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The EU Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period start gaining a positive dynamic. Less than two weeks after their approval by Brussels, Administrative Capacity, Competitiveness Operational Programmes, as well as the National Rural Development Program published for public consultation several Applicant’s Guides.
The Management Authority of the Operational Programme Administrative Capacity (POCA) 2014-2020 released for public consultation the draft of its framework Applicant’s Guide. POCA supports measures to ensure a proper preparation of the horizontal development framework for e-governance, as well as the quality improvement of IT&C in public administration.
The Competitiveness Operational Programme (POC) 2014-2020 dedicates two financing directions for investment projects targeting public institutions, R&D, and universities. One direction concentrates on supporting the public research centers in order to increase their research and development capacity, as well as to facilitate knowledge transfer. The second focuses on increasing the interaction between universities and research centers.
PNDR 2014-220 published draft guidelines of two measures for farmers, with a total budget of 300 million Euro. Romanian authorities hope to receive the necessary funding before the 25th of March 2015.
Reimbursements of over 565 mil. Euro received from the European Commission in 2015. In spite of the good year to date record, absorption rate in Romania – currently at 52% – still lags far behind the EU average. The Ministry for European Funds Ministry estimates that, by the end of this year, Romania will have reached a 80% spending rate for 2007-2013 European funds.
General Managers of three Management Authorities dismissed. The management of Human Resources Development (2007-2013) and Increase of Economic Competitiveness Operational Program (2007-2013) will be filled by interim staff pending the organization of competitions for these posts. The key reason behind these changes is the need to implement the principle of rotation, a highly appreciated European principle applied by the European Commission.
1.3 billion EUR for Romania via Connecting Europe Facility. Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) is focused on financing the development of the missing connections in the EU transport, energy and telecom infrastructure. It supports projects with a high added value for the society and for the European interest.