Water Sector

An Expert's View about Environmental Technologies in Romania

Posted on: 15 Mar 2012

Out of its total population, 53.5% have both piped water supply and wastewater collection, 29.5% have no piped system for either and 17% have only a piped water supply.

Water Sector in Romania The EU has allocated around ?30 B of funding for projects in Romania during the current financing period, 2007-2013, of which a 2.78 billion Euro EU grant is allocated to drinking water and sewage. Market overview Out of its total population, 53.5% have both piped water supply and wastewater collection, 29.5% have no piped system for either and 17% have only a piped water supply. The problems Romania faces in the water sector are: the reduced access of the population to the water and wastewater infrastructure, the inadequate quality of drinking water and the lack of sewage and wastewater treatment facilities in certain areas, the great number of small operators which perform also other unrelated activities. Key opportunities The main problems discovered by the relevant authorities and published in the Sectorial Operational Programme Environment in the field of the water & wastewater sectors are as follows: ? Absence of / insufficient wastewater treatment facilities; ? Low percentage of population connected to centralised drinking water supply; ? Insufficient and/or low quality of drinking water; ? Fragmented water system in small & medium agglomeration and poor management. Latest export opportunities ? Water Latest export opportunities - Romania Getting into the market Much will depend on the nature of your business e.g. trading, manufacturing or representative, and whether you are aiming at the domestic or the export market. Setting up a representative office is straightforward, but activities are limited to marketing and auxiliary services on behalf of the parent company. Other permitted business presences are limited liability joint stock companies, branch offices and joint venture partnerships. It is often useful to have a local partner to deal with local bureaucracy. For those entering the Romanian market for the first time, appointing a local representative is the most sensible initial approach. Selection of a potential distributor/agent can be facilitated through a service commissioned from the British Embassy. If an agency agreement is to be signed, a competent local lawyer should be consulted. The British Embassy's Trade & Investment Section (Tel: 00 4021 201 7200) can provide details. More about doing business in Romania Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. ? Raluca Tudor, Senior Trade Adviser Tel: +40 (0)21 201 7368 or email: raluca.tudor@fco.gov.uk. ? Luiza Craciun, Trade Development Adviser Tel: +40 (0)21 201 7260 or email: luiza.craciun@fco.gov.uk Contact your local international trade team Major Events Romenvirotec Date: March 2012 Website: www.romenvirotec.ro Expoapa Date: June 2012 Website: www.expoapa.ro UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events ? Water Latest events ? Romania Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 15 March 2012

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