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EEA Grants for the energy efficiency of industrial SMEs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 30, 2014

With their European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA grants) Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland support various countries in Central and South Europe. In Romania small and medium enterprises (SME) from the industrial sector can get EEA grants to modernise their production facilities in a environmental friendly manner in order to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Solar thermal systems for heating and cooling belong to the eligible technologies. The programme administrator, the Romanian Ministry or Economy, initially planned to support twenty SMEs in implementing energy efficiency measures. The first call in March 2014 provoked only five applicants (further information in the news).  

Country / Region


Name of programme

Energy Efficiency in the Industry for SMEs (RO 05)

Type of incentive

Grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy investment projects

Eligible technologies

Energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies like solar thermal energy systems

Applicable sectors

Small and medium industrial enterprises


From EUR 200,000 to EUR 700,000

Maximum incentive

70% of the total project costs for small and micro companies, up to 60% for medium-sized companies 

Requirements for system

Not specified

Requirements for installation

Not specified

Finance provider

Ministry of Economy of Romania as the programme operator

Total funds

EUR 9.41 million 

Funding sources

  • European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA grants) from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland (EUR 8 million)
  • Romanian Ministry of Economy (EUR 1.41 million)

Effective date

First call in March 2014, further tenders will follow once the first-round applications are analysed.

Expiration date

April 2017


Last review of this tabloid

June 2014


Ministry of Economy of Romania
- Programme Operator (RO 05)
Calea Victoriei, nr.152, Sector 1, Bucuresti
Tel.: +4 021 2025202
Fax: +4 021 2025191


Effective Date: 
March 1, 2014