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PM Grindeanu ironic with Ciolos Gov’t capability to manage EU funds for vulnerable communities

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Friday targeted an ironic comment at the former government’s skills in managing EU funds for vulnerable communities.

“I understand that last year, the high-performing managing team of former Minister Ghinea changed the rules during the game. We’ll see. This morning I learned of the issues from press reports and asked for more details from my state advisor Marius Nica. (…) It’s for sure that this is an example, and please place the due quotation marks, of an extraordinarily good management by the technocrats,” said PM Grindeanu.

Deputy PM Sevil Shhaideh (photo R) said that calls for projects were launched last year under axes 4.1 and 4.2 of the Human Capital Operational Program aimed at vulnerable communities, and the submission of projects ran on the dedicated MySmis application between May 16 and September 15, but that the computerized system had various flaws that turned the process extremely cumbersome and frequently failed to load the necessary documents.

“At one point, in a facebook post on September 8, the former relevant minister asked the beneficiaries to no longer submit projects on MySmis,” Shhaideh said, adding that 312 projects have been assessed since she took over on January 4, and only 63 passed the assessment. “For us to give a chance to all communities, the call for projects will reopen on March 31 for the entire amount, to give a chance to all the projects that was rejected because of the system’s failure to upload all the necessary documents,” said the Deputy PM, cautioning that the European regulations should have been strictly observed and that facebook posts are not an acknowledged way to manage EU funding.

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