On Friday, national leader of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu urged Minister of European Investment and Projects Cristian Ghinea to resign, adding that if the National Liberal Party (PNL) and Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) lawmakers fail to vote on the simple motion filed against him by PSD, they will be equally accountable.
“If the PNL and UDMR lawmakers do not vote on the simple motion I tabled against Ghinea, then they will be as accountable as this nil minister who wanted the billions under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) to go to consulting companies and his political cronies,” said Ciolacu.
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan is a unique exercise because all details must be set ex ante – unlike the usual European funds where allocations are decided beforehand and actual projects are made later, Minister of European Investment and Projects (MIPE) Cristian Ghinea said on Friday.
“I have said several times that PNRR is a unique exercise because all the details must be set ex ante – unlike the classic European funds, where only allocations are decided ex ante and actual projects are made later,” the minister wrote on Friday on Facebook.
He emphasised that “it is a complex exercise of ex-ante cost estimation for hundreds of investment projects, an exercise done for the first time by both the European Commission and the member states.
He pointed out that there are hundreds of questions from the European Commission on all large projects submitted to it from cohesion funds (over 50 million euros), which are clarified by MIPE and the project applicants.
The European Commission (EC) has started an in-depth assessment of the recovery and resilience plans (PNRR) it has received from member states to access funding under the European recovery plan for the economies affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the EC Representation in Romania announced on Friday.
The recovery and resilience plans will be assessed on the basis of 11 transparent criteria set out in the Regulation establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility, the main component of the NextGenerationEU relaunch programme. As provided for in this Regulation, the Commission will work closely with the Member State concerned throughout the evaluation period in order to clarify any potential questions raised, for example by requesting additional information.
“Our goal is to work with Member States to ensure the optimal use of these funds,” the European Commission said.
The European Commission has two months to approve the national plans, one of the essential conditions for their approval being that Member States allocate at least 37 percent to the ecological transition and 20 percent to the digital sector, the release issued by the EC Representation in Romania further mentions.
PM Citu: PNRR was not rejected, it was not referred back
Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Friday, in Zalau, that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) was neither rejected nor referred back by the European Commission to the Romanian authorities, as it was said in the public space.
“I saw in the public space that there was a debate on the PNRR. PNRR was not rejected, it was not referred back. (…) Just so we’re clear,” PM Citu declared, at the end of a visit at the Zalau ring road construction site.
Deputy PM Barna: PSD was and remains a party of poverty; PNRR was not rejected, consultations are natural
Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna, co-chair of Save Romania Union – Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party (USR PLUS), said on Friday in Sibiu that the Social Democratic Party (PSD)’s attack on the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) is “irresponsible”, explaining that the consultations underway these days with the European Commission are “natural”, the PNRR will be approved and it will be a “success”.
“I see an attack of the PSD and its chair that I call downright irresponsible on what the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) means. It is an attack that shows how little the PSD understands about what such a programme and such a plan mean for Romania. An absolutely natural procedure, a procedure that will last for two months, during which the European Commission will send to all the countries that have sent these programmes (…) natural and normal questions and clarifications when we are talking about documents of thousands or tens of thousands of pages, is transformed by the PSD into an attack, practically, on Romania’s perspective and credibility both as a European partner and as a country capable of developing such a programme. This is obviously happening because the PSD was and remains a party of poverty, a party that believes that an underdeveloped Romania can provide it with the political clientele with which it has accustomed us and with which it has kept Romania underdeveloped for 30 years,” Dan Barna said in a press statement.
The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that the programme will be approved and will be a success, and Romania will implement major projects by 2026.
“I have news for Mr. Ciolacu [PSD chairman] and for the PSD members who support him: this programme will be a success, Romania will attract these over 29 billion euros and Romania will develop, in a way that the PSD has tried to prevent from happening in all the governments it has had until now (…) The programme has not been rejected, it has not been withdrawn, there is a natural consultation, the programme will be approved, Romania will have this resource and by 2026 we will have the chance to see major projects, important projects that have never existed in Romania,” added Dan Barna.
Compiled from Agerpres