The draft opinion on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) of the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament has been published. In the draft opinion, the Rapporteur, Marian-Jean Marinescu (EPP, RO) insists on the importance of Cohesion Funds as it makes major contribution to closing infrastructure gaps between regions. Highlighting that transport infrastructures are the backbone of the single market, he considers that transport infrastructure should be one of the top priority of the next MFF.
The report also mentions that the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) should allow for adequate EU funding for projects which contribute to the completion of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) core network and its corridor. Rapporteur also underlines the importance of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and is in favour of an upgrade and more effective use of this Fund.
As a reminder, the multiannual financial framework (MFF) lays down the maximum annual amounts which the EU may spend in different political fields over a period of at least 5 years. The European Commission is expected to submit its proposal for the next MFF post-2020 by the end of 2017.
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Marian-Jean Marinescu (born August 11, 1952) is a Romanian politician and member of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL), part of the European People's Party–European Democrats. Elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Dolj County, he became a Member of the European Parliament on January 1, 2007, with the accession of Romania to the European Union. He is a Grand Officer of the Order of the Star of Romania. He entered politics in 1992, as a member of the PDL (known then as Democratic Party, PD), when he was elected a member of the Craiova City Council. Marinescu was elected Vice-president of the PD local section in Craiova (1994) and Dolj County (1997), and, in 2001, Secretary for Dolj County and Oltenia. He served as prefect of Dolj under the Romanian Democratic Convention cabinet (1996-2000), and, after 2004, he was a member of the Dolj County Council, before winning a seat in the 2004 legislative election on the Justice and Truth common list.