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Roman City

Roman City

Roman City Administrative-Territorial Unit: ROMAN CITY 2 nd Rank: city (municipality) of important role

Roman City Administrative-Territorial Unit: ROMAN CITY 2 nd Rank: city (municipality) of important role in Neamt County, having the role of stability and equilibrium in the network of locations Identification: City Charter, municipal anthem, seal, emblem and flag Certification: ISO 9001 Certificate, from Romanian Society for Quality Assurance (SRAC) Geo - Economic Coordinates: Neamt County, North - East Region; Local Public Administration Authorities: Local Council of Roman City - deliberative authority Mayor, Mr. Laurenţiu Dan Leoreanu executive authority Contact: Roman-Voda Square, No. 1, Roman City, Neamt County Tel. +40. 233. 741. 651, +40. 233. 741. 119, +40. 233. 740. 165, +40. 233. 744. 650 Fax. +40. 233. 741. 604 E-mail: [email protected] ro www. primariaroman. ro Roman city aerial photogrammetry

Roman City 1. Geographical position and borders Roman City occupies a strategic position in

Roman City 1. Geographical position and borders Roman City occupies a strategic position in the centre of the historical and geographical region of Moldova, a convergence zone for many important European, national and regional communications, on the main transport axis of the region, that contains not only a railway, the 500 line of Bucharest – Suceava – Cernăuți – Warsaw, but also the European road E 85 that links Poland Ukraine through Romania to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and the Near East. Roman city is located at a distance of 325 km from Bucharest, 42 km from Bacău, 86 km from Iași, 47 km from Piatra Neamț, 101 km from Suceava and 83 km from Vaslui.

Roman City 2. Technical – urban heritage 2. 1. Functional Areas Roman city comprises

Roman City 2. Technical – urban heritage 2. 1. Functional Areas Roman city comprises 23 territorial reference units, scattered over an area of 2. 983 ha. The existing road network is about 95 km and it is composed of a number of 178 two-lane streets and avenues with four lanes, the city being crossed by the European road, from south to north. In order to develop complex infrastructures and to achieve the common interest aims, the Mayor of Roman city, Teacher Laurentiu - Dan Leoreanu initiated the establishment of Intercommunity Development Association, named "Metropolitan Roman", an association formed of 28 founding members and associates.

Roman City 2. 2. Sanitation Services The sanitation services (collection, transport and storage of

Roman City 2. 2. Sanitation Services The sanitation services (collection, transport and storage of household waste) are provided by ROSSAL Ltd Roman company. In accordance with the “Regional Waste Management Plan” for North East Region and the “Neamt County Waste Management Plan”, we are implementing now a project called "Integrated Waste Management System” for Neamt County, there were built a landfill, a waste sorting station, a transfer station, and 70 household platforms in Roman city were also modernized. 2. 3. The water supply, sewerage and purge systems Roman city has a unitary sewerage network throughout the entire city and consists of 12 networks and 4 wastewater pumping stations. The project “Expansion and rehabilitation of water and wastewater infrastructure in Neamt County" the largest infrastructure project in Neamt county, has a value of 107, 677 million EUR and will be performed during 2011 -2013. Roman city will benefit of modernization works worth 16, 259 million EURO. 2. 4. Electrical Network The electrical network is fully covered by transformer stations, the population and businesses/economic agents are served at 100%. Roman City can produce by itself the electricity needed to power public lighting and buildings belonging to the local administration, becoming the first local government in the country that owns and produces electricity using micro-hydropower plant on the Moldova river. Roman micro-hydropower

Roman City 2. 5. Gas Network Located near two main gas pipelines, the gas

Roman City 2. 5. Gas Network Located near two main gas pipelines, the gas supply for Roman city is provided by E-ON GAZ In terms of gas transport, it belongs exclusively to the state 2. 6. Telephone, internet and TV cable network Romtelecom phone operator covers the whole area of the city. Internet, telephone and TV cable services are provided by UPC Romania SA, RDS, Orange, Vodafone, Telekom. 2. 7. Communication Access Roman city access routes are DN 15 D from Piatra Neamt (47 km), E 85 from Bacau (42 km) and Suceava (101 km). The main rail link is Bucharest - Bacau – Suceava railway, which connects the southern to northern areas. Having this in mind, it is important the fact that we are close to the projected/designed Pan European highways: one on the North - South direction (the most likely route Bucharest, Brasov, Bacau, Pascani) and on the East - West (Iasi - Targu Mures). With regard to air traffic, the nearest airport is in Bacau and the connection with it can be done either by E 85 European road, or by railway. Airports Connection to the future highways network

Roman City 3. Economic and business environment In the city, there are traditional companies:

Roman City 3. Economic and business environment In the city, there are traditional companies: ARCELOR MITTAL TUBULAR PRODUCTS SA, TRW AUTOMOTIVE LTD ROMAN, CERSANIT ROMANIA SA, UMARO SA, AGRANA ROMANIA SA, SOMACO PREFABRICATE GROUP LTD, CAREMIL LTD, PETROTUB IZOTEROM SA, MARSAT SA. In terms of investment, Roman City has experienced a special dynamic in recent years. Thus, on the former industrial sites, located in the north of the city , the company TRW AIRBAG SYSTEMS LTD opened a factory car airbags with over 1, 000 employees. About half of companies are active in trade (43%) and 21% in services. The other sectors have the following shares in Roman economy: industry (12. 3%), transport (6, 7%), constructions (9%), tourism (3%) and agriculture (1, 7%). Banks: branches and agencies of main state and private banks. Arcelor Mittal Cersanit SA Caremil LTD

Roman City Agriculture and Food The municipality of Roman heritage has an area of

Roman City Agriculture and Food The municipality of Roman heritage has an area of 2983 ha of agricultural lands is 47, 77% respectively 1. 425 ha and forest represents 2. 8%, respectively 85 ha. The agricultural area is structured as follows: arable land 88. 6%; pastures 10. 67%; vine crops 0. 43%. Corn crops predominate, with a share of 36. 86%, followed by those of wheat and rye 28. 25%, 22. 44% sunflower and vegetables 11, 67%. Agriculture is the main activity of the Association of Romanian Metropolitan Intercommunity Development. Of the total agricultural area, 87. 573 hectares respectively, 79, 6% is arable land, 1. 7% are alive and vine nurseries, orchards and 0. 3% 18. 2% are land covered by pastures and hayfields. In Roman city operates a large livestock farm (SUINPROD SA Roman profiled on raising pigs ), a Research and Development station for sugar beet (that is conservation) and agricultural companies (eg SC Marsat SA ).

Roman City Commercial activities are carried out through companies that have Romanian or foreign

Roman City Commercial activities are carried out through companies that have Romanian or foreign capital such as Kaufland hypermarket, Lidl, Profi supermarket, Penny Market, Aya, Dedeman. The city offers a range of accommodation and food in the city: Roman Hotel *** has 70 classic rooms, restaurant ( 190 seats in three wards ), conference rooms , cafeteria with terrace lounge. Mariko Inn Hotel *** Accommodation at the hotel is 64 places in 29 double rooms, 3 restaurants that can serve up to 550 guests at a time. Hotel Royal *** - has 15 accommodation rooms and four rooms restaurant ( 250 seats ) that meets the requirements of comfort and service. Casa Romascana Motel & Restaurant- has accommodation capacity of 10 rooms ( 4 single and 6 double rooms ). The restaurant has a central lounge and three booths , with a total capacity of 140 seats and a terrace and bar with up to 300 seats

Roman City 4. Social Capital 4. 1. Ethnic structure and population dynamics On the

Roman City 4. Social Capital 4. 1. Ethnic structure and population dynamics On the 1 st of January 2013, the stable population of Roman city was 64. 623 inhabitants, of which 33. 874 women and 30. 749 men, 88, 3% Romanian ethnicity. In Roman Metropolitan area there is a stable population of 183586 inhabitants. The data show that the average number of employees in Roman city was 13. 452 people in 2013, representing 29, 94% of the total stable population aged between 18 -62 years (48. 086 inhabitants) and respectively 17. 184 employees in Roman Metropolitan Area.

Roman City 4. 2. Education At the end of school year 2012 - 2013,

Roman City 4. 2. Education At the end of school year 2012 - 2013, Roman city had 13. 239 students/pupils in schools and colleges, according to the centralized information from schools. Roman educational environment include a university center, 4 colleges, four high schools, four middle schools, a school of art, two post-secondary schools, a middle school for inclusive education and 12 kindergartens. For high school graduates, the educational pre-university system in the city offers training in many areas: theory - real and human, sports, theology, constructions, public works, building materials, textiles, computers, electronics, mechatronics, electronics and automation, mechanical cutting, catering, hospitality/hotels, accounting, environmental protection, etc.

Roman City ROMAN CITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY It applies to 9 strategic directions, grouped according

Roman City ROMAN CITY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY It applies to 9 strategic directions, grouped according to their content on 17 specific objectives and 27 corresponding measures, which will be achieved by implementing a number of 99 projects. Strategic Directions of Development (strategic objectives): 1. Sustainable urban development of the Roman city; 2. Improving energy efficiency in public and residential area from Roman ; 3. The development of local infrastructure from Roman 4. Development of infrastructure to promote social inclusion and reduce the poverty in Roman City 5. Improving the business environment in Roman City 6. Sustainable Tourism Development in the Roman 7. Improving environmental conditions from the Roman City 8. Ensuring good governance in the Roman City 9. " Community Marketing "

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Advantages offered by market and geographical

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Advantages offered by market and geographical position: Accessibility - favorable geostrategic position; Natural conditions favorable to economic development; Location in an area with temperate continental climate, without extremes in terms of temperature or precipitation; Putting on a pan-European Corridor IX (railway branch thereof) , which connects Northern Europe ( Helsinki , St. Petersburg) on a number of important capitals of Eastern Europe (Moscow , Kiev , Chisinau) , with Romania and the Balkan countries (Bulgaria, Greece ) ;

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Location along the E 85 European road,

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Location along the E 85 European road, conducing to road access from all over the country and to the three international airports: Bacau, Iasi and Suceava; Map TEN -T European transport corridor road , the route DN 2 (E 85 ) is part of the network " core " category roads to be upgraded. CNADNR plans to build a Moldova highway , which would route that would link the Siret river and pan- European Corridor IX highway Targu Mures - Iasi.

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Huge potential for development of agriculture and

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Huge potential for development of agriculture and food industry, representing 40% of the arable land of the country; Romania allow the sale of land to foreign investors; Land quality enables biological and ecological agriculture development; The guvernamental and European aid for investors-The new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2014 to 2020, Romania will receive EUR 7. 1 billion for National Rural Development Programme for modernization of farms, establishment of processing units and other investment; Operation of four institutions exchange for grain / food and agriculture (Romanian Commodities Exchange, Monetary Financial and Commodities Sibiu Stock Exchange and Agricultural Moldova Exchange); Roman City area's agricultural potential, characterized by good quality land a temperate climate favorable to agriculture; The existence of private companies with foreign capital or joint venture: Arcelor Mittal Tubular Products Roman SA, TRW Automotive LTD Roman, Cersanit SA, Agrana SA, Somaco Prefabricate Grup LTD; Using the existing industrial heritage; Developing specific infrastructure to support economic activities; Diversity of industry and service sectors activities.

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Advantages due to resources: Highly skilled workforce

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis Advantages due to resources: Highly skilled workforce at competitive prices (knowledge of foreign languages, technology, IT, engineering, etc. ); Positive natural growth/rise/increase; High percentage of young people; Lack of jobs for certain social groups, the unemployed aged 15 -35 years is 42. 26%, this area ranks 25 place at the national level reported in the number of unemployed with secondary education; The regional unemployment rate is 5. 8%, above the national average; High schools, technical and agriculture profile universities from Roman, Iasi and Bacau form industry professionals; Active programs for retraining and work conversion; Availability of local administration to get involved in organizing technical laboratories for qualification, requalification and training of specialists, in partnership with the economic operators.

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Economic Benefits: Exemption from building tax

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis STRENGTHS Economic Benefits: Exemption from building tax and land tax for investments of more than 500, 000 Euros LOCAL COUNCIL DECISION NO. 87 FROM 30 th June 2014 MINIMIS AID SCHEME FOR STIMULATING INVESTMENTS AND CREATING NEW JOBS IN ROMAN CITY TERRITORY; Cooperation between business sector and public administration; A good representation of existing banks in the city; The existence of specific strategies; Programs financed with European and governmental funds in modernizing Roman city and Roman Metropolitan area (infrastructure, environment, social). WEAKNESSES The Urban development is influenced by the traditional industries; The predominance of low value-added production forms; Low competitiveness of the specific companies in the region in comparison with EU Member States; Low financial opportunities for vocational training; Low recovery of non-conventional energy; The cooperation relations with twin citiesare unanswered on the economic side; Poor financial strength of Roman area communes.

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Offered by market and geographic position:

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Offered by market and geographic position: Romania is one of the largest markets in Central and Eastern Europe (7 th place in EU); The gateway to the EU single market (about 500 million consumers); Attractive location – situated at the crossroads of the European Union, the Balkans and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Romania is crossed by three major pan-European corridors: corridor no. 4, which links West to Eastern Europe; corridor no. 9, which connects North and South of the continent, and corridor no. 7, which facilitates navigation within Europe; The possibility of developing trade with Ukraine and Russia due to the location on the eastern border of the European Union;

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Offered by market and geographic position:

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Offered by market and geographic position: Highly developed industrial infrastructure at national level; Location of the city along the European road E 85, which determines road access from all over the country and to the three international airports Bacau, Iasi and Suceava; Easy access to educational, cultural and business services, offered by the North East Region; Opportunities for all forms of energy production. Due to international relations: Bilateral agreements concluded by Romania with other countries on the promotion and reciprocal protection of investments; Bilateral diplomatic relations with 177 countries of the 191 UN member states, plus the Holy See (Sancta Sedes), the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Palestinian National Authority; Member of the United Nations and other international organizations: OSCE, Council of Europe, International Organization of La Francophonie; Free trade treaties with EU, EFTA (European Free Trade Association), CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) states; Member of World Trade Organization (WTO) in January 1995. Economic opportunities: Access to State aid schemes to support the development of investment projects; Following the accession to the European Union (January 1 st of 2007), Romania receives EU financial assistance granted in the form of structural and cohesion funds (Regional Operational Programme (REGIO), Sectoral Operational Programme “Environment”, Sectoral Operational Programme "Transport", Sectoral Operational Programme “Human Resources Development”; Romania has a flat tax of 16%, being one of the lowest in Central and Eastern Europe;

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Economic opportunities: Standard rate of VAT

Roman city economic development - SWOT Analysis OPPORTUNITIES Economic opportunities: Standard rate of VAT is 24% and the reduced VAT rates are at 9% and 5% for certain goods and services; VAT refund for EU and non-EU businesses; Romania applies all EU free trade agreements concluded with third countries; The customs duties are those specified in the EU Common Customs Tariff. Social opportunities: Cooperation in professional training and education; The development of employment incentives (meal vouchers, nursery, gifts, etc. ); Lack of major syndicate movements; Labour market and work force are enacted by the Labour Code. Romania has lower labor costs compared to most of the EU countries and benefits from a multilingual workforce with qualified professionals in high growth areas like IT, engineering, and financial services Legislative Opportunities: Provisions similar to those of EU law (implementing the Acquits Communautaire) Law on public - private partnership THREATS Insufficient support capital for investments in Roman city`s economy; Low protection of indigenous markets; Migration of skilled labor force;

Roman City

Roman City