Out now: The Country Profile of Romania

ARL International ARL International
published on 27/04/2023

The strongly centralised spatial planning approach of communist times in the second half oft he 20th century has left its marks on Romania. Although the communist era has shaped Romania fundamentally since the beginning, it wasn’t until 1977 that the center of the capital Bucharest was radically restructured after a devastating earthquake.

However, a lot has changed since then. Romania has become a liberal democracy and joined the EU in 2007. Although spatial planning was not among the conditions of the pre-accession of Romania to EU, the process nonetheless had significant impacts on spatial planning through generating the eight NUTS 2 level development regions Romania has today. Another benefit is the 2014-2020 programming period which brought Integrated Territorial Investments, implemented in the Danube Delta area as an attempt towards integrated spatial, economic and social development.

Read more about the spatial planning system in Romania here: https://www.arl-international.com/knowledge/country-profiles/romania