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European Commissioner Cretu: EU budget to decline 12-15pct after Brexit

The UK is providing about 12 to 15 percent of the European Union budget that will no longer be available after it leaves the EU, so Romania should make the best of the European funds at its disposal throughout 2020, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu told a conference on Tuesday in Bucharest organised by the Intact Media group and Romania’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I want to be very candid and tell you that never before in the history of the European Union was our policy so much under attack. The member states have become more egotistic; there are rifts between the member states that are net contributors and those that are net beneficiaries. I conduct dialogue with the net contributors – France and Germany – and on the other hand I have a dialogue with the Visegrad group and it is very important to reach common agreement, to have the opportunity to use the European funds,” said Cretu.

“Our only chance is to make the best of using the money that we have throughout 2020 and, based on what we are currently doing, we can fight for what comes after 2020. The 23-billion-euro funding throughout 2020 is an opportunity for the development of Romania, because it means more than 70 percent of the public investment conducted in Romania,” said Cretu.

On an official visit to Romania, May 8-9, 2017, Cretu on Tuesday attended a seminar called “European funds 2017 – a new beginning.”

 

“I am for mandatory immunisation against childhood diseases”

 

European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu said Tuesday in Bucharest that she is for compulsory immunisation against childhood diseases.

“Since the most advanced EU member states have felt the need to make such vaccination compulsory in their national legislation, I am convinced they are backing it up with scientific studies,” Cretu told a PES Activists debate held in Bucharest on May 9, Europe Day.

She also said that 25 applications have been submitted for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency from the UK.

“So, we must be very convincing, Mr President [Liviu Dragnea], in our conversation with [European Commission] President Juncker, on Thursday,” Cretu told the national leader of Romania’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea.

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