The European Commission has adopted the first two operational 2014-2020 programmes for Romania. The first one is the Operational Programme “Technical Assistance”, worth 251 million euro, with the EC contribution amounts to 212 million euro. Coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the programme aims to strengthen the country’s administrative capacity in coordinating, managing and supervising the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.
The programme will support the officials involved in the management of the funds equipping them with the necessary skills to improve their performance, and empowering them to remain in their position longer. It also aims to strengthen the capacity of beneficiaries in preparing and implementing the projects on the ground as well as disseminating information on the funds. It will offer specific assistance to the Operational Programmes for Large Infrastructures and Competitiveness.
“I am very pleased to have signed today the adoption of the first Operational Programme for my home country Romania. The speedy adoption of the Technical Assistance programme is a strong signal the Commission would like to give to Romania to support its administration in managing EU funds. I call on the Romanian government to start implementing the 2014-2020 period with projects concentrating on quality and on delivering the best possible results for its citizens,” the European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cre?u commented.
Second EC programme is the one on Competitiveness, worth 1.58 billion euro, with the EC contribution of 1.32 billion euro. The programme’s top priority relates to the investments in research and development. Thus, about 953 million euro will go to meet the business environment’s needs and to strengthen cooperation with the research institutes. The programme is also focusing on boosting the quality of IT public services. About 630 million euro will be spent on IT and communication technologies in education, culture and health. Competitiveness programme will enhance broadband infrastructure development throughout the country, building essential connections between towns and villages.