European Integration - Realities and Perspectives. Proceedings 2019
(Re)Inventing Galati-Braila Urban
Agglomeration with the Support of HEIs
Abstract: The local development potential of the Galati-Braila urban agglomeration is bigger than if we were
thinking about the socio-economic development at each city level. A r enewed design of spatial development
strategies are required in order to overcome the local limiting factors and to create the necessary local consensus
for policies targeting institutional reforms mainly on l abour market, capital mobility and some basic
infrastructure and accessibility policies. This research paper is an inventory of needs and resources of Galati-
Braila urban agglomeration from the perspective of HEIs which provide a creative environment able to foster
cooperation and collective action of a wide range of actors, from public sector institutions to civil society,
incorporating private sector actors and moreover research institution from abroad, ensuring in this way that the
knowledge is decisively t ransferred from the scientific literature into institutional work-frame. The paper
concludes that territorial development policies should first and foremost help Galati-Braila urban agglomeration
to develop its territorial capital, the role of HEIs being fundamental, especially because superior education aims
to increase competences and human capital endowment.
Keywords: iGeneration; quality of governance; regional settings; (Re)New University
JEL Classification: R58; I23; I25.
Building a shared European future for the next generation was the main concern of the 8th edition of the
European Summit of Regions and Cities which was held in Bucharest on 14 and 15 March 2019 under
the title “(Re)New Europe”. The Declaration adopted at the end of the Summit, entitled “Building the
EU from the ground up with our regions and cities”, emphasized that “Europe is being transformed at
an unprecedented speed by globalisation, by the digital revolution, climate, and demographic change.”
In order to face these transformations, which may materialize in the increase of social, economic and
territorial inequalities, prejudicing in this way the process of European integration, a concerted effort of
all levels of government is required, especially because one third of all public expenditure and more
than half of public investment is carried out at the sub-national level.
This research is a case-study of the challenges and opportunities that Galati-Braila urban agglomeration
faces, loyal cooperation between all relevant stakeholders in local and regional development being
essential for this conurbation to be able to deliver on its objective of economic and social progress for
1 Associate Professor, PhD, Danubius University of Galati, Romania, Address: Blvd. Galati no. 3, Galati, Romania,
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