50 more Romanian businesses boosted with Norway Grants
50 Romanian companies and NGOs received 26 million euros funding for greening of existing industries, green innovation and green entrepreneurship through the "Green Industry Innovation" Programme, between March 2013 and April 2016.
Part of the Norwegian Grants 2009-2014, the programme has come to an end this year, when the implementation of most of the funded projects was completed.
The 50 selected companies and NGOs received support for innovative green technologies, green products and green services (20); increased business efficiency material handling and waste management (16); eco-innovative business development (14). All financed projects resulted in increased efficiency, in line with the vision of the programme – "Good for Business and Good for the Environment".
30 projects were financed through the "Individual Project Scheme" with amounts ranging from 200,000 to 1,500,000 Euro. Another 20 projects were financed through the "Small Grants Scheme", with amounts between 50,000 – 200,000 Euro.
On top of the funds provided by the Norway Grants, the projects attracted 28 million Euro private capital. The projects also generated 200 permanent and 70 temporary jobs.
"Some of the objectives set in Strategy Europe 2020 for economic growth are linked to innovation and environment. In other words, a greener and more competitive European economy. Norway is entirely embracing this concept. This is exactly what we aimed for in our work together with Romania, under the Green Industry Innovation Programme of the Norway Grants - to help Romanian companies to develop and to become more competitive by implementing innovative technologies. We also wanted to contribute to a tighter contact and cooperation between Romanian and Norwegian enterprises. I would say we have fully succeeded since 50% of the projects supported under the programme were in partnership. This is a very sound basis for further contact and deeper cooperation between our two countries, says Norway Ambassador in Romania, Miss Tove Bruvik Westberg.
Norway and Romania are currently negotiating a new financial agreement for 2014-2021. The main priorities of the new programme were subject to public consultation, with Romania being the country with most contributions to the draft document.
Information on all 50 projects is available at: http://eeagrants.org/programme/projectoverview/RO17/PA21
"Green Industry Innovation" Programme in Romania is managed by Innovation Norway, a public Norwegian company owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and the county authorities.
Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. In Romania, Innovation Norway operates within the The Norwegian Royal Embassy in Bucharest and is the programme operator for two of the projects included in the Norway and EEA Grants 2009 – 2014. More information on the programme can be found at: www.norwaygrants-greeninnovation.no.
Through the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement, three non-EU member states, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, take part in the European common market and contribute to the regional cohesion through programmes like EEA and Norway Grants. Norway is the main donor, contributing with 97% of the total amount. The EEA and Norway Grants are also meant to strengthen bilateral relations between Norway and Romania. More information on the EEA and Norway Grants can be found at: