The Ministry of European Funds announces that Romania will receive the 1.9 billion euros at the beginning of 2022 after meeting the targets and milestones for the year ending

Another 1.9 billion euros will go to the Romanian state at the beginning of next year, representing the pre-financing from the loan granted to Romania, through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), after the 2021 targets and milestones have been reached.

According to a communiqué of the Ministry of European Investments and Projects (MIPE), sent on Friday to AGERPRES, the year 2021 represented for the National Recovery and Resilience Plan the starting point in the development of the institutional and legislative architecture necessary for the implementation of this new financial instrument. at the level of the European Union.

Thus, the foundations of the PNRR implementation mechanism in Romania were laid, starting from the adoption of the specific legislation, the operationalization of the structures at institutional level, as well as by defining the management and control mechanism and the financial flows.

The Ministry of European Investments and Projects, as national coordinator of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, together with the line ministries, thus completes the first stage of PNRR implementation, which includes reaching the targets and milestones for 2021. Implementation of the Plan has started on 3 November, after receiving approval from the EU Council.

For this year, according to the obligations provided in the Council Implementing Decision (CID), Romania had to meet 21 targets and milestones, out of the total of 507 assumed at the level of the entire plan.

In this context, the end of the year meant, at governmental level, the closing of some important milestones, assumed for 2021, by adopting normative acts regarding areas of strategic development, namely:

  • Emergency Ordinance on the Law on Water and Sewerage Services, Government Decision approving the Railway Infrastructure Development Strategy 2021-2025, finalizing the milestone related to decommissioned coal production capacities, operationalizing a task force at the Ministry of Research and Digitization for implementation and monitoring the proposed reforms and investments in the field of Digital Transformation,
  • Government Decision on approving the cyber security strategy,
  • MF joint order no. 1593 / 29.12.2021 and MMSS no. 1239 / 27.12.2021 on the establishment of the Monitoring Committee for the reform of the public pension system, the Reform Implementation Unit under the Policy Support Mechanism (FSP) established and operational,
  • Memorandum of Understanding on the financing agreement between the European Investment Fund and the Government of Romania on the creation of the approved Venture Capital Fund,
  • Ministerial Order for the adoption of criteria for prioritizing investments in integrated community centers,
  • Emergency Ordinance on establishing the institutional and financial framework for the management of European funds allocated to Romania through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism,
  • Government Decision for the approval of the new national anti-corruption strategy, the IT system related to the management and monitoring of PNRR developed,
  • Government Decision on the implementation of the national program to reduce school dropout, non-competitive call for projects prepared to support students to ensure the transition from lower to upper secondary education, based on 5 indicators defined in the Early Warning Mechanism in Education and published on of the Ministry of Education.

Previously, MIPE mentions, the milestones regarding the entry into force of Law no. 50/2021 for the approval of the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 55/2016 on the reorganization of the National Company for Motorways and National Roads in Romania (CNAIR) and the establishment of the National Company for Road Investments (CNIR), the entry into force of the Law on 5G network security, increasing the number of cash registers connected to the Agency’s IT system National Administration for Fiscal Administration (466,288 houses already connected).

In December, the European Commission launched the first official mission to monitor the milestones and targets assumed by Romania in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), in which MIPE, together with the reform and investment coordinators, presented the stage of meeting the objectives, both for the year 2021, as well as for the first two quarters of 2022.

  • “It was an intense and very focused year from the PNRR perspective, in which Romania managed to finalize the negotiations, to obtain the approval of the European Commission and the favorable opinion of the EU Council, to operationalize, at governmental level, the technical structures for implementing the plan. , most importantly, to start implementing this priority country project. At the level of the Romanian Government, the targets and milestones for 2021 have been met, and the first tranche of the grant that Romania benefits from, amounting to 1.8 billion euros, has already been transferred at the beginning of December. We have 29.2 billion euros available for the next four years to develop priority areas for the country, through reforms and investments financed by PNRR “, said Dan Vîlceanu, Minister of Investments and European Projects.

At the beginning of 2022, another 1.9 billion euros will enter the Romanian state’s account, representing the pre-financing from the loan granted to Romania. For the first quarter of next year, from the perspective of PNRR, the Ministry of European Investments and Projects has as priorities: signing financing agreements with line ministries, so that investments are launched; finalize negotiations with the European Commission on operational arrangements, which are essential in the process of monitoring and approving future payment claims; preparation and submission of the first payment request.

In 2022, among the most important investments financed by PNRR that will be prepared and started in the first part of the year, from the grant component will be found: the development of the pre-hospital medical infrastructure, integrated community centers; new and / or modernized hospital infrastructure, equipment / endowments; national afforestation and reforestation campaign, including urban forests; creating new capacities for electricity production from renewable sources; implementation of government cloud infrastructure; ensuring the infrastructure for green transport – renewal of the fleet of vehicles intended for public transport; modernization of approved railway sections and acquisition of rolling stock; construction, equipping and operationalization of nurseries; the development of 10 regional consortia and the development and endowment of 10 integrated professional campuses; creating a network of day centers for children at risk of separation; rehabilitation, renovation and development of social infrastructure for people with disabilities; increasing the capacity of civil society organizations to stimulate active citizenship.

Regarding the loan component, in the first part of 2022 investments will be started in the following categories: construction of road infrastructure sections A1, A7, A8; development of the metro transport network in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca; ensuring energy efficiency in the industrial sector; expansion of water and sewerage systems, prioritized by the Accelerated Plan for compliance with European directives; construction of housing for young people and for health and education specialists; renewable gas distribution infrastructure (using natural gas in combination with green hydrogen as a transitional measure), as well as green hydrogen production capacity and / or its use for electricity storage; establishment of voluntary collection centers, construction of digitized ecological islands, integrated voluntary collection centers for urban agglomerations, construction of waste recycling facilities; development of the industrial production chain and / or assembly and / or recycling of batteries, cells and photovoltaic panels (including auxiliary equipment) and new electricity storage capacities; reconstruction of grassland habitats in protected natural areas; clearing of Uzlina and Fortuna Lakes in the Danube Delta to reduce eutrophication and maintain biological diversity; purchase of air quality, radioactivity and noise monitoring equipment for the National Environmental Protection Agency, monitoring and control equipment for the National Environmental Guard; grant scheme for energy efficiency and resilience in multifamily residential buildings and public buildings; financial instruments for the private sector; developing a program for attracting highly specialized human resources from abroad in research, development and innovation activities.

MIPE recalls that the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism financially supports investments and reforms with a real and lasting impact on the economy and society. The proposed measures address the challenges identified in the context of the European Semester, supporting the green transition and digital transformation, as well as economic growth, social and economic resilience and job creation.

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