On 11 October 2013, EUKN organised a Policy Lab for its Member Romania in cooperation with the Directorate General for Territorial Development and Infrastructure within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration. The event took place in Bucharest. In addition to the Ministry, it included actors from DG Regio, and from the Metropolitan Research Institute in Budapest who provided a European dimension to this Romanian Policy Lab.
The integrating tools introduced by the European Commission, namely the Integrated Territorial Investments (ITI) and Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) are meant to help cities and regions’ authorities to implement integrated urban strategies. The aim of this Policy Lab was to support Romanian cities and regions in having a better understanding of these new instruments and to enable them to better access to the new structural funds.
The first session aimed at explaining the general framework regarding territorial development instruments proposed by the European Regulation 2014-2020 with a focus on ITI and CLLD. The example of Hungarian cities regarding the use of these instruments at the national level was presented by Mr. Tosics. As a case study, Mrs. Ginavar presented the Ferentari project which proposes an integrated approach of a deprived neighbourhood.
During session two, topics of governance, planning and funding were further elaborated within three workshop groups.
Discussions showed that successful local urban policies undertaken by cities must have some level of integration. This entails strengthening cooperation between stakeholders and shifting from “silo thinking” to cross-sectoral thinking.