The strategic assets of Oradea City are its position at the border with Hungary, on the alignment of the future motorway Bucharest-Oradea-Budapest and the fact that Oradea City is the second most developed city from the North-West Region, after Cluj-Napoca, the university and the geothermal resources for tourism and heating. -as urban core- has a large influence on the metropolitan area. It has 80% of the total metropolitan population (245.000 inhabitants), and contains the main economic, social and cultural amenities. Oradea plays a role not only at the local scale but also at the regional and national level as the second town of the North-West region. According to the “Bihor County’s Statistics Office” in 2004, the town counted 92% of the work force of the metropolitan area. Indeed, the town has a big industrial role; industry represents 36% of the activities.
Main challenges for the city and its hinterland:
- Creating an integrated system for waste management, water, sewage and water waste treatment at the metropolitan level.
- Develop its road transport infrastructure; multiply the transport links between the city and some parts of its hinterland, supporting the intermodality.
- Attracting new investments with added value.
- Availability of land to build/expand on within the City.