On the 21st of March 2018 NOROCC organized a Matchmaking Session & Networking Event at the Romanian Embassy in Oslo. The event welcomed more than 60 entrepreneurs and managers from both Norway and Romania, representing companies from fields like renewable energy, research, engineering, IT, production, agriculture, and consultancy.
The event started with the speech of His Excellency, Mr. Adrian Davidoiu, Ambassador of Romania to the Kingdom of Norway, who welcomed the participants and expressed his best wishes towards continuing the fruitful cooperation between the two countries, in the light of the soon to be launched calls on EEA & Norway Grants.
Further on, Her Excellency, Mrs. Lise Kleven Grevstad, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, addressed the audience on the topic of business development and the role of the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and of the EEA & Norway Grants in this respect. It is to be noted that the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest has recently become an observer of the Norwegian-Romanian Chamber of Commerce and is part of the Board.
Ionuț Eriksen, President of NOROCC, proudly announced that NOROCC is affiliated to EUCCN – the EU Chambers of Commerce in Norway, to which he recently has also been appointed vice-president.
Mr. Eriksen welcomed all the participants and honored the new members of NOROCC, starting with Mr. Adrian Cristea, Counsellor at the Romanian Embassy in Oslo, concerned with economic affairs, who recently accepted to hold an honorary seat in the Board of NOROCC on behalf of the Romanian Embassy in Oslo.
After a brief presentation of the history of the bilateral relations between Norway and Romania, delivered by Mrs. Andreea Mitan, Executive Director of the Chamber, the event focused upon presenting the financing options for businesses in Romania and Norway through EEA&Norway Grants operated by Innovation Norway.
Mr. Emanuel Zeiler, Vice-president of NOROCC, held a speech regarding Financing private companies through EEA&Norway Grants. You may download his presentation here.
Mrs. Anne Lise Rognlidalen, Programme Director for Innovation Norway, gave the participants valuable insights concerning The Role of Innovation Norway in relation to EEA&Norway Grants. Financial mechanisms and instruments.
Her presentation focused upon the three programmes operated by Innovation Norway in Romania, under which calls will soon be opened: RO-Innovation – «SMEs Growth Romania» – (Business Development, Innovation and SMEs), RO-Energy – (Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Security), and Decent Work and Tripartite Dialogue. You may download the presentation here.
Mr. Iulian Sorescu, Associated Partner S.P.R.L. Menzer Bachman-Noerr, a company that is part of NOROCC, offered further information related to business funding options in Romania, including state aids, through his speech called Invest in Romania. You may download his presentation here.
Mr. Jørn Lein-Mathisen, founder of International House, Managing director Business Angels Norway, and member of the Board of NOROCC, offered a series of insightful notes on the topic of collaborating with business people from a different country and culture.
Prior to starting the Networking & Wine tasting event that ended the evening, Mr. Christer Byklum presented the Romanian wines offered by SuntVinuri.