Bistrița is a Romanian city located in the Carpathian Mountains, in northern Transylvania. The city is an important regional learning and cultural centre, as the home to seven university faculties, as well as heritage sites dating back to the Middle Ages. It has a diverse economy, counting numerous sectors from manufacturing, to agriculture and tourism. 

With about 40% of its workforce still employed in the manufacturing sector, Bistrița’s is involved in electro-technology, textiles, glassware, plastics, food processing and heavy machinery. One of the city’s main industries is the production of lead batteries and accumulators. 

Following the 2008 economic crisis, the city joined the Making Spend Matter movement to try and ensure that public spending benefits the whole city, helping address structural economic issues. 

The city has been actively moving towards a smart and sustainable future, pursuing projects on zero carbon cities and active citizens under the umbrella of URBACT’s Action Planning Network.

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Ljubljana
Ljubljana
Slovenia
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Logroño
Logroño
Spain
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Galați
Galați
Romania
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Rijeka
Rijeka
Croatia
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Cork
Cork
Ireland
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Gdańsk
Gdańsk
Poland
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Toronto
Toronto
Canada
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Padua
Padua
Italy
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Gliwice
Gliwice
Poland
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Molina de Segura
Molina de Segura
Spain
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Lagos
Lagos
Nigeria
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Terrassa
Terrassa
Spain