Ruling coalition directs focus on absorption of European funds

The presidents in office of the eight regional development agencies will meet next week, on May 26, to review the situation of the absorbed European funding, particularly through the Regional Operational Program (ROP), PD-L vice-president George Flutur said at the end of the ruling coalition’s meeting.

According to Flutur, during the Monday meeting of the coalition’s Central Coordinating Political Bureau, Minister of Regional Development Vasile Blaga presented a report on the absorption of European funds through ROP in 2008, which shows contracting stands at an average of 30 pc of the value assigned.

„We also made an analysis by development regions.

The efforts of the North-Eastern and Center Regions, which have more than 35pc and 32pc, respectively, signed contracts earned appreciation, but there are other regions with a very low percentage, such as Bucharest-Ilfov – 1.7pc, the Southern and also the Western region.

We decided to proceed next Tuesday to an analysis of the absorption of EU funds, especially under the Regional Operational Program, where all presidents in office of the Regional Development Agencies will be invited for us to see what happens in particular regions, the reason why the submission of projects was delayed.

We plan to give the process a boost and to share the positive experience of some regions which performed very well,” said Flutur.

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