Achievements in Romania 2007-2009
Environment and sustainable development was the largest sector, financing projects within areas such as developing eco-tourism, sustainable farming and ecological markets, but also waste-water treatment, renewable energy development, enhancement of nuclear safety, and development of an energy-security strategy for Romania.
Within the health sector, many projects have targeted the needs of children and families, including healthcare services for children and adolescents, community- based support for children and parents, support to families with disabled children to allow them to care for their children at home, and educational campaigns to promote healthy food and lifestyle. All in all, around 7 200 children benefited from such projects.
In a human resource development project, the Romanian police received new equipment and training to fight child pornography on the internet; they cooperated with their Norwegian colleagues. Other activities included efforts to improve social dialogue and working conditions in Romanian industry, measures and training to improve public service delivery, and territorial planning. Around 3 200 people were trained.
In the cultural heritage sector, items and buildings of historical importance were restored and made available to the public, museums were improved and training carried out on local cultural heritage preservation and rural development.
Regional development projects were focused on sustainable development and business development.
The Romanian NGO Fund supported 115 projects in the fields of human rights, social inclusion, children and youth, social services, protection of the environment, and conservation of cultural heritage. NGOs play a vital role in democratic development, accountability and transparency in Romania, but funding has been scarce and the support from EEA and Norway Grants has proved vital.
Forty projects were implemented in cooperation between Romanian and Norwegian institutions, one of which also included a partner from Iceland. In this latter project, mapping authorities from the three countries cooperated to improve land registration in Romania, which is vital to infrastructure and territorial planning, and economic and sustainable development.