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Considered to be the second urban agglomeration of Romania after Bucharest, Galati-Braila Metropolitan Area consists mainly of Galati and Braila cities, located at a distance of about 15 km from each other. Considering the urban and suburban areas within a radius of 20km, the total surface of the GBMA reaches about 5,800 km2 and almost 750,000 inhabitants, representing almost 30% of of the population of the South-East Region of Romania, which includes the counties of Vrancea, Galati, Braila, Tulcea , Constanta and Buzau.

Galati-Braila Metropolitan Area is near the border with Moldova and Ukraine, along the Danube, at the crossroads of major trade routes, about 200 km from Bucharest and the Black Sea and -last but not least- about 80 km from Tulcea and the Danube Delta, an extremely rare natural reservation, landmark of Romanian tourism.

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Green energy
Due to its location, Galati-Braila area creates favorable conditions for developing renewable energy such as hydro, wind and solar energy. In addition, the large area of ​​farmland and agricultural tradition create opportunities for producing crops that are suitable for energy recovery from biomass and organic waste.

The South-East Region of Romania is considered by European experts in alternative energy as having the greatest wind energy potential in South-Eastern Europe, estimated at 14,000 MW. Also, the region is one the highest points on the solar map of Romania, with a potential of 1600-1700 kWh / m2.

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The great industrial potential of Galati-Braila Area makes that more and more small and medium companies engage in industry, further developing this sector, because these companies are larger in size, with complex organizational and production processes, which induce performant infrastructure, qualified personnel and stability on the market.

The best represented industries in the area are: Mining, Manufacturing, Metal, Energy, Food, Shipbuilding, Textiles, Infrastructure and construction, Telecommunication, Transport and storage and Tourism.

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Strategic location
The GBMA has a geostrategic and geopolitical location, as it is situated at the border with Moldova and Ukraine, near the Black Sea and at the crossroads of major European trade routes that allow access to a market of 200 million consumers;

Urban agglomeration
The very small distance between the two cities of Galati and Braila makes the area  to be considered the second  urban agglomeration in Romania after  the Bucharest one.

Danube River
The presence of the Danube River and the Danube ports of Galati and Braila contribute to the development of water transport and trade links with the neighboring countries, but also with major ports around the world.

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The Danube River and the Danube promenade are the main attraction points of Galati-Braila Metropolitan Zone, leading to the development of cruise tourism, which varies from 15th century sailing ships to the only steam power driven ship still operating in Europe, up to high speed vessels, all equipped with the latest technology. The tourism offers also include Danube Delta tours.

Besides the cosmopolitan life, especially of Galati, with numerous restaurants and clubs, the GBMA offers various recreational places, including:

  • Garboavele Forest, located 17 km from Galati, having a recreation area, zoo, a village museum and also has the status of protected natural area
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