The European Commission adopted on December 9 a new Interreg programme for Romania and Hungary, worth EUR 231.8 M, of which EUR 189.1 M come from the European Regional Development Fund.
Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Cretu stated: “I am glad we have adopted this programme today, a programme through which we help once more Romanian and Hungarian citizens continue their cooperation, in order to be able to create new opportunities in the region. The investments made as part of this program will have a positive and direct impact not only in what concerns economic competitiveness and job creation in the border region but also in what concerns the quality of the citizens’ daily life.”
The main goals of this programme consist of raising employment levels and the cross-border mobility of the labour force, stimulating joint economic growth and consolidating cooperation in order to prevent natural disaster risks. Likewise, the programme concerns the regeneration of disadvantaged rural and urban areas and the improvement of cross-border medical assistance services.
The regions targeted by the “Interreg V-A Romania-Hungary” programme are the following: Hajdu-Bihar, Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, Bekes and Csongrad in Hungary, and Bihor, Satu Mare, Arad and Timis in Romania.
The programme’s six priorities are: joint protection and the efficient use of common resources; improving connectivity in the border region in an intelligent and sustainable fashion; stimulating job creation and promoting the cross-border mobility of the labour force; improving medical assistance services; consolidating the prevention and management of risks; promoting cross-border cooperation between institutions and citizens.