BUCHAREST – Romania wants ‘an ambitious budget’

Bucharest is unimpressed with the EU budget proposal, saying, however, that it remains a good basis for the negotiations to be held during the extraordinary summit scheduled for Thursday (20 February).

In addition to the country’s hope that rebates are eliminated, President Klaus Iohannis reiterated Romania’s support for an ambitious budget, “preferably at the level proposed by the European Commission, considering the setting of new, more ambitious targets”, as well as the country’s. 

At the summit, Iohannis will plead for appropriate financing for both the cohesion policy and the CAP, underlining that Romania needs substantial allocations for both instruments to catch up. 

At Monday’s General Affairs Council, Romania’s state secretary for EU affairs Iulia Matei said Romania disagreed with Charles Michel’s proposal of cutting the funds for rural development, as it prefers the level previously advanced by the Finnish Council Presidency. Moreover, Matei told the other ministers that external convergence must continue, while a capping of payments to large farms must be avoided. (EURACTIV.ro)

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