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Corina Cretu: It hurts me to see that certain failures of the Member States are attributed to Brussels, to the European Commission. It is absolutely unfair

European Commissioner Corina Cretu said that her conscience is clear regarding the good things she has done, but she stressed that European authorities cannot replace the national and local ones. “It hurts me to see that certain failures of the Member States are attributed to Brussels, to the European Commission. It is absolutely unfair”, Corina Cretu wrote on Monday on Facebook.

“Four years ago, I met for the first time with my colleagues from DG Regio, after being nominated by the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, as the European Commissioner for Regional Policy. My conscience is clear regarding the good things I’ve done: concluding the 2007-2014 programs in all the Member States, concluding the Partnership Agreements and the Operational Programs for the 2014-2020 period, and especially negotiating the European Budget for Regional Policy for the 2021-2027 period, when, for the first time in the European Union’s history, the largest amount, EUR 373 billion, will be allocated to the cohesion policy, and 80 percent of this amount will be invested in the less developed European regions”, Corina Cretu wrote on Facebook.

She explained that she has launched the Group for Simplifying the Procedures for Accessing EU Funds, but that another group of experts is also working on strategies adapted to the needs of the citizens from the regions that are still behind.

“We are working to adapt the carboniferous regions to the requirements of the 21st century. It hurts me to see that certain failures of the Member States are attributed to Brussels, to the European Commission. It is absolutely unfair. We cannot replace the national and local authorities”, the European commissioner also wrote.

She added that she’d wish an accelerated implementation of certain “quality” projects.

“My only goal is to see that the regions are developing, people’s lives are getting considerably better thanks to the European solidarity and the funds that I am managing”, Cretu also wrote.

On October 8, European Commissioner Corina Cretu stated, being visibly irritated, that she no longer accepts “insults” from the Romanian Government regarding the work she performs, pointing out that “superhuman efforts” are done at the European Commission to avoid the disengagements of funds for Romania, but financing is not possible without projects.

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