Implementation period: 2002 -2004
The NCSD was involved in EU financed project REGIONET (Strategies for Regional Sustainable Development: An Integrated Approach beyond Best Practice) under the EU 5th Framework Programme for Research.
The main objective of the project was to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to support the implementation of sustainable development in regions across Europe.
The project team of REGIONET consisted of sixteen partners coming from fourteen different European countries (current and new EU member states). It appeared early on that the project was a good opportunity to start developing a comprehensive study about regional sustainable development in Europe. The large number of project partners (plus associated partners) enabled us to have seventeen storylines and a comprehensive picture of regional sustainable development policy-making across Europe. In order to ensure comparability, the project team developed a concept for analysis. This concept was used by each national team as a template to carry out reviews of regional sustainable development in their own country.
In the framework of the project’s general objectives, the following main sections are covered in individual National Reports:
National background on regional development includes not only the history of regional development in the country but also the political and administrative system and hierarchies as these are of major importance in giving a framework for policy-making. This section also includes a reflection about national initiatives for sustainable development.
Regional sustainable development reflects upon national and regional initiatives. The important role of the EU Structural Funds in fostering sustainable development at regional level is emphasized.
The section on multi-level governance elaborates on the involvement of various political/administrative levels in policy-making (from the EU to the national and regional level) as well as the multi-level interaction between different stakeholders. Additionally, it analyses how cross-sector policy integration in regional sustainable development is carried out at various different levels.
Evaluation methods and tools for regional sustainable development: the current evaluation methods, tools and indicators are described in this section. It also reflects upon the different types of measurements for regional sustainable development, and on the harmonization of various methods and tools taking place in Europe.
An analysis of regional sustainable development: the section summarizes the practical experiences with regional sustainable development across Europe. It also evaluates the general trade-offs, top-down and bottom-up relations as well as the future of European regional policy for the period after 2006, when new Structural
Funds regulations are to be implemented.
More information is available on the REGIONET project homepage:
National Report on Regional Sustainable Development in Romania:
In 2004, all National Reports, together with an introduction and a concluding chapter, were published in book form.
The National Report on regional sustainable development in Romania gives a comprehensive overview of the subject. Together with the other reports, it provided the first comparative study of regional sustainable development in Europe.