RURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICIES IN THE APUSENI MOUNTAINS - MEASURES FROM THE NATIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TARGETING THE DIVERSIFICATION OF RURAL ECONOMY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE

Munteanu Gabriela1, Drăgan Magdalena2

1 Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Subsidiary, Geography Department, 42 Treboniu Laurian Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, gabri.cocean@gmail.com
2 Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca Subsidiary, Geography Department, 42 Treboniu Laurian Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, magdalenadragan@yahoo.com


Abstract: Rural Development Policies in the Apuseni Mountains - Measures from the National Rural Development Programs Targeting the Diversification of Rural Economy and the Quality of Life. There have been seven measures and sub-measures in the 2007-2013 and 2014-2020 National Rural Development Programs that have targeted the diversification of rural economy and the increasing of the quality of life in rural areas, that could be accessed by individuals, small enterprises, NGOs or local authorities. For the Apuseni Mountains, a region mainly relying on small scale agriculture, these measures constituted an opportunity that has been grasped in different manners in the six composing counties overlapping the area. The present paper focuses on the spatial distribution of contracted and eligible projects in this mountain area and tries to provide an insight upon the situation for the communes comprised in these counties. Several clusters of communes with high numbers of beneficiaries have been identified for some measures, while other areas have appeared to be problematic due to a lack of submitted or contracted projects. Differences have also been evident between the north and the south of the region in terms of numbers of projects contracted for the diversification of rural economy.

Key-Words: economic diversification, projects, National Rural Development Program, Apuseni Mountains

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