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Premises for Shaping Metropolitan Areas in Romania

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Author(s): RAULARIAN RUSU | CIPRIAN MOLDOVAN | DĂNUŢ PETREA

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: VIII;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Metropolitan areas | Romania | Cities | Urban areas | Urban cores

ABSTRACT
The setting up of metropolitan areas is a process which is still in progress in Romania. The legislative framework for the creation of these areas has been built up only since 2001, and there are still a number of juridical inconsistencies concerning the association of administrative units to form metropolitan areas. On the other hand, political reasons and the fear of losing a certain degree of authority and to become subordinates of the large cities (in the case of rural municipalities) also hindered the development of metropolitan areas in Romania. Nevertheless, the metropolitan areas already in existence are running a number of projects that are beneficial for most members of the association. Such positive examples may trigger the creation of the other metropolitan areas. Although the existing metropolitan areas did not yield spectacular results, the time passed since their foundation is yet too short to correctly assess their usefulness and territorial meaning. For the moment, the following metropolitan areas exist in Romania: Iaşi, Oradea, Braşov, Constanţa, Bacău, Cluj-Napoca, Târgu Mureş and Craiova. Bucharest, Timişoara, Ploieşti and Galaţi-Brăila metropolitan areas are still in process of setting up.
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