The Public Administration Forum, a national event that plans to offer a platform for debate on the priorities of the second stage of the current Government’s tenure in its relation with the local public administration and the existing priorities for carrying out sustainable investment projects at local level, started on Monday at the Palace of Parliament.
The presentations and the debates at the Forum were organised by the Government, through the Regional Development and Public Administration Ministry (MDRAP).
According to a communique posted on MDRAP’s website, high-level political decision-makers and around 1,000 participants from local public administration associative structures – the National Union of Romanian County Councils, the Association of Romanian Municipalities and the Association of Romanian Communes –, ambassadors, representatives of the world of academia, of NGOs, prefects, mayors and county council chairmen were invited at the event.
Debates took place within the Forum’s plenum meeting and workshops, where topics related to the partnership between the Government and the local public administration, to Romania’s territorial development strategy and to economic development and national strategies to support local authorities were tackled. Aspects concerning the use of European grants and state budget funds for local and regional development, but also issues related to land registry, territorial infrastructure, urbanism and sustainable development were presented.
PM Ciolos: Gov’t finalising Romania’s territorial development strategy
The Government is working on finalising Romania’s territorial development strategy through which it seeks to ensure a balance between rural and urban areas, Premier Dacian Ciolos stated on Monday at the opening of the Forum.
“Concerning local economic development, from our point of view there are several key elements that we have to consider in order to ensure balanced development between rural and urban areas, coming up with an integrated vision (…) of development, from a territorial but also economic standpoint, so that we would ensure in the future the development of both urban areas, including metropolitan areas, and rural areas, which we would be able to treat in a unitary fashion, not a preferential fashion. From this point of view, we are now working on finalising Romania’s territorial development strategy. Work on it started several years ago and was delayed. We are now able to put up for debate this integrated territorial development strategy also called “The Polycentric Romania 2035,” which we would like to be a unitary framework for the long-term territorial development of Romania, through which we would stimulate inter-communal cooperation, cooperation between urban or poly-urban centres and rural areas, would ensure communications and infrastructural links throughout the country’s territory and we would create opportunities as balanced and as equal as possible for all of the country’s regions for the development of economic activity,” Premier Ciolos told participants at the Local Public Administration Forum.
The Prime Minister warned that an integrated and visionary approach on our country’s territorial development is needed.
“We are already noticing this phenomenon, that economic investments are concentrating increasingly in already developed regions and, unless we come up with an integrated and visionary approach on Romania’s territorial development, we risk that in several years, even though at macro level we will have good economic development, it would be distributed in an unbalanced manner between the country’s various regions,” Ciolos told those present.
Absence of agriculture cadastral mapping results in gridlock; we must finalise this process
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos on Monday said that in absence of agriculture cadastral mapping relevant projects can end up in a gridlock and therefore this process must be finalised.
“A topic I am very particular about and where I believe that through a better cooperation between you and the Government we can make considerable progress this year and in the next years is cadastral mapping, and I am referring (…) in the first place (…) to the agricultural cadaster, to the cadaster in the rural area, and this is not because it would be more important than the cadaster (…) in the urban areas, where we also have investment projects that cannot be developed without completing this process, but in agriculture you see that we reach a gridlock when we have no cadaster, when certain investment projects cannot develop naturally, when we cannot have a rural territorial development vision as long as we don’t capitalise on this resource, which is the agricultural land fund. Let alone that in a few years’ time we won’t be able to grant subsidies if we don’t have this cadastral mapping completed, because it is a conditionality assumed by all EU member states and therefore we must also finalise this process,” PM Ciolos told the participants in the Local Public Administration Forum taking place at the Palace of Parliament.
He added that the National Cadaster Agency has a series of instruments through which it can aid commune mayors to have an integrated approach in the case of cadaster registration.
The Prime Minister also said that he asked the Cadaster Agency to make an inventory of the communes whose leaders want to have an integrated approach of cadaster mapping and registration.
We want integrated development approach of Jiu Valley, Rosia Montana, Moldavia
The Government is set to come up with an integrated development approach of the Jiu Valley, Rosia Montana and Moldavia by the end of its term, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos told the opening on Monday of the Local Public Administration Forum at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.
“Building on the project for the integrated territorial development of the Danube Delta, we want to design such specific integrated programmes, even if we will probably not be able to build new territorial development instruments by the end of the year, as we have in the Danube Delta; at least we will come up with an integrated approach for measure guides for which projects may be submitted. First of all we have in mind some priority regions. We want to come up with an integrated approach for the development of the Jiu Valley, as promised before the local elections, as well as for Rosia Montana, which is generating many arguments. We want to put forth more than just rules and constraints; we want to come up with development projects there. We have had a conversation with local officials from Moldavia for an integrated development of the region. So, our intention for these three areas, territories – the Jiu Valley, Moldavia and Rosia Montana, is to put forth, by the end of our tenure, integrated approaches of territorial development that will pool together European funds and allocations from the national budget so that we may finance your projects. Hopefully, these examples will determine such integrated approach to be followed by other regions of the country as well,” Ciolos told the Local Public Administration Forum.
Ciolos also mentioned how the Government wants to support local public officials, pointing to the need for integrated funding.
“First of all, there should be a better use of European funds. The ministers responsible for European funds will introduce you to the latest developments in the launch of new programmes and the preparation of guides you’ve been waiting for to prepare your projects. We have here five calls for proposals that may involve local administrations as beneficiaries that the Ministry of European Funds has issued as well as the Development Ministry in relation to operational programme regional development. Under the national rural development programme, there are three calls launched and three more calls will follow for measures where you can submit projects yourselves. We also want to have a better coordination of programmes on European funding and programmes on national funding so that we may have projects on integrated funding that will bring more clarity and simplification for you,” said Ciolos.