Marcel Boloș criticizes the way in which the Romanian PNRR was conceived and says that he looks enviously at the one of Italy, which has already reached an implementation of 10 percent, while Romania is still in the stage of implementing the procedures. The minister said on Friday evening, at Digi24, that some objectives of the PNRR could be included in other categories of policies, which would attract other types of European funds separately. He claims that the PNRR could, however, obtain funding for an irrigation system in agriculture, an idea which was rejected at the time by the European Commission.
“I look with envy, if you will, at Italy, which is already at 10% of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan,” the European funds minister confessed. Observing that the Italians “did more work”, the minister commented: “Well, then, it means that we, at the national level, can have a problem. Why don’t we have that operationalization of PNRR structures today? We have to implement the National Plan and as it is now, at the stage it is now, we must accelerate everything that means implementation procedures ”.
Marcel Boloș says that he compared the PNRR of Romania and the PNRR of other member states and found that other states have set “big goals, so that through the PNRR to really increase its resilience and be that engine economic development that every country needs. When we return to Romania, he has set objectives that could be found in cohesion policy very well and let’s not get started … I’ll give you an example – the digitization of NGOs, which is a beautiful goal and we want, to have a strong civil society, could be in the policy of cohesion and to pursue through PNRR the big objectives of the country, which will really lead to the economic development of Romania ”, said Marcel Boloș.
Asked what objectives are currently missing from Romania’s PNRR, Marcel Boloș confesses that it is very difficult to say at this moment, but brought up the controversial topic of irrigation in agriculture. “We have to set ourselves the big goals that we need to reach and that we want. I give an example: we want to capitalize on Romania’s agricultural potential. We know that we have an area with a very good potential in Romania on the agricultural area and that we are missing something, that something is the irrigation system “, mentioned Marcel Boloș. Observing that at that time, Europe rejected Romania’s proposal to include the irrigation system in the PNRR, on the grounds that it would not have been a green, sustainable one, the Minister replied that we had at hand the modern investment systems, which each Member State He knew. “Here, too, it was up to us to know how to put on the table a modern solution for what Romania’s agricultural potential means and to capitalize on it, so that today we are not in the situation in which we live from imported products. (…) It all depends on how you negotiate and how you know how to put things in order.
in line with what the Member State is pursuing “, the Minister pointed out.
A “poor” year in achievements
Asked what concrete benefits will be seen at the end of this year from PNRR, Marcel Boloș pointed out that this year will be a “poor” one in achievements, and the foundations will be laid for what will be built in the coming years.
“Know this year that it is a poor year and I am sorry that I have to say this and be very direct, because it is poor in terms of concrete achievements, on which you can put your finger and say this to born from the implementation of the PNRR. I hope the coming years are years
which will bring us more light from this point of view. It is a year of work in which only at the level of the second quarter 58 calls for projects are discussed, worth 12.4 billion euros, which is an unprecedented situation that Romania has and that – the call for projects – we also discussed them with the representatives of the European Commission, so as to delegate to us this competence to approve the guides and to approve them at the level of Romania. And as I said, this year is a complicated year both in terms of the commitments we have, and in terms of results. People will certainly ask us what you have achieved from this money allocated through PNRR “, admits the minister.
In the end, he repeated the criticisms of those who have dealt with the PNRR so far – they lost their time and did not set big country goals. “I have had so much time, I am sorry for it and I look – and I say it a second time – with envy at those Member States which today are far from the first year of implementation and which have managed to set big goals. country and through which they created their engines of development, which is an almost unique opportunity that I am a member country of the European Union has “, pointed out the Minister of European investments and projects, who took over this portfolio from May 3, after the resignation of the former incumbent, Dan Vîlceanu, a close associate of the former prime minister Florin Cîțu.
A renegotiation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan is a long process that will probably start in the fall, but in this renegotiation we will have to have an integrated package, not just a single measure, the Minister of Investments and Projects said on Monday. European, Marcel Boloş.
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) was presented to the European Commission under the mandate of former USR Minister Cristian Ghinea and approved in September 2021.
Marcel Boloș also held the position of Minister of European funds from November 2019 to December 2020, in the government of Ludovic Orban.
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan, abbreviated PNRR, is a plan designed by each EU member state to obtain funding from special funds approved by the European Union after the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to revive the economies of the European Community. The plan must promote the ecological and digital development of the member countries, and Romania has at its disposal 29.2 billion euros. The EU’s economic recovery package, designed to help member countries combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, is worth a total of € 672.5 billion and was approved in February 2021.
Editor: Luana Pavaluca