Anna Horváth, State Secretary at the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing and Anastasios Bougas, responsible for Romania, DG Regio – European Commission, met today, 21 April 2008, in Cluj, to discuss aspects related to the implementation mode of the Regional Operational Programme.
At the same time, a meeting was held at the seat of the North-West Regional Development Agency, with the participation of Mr Claudiu Cosier, ADR North-West Director, Ms Fekete Emőke, State Counsellor at the prime Minister’s Chancellery, representatives of the Managing Authority of the Regional Operational Programme, member of the civil society and representatives of the possible beneficiaries of the Regional Operational Programme. This meeting preceded the meeting opf the Monitoring Committee of the Regional Operational Programme, to be held on Tuesday, 22 April, in Cluj, the first meeting to be held outside Bucharest.
“At this moment, the financing opportunities from the structural funds are known, but we considered this meeting welcome, as it is important for the potential beneficiaries to ask questions directly to the representatives of the European Commission and tio those managing the Regional Operational Programme”, said Ms Anna Horváth.
„I came to this meeting because I want to hear proposals and suggestions from the beneficiaries, to improve the programme and make things as well as possible. As this is a matter o public money, we must pay special attention to the management and spending of this money”, said Mr Anastasios Bougas.
The Director of the North-West Development Agency, Claudiu Cosier expressed content that, through these meetings, the responsible people from the European Commission could understand how the Regional Operational Programme was perceived by the beneficiaries and what were the challenges they were facing.
During an action prior to the celebration of the Earth Day (22 April 2008) and on the occasion of the establishment of the first information centre of the Europe Direct network, Mr Anastasios Bougas and Ms Anna Horváth planted two lime trees in the I.L Caragiale park, in Cluj. The trees were offered by the Representation of the European Commission and the North-West RDA and symbolise the joint initiative of the European Commission and the North-West RDA to offer ”a chance to all who ask for European information”.