Greece one of the countries with the highest absorption of EU funds, says Cretu

Greece is one of the countries with the higher absorption of European funds in the period 2014-2020, said European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu.

In statements after then conclusion of European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker’s speech at the European parliament on Wednesday, Cretu said ” I know very well that Greece has made a lot of sacrifices and now is time to be back to road of prosperity. We are doing our best as regards EU funds but also other measures for the Greek economy”.

Moreover, the Commissioner said that Greece had 100 pct. absorption in 2007-2013 and is one of the best performing countries for 2014-2020. “I visited the Tempi valley, one of the most important works that was blocked because the state did not have money to pay beneficiaries and contractors. We succeeded to complete most of the project with these funds. Working together hard we can achieve more to improve people’s life”.

Asked to comment Juncker’s speech Cretu said that ” It was a very crucial speech, because it comes at times when the continent is patient. We need this breath of oxygen. He was clear that Europe must take its own destiny and of course as a politician I think that he is right, that we are responsible for the future of our children and our grandchildren. He also referred to migration, security of borders, labour and social issues which are very important for people in the future. This partnership with Africa is also very important and solidarity with countries affected by migration flows like Greece and Italy. Solidarity is key”.

Source ANA-MPA
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