The town’s economy is diverse and relies on sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, distribution and tourism. Its activities include electro-technology, textiles, glassware, plastics, food processing and heavy machinery. One of Bistrița’s main employers specialises in the production of lead batteries and accumulators. About 40% of the workforce is still employed in manufacturing although this sector is in decline.
Since the 2008 economic crisis, many factories and businesses closed or relocated and there has been a sharp increase in unemployment. In the 12 months to March 2010 it rose from 2% to 9%. This has further exacerbated the structural economic issues and led to a huge reduction in spending power. We have joined Making Spend Matter to explore how public procurement and spend analysis could provide solutions to these issues, with the objective
- To collect a specific database that will facilitate the analysis of expenditure, train skilled staff to do such an analysis, the possibility to create a software application to do this analysis.
- To raise the awareness of stakeholders regarding the importance of using this type of instruments in public procurement.
- To disseminate the use of such an analysis to a wider audience, for the benefit of all the city.
SOME RELATED NETWORKS
Want to become an expert in EU funds from your desk? Register for the Committee of the Regions MOOC!