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Mechanisms of Horizontal Integration


The National Centre for Sustainable Development (NCSD) was established in 1997. The NCSD is an independent organization, but is recognized by the Romanian Government as the main institution regarding SD competencies in the country. Its mandate is to identify the SD priorities of Romania and to address them at both national and local levels. NCSD promotes human resource capacity-building and facilitates intra- and inter-sectoral integration of national SD debates.

In 2006, the ‘Inter-ministerial Commission for the elaboration of the SD Strategy’ was established and involves representatives of all ministries. Following the recent restructuring of the Government (April 2007) the task of coordinating this process has been transferred from the Ministry of European Integration to the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Management (MMDD). Moreover, the General Directorate for Sustainable Development (GDSD) has been recently created with the responsibility to coordinate the activity of other ministries in relation to the revision of the NSDS.

The Interministerial Committee for integrating the environmental protection principles into the national policies and sectoral strategies, within which all ministries are represented, was founded in 2001 and ensures the achievement of a unitary environmental policy for the entire economy, with an important role also in the updating of the National Plan of Action for Environmental Protection.

This Interministerial Committee was updated in 2011,  functioning by the GD No. 741/2011.The first Interministerial Committee had as major responsibilities elaboration and updating the sectorial strategies in the environment protection area while the present Interministerial Committee has, as major responsibilities, the implementation and monitoring of these strategies (mainly The National Sustainable  Development Strategy ). Also, this Committee has responsibilities on climate change; renew energy, sustainable transport, public health, social inclusion, education and so on. The main tasks for this Committee, are:

  • Coordination and approval of policies and sectoral strategies for the integration of requirements of environmental protection at national level;
  • Adoption of necessary decisions required for the coherence in the process of elaboration and promotion of legal acts regarding the environmental protection field;
  • Approving the National Action Plan for Environmental Protection;
  • Approving programmes and plans to assure the integration of environmental protection field in the application of policies and sectoral strategies at national level and aims the effective mode of their application.

Its activities are concentrated on providing Interministerial support and consultation in the environmental transposition and implementation process. The integration of environmental issues and objectives in other sector policies e.g. environment in industry and energy policies, in agricultural policy and in transport and infrastructure policies is still at its beginning and will be developed in the coming period. Interministerial Committee has representatives from all ministries and other relevant institutions.



This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 27 May 2013

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