Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Wednesday that the sums from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) have been reduced in all chapters, and it amounts to 29 billion euros.
"The initial PNRR, the one with which I went to Brussels, had 42 billion; this has 29 billion. In all chapters the sums were reduced and they were not reduced randomly, they were reduced according to the feedback which I sent to the Commission regarding the projects that were in that PNRR, some of which I transferred to other funding - European funds, on the budget, not because they were not good projects, they are all good projects. Some of them were not in the phase where they could be completed by 2026 and then there was no point in putting them in the PNRR. We put them in another funding, but the projects remain.The projects taken out of Education remain, they are important projects and will be financed either from the budget or through European funds," Citu explained in a press conference at Victoria Palace, when asked about the adjustments at Education.
He indicated that PNRR falls within the 29.2 billion euros that Romania will receive, agerpres.ro confirms.
"This image is solidifying every day, but next week there will be a slightly broader discussion, because there are several things to discuss at the European Commission about PNNR, about a few other things and reforms. The reform part is, in fact, what I want to discuss more with the European Commission. It is very important to this Government that has undertaken reforms and it is very clear that we are sticking to these reforms. You have seen that the rating agencies are already confident that we are moving forward with these reforms and at the European Commission we will also see the excessive deficit negotiations. The reform part must be explained very well," said Citu.
The adjustment of the budget of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan from 42 billion euros to 29.2 billion euros also involved the modification of the allocations for the "Educated Romania" project, which will benefit from 3.7 billion euros, respectively 12% of PNRR, according to a joint statement by Minister of Investments and European Projects Cristian Ghinea and Minister of Education Sorin Cimpeanu.