A national Romanian eea programme is to be developed based on a test phase completed in four municipalities (2011- 2013). A tender was conducted in 2015 to initiate the selection of a Romanian eea executive office. The selection process was based on criteria developed jointly by the Romanian and Swiss partners and the eea’s International Executive Office, and the Romanian Green Building Council (RGBC) was ultimately awarded the tender.
The Swiss sponsor association Energiestadt will now support the RGBC in building up a national Romanian eea programme over the next three years; the project will be jointly funded by the SECO and RGBC.
Vinnytsia was the first Ukrainian municipality to be awarded eea certification in 2015. The project, which is jointly funded by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and Vinnytsia was first launched in 2011. In March 2015, the project was expanded and extended by another two years in view of its very positive results. A similar project was additionally launched in a second city (Zhytomyr) in 2015.
It is envisaged that a national eea programme will be established parallel to these municipal programmes from 2016. As part of this national programme, an Ukrainian eea executive office is to be selected by the end of 2016, which will be supported by the International Executive Office and a Swiss partner in establishing the eea programme.