Nearly EUR 800 million of EU funds have been allocated to Romania for the reform and modernization of public administration during 2014-2020, European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu has said on Tuesday, during the meeting with Finance Minister Anca Dragu held in Brussels.
“Structural funds and for European investments are a large part of the total budget available for public investments, while the strengthening of administrative capabilities in managing these funds will lead to more efficient investments, with higher impact. In 2014-2020 almost EUR 800 million of EU funds have been allocated to Romania for the reform and modernization of public administration,” Cretu said.
According to a release issued by the European Commission’s office in Bucharest, the two officials have discussed mainly about the consolidation of administrative capabilities in Romania and about the way the EC can support the Romanian authorities.
The European Commissioner for Regional Policy underscored that Romania could request the DG Regio expertise for the full use of financing from structural funds and for European investments and from the European fund for strategic investments, as part of the Investment Plan for Europe.
The EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu said in Bucharest on Friday that the risk of European funds loss for the 2007-2013 programming period is between EUR 2.6 billion – EUR 3.2 billion.
According to her, the absorption was somewhere at 75 percent in 2015.
Cretu shows her concern about the fact that, currently, absorbing on the new financial framework is zero.
“I hope that Romanian authorities to learn from the lessons in the past. (…) I think we should focus first on results, on clear indicators regarding the impact, the people’s lives quality. My recommendations are clear. All ex-ante conditionalities to be completed, particularly in the healthcare system, where we are going to have also discussions on Monday concerning the three regional hospitals. I urge local authorities in Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Craiova cities not to politicize this issue, I think is a big mistake,” the EU Commissioner noted.