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The cohesion policy will, in large part, finance economic innovation. Cities are epicenters of innovation and development. The big cities in Romania will also have to be developmental epicenters – some of them already are, but rather because of the gravitational force of the private economy than as part of a coherent development plan. We see this in the examples of Bucharest, Cluj, and Timișoara.
How should we administer a modern city?
- It should be smart.
A smart administration would support the main actors who propagate innovation and research initiatives. It would increase the number of beneficiaries able to access research and innovation funds by disseminating information regarding these initiatives.
The future administration must be a leader in communicating information regarding innovation and research funds. It will have to encourage possible applicants by supporting them with a simplified, navigable, user friendly bureaucratic process.
This administration must take advantage of all the research and innovation funds made available through programs sponsored by the European Union.
It should be green.
Another goal of a modern city is to reduce carbon emissions and reduce pollution of all kinds (air, water, noise). How? Through smart projects, green investments in energy transition, energy from renewable sources and projects combating climate change we can move towards a green city. Some examples of measures that must be included in the administration’s strategy are: reducing the number of cars and increasing the quality and availability of public transport; changing how we traditionally use energy to an intelligent and efficient model; using renewable energy sources by building systems that benefit from natural energy resources; and encouraging investment in environmental projects.
- It should be coherent.
Who does not want to move through lines quickly?
Who does not want to move quickly and comfortably from one part of the city to another?
Who does not want tourists to have user-friendly access to information about the city they are visiting?
The modernization of the transport system must become a priority for the administration. It is imperative that the current system is replaced with a low emission system.
Also, digitization will have to play an important role outside of the city, making life easier for citizens by creating applications that support everyday necessities.
The administration should start by offering digital products to citizens, from online payments, to alerts and general information about different aspects of the city.
A coherent city is a city that operates efficiently.
- It should be social.
Currently, local administrations are not in touch with the citizen. A social administration takes care of the citizen who then places confidence in the administration through taxes.
What should an administration do for the citizen? It should defend his social rights, support him if these rights are violated, and be his lawyer. It should fight for the quality of jobs and the workplace, and attract investors in order to create jobs in accordance with European Union policies.
The children of the city must have good schooling conditions. The future of the city lies in the quality of the present education. Free transportation, hot meals, school supplies, scholarships, school conditions at the same level as the rest of Europe should not be a dream but a reality.
Social inclusion and equal access to health systems are measures that the administration must implement for the physical and mental health of its citizens.
- It should be in touch with its citizens.
The administration of the future is an administration that listens to the citizen and encourages him in any endeavor. It allows for dialogue to improve on any issue that affects his daily life.
Sustainable urban development starts from the citizen, from his needs and requirements. Any project the administration undertakes must have the citizen as its main concern.
The European Union will support local administrations’ efforts to modernize through the Cohesion Policy which is the main investment policy of the European Union.
Regional development and that of local administrations will be allocated between 60% and 85% of the ERDF resources and the Cohesion Fund, thus helping to achieve the objectives of a modern city.
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