The programmes that support the creation and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) led to the creation of 6,195 jobs and 450 investments in rural areas last year, according to the data published on the website of the Economy Ministry’s Directorate for Entrepreneurial Policies.
Of the total new jobs created, 1,974 were for graduates and unemployed persons.
The programmes for the financing of SMEs seek to create and maintain jobs in the national economy, to reinsert unemployed persons and graduates in the labour market, to raise the number of newly established SMEs, to raise the number of SMEs located in rural areas, as well as to boost the degree of endowment with new and innovative technologies, according to a communiqué issued by Anca Laura Ionescu, former secretary of state within the Energy, SMEs and Business Environment Ministry.
The most important financing schemes implemented in 2015 by the former Energy, SMEs and Business Environment Ministry were the “START” Programme (a budget of RON 20 M), the Programme for Stimulating the Establishment and Development of SRL-D Micro-enterprises (RON 1.7 M), and the Minimis Aid Scheme for SMEs’ Investments (RON 250 M over a two-year period, 2014-2015).
Also last year, the Energy Ministry implemented the programme for the development of entrepreneurial culture among women managers within the SMEs sector, with a budget of RON 1 M, the programme for the development and modernization of the commercialization of products and market services, and the UNCTAD/EMPRETEC-Romania programme that supports the development of SMEs in domains where the development of entrepreneurial capabilities is being sought, with a budget of RON 1 M.