The urban focus of the current Cohesion Policy aims to address challenges of what and how metropolitan governance and spatial planning can be synchronized. However, in various cases the territorial reality is that urban areas are beneficiaries of the cohesion policy funds while the adjacent rural communities become peripheralized. Therefore, the question we address is to what extent the integrative governance eliminates the peripheralization of the rural actors of the metropolitan area? The applicability and efficiency of an integrated governance approach is analyzed in Cluj Metropolitan Area in Romania. The results suggest that to act in an integrative manner and avoid peripheralization of the surrounding areas, there is a need for a common metropolitan vision, strengthened cooperation, development of an institutional framework on a metropolitan scale and lastly a greater involvement of the community in this process.
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