NOROCC's Objectives

PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMERCIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN

NORWAY and ROMANIA

AND TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF BUSINESS SERVICE



ABOUT US


In Romanian


“NOROC”


means Good Luck, Chance, Bright Future. It is also used as a greeting when people meet and shake hands, or as a cheer when people have a toast, like “Skål!“, in Norwegian.

To us


“NOROCC”


means the Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce, an independent non-profit organization enjoying the full support of the Romanian Embassy in Norway and the Romanian government authorities in general.

The Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce


- NOROCC -


...is an independent, non-profit association with funding mainly from donations and membership fees. It has been established in April, 2010, having the Mission to strengthen the quality of Norwegian-Romanian business relations; its’ Vision is to create economies of scale that bring down costs for Romanian and Norwegian companies, by bringing businesses together around efficiency; NOROCC’s Objectives are to promote the development of commercial relations between Norway and Romania and to provide the highest standards of business services.

Although it is assumed that the earliest contact between the Romanian and Norwegian people has been in the 9th century AD, when Varangians began trading with the Byzantine Empire along routes that led through Romania, formal relations between the modern states began only in 1917, towards the end of the First World War. Norway was one of the first countries to recognize the new regime in Romania after the Revolution of 1989.

Diplomatic relations greatly improved since then, however business opportunities have remained unexplored in both markets. This is NOROCC’s main belief and the most important reason for which it was born. “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well”, used to say John D. Rockefeller, the well-known American oil magnate. It is also NOROCC’s favorite saying and we strongly support that we are endlessly following his advice and example.

Why you should join NOROCC?


NOROCC IS THE VOICE OF ROMANIAN AND NORWEGIAN BUSINESS INTERESTS IN BOTH COUNTRIES

AND WORKS FOR SPECIFIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES,

MORE EFFECTIVE IMPORT AND EXPORT SUPPORT POLICIES, AND A BETTER BUSINESS INFRASTRUCTURE


NOROCC is a place where Romanian and Norwegian businesses can network, look for business partners, and acquire information on specific business opportunities.


It also serves as a forum for international visitors who want to address Romanian and Norwegian business and political leaders. The Chamber is working to build a better business climate and increase incentives for foreign investors to Romania.

NOROCC is devoted to stimulating business for its members by organizing events that allow them to establish contacts among themselves, as well as helping them to meet up with important guests. It lobbies successfully on behalf of its members with the two countries governments and is determined to continue to be a serious contributor to the public discussion on fiscal and economic policies in Romania, being a strong voice in protecting the interests of its members and the Romanian and Norwegian business community in general.


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Whilst the Chamber is not in the business of promoting one member over another, through its well-respected quarterly publication, B2B, the Chamber will seek to help its members keep abreast of newsworthy stories about local businesses, particularly if they are issue-related and impact on a sector as a whole.

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FOR MANY INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES COMING TO NORWAY FOR THE FIRST TIME,

A VISIT TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY IS ALMOST ALWAYS ON THEIR TO DO LIST

Whether it is to drop off their calling card, gather information about forming a company, ask about finding office accommodation or how to go about finding staff, NOROCC acts as a reliable and trusted conduit for new businesses. In this role we always act in a transparent and fair manner. We provide visitors if is possible with lists of companies operating in a particular sector as a first point of contact. This information comes from our members database. Members thus benefit from being kept in touch with new business opportunities before others.

Today Norway is a very well connected economy and for those who are local, knowing who the right person to contact in a particular company or organisation is not usually a problem. However, for those companies who are new to the Norwegian or Romanian business community this can be more of a challenge. The NOROCC is here to assist in making those connections.

Network and met new contacts and clients


PERHAPS ONE OF THE MOST TANGIBLE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IS THAT

THE NOROCC OPENS DOORS FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS

Keep you informed with changes in legislation


SINCE THE CHAMBER IS REPRESENTED ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES IT HAS

AN ECONOMIC EARLY WARNING SYSTEM AS TO PROPOSED CHANGES TO LEGISLATION

It is able to keep its members informed and where the proposed changes are likely to affect members, then in most cases the Chamber will, in consultation with its members, formulate an appropriate response. Membership in NOROCC is open to all individuals and organizations who are interested in building a strong economic partnership between Norway and Romania. Current members range from small businesses to large corporations in the fields of banking and finance, construction, communications, education, import/export, law, and transportation, among others. Registration on the website and full access to the Members’ Directory is available only to the members of NOROCC.



BOARD


IONUT ERIKSEN

President

CEO/CFO EURODENT NORWAY & HUNGARY

ANDREEA MITAN

Communication specialist

SENIOR LECTURER, PhD, SNSPA BUCHAREST

CHRISTIAN TURC

Board Member / Kontaktperson

CEO / Entrepreneur Visitromania.no

JØRN LEIN-MATHISEN

Board Member

ENTREPRENEUR, FOUNDER OF OSLO INTERNATIONAL HUB

DUMITRU ROMAN

Board member

SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST SINTEF, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF OSLO

PAVEL POPESCU

Board Member

MP, ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT

TROND TRYSTAD

Board member

CEO TRYSTAD AS

LISE NICOLINE KLEVEN GREVSTAD

Observator - Ambassador Norwegian Embassy in Romania

CRISTIAN GHICA

Board member

CEO MARKETING OFFICE

DAN COSTIN NITESCU

Board member

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, PhD
BUCHAREST UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMIC STUDIES

TROND SKAARUD

Board Member

CEO VISDOM AS

CEZAR ARMEANU

Board member

Ambassador Romanian Embassy in Kazkahstan

Preben Kløvfjell

Board member

Attorney-at-law

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NEWS


Strenghtening the Economic Ties Between Norway and Romania

May 12th 2019

Norway and Romania are located in two extremely opposite corners of Europe: one is the north-west, the other in the south-east, yet the relations between the two countries have started over 1000 years ago, when thousands of Scandinavians the Vikings sailed on the rivers connecting the Baltic Sea with the Black Sea, heading to Constantinopolis (nowadays Istanbul), which was at that time the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Some of those men decided to settle on the coast of the Black Sea, near Tomis (nowadays Constanța). In more recent times, due to the geographic distance, under the circumstances of the Cold War and as the Iron Curtain divided Europe for a while, the two countries did not have much contact with and did not know much about eachother. After the Romanian Revolution in December 1989, after a rather sinuous diplomatic history due to the specificities of the past century, Norway re-opened in 1991 its embassy in Bucharest, and since then the ties between our two countries grow stronger and stronger.


While the trade balance between Norway and Romania is rather modest in comparison with other countries, we can see significant changes between 2018 and 2019 with regards to imports. In March 2019 the imports to Norway from Romania reached 948 million NOK, marking a 31.7% increase since March 2018, while the imports from the EU reached 113.518 million NOK, marking a 10.3% increase, and the imports from OECD countries reached 145361 million NOK, with a 10.5% increase. In the same period, exports from Norway to Romania went up to 267 million NOK, with a decrease of 0.4%, while exports to EU reached 200.012 million NOK, with an increase of 0.3%, and exports to OECD reached 218.588 million NOK, with no significant change since March 2018.


The economic exchanges between the two countries are stimulated by the activity of the Norwegian companies operating in Romania and by the launching of the EEA and Norway Grants. Currently, the most important five Norwegian companies operating in Romania are VARD, ORKLA FOODS, BRODRENE DAHL, PARAT RO and VISMA SOFTWARE. The most recent data show that these companies have over 5900 employees and that their cumulated annual turnover rises to 984.981.910 lei.


With a mission to facilitate and stimulate the economic ties between the two countries, the Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2010 and has 87 members: Norwegian and Romanian companies, NGOs and public institutions. Over the years, shipyards and companies in shipping, crewing, production, food, green energy and consultancy have become a part of the NOROCC family.


Recently NOROCC facilitated the signing of a partnership between the University of Petrol and Gas from Ploiești and the University of Stavanger, with the aim of submitting together a project to be funded by the EU through the Horizon 2020 programme (February-March 2018), partnered with the Foundation West University Timișoara in a project funded through EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation, aimed at building trust in the legal system, democracy and the rule of law to pupils in Romania, Czechia and the Republic of Moldova (July 2018), and supports a 2.35 million Euro project, mainly financed with the help of Innovation Norway, written by a Norwegian and a Romanian company working with hydro power in Timișoara area (March 2019).


We dare say the relations between our countries have never been better than today, when Norway has launched a second round for its extensive financial assistance program for the Central and Eastern European member states of the EU, based on its membership to the European Economic Area and de-facto membership in the European internal market and Schengen. Let us conclude by saying that Norway and Romania have a lot of potential for developing an even deeper and closer cooperation.

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Reasons to join

Find new business partners among NOROCC members
Discover new markets and reach new customers
Discover partners with whom to write and implement projects founded through EEA and Norway Grants

Find consultants who can help you grow your business
Participate for free to the events organized by NOROCC
Receive invitations to events organized by NOROCC partners





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