The Minister of European Funds visited the restoration and extension works site of the Gabroveni Inn heritage asset
The Minister of European Funds, Eugen Teodorovici, has inspected the progress of the restoration and extension works of the Gabroveni Inn heritage asset today, March 13, 2014, together with Bucharest general mayor Sorin Oprescu.
On this occasion, Eugen Teodorovici declared that the appearance of an important cultural centre in the Historical Centre plays an important role in placing Bucharest among the big capital cities in the world.
"The Ministry of European Funds has supported a project with an important cultural component. I am very happy we are managing this site. The General Mayor has been a real partner, and next June we shall be able to organize the EEA and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms – 2009-2014 annual meeting here", the Minister of European Funds declared.
Eugen Teodorovici expressed his satisfaction as concerns the progress and quality of the works, the old part of the inn, partially funded through EEA and Norway grants, being already completed.
In his turn, the Bucharest General Mayor, Sorin Oprescu, said that the complex is to host a cultural-artistic centre in line with the European standards, comprising auditoria and rehearsal rooms, exhibition spaces, seminars and educational areas (ballet school).
"The multifunctional cultural centre will develop various activities related to the drama, fine arts, continuous professional development, information organization and storage, administration, cultural and touristic information. I am very happy of the result of the works. It looks close to the original. This is a monument that will become a reference for the development of cultural projects in Bucharest", the mayor of Bucharest explained.
In terms of the costs, the two officials explained these came from several sources: the local budget of the Bucharest municipality, the contribution of the European Economic Area Mechanisms, through the Ministry of Culture, Cults and National Heritage, EEA Projects Management Units (PMU).
The restoration and extension of the Gabroveni Inn heritage asset have been funded through EEA and Norwegian grants in the programming period 2004-2009. The amount of the grants for these works is 2.5 million euro, i.e. 35% of the total cost of the works.
The funds were allocated during the programming period that has just ended. During the current EEA & Norwegian grants programming period, 2009-2014, Romania benefits from grants amounting to about 306 million euro. Out of this amount, 21 million euro are dedicated to supporting cultural heritage, diversity in culture and arts (through two programmes – "Conservation and revitalization of cultural heritage and national heritage" and "Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage").