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May 18, 2021

PM and several ministers – working meeting at Victoria Palace with CDR representatives

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and several ministers had on Wednesday at the Victoria Palace a first meeting with the representatives of the Coalition for Romania’s Development (CDR). The agenda of discussions featured aspects related to the draft laws of public acquisitions, prevention, economic code, uniform salary, social dialogue, as well as topics regarding the absorption of the European funds, debureaucratisation, fiscality, environment, education.

According to a release of the Gov’t, the PM hailed the utility of consultations with representatives of the business environment and invited to a periodical dialogue on topics of interest, that will lead to the improvement of some projects on the public agenda.

The head of the Executive underscored that, in the next three months, in Parliament, bills on uniform public pay, prevention, establishing the Sovereign Development and Investment Fund will be advanced, as well as the draft law of strategic projects in the infrastructure, energy, defence areas, the quoted source mentions.

“In infrastructure, over the last years, a lot has been said and little has been done. I want to underline our determination to move things with a very high speed in this essential area. In the following months many auctions will be released on projects – in the project and execution form. We also want to simplify the dense process of the European funds absorption and reduce the bureaucracy, certainly, with observing all transparency rules,” Grindeanu told representatives of the coalition.

According to the release, the CDR representatives appreciated the Government openness and the manner in which they worked so far with several ministers, expressing their availability to remain “a dialogue partner, that will offer expertise on punctual projects on the public agenda.”

Furthermore, the quoted source reveals that CDR representatives appreciated the importance of the prevention law, underscoring that the instruction of the personnel implementing it is “vital,” so that there will be a unitary enforcement.

“In respect to the European funds absorption, it was put forth the idea of creating a single register of irregularities, that would increase the predictability level and lead to avoiding financial corrections, in the context in which the Gov’t proposed to draw this year 5.2 reimbursable billion euros from European funds,” according to the release.

The Gov’t also informs that at the end of the meeting it was agreed to further collaborate both in the same format and on sectorial working groups, the next meeting was set to take place in mid-May.

The meeting was attended by Deputy PMs Sevil Shhaideh and Gartiela Gavrilescu from the Government, as well as by Ministers Mihai Tudose, Viorel Stefan, Alexandru Petrescu, Gabriel Petrea, Pavel Nastase and Secretary General of the Gov’t Mihai Busuioc.

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