The Romanian government decided this week to spend some 47.5 million RON to support investment priorities in local communities in 20 counties, a government press release says. Much of the money will go in infrastructure improvement projects, construction works and other local interest objectives.

The counties to receive such funds are Arges, Bacau, Bihor, Botosani, Brasov, Calarasi, Constanta, Covasna, Dolj, Galati, Harghita, Hunedoara, Maramures, Neamt, Satu Mare, Salaj, Sibiu, Suceava, Timis and Tulcea.

Another batch of funds will come from the Global Environment Fund, an organization that announced it would provide a non-reimbursable amount of 17.4 million USD in biodiversity protection and other environmental projects.

The announcement was passed to the public by Environment minister Sulfina Barbu in a conference this week.

The GEF strategy focuses on measures to adopt technologies based on energy efficiency and on cuts of costs for the introduction of non-polluting technologies.