ROMANIA: Rural/urban disparities, regional convergence, poverty and exclusion

This 3-day interactive and comprehensive seminar in Iași, Romania took place on 3-5th October. Participants had the opportunity to get familiar with ESPON results concerning Romania, but also observe them in practice during two field trips and two interactive workshops. One of the aims was the capitalization of teaching and practice through Hyperatlas, TIPSE and TOWNS.

The event, organised by Romanian ESPON Contact Point, was held in Iaşi. The target group of this event were representatives of local and regional authorities, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, practitioners, stakeholders, as well as experts and researchers.

Key topics and issues discussed during the event included:
  • The role of SMTS in development of peripheral rural areas. TOWN project classification and applying local criteria for creating a typology of small SMTS.
  • The example of Romanian Blunder check; overestimating the morphological typology for Hârlău-Flămânzi urban area.
  • The uncertainty administrative status for metropolitan regions and main issues for a periurban commune.Debates between academic, administrative and local authorities points of view (meeting with mayor of Mihai Eminescu commune).
  • Priorities of a small town from the point of view of local authorities and economical actors.
General programme of the event included:

Friday 03.10.2014

  • 08.00 – 12.00 – Iaşi City – Romanian ECP
  • 12.00 – 19.00 - Field Application (Botosani, Mihai Eminescu City Hall, Dorohoi)

Saturday 04.10.2014

  • 08.00 – 19.00 - Field Application (Dorohoi, Darabani, Săveni, Ştefăneşti)

Sunday 05.10.2014

  • 08.00 – 14.00 – Iaşi City– Romanian ECP


During the last day of the event, the involved members have highlighted the main discussion and conclusion though two workshop facilitated by organisers.

Ws1: Territorial pattern of poverty and social exclusion

How can we economically integrate the peripheral rural areas without financial support?

  • Adjunction of rural areas (local action group, intercommunity associations, farms)
  • Dislocation of business in underdeveloped regions.
  • The presence of a financial control who can readjust the financed projects
  • Apprising the population by assembling the ideas/suggestion which can be disseminated for decision makers and large audience. Making information campaigns for underdeveloped areas.
  • Creating of a flexible organizational chart for local authorities which should be performing according to local conditions of each communes. More efficient managing of human resources.
  • Creation of intercomunalities, an administrative transformation which can correct boundary issues. Creating intercomunalities with a high degree of independence for accessing European funds.
  • Building of an integrated developing strategy.
  • Having an interaction from national administration to local authorities and the perception of regional organization from local point of view (from local to global).
  • Changing the perception of poverty, a phenomena which is difficult to compare at different scales (a small SMTS cannot be compared with a regional urban pole).
  • Writing priority projects and promoting positive examples of cities for rising the confidence in accessing European Funding.
  • Identification and mapping of territorial issues and their integration in a unitary project.

Ws 2: The importance of small and medium size towns in territorial development of a region

  • The classification of towns should discharge demographical and morphological criteria and should follow an efficient allocation of European Funds depending on necessities.
  • Promoting policies and financing instruments specially designed for SMTS.
  • A better representation of professional association in different decision-making structures.
  • More transparent criteria for accessing European Funds.
  • A better communication from the scientificenvironment regardingthe process of defining regional strategies.
  • A stronger collaboration between local institution and consultancy agencies.
  • Promoting a stronger local leadership and local governance.
  • Promoting policy recommendation from different professional associations (Professional Association of Urbanism, Professional Association of Communes, Professional Association of Cities and Towns).

The main conclusion of the event has highlighted the idea of keeping in touch all the participants and designing specific proposals for local authorities. Furthermore, this type of meetings are to be organized more frequently in order to assure a better cooperation between policy makers and local authorities. Romanian ECP will provide a synthetic report which include specialist’s recommendations and solutions that are addressed directly to local authorities.

Below you can find event programme, photos from the event as well as full text of Information Material "Economic Crisis: Rural/urban disparities, regional convergence, poverty and exclusion" and addendum "The North‐East Region of Romania" (both documents in English and Romanian).

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