4 million Euro contracts signed during the pandemic

Considering the present COVID-19 spread and the restrictions in force in both partner countries, the Managing Authority of Romania-Ukraine Joint Operational Programme has taken several measures both for the continuation of the contracting process, as well as for projects’ implementation.

Therefore, the Managing Authority submitted to the Monitoring Committee’s approval for the beneficiaries having projects under contracting to be allowed to submit on-line the requested documents, while the original documents may be submitted after the movement restrictions are lifted, issue foreseen by new contractual clauses, adapted to the present situation.

Within Romania-Ukraine Joint Operational Programme, 11 financing contracts have been signed in the months of March and April 2020, amounting 4,040,698 euro, out of which 3,580,135 euro being ENI (European Neighbourhood Instrument) funds.

As no monitoring visits are allowed, because of the movement restrictions, starting April 27 video calls are made with every beneficiary, in order to clarify difficult aspects of implementation and to identify the necessary measures to be taken so as to overcome this crisis situation.

Furthermore, in order to continue and facilitate the ongoing evaluation process of HARD projects, the Management Authority asked for the approval of the Monitoring Committee to extend the applicants’ clarifications deadlines, as well as to submit documents on-line only.