Commissioner Cretu: Romania could access EUR 572 M to fight poverty

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The European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu told a recent meeting with the Romanian Labour Minister in Brussels that Romania has over EUR 572 million for projects aiming at social insertion and poverty curb.

Commissioner Cretu met Labour minister Dragos Pislaru in Brussels on Tuesday when they discussed about the national anti-poverty package, the urban Agenda and the integration of the marginalized communities, reads a press release by the EC Representation to Romania.

Romania has at its disposal EUR 572 million, financing from the European regional development fund for 2014-2020 to carry out projects targeting the social insertion and the poverty curb,” Corina Cretu stated.

The commissioner added that the national anti-poverty Package can attract funds from more Operational Programmes to find solutions to issues such as the dropout, poverty, social exclusion but also issues related to health and housing.

The assessment of the needs is a preliminary condition for prioritizing our investments. In this respect, Romania made progress in identifying the sectors that will face the current initiatives of the deinstitutionalization of the disabled people. We expect these efforts being also extended to the child protection,” Cretu also said.

During 2014-2020, the target is that 75,000 children, 10,000 disabled persons and 62,000 old could benefit of better standards of life through improving the social services.

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