Organizer: Asociatia se poate.


EUROPEAN PROFILE

ASSOCIATION ”SE POATE” OF BUCHAREST

 

Name: Association Se Poate
Address: Strada Calea Șerban Vodă, nr. 28, Ap.1, Sector 4, Bucharest, Romania
VAT: 33104407
Contact: Daniel Enăchescu
e-mail: contact@asociatiasepoate.ro
Phone: +40 769836138
PIC nr: 938230852
Website: https://asociatiasepoate.ro/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsociatiaSePoate/
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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asociatia-se-poate12/

GENERAL INFORMATION


The City Bucharest, Romania is the capital and largest city of the country. Currently has a total of around 1.8 million inhabitants.

It represents about 8.5% of the population of Romania.

The city of Bucharest, Romania is basically a service-oriented urban area, with a significant majority 88.5 % of the population employed. However, the city maintains an important industrial base 23 %. On the other hand, agriculture activities, although having a relatively minor importance, survive in the municipality, occupying a total of several hectares, mostly horticultural crops.

Its dynamism as an economic centre and as a reference point for multiple economic activities is reflected in the strength of key institutions for economic development such as chambers of commerce, business associations, investment promotion agencies, research and development centres, and its Universities and Technological Centres.

5 STRATEGIC SECTORS


  1. Employment, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Employment, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) play significant roles in Bucharest’s economy. As the capital and largest city of Romania, Bucharest serves as a key hub for various economic activities. Bucharest has a diverse and dynamic job market, with a substantial portion of its population engaged in the service sector. The city offers opportunities in fields like finance, IT, healthcare, education, hospitality, and more. Bucharest has fostered a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. The city hosts startup incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, and networking events that support emerging businesses. Entrepreneurs in Bucharest benefit from access to a skilled workforce, technological infrastructure, and a central location for business operations. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are integral to Bucharest’s economy. These enterprises span various sectors, from retail and manufacturing to technology and creative industries. SMEs contribute to job creation, innovation, and overall economic growth. Government initiatives and support programs aim to provide resources, funding, and training for SMEs to thrive. The city’s universities and research centers also play a crucial role in nurturing a skilled workforce and fostering innovation. Bucharest’s economic landscape is influenced by its historical, cultural, and geographical factors, making it an attractive destination for both local and international business endeavors.
  2. Research, Development and Innovation. The city Bucharest has been actively working to enhance its RDI capabilities and foster an environment conducive to innovation. Bucharest hosts several prestigious universities, research centers, and institutes that contribute to the city’s RDI landscape. Institutions like the University of Bucharest, Politehnica University of Bucharest, and Romanian Academy are known for their research contributions in various fields. The city has been developing an innovation ecosystem with incubators, accelerators, and technology parks that support startups and innovative ventures. The Romanian government, including both national and municipal bodies, has been investing in RDI initiatives. Funding programs, grants, and incentives are designed to encourage research activities, collaboration between academia and industry, and the development of innovative projects. Bucharest’s proximity to industrial and business centers allows for fruitful collaboration between research institutions and industries.
  3. Climate Change, Energy and Mobility. Bucharest, like many urban areas, faces challenges related to climate change and environmental sustainability. Issues such as air pollution, inadequate waste management, and urban heat island effects are among the concerns. Efforts have been made to address these challenges, including initiatives to improve air quality, increase green spaces, and promote sustainable urban planning.  Bucharest’s energy sector is a mix of traditional and modern sources. The city relies on a combination of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources for electricity generation. While there have been some developments in renewable energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines, there is still room for increased adoption of clean energy technologies. Energy efficiency measures and reducing energy consumption are also areas of focus. Mobility in Bucharest has been a significant challenge due to traffic congestion and inadequate public transportation infrastructure. The city has an extensive public transportation network that includes buses, trams, and the Bucharest Metro. However, efforts to improve public transportation and promote sustainable mobility options like cycling and walking are ongoing. Traffic management and congestion reduction strategies are being explored to enhance urban mobility. Bucharest has recognized the importance of addressing these interconnected issues to create a more sustainable and resilient city. The municipality and relevant stakeholders are working on plans to enhance environmental protection, transition to cleaner energy sources, and improve urban mobility.
  4. Education and Culture. Bucharest is home to a variety of educational institutions, ranging from primary schools to universities. The city boasts some of Romania’s most renowned universities, such as the University of Bucharest and the Politehnica University of Bucharest. These institutions offer a wide range of academic programs and contribute to research and innovation in various fields. Bucharest’s educational landscape reflects its historical significance and commitment to providing quality education. Bucharest houses numerous museums and art galleries, showcasing Romanian art, history, and culture. The National Museum of Art, the National Museum of Romanian History, and the Museum of the Romanian Peasant are notable examples. The city has a thriving theater scene with both traditional and experimental theaters. The National Theatre Bucharest and the Bulandra Theatre are prominent venues for performances. Bucharest’s architecture showcases a mix of styles, including neoclassical, art nouveau, and communist-era buildings. The Palace of the Parliament, one of the largest administrative buildings in the world, is a significant landmark. The city offers a diverse culinary scene that reflects Romanian traditions and international influences. Local markets, cafes, and restaurants contribute to the cultural experience.
  5. Poverty and Social Exclusion. Bucharest, despite its status as the capital city, faces issues of poverty and inequality like many other urban areas. Economic disparities are evident, with pockets of poverty existing alongside wealthier neighborhoods. Income inequality and lack of access to basic services can contribute to social challenges. Housing affordability is a concern in Bucharest. Some residents, particularly marginalized groups, may struggle to secure safe and affordable housing. Homelessness is a visible issue, with individuals living on the streets or in informal settlements. Efforts to address homelessness and provide supportive services are ongoing. The city has programs and social services aimed at assisting vulnerable populations. These services may include food assistance, healthcare access, and social support. Non-governmental organizations and community initiatives also play a role in providing aid to those in need. Bucharest is home to a significant Roma community, which historically has faced social exclusion and discrimination. Many Roma individuals and families may experience economic hardships and barriers to education and employment. Efforts to promote social inclusion and improve living conditions for the Roma population are part of broader social development initiatives.

EXPERIENCE IN EUROPEAN PROJECTS

  • NEW ERASMUSPLUS PROGRAMME 2021-2027

Starting with the New ErasmusPlus Programme 2021-2027, Asociatia Se Poate has attained the Youth Accreditation certification. Accreditation in the field of youth represents the opportunity for the active participation of young people in economic, social and cultural life; it provides access to training and socio-professional development opportunities for multiple categories of beneficiaries, including vulnerable groups.

  • ACCREDITED COURSES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

Furthermore, Asociatia Se Poate obtain accreditation from the Ministry of Education, through the Romanian National Authority for Qualifications to host and prepare accredited courses of entrepreneurship. Therefore, starting with October 2020, Asociatia Se Poate provides people with the skills they need to successfully start, manage, or improve their own business.

  • ERASMUS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAMME

Also, we are accredited in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme and we can receive young people from Europe that want to develop in the field of Entrepreneurship for up to 6 months. The internship is paid by the European Union.

  • PROJECTS IN ERASMUS+ AND NATIONAL LEVEL

Se Poate has been implementing/implemented more than 50 projects in all the field of Erasmus+ and at national level. Below you can find a short desciption of few projects related to youth sector at international and national level.

  • NEW TREES FOR NEW LIFE

New Trees for New Life is a project of social responsibility which was created in order to increase awareness in the community about the importance of protecting the environment through reforestation in Romania. Our final objective is to plant a number of 120,000 trees on 17.59 ha in Prahova Country in Romania. We have 2 big reforestation events, one in fall and one in autumn, every year starting with 2017. In the last reforestation event, we gathered 500 volunteers from all around Romania that planted more than 15.000 trees.

  • NON FORMAL SE POATE

The “Nonformal se poate” project is coordinated by the Se Poate Association and developed in partnership with the Romanian Humanist Association. The project aims to promote an alternative public policy aimed at developing the transversal skills necessary for young people to enter the labor market and is co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Administrative Capacity Operational Program (POCA) 2014-2020. The non-formal education promoted by the two associations through this project is the form of organized education that can be achieved in any type of space (in rooms or outdoors), according to the learning objectives. In non-formal education, specific methods and tools are used for a wide variety of groups: children, young people, students, adults from various fields: NGOs, the private sector, and the administrative sector.

  • VIRAGO

VIRAGO – European Youth Together project is promoting regional partnerships and wider civic participation of young women. The project achieved this through development of a cooperation network model in the context of EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027. Main target group is young women aged 18-29 years, who will sustain partnership initiatives, encourage wider civic participation for their peers in the democratic process and in society.

  • YOUTH PHOENIX

Youth Phoenix Project is a project that promotes the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027, that will explore for 24 months that specific the role of EU youths aged 18-29 years, under the challenging post-pandemic environment from Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, and France. YOUTH PHOENIX encompasses various activities, based on the described priorities, and well connected under the ‘Engage-Connect-Empower’ core areas of the EU Youth Strategy 2019- 2027.

  • READ TWICE (R2)

Read Twice (R2) is a CERV project that will counter disinformation and limit the spread of fake news by enhancing citizens’ skills to assess critically information, identify vicious and harmful media content. Main target group is young media practitioners. Under this group fall young people up to 29 years old who work or want to develop in the media sector: young journalists, social media influencers, content creators, digital competences experts, fact-checkers.

  • GREEN YOUTH

Green Youth is a CERV project that is a network of 8 European cities that will work for the sensitization of young people about the European Green Deal in response to the crisis caused by the pandemic and what is their role and that of local communities in the ecological transition and in achieving the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda.

  • LOCAL EU CHARTER

LocalEu Charter project is innovative from the point of view that it puts the local administration as the focus of dissemination, reinforcement and effective enforcement of European citizens’ rights. The project ensures that citizens are aware of the importance of democratic participation in the social reality.

AWARDS AND CAPITALITIES

  • BUCHAREST 2021 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
  • BUCHAREST EUROPEAN CITY OF FUTURE (MULTIPLE TIMES)
  • BUCHAREST 2020 GREEN CITY OF EUROPE
  • BUCHAREST 2019 DIGITAL CITY AWARD 
  • BUCHAREST EUROPEAN ENERGY AWARD
  • BUCHAREST EUROPEAN BEST DESTINATION