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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA . Ms. Anne Lise Rognlidalen , Innovation Norway NORTEAM meeting, Bucharest 8 June 2012 . Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA . A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAMME MoU between Romania and Norway signed 20.3.12

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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

Ms. Anne Lise Rognlidalen,

Innovation Norway

NORTEAM meeting, Bucharest

8 June 2012

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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
  • MoUbetweenRomania and Norway signed 20.3.12
  • Availableprojectfunding: EUR 22 mill. (approx.).
  • Grants for co-financing of projects in Romania.
  • Main target group: Privatesector.
  • Eligible applicants: Normally, legalentities in Romania.
  • Norwegianentites, normally as projectpartners.
  • Partnershipprojectswillbeencouraged.
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • OVERALL OBJECTIVE - NORWAY GRANTS
  • Contribute to cohesion in the EuropeanEconomic Area (EEA) by makingavailablefunds for economic and social development in Romania.
  • Increase the bilateral relations between Romania and Norway.
  • Part of EuropeanEconomic Area Agreement (EEA Agreement).
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • BILATERAL RELATIONS
  • Increasedcooperation, mutualknowledge and understandingbetween Romania and Norway(goal)
  • Fundsavailable on:
    • National level – National Focal Point (resp.)
    • Programme level – Innovation Norway(resp.)
  • Networking and exchange of experience
  • Facilitate establishment of partnerships
    • Activities to beagreeduponduring programme development phase
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • WHAT TYPE OF PARTNERSHIPS ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN THE GREEN INDUSTRY INNOVATION PROGRAMME
  • Business partnerships
  • Implement joint projects – work for joint results
  • Findcommonground for extendingcooperationbeyond the projectperiod
  • PartnerhsipAgreement/definepartner’s contribution
  • Partnerscostswillbefunded by the project in the sameway as for the projectpromoter
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE
  • Increasedcompetitiveness of green enterprises,
  • greening of existing industries,
  • green innovation and
  • green entrepreneurship.
  • Green Industry Innovation Romania is a business development programme.
    • « Good for business and environment »
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • OUR ACTIVITIES IN COMING MONTHS
  • Development of programme content (details), a.o.:
    • Consultations with relevant Romanian and Norwegianstakeholders;
    • Challenges and needsanalysis, incl. legal aspects;
    • Define the programme strategy;
      • focus areas
      • eligibleapplicants
      • min./max. grantamounts per project
      • baseline and resultindicators
      • etc.
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

TIME SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

Time: Activity:

April-Aug 2012 Development of programme content/details

Sept-Dec 2012 Approval of programme by donor/FMO

Jan./Feb. 2013 1st « Call for projectproposals »

Apr./May 2013 Deadline for project applications

May/Sept 2013 Assessment of project applications

Sept/Oct 2013 Project Contracts for approvedprojects

Nov/Dec 2013 Start up projectimplementation

30 April 2016 Deadline for projectimplementation

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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • IN THE MEANTIME YOU CAN PREPARE ……
  • Explore opportunities
    • Whatcouldbe the win-win situation in a partnershipproject
    • Initiate discussions withpotentialpartners
  • Define a strategicproject
    • Secure top management approval
    • Business Plan and market justification
  • Do notstart to write an application before the programme details are public available
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • PROJECT DEVELOPMENT – SOME CHALLENGES
  • State AidRules –
    • Grant rates to privatesectorprojects are calculatedaccording to theserules
  • Co-financing -
    • Secure availability and right timing of
    • yourco-financing
    • Proof of co-financingwillberequired
  • Public procurementrules –
    • Be familiarwiththem
    • Theymayalsoapply for privatesector
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • OUR EXPERIENCE
  • Business partnershipstakes time to build - and
  • then to sustain;
  • Positive effect on projects
  • The « right » attitude is crucial
  • Reputation and soundfinancial situation
  • A clear « win-win » situation
  • Successcriteria:
    • Personal drive
    • Technical vision
    • Project management experience
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • « WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME » -
  • Improveyourcompany’senvironmental performance
    • Modernisation of plants/equipment
    • Process optimisation
    • Energysaving, energyefficiencyproducts
    • Reduction of emissions
    • Reducedquantity of waste
    • Smart (green) purchasing
    • Life cycle thinking in business
  • Establishment of long termprojectcooperation
  • Mitigation of risks by co-financingfrom the Green Industry Innovation Programme
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • COORDINATING BODIES –
  • ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (I)
  • Innovation Norwayis the Programme Operator
    • Full responsibility for the preparation and implemention of the programme
    • Call for Project Proposal(s)
    • Final decision on projectselection
    • Sign Project Contractswithsuccessfulapplicants Monitoring, financial control, auditing
    • Paymentsdirectly to Project Promoters (and Partners if relevant)
    • Programme evaluation and publicity
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • COORDINATING BODIES –
  • ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (II)
  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment, Department for Industrial Policy and Business Environment
    • Advisor to Innovation Norway (PO)
  • Ministry of EuropeanAffairs, EEA Directorate,
  • is the National Focal Point
    • Coordinator of EEA and Norway Grants in Romania
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Green Industry Innovation Programme - ROMANIA

  • YOUR INPUT
  • Factsat national level of relevance for the programme (national plans, directives etc.)
  • What are RO companies’ challenges
  • Wherecouldourfundingfill a gap – make a difference?
  • Why
    • challenge – activities - justification
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EEA GRANTS 2009-2014

PA 8 – MARITIME SECTOR ROMANIA

Mr. Eivind Ingdahl,

Program Manager, Innovation Norway

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FUNDING

  • 15 Mill. Euros – for co-financingofprojects
  • First call for money: End 2012/beginning2013
  • Last date for eligibilityofcosts: April 2016
  • PROGRAMME AREA OBJECTIVE
  • Reducedemissionsofgreenhouse gases and air pollutants from the maritime sector
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EXPECTED OUTCOMES

  • Measurestaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the shipping sector
  • Strengthenedcapacityof relevant authorities to implementclimatechange-related policy elements
  • Increasedawarenessof and education in how to reduceemissions from ships
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WHAT COULD BE FUNDED – examples

  • Initiatives to promotenew and more
  • environmentallyfriendlysolutionsfor the
  • maritime sector;
    • - betterdesign, machinery and surface
    • treatmentat shipyardsthatwillresult in
    • reducedemissions
  • Capacity-buildingfor national authorities and inspectiorates to implemenet EU Maritime policy and IMO standards
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MORE EXAMPLES

  • Disseminationand planning of energy efficiencymeasures in ships’ operations (such as the IMO energy efficiencyindex)
  • Application ofsystematicenvironmental management systems on boardships, includingindicators, targets and monitoring systems
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TARGET GROUPS (tentative)

  • Private sector – priority
  • Universities – possibly
  • Suiablefor smalland medium-sizedenterprises (SME’s)
  • PROGRAMME AREA SPECIFICITIES
  • Mightbe suitable for involvementoftheinternational Maritime Organisation (IMO)
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Further input is most welcome.

Please send yoursuggestions and comments to Mr. Mihai Stefanescu, at miste@innovationnorway.no.

THANK YOU !