The Lisbon Treaty and its consequences for rural development and sustainable tourism: A case study of Romania

Gabriela Oanta, Francesco Sindico

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With the entrance into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the
European Union (EU) has now more tools to deal with a scenario of 27 Member States
with specific regional characteristics and different needs in the fields of rural
development and sustainable tourism. An important incentive to sign the Lisbon Treaty
on 13 December 2007 was the accession to the EU of twelve Central and European
countries in recent years. Romania is one of these States. This country has a huge
touristic potential and, at the same time, is one of the poorest EU Member State.
Against this background, this paper will examine, firstly, the Lisbon Treaty
novelties on rural development and sustainable tourism, paying special attention to the
new Policy created specifically for tourism; secondly, it will address the EU legislative
and policy frameworks in these two fields and the financial instruments that Romania is
entitled to and that it could use to promote rural development and tourism; and thirdly,
the paper will focus on the Romanian regulation on rural development and sustainable
tourism in order to critically assess the extent to which rural development and tourism
have been linked at a domestic level. The final goal of the paper is to assess whether
Romania is provided with the necessary legal tools to take a strategic decision about
how to develop its rural areas through, amongst other factors, tourism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-42
Number of pages16
JournalYearbook of the “Gh. Zane” Institute of Economic Researches
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Lisbon Treaty
  • Romania
  • rural development
  • sustainable tourism.


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