Romania does not have a level of regional authorities, per se. The local administrative authorities are, according to the Constitution of Romania: the counties, municipalities, towns, communes. The eight “development regions” have been created with a view to supporting and enhancing cooperation between a certain number of counties and do not have administrative, legislative or financing competences. These competences lie, according to the Romanian Constitution and administrative system, with the local authorities (i.e. counties, municipalities, towns and communes).