Author: Tania Joufi
European Territorial Cooperation and, therefore, cross-border cooperation at EU level has gained importance with the accession of states from Eastern Europe, becoming a major concern on the EU agenda. The analysis and evaluation of CBC (Cross-Border Cooperation) programs attended by Romania during 2007-2013 represents the topic of this research paper, in order to form an overall picture of the functioning of the cross-border cooperation both between EU Member States and with non-member states which are in the close vicinity. The research focuses on three main goals: evaluating the process of cooperation in the border region Romania-Hungary over the 2007-2013 period, determining the evolution of the CBC Regional Office from Oradea in this programming period, determining the effectiveness of cross-border cooperation of Romania with non-member states in order to observe their proximity to EU policies. Concerning the methodological framework, we followed a process of documenting the subject matter using qualitative research, so the interview, analysis of documents, observation or interpretation of the results were the most important instruments used, and the research methods used consisted in the CIPP Model and in The Success Case Study Method.
Europeanization and Domestic Change.Territorial Adaptation in Eastern Europe:The Romanian Experience
Author: Irina Pop
Abstract: In the context of the contemporary dynamics of the European integration process, Europeanization asserts itself not only as an intriguing object of scientific inquiry, but also as a relevant issue for both member states of the European Union and candidate countries. Associated with the idea of change induced by the “European” influence, the Europeanization process affects, to a various extent, both institutions and policy fields. Based on the Europeanizationresearch framework, this paper will discuss the impact of European integration on territorial adaptation- at the regionallevel- in Eastern Europe, in connection to a case study- the Romanian one. As it is the case of other East European countries,the specificity of the Romanian regional system that emerged at the end of the ’90s is primarily explained with reference to the efforts of “adjusting to Europe”, in light of the accession to the European Union. Based upon a cost- benefit decision, i.e.fulfilling the requirements in order to ensure access to European financial resources, the current regional system in Romaniais formed of “statistical” regions having little perspectives of becoming the reference point of a further territorial-administrative reorganization.
Keywords: Eastern Europe, Europeanization, Regional policy, Regional actors, Romania