PM Boc: Over 700mln euros to be allocated to develop villages

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Over 777 million euros will be allocated, this year from the EU funds for the development of the villages, and June 15 has been settled to start lodging the projects, PM Emil Boc announced at the Victoria Palace (Govt’s hqs), on Tuesday.

For the agriculture, the local administrations mostly required the Measure 322 related to the rehabilitation and the development of the villages and the improvement of the basic services for the rural economy and population, namely works of road building, sewerage and water supply.

‘The EU has allocated 1.5 billion euros to Romania for the Measure, over 2007-2013, while the local administrations applied for 3 billion euros, therefore twice more than we have from the EU,’ PM Boc said.

As much as 777 million euros has still to be allotted to projects of the same Measure, PM Boc added.

‘We decided to allocate all the money in 2009 and not wait till the years to come.
The EU Commission also agreed with our decision.

Therefore the Measure will be allocated the rest of the money in 2009, too,’ PM Boc stressed, adding that June 15 has been established as the deadline to tart the first round of projects for the development of the villages and the rural environment, to allocate them the rest of 777 million euros.

Financing works totaling 1.2 billion euros will be signed under this Measure this year, also taking into account the projects assessed in the last months, Boc pointed out.

If the money allocated to other structural funds is not spent, the Government will ask the EU Commission to transfer it to this Measure, the prime minister concluded.

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