For 2014-2020 it talks about EUR 39.3 bn, out of which 20 billion for agriculture and rural development, and the rest for the regional development and for the economic and social environment,’ Angela Filote the head of the EC representation in Romania pointed out.
Romania has used EUR 15 billion from European funds between 2007 and 2013, which contributed to creating more than 8,800 jobs, the Head of European Commission Representation in Bucharest Angela Filote declared at a press conference on Monday, according to Agerpres.
‘From 2007 through 2013, EUR 33 billion was available for Romania; it actually received so far 15 billion of it, in terms of reimbursements already completed. This amount is mainly due to agriculture and rural development, where Romania is very well situated. More than 8,800 jobs were created through various projects, including 600 in research, which is seen by the European Union as a priority area both for leaving behind the crisis and for increasing the competitiveness worldwide,’ Filote said. According to her, more than 1,200 SMEs got European aid over this period, and more than 1,000 kilometres of roads were overhauled. ‘These are the figures up to the end of 2013. This financial term only ends in 2015, and then we shall know the amount used from the total budget allocation,’ she explained.
Filote added that for the next European financial term, funds available for Romania will be more substantial. ‘For 2014-2020 we are talking about funds amounting to 39.3 billion euros, out of which 20 billion for agriculture and rural development, and the rest for the regional development and for the economic and social environment,’ the head of the EC representation in Romania pointed out.
The European Commission Representation in Bucharest and the Structural Consulting Group have launched a series of conferences on Monday, to be held throughout this year in several Romanian cities, in order to promote projects that proved successful after using European funds.
‘2014 is a crucial year for Romania, from the point of view of the European funds. We noted that there are Romanian regions having excellent projects, as many people saw successful projects of neighbours, while there are also regions with few projects, because nobody developed projects there. So we want to promote the idea that success is contagious,’ said the Structural Consulting Group President Dan Barna on the same occasion.
On the other hand, Filote explained that the purpose of these conferences is the widest possible promotion of the idea that successful projects can be developed using European funds.
The project started on Monday encompasses seven conferences to be held in Brasov, Timisoara, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, and Constanta.