Access by Romanian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Structural Funds and support mechanisms

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Regional Policy


The overall objective of the study was to assess the effectiveness of use of structural funds with the range of products proposed and the extent to which they meet the needs of SMEs. In order to achieve this objective we (1) assessed the capacity and needs of SMEs in Romania to access EU funds, (2) identified the gap between the needs and available funding and support, and (3) worked out corrective recommendations for the Managing Authorities to improve the SMEs' capacity to apply for and implement COS IEC funded projects. wiiw had the lead in this project which was conducted in cooperation with SME Research and four local experts.


December 2009 - March 2011

wiiw team Leader

Gabor Hunya

wiiw Staff

Ronald Hartwig, Roman Römisch

Project Partners

SME Research

Keywords: european integration, industrial organisation, regional development

Countries covered: New EU Member States, Romania

Research Areas: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Regional Development