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The first agreements for Technical Assistance and for the Fund for Bilateral Relations within EEA and Norway grants 2014-2021 were signed

After less than one year from the signature of the Memoranda of Understanding on the implementation of the financial mechanisms for EEA and Norway grants 2014-2021, which marked the end of the negotiations between Romania and the Donor States, Mrs. Rovana Plumb, minister-delegate for European Funds signed today, the 23rd of August 2017, the first agreements for Romania, as follows: The Agreement for the financing of the Technical Assistance and the Agreement on the Fund for Bilateral Relations.

The above mentioned agreements were signed on the 3rd of August 2017, in Oslo, by Mr. Niels Engelschiøn, representative of the Donor States (chairman of the Financial mechanism Committee and general Director within the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

The Agreements which enter into force today provide financial resources to cover Romania's costs in what concerns the implementation of the EEA and Norway grants for 2014-2021 through the technical assistance and for strengthening the bilateral relations between the Donor States and Romania, through the Fund for Bilateral Relations.

According to the Memoranda of Understanding on the implementation of the financial mechanisms for EEA and Norway grants 2014-2021 (Annex B), Romania benefits for 2014-2021 programming periode from a technical assistance of EUR 3.000.000 (EEA: EUR 1.500.000, Norway: EUR 1.500.000, 100% grant) and from a fund for bilateral relations of EUR 10.050.000 (EEA: EUR 5.504.000, Norway: EUR 4.546.000, 100% grant).

In the near future, the National Focal Point and the Financial Mechanism Office will agree upon the implementation calendar of the grants allocated within the two signed agreements.

Further information may be found on: www.eeagrants.org.

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About EEA and Norway grants

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contributions of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reduce economic and social disparities within the European Economic Area and to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Donor States and Beneficiary States.

During 2014-2021 programming period, Romania will benefit of an allocation of 502,5 million euros, supporting projects in areas such as: local development and combatting poverty, improving roma situation, public health, innovation, bussiness development and SMEs, NGO sector, research and education, energy efficiency, renewable energy and environment, cultural heritage, justice, correctional services and home affairs.

 

 

Date: 23.08.2017