European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb stated on Tuesday that the European Commission (EC) representatives should be cautious in the statements they make about the national legislation that regards the amending of the Administrative Code, because Parliament is yet to finalise the bill.
The minister’s statements come against the backdrop in which the press has published a European Commission warning regarding the proposed amendments to the Administrative Code, which, the European officials claim, would jeopardise the process of professionalising civil servants. The EC also reminds that Romania has taken commitments in this sense, and failure to observe them could lead to the suspension of the payment of European grants, namely 553.19 million euro allocated for 2014-2020.
“I invite the European Commission to be cautious in what concerns such a statement, because the Administrative Code is yet to be finalised. Romania has always observed its commitments and will observe them. (…) I believe at this moment there mustn’t be conclusions until the Administrative Code is finalised,” European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb stated at the Palace of Parliament.
The Senate adopted on Monday the legislative proposal regarding the Administrative Code of Romania, the introduction of special pensions for local elected officials, to be paid from the state budget, being among its provisions.
“There are delays in the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme. We are not at risk of disengagement in 2018”
The official stated that there are some delays in the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LIOP), which manages road and railroad infrastructure, but that the problems have been identified and we are not at risk of disengagement of funds this year.
“In what concerns the delays on the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme, which manages the environment and the road and railroad infrastructure, there are delays. We’ve identified the problems. Today (Tuesday – editor’s note) we will hold meetings with the representatives of the technical consultants of the European Commission, and of the European Investment Bank respectively. We have requested an emergency meeting in Bucharest with the representative of this technical consultancy service of the European Commission, in order to have a meeting. We are not at risk of losing absolutely anything for this year. There will be no disengagement of European funds. The commitment we took… that’s how much we will absorb. All measures have been taken at governmental level, so that no disengagement would occur,” European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb stated at the Palace of Parliament.
“The Large Infrastructure Operational Programme (LIOP) was devised to answer Romania’s development needs as identified in the Partnership Agreement 2014-2020 and in the Joint Strategic Framework and the European Commission Service’s Position Document. The LIOP strategy is oriented toward the objectives of the Europa 2010 Strategy, in correlation with the National Programme for Reform and the Specific Country Recommendations, focusing on sustainable growth through the promotion of an economy based on low carbon consumption through measures of energy efficiency and promotion of green energy, and also by promoting environmentally-friendly transport means and a more efficient use of resources,” the European Grants Ministry website points out.
LIOP has a financial allocation of approximately 11.6 billion euro, namely a Cohesion Fund of 6.94 billion euro, a European Regional Development Fund of 2.28 billion euro, and Co-financing of 2.41 billion euro.