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April 21, 2021

Austrian Ambassador, ERSTE Foundation announce ACCESS initiative in Timisoara

Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichtinger and ERSTE Foundation announced the launch of ACCESS, an initiative meant to create a bridge between the commercial sector and social NGOs in Romania.

ACCESS is part of ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration, and addresses NGOs whose projects have been among winners and/or shortlisted in last year’s edition of the Award. Thus, a series of meetings will be held in several cities by the partners mentioned above, where NGOs are invited to meet with representatives of companies which are part of the Austrian Business Club and present their programmes, in order to identify together possible collaboration opportunities. The first meeting, which also marked the start of the ACCESS project, took place in Timisoara, on March 12.

“Austria is deeply and lastingly engaged in Romania’s economic development; indeed, we pride ourselves to have been investor number one in this country for a number of years already,” the Austrian ambassador said. “Hence, we must continue our efforts to build a true partnership between all those actors with whom we are working on a daily basis: governments, NGOs and business must unite for advancement of sustainability and social responsibility. Today’s event, which I wholeheartedly support, is designed in this spirit.”

Six NGOs took part in the meeting: the Association for the Promotion of Women in Romania, Caritas Timisoara, Child Helpline, Romani Criss, Ruhama Foundation and Sense International, which develop some of the best social programmes in Romania, also recognised and awarded or shortlisted within the ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration in 2009. The organisations presented their social integration programmes, they discussed their needs and suggestions of collaboration with Austrian companies. The commercial sector was represented by members of the Austrian Business Club Bucharest, such as: AGOEXPERT, AME RO, Bickel & Wolf, Cargo-Partner Expeditii, CIMBRIA, Eco Plus, FIWA Group, K & K Hotels, K.M. Trust & Partners, Kremsmüller, Leitner & Leitner, Porsche Inter Auto, Red Bull, Salesianer Miettex, Sterling Fluid Systems Romania, Teaha Management, Toc International Doppelmayr, Uniqa, Wieser Consult Accounting, as well as by members of the German speaking Business Club in Timisoara, such as: Aton Transilvania, Company Solutions, Continental Automotive Romania, Hategan Law Office, Hengl Romania, Heberger Constructii SRL, Lutz & Associates, Mattig Management Partners TIM, Reinisch, Romanian-German Cultural Society, Sikla SRL, SRB Software & Consulting and Terrasond.

ERSTE Foundation initiated the project ERSTE Foundation Award for Social Integration in 2007, a project designed to recognise and promote outstanding organisations in the public and non-profit sectors from countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe, whose work is oriented towards social change and creating a society with equal chances and opportunities for everyone. Every two years, this award is granted for projects with significant impact and obvious contribution to changing the life of various disadvantaged groups. Financial support is granted in recognition of efficient programmes implemented in the region, while creating opportunities for the winners to gain better access to partnerships and networks with other relevant organisations. The total value of last year’s prizes was of EUR 295,000.

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