The Romanian recovery and resilience plan is the linchpin in the government of the "old parties"

The Romanian recovery and resilience plan is the linchpin in the government of the "old parties"

On November 30, 2021, in the programme "Work Diary" of TV Evropa, Vladimir Mitev spoke about the reasons that led to the formation of the Romanian government, made up of Social Democrats, conservatives and the party of ethnic Hungarians. He pointed out that for years there has been a contradiction in Romania between the so-called new parties (linked to corporations and with an anti-corruption agenda) and the so-called old parties (which are based on oligarchic capitalism and access to state and EU funds for their hoops of companies). The fact that the Romanian equivalents of GERB (the Bulgarian member of the European People's Party), BSP (the Bulgarian member of the Party of European Socialists) and DPS (the party of the ethnic Turks) are forming a government suggests that they are pragmatic and probably their big goal is to absorb as much of the Recovery and Resilience Plan funds as possible into their own companies. This does not mean that the Romanian plan is bad: over 20% of it is for digitalisation and over 40% for the environment. It provides for a lot of investment, and the hope is that Romania will be a mid-European country at the end of its life.
The presenter Dimitar Vuchev was also interested in Bulgarian-Romanian relations, which are little discussed in the Bulgarian media. Vladimir Mitev pointed out that in media terms Bulgaria is very centralised and colleagues in Sofia rarely have incentives to go outside the space in which our capital is the centre. Bulgarians and Romanians themselves need contacts and trust building. And at the business level things are obviously happening - Romania is Bulgaria's second trading partner after Germany. In the first eight months of 2021, bilateral trade amounted to 3.9 billion euros.
What is preventing Bulgarian-Romanian relations from developing further? Perhaps the tendency to view their neighbours through a national prism or through the prism of their hegemony. Either way, Bulgarian-Romanian relations have their potential and perhaps a bright future.

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