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 Mungiu-Pippidi: there should be a correlation between the governing programme and the programme for the expenses of European funds

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At national level there should be a correlation between the governing programme and the programme for the expenses of European funds, so that the absorption rate of the funds be bigger, stated on Tuesday Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, the chairman of the Academic Society of Romania.

The statement was made on the occasion with the launching of the annual report of SAR with the theme ‘ The European funds,curse or blessing? The cases of health, education and transport’.

‘Prosperity in Romania increased, European integration is a success. It is not true that we gave more money than we received, constantly we got more money than we gave’, said the SAR chairman. However, she appreciated, performances in the domain of European funds are under expectations.’ The collective profit seems to be less than we expected and the threat from the future is that only those who are more performant will stay in the circle of the European Union, otherwise there is no European Union left’, she stated.

According to the authors of the report, 10 years since the accession to the EU, the authorities were not sufficient enough to implement public policies in the domains which benefitted from European funds. Thus, those who contributed to the report, there existed ‘ a pressure on the civil servants to improve the rate of absorption’ and thus the focus was on spending the money, which ‘ is not the only effect that matters’.

‘A rate of non- accomplishing of the indicators in the programme of about 60%,mentions the authors of the report, the figures they used being from 2014.

The respective report has five big chapters, which approach the economic prognosis, the absorption of the European funds, the European funds in further education, the programmes in the health system and an evaluation of the Master Plan for Transport.

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