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Plan4all – A European Approach to Spatial Data Used on Territorial Planning

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Author(s): MICHAELA DORA MIHĂILESCU | GERGELY TÖRÖK

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: VII;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 137;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Spatial planning data | INSPIRE | Plan4all | Geoportal

ABSTRACT
In order to ensure the increased efficiency of European policies and the implementation of Structural Funds in a more balanced manner in the different territories of the country, a number of eight development regions have been established in Romania, corresponding to NUTS II level. In between these regions, as well as within each of them, a major concern is the diminution of economic and social disparities. Moreover, these disparities can manifest themselves in a cross-border context, jumping the administrative boundaries of regions and even neighbouring countries. In this sense, development plans provide certain measures in order to stimulate a more balanced development of the territories, using spatial planning as the actual support in identifying factors that lead to the emergence and intensifying of regional disparities. The present paper focuses on these aspects related to spatial planning data in the context of the recent European initiatives, through the activities of the Plan4all project that is being implemented by a European consortium. Romania is partner in this project and is represented by the North-West Regional Development Agency (North-West RDA). The paper presents the achievements of the running Plan4all project until the present day, as well as the involvement and the contributions of the North-West RDA so far.
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