STELLA provided the financial/economic expert for this project financed by the World Bank to provide technical assistance to the Budget Department of Romania's Ministry of Environment and Water Management (MEWM). STELLA facilitated continued improvements in the identification, costing, and prioritisation of MEWM's budgetary programmes. We ensured the development of links between the work of the budget department within MEWM and the National Development Plan work in the Ministry of Public Finance, in such a way that any projects or activities that will benefit from EU post-accession funds are fully reflected in the budget submissions. We also developed and integrated financial management and audit standards to follow up the quality/outcome of the financed budget programmes and the efficiency of MEWM's spending. We worked on strengthening MEWM's budget analysis to ensure that MEWM can effectively analyse policy options in the submitted budgets; we assisted in developing strategic planning processes and a strategic plan on the environment component for the next Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period.