Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Thursday that the budget allocated to the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) for 2021 is 1.07% larger than in 2020, which allows objectives taken up in the government agenda being achieved this year.
“It is a budget that allows us to achieve the goals we have set in the government agenda for this year. I am pleased with this budget. If additional spending is needed, I am convinced that we will find an agreement at the future budget revision, but, as far as the fundamental objectives are concerned, those relating to ensuring the operation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both at its main offices and in diplomatic and consular missions, as far as diplomatic actions to achieve foreign policy objectives are concerned, in terms of investment expenditures and staff costs, as well as in terms of paying contributions to international organisations all is covered by the funds in the budget,” Aurescu said at the end of his hearings by the specialist parliamentary committees.
The minister pointed out that in 2020 a “fairly consistent effort” was made to pay Romania’s dues to international organisations, given that 80 million lei worth of them had been going unpaid for at least two years.
“Last year, we managed to pay them in full, so we are up to date on these dues owed by the Romanian government,” Aurescu said, according to Agerpres.