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The Start-Up Nation 2018 Program has been improved through open dialogue for the benefit of start-up entrepreneurs



The Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship published today the updated version of the draft Emergency Ordinance amending and supplementing the Emergency Ordinance no. 10/2017 to stimulate the establishment of new small and medium-sized enterprises, legislation under public debate since 1 October 2018.

When developing the 2018 edition of the Start-Up Nation program’s legislation and procedures, the Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship has benefited from running the 2017 edition, analyzing and taking over the best practices resulting therefrom, both for the projects submission and selection process and the implementation process.

We had an intense, fair and honest public consultation process with our consultancy companies and within the Consultative Committee for SMEs Development. The debates were a real help for the Start-Up Nation 2018 modeling process and we took transparent and comprehensive suggestions from all stakeholders, especially the entrepreneurs, the real beneficiaries of this program. I thank all those who have submitted proposals on the Start-Up Nation Program and I assure them that we have taken into account all the justified and realistic suggestions received when drafting the 2018edition”, Minister Ştefan-Radu Oprea said.

Following the public consultation process, the idea of ​​modeling the Start-Up Nation program in the interests of entrepreneurs was unanimously accepted. “We are moving towards a balanced development of Romania and we are focusing on multiplying the success story of the 2017 Start-Up Nation edition. It is right to give entrepreneurs in less developed economies a chance, and Start-Up Nation means reviving entrepreneurship and financially supporting business start-ups”, Minister Oprea said.

Thus, taking into account the suggestions received, the score given subsequent to amending the Emergency Ordinance provides an equal opportunity to obtain funding for businesses started in the fields of: production, services and creative industries. Also, the project selection process will be based on rankings (scores) and transparent grading criteria under equal scoring conditions, giving up the contracting of projects on a first come, first served basis.


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