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PM Citu: National Recovery and Resilience Plan enters public debate, it is the second test of the government coalition

The Government discussed during Friday’s sitting the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), which will be subjected to public debate, declared Prime Minister Florin Citu.

According to the Prime Minister, after the state budget, PNRR was “the second test” of the government coalition, which “clearly shows that it is “united, strong and determined to work for the following years”.

“Given that PNRR needs to be implemented by 2026, it seems that we must be here after 2024 as well, to ensure that it is implemented. (…) Today it enters public debate. Everyone will see the program. Next week, through a memorandum, we will adopt the mandate through which this program will be negotiated,” Citu said, during a press conference at Victoria Palace.

He thanked all ministers who were involved in elaborating the PNRR, with a special mention for (Investment and European Projects) minister Cristian Ghinea and deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, but also the leader of the liberal party, Ludovic Orban.

“We have, for public debate, a National Recovery and Resilience Plan which represents Romania’s priorities today. We are allocating important resources for the road and railroad infrastructure, but also motorways. Of course, for the gas network as well. We want to build new hospitals, we are saying it very clearly in this program. And of course, (we have) social measures as well. So, we are granting importance to all priorities. A reform which Romania needed,” Florin Citu specified, according to Agerpres.

 

Speaker Orban: PNRR is a genuine Marshall Plan furthering Romania’s development

 

Chamber of Deputies Speaker Ludovic Orban notes that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) is the tool for the speedy recovery of the economy and for increasing the quality of life of the Romanians, while Deputy Prime Minister Kelemen Hunor announces that the PNRR is slated for the government’s approval next week.

“Romania has a unique chance for development through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and I am glad that, in consultation with the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, we have reached a coalition agreement on this document. The PNRR is a genuine Marshall Plan furthering Romania’s development. We can use the 30 billion euros made available to Romania as efficiently as possible, for investments and reform in infrastructure, education, healthcare, environment, digitization, also in the field of water management, for the irrigation system, green energy. The National Recovery and Resilience Plan is the tool for the speedy recovery of the economy and for increasing the quality of life of the Romanians,” Orban wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

 

UDMR’s Kelemen: This plan was created by the European Union to mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic

 

Deputy Prime Minister Kelemen Hunor points out that the government will adopt the PNRR next week and that the 30 billion euros earmarked for Romania in the next six years represent a “huge opportunity”.

“This plan was created by the European Union to mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic and to place the member states on a path of economic growth. Romania has finished elaborating this plan, it was discussed inside the coalition, the government will launch it in public debate tomorrow and it will be approved next week, after which negotiations with the European Commission can begin. Romania will have 30 billion euros at its disposal in the next six years, which is a huge opportunity!,” the leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) wrote on Facebook.

He also emphasizes that this plan makes investments possible and is a driver for economic growth.

“We are substantially improving education, we develop the health system, and investing in large-scale infrastructure. We will be able to start more afforestation and waste management projects, which will improve the people’s quality of life. We also made sure that small towns benefit from separate funding under this plan, because so far they’ve had only few opportunities to access European funds. We must strive for simple rules and little bureaucracy in implementation. UDMR will do everything in this regard!,” Kelemen Hunor wrote after the working meeting hosted by President Iohannis at the Cotroceni Palace on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan attended also by  Chamber of Deputies Speaker Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister Florin Citu, Deputy Prime Ministers Dan Barna and Minister of European Investments and Projects, Cristian Ghinea.

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