Romanian Government

Wednesday, 12 October

OECD mission to Bucharest - state of implementation of the sustainable development policies in Romania


Press release


The OECD experts alongside institutions from the government's working apparatus, are organizing during the week of October 10-14 workshops and events in Bucharest as part of a project aimed at improving the capacity of the central public administration in areas such as sustainable development, digitalization, and governance.

The Department for Sustainable Development of the Government's Secretariat General has an important role in these activities, as the coordinator of the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Strategy 2030.

"There were several important days for Romania and for the Department for Sustainable Development, in the context of the OECD’s work mission in Bucharest. We demonstrated that the network of sustainable development cores works and we managed to bring many participants from representative institutions to the consultations. We have been collaborating with the highest forum for global economic cooperation since its inception and have 4 major joint projects. We obtained the support of the OECD in the development of the Voluntary National Report. The profession of sustainable development expert, which was just recently introduced in Romania, will be promoted as an example of best practice among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), stated State Counsellor Laszlo Borbely, Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development.

The Department for Sustainable Development together with OECD representatives organized the seminar in which the report "Taking stock of progress in enhancing PCSD: Opportunities and challenges in implementing Romania's National Action Plan (NAP) for the NSDS 2030" was presented and validated.

OECD experts looked at the progress achieved by the Romanian government, from an institutional perspective, in the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, particularly through the use of instruments related to the coherence of public policies for sustainable development.

The conclusions of the report highlight both the prevailing positive results and the existing challenges accentuated by the multiple major crises in recent years. The first analysis was carried out by OECD experts in 2020, and its results were published in the reports "Romania: OECD Scan of Institutional Mechanisms to Deliver on the SDGs" and "SDG Budgeting in Romania".

OECD experts held today interviews with representatives of the Government's Secretariat General, the ministries, the Presidential Administration, and other relevant public central institutions.

State Counsellor László Borbély reiterated on this occasion the importance of institutional cooperation in addressing climate change issues, budget transparency, and supporting green finance and procurement. "We have consolidated our position as a regional hub for sustainable development by bringing all the actors involved to the decision-making table, and we will continue to do so through all the levers at our disposal," said the coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development.