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Programming 2014-2020: MRDT Held Meeting with Regional Development Agencies

05 September 2012

The process of preparation of the future framework for accessing and implementing non-reimbursable European funding programmes for the period 2014-2020 is underway at the level of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MRDT).

"Consultation with all stakeholders in the development regions is particularly important at this stage. In today's discussions, we made sure that all local actors are or will be involved in the process of preparation of the next programming of European funds. An integrated approach to regional development must take into account the views of local public authorities, of deconcentrated institutions, of the economic environment and of the sanitary and education sectors. I encourage municipalities and county councils to most actively participate in this process, because the way we are now sketching the future European programmes will directly influence development capacity in the medium term," said Marcel Bolos, State Secretary at the MRDT.

 

The statement was made at the working meeting with the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) that Marcel Boloş coordinated today, 5 September, at the MRDT headquarters. The meeting aimed at evaluating compliance with the work schedule established at national level for the next programming period of European funds and at debating on themes related to concrete working mechanisms and instruments.

The RDAs presented the progress of the elaboration of socio-economic analysis projects for each region, projects that will lay the basis of drawing up the future Regional Development Programmes and the Partnership Agreement 2014-2020.

The MRDT proposed a new structure for regional development, through which municipalities and cities in Romania were divided into two groups of poles: metropolitan and urban. As an element of novelty, there were also proposed selection criteria for strategic projects to be implemented by the regions in the next programming period, 2014-2020.

During the meeting, the discussions also focused on the opportunity of amending the current legal framework for regional development, with emphasis on increasing the role and importance of the Regional Development Councils. It was also established that, by 21 September, the proposals of the RDAs to amend the regional development law be sent to the ministry, and the discussions in this regard be continued on 5 October.