European Commissioner Cretu: All national strategies should be accompanied by mature, quality projects

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European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu on Friday in Bucharest voiced hope that in 2014-2020 Romania will be able to absorb all 500 million euros worth of European funds earmarked for healthcare and education projects that will change lives.

"My hope is that all the 500 million euros earmarked for healthcare and education will be absorbed in projects that can change people's lives," she said on a visit on Friday to the ENDOCED Molecular, Cellular and Structural Endocrinology Laboratory at the C.I Parhon National Endocrinology Institute of Bucharest.

Cretu said research, development and innovation are very important priorities to the European Commission.

In her opinion, all the national strategies have to be accompanied by mature, quality projects.

"I believe Bucharest and Romania need quality healthcare services. I raised the question of the three regional hospitals yesterday because there are delays in projects and I believe we have to use all opportunities. I believe it is very important for us to invest in healthcare research. Research and development and innovation are of utmost importance to the European Commission. I have just came back from the Presidency, where I discussed with President Klaus Iohannis; he has released an education strategy and also a healthcare strategy and we would like to correlate our efforts because I believe these are things that complete one another. All these national strategies should be accompanied by mature, quality projects. I believe the Parhon Institute is an example of how to manage to modernise and develop a research network that is so necessary in the area of healthcare," said Cretu.

The recently opened ENDOCED Molecular, Cellular and Structural Endocrinology Laboratory at the C.I Parhon National Endocrinology Institute of Bucharest costed nearly 10 million euros, six million of which were used for purchasing equipment. AGERPRES (RO — author: Roberto Stan, editor: Andreea Rotaru; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Ana-Maria Panaitescu)

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