Dragos-Horia BUHOCIU



The European Union has decided to set up a temporary financial instrument – #NextGenerationEU, worth €750 billion, separate from the EU’s long-term budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), for the period 2021-2027. Its main purpose is to provide support to Member States to face the challenges posed by the Covid19 crisis and its economic consequences.
The Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (RRM) is the main pillar of the #NextGenerationEU and has a total budget of €672.5 billion.
The National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) refers to a coherent package of public investments and reforms proposed on the basis of the Country Specific Recommendations 2019-2020. These reforms and public investment projects must be implemented by 2026.

The PNRR is based on 6 main pillars:
1. transition to a green economy;
2. digital transformation;
3.smart, sustainable and inclusive growth;
4. social and territorial cohesion;
5. health and institutional resilience;
6. children, youth, education and skills.

For the NRRP, the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration (MDLPA) manages two components of its own, Component 5 – Wave of Renewal and Component 10 – Local Fund, but has also taken over two other components, namely Component 11 – Tourism and Culture (Investment 3. Establishment of the National Coordination Centre Velo and Investment 4. Implementation of 3,000 km of bicycle lanes) and Component 15 – Education (Investment 1. Construction, equipping and operation of 110 crèches).
The MDLPA targets, through the General Directorate for PNRR Implementation are:
– multiplier effect in the country’s economy through investments implemented as a coordinator of reforms and investments;
– positive effect on climate and environment, sustainable growth;
– multiplier effect in domestic tourism.”.


Mr. Dragos-Horia BUHOCIU is General Director in the Ministry of Development – General Directorate for PNRR Implementation





Through our presentation we will try to highlight the importance of the reforms and investments made by the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration, including through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP), for local public administrations, as well as the status of their implementation.
Through Component 5 – Wave of Renovation, we aim to simplify and update the current regulatory framework in the building sector and support the implementation of investments focused on the transition of the built environment towards green and resilient buildings.
Through Component 10 – Local Fund, we create the framework for sustainable mobility development, sustainable rural transformation and improved housing quality. Also, by revising the spatial planning system and digitising spatial and urban planning documents, we aim to streamline the process of issuing planning certificates and building permits.
Providing the necessary framework for the sustainable development of Romania’s localities through investment in local infrastructure is a priority for the Ministry. In the context of the NRRP, financial support for local level investments is specifically focused on the development of green, digital, sustainable and resilient infrastructure.


Mr. Beniamin Stoica-Fuchs is an Evaluation, Examination Advisor at the Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration


Christina LEUCUTA

Smart Village and Ecosystems of Innovation


“”Smart villages are a component of regional innovation ecosystems, along with other associative structures such as innovation clusters, digital innovation centres, etc. In order to implement the regional smart development/ innovation/ specialisation strategy, a participatory approach (co-creation process) is needed to find smart solutions that improve the lives of inhabitants and develop village-town collaboration for sustainable development. The Forum is a good opportunity to learn how digital transformation, green economy, local creative traditions, entrepreneurship development etc. can contribute to the creation of smart villages.””


Ms. Christina Leucuta is Consultant at Clustero – “Romanian Cluster Association”


Costin LIANU

Green and digital transition solutions and services for authorities and the business environment


“Rural localities will be the place where profound transformations will take place in a national and global context in which the transition to sustainable models is inevitable and even a form of survival for a planet with depleting resources.

Beyond this wake-up call, the presentation aims to present opportunities and solutions for rural sustainability from a green transition perspective, based on international experience in the field. Rural areas have untapped advantages over urban areas.

Inter-Bio and USH Pro Business belong to an innovative eco-system dedicated to these opportunities.”


Mr. Costin Lianu is the President of Inter Bio, CEO @ USH Pro Business, Coordinator of Wallachia eHub and Smart eHub digital innovation centers


Madalina-Teodora ANDREI



“Since 2016, within the European Union, the smart village concept has been launched under the name “A Better Life in Rural Areas” in the Cork Declaration, Ireland. The smart village is a relatively new concept in EU policy making. The emerging concept of smart village refers to rural areas and communities that build on their existing strengths and resources and develop new opportunities.

The concept involves the participation of local people in improving economic, social or environmental conditions, cooperation with other communities, social innovation and the development of smart village strategies. Digital technologies can be applied to many aspects of life and work in rural areas.

The smart village concept also suggests the adoption of smart solutions in both the public and private sectors in a wide range of policy areas, such as improving access to services, developing short food supply chains and developing renewable energy sources. The smart village concept is gaining ground on the rural development agenda, coinciding with the ongoing reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The smart village areas are: health; education; economy; environment/sustainability – water, air, soil, sanitation; digitalization/digitization/digital transformation; renewable energy; food; awareness and civic engagement; good governance.”


Ms. Madalina-Teodora Andrei is Evaluation advisor, examination at Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration


Luoana Florentina PASCU

Environmental services and solutions developed in the enviroment field by INCD ECOIND for the sustainable growth of urban and rural localities in Romania


“The National Research and Development Institute for Industrial Ecology (INCD ECOIND) is the only institute at national level that has a global approach to industrial ecology issues, the main directions of action being a cycle of research, development, technical assistance and consultant activites.

The activity profile of the institute, permanently adapted to the requirements of the market and the business environment, essentially includes services and environmental solutions such as advanced and applied research, mainly experimental, aimed especially at controlling, evaluating, preventing, reducing and combating industrial pollution.

The presentation aims to identify the correlations between the possibilities of sustainable growth of urban and rural localities and the services and environmental solutions offered by INCD ECOIND.”


Ms. Luoana Florentina Pascu is General Director of the National Research – Development Institute for Industrial Ecology



Community Funding Programs & National Recovery and Resilience Plan

– Local and Regional Development Solution –


The structuring of financing programs focused on concrete objectives and characterized by an efficient mechanism for accessing non-reimbursable financing represents a major opportunity for local and regional development.

In the next period, respectively in the short and medium term, there are in the planning and operationalization period very diverse financing programs, such as the Regional Operational Program 2021-2027, the Operational Program Sustainable Development (PODD), the Operational Program Education and Employment (POEO) , Operational Program Health (POS), Operational Program Smart Growth, Digitization and Financial Instruments (POCIDIF), Operational Program Inclusion and Social Dignity (POIDS).

The National Recovery & Resilience Plan (PNRR) is added to these funding programs.
At the Smart Village Forum, we will present – in relation to these funding programs – the possibility of carrying out funding projects that will be a real “engine” for the development of the region and local communities.”


Mr. Victor Catavei is an expert consultant for financing projects at Consult Investment (company with national activity)




– Welfare as part of attractiveness –


“Rural areas are attractive, but inhabitants need to be able to count on basic welfare.
The LEADER approach seeks to reduce the rural-urban gap, by implementing projects that come in direct response to the needs of the community.

Local Action Groups through the implementation of innovative projects support the intelligent development of rural and small urban space.”


Ms. Cristina Draghiciu is the Manager of the Local Action Group Inima Giurgiului – Tara Neajlovului and Calnista


Gabriel PAUN



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Mr. Gabriel Paun is General Director at Jovis 98 Trading SRL


Mihai ARON



“In the last thirty years, the Romanian village has undergone a series of significant demographic, social, economic and organizational changes, which have led to the need for a change of vision for the future of the countryside.

Assessing the opportunities and challenges that define rural Romania is the first step in developing this new vision and is the central objective of this paper, starting from a factual situation to the use of the Smart Village concept in solving rural deficiencies.”


Mr. Mihai Aron is European funds / agriculture expert


Catalin BLAJ

Analysis and management of communities using state-of-the-art technologies


“Usage of machine learning technologies and satellite data for risc analysis inside communities. Prediction of development indicators and data clustering for a better usage of resources”.



Daniel TOFAN



“Sustainable things are done for people, to equalize access to opportunities in the area of SMART architecture and urbanism. In smart rural development, digital design and application solutions are built by adapting and adapting technology to the development needs of the community, but also by developing the necessary skills and competencies.”


Mr. Daniel Tofan is General Manager at Glamor Art Multimedia



Vision and its vital role in a person’s evolution


“Eyes have more than 2 million component parts, ranking second in the top of the most important organs of the human body, the first place being occupied by the brain.
Several studies show the economic impact of poor eyesight.
A study by the WHO (World Health Organization) estimated that the losses of the world economy due to poor productivity, being caused by vision deficiencies, reach the value of 270 million dollars.

Eyeglasses are multifunctional objects having the next roles:
– They are an individual optical equipment (IOE)
– Personalized optical product designed to ensure the correction of the refractive error or the protection of the eyeball
– Functional – corrects vision
– Anatomical – adapts ergonomically to the physiognomy
– Aesthetic – improves facial features
– Psychological – hides or highlights the self, emits stimuli, communicate feelings, expresses the personality of the wearer
– Social – fits and defines the wearer’s social status
– The eyeglasses are the character’s mirror and the personality’s messenger.

Choosing the right pair of eyeglasses is a complex process and structured in 3 important steps:
1. Optical adaptation
2. Anatomical adaptation
3. Personality (character) adaptation.”


Ms. Miki Toader is General Manager SEEN-U by Orange Optic