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Dutch ambassador: Romania should not return the money to people

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Romania should invest in infrastructure, health and education, namely in the areas “with weaknesses”, not return the money to the people, said Matthijs van Bonzel, during his last conference as the Netherlands’ ambassador to Romania.

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He referred to the effects of the new Fiscal Code.

“A mix could be reached, namely to return a part of the money to the people so they have more money to spent, but the question is how much. Public money exists to carry out public investments not to be given back to the people,” van Bonzel said, cited by local Mediafax.

Romania could attract investors which are currently active in the Asian markets without big efforts, considering that many countries in Asia don’t do very well, he added.

“The rules we have in the EU, to make the free competition possible, are crucial. As a society, as a government, if you respect these rules and you show it to private investors, they will come and invest,” said Matthijs van Bonzel.

The ambassador also talked about Romania’s accession to Schengen, saying that his country would agree to that once Romania will meet all the conditions and will resolve all the problems pointed out in the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV).

Matthijs van Bonzel will leave Romania in September.

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