Romania will develop a joint infrastructure project together with the World Bank, Romanian PM Mihai Tudose said on Tuesday after a meeting with WB representatives.

PM Tudose, Minister of Health Florian Bodog and Public Finance Minister Ionut Misa had a working meeting with representatives of the World Bank in Romania. The delegation was headed by Tatiana Proskuryakova, country manager. The Romanian government appreciates the willingness of the World Bank to support sectors that are a priority for the country, such as health and infrastructure, Tudose said after the meeting.

During the meeting, those present assessed the stage of the projects carried out by the Romanian government with the support of the World Bank, with a focus on those in the health system, whose funding was approved in 2014 and implemented by the Health Ministry.

“We appreciate the openness of the World Bank to support sectors we consider a priority for Romania: health and infrastructure. The fact that in the past months we attracted via the World Bank project more funds than were attracted throughout the deployment period, shows our determination to improve conditions in hospitals and access to good quality healthcare services,” PM Tudose said.

Currently, according to Minister Bodog, in the past six months, 12 contracts with a total value of EUR 12 million were signed for the purchase of equipment and services. Among them, 227 anaesthesia machines were purchased and will be distributed to 50 healthcare units. Moreover, 10 other contracts for the purchase of services and equipment valued at EUR 70 are currently in the tender phase.