The European Commission validated the 2014 – 2020 Partnership Agreement with Romania, the document presenting the manner in which the structural and investment European funds are to be used in the future programming period, shows a European Funds Ministry (MFE) press release.
“Romania already has the 2014 — 2020 Partnership Agreement validated by the four commissioners and the European Commission resolution on adopting this document will be released in the coming days. Following this validation, it becomes an incontestable the fact that the document Romania sent meets the Commission’s exigencies,” European Funds Minister Eugen Teodorovici said.
He recalled that Romania has began informal negotiations on this document as early as the spring of 2013.
“Since then and until recently we have carried out permanent negotiations with the Commission representatives to obtain the best possible strategy of using the European money for the Romanians and Romania! The validation process of the Partnership Agreement could have been easier if some of Romanians, mostly those who are part of the Democratic Liberal Party and those of the National Liberal Party, but also others, hadn’t fought against the national interests, against Romanians, exactly the same as they did in the period 2009-2011, the darkest period in the history of European funds absorption,” the Minister showed.
In the next six years, Romania will have at its disposal EU funds of approximately EUR 43 billion, out of which over EUR 22 billion are earmarked for the cohesion policy.