Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca said today that Romania's capacity to absorb European funds need to be increased.
Asked on Wednesday if it is possible for the money under the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) to be devolved to the local authorities, Ciuca answered: "There are several threads of discussion in this regard and those who work directly on this project will also come up with solutions and consider these options as well, because we need to boost our absorption capacity. This is not just about the NRRP, we are also talking about operational and cohesion funds. It's about the need to increase our absorption capacity."
Referring to a possible approval from the European Commission, Ciuca said that for now solutions are being sought in the country.
With regard to the solidarity tax, the Premier specified that it will not be introduced this year: "Exactly as we pledged in the governing program, we won't have this tax this year."
The head of the government also said that the money promised under the governing program for rising allowances and pensions will be ensured.
"Let's finalize the budget and you'll see. On Monday we will have a first budget blueprint. Parliament approval, as committed by the coalition, is for December 23," Ciuca said today in the Senate.