For decades, the traditional industries in Galati were shipbuilding and steel works. Both these industries have been in a state of decline since the late twentieth century. Galati is no longer a stronghold of shipbuilding as the industry outsourced its production centre to Asia. In addition, back in the days more than 30.000 people of the approximately 540.000 people living in Galati County used to work for the ArcelorMittal steel factory. Due to cost-cutting and restructuring measures the number of employees has dropped over the last two decades and nowadays only 9.000 jobs at ArcelorMittal are left and this number is still decreasing.
This development has a negative impact on the inhabitants, the economic situation in Galati and the future development of the area. As a result of this lack of prospects and also because of the poor infrastructure and the missing connection to Romania’s strong capital a lot of highly qualified people have left Galati.
Over the last two decades the local representation of the church, the Lower Danube Archdiocese, has been building new churches and established a network of social services. Archbishop Dr Casian Craciun and his executive staff strongly support the Galati 2020 initiative with their infrastructure and their connections to social and economic decision makers.
The church will act as a key change agent whose task is to awake the people from their lethargy and to fight against the corruption that is still widespread and accepted among the people in Galati. Furthermore, the church provides the local office in Galati, will actively participate in implementing projects in agriculture and lifelong learning and give support for the acquisition of funds.
We have used the M4P approach to plan the workshop we conducted in Galati and our sector analyses and we will use it to further specify our sector interventions.
- The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg via regional bishop Dr. h. c. July
- Ret. regional bishop Eberhardt Renz
- Ret. regional bishop Dr. Gerhardt Maier
- Hoffnung für Osteuropa
- Romanian Orthodox Metropoly of Germany, Central and Northern Europe
- Romanian Orthodox Parish Geburt Jesu Christi in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
- Wirtschaftsgilde e.V.
- CVJM Familienkreis Maichingen
- CVJM Sindelfingen
- Stift Urach