“Promotion of RO3 SMEs through Enterprise Europe Network” provides Macro-region 3 companies and entrepreneurs with support services in the business development field by providing the Bucharest-Ilfov and South-Muntenia regions counties organizations with the resources of over 600 partner organizations in the Enterprise Europe Network.

The Enterprise Europe Network database includes business co-operation opportunities launched by companies from the 60 countries members of the network, namely: requests and offers of products and services, commercial, technological, and financial cooperation.

The project consortium is leaded by South Muntenia Regional Development Agency and consists of 12 partners: regional development agencies, chambers of commerce and industry, universities, research institutes, NGOs and banks. The full list of the entire consortium can be found below.

Romania’s Macro-region 3 (RO3) comprises two NUTS2 development regions – South Muntenia (RO3.1) and Bucharest – Ilfov (RO3.2). Thus, the Bucharest – Ilfov region is situated in the center of the macro-region, being surrounded by the 7 administrative territorial units of the South – Muntenia region: Arges, Calarasi, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Ialomita, Prahova and Teleorman. The Bucharest – Ilfov region consists in Bucharest – the capital of Romania and Ilfov County.

Regarding macro-regional competitiveness as indicated by the Regional Competitiveness Report 2016 (RCI-2016), the RO3 macro-region follows the pattern observed in the less developed Central and Eastern Europe countries, where the country’s capital is the most performing, while the neighbouring regions are less competitive, and the multiplier effects do not manifest. Thus the capital region Bucharest Ilfov is the most competitive region in Romania, having a Regional Competitiveness Index with a value close to the EU-28 average. On the other hand, South Muntenia region has a score ranked in the lower EU-28 class.

Regarding the number of enterprises, the RO3 Macro-Region is ranked first on a national level with 9909 companies, representing 34.4% of the county’s total. Of these, the number of 846 innovative businesses places the macro-region 3rd at national level (8.5%) (NSI 2016).

South Muntenia is the region with the most significant economic development disparities between its northern and southern parts. Thus, regarding the SMEs demographic average at European level, in South Muntenia region the share of SMEs is less than half of the EU average, with higher values for companies located in northern counties (Arges, Dambovita and Prahova) and with very low values for the counties in the south of the region (Teleorman, Giurgiu, Calarasi and Ialomita).

In relation to the innovative enterprises, the South Muntenia region ranks 7th at national level with a number of 132 companies, representing a share of 4.2% of all enterprises at regional level. Of these, 94 operate in industry (5.2%) and 38 in services (2.9%). The economic activity with the highest degree of innovation in the South – Muntenia Region is represented by technology information services.

In Bucharest – Ilfov Region, in terms of SMEs demographic distribution at European level, is the largest concentration of companies in Romania with 6801 companies, which represents 23.6% of the national total.

There are 714 innovative enterprises in Bucharest – Ilfov region, representing almost 10.5% of the number of companies at regional level. Of these, 208 firms are active in industry (10.4%) and 506 in services (10.5%). The most innovative economic activities found here are decontamination activities and services.

Regarding the obstacles encountered by companies in the RO3 macro-region, the INNOVATION IN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS ENTERPRISES study, identified that the main barriers to business innovation activity are as follows:

  • high costs for innovation;
  • lack of internal funding for innovation;
  • high market competition;
  • lack of credit or private equity dedicated to supporting innovation;
  • incomplete harmonization of Romania’s legislation and regulations with the EU

Consortium partners:

South Muntenia Regional Development Agency
Address: no. 7A, General Constantin Pantazi Street, 910164, Calarasi, Calarasi County
Phone: +40 242 331 769; 0728 026 708
Fax: +40 242 313 167
Email: programe@adrmuntenia.ro
Web site: www.adrmuntenia.ro

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prahova
Address: no. 8, Cuza Voda Street, 100010, Ploiesti, Prahova County
Phone: +40 244 516 666
Fax: + 40 244 512 552
E-mail: luana.teodorescu@cciph.ro
Web site: www.cciph.ro

Bucuresti-Ilfov Regional Development Agency
Address: no. 163, Mihai Eminescu Street, 2nd floor, sector 2, 020076, Bucharest
phone/ Fax: 021 315 9659
E-mail: ioan.ciuperca@adrbi.ro
Web site: www.adrbi.ro

Foundation Romanian Center for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Address: no. 20, Ion Campineanu Street, Sector 1, Bucharest
Phone: +40 21 311 1995
Fax: +40 21 312 6966
E-mail: cristio@imm.ro
Web site: www.imm.ro

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest
Address: no. 313, Splaiul Independentei Street, sector 6, 060042, Bucharest
Phone: +40 214 029 742
Fax: +40 213 181 004
E-mail: laura.boanta@upb.ro
Web site: www.upb.ro

Romanian Automobile Manufacturers Association – ACAROM
Address: Banu Maracine Street, bl. D5, 110194, Pitesti, Arges County
Phone: +40 248 211 245
Fax: +40 248 211 245
E-mail: adrian.sandu@acarom.ro
Web site: www.acarom.ro

Romanian Association for Electronics and Software – ARIES
Address: no. 1, Serbota Street, bl. V19, ap.117, 051731, Bucharest
Phone: +40 722 664 148
Fax: +40 213 150 723
E-mail: borcea@aries.ro
Web site: www.aries.ro

SC IPA SA
Address: no. 169, Calea Floreasca Street, 014459, Bucharest
Phone: +40 213 180 017
Fax: +40 213 161 620
E-mail: spiridon@ipa.ro
Web site: www.ipa.ro

National Institute of Research – Development for Machines and Installations Designed to Agriculture and Food Industry – INMA
Address: no. 6, Ion Ionescu de la Brad Street, 013813, Bucharest
Phone: +40 212 693 255
Fax: +40 212 693 273
E-mail: cornelia.muraru.ionel@gmail.com
Web site: www.inma.ro

CEC BANK SA
Address: no. 13, Calea Victoriei Street, sector 3, 030022, Bucharest
Phone: +40 212 025 000/51610
Fax: +40 213 100 900
E-mail: anamaria.hai@cec.ro
Web site: www.cec.ro

SC INPULSE PARTNERS SRL
Address: no. 167 bis, Calea Floreasca Street, 4th floor, ap.2, sector 1, 014459, Bucharest
Phone: +40 721 244 306
Fax: +40 212 693 297
E-mail: dc@inpulse.ro
Web site: www.inpulse.ro