On the next day the participants were guided by another of the project’s Romanian partners, the National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism. Our group first travelled to the Romanian town of Giurgiu, 50 km south-east from Bucharest where at the town hall we were greeted by the city’s mayor and other representatives of the project’s associated partner, the Municipality of Giurgiu. This was followed by the presentation of the project to local stakeholders who in turn talked about the activities and initiatives of the organisations represented by them. The attendees then took a short walk to the main square to see the exhibition of the student projects of the UAUIM’s Faculty of Urbanism near the town’s iconic clock tower. The student works focused primarily on the reimagining and revitalization of various areas along the Danube in and around Giurgiu.
After a lunch featuring the very special local fish soup, the participants visited the ATG shipyard close to Giurgiu’s riverbank, where they were shown around the plant by its director and co-owner, Mr. Adrian Patriche, who recounted the shipyard’s history and outlined its future perspectives. We have learned that during the state socialist period around 4000 people worked in the ship building industry in Giurgiu but after the overall economic transformation in Central and Eastern Europe this dropped to the present number of around 600 workers. The project partners agreed that beyond its economic significance, the shipyard, with its vast erecting shop and ship cranes, has great potential as a site of local industrial heritage. In the afternoon the participants crossed the Danube through the bridge connecting Giurgiu with the Bulgarian city of Ruse, where they were welcomed by the representatives of the project’s local partner, the Human Resources Development Agency (HRDA). Here from late afternoon until evening the second session of the partners’ meeting, as well as the project’s fourth steering committee meeting took place.