Referring to the fact that President Klaus Iohannis wants to talk with Premier Sorin Grindeanu about the absorption of European funds, Liviu Dragnea considers that the President’s approach was not “very fair,” and the Prime Minister will decide on his own whether he will accept the invitation.
“Things are happening at the Government, namely the members of the Government and the Government apparatus are taking some measures every day. We are talking about professionals who… right from taking office, a group of people, headed by Sevil Shhaideh, had the major strategic goal of jumping over very many stages, setting things right in order to make up for the time lost when it comes to European grants,” Liviu Dragnea told Antena3 on Sunday evening, when asked about the consultations that President Klaus Iohannis wants to have with the Government in what concerns the absorption of European grants.
“What’s my response for President Iohannis? I don’t know whether the approach was very fair. He had talks with Premier Grindeanu on this topic and the Premier will do as he sees fit. Maybe President Iohannis has information that things have started to make headway and the accomplishment of these things will be immediately seen and he may be thinking it would be good to have a meeting with Premier Sorin Grindeanu before that happens, to say that that’s why things started to make headway,” Liviu Dragnea concluded.
President Klaus Iohannis stated on Saturday, at a press conference in Rome, that the time when the next EU budget is to be discussed is approaching, and Romania, with the European grants absorption rate it is currently registering, will not be “in pole position” and will instead have “a very poor hand to play.” The Head of State said he plans to discuss these issues with the Grindeanu Government.
“The period when the next budget is to be negotiated is fast approaching. With the absorption rate we currently have, I fear we won’t be in pole position, as the saying goes, namely we will have a poor hand to play. I intend to discuss these issues with the Government, in the upcoming weeks. I didn’t want to be in a significant hurry, because at first the Government busied itself with entirely different things, you recall, Ordinance 13, [Ordinance] 14, so on and so forth. Then, they gradually started to work on something and yes, I intend to invite the Prime Minister, accompanied by whomever he wants, for a talk on the absorption of European grants,” the President stated.