Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca cautioned the ministers that the Executive is behind schedule with drafting the emergency ordinance (OUG) establishing the implementation framework for the National Recovery and Resilience Program (NRRP), stressing that the regulatory act must be approved as soon as possible.
“The third subject is related to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Yesterday, the European Union disbursed to Romania 1.8 billion euros in pre-financing, which is the equivalent of 13 percent of the grant allocation for our country. I just want to emphasize that, reviewing the part related to the government’s responsibility, the NRRP has 15 components that cover 6 pillars defined at European level. What I think is also very important to mention is that we have 507 milestones and targets each of the ministries in charge must sort out and follow for implementation. We also have 171 measures, 64 of which are reforms and 107 investments. As such, we are at least behind schedule with working out the emergency ordinance for setting in place the NRRP implementation framework. I would like us to have a discussion to see how soon we can have this ordinance on the table for it to undergo debate and approval,” Nicolae Ciuca said on Friday at the beginning of the government meeting, Agerpres reports.
Previously, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca underlined on Thursday that implementing the National Recovery and Resilience Program (NRPP) is, for this government, one of the basic priorities , adding that he will not accept delays in carrying out the objectives that must be met in order for Romania to receive on time all tranches in the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism.
“The implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Programme is, for this government, one of the main priorities. After the first tranche of the PNRR, amounting to 1.851 billion euros from the total pre-financing of 3.793 billion euros of the value of the financial contribution for 2021, the government apparatus will immediately start the reforms and investments to which we have committed. I will not accept delays in the development of the objectives to be achieved in order to receive in time all the tranches of the Recovery and Resilience Facility, in the total amount of 29.2 billion euros,” Nicolae Ciuca said, according to a post on the Government’s Facebook page.
Earlier, the Government announced in a release that on Thursday Romania will receive the first tranche of NRPP, amounting to 1.851 billion euros out of the total pre-financing of 3.793 billion euros from the value of the financial contribution for 2021.
According to the release, by the end of the year Romania will also receive the pre-financing loan, amounting to 1.942 billion euros.
PSD’s Ciolacu on NRPP renegotiation: It means EC is wrong and Mr. Citu is right
The chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, when asked about the statements of National Liberal Party (PNL) chair, Florin Citu, according to which the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) cannot be optimized, nor modified, answered ironically: “It means the European Commission is wrong and Mr. Citu is right. I was expecting it, in fairness.”
The PNL’s chair, Florin Citu, mentioned on Thursday that the governing programme contains no renegotiation of the PNRR, and in two years the European Commission allows its evaluation and if there are delays on certain projects, amendments can be made to increase implementation efficiency.