Law No. 163 Of 30 July 1998 On The Ratification Of The Memorandum Of Understanding On Economic Cooperation Program Between The Romanian Government And The Government Of The Netherlands, Signed At The Hague On 5 March 1998

Original Language Title:  LEGE nr. 163 din 30 iulie 1998 pentru ratificarea Memorandumului de înţelegere-Program de cooperare economică dintre Guvernul României şi Guvernul Olandei, semnat la Haga la 5 martie 1998

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Law No. 163 of 30 July 1998 on the ratification of the memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation Program between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands, signed at the Hague on 5 March 1998 PARLIAMENT ISSUING published in MONITORUL OFICIAL nr. 289 of 6 august 1998, the Romanian Parliament adopts this law.


The sole article Shall ratify the memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation Program between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands, signed at the Hague on 5 March 1998.
This law was adopted by the Senate at its meeting on 29 June 1998, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.
p. SENATE CRISTIAN DUMITRESCU this law was adopted by the Chamber of deputies at its meeting of 9 July 1998, in compliance with the provisions of art. 74 para. (2) of the Constitution of Romania.
p. CHAMBER of DEPUTIES PRESIDENT PAULA IVANESCU MEMORANDUM of UNDERSTANDING on ECONOMIC COOPERATION PROGRAM between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands on 11 November 1997 the Bucharest took place during this meeting between representatives of the Department for European integration of the Government of Romania and the Ministry of Economic Affairs Netherlands, in order to discuss the cooperation programme of the Netherlands, with Romania, as part of the programme of the Netherlands for support for Central and Eastern Europe (PSO). This program is a non-repayable assistance programme.
The Netherlands cooperation programme aims to support Romania's transition to a viable market economy. Within the Dutch Government PSO projects, finances projects entrusted to the Dutch companies in order to transfer knowledge and expertise. Projects under the programme may contain elements that contribute to Romania's pre-accession strategy in order to become a member of the European Union. In annex 4. 1 to this memorandum of understanding shall be specified the areas of cooperation under the programme in 1998. Themes of cooperation after 1998 will be specified in the annexes.
Projects under this programme can be directed to supporting companies or their business climate through specific expertise. These projects may include the transfer of knowledge and expertise, as well as works, supplies and services needed. The provisions of this memorandum of understanding shall apply to all projects that will be carried out under this programme.
In addition to this bilateral program assistance, the Government of the Netherlands also contribute to the programs of the World Bank, of B.E.R.D. and of other international organizations, especially in the energy sector, financial sector and privatization.
In addition, the Netherlands Government is financing a programme of technical assistance to non-economic, MATRA, which aims at supporting the social transformation process in Romania. Projects in the framework of the MATRA can be developed as long as in the public sector, and non-governmental, in areas such as: mass communication, culture, human rights, environment, legal, health and Housing Fund.
Goods imported under the program of economic cooperation between the Government of Romania and the Government of the Netherlands will be exempted from the payment of customs duties, value added tax or other taxes due the State budget agency SENTER. Ministry of Economic Affairs from Netherlands, will develop terms of reference and hiring procedures for concrete projects that will be carried out under the provisions of the annex. 1 to this memorandum of understanding. Beneficiaries from Romania, as well as the Department for European integration, in his capacity as the Coordinator of this programme in Romania, will be informed and consulted in relation to the terms of reference to be elaborated.
In addition to the assistance of the Netherlands programme for Central and Eastern Europe, according to the Netherlands Government funds separate in order to further strengthen the bilateral economic relations between Romania and the Netherlands and to foster and develop a free market economy and viable in Romania. This program can be used to identify potential projects PSO. In annex 4. 2 to this memorandum of understanding referred to specific elements. Programme for economic cooperation projects (PESP).
This memorandum of understanding shall enter into force on the date of the last notification by which we confirm that parties have fulfilled the requirements of laws relating to the approval of this memorandum of understanding.
The Hague, March 5, 1998.
For the Romanian Government, Alexander i. Herlea, Minister delegate in addition to the Prime Minister for European integration and for the Government of the Netherlands, Anneke Dok van Weele, Minister-foreign trade annex 1 to the memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation Program between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands in 1998 on 11 November 1997 the Bucharest took place during this meeting between representatives of the Department for European integration of the Government of Romania and the Ministry of Economic Affairs Netherlands in order to discuss areas of cooperation under the programme of cooperation of the Netherlands, with Romania in 1998, as part of the memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation program between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands.
Both parties have agreed that in 1998, as part of the PSO, to be developed and implemented projects in the following areas: 1. Agri-business objective is the strengthening of agricultural business sector, through an integrated approach. In this regard, attention will be given to the improvement of the production process in agriculture both at the primary level, as well as private enterprises and the related processing industries, including distribution, and marketing. The ecological consequences will be taken into account. Special attention will be given to:-increase the production quality and value-added services;
-the transfer of know-how and technologies in the field of introduction of the production, processing, distribution and marketing;
-establishing cooperation between Romanian and Dutch firms in all aspects of the production chain.
2. Environment and energy conservation projects will be implemented in the field of transfer of technology and knowledge for the protection of the environment, taking into account the obligations and legal standards, possibly as an extension of existing projects, financed by the Netherlands. The objectives of the projects can be: introducing clean technologies, and with low energy consumption, improving energy efficiency, reducing harmful emissions, improve the management of the environment and energy.
The Governments of Romania and the Netherlands will establish at least one project for the reduction of emission of gases contributing to the greenhouse effect. This project will be in accordance with the criteria of an activity implemented jointly (Joint implementation), as agreed in Berlin in 1995, at the first Conference of the parties in the framework Convention on climate change (CoP1). The parties will establish the project in accordance with the reporting rules of the framework Convention on climate change (will be established and the quality standards and monitoring module of the object). After identification of the project will be signed a letter of intent between the two Governments.
3. the Carrier may be developed or expanded projects in various areas of transport, such as public transportation (depending on the result of a feasibility study funded by the PSO in 1997, a project can channel their development in Bucharest tram lines) and/or telecommunications. The projects will aim at improving the economic and technological cooperation and transfer of know-how between Romanian companies and the Dutch.
4. Private sector development depending on the result of a feasibility study that is funded as part of the 1997 will PSO be able to develop a project with the objective of funding the Organization and management of an investment fund for small and medium enterprises. The actual funds will not come from PSO projects, but will be provided by the private sector (banks, investment funds and similar institutions). A certain percentage of the investments will be devoted to supporting the Romanian-Dutch co-operation.
Both sides have agreed to meet in the fall of 1998, with a view to monitoring Programme 1998 and discussing possible sequels and orientation of the Netherlands cooperation programme with Romania in 1999.


Annex 2 to the memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation Program between the Romanian Government and the Government of the Netherlands in 1998 Program for economic cooperation projects in order to further strengthen the bilateral economic relations between Romania and the Netherlands and to foster the development of a free market economy and viable in Romania, the Government of the Netherlands according to the separate funds to hire Dutch firms to develop activities that will contribute to achieving this objective. Employing in this program for economic cooperation projects (PEST) focuses, as a whole, on the activities of the preliminary stage of the projects. Are eligible under the PESP project identification, feasibility studies, preparatory studies, investment and exchange of expertise through exchanges.
For each contract, the Dutch Government will allocate a maximum of two-thirds of the total estimated budget for the project, but no more than 450,000 NLG (four hundred and fifty thousand Dutch guilders) for an allocation.
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