HL Deb 22 March 2001 vol 623 cc174-5WA
Baroness Hooper

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have ceased to fund the Romania Information Centre at Southampton University without allowing any time for the recommended exit policy to be implemented; and, if so, why. [HL1098]

Baroness Amos

We have tried over a long period to move the Romania Information Centre to a position where it could sustain itself financially. Funding could not continue indefinitely.

Romania faces many challenges to reduce poverty in the country. We are working closely with the new government and the international community to help them. The agenda set out in our published Country Strategy Paper in October 1999 is being taken forward and progress on it was recently reviewed with the Romanian authorities.