Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Project Duration: 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2022
Project ERDF Financing: 308 751.88 EUR
Project call: 3rd call
Overall objective of the project is to rise capacity of Planning authorities and stakeholders in Kurzeme Planning Region and Klaipeda Region on local and regional level by improving cross-border cooperation among regional level authorities and establish mechanisms for cross-border collaboration of local actors. Smart Planning will contribute to improving cooperation between institutions in Kurzeme and Klaipeda region and strengthen the capacities of local and regional development planners in the area which will lead to improved development planning which is one of the services that has to be ensured by local and regional authorities to assure quality of life accessibility of jobs and services for citizens of Kurzeme and Klaipeda regions.
Improved knowledge & skills set for local and regional planners as well as established mechanisms for future cooperation will provide the local municipalities with capability to provide improved public services for their citizens in the future. Also public administrators will strengthen their skills in dealing with the involvement and management of stakeholders.
Inputs for development planning documents for Kurzeme and Klaipeda regions taking into account cross-border perspective and identifying cross-border functional territories and services, will ensure more effective governance and more coherence across borders. Development documents of regions are guiding documents that have to be considered on the local level therefore it shall foster more coherence of cross-border planning on a local scale.
Border regions are typically considered to have a higher risk to become peripheral (being away from networks, disconnected with its environment) and to fail to provide services. Kurzeme and Klaipeda are the closest neighbours to each other and share an open border between Latvia and Lithuania which gives the opportunity to elaborate cooperation mechanisms across borders by reducing negative border effects, improving integration and cohesion and filling the gaps in service provision. Existing and potential functional areas across borders have to be investigated as they could be a prerequisite for more effective and less costly services and better integrated territories along national borders.
Project activities will result in a Handbook for cross-border planning that will provide approaches to tackle cross-border challenges. This will be a practical new type of document based on stakeholder involvement activities.
Mutually harmonised development process of development documents of neighbouring regions is a unique approach that will enable strong cross-border perspective in the documents as well as identification of common challenges and joint project ideas for upcoming periods.
Various activities will result in a closer collaboration among stakeholders in Kurzeme and Klaipeda regions and improved territorial coherence among the development planning documents of the two regions. Cross-border perspective will be enhanced in the upcoming planning documents for both regions.
Project contributes to the implementation of the thematic branches VASAB Long-Term Perspective for Territorial Development of the Baltic Sea Region as the project contributes to the territorial cohesion perspective of the Baltic Sea Region.
Project will directly support achieving the goals of Territorial Agenda of European Union (TA 2020). By implementing project activities polycentric, balanced and integrated development will be fostered by strengthening Kurzeme and Klaipeda regions as well as smart specialisation strategies will enable regions to use their potential. Especially to emphasise is 1st and 3rd territorial priority of TA2020 – promotion of polycentric and balanced territorial development and spatial analysis of cross-border territories and functional areas. Smart Planning will identify needed cooperation areas and foster better embedding of cross-border topics into regional policies.
Last updated: 04.06.2020 20:32