New developments in the trilogue regarding the Cohesion Fund favor Romania
Victor Boştinaru MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s REGI Committee and rapporteur on the Cohesion Fund regulation, stated that he is extremely satisfied with the outcome of the second meeting of the trilogue with the European Commission and with the Council, where he managed to push through all the key amendments of the European Parliament.
The trilogue meeting, where the three institutions negotiate on the final text of the Cohesion Fund regulation for the years 2014-2020, took place on Wednesday, last week, in the European Parliament in Brussels, and resulted in agreements that will be extremely favourable for Romania.
„Saying that this meeting was a positive one is perhaps reductive – said the Romanian socialist deputy – because we managed to bring home all the key elements that we wanted to have in this regulation. With the support of my colleagues from the European Parliament’s negotiating team that I chair, we succeeded to convince the Council even on topics, like high efficiency cogeneration of heat and power and district heating, where they had a strongly divergent view. Now all what I considered fundamental to be eligible for the Cohesion Fund’s support is there, and Romania and the other Cohesion Fund countries have huge opportunities in their hands starting from 2014″.
Thanks to the results achieved so far in the context of the Cohesion Fund trilogue between the three European Institutions, the Cohesion Fund will support in the period 2014-2020, among others, projects for energy efficiency and use of renewable energy not only in public buildings and enterprises, but also in private houses. In addition, also the high efficiency cogeneration of heat and power and district heating, both extremely important in Romania and all Central-Eastern Europe, will receive funding under the Cohesion Fund.
According to Victor Bostinaru „this will allow the Cohesion Fund to benefit the environment, but also to help the Romanian economy through direct help to the citizens. Projects for energy efficiency and renewable energy will not only support the SME’s working in this field, but they will also allow the citizens to save on their energy bills at a time when they are facing serious difficulties. This will be complemented, on the other hand, by investments in the cogeneration of heat and power and in district heating, with the result that savings are foreseeable also in terms of the actual price of heating and energy”.
The Cohesion Fund regulation is part of a wider package which is currently negotiated by the three Institutions. It will continue to focus on investments in the environment and in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Negotiations will result, before or after the summer, in the adoption of the new Cohesion Policy legislative framework ahead of its entry into force on 1 January 2014.