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PM Dancila: Romania, to receive by 8pct more EU funds through cohesion policy in period 2021-2027

Romania will receive by 8pct more EU funds through the cohesion policy in the period 2021-2027 as compared to the current programming period, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila has said.

“Yesterday [Wednesday, ed.n.] we received good news from the European Commission, namely that the cohesion policy will have in the period 2021-2027 the largest budget allocation in the history of the European Union, we are talking about 374 billion euro, and Romania will receive by 8pct more funds than in the current budget programming period,” Viorica Dancila said on Thursday in the opening of the Government meeting.

 

Gov’t will add 19 more drugs to the list of subsidised and free medicines

 

The government will add 19 more entries to the list of subsidised or free medicines, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced on Thursday.

“Another piece of good news is that we add 19 more entries to the list of subsidised or free medicines,” Dancila said at the beginning of a government meeting.

At the same time, she said that these drugs are needed “for the treatment of diseases such as AIDS, oncological diseases, but also for people who have undergone a transplant.”

The Prime Minister thanked, in the context, the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu for “involvement and for supporting Romania.”

 

Premier announces new centralised public procurement agency to render procedures simple and transparent

 

The government will set up the National Centralised Procurement Office tasked with carrying out all procurement procedures of the public authorities, Premier Viorica Dancila announced on Thursday.

“Today we are further looking at the public procurement package, as we want procedures to be simple and transparent. We are therefore setting up the National Centralised Procurement Office, as a hub tasked with carrying out all procurement deals of the public authorities,” Dancila said at the start of the government meeting, explaining that the government wants to thus prevent price differences and overpricing.

Minister of Finance Eugen Teodorovici announced on Wednesday that the National Centralised Procurement Office will be set up under the authority of the Finance Ministry, by merger with an existing entity of the Health Ministry, and that it should be operational as of July 1.

“It should be operational this July to be able to carry out centralised procurement procedures. In other words, we centralise demand and there will be a single public procurement procedure to optimise costs and do away with unjustified price differences,” Teodorovici said.

He also mentioned several products to be acquired through such procedures: medicines, fuel, computing technology, vehicles, light bulbs, cleaning products, office supplies.

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