About Cluj Metro Area

Cluj Metropolitan Area (CMA) comprises Cluj-Napoca and 19 nearby communes: Aiton, Apahida, Baciu, Bonţida, Borșa, Căianu, Chinteni, Ciurila, Cojocna, Feleacu, Floresti, Gilău, Gârbău, Jucu, Petresti de Jos, Săvădisla, Sânpaul, Tureni, Vultureni.

The total area of the metropolitan area is 1,603 square kilometres, occupying 24% of the territory of Cluj County. The population of the 20 localities totals 418,153 people, of whom 324,576 live in Cluj-Napoca, according to the 2011 census.

According to the Romanian legislation, the metropolitan area is the area created by the voluntary partnership association between urban and rural localities, among which collaboration relationships have been developed in multiple fields. The metropolitan area comprises the administrative territory of the polarising centre and administrative-territorial units covered by its commuting area, at distances of up to 30 km.

CMA was legally established as an intercommunity development association, in the autumn of 2008, with the founders being the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County Council and 17 communes in the periurban area of Cluj. In 2009, the commune of Sânpaul joined the metropolitan area, and in 2016 the commune Săvădisla.

The objectives pursued by the Inter-Community Development Association in Cluj are:

  • Enhancing knowledge-based economic competitiveness;
  • The development and upgrade of transport infrastructure;
  • To protect and improve the quality of the environment;
  • Human resources development, employment growth and tackling of social exclusion;
  • The development of the rural economy and the increase of productivity in the agricultural sector;
  • Balanced participation of all communes in the Cluj Metropolitan Area to the socio-economic development process

Since its inception, Cluj Metropolitan Area, as a leader or partner, has carried out or runs a number of projects with European funding or from EEA and Norwegian Grants. They include: