Commission Reports on EU Funds in Bulgaria and Romania

We now have the European Commission reports on the status of implementation of EU funds in Bulgaria and Romania until 31 July 2009.

Bulgaria has received 488 million Euro out of the total 1,36 billion Euro allocation for 2004-2006 – or a 36% success rate. The advance payments under the 2007-2009 budget amount to 828,7 million Euro. However, Bulgaria has not received interim payments due to the rejection of the compliance assessments of the Management and Control System submitted by Bulgaria in 2008 and 2009 for all operational programs. The only interim payments are from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). A major recommendation for Bulgaria is to improve the management capacity of implementing structures.

Romania has received 1,89 billion Euro for 2004-2006 out of 2,97 billion Euro allocation, or a 63% success rate. The advance payments under the 2007-2009 budget amount to 2,42 billion Euro. Romania has also received 94 million Euro interim payments for the operational programs. A major recommendation for Romania is to revise the national legal framework for public procurement.

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