RELOCAL interim report on national policy frames: Administrative organization and territorial development in Romania

During the period of time when the RELOCAL pilot case study in Romania was implemented, we decided to start the investigation of national policy (legal and institutional) frames in what regards territorial development. At the end of the day (by the end of the four case studies), our aim is to produce a study on national level in order to describe how is territorial development, and possibly the issue of spatial (in)justice defined and approached in the policy documents adopted by Romania, and how is it understood by governmental actors at national level. Beyond being a study with a value on its own, this national level study will be used as a background for each and every locally specific case study in order to highlight the shared frames of policies across national level. In the period October 2017 – January 2018, Desire Foundation’s research team started the documentation work in this matter and managed to partially process the gathered materials (offical documents available online, and interviews made with three persons from the Ministry of Regional Developmen, Public Administration and European Funds). This document will be developed further in parallel with the four case studies to be conducted in Romania starting with March 2018 and will be the base of the planned national study.

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    1. The administrative-territorial organization of Romania

1.1. Administrative-territorial units (localities and counties)

1.2. The development regions as statistical units and units for coordinating regional development

1.3. Regional development policy and institutions

1.4. The Intercommunity Development Associations at the level of Metropolitan Areas

  1. Regional disparities in Romania

2.1. Poverty – from an interregional and intraregional perspective

2.2. The Gross Domestic Product – from a regional perspective

2.3. The population number across regions and localities

2.4. Employment figures across regions

  1. Territorial dimension of EU policies

3.1. From regional policies to territorial policy in the EU

3.2. Regional development and territorial cohesion in Romania in the context of the elaboration of its Partnership Agreement with the EC 2014-2020

3.3. The ideal of polycentric development

  1. THE National Program for Local Development
  3. ANNEXES. Documents related to territorial development