What does Romania want from the EU summit

Romania aims to get a significant higher allocation of EU funds in the next programming period, compared with the €45.6 billion it should receive from the 2014-2020 MFF, according to Romanian president Klaus Iohannis.

Iohannis spoke with Charles Michel ahead of the Friday meeting of the European Council about the Commission’s proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and the Economic Recovery Plan, and presented Romania’s main objectives in the negotiation process. Iohannis underlined the need to reach a final agreement as soon as possible. “This budget should be substantial, balanced and able to meet the needs of all Member States,” he said.

Allocations to Romania should be as consistent as possible for both the cohesion policy and the farming sector, especially in the current difficult economic context, as the two policies are needed to stimulate long-term investments, Iohannis insisted.

Iohannis also called for more flexibility in the cohesion policy, supporting the increase of transfers between different funds, keeping co-financing and pre-financing rates at the levels in the current programming period, as well as maintaining the current rule of n+3.

Regarding the Common Agricultural Policy, Iohannis pleaded for an increase of rural development funds for Romania, while continuing the external convergence of direct payments.

Romania is in favour of quick and efficient access to funds in the Economic Recovery Plan proposed by the European Commission, while keeping its implementation period as long as possible, so that the amounts allocated to Member States can be fully and efficiently drawn, Iohannis also said.

The head of state also called for a higher share of the grant component compared to loans in the total amounts allocated for economic recovery.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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