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Bucharest, May 6 /Agerpres/ - The European Commission has acknowledged the cumbersome bureaucracy related to European funds and asked the Romanian Ministry for European Funds to adopt simplified cost settlement procedures for certain operational programs, European Funds Minister Marius Nica told AGERPRES in an interview.

"We are in a bottleneck, as the European Commission is perfectly aware that bureaucracy related to European funds has reached a very high level. Requests from their part as regards the unfolding of certain operational programs over 2014-2020 envisage the adoption of simplified cost procedures, so that for certain well-defined categories of expenses, the submission of all support documents, which - for the refund of a press conference, for instance, amounted to 2-3 binders - no longer be necessary," said Nica.

"Our portfolio of projects is currently worth about one billion euros, specifically 800 million euros for transports and 300 million euros for environmental projects. (...) These amounts are in line for full refund, but we can have the accurate picture of this amount only after we complete the verification of public procurement procedures and of the technical aspects," said Minister Nica.

In the end, Nica remarks that "on the Romanian side we have the administration issue where, against the background of the crackdown on corruption, which I consider normal even if it causes me a setback with European funds, because those amounts are decommitted until the completion of checks, there's the public servant's fear that sets in, of placing his signature on certain financial documents unless he sees that heap of documents. Between the Commission's vision and the reality of Romanian public administration we need to manage so as to find that balancing mechanism, to simplify the life of the beneficiaries and also assure public administration staff that they can safely sign those documents without seeing the whole set of 3-5 binders of documents. It is the main challenge I see for the next programming period," says the Minister of European Funds. AGERPRES

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