President Klaus Iohannis this afternoon will have a working meeting at the Cotroceni Palace to discuss the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) with Prime Minister Florin Citu, President of the Deputies Chamber Ludovic Orban, Deputy PMs Dan Barna and Kelemen Hunor and the Minister of Investments and European Funds, Cristian Ghinea, informs the Presidential Administration.
Last week, the head of state announced that he convoked this meeting with the government leadership working on the PNRR to see how to improve the plan to be accepted by the European Commission.
“I convened a meeting on Monday with government officials and from other areas working on the PNRR. We will assess the Commission’s first feedback. We will improve the Plan. The Ministry will present itself to the Commission an improved Plan and, finally, I am convinced that it will be accepted and we will be able to use this money. It is a very large amount: 30 billion euros. We have the chance to implement reforms that have been postponed and we have the chance to make investments that we haven’t been able to do until now because we lacked the money, I am very determined that, together with the government, to make this a success,” Klaus Iohannis stated last Thursday.
Iohannis also mentioned that the difficulties in outlining the plan were to be expected. “The difficulty is that deep reforms are wanted, but at the same time in a very limited period, we have only a few years to do it. Normally, the reforms are not done overnight and the important projects take more than 3-4 years. However, we will be prepared for this National Plan and we will improve it in such a way that the projects will be accepted,” Iohannis added.
He also said that not only Romania is in this situation, but everyone, given the “novelty and pressure” of the very short implementation time.