Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Romania appoints minister in charge of EU funds

13 September 2011

(BUCHAREST) - Romanian Prime minister Emil Boc on Tuesday said he had appointed a former EU commissioner as minister in charge of European funds in a bid to spur the use of billions of euros.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday) I will send an official letter to Parliament informing it a new ministry, in charge of European funds, has been set up," Boc told reporters.

The ministry will be headed by Leonard Orban, EU commissioner for Multilingualism between 2007 and 2010.

MPs will vote on this nomination next Tuesday.

The move is expected to help the Balkan country take advantage of the 20 billion euros placed at its disposal by the EU over 2007-2013.

By mid-2011, barely 3.4 percent of these funds, had been used, according to the spokesman for the European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn.
Neighbouring Bulgaria, who joined the European bloc at the same time as Romania, in 2007, has seen a major improvement in this field since it set up such a ministry.

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