Minister Delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb signed on Wednesday the Agreements on Technical Assistance and on the Bilateral Relations Fund for the EEA and Norway grants 2014 – 2021 worth more than 13 million euro, a release informs.
“Less than a year after the signing of the Memoranda of Understanding on the implementation of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2014-2021, which marked the completion of negotiations between Romania and donor states, Minister Delegate for European Funds Rovana Plumb signed today, August 23, 2017, the first two agreements on Romania’s behalf, specifically the Agreement on the Bilateral Relations Fund and the Agreement on the Financing of Technical Assistance,” reads the document.
The agreements that come in force on Wednesday provide for the necessary funding to cover Romania’s costs with the implementation of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2014-2021 through technical assistance, ie strengthening bilateral relations between donor states and Romania through the Bilateral Relations Fund.
“Under the Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2014 – 2021 Romania is to receive EUR 3 million worth of technical assistance for the 2014 – 2021 programming period (EEA:1.5 million euro, Norway: 1.5 million euro, 100 percent grant) and will also benefit from a bilateral fund of 10.05 million euro (EEA: 5.504 million euro, Norway: 4.546 million euro, 100 percent grant). In the following period, the National Contact Point together with the Financial Mechanism Office will agree on the timetable for the implementation of the grants awarded under the two agreements,” the cited source said.
The EEA and Norway grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and strengthening bilateral relations between beneficiary and donor states.
During the 2014 – 2021 programming period Romania will receive 502.5 million euro in EEA and Norway grants, providing financing to specific areas such as local development and the combat of poverty, improving the situation of Roma, public health, innovation, business environment and SMEs, the NGO sector, research and education, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environment, heritage and cultural exchange, justice, correctional services and home affairs.