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Ciuca on the 17th anniversary of the signing of Romania’s Treaty of Accession to the EU: We are bound to continue Romania’s European path

In the current global context, where the economic and social effects of the pandemic overlap with the energy and humanitarian crisis triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, European solidarity will allow us to further support the necessary reforms benefiting all Romanians and society as a whole, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca wrote on Monday in a message occasioned by the 17th anniversary of the signing of Romania’s Treaty of Accession to the European Union.

“There are 17 years since the signing of the Treaty that enshrined Romania’s accession to the European Union, a moment the Romanians were expecting as a concrete chance for democracy consolidation and economic development. Looking back at the benefits EU membership has brought us, we have sufficient reasons to consider that this has been a good choice for Romania and for Romanians: the tripling of Romania’s gross domestic product compared to that at the time of joining, economic and social stability, free movement for citizens, goods and services, free access to the European single market for Romanian entrepreneurs and support provided through European funding. Romania has so far taken in almost 42 billion euros net in European money that was used in various projects that have helped reduce development gaps and have stimulated private initiative,” the head of the Executive notes.

According to the Prime Minister, “through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, Romania will benefit in the coming years from almost 30 billion euros for new investments and reforms, in addition to the other European financing instruments.”

“European support also goes to the ‘Support for Romania’ package aimed at protecting the citizens and the national economy. Of the 17.3 billion RON represented by the entire package, 9 billion RON will be provided from European funds. Whether we speak of digitalisation and energy, health and infrastructure, education and the environment, European support offers us the prospect of sustainable development, which will make its defining mark on the country’s modernization and higher living standards,” the Prime Minister said.

Nicolae Ciuca also notes that the Executive “remains firmly committed to the goal of protecting the citizens and supporting the economy through investments financed from the state budget and European funds.”

“We are bound to continue the European path of Romania, a fact also pledged through the goals included in the governing program which are in full agreement with the pro-European orientation of the majority of Romanian citizens. Many happy returns, Romania, in the European Union! Many happy returns to the Romanians as European citizens!,” Prime Minister Ciuca writes in the end of his message.

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