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Vilceanu: Romania is ‘on schedule’ in meeting objectives under National Recovery Plan by March 31

Romania is “on schedule” in meeting the targets set under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) until March 31, the Minister for Investments and European Projects, Dan Vilceanu, stated on Wednesday, while also underlying that the first request for payment to be submitted in May is related to the milestones closed in December last year.

“We are on schedule, we stick to it. In December, all the ministries did their duty, we had closed milestones and I expect the same thing every time. (…) The first payment request we will make in May is related to the milestones that we closed in December last year (…) There are no risks at the moment, there is no risk, at least from the analysis I have, I did not see this risk that we cannot submit the payment request in May, as planned,” Vilceanu specified, at Parliament, after participating in the meeting of Senate’s committee for European funds on the current status of implementation of the PNRR.

He added that for the other milestones to be reached in order for the payment requests to be processed, if there are delays, they must be resolved.

Asked why a large part of the objectives assumed by PNRR were not met, considering that, in a few days, the deadline expires, the Minister invoked the short time that Romania had to start implementing PNRR, the difficulty of receiving answers from the European Commission in the context in which the latter manages all the PNRRs of the EU member states, as well as the need to elaborate the necessary normative acts.

On the other hand, he noted that there are delays in attracting European funds at several ministries because “they have not had a concern” in this direction.

The minister also underscored that he prefers a longer debate on the pension law in order to have a better normative act in the end, which will not require rapid changes.

“I would rather have a debate on the law and know that it will remain unchanged for a large number of years than make a law and then change it ten times. And I remind you that this did happen with this law in the past, in 2011, although it is not a bad law, but through successive and many changes, has become a law that generates inequities, the same as the payroll law. I believe that the emergency ordinance on the modification of this law came after several month since its adoption by Parliament,” Vilceanu explained, according to Agerpres.


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