The European Commission has sent back the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) that Romania submitted a few days ago. The leaders in Brussels sent a series of observations, on several components, from infrastructure to education.
According to a document obtained by journalists from Aleph News, The European Commission is dissatisfied with the National Recovery and Resilience Plan sent by Romania, for which it brought numerous criticisms.
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan sent by Romania can be read in full at the end of the article.
Harsh criticism from the PNRR Commission
An example is that Romania asked for money through PNRR to renovate the Intensive Trap sections for newborns.
Another reproach brought to the PNRR submitted by Romania is that the data in the Excel documents do not correspond with those in the Word documents for certain projects.
It seems that in the Word document sent by Romania, 80 million euros are required for this, but in the Excel document attached to the same project, the final amount is 71 million euros. An application has been made to finance a new hospital, but the amount differs from one document to another. In one, 570 million euros are requested, and in another 517 million euros.
In the chapter “State aid schemes for the technologies of the future”, the EC says that exact costs cannot be calculated because not enough data is provided.
The subchapter Research, Development and Innovation does not always provide the source of the information. In other chapters, such as Tourism and the Green and Digital Transition Fund, there are no justifications for costs.
Also, the Green Schools were given estimated costs from the market, when, in fact, they should have been used, like all the other states that applied, national standard costs.
European Commission to give first green light to first EU-funded national economic recovery plans against the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, EC President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Tuesday.
Romania’s plan for the money in Brussels
The government on Wednesday offered the document sent to the European Commission in which it presents the plan for the attraction of almost 30 billion euros. In 1,200 pages, Romania shows the reforms and investments it will make with European money.
The most important objectives assumed by the Cîțu Government through PNRR, until 2026 are the following:
– 630 km of new built water networks and 2470 new sewerage networks;
– forest curtains on all new highways, 625 hectares;
– 45,000 hectares of planted forest;
– 434 new km on the A7 and A8 motorways;
– 52 electric car charging stations, with 264 charging points;
– modernized railway for 311 km;
– new 12.7 km metro lines in Bucharest and Cluj Napoca;
– 2,000 renovated public, residential and historic buildings and 1,500 renovated blocks of flats;
– all public institutions will be linked in a Government cloud;
– 3,000 SMEs will be digitized;
– 50 new schools and 75,000 classrooms equipped with furniture;
– 1,175 SMART Labs purchased for middle and high school education units;
– 3,000 primary care offices will be renovated and 25 newborn intensive care units will be equipped;
– over 3,000 km of bike lanes;
– 10 museums built or rehabilitated and enhanced, using new technologies.
The Prime Minister Florin Cîțu declared that from the allocated money, three important sectors will be financed with large sums: Transports – 6.7 billion euros, Education – 3.6 billion euros and Health – 2.4 billion euros.