Centru Region from Romania among institutional partners of the European Congress for Local Governments

Centru Region is located in the Great Carpathian Mountains, in the very heart of historical Transilvania, in the central area of Romania. It is created by six counties: Alba, Brasov, Covasna, Harghita, Mures and Sibiu. Simion Cretu, General Director of the Regional Development Agency Centru will lead the delegation of the Region Centru.

Mr. Cretu will share his knowledge and experiences in a debate dedicated to development of local and regional road networks, together with other panelists such as: Bogdan Rzonca, Chair of the Committe on Infrastructure in the Polish Sejm, Andrzej Plonka, Chair of the Association of Polish Counties and Zelijko Kolar, Prefect of Krapina-Zagorje County, Croatia.

Centru Region is ranking among the firsts regionsin Romania in terms of urbanization, with several thriving and well-known urban centers such as: Braşov, Sibiu, Targu Mures, Sigisoara, Alba Iulia, Mircurea Ciuc, Sfantu Gheorghe. The core of academic teaching comprise of a network of 12 universities and research centers.

It is also one of the most dynamically developing Romanian regions in terms of economy. The level of foreign direct investments is placing the region in the second position in Romania, after Bucharest-Ilfov. The economic structure of these areas has undergone major changes in recent years, with over 60,000 local businesses operating here. The main pillars of the local economy are: textile, wood, construction, automotive, IT, creative, aerospace, medical, pharmaceutical and food production and processing. Over the last decade, the value of exports feature a 400% growth. The Center region includes 30 industrial parks and numerous business incubators, economic development zones, over 20 industrial clusters

Region Centru means also a great cultural and historical diversity: fortified churches, peasant citadels, castels and well-preserved medieval city complexes, picturesque Saxon, Romanian and Szeklerian villages, embedded in an area of great scenic beauty full of forests, meadows and fields, and a landscape deprived of the monotony of straight lines. Monotony is a word that probably nowhere else in the world is so brightly out of the historical, linguistic, ethnic, cultural and religious context of these lands. Perhaps these were main reasons that convinced the successor of the British throne – prince Charles, to come here and to assume the role of the ambassador of the “Carpathian garden” in the world. Prince Charles has bought here several properties, where he spends regularly his holidays.

Transilvania is often associated with the character of Dracula, invented by the nineteenth-century Irish writer, Bram Stoker, inspired by the figure of one of the Wallachian hospodars – in reality, one of the most respected and revered Romanian rulers. The aforementioned Prince Charles admits he is a heir to Dracula’s bloodline.

Region Centru offers a vide range of attractions for amateurs of various types of tourism: cultural, historical, mountain, active and leisure. No wonder that the region is visited by nearly 3 million tourists every year.