EU funds for Agro hostels – special condition applied to start-ups

In sub-measures 6.2 and 6.4 respectively of the National Rural Development Program (RDP) for non-agricultural rural businesses can be obtained European funds worth between 70,000 euro and 200,000 euro. One popular business for these type of funds is the agro hostels.

For the RDP sub-measure 6.2 – “Support for the establishment of non-agricultural activities in rural areas” is provided a budget of 18.3 million euros for the projects that will finance different non-agricultural rural business.

According to the applicant’s guide in sub-measures 6.2 there are many conditions for obtaining this type of financing. However there is one special condition for start-ups that must be fulfilled for obtaining the funding: the shareholder that has the absolute majority (holding 50% + 1 / shares of the applicant) must prove that has conducted agricultural activity at the time of submission of the application.

This condition regards the previous experience of the applicant, condition that applies also to start-ups.

Two new calls for projects in the cooperation field

The first call for projects under the Joint Operational Program “Black Sea” 2014 – 2020 has been opened since 31 January 2017 and has the closing date on May 31, 2017. This call addresses to projects that contribute to all thematic objectives and priorities of the above mentioned Program, such as:

  • promote business and entrepreneurship in the Black Sea Area (in fields like tourism, culture, agriculture),
  • promote a coordinated environment policy and reduction of marine debris through joint actions in the Black Sea Area.

The budget for the two thematic objectives of the first call for projects is over 19.6 million euros.

Also, between March 1, 2017 and 30th of June 2017 will be opened the third call for projects under the Europe Interreg Program 2014-2020. Here are welcomed projects who contribute to all priority axes of the Program, such as:

  • research, technological development and innovation,
  • competitiveness of small and medium enterprises,
  • supporting the transition to an economy with a low emission of carbon dioxide in all sectors,
  • environment and efficient use of resources.

POR 2016/2/2.1.A – Micro enterprises call for projects extended

The Romanian Ministry of European Funds extended the deadline for submitting the projects under the Call no. POR 2016/2/2.1.A – Micro enterprises, Priority Ax 2 – Enhancing the competitiveness of small and medium companies, Priority investments 2.1 – Promoting entrepreneurship, in particular by facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and by fostering new businesses, including through business incubators.

The funding applications rejected due to administrative and eligibility check can be re-submitted under the new deadline, but no projects can be submitted again after being rejected at the stage of technical and financial evaluation. All projects that will be submitted again are procedural considered newly filed applications.