programme principle manager with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Aura Raducu graduated from the Bucharest Polytechnic Institute – the Chemical Engineering Faculty.

 

Prime Minister accepts European Funds Minister’s resignation

 

Premier Dacian Ciolos accepted Aura Carmen Raducu’s resignation as Minister of European Funds and will make a proposal for this portfolio in the coming period.

“I accepted Mrs Minister Aura Carmen Raducu’s resignation. In the coming period I will forward Mr President Klaus Iohannis a proposal for the office of European Funds Minister,” the Prime Minister said, according to a Government press release sent to Agerpres on Monday.

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