The tenth meeting of the INTERREG Europe Monitoring Committee was organised by the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP) and the Joint Secretariat of the INTERREG Europe Programme under the aegis of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and was held on 26 – 27 March in Sinaia.
The meeting was attended by experts from the 20 Member States of the European Union and from special status partner countries (Norway and Switzerland), as well as representatives of the European Commission, the Management Authority, the Certification Authority and the Joint Secretariat.
The main topics on the agenda covered the results of the fourth call for projects (held between 7 May – 22 June 2018): 170 project were submitted, of which 60 were approved during the Sinaia meeting – 24 of which (amounting to 3.1 million Euro) benefitted Romanians. During the first 3 calls for projects (2015, 2016, 2017), 71 projects were approved that had Romanian beneficiaries, funded with 10.19 million Euro from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
As the ministry level coordinator of the evens held by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, MDRAP Secretary of State Virgil-Alin Chirilă underscored the importance ascribed by the Romanian Government to the European territorial cooperation programmes, and the fact that, through its results, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council endeavours to show the benefits of a strong and cohesive Union for each of its citizens: “We have committed to the motto ‘Cohesion, a common European value’ because we wanted to transmit a firm message about the importance of this principle essential to the harmonious, balanced and sustainable development of the European Union, by reducing development gaps between various regions and creating real opportunities for all its citizens.”
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The INTERREG Europe programme aims to improve the application of policies and programmes of regional development, especially those that seek investment for economic growth and job creation, and, as the case may be, programmes for European territorial cooperation, through promoting experience sharing and learning new policies by the regional interest actors.
For the 2014 – 20120 period, the programme has a 359 million euro budget, of which:
322.4 million Euro for inter-regional cooperation programmes implemented by partners in the European Union (partners in Norway and Switzerland will be co-financed from national funds of their respective countries);
15.3 million Euro for public policy learning platforms;
21.3 million Euro for the technical support of the programme (configuring, implementation, monitoring, etc.).
The programme is active in 30 countries: the 28 Member States of the European Union, Switzerland and Norway. The Management Authority of the programme is France (through the Nord-Pas de Calais region), and the Joint Secretariat is in Lille. The Romanian National Authority is the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration through the Directorate for European Territorial Cooperation Programmes.