The Romanian Review of European Governance Studies
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The inclusion of Roma communities in local cultural policies. Case study: Cluj-Napoca European Capital of Culture 2021

Frontpage calendar image October 13, 2016

Author : Florentina Ionică
Abstract: The research problem of this project has to do with the manner in which the multiculturalism is understood in Romania, especially at the local level. In this case our problem stems from the fact that multiculturalism and ethnic diversity are underlying the European cultural projects, which are required in order to understand and value the European cultural heritage. We focus on the Roma community from Romania and on the way that this community is perceived in local cultural policies in Romania, the case study considering Cluj-Napoca and the Project of European Capital of Culture 2021. The relevance of the topic is related to two dimensions: the integration of Roma communities and also the integration of their culture, because there are no studies linking both dimensions and from the local level it is not given any solution to support this facts. The research methodology is based on the data collected from documents received from the most representative institutions of Cluj CCE 2021 program, and also from sources which create a better understanding of the research problem.

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The Cultural Dimension in the twinning programmes developed by Cluj-Napoca City Hall

Frontpage calendar image June 6, 2015

Author: Dana Furdui & Andreea Ioana Dumitruţi

The present paper aims to analyse the role played by culture in Cluj-Napoca’s twinning programmes, with an emphasis on the most important elements of these programmes. In this context, the research question is: “Is good governance used in managing these programmes?”, since culture is a dynamic and novel sector. The research topic is therefore defined by the cultural dimension of the programmes and the way in which good governance reflects in the activities implemented and the results achieved.
As methodology we used both the interview and the case study, in order to identify the data relevant for the research. As a result of our research, we concluded that the management and coordination of Cluj-Napoca’s twinning programmes use the model of good governance through efficient coordination of the activities, adequate use of the resources, collaboration with non-governmental organizations, active involvement of the citizens and continuity of activities within the twinning relations.

Key words: Cluj-Napoca, community, culture, partnerships, twinning