Member Profile

Nord-Est (RO)

Presentation of the Region

North-East Region is the largest development region of Romania in terms of population and area, with a clear objective to increase economic competitiveness and improve the living conditions of local and regional communities through sustainable development, so they can effectively manage their resources and exploit their potential for innovation and uptake technological progress.

Benefiting from a rich historical, cultural and spiritual heritage, the region harmoniously combines tradition with modernity and the past with the present, having a huge potential for development in what regards business environment, research and education, infrastructure and services, and human resources.

The region benefits from the activity of 11 clusters with quadruple helix representation (companies, education, R&D, local public administration, and civil society), in areas with potential for development and innovation. There is also a significant number of companies, especially SMEs, in region’s priority areas for smart specialisation, whose initiatives must be further supported, as they foster the creation of cross-sectoral links and knowledge outsourcing. North-East Romania has several business support structures (8 industrial parks, 1 scientific park, business centers, business incubators) aimed at attracting investments in industry and services that generate high added value, as well as capitalising on the potential of local human resources.

RIS3 Priorities

The Strategy of Research and Innovation for Smart Specialization of North-East Romania (RIS3 North-East) relies on the process of entrepreneurial discovery, through which priorities of investment for innovation are identified and creative solutions are developed, combining assets and fostering collaboration among various types of entities. This process revolves around companies that can identify new business and market opportunities, develop new products, services and processes in areas with high innovation potential. Moving along this line, seven sectors with significant competitive potential have been identified in the region, with a critical mass of solid enterprises whose achievements can be further maximized by means of innovation. Thus, agri-food & wood industry, textiles, environment, energy, IT&C, health, and tourism can be considered key sectors for a sustainable development through smart specialization in North-East Romania.

RIS3 North-East intervenes in the following directions:
1. Development of innovation skills and competences;
2. Supporting the creation of new innovative companies, the growth of active enterprises, and the digitalization of public administration;
3. Developing the regional R&D capacity and promoting collaboration between knowledge organisations and industry;
4. Support clustering and internationalization initiatives;
5. Develop administrative capacity and technical assistance for innovation support.

Vasile Asandei General Director of North-East Regional Development Agency

“We should not only look at what a region is, but rather, at what it can become. Our chance stands in the power to believe in our future, in the ability to understand the needs of others and the world we live in, in the determination to work and the ability to overcome obstacles. “

Political Representatives
Vasile Asandei

General Director of North-East Regional Development Agency

Regional Contact Persons
Alina Căpitanu

Head of External Projects Office, North-East Regional Development Agency

Brussels Contact Persons
Raluca Abăseacă

Expert, North-East Regional Development Agency's Brussels Office

Regional Address

9, Lt. Drăghiescu Street
610125 Piatra Neamț

Brussels Office Address

Avenue Louise 54
1050 Brussels

Our Pilots

European Week of Regions and Cities: Vanguard Initiative Regions boosting the Digital Transition

The Vanguard Initiative (VI) workshop organised in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, provided a valuable opportunity to discuss h

Science Meets Regions: Successful workshop in North East Romania

There were two days full of energy and enthusiasm, June 9-10, 2022, in which representatives of public authorities, hospital managers, doctors, university professors, and

Science meets Regions - Launch event

On 3 March took place the launch event of the Vanguard Initiative Innovation Networking Initiative (VI INI) series ov events organised in the framework of the Science meets Regions program

Science meets regions - Final Event

Please download the presentations shared during the event at the top right.

Science meets regions - North East Romania

You can download all the presentations shared during the event at the top right of this page.