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Alternative Finance Guide. Beyond traditional banking


The purpose of this guide is to help all entrepreneurs, regardless of their skin colour, gender, age and social background to have better and non-discriminatory access to financing by offering them this alternative finance guide.

Alternative finance can be defined as "a variety of new financing models that have emerged outside of the traditional financial system, that connect fundraisers directly with funders often via online platforms or websites" (Baeck, Collins & Zhang, 2014). The birth of alternative finance was stimulated by two major events: the economic crisis of 2008, which raised doubts about the reliability of the traditional financial system, and the spread of the Internet and social networks, which increased the importance of the collective voice of Internet users on the attractiveness of an individual's or company's project.

Alternative financing is increasingly important in the economy: the volume of alternative financing has increased from 1.12 billion euros in 2013 to 10.44 billion euros in 2017  in Europe (Ziegler et al., 2019). Doubts about the banking sector, the arrival of social networks, but also the difficulty of obtaining a traditional bank loan for entrepreneurs and the sometimes lower rates and better advice of alternative financing are some of the reasons that explain the increase in the use of alternative finance.

It is for all these reasons that this guide has been designed and written, in order to help all profiles of entrepreneurs to finance their projects because they want to avoid going through a traditional bank or because they have no choice and their application for a bank loan has been turned down. This guide contains fifteen financing methods used in Europe, with for each method its definition, who it is aimed at, its advantages and disadvantages, but also where to apply and what are the different stages of financing.

The guide can be found here.

The secret behind international trade fairs. Why to participate?


Why is it important to participate to a fair?

Did you know that in 2018, 23% of global businesses declared they dedicated 6% to 20% of their marketing budget to trade fairs, and 20% of firms said they used 21% to 50%?
Did you know that 74% of consumers are more likely to purchase products that had been promoted at a trade show. Statista, 2016

Going abroad allows firms to vary their offer reduce the risk by diversifying their investment in a different branch of their sector. In the case of SMEs, going abroad provides the occasion to make the brand known in new markets and increase the number of potential clients. Finally, it gives the opportunity for a firm to see what competitors are doing, learning about their industry and adapt its strategy in order to be more competitive.

Participating to a fair is very important for companies because it helps them to promote their products to new potential customers and increase their sales.

Our instrument will guide you around the world and will allow you to check prices, visa requirements and other practicalities.

Participate to international trade fairs Guide
An interactive fairs map can be found here.

Brokerage event Ukraine-Romania Transnational Meeting


The North-East Regional Development Agency, as Local Contact Point of the Enterprise Europe Network, invites interested companies to participate, on 20 September 2019, in the brokerage event. "Ukraine-Romania Transnational Meeting", which will to be take place during the Agricultural Fair AGRALIM, Iasi 19-22 September, 2019.

Please submit until 15th of September 2019 your registration using this link:

About the event

This event provides the opportunity for those interested to set up bilateral meetings with over 30 representatives of the Ukrainian delegation led by Sergii Tatusiak, Chairman of Dniester˝ Euroregion and INGO "Ukraine-Poland-Germany". The Ukrainian delegation brings representatives of the International Dniester Agrocluster , owners of medium and large enterprises, farmers specialised in n the cultivation of grains and industrial crops, gardening (apples, pears, plums), malt, horticulture, livestock and dairy products.

Areas of interest

  • organic agriculture (preferably in closed loop: from transformation of land into organic, their certification of organic seeds, means of protection, harvesting, storage, logistics, processing and marketing to the final consumer)
  • modern methods of leading agricultural business, soil cultivation with modern technologies
  • modern technologies for recycling in agricultural business: shock freezing; a new generation of agricultural machinery and innovative approaches to work
  • sorting, calibrating and packing for freshly harvested fruits
  • agricultural machinery for soil cultivation, orchards, berry pickers, harvesters for harvesting fruits, vegetables, nuts.

Why should you participate

  • An opportunity to learn about the Ukraine's retail market in order to identify opportunities for internationalisation
  • Identification of new commercial / technological / research partners, in bilateral (pre-arranged) direct meetings
  • Establishing new contacts for future partnerships in cross-border projects
  • Access to information and exchange of good practices regarding agricultural research results
  • Opportunity to establish partnerships with agrofood companies from Ukraine

Enterprise Europe Network is an initiative of the European Commission , being the largest network that supports businesses worldwide , through more than 600 centers hosted in business support organizations , research institutes, universities, technology centers, development agencies. etc., from over 60 countries, including the 28 member states of the European Union, candidate countries, member countries of the European Economic Area, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) (Details:

INFO! For further information, you can contact us by phone 0233.218.071 / 0233.218.072, contact person Mrs. Liliana Baicu - ADR North East (One Stop Shop) or by e-mail:

Meeting point for innovators, in Iasi, Romania


The 10th edition of the Conference “Week of Innovative Regions in Europe” started today in Iasi North-East Romania, under the motto “Explore. Create. Innovate in your region!”

Being the last event dedicated to research and innovation in the calendar of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the event gathers over 270 participants from 33 countries, representing universities, research and innovation centers, clusters ministries and governmental bodies, regional development organizations, entrepreneurs and professional associations.

Focused on three imperatives: explore, create and innovate, WIRE X 2019 encourages knowledge exchange and the quest for practical solutions for smart and sustainable economic transformation through research and innovation. The conference goes along the path from regional excellence to European and global value chains, seeking for synergies between societal needs and R&I agenda, and among financial instruments, knowledge and entrepreneurship.

WIRE X 2019 represents the main European policy forum for innovation and regional development, providing a platform for policy makers, public authorities, knowledge centres and enterprises from all over Europe to discuss R&I practices, throughout the European regions, with a direct view on the current and future EU funding programmes. The conference provides the participants 3 days of seminars, roundtables and workshops supported by over 60 lecturers with valuable expertise worldwide.

At the official opening, in the Central Universitary Library, the participants received powerful welcome speeches from  Mr. Nicolae Hurduc, the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, Mr. Maricel  Popa, President of the Iasi County Council, Mr. Sorin Brașoveanu, the President of the North-East Regional Development Board and Vasile Asandei, Director General of North-East Regional Development Agency.

The event is organized under the agenda of the Romanian EU Council Presidency 2019, by North-East Regional Development Agency with the support of European Commission, Directorate General for Research, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry for Research and Innovation in Romania.

Representing The European Commission, special guest to this event, Mrs. Signe Ratso, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Research Innovation, stated: “The informal meeting of the heads of states in Sibiu stressed that research and innovation will be vital to shape Europe's sustainable future.  We will need all actors, at EU, national and regional levels, to get involved in this and tap into all of our R&I potential, also that potential which is currently underused. The European Commission has put a lot of effort in ensuring that its funding instruments work hand in hand to support this endeavour. The future Horizon Europe programme will offer new possibilities for synergies with Cohesion policy, allowing to combine different sources of EU funding to enhance impact. WIRE X 2019 facilitates a better positioning of regional actors to strengthen and enlarge research and innovation capacity in Europe.

“Economic transformation, digitalisation, excellence, global markets, regional innovation ecosystems and, of course, education are some of the main topic approached in this year’s WIRE conference. But, as you may have noticed, we don’t quit have the opportunity to choose the subjects, because the subjects immerse from our global reality and from our need to continuously  adapt, but in an intelligent manner. Our hole gratitude goes to the European Commission, especially DG RTD, that supported this effort, to our Research an Innovation Minister, to our local and regional partners and to the speakers that choosed to share with us their expertise, their challenges, best practices, but also their learned lessons. I truly believe that you won’t just remember this event as “another conference”, but the things that we discuss here will have an impact on our future together. Thank you all for being part of WIRE X 2019” said Vasile Asandei,  Director General of North-East Regional Development Agency.

The event will continue until 28th of June 2019, Iaşi, România : Palace of Culture, Iaşi

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The 10th edition of the "Week of Innovative Regions in Europe" conference will take place in Iasi (North-East Region of Romania), June 26 – 28th, 2019, being the last event dedicated to research and innovation in the calendar of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Focused on three key concepts: exploring, creating and innovating, WIRE X encourages knowledge sharing and the search for practical solutions for sustainable economic and social transformation through research and innovation. The conference will follow the path from regional excellence to European and global value chains, trying to discover new synergies between societal needs and research agenda, as well as between funding, research and entrepreneurship tools.

WIRE is the main European political forum for innovation and regional development, providing decision-makers, public authorities, knowledge centres and businesses across Europe with a platform for discussion on practices, funding, challenges and opportunities in the field of research and innovation. WIRE X will provide the participants 3 days of seminars, roundtables and workshops supported by over 35 lecturers from all EU Member States, Canada, USA, Israel and the Republic of Moldova, located in excellent places for exploring the cultural, historic and cultural heritage gastronomic centre of Iasi. Details of the event can be found here:

WIRE 2019 is organized by the North-East Regional Development Agency with the support of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation and the European Commission's Directorate General for Research and Innovation through Horizon 2020: Spreading Excellence and Enhancing Participation.

You should be there!

Call for Papers - WIRE X 2019 conferences


The Centre for Research in Finance of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi and Romania’s North-East Regional Development Agency are organizing a panel conference dedicated to current issues and trends in research with an economic purpose andin training the skills for the future.

The panel is part of the WIRE X Conference – Week of Innovative Regions in Europe, X edition, organized by Romania’s North-East Regional Development Agency, with the support of the EU Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, under the Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation / Horizon 2020 Programme.

Focused on three imperatives: explore, create and innovate, WIRE X 2019 encourages knowledge exchange and the quest for practical solutions for smart and sustainable economic transformation through research and innovation. The conference goes along the path from regional excellence to European and global value chains, seeking for synergies between societal needs and R&I agenda, and among financial instruments, knowledge and entrepreneurship.

The topics to be covered during the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Research methods for the evaluation of communities’ needs;
  • Universities’ role in the development of value chains (regional, national, and international);
  • Challenges and scenarios for the future regional development – the role of innovation;
  • Societal impact of research and innovation;
  • Innovation in teaching and learning;
  • Financing Innovation.

Submission instructions

Please submit your paper as a single PDF—including on its first page the paper’s title, authors’ names and affiliations, an abstract of maximum 200 words, a maximum of 3 JEL codes, and a maximum of 5 keywords—as an attachment to your email sent to The deadline for paper submissions is 30 April 2019. Each person can submit one single paper, although s/he can be an author of other papers submitted to the conference (by co-authors). In the case of papers with multiple authors, please mention once more in your submission email who is the intended presenter. All papers and presentations will be in English. There is no conference fee for the invited presenters, discussants and chairs, but all participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

All the papers presented at the conference are eligible to be considered for publication in a thematic issue of the Review of Economic & Business Studies (; ISSN 1843-763X; ISSN-L 2068 – 7249).

Papers will be reviewed for the above journal according to its normal review criteria. Please note that the acceptance of a paper to the conference does not guarantee its publication.

Important dates
Deadline for paper submissions: 30 April 2019
Date for decisions concerning paper selection: (around) 15 May 2019
Deadline for registration of accepted presenters: 1 June 2019
Date for the preliminary program online: (around): 5 June 2019
Dates of the WIRE X Conference: 26 – 28 June 2018; 
Dates of the panel conference: 28 June 2018

Organizing Committee:
Prof. Mihaela ONOFREI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ionel MANGALAGIU, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Dinu AIRINEI, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Alin ANDRIES, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Adrian IFTENE, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Prof. Ovidiu STOICA, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Romania
Roxana PINTILESCU, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania
Agatha FILIMON, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania

Contact/ Supplementary information
Dr. Alin ANDRIES, Email:

Download page in format .pdf here.

Call for speakers and trainers - WIRE X 2019 conferences


North-East Regional Development Agency is looking for experienced speakers and accredited trainers  for the  10th “Week of Innovative Regions in Europe“ - WIRE X 2019 conferences held on 26 - 28th of June 2019, in Iasi, Romania.

The event is organized under the agenda of the Romanian EU Council Presidency 2019, by North-East Regional Development Agency with the support of European Commission, Directorate General for Research, Technology and Innovation and the Ministry for Research and Innovation in Romania.

Focused on three imperatives: explore, create and innovate, WIRE X 2019 encourages knowledge exchange and the quest for practical solutions for smart and sustainable economic transformation through research and innovation. The conference goes along the path from regional excellence to European and global value chains, seeking for synergies between societal needs and R&I agenda, and among financial instruments, knowledge and entrepreneurship.

WIRE X 2019 represents the main European policy forum for innovation and regional development, providing a platform for policy makers, public authorities, knowledge centres and enterprises from all over Europe to discuss R&I practices, challenges and opportunities throughout the European regions, with a direct view on the current and future EU funding programmes. See the conference program here.

What we are looking for:
•    Policy makers (national and regional) for research and innovation, regional development, smart specialization
•    Managing practitioners for programs and projects in research and innovation, higher education, regional development
•    Managing experts from universities, research organizations, technology transfer and business support organizations
•    Romanian innovative companies with outstanding achievements in industries with potential for smart specialization, like TIC, biotechnologies, new materials, energy and healthy living.
•    Certified trainers with experience in IPR and commercialization of research
•    Certified trainers with experience in innovation management in SMEs

You can submit your expression of interest [click here] until 15th of April 2019, 16.00 CET. All speakers will be notified on their selection status by e-mail.

If you have any questions, please contact us by mail at or by phone +

North-East RDA strengthens its position at European level within the ERRIN network


Bogdan Chelariu, Coordinator of the Brussels Representation Office of North-East RDA, was elected a member of the ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) Management Board for a 3-year term.

ERRIN is a network established in 2001, established in Brussels, which currently brings together more than 130 regional organizations from 24 European countries. The member organizations are generally regional authorities, universities, research organizations, trade chambers and clusters.

ERRIN facilitates regional collaboration and knowledge sharing for the benefit of all members and partner organizations in order to build a Europe that supports smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in all its regions. ERRIN's mission is to support the local and regional dimensions of the Union's Research and Innovation Policy, using the 4P approach (Project Development, Policies, Profile Positioning, Partnership Building).

ERRIN is headed by the Management Board, the structure responsible for defining strategic network priorities and providing guidance to the ERRIN Secretariat. The board has 15 representatives, who are elected among the members for a three-year term.

North-East RDA became a member of this network in January 2018.

ERRIN and EURADA are the main umbrella organizations in Europe that cover the theme of regional development and innovation, and Northeast RDA has positions of influence in both networks.

North-East RDA awarded for Rubik Hub at EURADA Awards 2018


Between 20-21 June 2018 representatives of the North East Regional Development Agency, Vasile Asandei, general manager, and Bogdan Chelariu, representative in Brussels, participated in Charleroi (Belgium) at the Agorada Conference and the EURADA - The European Association of Development. On this occasion there was also a meeting of the board of the association, of which the North-East RDA is part.

"Agora 2018 is an event organized by the EURADA network in various European cities. The objective of the event is to bring together member regions with stakeholders to discuss the challenges of the moment, the proposed solutions, and the new industrial revolution. This is not the first time we tackle this issue, the first event under the auspices of Agorada, having as theme the industrial transformation, was held last year in Turkey.
The subject is very important for EURADA members, the event being a good opportunity to expose references, experiences and better understand what is happening in the regions and territories of Europe.
North-East ADR is one of EURADA members, [...], this agency being very active in our network, having a high quality presence at all our events, contributing with highly qualified experts and extremely interesting experiences from the North Region "is Romania
" said Roberta Dall'Ollio, president of EURADA.

Conference participants, regional authorities and experts from the European Commission discussed the latest topics in the field. Presentations can be viewed here:

On the second day of the conference were awarded and highlighted the successful projects of the regional development agencies in Europe, including the Rubik Hub project of ADRNE.

"Rubik Hub was declared the EURADA Awards finalist and the jury decided to award this award because they saw the importance of this type of infrastructure and services in an environment where it would be really helpful, this kind of initiative should not only exist in large cities or urban agglomerations but where their relevance is crucial in areas with a distribution and density of unfavorable populations "said Esteban Pelayo, CEO of EURADA.


From left to right: Vasile Asandei (North-East RDA General Director), Slawomir Tokarki (DG Grow, European Commission), Roberta Dall'Ollio (EURADA president), Esteban Pelayo (EURADA CEO).

From left to right: Vasile Asandei (North-East RDA General Director), Slawomir Tokarki (Director DG Grow, European Commission), Roberta Dall'Ollio (EURADA president).

Launching of the Erasmus+ project 'eSkills4All'


North-East Regional Development Agency is announcing the launching of ‘Eskills4all’, an Erasmus+ project that targets unemployed adults with a special focus on digitally low skilled women, which will offer practical tools in line with the aim of supporting these categories to (re)enter the labor market.

We are partnering with organizations from five European countries. The project was officially launched last November with a kick off meeting in the UK and it is an on-going project until 2020. The initiative aims to tackle the existing gap between digital illiteracy and the demands of the labor market.

The European Commission, via the Digital Education Action Plan, is stressing the importance of this plan as around 44% of Europeans lack these skills, vital for the digital innovation and technology sector. (more info

Partners: CIVIC (UK), ADR Nord-Est (Romania), Civis Plus (Greece), Emphasys Centre (Cyprus), Antenna (Cyprus), WIDE (Luxembourg).

More information can be accessed on our newly launched website

Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland, 5-7 September 2017


Officials from all the counties of the North-East Region are actively participating at the largest economic conference in Central and South-Eastern Europe, the Economic Forum held in Krynica, Poland, on 5-7 September 2017.

In Poland, over 3,000 guests and 500 journalists from at least 60 countries on three continents come to find concrete ways to collaborate, learn models of government and economic development, and discuss issues of the contemporary world. For 3 days, debates and information sessions are organized on areas such as tourism, art, innovation, research, civil society or cooperation between regions. Among the speakers are the presidents of Neamt and Suceava County Councils, Ionel Arsene and Gheorghe Flutur, Vaslui County Council Vice President Vasile Marciuc, as well as Executive Director Marieta Afilipoaie of the Iasi County Council and Alina Popa - Executive Director EURONEST. Along with them, the representatives of the North-East Regional Development Agency, Robert Cotuna and Cosmin Cristal.

The Krynica Economic Forum is a large-scale traditional event, organized each year in September, which generates contacts and administrative, economic and cultural partnerships between regions, public institutions and even employers' organizations. As an active partner and promoter of the projects that generate economic development in the region, as well as a partner of the public institutions, the North-East Regional Development Agency is an annual participant in this forum and is involved in organizing the delegation of the North-East Region.

For more information about the event, visit the dedicated website:

Job vacancy at Regional Office for Cross Border Cooperation Suceava


Regional Office for Cross Border Cooperation Suceava is currently looking for candidates to fill the following job position for supporting the activities of the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS) of the Joint Operational Programme Romania - Ukraine 2014 - 2020:


Deadline for submission of applications is September 15th, 2017 at 16:00 hours (Romanian time).

Additional information is available by accessing the following links:
Requirements for Information, communication, Selection Officer

The selection will take place on September 18th, 2017 at 10:00 hours (Romanian time), at the headquarters of Regional Office for Cross Border Cooperation Suceava. (Suceava, Bistritei Street, no. 8A, first floor).
The selection will have the following sections: written test, English language test, computer operating skills test and interview and CV analysis.
For further information, please contact us:
Phone: 0040 230 530049

Investor's guide for North-East Region


Throughout our mission of attracting foreign investment, we always wanted to know man and not the company, and give him the chance to get to know each other. We want this to happen even when time or place does not allow us to interact directly. We have created the region's business card, our instrument, which presents ourselves to investors as we are, the Investor's Guide for North-East Region.


Smart bio+technologies in North-East Romania


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

Presentations event 06.06.2016

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

European Commission launches the Investment Plan for Europe


The global economic and financial crises caused a delay for the essential investments plans in infrastructure, innovation and in the private sectors. Currently, Europe’s investments are lower by 15 % in comparison with the pre-crisis level. Europe must fix this gap, recover from the negative economic effects, and consolidate its global competitiveness.

Liquidity is available, but many projects are unable to assure a proper financial ground. Investors confidence is lowered by the economic instability, and due to legal or other uncertainties. Therefor, whilst the investment conditions are available, the money can’t find a path towards healthy, viable projects.

In this context, the European Commission launched the Investment Plan for Europe (“Juncker plan”), whose main goal is to eliminate any obstacles for strategic investments, providing in the same time visibility and technical assistance for investment projects and for a smart and efficient usage of financial resources.

North-East Regional Development Agency aims to identify an integrated portfolio containing present business opportunities in the private sector, opportunities that need external financing sources (investment banks, European Investment Bank, etc.), other than investment and structural European funds of which Romania benefits throughout 2014-2020 (operational programs according to the Partnership Agreement between Romania and the European Commission). There proposals must fulfill the mentioned conditions from annex, attached to this letter.

Having in view the above mentioned, we would appreciate it if you could provide us in electronic format, as soon as possible, according to Annex 2, information regarding the investments projects that you have in mind, in order to transmit them to national contact center for the Investment Plan for Europe, organized within the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment Relations.

The contact person on behalf of North-East RDA  is Mr. Sandu Lucian - Head of the Business Development Office, e-mail:, tel.: +40233.218.071.

Investment Plan for Europe [1]

Investment_Plan_for_Europe [2]

Annex 2 [RO]

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


Open Days 2015 has set better future prospects for small and medium-sized European cities


The event organized by North-East RDA on 14th of October 2015, in the Committee of the Regions, gave the opportunity to 150 local public authorities, academia and private entities all over Europe, to assess experience related to the urban development policies, to focus on examples of EU cities good practice and to collect new ideas for projects to be implemented in 2014-2020 programming period.

The presentations of the top level lecturers and the questions launched by the participants created a fruitful environment for horizontal and sustainable learning about EU Urban Development Policy.

To begin with Mr Ercole Cauti, Director of Metron Srl Italy and moderator of the event affirmed “ Every day one million people is moving from rural area and small cities to the large cities, this creates new perspectives when addressing the development of small communities ”. He invited the lecturers to insist on examples which are useful to participants in understanding how to set the framework for urban initiatives in the perspective of more efficient use of local resources.

Mrs Lindemans, Head Unit Romania, from EC Directorate general for Regional and Urban Policy mentioned that “ small and medium size cities must build small strategies based on their particular resources and context”. During 2007-2013 Member States had to allocate min 5% from ERDF to enhance cities development. The analysis today reveals that almost 15% were used to address this important objective. For the period 2014-2020, 80bln Euro are allocated only to integrated urban development, more than 500 cities being expected to get involved in these actions. After one year and a half of consultations, a shared vision related to urban development is shaped in the EU Urban Agenda, recognizing that for the successful implementation and achieving of Europe 2020 objectives for smart sustainable and economic growth, more policies which are impacting on urban governance, like transport or environment for example, must also be considered in an integrated manner.

His Excellency Mr Stefan Tinca, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania in the Kingdom of Belgium declared “ Small and medium size cities need a special attention, I come from such city and I can tell they do not have to many resources but they must come with smart solutions ” and insisted on the need of bilateral embassies to encourage and promote the cooperation between small communities (village to village and town to town). One good example is that the fifth Romania-Belgium Cooperation Forum will take place in Iasi Romania between 3-5th of November 2015.

The problematic of the small and medium size cities is indeed a particular one and must be more carefully addressed, as too many times it has being left between the rural development issues and the evident problems that large cities are confronted today ” underpinned Mr Badescu, Deputy Permanent Representant (Coreper I) at the Permanent Representation Office of Romania to EU. The EU Member States Governments and the urban development experts has jointly made significant efforts to identify similar strategic objectives for integrated urban development. Romania has aligned its public efforts and funds allocation with these strategic objectives. For example for Objective 4 - Transition towards economy with less CO2 emission, 3.5 bln Euro were allocated in Romania and small and medium size cities are expected to get engaged in projects definition related to energy efficiency, social inclusion or urban regeneration.

The Covenant of Mayors played a significant role in using energy transition as driving force for economic development. “ Until today 6,553 cities (from 53 countries with 211 mil inhabitants) in the preparation and implementation of 4,900 Sustainable Energy Action Plans ” reported Mr Federic Boyer, Member of Energy Cities, Head of Covenant of Mayors Office. The new Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy will be able to contribute also to accelerating the decarbonisation of our territories, strengthening our capacity to adapt to unavoidable climate change impacts, increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. The community of experts in urban development created behind this association is a starting point for accessing the corresponding knowledge networks. Examples of particular projects were given from Brussels (sustainable constructions), Copenhagen (increasing the property price through urban regeneration) and Hanover (grants allocated to encourage RES implementation).

The example of urban development in Romania was introduced by Mr Ionut Trinca Head of Planning Department in the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, who started by presenting the results of the ROP 2007-2013, which raised 540 contracts for urban development with a total ERDF value of 1.354 bill. Euro (255 projects being already finalized) and continued with the main lessons learned: increased support for a new governance approach (involving all relevant stakeholders and citizens), improved methodological guidelines for integrated urban development, better policy correlation in elaboration of comprehensive integrated development strategies financed from different resources and more targeted intervention based on local needs and potentials.

By presenting the results of EFFECT Project financed from South East European Cooperation Program, Mrs Iris Flaco, Energy Service Coordinator, Department for Public Works Territorial Planning and Environmental Policy in Abruzzo Region Italy, came to the conclusion that alignment of the public procurements with energy efficiency criteria is not enough when speaking about the smart green and inclusive development, the public authorities must change perspective and the way they collect knowledge over the community’s activities in order to achieve energy transitions and reduction of the consumptions. Region Abruzzo is the EU Region were all 305 municipalities joined the Covenant of Mayors, where both the Regional Administration and all the Provincial Administrations have joined the Covenant as RES coordinators and a whole Priority Axis of the 2007-2013 ERDF Operational Program has been dedicated to the implementation of the interventions planned by the Covenant.

Mr Dan Dura Head of the Department for European Integration and Development Strategies in Suceava Municipality Romania, presented green and smart urban development initiatives promoted in this regional growth pole: the city lightning system, the urban traffic surveillance system, the electric transportation system, the rehabilitation of central heating system, the development of the thermal power plant and electric power plant based on biomass, all being among the first to be implemented in Romania up to date. Here also have been mentioned some major lessons learned in the first EU membership programming period: good risk assessment, rapid identification of solutions for problems occurred within projects implementation, the use of "green" technologies, identification and attraction of multiple external financing sources, (ex: ROP, Romanian-Switzerland Cooperation Program), projects interconnection in a local sustainable urban development strategy (Integrated Urban Development Strategy and Action Plan for Sustainable Energy), careful planning of own budgetary resources and continuous training of the staff involved in projects’ implementation.

Mr Esteban Pelayo Villarejo, CEO of EURADA underlined that successful development policies are currently place based. In requisites of smart strategies, big and medium sized cities, seem to be better placed to design and implement smart specialisation strategies than a region. Cities are able to mobilise easier endogenous actors, to carry out activities closer to the beneficiaries, and also more valuable. Cities can become key drivers for organizational, social and societal innovation and to create a vibrant proximology ecosystem based on living labs shared and circular economy. “Small is beautiful! Integrate your city as living lab to scale up next businesses, support societal innovations, use your local infrastructure to serve as real testing demonstrators”.

In the end Mr Pietro Elisei, Doctor in Urbanism, Town and regional Planned, Director of URBASOFIA Bucharest shared with the audience some of his perspectives over the topic. “ Small towns in Europe are places we instinctively recognize as part of our everyday experience but are problematic to define. Existing research and policy work has focused to a large degree on large cities and metropolitan regions (‘big’ or ‘global’ places), but there has been relatively little work on ‘smaller places’ such as smaller cities and towns. In percentage terms, we are addressing 97.9% of the European cities, as, in fact, only 2.1% of European cities have a population of over 100,000 inhabitants ”. The revival of the European economies is based on a renewed dynamism of the cities and on socially innovative processes related to a new way of planning. This is particularly true in the SEE area, where heritage of post-communism, or cases of permanent delay in development (e.g. Italian Mezzogiorno) determine weak local governance systems.

The network animated by Gabriela Macoveiu Director for Cooperation and Business Support North-East RDA with the support of Mr Willem Reek, Main Strategist at the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance, started from the main ideas taken away from the participants of the public debate. Small and medium size cities must be better prepared to:

- use integrated urban development for preserving and developing their facilities (in an inclusive manner), for efficient use of financing resources and for valorizing their assets at maxim;

- engage citizens, companies and knowledge institutions in creating a sustainable/resilient change.

To achieve that a list of “what do we need” was prepared together with participants. Here are some of the suggestions:

- from administrative capacity perspective: participate as much as possible to exchange and learning networks, develop capacity to engage civil society, promote e-governance and e-services;

- from financial resources perspectives: place at first the challenge and the need and not the funding, promote municipal eco-bonds (ex Goteborg), encourage cooperation

- from smart specialization perspective: develop a single urban development strategy, for min 5 years, clear but flexible, create urban zone totally free of traffic, try - failure don’t exist

Conclusions :

Thriving and dynamic small and medium towns, may play an important role for the welfare of neighbouring rural areas. They are essential for avoiding rural depopulation and urban drift and for promoting balanced territorial development.

The EU Urban Agenda and the Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change and Energy represent capital points for urban public administrations to start with in terms of 2020 strategic objectives and targets for sustainable green and inclusive cities.

The amount of funding available at EU level for programing period 2014-2020, for the small and medium size cities it is very generous. ESIF will provide support for increasing urban administrative capacity, capable to accompany the obligations included in the Partnership Agreements.

A new type of thinking, more inclusive decision making process and integrated urban planning of resources are needed to achieve resilient change.

The Joint Smart Specialization Program between Northern Netherlands and North-East Romania begins to take shape


The visit of the representatives of the North-East RDA in the Northern Netherlands begun at the headquarters of the Alliance of Northern Provinces (SNN), located in the city of Groningen. With this occasion, the director general Mr. Eise van der Sluis, Mr. Albert Haan, Project Manager and Mr. Vasile Asandei, director general of the North-East RDA reiterated the scope and basic principles the partners will consider in elaboration of the joint working program: achieving value changes of the development regions, defining the interlinked processes and projects, management of the program through a coordination committee with representatives from both regions from all categories of actors (civil society, business sector, knowledge society and public administration).

Mr. Vasile Asandei made a brief presentation of both the North-East Region of Romania and the North-East Regional Development Agency.

Mr. Willem Reek , Lead Strategist introduced the smart specialization strategy of the Northern Netherlands, highlighting the fact that the analysis started from identification of needs and societal challenges and then, together with the regional working groups, were identified those activity fields where the investments could result in as many side effects as possible by developing cross-sectorial connections (health, education, food safety, energy and water). The strategy was put into practice by elaborating the RIS3 Northern Netherlands Innovation Agenda (NIA).

Mrs. Gabriela Macoveiu, Director Cooperation and Business Development within the North-East RDA, presented the elaboration mechanism and the smart specialization sectors of the North-East Region of Romania. The partners analysed the two strategies and concluded that the two strategic documents are comparable, both in terms of sectors (agro-industrial, biotechnologies, textile and ICT) and as proposed action methods (valorisation of talents and dissemination of knowledge resulted from research and innovation), and highlighted the reasons that could lead to creation of de links between the regions. This means identification of appropriate partners for concrete initiatives to be further programmed.

Mr. Luc Husman, Program Manager (Head of MA ROP for the Northern Netherlands) presented the key elements of NIA, underlining the role of SNN and the efforts taken, including at the level of national authorities, in order to provide a good correlation (intervention fields and funding sources) between NIA and operational programmes and creating a comprehensive innovation support system based on cooperation and fine tuning between the instruments and information provided to the target groups. The management mechanism presented, based on networks and existing databases, constitutes therefore the first joint interest point agreed upon by the two parties as element needed in the framework of the program.

The on-site visits included various presentations and debates with promoters of smart specialization initiatives from the Northern Netherlands, representing the starting point for definition of business models and value chains of common interest.

The first visit was paid to Noorden Duurzaam, association which stimulates the modelling of value chains in the region. The mechanism used is the one of sectoral, thematic, value chain or geographic tables (partnerships) in which the experts, consultants, NGOs, knowledge institutions, public authorities or ordinary citizens systematically cooperate in order to define together projects of sustainable development in line with the agenda of Burtland Committee (the authors of sustainable development concept).

Al the tables (partnerships) have three key common elements: they are democratic, independent and unique. They are organized on three different layers: themes of interest, sectors of economic activity and geographic areas, the joint result of these tables being promotion of projects of interest for the region.

One very interesting example presented by Mr. Dirkjan Bours, Member of the Board, was one of the concrete mass of whose objective is to reduce the level of solid waste resulted from civil constructions. For solving this problem, the concrete producer, the processer of solid waste, processing industry, the local university and public administration got involved jointly. The benefits of this cooperation were: the waste resulted from constructions are valorised at a higher level (not only down-cycling), all actors along this value chain became partners, the university developed and patented a new construction material – granular concrete, the processing industry developed the collection logistic system, the solid waste processer developed the production, the concrete manufacturer accepted to present and promote amongst the customers this new construction material and the municipality successfully experienced new construction works by using this new material.

As facilitator, Durzhaam’s job was to carry out a process of dialogue amongst partners. The success of this regional organization system is based on exchange of information and trust amongst leaders of opinion sharing common preoccupations for societal challenges, themes, sectors or geographic areas. The North-East RDA and SNN agreed that this mechanism could be the vehicle/methodology based on which to have the involvement of the actors in the two regions interested to develop circular economy projects. This concept of the „tables” could represent, in fact, a consistent improvement of the partnership principle applied also in the North-East Region.

Presentation of the health sector took place at the European Institute for Ageing Biology (ERIBA). The physical infrastructure of this university medical center was developed in Groningen through ROP 2007-2013 on an area of 1 km².

The necessity to develop this center was identified by the Healthy Ageing Network in Northern Netherlands. The development projects implied new processes and the research infrastructure for stimulating the food industry and health sector on the following main topics: healthy life, medical technology, life sciences, nutrition and food, care and cure. In order to develop this network, a partnership agreement was signed between a medical university (35,000 students/year), 4 applied science universities (45,000 students/year) and local public authorities (3 provinces and 4 large cities).

ERIBA provides research based on demand in the field of carbohydrates and health, intensely interacting with companies from the Northern Netherlands in order to find out their development needs and elaborate applied projects. The strategic agenda of the network includes foodstuff technology (physiology, nutrition and live food lab), food processing (logistic, delivery, health and environment protection), sensor technologies (diagnosis, biotechnology, sensors for nutrition style). In fact, each province of the Northern Netherlands has a specialization in the agro-food or in the bio-technological sector (mainly in ecological agriculture, bio-food processing, valorisation of technical plants and food-waste in energy production, or in manufacturing non-agricultural bio materials.) The companies interact with the experts of the Centre (professors from the applied sciences universities, which are informed about the services provided by the Centre and the results of the research projects), they elaborate project proposals which are evaluated, and then, the research and the industrial implementation begin. The intellectual copyrights are negotiated from the beginning (each partner’s share rate, and the terms for cessing the exclusive rights.)

Mr. Doede Binnema , Lecturer on Ingredients and Health finished his presentation highlighting the importance of circulating the knowledge from education towards industry by applied research and backwards.

Then followed a discussion based on the interest showed for the field of health, emphasizing the importance of healthy ageing, correct nutrition and cooperation opportunities on these themes between the two regions.

The last visit was paid at Stenden in the city of Emmen. The main objectives of this complex center of knowledge (this knowledge infrastructure offering links for creation of value chains and networking, provides coaching for innovation and facilities for technologic transfer) is to create new jobs and increase employment opportunities in the region. How? Through matching the labor force offer with existing production facilities, creating new forms of employment and encouraging innovative climate and innovation in general.

Mr. Roel Folkersma presented the activities carried out by the Center of Innovation in Chemistry. The priorities of this center are targeted on green chemistry, bio-composite products, bioplastics and organic fibers. Very interesting were not only the trial laboratories where spinning, extruding, 3D printing of sustainable polymers and composite materials were demonstrated but also the involvement of primary classes of the schools in practical programs carried out in this center preoccupied in early development of technical skills of children. The center found out and offered solutions for recycling of plastic materials valorized by PHILIPS in a coffee machine manufacturing unit, valorization of the starch from potatoes peals (resulted from chips manufacturing) by producing pillars for reinforcing the river banks, recycling carbon fibers for carpets, etc.

At the end of the visit, Mr. Vasile Asandei, Director General of the North-East RDA, along with Mrs. Gabriela Macoveiu Director for Cooperation and Business Development and Mr. Ovidiu Savu, expert in external cooperation, pointed out the key elements that resulted from the examples presented and discussions they had.

First of all, they expressed the appreciation towards the team and management of SNN for the professional working program prepared and for providing the opportunity of having applied discussions on various specialization themes. Then they highlighted the main elements from where the cooperation should start:

- Definition of a joint development program based on the complementarities identified by in relation with the smart specialization strategies of the two regions, having as main targets valorization of knowledge and stimulation of innovation in companies;

- The management and monitoring system of RIS3 in the Norther Netherlands will be used as benchmark for the implementation of the joint development program;

- Creation into the North-East Region of Romania – with the support of SNN (coaching) – of the “tables”-type partnership systems operational in Noorden Duurzam; the tables will cooperate and will focus on joint projects;

- Development of a set of projects focused on increasing the competitiveness and superior valorization of resources;

- The business model that should be considered for promotion of projects is the one of the company leader of opinion preoccupied toward innovation, valorization of research results and contributing to solving societal challenges

- Using the twinning-type projects between similar organizations.

As concerning the conclusions drawn by the Dutch partners, they agreed on the proposals made by the North-East RDA’s delegation and emphasized the following:

- the most important achievement of the partners so far was mobilization of the teams which showed openness, honesty and trust;

- The Dutch partners were happy to find out the positive opinion about the cooperation initiative with the North-Est Region of Romania also from their regional partners, this providing the premises for future support of concrete collaborations in the future joint program;

- Taking into account that for implementation of such a scale program there is the need to involve more relevant regional actors, with specific roles in terms of expertise but also as concerning their financial support, they emphasized the necessity to obtain the commitment of the most competitive actors in the North-East Region capable to valorize this opportunity.

Mr. Director General Eise van der Sluis highlighted the availability of SNN to contribute with experts and partners in defining the program and projects in such a way as to reach the mutual advantageous results.

Mr. Vasile Asandei stated that there is a special interest for developing this cooperation. Therefore, it is necessary to have a good mutual knowledge and correct understanding of the both parties, there is the need of a long-term strategy but also to set up short-term activities and objectives and, in this respect, there will be a special attention paid for preparation of the visit of SNN representatives in Romania.

For the second visit programmed to take place in the North-East Region of Romania during 26-30 October 2015 through Taiex Regions Peer to Peer Program, the following issues were agreed: there will be detailed presentations with concern to the activity of the two partners, North-East RDA and SNN Netherlands and the visits and meetings will focus on agro-industrial and ICT sectors.

In parallel, there will be initiated the preparative actions for organization of mutual expert missions that should take place during December 2015 - January 2016 and detailing the key elements of the program (contents and governing mechanism).

The relationships between the two parties will be continued by permanent consultation and agreement upon the next steps.

A pilot program initiative in the European area - The cooperation between North-East of Romania and Northern Netherlands Regions


The representatives of the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN) and North-East Regional Development Agency (RDA) initiated in the spring of 2015 an exploratory mission to assess the perspectives for cooperation between the two regions, targeting to mutual advantageous results. „From the beginning we agreed that this cooperation should be an effective partnership, a mutual understanding, an intelligent valorization of the opportunities and a realistic approach of the future interests. We believe that deepening the European integration must include the possibility of 2 or 3 European regions to build a COMMON DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, so we bring this initiative to the attention of the EC to be evaluated and further improved for the benefit of other regions too” declared Mr. Vasile Asandei, Director general of North-East RDA.         

At a first evaluation, it can be noticed that in the two regions there is enough complementary development potential: on the one hand a rich region with significant resources for capital and know-how export as the Northern Netherlands Region and on the other hand a region with high development needs, with human, natural, infrastructure and even strategic resources insufficient valorized as the North-East Region of Romania. In both regions there are people and institutions with willingness and capabilities to put in practice such a program by observing and filling with means the European values. 

Firstly the own resources of the partnering regions were used, by making use of the available support instruments. With the aid RDA North-East representatives including its Brussels RDA Office, Mr. Willem Reek, Chief of SNN Strategy Department, elaborated a short term Action Plan (period July-November 2015), than at the end of August 2015 the first two projects commonly developed were approved by EC (TAIEX Program - Peer to Peer Regional Actions) to organize:

  • one study visit for 3 representatives of North-East RDA in Northern Netherlands, in the period 29th of September – 2nd of October 2015;
  • one study visit for 3 representatives of the Northern Netherlands in North-East Region Romania, in the period 26th – 30th of October 2015.

For this cooperation to be successful many other resources will be necessary. These resources will be mobilized of course firstly from the two initiating regions, but the partners wish is that European Union to develop more powerful support instruments for such initiatives.

Therefore, once the action plan started to be implemented and information was brought to the relevant regional national and European stakeholders, the initiative received encouraging signals including from Regional Policy EC Commissioner, Mrs. Corina Crețu, the Ministry for Regional Development and Public Administration and the Ministry of European Funds in Romania. 

In 2014, the Netherlands was leading the foreign direct investments top, with approx. 15,000 mil. Euro invested in Romania, which represents 25% from the total FDI at national level, the largest investments being in Greenfield enterprises. But the major part of these investments are concentrated in regions like Bucharest-Ilfov, Center, West and South-Muntenia, Region North-East being unsuccessful until now in attracting investments with big amplitude.

Investors like ARCELORMITTAL TUBULAR PRODUCTS SA (Iași, Neamț), CERAMICA SA (Iași), S.C. ELMET INTERNAȚIONAL S.R.L (Bacău) are permanently developing their business in North-East Region. But the efforts of creating a stable and attractive investment environment must be increased, therefor the initiative of North-East RDA is subscribed to this ambitious objective too.

The project is enthusiastically supported by Mr. Vasile Asandei, who in the next period will carry on a visit in Brussels, to discuss with Mrs. Commissioner Corina Crețu, concrete details regarding the COMMON DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM and the support that European Commission can offer.

Sustainable urban development applied on North-East Region at OPEN DAYS 2015


€351.8 billion available for regional and urban development investment projects in 2014-2020. Are you ready?

More than two thirds of the European population live in urban areas, and this share continues to grow. Just as enterprises, the majority are small and medium-sized cities called on to solve overall challenges such as economic, environmental, demographic and social, but also a series of specific challenges related to resources, capacities and location. Can all these challenges be addressed only by implementing integrated, sustainable and inclusive urban development strategies?

In 12-15 October 2015, the European Committee of the Regions, join forces with the European Commission through the DG for Regional and Urban Policy, and dedicate to regional and urban development the OPEN DAYS week, during which the challenges and opportunities generated by the newly-reformed cohesion policy for 2014-2020 will be analyzed.

Small cities – big challenges – smart solutions

Following the series of events organized in 2013 and 2014, the North-East RDA, as regional Intermediate Body for the ROP in Romania, proposes within the OPEN DAYS 2015 a public debate on “ Modernization of small and medium size European cities with smart and sustainable measures – the present challenges and perspectives for the future . The event will take place on the 14th of October 2015 in Brussels, at the European Committee of Regions’ HQ (Room JDE 62, Jacques Delors Building, Rue Belliard, 99-101).

Together with the representatives of the Romanian Regional Development and Public Administration Ministry, we will identify the synergy between the EU approach and the specific issues related to funding and implementing sustainable urban policies. We will be joined by high-rank representatives of outstanding European associations within the EU development – The Covenant of Mayors and EURADA. Concrete aspects on capital cities’ success stories translation to small and medium-sized cities will be forwarded from regional and local public authorities in Italy ­– Abruzzo Region – and Romania – URBASOFIA and the Municipality of Suceava.

You bring the experience, lessons learned and new projects, and we will provide examples, answers and authorities’ and project managers’ competent recommendations

Participation is free-of-charge based upon online registration up until the 28th of September 2015.

Save your seat at: , event code: 14C13.


CV Frederic Boyer

CV Ercole Cauti

CV Pietro Elisei

CV Iris Flacco

CV Dan Dura

CV Esteban Pelayo

CV Ionut Trinca

Key-words: mutual learning, knowledge exchange, integration, regeneration, funding, public-private partnership

In Brussels: Clusters from North-East Region of Romania and from Belgium started cooperation


In between 7th and 8th of May, 2015, the North-East Regional Development Agency of Romania - Enterprise Europe Network Center, together with the Romanian Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Brussels Office of North-East RDA, have jointly organized a economic mission that was targeting the innovative regional clusters, from both Romania and Belgium, in order to promote, to engage and to intensify the economic and research cooperation in the fields of health, information technology and communication, textiles and constructions.

Considering that, the Commission, through DG Grow and DG Regio, claims that approximately 85% of the registered patents, within the EU, were registered by clusters, and that the financial crisis was impacting less the companies that were part of a cluster, especially when sharing resources at the time of maximum market tension, the event that was organized in Brussels was a prompt and a clear message, especially that it was just one week away from the Comission’s trend setting event, Grow your Region – Delivering Smart Specialization and Economic Transformation through Clusters, that summarized all the tendencies of future developments of SMEs and clusters, in between 2014 – 2020.

The Brussels economic mission had two components, the first one was represented by the international seminar Innovative clusters: a solution for economic development of the North-East Region of Romania, held on the 7th of May, in Meeus Room at the House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions, in Brussels, and secondly, a study visit, that was organized the next day, to ICAB – Business and Technology Incubator, a satellite facility of VUB University of Brussels.

The host of the event, Ms. Gabriela Macoveiu, Director of Communication, Cooperation and Business Development at North-East Regional Development Agency Romania, together with H.E. Mr. Stefan Tinca, The Ambassador of Romania in the Kingdom of Belgium, have addressed a welcoming message to all participants, while reminding again the importance of the cluster cooperation in between the Romanian and the Belgian parts.

The Seminar was divided into four sections, each delegation having a contribution within every panel:

- In the construction panel, Ms. Dora Morhan, Communication Manager, Breasla Constructorilor Ieseni, and Ms. Sibylle Cavalier, Financial and Administrative Coordinator, Cluster Eco Construction;

- Textile panel, Ms. Luminita Ciobanu and Ms. Manuela Mihailiasa, Astrico Nord Est, and Ms. Isabelle Weiler, Trade and Industry Manager, Euratex;

-In the eHealth and eCare panel, Mr. Vasile Fotea, President, Mr. Lucian Nita, Project Manager, Ms. Alina Capitanu, Regional Contact Point Coordinator and Ms. Cipriana Stefanescu, Scientific President, all from Imago-Mol, together with Mr. Frederik Horemans, Project Coordinator, DSP Valley;

- in the ITC panel, Ms. Alina Popa, Vicepresident, Euronest, and Ms. Gudrun Denhaen, Internationalization Coordinator, Flanders Smart Hub.

Apart from the panelists, among the audience were: Mr. Serban Stratila, President of Astrico Nord Est, Ms. Lieva Van Langenhove, Professor at Faculty of Textile, University of Gent, other representatives of business associations, companies and foundations, Mr. Luc Francis Jacobs (Director, Nixxis), Mr. Jozef Goebels (President, ADR-Vlaanderen) and representatives of other Romanian offices (Romanian Municipalities Association, National Union of Romanian Districts), or from Republic of Moldova (Moldovan Office for Science and Technology), or foreign (Neemo/Belgium and Magellan/Portugal). After the networking lunch the discussions intensified in small groups in order to identify as many as possible collaboration opportunities.

In the same day, starting at 14:00, a working meeting in between Flanders Care and Imago-Mol was planned, the Belgian delegation being formed of: Mrs. Carine Boonen, Flanders Care Coordinator, Mrs. Lieve Apers, Flanders Care Instruments Coordinator, on behalf of the Flemish Government, Mrs. Karen Degroote, Center for Medical Innovation, Mrs. Inge Taillieu, Care Economy Coordinator, West Flanders Province, Mr. Thomas Van Langendonck, Flanders Government and last but not least, Mr. Gaston Pulinchx, Policy Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, External Relations Department of Flanders.

The second day, on the 8th of May, during the study visit at ICAB – Beussines and Technology Incubator, a VUB University of Brussels facility, the Romanian delegation was welcomed by Ms. Tania Genel, Programme Manager, that had a short introduction of the campus.

The next presentations fallowed, Ms. Sonia Haesen, Director of TTI, and Mr. Francis Berghmans, giving insights of joint projects with Romanian institutions, and Professor Bram Vanderborght, targeting DREAM project (FP7). At the end, a presentation and a visiting tour was offered by Mr. Marnix Housen, the manager of ICAB.

In conclusion, for two days, North-East Regional Development Agency of Romania has offered a complex framework of dialogue and collaboration in between the North-East Region of Romania and the Belgian clusters, and not only, by promoting the Smart Specialization Strategy of the region to the Belgian and foreign counterparts, presenting as well the investment opportunities and fostering collaboration on economic and research and development levels.

Economic mission in Belgium dedicated to cluster collaboration



Economic mission in Belgium dedicated to clusters


7 – 8 May 2015


House of Cities, Municipalities and Regions - Room "MEEUS"


Square de Meeûs 1, Brussels, 1000


2 days


no later than April 10th 2015

Contact person

Sandu Lucian -
+40 233 218071

On the 7th and 8th of May 2015, the North-East Regional Development Agency (NERDA), partner in the Eastern Romanian Business Support Network, together with the Romanian Embassy in Belgium and the North-East RDA - Brussels Office will organise a thematic economic mission dedicated to the regional representative innovative clusters with the aim of promoting business partnerships between industry and research organizations that are active in the health, IT&C, textile and constructions sectors.

The Regional Eastern Romanian Business Support Network (ERBSN) is a partner of Enterprise Europe Network and its objective is to help SMEs in the two regions of Romania, North-East and South-East, exploit European business development opportunities, through support and consultancy services.

This event offers a chance for regional representative clusters to develop collaborations with other participating clusters from Europe and Belgium, thus, creating greater possibilities for SMEs to grow through opportunities such as access to new markets or to new products and services.

The agenda can be downloaded below.

Target participants: this event is addressed to the regional representative innovative clusters or SMEs active in the health, IT&C, textile and constructions sectors.

The registration deadline is 10th April 2015.
The registration is open and can be done by filling in the registration form and sending it by mail to

Short summary agenda 6-8 May
Main event agenda 7-8 May 2015
Registration form

'Warp It' helps at resource reuse as part of a circular economy


What is circular economy?

The circular economy term is referring to the necessity to reintroduce in circuit used products, either organic materials that can re-enter the ecosystem safely without contamination or materials and technical products, which need to be transformed and usable for a long time. Also, the circular economy concentrates on waste management, all this for efficiently take advantages of resources.

“Cradle to Cradle” Concept

In close connection with circular economy is “Cradle to Cradle” Concept that has been defined in a very plastic way by its initiators – Michael Braungart and William McDonough - as being a sustainability concept according to whom “Waste is food” or “Less bad means better”. In other words, in their vision, we can get sustainable development by using and recycling materials in closed loop and giving up to the strict dependency on raw materials. North-East Regional Development Agency successfully completes the implementation of a demonstrative project for the European Union – Cradle to Cradle Network, further details about this project can be found here.

Warp It provides a cloud system that makes it easy for people to access, donate, and loan surplus assets within the same organisations and even between organisations. In United Kingdom, Customers like Astra Zeneca, Oxford University, and City of London Corporation are already spearheading a resource revolution using Warp It and are achieving great environmental and financial savings.

You can watch a video case study in Sunderland (UK) to find out how they engaged 400 local partners to save €1million, secure over 100 jobs, and avoid 185 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the process.

On 23rd February 2015 Warp It runs a free webinar , which explains more about how this system works, its huge benefits, and how stakeholders can set up a reuse network within their organisation, city or region.

We invite you to attend to learn more about the Warp It system and how it can contribute to achieving your objectives. For online registration please use the following link. If you cannot attend the webinar – register anyway and they will send you a recording.

North-East Regional Development Agency was declared the national winner of the competition 'European Enterprise Promotion Awards' 2014


North-East Regional Development Agency was declared the national winner of the section "Supporting the development of green markets and resource efficiency" in the competition "European Enterprise Promotion Awards" 2014. The application submitted referred to the results obtained in the project EFFECT, implemented in period March 2011 - February 2014.

The European Enterprise Promotion Awards competition identifies and recognizes the most successful promoters of enterprise and entrepreneurship, promotes the best policies and business practices, increases awareness of the added value of entrepreneurship, encourages and inspire potential entrepreneurs in the European Union.

There are six categories in the competition, from which Supporting the Development of Green Markets and Resource Efficiency is recognizing policies and initiatives at national, regional or local level that support SME access to green markets and help to improve their resource efficiency through, for example, green skills development and matchmaking as well as funding.

North-East Regional Development Agency is a generator of economic and social development in the North-East Region of Romania and one of its main objectives is supporting the market development of energy efficient solutions. By implementing the EFFECT project in our region, we have contributed to the improvement of the public procurement innovation, a necessity felt by all the countries in the South East Europe. To this end, the Guideline for public energy efficient procurements and the awareness campaign directed to the regional supply area consisting in dedicated printed materials, promotional movies and information sessions were especially appreciated.

For more information please download the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014 compendium.

Conclusions of International Conference 'Clusters and knowledge management for Europa 2020'


North-East Regional Development Agency organized on 22-23 September in Iasi, the international conference “Clusters and knowledge management for Europa 2020”, an event supported by the Ministry of Economy, Institute for Economic Forecasting of Bucharest, Association for Promotion of Knowledge Economy and the National Association of Romanian Clusters, as partners.
In opening remarks, Mr. Cristian Adomnitei, Iasi County Council President, said he is a "fan of the clusters" and reiterated, in front of the audience, his full support and its institution that he coordinates, for this economic area: "I appreciate the North-East RDA initiative to bring in our region valuable lecturers who add value through their experience, but can also guide us regarding the clusters politics. Although it is a relatively new concept in Romania, in Iasi it was embraced with enthusiasm. In a pragmatic way, the Innovative Regional Cluster EURONEST ICT HUB has already managed to access funding in the amount of 1.3 million euros and Regional Innovation North-East Cluster for Molecular and Structural Imaging IMAGO-MOL has attracted 0.5 million euros" With this occasion, Iasi County Council President announced participation in the World Conference of Clusters, that will be held next year in Milan and at which will be organized a regional stand.


The representative of DG REGIO, Claus Schultze - political analyst at the Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth, insisted on the need to promote in the period 2014-2020 Operational Programmes based on intelligent development strategies, that identify areas with competitive advantages in each zone and stressed that should be encouraged sectoral linkages between industries. He offered support for clusters of Romania through EREN Network, which he coordinates and has its headquarters in Brussels.

Thomas Lammer Gamp, a prominent expert in the development and implementation of programs with public funding, director of the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) at VDI / VDE Innovation & Technik GmbH in Berlin shared with the audience some of the lessons learned in his over 15 years of activity in regional development and economic policy: "First, the industry needs a solid strategy that has as a starting point what entrepreneurs can do together. Then, Operational Programmes should be more flexible and responsive to market needs. I have noticed that the governments tend to fund cluster members, not their management. I consider being imperative diversifying services of support cluster associations, connected with the demands from industry. "

During the event, were presented and Strategy of Research, Development and Innovation, which suggests that 50% of projects will be with economic impact, Danube Programme 2020 which is expected to be launched in October 2014, and the opportunities for direct funding of clusters through Axis 1 of Competitiveness Operational Programme.

Presentations in plenary and parallel workshops were completed with brokerage sessions that facilitated individual meetings between clusters and / or their support organizations that presented their proposal for collaboration in order to identify areas of common interest, that can form the basis of bilateral cooperation projects and / or future business.

The concept of clusters is addressed to groups of companies (start-ups, SMEs, large companies) that work together with research organizations in a particular sector and region, in order to stimulate innovative capacity, sharing knowledge and expertise, increasing the number of interactions and joint use of facilities, contributing effectively to technology transfer, networking and dissemination of information among members.

"In the period 2007-2013, more than 600 clusters in 35 countries have been assessed and certified with bronze, silver or gold medals, depending on their performance. In Romania are registered 50 clusters. Of these, only five clusters participated and passed the quality audit to obtain bronze medal. From a few years North-East RDA is actively involved in animating clusters. We are members of two such structures (IMAGO-MOL and ASTRICO North-East) and we want to have in our region clusters of excellence. Therefore, I am glad because of the interest which this event has been received in our region" said Gabriela Macoveiu, Director of Business Development at North-East RDA.


North-East RDA - a familiar and appreciated presence in Bruxelles


Between 16 to 17 May 2014, North-East RDA was present in Brussels with a new series of activities aimed at increasing the visibility of the agency and the North-East Region, the interaction with representatives of the European Commission and attracting potential investors.

Objectives of the North-East Regional Development Plan 2014-2020, our expectations regarding the possibility of taking over some areas of interest in future operational programs, were central elements of the international seminar organized on 16th of May 2014 at the North-East RDA - Brussels Office - Rue Van Orley no. 5.

Ms. Iulia Serban, project manager at DG Regio presented to over 40 participants new information on the status of Romania’s negotiations with the EC in relation to Partnership Agreement and with the first drafts of the new operational programs. Congratulating once again North-East RDA for the exemplary role it plays in the absorption of EU funds in the North-East of Romania, she urged to increase efforts to establish a smaller number of intervention areas in the future ROP (it currently covers about 70 % of the objectives of the Partnership) and the development of sectoral strategies that demonstrate how the region will address the major challenges in the areas of urban development, the smart development of the SME sector, social inclusion, energy efficiency, promote economic politics based on low dioxide carbon consumption, increasing administrative capacity.

Ms. Vanessa de Bruyn, program manager at DG DEVCO presented the current state of strategic dialogue between the EC and the European Parliament regarding the approval of new programming documents and implementing rules for cross-border cooperation programs and neighborhood (ENI CBC). Given the interest of the North-East Region to find news regarding the orientation of future Romania - Republic of Moldova and Romania - Ukraine CBC programs, the information received were much appreciated by the entire audience. The objectives of the programs will be oriented to economic, environment and mobility, for the first time people to people cooperation objective becoming a transversal theme. EC expects the CBC projects to be not only eligible projects, but projects that address issues / needs common to both countries. For the first time large infrastructure projects proposed for direct award (Large Scale Projects) will be included and approved with the financing program.

Concluding with presentations for the implementation status of the ROP 2007-2013 and Sectoral Operational Programme "Increase of Economic Competitiveness" (SOP-IEC) 2007-2013, under the responsibility of ROP and SOP-IEC Intermediate Bodies (IB),  North-East RDA General Director Mr. Constantin Apostol stressed out that our effort to show our presence in Bruxelles with some periodicity in a given calendar is motivated by our desire to create an active interface through RDA Bruxelles Office with North-East Region, with the following objectives: internationalization the activity of North-East RDA and regional collaborators, establishing viable contacts and partnerships, both with public and private stakeholders, stimulating businesses environment to capitalize the investment potential of the region and increase foreign investments.

"Given that Romania will pass in the near future to implement the processes of decentralization and regionalization, we want to multiply our experience on the design and absorption of EU funds. We have set targets and also very ambitious performance milestones for both North-East RDP 2020 and ROP 2007-2013. We want to reach in 2020 a development level at least equal to the national average and finalize ROP 2007-2013 implementation by achieving a level of absorption of about 90%. "- concluded Mr. Constantin Apostol.

Saturday 17th of May 2014, North-East RDA participated in the exhibition organized in the Committee of the Regions headquarter, with a regional presentation stand which enjoyed success. Romania’s only regional stand offered visitors, besides promotional materials (produced by North-East RDA and the 6 counties of the region) and traditional foods (jams, compotes, confectioneries). A great success enjoyed the contest What do you know about Romania? organized for the stand‘s visitors. Winners have been offered prizes each consisting of a DVD with the movie North-East Region enriches your soul.

You can find below ppt presentation and photos from the event.


! Click here for photos from Committee of the Regions exhibition, 17.05.2014

DG DEVCO Presentation

North-East RDP 2014-2020 Presentation

ROP 2017-2013 Presentation

SOP-IEC 2007-2013 Presentation

State Aid in the European Union


The EU Commission is proceeding with its reform work on State Aids to provide a new legal framework governing State Aids in the period 2014-2020.
The new framework regulation should be submitted for discussion toward the end of this month or in June and influence work on all other regulations.

Work currently focuses on issues including notably:

a)  The de minimis rule, whose present ceiling (€200,000) is unlikely to be raised – see the public consultation process ending on 15 May 2013);

b)  Block exemption rules, which could be broadened to include measures promoting investment into (i) research infrastructure, (ii) the concept of innovation in its broadest sense – i.e. including non-technological innovation (the text could make reference to the notion of knowledge rather than technology), and (iii) aid granted in natural disaster situations;

      Aid intensity in the context of the regulation on block exemptions. Some member States might agree to increase them. This is how:

      1.   The thresholds triggering the notification requirement could be doubled to €40 million for fundamental research activities conducted by small businesses, €20 million for medium-sized companies and €15 million for demonstration activities.

      2.   The concept of highly-skilled staff could be broadened.

      3.   The list of eligible costs could be simplified, as well as the method used for aid amount calculation.

             - handling of support for clusters and notably the end of the degressivity requirement applying to operational subsidies for clusters. The issue of a definition or typology of clusters/demonstrators is open;

             - arrangements for assessing large-scale research projects.

c)   Granting of aid to large companies outside the most advanced regions (Art. 87, 3c). Prohibition or authorisation contingent upon initial investment in the region.

d)  The annual ceiling for aid in the form of investment capital could be raised from €2.5 million to €10 million.

 The public consultation on a general block exemption regulation was launched on 8 May 2013 and is open until 28 June 2013.


European Congress on Rural Tourism, 7-10th of October 2012, Piatra Neamt, Romania

banner Congresul European de Turism

On its 4th edition, this year, the European Congress on Rural Tourism reunites the tourism industry representatives of more than 30 European countries.

The event equally addresses the professionals in the field and the public interested in travelling, holidays and recreational programs. This year, the organizers have designed, especially for the interested public, a great range of related events- seminars, artistic programs, documentary presentations as well as a tourism fair.

The event shall take place under the patronage of the European Federation of Rural Tourism-EUROGITES - while the organizers are ANTREC Romania, The Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Piatra Neamt City Hall, Neamt County Council, Neamt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, North-East Regional Development Agency.

For further details please visit dedicated website:

North-East RDA sustains eco-efficiency initiatives


On 29 February 2012, the North-East Regional Development Agency successfully completes the implementation of a demonstrative project for the European Union – Cradle to Cradle Network.

The Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principle is an ambitious approach of sustainable development.

People must be capable to produce, consume and live in the way they already used to. Still, they have to do it in such a way as consumption and production to be structured in a innovative manner that cannot negatively affect the ecologic system and not lead to the exhausting of the energy resources of the planet. Given the fact that Europe appreciated that the initiative of the Province of Limburg in the Netherlands joined by the nine partners from Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, France, Finland, Austria, Hungary and Romania will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the European Union’s policy concerning economic growth and eco-innovation, the project took the benefit of being financed with ERDF funds under INTERREG IV C programme for a budget amounted to Euro 1.9 million and the European Commission got actively involved in project implementation as the eleventh partner.

Channeling the motivation for changing the mentality „We are convinced that in the coming period of time the Romanian society will consider with great interest the solutions proposed by this project as viable alternatives of adaptation to economic, financial and climate challenges we are facing with. These initiatives imply the need to reduce production costs, waste storage and transport costs, public buildings administration costs, etc. The project provides the opportunity of capitalizing the innovative capacity of this region by encouraging the eco-efficient production and services”, stated Gabriela Macoveiu, project manager from North-East RDA side.

„Cradle to Cradle” has been defined in a very plastic way by its initiators – Michael Braungart and William McDonough - as being a sustainability concept according to whom “Waste is food” or “Less bad means better”. Another words, in their vision, we can get sustainable development by using and recycling materials in closed loop and giving up to the strict dependency on raw materials.

Good practices
Considering the above-mentioned elements as landmarks, it was agreed that the partners of C2C Network project to collect as many examples of this type as possible following that the network to select from these good practices only those ones feasible to be transferred in their respective regions. The good practices transfer is presented in detail into the regional action plan that reflects the way the policy recommendations and the waste management guide will be presented to the political decision- makers.

The four C2C pilot initiatives proposed for implementation into the North-East Region are:
1.    Creation of a platform for material exchange that allows capitalization of re-usable materials by reducing storage and transport costs (model of good practice - Eastex Materials Exchange, Great Britain);
2.    Encouraging the use of traditional materials in civil constructions (model of good practice - Cob Bale Round House, Great Britain);
3.    Creation and promotion of practical examples of making use of renewable energy for public utility buildings (model of good practice - Premio Amica dell’Ambiente, Italy);
4.    Including the Cradle to Cradle concept for integrated spatial development into the urban planning documents (model of good practice - Limburg Sustainable Development Plan, Holland);

Concretely, for the North-East Region the project meant:
•    Direct involvement in the implementation of project activities of 16 persons from North-East RDA, Regional Environment Protection Agency in Bacau, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Gheorghe Zane and George Enescu universities in Iasi, National Institute of Invention Iasi, Territorial Office for SMEs and the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism;
•    Bringing in the region the theoretic knowledge concerning the application of Cradle to Cradle concept in Europe through theoretic framework and thematic perspective studies in the field of constructions, industry, governance and territorial development, documents distributed freely (in over 300 copies) to all interested parties; - Identification and promotion at European level of two Cradle to Cradle good practices of from North-East Region: designing eco-innovative furniture (George Enescu University of Iasi) and using bio-photonic synergies in apparel design (National Institute of Invention Iasi;
•    Creation of a platform for good practices exchanging: bringing in Romania the collection of C2C good practices identified in the 10 partner countries.
•    Publicizing the 156 good practices owners that showed their availability to cooperation and transfer with the members of the Cradle to Cradle Network. Analysis of the feasibility of the transfer of some good practices into the North-East Region, identification of potential buyers and development of a Regional Action Plan for their implementation in the next period of time;
•    Development, together with local public administration, research institutes and companies in the region, of four Cradle to Cradle pilot initiatives to be implemented in the North-East Region.
•    Dissemination at decision-making level of policy recommendations, of the waste management guide and the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of C2C good practices;
•    Organization of five events attended by over 450 participants, publication of four articles in the press and three in the INFO Nord-Est Newsletter, editing a brochure of presentation, translation and posting all the materials carried out during project implementation on a dedicated section on website.

For more information please visit: or dedicated web page on our website.

ELECTRONICDAYS 2012, May 23-24, 2012, Paris-Orly Airport, France


May 23-24, 2012
Paris-Orly Airport, France

Organized by: PROXIMUM Group Franta.
Co-financed by Regional Council Île-de-France and European Union

- B2B meetings on electronics & embedded systems
- Land at Paris-Orly Airport in the morning / Follow your meeting schedule / Take off at the end of the day. No logistics to take care of, easy and efficient participation.
- Using their presentation files, you target the decision-makers of the sector which correspond exactly to your requirements. They validate your proposal, and you equally receive demands from others.

For more information on this event visit dedicated web page:

The eighth edition of the North-East Regional Investment Forum, Bacau, 3-4th November 2011


Held in Bacau, between 3 to 4 November 2011 under the name "North-East Horizon 2020", the eighth edition of the North-East Regional Investment Forum enjoyed the presence of over 200 participants who appreciated the quality of presentations and importance of topic, with good premises for shaping 2014-2020 strategy, which to have a common goal - the development of the North-East.






The seminar 'Innovative Strategies for intelligent specialization (S3) dedicated to the convergence regions'


Timis County Council, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Regional Policy of the European Commission, held in 27 October 2011, in Timisoara, the seminar 'Innovative Strategies for intelligent specialization (S3) dedicated to the convergence regions', in the context of preparations for the next programming period and the need of regions to develop their own strategies to effectively invest in research, development and innovation.


At the event participated representatives of the public authorities responsible for the management of EU funds, universities and technology research centers, SMEs, Regional Development Agencies, the Managing Authorities and Intermediate Bodies etc.

From the North-East RDA participated Mrs. Gabriela Macoveiu, Regional Communication and Promotion Director who presented the material entitled "Innovative Strategies for regional development in Romania - the example of North-East Region". The presentation was based on the results of AsvilocPlus Project.

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AMI 4 Europe - Advanced, Cross- Disciplinary & Integrated Medical Imaging for all Europeans through a Network of Regional Clusters and Development Strategies


North East Regional Development Agency is partner in the implementation of the project “Advanced, Cross- Disciplinary & Integrated Medical Imaging for all Europeans through a Network of Regional Clusters and Development Strategies” (AMI 4 Europe), financed by the European Commission through the Framework Programme 7 – Regions of Knowledge.

Medical imaging is the technique and process used to create images of the human body (or parts and function thereof) for clinical purposes (medical procedures seeking to reveal,diagnose or examine disease) or medical science (including the study of normal anatomy and physiology). Although imaging of removed organs and tissues can be performed for medical reasons, such procedures are not usually referred to as medical imaging, but rather are a part of pathology.

The objective of AMI-4Europe is to define and develop the concept of “next generation” Medical Imaging integrating disciplines such as nanomedicine, pharmacological breakthrough, biotechnologies for healthcare and ICT through the involvement of policy makers, researchers, enterprises and physicians.

For policy makers, policy drivers, researchers, large companies and SMEs as well as physicians who wish to contribute to the definition of “next generation” of Medical Imaging integrating nanomedicine, pharmacological breakthrough, biotechnology for healthcare and ICT, AMI-4EUROPE is the European project that will bring together all relevant stakeholders to co-ordinate, integrate and set up a newly defined EU-based Value chain on Advanced, Cross- Disciplinary & Integrated Medical Imaging.

AMI-4EUROPE will implement the first European Platform for Medical Imaging to create a common ground to promote policies, technologies and research results.

For a detailed presentation of the project AMI 4 Europe, please consult the page dedicated to the project.

Aiming the identification of the key actors from the region for the Medical Imaging sector and, consequnetly for the AMI 4 Europe project, the North East RDA develops a poll process based on questionnarire during 29 March - 5 April 2011.

For additional information, the contact person from North East Regional Development Agency is Mrs. Alina Capitanu, tel 0233218071, e-mail, technical expert of the project AMI 4 Europe.

Business forum 'Russia-Europe', 9-11th of November 2009, Moscow


"Moscow Entrepreneurs Association” jointly with the "Russian Agency for Small and Medium Business Support" and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation is organizing a Two Phase Festival to be held in Moscow on 9-11 November 2009 and consisting of:

  • International Conference «Innovation & Investment: Efficient Basis for Competitiveness of Russian SMEs on Internal and International Markets»;
  • Business opportunities / investment matchmaking Forum «Russia - Europe: SMEs - Cooperation without Frontiers».

The Conference will be focused on identifying and analysing SMEs problems as well as efficiency of the State support to the sector in terms of investment attraction, innovation development and entering foreign markets. It will also determine further support measures to develop and increase SMEs’ competitiveness on internal and international markets.

The Forum will be devoted to two-day bilateral negotiations between Russian industrial SMEs in different sectors of activities (production, R&D, services) with business partnership proposals, including investment projects, and willing to identify potential business partners in Europe, and European SMEs which would have shown interest with regard to Russian business proposals and projects or which, in their return, are offering cooperation to Russian SMEs.

The aim of the Business Forum ( is to help Russian and European SMEs in recognizing opportunities provided by Cross-Border Cooperation and to utilise them by starting or developing international business relationships. All those participating in this Business Forum share one thing in common, the desire to broaden their contact network and to find new partners for technical as well as commercial purposes. The forum provides a unique opportunity to find new business contacts.

During the Business Forum Russian and European SMEs will meet in order to discuss the possibility of doing business with each other in a series of B2B meetings. All participants will have the opportunity to find new business partners as well as to visit 7 industrial fairs in Moscow.

Andrei Akopov
Head, Projects and Project Proposals Department
Moscow Entrepreneurs Association
Moscow, Russian Federation
+7903 267-6998

North-East RDA at the Forum dedicated to the Structural Funds, 2nd Edition, 7-8th of May 2009, Warsaw


During 7-8th of May 2009, North-East Regional Development Agency North-East has participated as a representative of the Romanian National Association of RDAs, at the Structural Funds Forum, 2nd edition, organized in Warsaw by the Ministry of Regional Development in Poland.

The event included conferences, seminars, cultural activities, and an exhibition of all the management authorities for regional operational programs, which had reflected by materials the 5 years experience of Poland as an EU member state. As international exhibitors were invited countries from ‘Visegrad Group’ (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary) and Bulgaria. Romania’s stand presented beside the North-East Region and the South-East Region, the South-West Oltenia Region and the North-West Region, highlighting tourist and investment potential of them.



North-East Regional Development Agency celebrated 10 years of activity


Thursday, April the 9th, starting with 16:00 hours, North-East Regional Development Agency celebrated the anniversary of 10 years, at Piatra Neamt, together with employees, customers and traditional partners.

Regional Development Agency North-East is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, of public utility, with legal personality established by law of regional development no. 151 / 1998 and the decision of the Court of Neamt nr.38PJ/01.04.1999. The agency is the executive body of the North-East Regional Development Board, the body responsible for elaborating and implementing regional development policies.

Founded after the signed agreement of 6 county councils - Bacau, Botosani, Iasi, Neamt, Suceava and Vaslui - to form North-East Regional Development Agency, the agency has established its headquarter in Piatra Neamt and began its activity having a number of 10 employees.

Preparation of the first regional socio-economic analysis, setting up the strategic areas of intervention or launching the first scheme of grant at the regional level - Phare ESC 1998 were in those years the firsts objectives assumed, and then achieved.

If the firsts projects implemented were oriented towards supporting the SME sector, human resource development and tourism, gradually the range of regional development programs have diversified including support for direct investment in micro-enterprises and SMEs, development of educational and business infrastructure, support for social services. Once the new role as Intermediate Body for the Regional Operational Program 2007-2013, the financed sphere were completed by infrastructure projects, either big scale projects of road infrastructure, social infrastructure, health, education or development of business environment and tourism.

Understanding the necessity of learning the regulations and procedures of the European Commission, with the support of partners from Italy and the UK, but also from the desire to do things impeccably, the North-East RDA team has improved constantly. Organizational structure of the agency has grown every year, including new services and departments: the function of legal advice, internal audit department - 2001, human resources department - 2002, marketing and investments department - 2002, offices dedicated to programming activity, implementation and monitoring for future Structural Funds - 2005, Directorate Management ROP-2007. Today, 80 employees share the same values, the same openness to all stakeholders interested in development of the region, and the same determination to keep these high standards.

Recognition of efforts came as something natural: 85% degree of absorption of pre-accession funds, 677 projects implemented, over 5,000 jobs created through funded projects, a Regional Development Plan which sets out the priorities of the Region, mobilization of resources for foreign investments, 300 projects submitted in the Regional Operational Program, of which 35 were contracted, in the near future an International Office to Brussels to represent the North-East Region, but, above all, the respect of partners, whether it was the beneficiaries, members of the North-East Regional Development Board, members of ministries or international partners.

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.

Optimistic plans for tomorrow:

"Thanks to everyone who contributed to the institutional development of North-East RDA, all beneficiaries who have urged us to be better and better, more professional, more attentive to their needs and those who have been beside us these 10 years. We did things together that we are proud of: the figures become reality, the North-East Region defied the statistics and became known not only by indicators, but by its potential, through quality of people, we became a model of good practice in the various environments.

The next period will be a test for us. We are confident that good results will continue, and in 2013 the North-East Region will become a more attractive place to live, work, invest and spend your free time.
" said Mr. Constantin Apostol, General Director of North-East RDA and  host of the event.



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Encouraging prospects for tourism development in North-East Region


The fifth edition of the Regional Investments Forum organized by the Regional Development Agency North-East took place on 10th of October 2008 at Suceava and gathered at Bucovina Economic Center of Salcea over 140 participants.

The conference entitled The Regional Tourism between the present and future was opened by Mr. Constantin Apostol, General Director of North-East RDA and Mr. Gheorghe Flutur, President of the North-East Regional Development Board, brought together specialists in strategy planning for tourism development, financers, international partners interested in the project collaborations in this area, but also economic operators which through their achievements in this field can serve as models of good practice.

If the first part of the conference was dedicated to presenting the Master plan for national tourism development, the Plan Regional for Action in Tourism, but also to funding opportunities available through Regional Operational Program, National Program of Rural Development or private financers, the second part was dedicated to a pragmatic experience exchange among partners of North-East RDA  - Regions of Umbria and Abruzzo - Italy on the one hand and tourism operators in the North-East Region on the other.

Present at the conference, Mr. Dragos Anastasiu - President of the National Association of Travel Agencies (ANAT) of Romania said: "I appreciate the efforts of regional partners to develop an action plan dedicated to tourism and I saw in the presentation of North-East RDA many interesting things. As a businessman I came to this event in the hope that the information received will help me to identify an idea of development ... Often those who operate in the tourism industry don’t have the training necessary to process information related to the financing opportunities; from this point of view I consider that practical examples are welcome, especially those who help small investors to take all necessary data and to pass to facts."

"We are always concerned about the fructification of area’s tourist potential and at the same time aware that promoting actions on internal and international market are of extreme importance in increasing visibility of North-East Region’s tourist destinations. So, the series of these events will continue for tourism to become really in the business card of the North-East Region" - said Mr. Constantin Apostol – General Director of North-East RDA.

Photo Gallery - Regional Investments Forum 2008

The first Regional Innovation Strategy for North-East Region


The Regional Innovation Strategy, developed as a result of RIS DISCOVER North-East project, is a tool designed to be a starting point in expanding and diversification of research-development-innovation offer, to formalize and develop the technological transfer structures and, but not at last, to match the innovation and development needs of manufacturing companies in particular and all economic organizations in general.


  • to enhance the knowledge and innovation generation, diffusion and utilisation in the region, through effective transfer system and innovation commercialisation.
  • to increase the regional added value and to generate new economic activities.
  • to promote the adequate social and economic environment to extend and maintain innovation process and entrepreneurial culture.


  1. Improve the capacity of research -development-innovation of RDI institutions from NE Region with the purpose to increase the economic regional competitiveness .
  2. To develop the capacity of enterprises to be innovative including improvement of business support infrastructure.
  3. Develop an innovative entrepreneurial culture in North-East region.
  4. Improve human resources dedicated to RDI sector.

For further information about RIS DISCOVER NE project implemented by North-East RDA please visit our Innovation section.

The strategy was presented for the first time at the Final Conference of RIS DISCOVER NE project, on 22nd of April, at Iasi. Attached below is the complete version of this document.

Regional Innovation Strategy

The new website dedicated to 2007-2013 Regional Operational Programme in the North-East Region of Romania

01/02/2008 is the new website specially created to manage  information about Regio - 2007-2013 Regional Operational Programme in the North-East Region of Romania.

By this website, we will like to approach both the potential applicants and beneficiaries of Regio. You will find here informations about the available funding, the institutions in charge, the projects, and of course thelatest news about implementantion of Regio.


The fourth edition of Regional Investment Forum North-East Romania


During 1-2 November, 2007 the North-East Regional Development Agency, in partnership with the Regional Environment Protection Agency Bacau, Bacau Municipality, Bacau County Council and Prefecture of Bacau, is organising the fourth edition of the Regional Investment Forum North-East Romania.

This year the manifestation will be lodged by Bacau City, recognised for its economical dynamics and the high level of entrepreneurial potential, and will consist of two distinct events:

- The Conference „Sustainable regional development in the context of innovation”

- Match-Making event

The Conference will take place during 1-2 November 2007 at the Conference Hall of SC „Agricola International” SA Bacau (Calea Moldovei nr.94) and will include topics of interest for business environment and local public authorities from the North-East Region regarding the implementation and the capacity of Structural Funds absorption and the promotion of investment opportunities in North-East Region. Also there are to be proposed solutions for sustainable regional development and elimination of the existing disparities between European regions. In this respect please find the agenda attached.

On November the 2nd, 2007, starting with 12.00 o’clock, there will take place at HIT Park Hemeius the Match-Making event that will include 4 simultaneous sections dedicated to:

  1. The Managing Authorities and/or Intermediate Bodies for Romanian Operational Programmes 2007-2013 and of other funds available for North-East Region
  2. Commercial banks with representatives in North-East Region
  3. Construction companies
  4. Business support and consultancy organizations

Please confirm your participation by filling in and sending the “Participation Form” by fax at (0040) 233 224 167. For more information please contact Mrs. Liliana Baicu, phone (0040) 233 224 168, e-mail:

NOTE: Bacau Municipality is located in the North-East of Romania, on E 85 European road, at 300 Km away from Bucharest. The city has an international airport with daily connections with Italy, Germany, Greece and France. Attached below you can find a list of hotels recommendations and a useful map of the event area.

The transfer between Agricola International and HIT Park Hemeius is to be provided by the North-East RDA.

1. Agenda
2. Participation form
3. Invitation
4. Hotels in Bacau
5. Map location

The Regional Operational Programme was launched on 13 July 2007, at Sibiu


On Wednesday 11 July 2007, the European Commission approved the Regional Operational Programme (ROP), elaborated by the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing. The programme was launched on Friday 13 July 2007, at Sibiu, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Regional Development, Ms Danuta Hübner and the Minster of Development, Public Works and Housing, Mr László Borbély and representatives of the local authorities.

Through ROP, a 3.73 billion euro financing is allocated from structural funds, to which Romania will add its contribution of 880 million euros. The amount of the funds allocated through ROP represents 19% of the total structural funds allocated to Romania for the 2007 – 2013 programming period. The funds will be allocated differentially to the regions, according to their degree of development and through a close coordination with the actions carried out under the other operational programmes, to ensure a well-balanced development of all the regions of the country.

POR was elaborated by the Management Authority for the Regional Operational Programme, within the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Housing, in a large partnership with structures of the central and local public administration, regional partners, representatives of the business environment and non-governmental organisations.

POR implements important elements of the National Strategy of Regional Development of the National Development plan (NDP), contributing, together with the other Sectoral Operational Programmes to meeting the objective of the National Strategy of Regional Development of the NDP, and of the National Strategic Reference Framework - to diminishing socio-economic development disparities between Romania and the EU Member States.

The ROP strategic objective consists in supporting an economic, social, territorially balanced and sustainable development of all Romanian regions, according to their specific needs, focusing on supporting a sustainable development of the cities, improving the business environment and basic infrastructure. The aim is to make the Romanian regions, especially the less developed, attractive places to work, live and spend free time. The implementation of this programme also aims at creating better conditions for the well-balanced economic and social development of all Romanian Regions and cities - urban growth poles capable to irradiate development.

The Regional Operational Programme will be implemented by a centrally coordinated management, with the help of the Regional Development Agencies and the Tourism Department within the Ministry for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Trade, Tourism and Liberal Professions.

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