On the 11th of April, a delegation from the Romanian Agency for International Development Cooperation– RoAid was in Brussels for a meeting with the representatives of the Belgian Development Agency – Enabel, aiming to build a relationship between the two governmental structures for future potential colaboration projects.
The Romanian delegation composed by Cezar Cătălin Marin, Deputy General Director, Cosmin Ghiţulescu, Financial Director and Julien Şerban Iliescu, Project Manager, discussed with Jean-Yves Saliez, Global Partnerships Coordinator and Christophe Maréchal, Director of Operations within Enabel. In the meeting also took part Mr.Cătălin Hrişcă, representative of the Romanian Embassy in Brussels.
Enabel's Representatives spoke about the coordinating role assumed by the Belgian Agency after the recent institutional restructuring in 2017, which aimed to increase the impact of its projects and to respond more efficiently to the needs of its beneficiaries. The majority of Enabel projects are oriented towards countries affected by extreme poverty, instability and violence, called fragile states, to which more than half of the official development assistance budget is allocated.
RoAid representatives presented RoAid`s structure and activity, focusing on the quality and impact of the projects developed in the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, the Caribbean and Jordan. The Belgian side was open to the RoAid proposals to collaborate in the future, showing a particular interest in countries where Romania is conducting development cooperation projects and Enabel is not active.
Finally, Enabel's representatives spoke about the importance of the dialogue and coordination between specific governmental structures in EU member countries and, in this respect, recommended RoAid to participate in the meetings organized by the Practitioners´ Network for European Development Cooperation, a network that brings together European experts in the field.