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INVITATION TO BID - Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Romania

The Financial Mechanism Office – the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants – is seeking a Fund Operator to develop and implement the EEA Grants programme for civil society in Romania 2014-2021 (the ‘Active Citizens Fund'). This is the invitation to bid.

In Romania, the allocation to the Active Citizens Fund (the civil society programme) is EUR 46 000 000.

The objective of the Civil Society Programme Area is: ‘Civil society and active citizenship strengthened and vulnerable groups empowered'. The Active Citizens Fund 2014-2021 in Romania shall seek to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector, with the aim of strengthening its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights. More information on the objectives, principles, thematic areas of support and design of the programmes can be found in the Terms of Reference ( ).

The Fund Operator will be responsible for the development and implementation the Active Citizens Fund in Romania.

The deadline for submission of bids is 1 March 2018 at 12:00 (noon) CET.

Potential bidders are invited to one-on-one meetings with representatives from the Financial Mechanism Office to discuss the expectations toward a Fund Operator and the tender process. The meetings will take place in Bucharest on 10 and 11 January and in Cluj on 12 January. You can schedule a meeting by writing to .

Any questions should be addressed to . Please specify the country and organisation name in the subject line of your email (see section 6.4 of the Terms of Reference for further information on submission of and responses to questions).