Priorities and values in the decision-making process

I wrote about common values across EU countries before. My conclusion at that time was that “common” is not always so common, thus decision-making is not always comparable. These days there is a hot debate in Romania, concerning the gold exploitation of the Rosia Montana area using cyanide, which at an international level is considered in general an abomination, but one that could in some respects bring economic development in this particular case. Or at least this is the hope. In my case, this situation made me ask a simple…

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European Spatial Planning Consultancy

Dear readers, I will start out this post with an apology for my absence and lack of content in the last months. My absence has been motivated by my efforts to put together a number of projects in different fields and directions, which I am proud to say have started to bear some fruitful results. As a direct result of the work I have done, I am happy to announce that in the coming weeks I will be launching my own consultancy office in Bucharest, Romania, which will mainly focus…

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Connectivity and the Periphery

Accessibility and proximity have played and still play an important role in the development process. They enable economic development and sustain it at the same time. Together they also generate the peripherality effect. That what is outside of the “accessible and close” area is peripheral and presents less interest. My argument here is that in spite of this effect, a third player comes to the table, and its name is connectivity. Encouraged by the Digital Agenda of the EU, I believe that connectivity can actually make peripherality become solely a…

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Unemployment perspectives - a short brief

Unemployment. The major concern and at the same time the result of the economic crisis, as well as one of the main points to be addressed through policies targeting the reduction of regional disparities across the EU. In short: unemployment is a big issue! It defines and modifies economic processes with direct impacts on spatial development. In my perspective there are two main issues that have to be addressed as part of the strategy aimed at lowering unemployment levels: economic diversity and behavioural change. Young vs. Old – the unemployment race…

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Funding Innovation in the EU - A governance perspective

As expected social media powered discussions give the opportunity to develop new ideas in unconventional ways. Unconventional brainstorming on Twitter and blogs has its benefits, as it combines ideas from a plethora of people and places. After such a discussion/brainstorm which lasted for some time, Horatiu Ferchiu from Federal Europe – a planner’s view put together a small infographic imaging the skeleton frame for a European innovation and start-up fund. On it, Euronomist drafted a more detailed funding scheme describing the economic actors and tools involved. As I was…

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