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The impact of European funds on rural development in Romania

Author: MAZĂRE Silvia
Degree:doctor of economics
Speciality: 08.00.05 - Economy and Management (in branch)
Scientific adviser: Cristina Copăceanu
doctor, associate professor (docent)
Institution: University of European Political and Economic Studies "Constantin Stere"


The thesis was presented on the 25 February, 2023 at the meeting of the Scientific Council and now it is under consideration of the National Council.


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CZU 338.43(498):339.727.24(043.3)

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269 pages


European funds, agriculture, workforce, financial resources, labor market, allocated funds, investments in agriculture, environment, rural developmen


Structure of the thesis: introduction, three chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, 140 pages of basic text, bibliography of 341 titles, 27 figures, 48 tables, 68 appendices. The results obtained are published in 10 scientific papers and confirmed by 4 implementation certificates.

The purpose of the research: Evaluating the impact of European funds and developing recommendations to increase the impact and management of the efficiency of European funds in order to develop the rural space in Romania.

The objectives of the research:

Novelty and scientific originality. For the first time, a scientific study was carried out regarding: the theoretical foundation and synthesis of empirical studies of the impact of different dimensions of support programs from European funds on rural development; analysis of the methodologies used in the evaluation of Romanian rural development for different NUTS levels; realization and application of the Eurobarometer methodology regarding the identification of problems in the implementation of rural development programs and impact factors based on the measurement of perception for the case of Neamt county; arguing for a strategic approach in the management of investments from European funds for the development of rural space by introducing the notion of vernacular expertise; adjusting the model for recording and evaluating the impact of European funds on the social-economic development of rural areas, based on the social accounting matrix method. Scientific problem solved. Original data were obtained on increasing the impact and efficiency management of European funds on rural development, through vernacular expertise and the application of the social accounting matrix method.

The theoretical significance consists in the identification of models and impact solutions that will contribute to increasing the management of the efficiency of European funds, in order to transfer these performances to the development of the rural space in Romania.

The applied value of the paper. Through this work, we argue that impact analysis of projects is necessary to verify if they produce the desired effects, if they contribute, appropriately, to the fulfillment of the objectives of European programs and policies. The knowledge acquired through impact assessments is useful to the beneficiaries of European funding, but also to the institutions responsible for implementing European programs and projects, such as Intermediate Bodies, Management Authorities, the Government of Romania and the European Commission. The research is also addressed to the common population, which, in a general sense, represents an extended group of the benefits generated by the projects implemented from community funding. In particular, the academic environment and the consulting sector represent a separate category for the dissemination of doctoral research results.

The implementation of the scientific results. The main scientific results were disseminated through national and international conferences, as well as in articles published in specialized magazines. The proposed recommendations, in order to increase the impact of European funds on the development of rural areas, were capitalized through 4 implementation certificates.