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June 19, 2021

PNL and PMP file motion called ‘Absorption of EU grants, a catastrophe by PSD-ALDE’

The National Liberal Party (PNL) and People’s Movement Party (PMP) floor groups of the Senate filed a simple motion called “Absorption of EU grants, a catastrophe by PSD-ALDE,” against relevant minister Rovana Plumb.

Deputy leader of the PNL floor group Eugen Pirvulescu announced on Wednesday the lodging of the motion in the plenary meeting.

“We ask you to start the necessary measures in order to open the legal procedure for its debate,” Pirvulescu conveyed.

Chair of the plenary meeting Claudiu Manda mentioned that he already got a hold of the motion text.

“According to the Senate Regulations, the necessary number of signatures is met, the motion will start to undergo the legal process. It will get to Senate Speaker Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, who will order as stipulated in the regulations,” Manda stated.

“Romania has a major chance to develop and to really become a European state, with a standard of living at the level of Western European states. This opportunity is offered by European grants, grants that can contribute to the raising of the quality of life of Romanians. The absorption rate related to the 2014-2020 financial framework has reached only 10.1 percent at the end of 2017, most of the Operational Programmes that manage the European Structural Investment Funds that Romania benefits from had catastrophic results,” reads the motion.

The initiators of the simple motion claim that PSD-ALDE were interested rather measures for their clientele, instead of attracting European investments and grants, and Romania disengages hundreds of millions of euros annually.

“PSD and ALDE were more interested in taking measures in the interest of the party clientele instead of preparing investments and attracting European grants. At the same time, the body of civil servants (those politically appointed, aside from the ones with technical duties) from ministries is moving slowly, months go by, and the investment money is not arriving in the country, Romania disengages hundreds of millions of euro annually. All the components of Romanian society are strongly harmed by the lack of public infrastructure, excessive red tape and the real absence of interest in accelerating the absorption of European grants,” the initiators of the motion state.

The simple motion will be debated and voted on Tuesday, April 13.

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