President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that Romania has a high chance of obtaining significant funding for the coming years from the European Union.
“In total, very (large) amounts are being negotiated today, maybe tomorrow [ed.n. – Saturday], here at the European Council. I am very determined to fight for Romania’s interest in such a way as to obtain a consistent result. The whole team that is accompanying me, as well as the whole team from the Representation, and those from the ministries have prepared enough materials. I am relatively optimistic that in the end for Romania the amounts will be reasonable, they will be consistent, but if you were to ask me if we will end the discussions today and tomorrow, I think no one can answer that. Completing the negotiations today and tomorrow would be an optimistic scenario. In the Council, opinions are still divided. It is known that not everyone is yet convinced that the proposal on the table is the best. I expect rather tough negotiations. We might even have to come back after a while to complete these negotiations. The important thing to know: a lot of money is under discussion and we have a high chance to get for Romania significant funding for the coming years with which we will certainly be able to solve many of our problems at home,” the head of state said ahead of the extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels.
The head of state spoke about the expectations regarding the negotiations on the package destined for economic recovery.
“It is a package that we are counting on, there is money that we will use for economic revitalization, for the recovery of the economy after the crisis caused by COVID-19. We would like to obtain substantial amounts. Here we have, on the one hand, money that is given as loans, one part, we hope even bigger, there will be money that must not be returned, the so-called grants, money that we will use for economic revitalization and for companies, both for modernization, and digitalization. We also hope to (use the money) to modernize the whole educational system, for the social fund and many others,” Iohannis pointed out.
“For Romania there are two very important issues – we really want to have a large enough amount on Cohesion and a large enough amount on Agricultural Policy. We need this money, we have big plans, we need European money for hospitals, for schools, for motorways, for railways and many other programs that can be covered by these amounts. Obviously, for agriculture we want to use amounts as significant as possible to modernize the agriculture and get good results,” said Klaus Iohannis.