The project also included a series of interventions for the simplification of the administrative procedures, digitalization and reduction of bureaucratic burden, such as the purchasing of scanners and storage units for the informatic system of the Oradea City Hall, in order to help to issue town planning certificates and other documents online (such as building permits, permits to connect to public utilities network), create a digitized archive at the municipal level and correlate data within the GIS spatial data system (project name: “Actions for Simplification of Administrative Procedures and Strategic Planning for the citizens of Oradea Municipality and Metropolitan Area”).
Besides strategic planning support, the MA entity also provides technical support in preparation and implementation to member localities. The Metropolitan Area is involved in elaborating and implementing projects for the 11 localities near Oradea, consisting of the following key activities:
- mapping of key needs and challenges at the level of the communes together with the local administrations
- identification and analysis of non-reimbursable funding
- technical support for preparing the project and the necessary documentation (including feasibility studies, technical projects)
- elaborating and submitting of financing application forms
- support in implementation, including the organization of public procurements (eg. for road construction), obtaining the construction authorization, monitoring of the implementation process, reception of works.
As a result, member localities benefit from free consultancy in writing projects, preparing funding applications and implementing projects. The support covers the entire cycle of the investments, in a comparable manner to a private consultancy firm. The MA has also encouraged member localities to apply for European funding with ongoing and initiated projects rather than entirely new investment proposals, which has largely improved the success of the applications.
The collaboration mechanism consists of partnership agreements between member localities and the Metropolitan IDA.Through these, member localities may delegate responsibilities to the association, with higher capacity and expertise. Moreover, according to the Statute of the IDA, the Oradea MA members have an expertise sharing protocol, in terms of which, any specialized capacity owned by one locality may be accessed by other members.
What is important to mention is that this technical support has become a common practice within the IDA and does not always require a formal or legislative framework to function in. The active involvement to offer support derives from a common understanding that the development of Oradea is intrinsically linked with the development of its metropolitan area, and viceversa. All the formal documents are signed by the local administrations benefitting from this consultancy, and not the Oradea Metropolitan Area as a separate legal entity.
The same cooperation model is applied within the City Hall of Oradea: when expertise is required by one of the public companies for elaborating funding applications, the dedicated department within the City Hall for accessing international financing can provide support with all activities involved, but the final applicant will remain the company itself.
The complete package of sustainable development strategies of the metropolitan localities is available here: https://zmo.ro/strategie
IUDS Oradea and MA 2021-2027: https://zmo.ro/download/Strategia%20de%20Dezvoltare%20Oradea%202015.pdf