Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Romania: Several funding programs fail Brussels test

28 March 2007

Romania should start EU programs to deliver structural funds as early as this year, but in order to run them the programs must be conceived by Romanian authorities and approved by the European Commission, ACT Media news agency reports.


Obtaining EU approval, however, is not an easy task: three out of seven programs developed so far have been sent back to Bucharest to be redrawn, the head of the Phare interim team boss of the EC delegation to Bucharest Georgio Ficarelli has said.

The returned programs refer to competitive growth, transports and regional development, according to the source.Ficarelli told EurActiv.ro that one cause for which the programs were sent back is their complexity. Another is that certain components have overlapped, which must be avoided.

The four programs still under EC analysis will start this summer or in October this year, if all goes well in their case.

Source: ACT Media News Agency

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