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March 9, 2021
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Commissioner Cretu: EC concerned with Romania’s delays in accessing EU funds in health care

The European Commission is concerned with the delays Romania is registering in accessing the European funds in health care, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu told on Monday a table on planned regional hospitals of Cluj-Napoca, Craiova and Iasi.

According to a release sent to Agerpres, the European high official has reassured the Bucharest officials of the Commission’s permanent support on healthcare, a critical sector for Romania. She considers that the relevant European investments are of utmost importance for closing the development gap between Romania and Western Europe.

“It’s been important that all sides involved in this talk agreed on the emergency of unblocking the situation on the regional hospitals. (…) We shall watch the evolution of things and I’m certain that the deadline announced by Vice Premier Vasile Dincu, the beginning of October, to carry out a medical services map and the feasibility studies for the three hospitals, will be observed,” said Cretu.

The round table on the project of three regional hospitals financed through the 2014-2020 Regional Operational Programme was attended by Vice Premier and Minister of the Regional Development and Public Administration Vasile Dincu, European Funds Minister Cristian Ghinea, Public Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu, Internal Affairs Ministry state secretary Dr. Raed Arafat, and by representatives of the World Bank and of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The Commissioner’s meeting with the representatives of the Government, of the World Bank and of the EIB was followed by a session of technical talks among the officials of the ministries involved in the regional hospitals project, of the WB and the EIB, and experts of the EC’s Directorate General Regional Policy (DG REGIO).

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