Marius Nica, Minister Delegate for European Funds, has resigned on Friday, according to an official release. Nica points to the challenge in 2018, i.e. ‘to avoid losing European money in the Regional Operational Programme’, as the beneficiaries prefer to complete the projects on state money or on borrowed money rather than using European funds.
He also points to the ‘solving of the wage issues for beneficiaries’ as a challenge for the future Minister of European Funds, hotnews.ro informs.
The official release reads that, during the three months in office, the minister has signed contracts for funding worth more than EUR 4 billion. In the same time-frame, requests for EUR 2.3 billion projects on European money were launched and other requests worth EUR 2.4 billion have been scheduled to be launched in the next three months.
“I made the decision to resign in the current context and it will come into force as of January 22, in order to avoid perturbing the official obligations involved by the visit, this week, of a European Commission delegation,” Marius Nica wrote in the release.
Marius Nica was adviser to former PM Sorin Grindeanu and, consequently, was appointed Minister for European Funds by former PM Mihai Tudose. Nica is said to be a close character to Tudose and defended him during the scandal against Liviu Dragnea.