Bucharest-Ilfov (RO)

Bucharest

Bucharest-Ilfov (largest city: Bucharest) is located in the south of Romania and includes the capital Bucharest City and Ilfov county. In 2017, the population was at 2,287,347 inhabitants (Eurostat, 2018). The capital city has the highest socio-economic potential and the highest living standards of the country. The region is hosting the country's top academic institutions and research infrastructure, exhibiting the highest RDI potential in the country. Its public and private R&D expenditures are the highest in Romania as more than 50% of country’s total expenditure is in this region. While public and private R&D expenditures are the highest in Romania, Bucharest-Ilfov needs to capitalise more on its assets to become more competitive on a European scale. It also contains Ilfov county with eight cities, having a population between 10,000 and 42,000 inhabitants each  (Măgurele,Bragadiru, Buftea, Chitila, Otopeni, Pantelimon, Popești-Leordeni, Voluntari).

The region is 1.812km² and comprises 2.208.368 inhabitants (as per 2006 statistics).

Economic activity is widely focused in Bucharest, Ilfov county being more of an additional space for the capital’s industries. Together they make up the largest industrial area of the country. The GDP is the largest in Romania, at about 5.616,7 euro/inhabitant, approximately twice as Romania’s average. All industries are present here, but lately workforce switched to services rather than manufacturing. This is also the area where industries such as construction, retail estate, retail, distribution and management have undergone a surprising growth. Unemployment rates are very low compared to other areas of Romania – 84.2% of population of 25-34 years old is employed and 88.6% of the population of 35-44 years old is employed.

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/regional-innovation-monitor/base-profile/bucharest-ilfov

 

Bucharest-Ilfov (largest city: Bucharest) is located in the south of Romania and includes the capital Bucharest City and Ilfov county. In 2017, the population was at 2,287,347 inhabitants (Eurostat, 2018). The capital city has the highest socio-economic potential and the highest living standards of the country. The region is hosting the country's top academic institutions and research infrastructure, exhibiting the highest RDI potential in the country. It's public and private R&D expenditures are the highest in Romania as more than 50% of the country's total expenditure is in this region. While public and private R&D expenditures are the highest in Romania, Bucharest-Ilfov needs to capitalize more on its assets to become more competitive on a European scale. According to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (2017), the services sector employs 70.9% of the region’s employees, followed by construction (10.5%), manufacturing (9.4%) and public administration (8.1%). Agriculture accounts for as low as 1.2% of the total employment. The region’s strengths are specific mainly to Bucharest City: much higher capacity for regional growth, job creation and workforce attraction, better development of the local service economy and industry base, higher density of HEIs and RDI potential, highly educated workforce, most important national transportation node, higher availability of public utilities and telecom infrastructure. Some weaknesses are more visible in Bucharest City (traffic congestion, social exclusion and fragmentation), others in Ilfov county (inadequate development of basic services, sanitary/health, education and IT/telecom infrastructure, lower work productivity and income than Bucharest).

The region includes one municipality (Bucharest), 9 towns, 32 communes and 91 villages. It has no administrative or legal status, but as a NUTS2 territorial unit, it is the framework for elaborating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating regional development policies funded through national programmes and structural funds. National co-ordination of the regions is ensured by the National Council for Regional Development. Regional coordination is performed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and its executive body, the Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency (ADRBI). RDC is chaired by the general mayor of Bucharest capital city and the Ilfov county council president by rotation.

Intermediate Body for Regional Operational Programme, is a regional implementation unit, which takes over some of the responsibilities of the Management Authority and is the main body that has direct contact with the funding applicants. The agency’s mission statement aims at increasing impact investment in the economic and social through management efficiency of projects and programmes, increasing impact investment in the economic and social through management efficiency of projects and programmes.

Website: www.adrbi.ro