European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu, who is in Romania on a two-day official visit, said on Tuesday that unless major efforts are made, Romania risks losing important European funds this year.
Corina Cretu met with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace.
“From the European Commission’s point of view we will have a good relationship and a permanent dialogue. (…) We discussed the projects underway and, obviously, the problems and risks that Romania faces. As I have said before, Romania has made progress, especially in recent months, after the accreditation of the authorities for the management and control of European funds. Since August, the absorption rate has reached one billion euro, having started, as you know, from zero. The previously lost steps have been recovered, but even so, one should not slow down pace, but quite the contrary,” Corina Cretu said at the end of the meeting with Premier Dancila.
The European Commissioner mentioned that Romania has 20 billion euro allocated from the funds under her coordination.
She also expressed confidence that the new government will address outstanding issues and take rapid action.
Corina Cretu mentioned that she and PM Dancila discussed other initiatives that the EC has taken as well as the major decisions to be taken by the European Commission this year, referring in particular to “the future financial framework and the way how Romania will reference to all this just short before taking over the Presidency of the EU Council next year.”
Commissioner Cretu also congratulated Viorica Dancila for “the responsibility she assumed” and for being the “first woman appointed as head of government after the Revolution.”
PM Dancila: Minister for European Affairs to submit situation of non-implemented European directives
Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Tuesday that she requested Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu to present a situation referring to all the European directives that have not been implemented in Romania.
“From the first meeting with the ministers, last evening, I asked the Minister for European Affairs to draw up a review of the situation with all the European directives that have not been implemented and the stage of their implementation,” Viorica Dancila stated, at Victoria Palace, after a meeting with European Commissioner Corina Cretu.
At the same time, the head of the Gov’t specified that she asked the ministers to provide a detailed account regarding the stage of the European funds inflow and to participate in meeting with European officials in that regard.
“I requested that each ministry brief me on the inflow of European funds (…) because I deem as very important for Romania, for the take-up of European funds, a good liaison between Romania’s Government and the European Commission,” she said.
On the other hand, Viorica Dancila thanked Corina Cretu for her commitment in supporting the mining regions, mentioning that including Valea Jiului in this programme represents “a priority” for the Romanian authorities.
“I thank you (…) for your briefing, your commitment and support in relation to the mining regions’ platform and it is true that, for us, including Valea Jiului in this pilot programme is a priority. We will continue to cooperate on this topic in the future,” the head of the Executive conveyed to the European Commissioner.