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Mission Statement

RDA is a generator of economic and social development in the North-East Region. RDA develops strategies, attracts resources, identifies and implements financing programmes and offers services for stimulating sustainable economic development, partnerships and entrepreneurial spirit.


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ECOTOUR E-learning platform for tourism industry

Financing Sources

Visit the web site dedicated to Regio in North-East Region!

POS CCE in North-East Region


Esti aici: Innovation » Project JRC - RIS3

Economic growth and governance in North-East Region with the support of European Commission 

Useful documents:

Report on Information and Communication Technologies as Key Enabling Technologies and their role in supporting the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process and Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization in North East Romania (Corina Pascu)
Developing a sustainable & competitive entrepreneurial ecosystem - Good Practices and transferability assessment (Adrian Healy)
Competitiveness in low-income and low-growth regions - The lagging regions report
Report on Potential Supply of Technology Transfer Services in North East Romania - Yannis TOLIAS 17 March 2017

Entreprenorial Focus-group in the textile sector, 28.10.2016

Report focus-group

Entreprenorial Focus-group in the agriculture and food sector, 26.10.2016

Report focus-group

Entreprenorial Focus-group in the IT&C sector, 21.10.2016

Report focus-group

Documents event 30.09.2016, Iasi

Presentations event 30.09.2016 - complete set


Documents event 06.06.2016 "North-East Smart bio+ technologies"

Report focus-group North-East Smart bio+ technologies

Presentations event 06.06.2016 - complete set

Plenary sessions:
Vasile Asandei - North-East Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3)
Mark Boden - RIS3 support in Lagging Regions
Iulia Serban - Smart specialisation & Less Developed Regions initiative in Romania
Pieter de Jong - Entrepreneurial Discovery Process:Water technology cross-overs
Nerea Anacabe - Agricultural biotechnology as an opportunity to tackle food security, sustainable agriculture and the bio-economy
Alexandru Costescu - Personalised Medicine in Horizon 2020 Opportunities for biotechnology companies
Giulia Ggregori - Industrial Biotechnology as a tool to achieve reliable, clean and efficient energy
Elisabetta Marinelli - Introduction to the participatory exercise

WG1 - Biotehnologii medicale si farmaceutice
Antibiotice Corporate 60 de ani
Bogdan Tamba - The future in drug development

WG3 - Biotehnologii de mediu
Gheorghe Gutt- Better utilization of massive wood waste

WG4 - Biotehnologii de mediu

Smart bio+technologies in North-East Romania


The North-East Regional Development Agency, in cooperation with DG Regional and Urban Policy and Joint Research Center (JRC) of European Commission, is organizing on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Unirea Hotel in Iasi (Piata Unirii nr. 5), a workshop aiming at identifying the challenges and opportunities for promotion of specific development projects in the following fields:

  • Healthy life (Bio-nanotechnologies and medical and pharmaceutical biotechnology);
  • Food security, sustainable agriculture and bio-economy (agricultural biotechnologies);
  • Reliable, clean and efficient energy (industrial biotechnologies);
  • Clean, safe water (biotechnologies focused on environment protection, pollution-removing and waste recovery).

The focus group is addressed to companies, research units, academia, public administrations and civil society as well and is organized under the framework of the pilot project “Support for operationalization of smart specialization strategies (RIS3) in lagging regions ".

The access is based on prior registration only. You can register until June 3, 2016 at

Agenda of the event

Economic growth and governance in North-East Region with the support of European Commission


On 18th of February 2016 was held in Piatra Neamt a working meeting organized by the North-East Regional Development Agency and Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission - to mark the debut in North-East Region of the projects “Competitive advantages and potential of smart specialization at the regional level in Romania" and "Support for economic growth and governance in lagging European regions ".

Carried out within the preparatory actions of the European Parliament dedicated to regions with reduced economic growth, and benefit from the partnership of DG Regio, the two projects aim at providing technical assistance for the development and monitoring of regional strategy for smart specialization (RIS3) and facilitate the interconnection with national strategy by identifying and supporting exploiting the economic and innovation potential of the region, and with trans-national and inter-regional partnership support.

The purpose of the meeting in Piatra Neamt was to introduce and position the different categories of regional actors (public authorities, academia and business) to the regional concept of smart specialization, to set goals and expectations that North-East RDA and region have from this project.

On this occasion, North-East RDA stressed the importance of achieving a common plan of action to increase the capacity of implementing RIS3 at regional level and optimization of capacity for entrepreneurial discovery, also identifying and addressing effectively the challenges in this field. It was also stressed the importance of improving cooperation between universities and industry, both in applied research, and the correlation of training programmes with the specific requirements of the local economy.

At this first meeting with exploratory purpose, have attended representatives of county councils from North-East Region, of the main universities in the capital of Moldova, representatives of business environment and civil society, which will include, along with the JRC, North-East RDA and other stakeholders in the region, an interdisciplinary working group dedicated to this project.

Implemented starting with 1st of January 2016 in seven regions in European countries (Romania, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Bulgaria), the two projects will have a duration of 2 years.

Documents meeting 18.02.2016

Meeting Minutes

Useful links: Smart Specialization Strategy of North-East Region